How to Fix Battery Life Issues With iOS 8.4 on iPhone and iPad
The latest update to Apple’s iOS for iPhones, iPads and iPods has changed things around a bit. Firstly, at over 100 MB, the update is rather large compared to smaller updates which will patch a few vulnerabilities here and there. iOS 8.4 does offer many bug fixes, but the main purpose of the update is to change the way iPhone users access and manage their music library. Apple has introduced a wholly new application designed to make playback, storage and sharing music more convenient and user-friendly in many ways. As is customary with most new software releases, the Apple Music app has a few quirks that the design team did not account for before releasing it for the general public. Many users blame Apple Music as they report notable battery drain when updating to the latest iOS release.
Whenever an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch is updated to the latest version of iOS, it is not usually in one’s best interest to downgrade to a previous version if the latest version is undesirable. This has left many users frustrated when they are stuck with an unpolished product. Unfortunately many of these releases must be rolled out for the masses before any issues can be identified and addressed. It can take weeks and sometimes months for issues to be resolved, so it is up to each individual user to find ways to work around or adapt their usage so that they can avoid running into problems. With iOS 8.4, iPhone users are stuck with Apple Music. If you are one of those users who is experiencing rapid battery loss from the latest update, then read on to learn how to get the most out of your iPhone’s battery until developers can get their latest software up to speed.
Consider Device’s Internet Connection
An iOS device can connect to the Internet from either a cell phone tower or a Wi-Fi hotspot. If an iPhone, iPad or iPod is always set to connect to a Wi-Fi network when available, then it will refresh frequently to seek the strongest connection available. Every time the device searches for a Wi-Fi connection, it uses battery strength to scour the airwaves for a discernible connection. When an iOS device has a poor connection, it requires more battery power to wirelessly transmit and receive data from a far-off cell tower. A good way to prevent battery drain is to disable Wi-Fi when not in use or out of range, or switching to Airplane Mode when the 3G or 4G connection is particularly poor.
Adjust Display Settings
Another major battery hog for any mobile device is the screen. Without screens, smartphones would cease to exist. Any time an iPhone is used, the battery must give juice to the central processor, the video processor, and power each pixel on the device in order to display what the user wants to see. When settings are made to make the display brighter, it causes the device to use more battery power to make the screen brighter. It can lengthen the amount of time between charges by turning off Auto-Brightness and adjusting the brightness settings to the lowest possible. Another display setting that can be adjusted is the amount of time it takes for the screen to turn off due to inactivity.
Turn Off the iCloud Keychain
The iCloud Keychain is a password management application which encrypts and stores your account user names, passwords and payment information so that the information isn’t needed every time you sign in. The keychain is a secure way for you and only you to quickly access your accounts or make payments. Many users have noted that a good way to preserve battery life is to disable the keychain, thus preventing the device from making unnecessary transmissions. The iCloud Keychain can be toggled on and off from the iCloud Settings on the device.
Check the Number of Applications Used
There are thousands upon thousands of apps for iOS devices. Chances are that there are many applications running at any given time. If the iOS device has not been turned off and back on again in a while, it can be a good idea to restart the device so that only the most needed apps are running. Under General Settings, iOS users can check Battery Usage to see which apps are using the most from the battery. Many times, offending applications can be updated or reinstalled, but if the app is obnoxious in its battery use, it could be worth considering removing the app altogether. In regards to Apple Music, iOS 8.4 users will not be able to remove the app, and using the app will be required any time the device manages or plays music.
Store Music Locally
The biggest change which Apple Music brings is the way music is stored and played from the device. Each iOS device will now automatically store its music in the Cloud instead of taking up space on the device. As with any Cloud service, an Internet connection is necessary in order to access and manage the files stored there. Since Apple Music streams music wirelessly via the Internet by default, it automatically requires more battery power to play music than before. Users can select individual songs that they listen to frequently to be downloaded to the device so that a battery-draining Internet connection is not required to play music.
Avoid the Update
Apple Music comes with great innovations for iOS users in the way they enjoy their music. There are many new customizable ways to store and share their taste in music and greater convenience for those with large music libraries. Unfortunately for those with limited data or those who need to keep their iPhones away from the charger for as long as possible, the latest update to iOS 8.4 can be quite a burden. Resetting device settings, downgrading or not updating in the first place may be the only option available for some users until the battery drainage situation improves. By avoiding the update to iOS 8.4, users will leave their devices vulnerable to previous bugs.
The good news for parents is that Mobile Spy is compatible with iOS 8.4 so that they can monitor their child’s usage while taking advantage of the latest bug fixes for their child’s iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. Monitoring software will provide the details of their child’s calls, text messages, GPS locations, websites visited, apps used and more. By keeping an eye on how their children use their iOS devices, parents will know how to guide their children through issues which may arise.