iOS 7.1 Will Kill Your iPhone Battery — Unless You Do This

iOS 7.1 — in many ways — is a welcome update to the iPhone and iPad operating systems. However, if you hope that the update will improve battery life, you might want to lower your expectations. Many who have installed the iOS 7.1 update have found that not only is the battery life not improved — it’s worse.

The good news is that this does not need to be a permanent problem in iOS 7.1. ZDNET has offered several solutions to those who own devices that run on iOS 7.1 to help preserve battery life.

Wait for Apple

The truth is that every time there is an iOS update, there also are some bugs to work out. Apple quickly becomes aware of these problems and works quickly to try to resolve them. If the battery issues are not bothering you that much, just wait a few days and Apple will offer another update that will improve upon iOS 7.1.

Charge and Discharge

As iOS 7.1 updates are installed on iPhone and iPads, battery calibration data is wiped from the device. This means that not only does the device discharge faster with iOS 7.1 — but it recharges faster as well. Continue to charge and discharge your iPhone and iPad for a few cycles and you will soon see that things should soon move back to normal.

Reset Your Device

If you don’t feel like waiting for Apple to make an iOS 7.1 update, perhaps you can take matters into your own hands by resetting your device. Doing so takes only three steps:

1) Press “Settings,” then tap “General,” and then “Reset.”

2) Select “Reset All Settings.”

3) Enter your passcode.

In addition to these setting changes for iOS 7.1, recommends several other things that you can do to improve battery life on any iOS device — even if it isn’t running iOS 7.1. They include:

Turn On Auto-Brightness

The auto-brightness setting recognizes ambient light and only makes the screen with iOS 7.1 devices as bright as it needs to be. This helps to preserve your iOS 7.1 battery life as well.

Find this by going to “Settings,” then “Brightness & Wallpaper,” then “Auto-Brightness On.”

Turn Off Bluetooth

Do you use Bluetooth with your iPhone or iPad on iOS 7.1? If not, turn it off. Leaving it on only drains your battery life completely unnecessarily. This is true for iOS 7.1 and all other iOS operating systems.

To turn off Bluetooth, go to “Settings,” then “Bluetooth” and move the slider to “Off.”

What other tips do you have to save battery life in iOS 7.1. Let us know in the comments.

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