You last charged your iPad a mere three hours ago, expecting for it to last at least a day. To your dismay, the pop-up notification has informed you that you need to charge it again. You’ve noticed that this has been occurring for the past few days. What could be wrong? Aside from the fact that you have spent a lot of money on your gadget, this problem can be very frustrating, especially if you don’t know the reason behind your battery losing its power so quickly.
Most people would suggest replacing your battery but in fact, the problem is rooted in the software that your iPad has. That software has a voracious appetite for energy. Here’s what you can do to help optimize your iPad’s battery use:
Switch off specific System Services
Go to the Location Services and tap the System Services button found at the bottom of the screen. Aside from the Compass Calibration, Emergency SOS, Find My iPad, and Setting Time Zone items, switch everything off. Notice how many of those items in the System Services are not really necessary but still devour precious battery power, such as “Location-Based iAds.” Not only will turning off “Share My Location” conserve your battery power but it will protect your privacy as well. After this, tap “Significant Locations.” It is another energy leech plus a threat to privacy. There’s no reason to not switch it off!
Push mail instead of Fetch
The Mail settings can also prove to be another battery sucker, especially if it is set to Push mail instead of Fetch. Although that setting will allow you to be notified whenever a new email arrives in your inbox, it constantly sends pings to monitor the arrival of new messages. Precious battery power goes to waste as your device constantly sends pings, even in idle situations.
Rather than let your iPad continuously do this, you can have it fetch mail once every few minutes. If you want your iPad to automatically fetch new emails instead of fetching batches of new messages per interval of time, you can always just open your preferred email app to check new messages. This would mean that your iPad does not have to send pings to your inbox all the time, saving battery power.
Go to Settings and tap Accounts & Passwords. Then, tap Fetch New Data. You will see that Push is turned on. Switch it off. After that, look at the Fetch settings below. The best Fetch schedule is 15 minutes as you don’t have to wait too long to receive new messages while still being able to conserve battery life.
Give your iPad a rest at least once a week
An unknown or hidden software issue could be another cause for your iPad’s short battery life. By turning it off at least once a week, all of your iPad’s programs will shut down naturally, including the processes that drive the energy-sucking software issue. After you turn it back on, it can run again on a fresh start. Turning off your iPad is also another practical way to extend your battery’s capacitance, which would mean it can store energy for a longer period or discharge more slowly.
Keep it in the Goldilocks zone
Sometimes, your iPad may feel warmer than usual. This is particularly common when you have been continuously using it to play games. The battery should work fine even if it is a little warmer than usual. The iPad can still work at temperatures ranging from 32 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit. At higher temperatures, however, the iPad’s electronic components have to work harder to keep your gadget working, which means more drain on your battery. At temperatures greater than 95 degrees
Fahrenheit, the battery and the iPad become more vulnerable to damage. Therefore, avoid leaving your iPad exposed under the sun for too long or left inside your car if you will park under the heat of the sun. Colder temperatures, on the other hand, can also drain your battery faster since the ions that carry electric charge have decreased energy to move as a current of electricity from the battery to the gadget’s components. Use your iPad only within the ‘Goldilocks temperature’ it was designed for.
Last resort: go to your local Apple Store
If the battery problem persists even after putting the iPad into DFU mode, there is a possibility that it might involve a hardware problem. Have your iPad checked at an Apple Store near you and let them conduct a standard battery test to know once and for all if you really need to replace the battery.
You can ask Apple to change the battery with a new one on-the-spot if your iPad is covered by AppleCare+ and if your iPad fails the test. But even if you have AppleCare+, Apple will unlikely change your battery if it passes.
If your iPad isn’t covered by AppleCare+, or if you want to have a new iPad battery right now, you can try contacting Puls, a competent iPad and iPhone repair company that can send you a certified technician at your beck and call. Wherever you may be, Puls will have your iPad battery changed with a new one. Not only will they get you a new battery but they will also give you a bonus–lifetime warranty!
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