Six tips to conserve battery life on iOS 7

The iOS7 is full of fancy new features but they play havoc on your battery life even when you're not using them.

So you've downloaded the iOS 7 software update to your iPhone. It's great. You're enjoying the pretty layout and all of its new features. But your battery doesn't seem to go the distance quite like it used to.

That's probably because you've got everything open at once. Sure, the new operating system is full of fancy new features, but you don't need to use all of them, all the time. They suck up lots of battery life even when you're not using them.

So what exactly do you need to shut down? Here are 6 tips to help you squeeze the most life out of your iPhone battery. Note: Some of these hints apply to all iPhones, but for others you will need to upgrade your system to iOS 7.

1. Turn off your auto-brightness

You don't need your screen to be that bright. Go to Setting > Wallpapers & Brightness and turn it off. Manually decrease or increase the screen brightness as you need it, depending if you're inside or outside. And if you're really low on battery, crank it down to as dark as you can handle.

2. Disable location services

Location services is crucial for some applications, like Google Maps. But Facebook? Do you really want all your 'friends' to know where you are every time you post? Go to settings > privacy > location services and disable the feature on the apps you don't need it for. If your phone is constantly calculating and communicating your location, it's bound to use up loads of juice.

3. Turn off background app updates

We're all guilty of forgetting to close our apps. It's one of the quickest ways to drain your battery. But on iOS 7, if apps are running in the background, they're also updating. Turn this off by going to Settings > General > Background App Refresh.

4. Turn off Parallax

Have you noticed your icons shift when you move your phone around? That dizzying feature is called Parallax. It's kind of annoying and you don't really need it. Go to Settings > General > Accessibility and turn the Reduce Motion on.

5. Disable push notifications

You don't need push notifications for every application. That stuff takes power. Fine, you might be desperate to know when you have new lives on Candy Crush, but maybe not for Angry Birds (because that would be lame). Go to Settings > Notifications Centre and scroll down to the Include section. Then start toggling those bad boys.

6. Fetch, don't push emails

Automatically 'pushing' new emails takes up loads of battery power. You'll immediately notice the difference in your battery's longevity when you change your email settings to 'Fetch' (where you manually refresh/check emails). Go to Settings > Mail, Contacts and Calendar > Fetch New Data. If you have access to multiple email accounts on your phone, change them all to Fetch and keep your main account on Push.

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