How to Improve iPad Air Battery Life to Get More Juice out of Your iPad Air

This time around, Apple’s work on battery has been commendable. Most users of the iPad Air say that the battery performance is spectacular. For a device packed with so many new things, it sure is amazing.

However, if you are one of those users whose iPad Air battery performance hasn’t been good (or in some cases, very bad) these tips might help you to improve your iPad Air battery life. They’re all pretty standard things you can try so if you know them already, feel free to skip to the bottom of the post.


Turn off Visual Cues
“Reduce Motion” in iOS 7 helps you turn off visual cues that can eat up the battery. This has a large impact on the iPhone but on the iPad Air, it’s not much of a trouble. Nevertheless, you can turn the visual cues off. This includes parallax motion and other animations (which are quicker with Reduce Motion ON).

To do this:

  • Open the Settings app
  • Go to General → Accessibility
  • Tap on Reduce Motion and then turn it ON.

Background App Refresh
One of the recent additions to iOS 7’s infrastructure was Background App Refresh. This lets apps running in the background to update their content frequently even if they’re not being used. This is, in many cases, a waste of resources unless you open a lot of real-time and updating apps/websites.

To turn this off:

  • Open the Settings app
  • Tap on General
  • Turn OFF the switch for Background App Refresh

Auto Updates
iOS 7 will automatically update apps that have new versions – it all happens in the background. Once configured, every update will be carried out automatically without disturbing your workflow. While this is great, if you have a lot of apps and many of them get new versions frequently, that’s going to be tough on the processor / battery.

Turning off auto-updates is also good when you don’t want the data to be consumed randomly.

  • Open the Settings app
  • Tap on iTunes & App Store
  • Under Automatic Downloads, turn off Apps

Kill Apps Frequently
This goes without saying. As often as possible, double-press the home button and swipe up the app tiles to kill them from the processor.

Check Cellular Data for Apps
Cellular data usage has a huge impact on battery life. If you aren’t totally relying on cellular data, you might try switching it off when not in use. However, should it be very important that you check some apps while on the go, you might make use of a new feature that lets you turn on cellular only for a few apps.

Check out this tutorial for turning on cellular on a per-app basis.

Brightness, Wallpapers
Use still wallpapers instead of dynamic ones. Simple. And turn down the brightness.

  • Open the Settings app
  • Tap on Wallpapers & Brightness
  • Tap on Wallpaper
  • Then tap on Stills and select a wallpaper of your choice

GPS, Wi-fi and Cellular in Use
You might also find some solace in turning off Location Services (which will turn off the traffic insight on the Notification Center). You can do this by heading over to Settings → Privacy → Location Services. And turn off.

You should also turn off Wi-fi when it’s not in use. Ditto for cellular. Many users turn them both ON and that’s actually a pretty easy way to burn the juice down. When you’re not in a Wi-fi range, turn Wi-fi off from the Control Center.

Charge on Airplane Mode
As a side-note, if you wish to charge your iPad Air faster, use a docking station which outputs more power. And put your iPad Air on Airplane Mode – you should see that the iPad gets charged pretty quickly.

Hope this iPad Air battery saving tips helps you to get more juice out of it.