Sunday, October 28, 2012
Having an iPad isn't like a big desktop. When something isn't running properly on a desktop you can just take it to the repair shop and they will magically make it better again. Give them one day and they will have it running faster than ever before. They could probably triple your storage space in the time it takes you to go next door for a coffee. It doesn't work like that with your iPad.
If you want to see an improvement in something you can't take it apart and install a few new things. You have to get creative. One thing people have a problem with is the battery life. It's not too bad, but that doesn't stop us from complaining. We always want more and this time it's no different. So do you want to know how you can get the most out of your battery? There's a few little things you can do and we'll take a look now.
Turn the brightness down a bit
The iPad screen is very bright, but I'm sure you've already realized this. Turn the thing down. At least you won't have to sit there with a pair of sunglasses on just to look at it. You can always turn it up when you need to, maybe if you're watching a movie, but for general browsing it doesn't need to burn your eyes. You'll notice a slight improvement in the battery life if you turn it down.
Switch off the 4G
If you are not using it then it simply doesn't need to be on. Why drain your battery when you don't need to? If you don't have a 4G model then it doesn't apply to you, but if you do then don't have it on. As soon as you take a little wander out of a Wi-Fi covered area it's going to start zapping your battery like you wouldn't believe. It's simple to turn back on when you need it.
Switch on your auto-lock
The battery will be getting drained when you leave the iPad lying around gathering dust. It might not flatten it, but every little helps. You never know when you might need that extra 2%. When you have auto-lock turned on your iPad will go to sleep when it's not been used for a certain amount of time. You won't have to worry about switching it off when you stop using it because it will do it by itself.
Don't bother with notifications
Just because your iPad isn't being used doesn't mean it's not hard at work in the background. It's going to be checking non-stop for new notifications coming in. This will also have an adverse affect on the battery. Your social media updates will still be there when you look for them. Don't bother searching for them if you are looking to save some battery juice.
Leave your iPad charging
When you're not using it you can have it plugged into the power source. It means your battery will always be charged to the maximum amount each time you decide to take it away somewhere. You can't overcharge a battery so you have nothing to worry about. If you unplug it every time it reaches 100% it doesn't necessarily mean it's exactly full. Just leave it plugged in if you can.