iOS 10.3 is only a few days old, but users are already reporting battery drain problems with the new update. The eight tips in this guide should help you get the most power out of your iPhone or iPad. Some of these tricks also worked on previous versions of iOS, but that doesn’t make them useless.

1) Check Out Your Battery-Drain Apps: Go into Settings > Battery to see which apps are having the greatest impact on your battery life. Try to limit your use of the ones with the highest percentage while you’re out and about.

2) Be Selective About Background App Refresh: Background App Refresh is a feature that constantly pings your apps for new information and adds it immediately. It’s enabled for almost all apps by default, but it probably shouldn’t be.

Go to Settings > General > Background App Refresh and toggle the feature off for apps where it doesn’t make sense. In most cases, refresh is handy for social media, messaging and email apps you use a lot. It can probably be turned off for everything else.

3) Wallpaper Adjustments: Newer versions of iOS have some advanced graphics features that can drain your battery. Turning them off may make your wallpaper look flat and more traditional, but how long do you spend on your home screen anyway?

First, we suggest selecting something from the Stills menu in Settings > Wallpaper > Choose Wallpaper. Choosing a dynamic option puts more strain on the hardware. Next, go to Settings > General > Accessibility. Switch the Reduce Motion feature to “on.” This will reduce gyro use and save your battery.

4) Turn Off Raise To Wake: Raise To Wake is a fairly new feature that makes your phone wake automatically when you pick it up. It’s cool but not necessary. Go to Settings > Display & Brightness to find the wake slider. Switch it off.

5) Turn Off Location Services: Location services are helpful when you’re using GPS apps, but they’re not needed all the time. Go to Settings > Privacy and turn Location Services off when you don’t need them.

6) Be Selective With Push Notifications/Widgets: Another age-old trick is to disable push notifications and remove widgets for apps you don’t use. Do this in Settings > Notifications and tap the name of the app you wish to change. To turn something off, tap its name and switch off the “Allow Notifications” slider. Reserve notifications for necessary cases like email and social media.

Widgets can be disabled by swiping downward on your home screen and scrolling all the way down the notification area till you see the Edit button. Tapping it reveals a list of available widgets. They can be turned off by tapping the red circle next to each name. Again, think about what you need and turn useless ones off.

7) Check Your Bluetooth: iOS sometimes turns on bluetooth automatically after updates. If you’re not using it, turn it off by swiping upward on your home screen and tapping the icon in between the moon and wifi toggles. If bluetooth is on, the button will be highlighted in blue. If it’s not highlighted, don’t do anything.

While you’re there, check out the AirDrop Receiving button too. If you don’t know what AirDrop is, you might as well set it to off.

8) Reboot Your Device: You’d be surprised how much a full reboot can conserve battery life after an update. A lot of times the update process makes your hardware tired and software cluttered. A reboot allows the mess to be cleaned out. Hold down the power button and swipe to turn off. Wait a few seconds and turn on your device by holding the power button down.

iOS 10.3 is available as a free download on supported devices. Be sure to check out our AirPod location and icon changing guides to make the most of the new features.
Have you encountered battery life issues since updating to iOS 10.3? Do any of these tips help? Tell us in the comments section!