Wednesday, September 18, 2013

iPad Tip: Save Battery by Stopping Apps Running in the Background [iOS 6 and earlier]

The iPad (iPhone and iPod Touch) leaves apps in the background when you choose a new one. You can see these apps by double-taping the Home button. What you may not know is while most of these apps just sit there waiting for you to return to them, others are running and drain your battery a little faster than normal.

Apps that use GPS and your location, music playing apps, Internet phone apps like Skype and apps using Newsstand can drain the battery. To avoid this, close the apps running in the background.

Watch this short, 2 minute and 43 second  video demonstration.

You can close any or all of the apps by again, double tapping the Home button and then do a long press on one to get them to jiggle. Tap the red circle with the horizontal white line to stop the apps. Don't worry, the apps won't be deleted as this only occurs when the icons jiggle from the main screen.

This tip works for the iPhone, iPad Mini and iPod Touch too.

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