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9 tips for saving battery life on iOS 8

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If your iPhone’s battery life is dwindling faster than you like, there are a few tips to help avoid battery drain.

Several new iOS 8 features can improve your mobile experience but also quickly drain your battery. While iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus users are less likely to see increased battery drain, all users can take a few steps to extend battery life.

Here are 9 tips for making your battery last longer. Mashable also lists 8 popular games that drain your battery. 

1. Start with the offenders.

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Determine the biggest offenders by browsing to Settings > General > Usage > Battery Usage and identify the apps using the biggest percentage of the battery.

2. Manage “Background App Refresh.”

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Background App Refresh is set to “on” by default. When “on,” apps can run in the background and drain your battery. While for some apps is necessary, others it’s not. To change the settings, visit Settings > General > Background App Refresh and make changes.

3. Manage “Notification Widgets.”

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iOS 8 has widgets that display in the Notification Center. To manage the widgets, tap “Edit” at the bottom of the screen and turn off/on the widgets you will actually use.

4. Disable Apple’s parallax/motion feature.

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Does the wallpaper behind your apps appear to move when you move your phone? Many complain this feature is dizzying, but the truth is it also drains your battery. To disable, go to Settings > General > Accessibility and switch Reduce Motion to “on.”

5. Manage location-tracking apps.

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Location-tracking apps are great when you’re using your map, however other apps ask to track your location by default. Those apps can drain your battery. Manage location-tracking apps by going to Settings > Privacy > Location Services and carefully select the apps you want to track your location.

6. Brightness!

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To adjust brightness, go to Control Center (by swiping up from the bottom of the screen) or visit Settings > Wallpapers & Brightness. Then, disable Auto-Brightness and decrease the setting manually.

7. Avoid fetch.

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Fetch on your email is one of the biggest offenders for draining batteries, especially if you receive dozens of emails each day. To make changes, go to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Fetch New Data.

8. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

If you’re not using Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, turn them off.

9. Keyboard clicks

Keyboard clicks are annoying and drain your battery. Turn off by going to Settings > Sounds > Keyboard Clicks.