“It only takes a minute…” Battery saving tips for tablets

So if you have iPads in your school,  android tablet devices, or even a smartphone, you may find yourself having to charge these types of devices every single day. In school, this can be a nightmare, especially in a school environment where iPads are split over classes and used for prolonged periods. Here are some top tips for helping your battery last as long as possible.


  1. Turn off any unnecessary features. Bluetooth and wireless are features that for convenience you may want to keep switched on, however, when your iPad is supposedly not in use, services like these are constantly connecting to the wireless for updates, and Bluetooth will scan every so often for new devices. Make sure when you get your device, you turn off anything you are not planning to use.


  1. If you’re not using it, lock it. Most devices have a sleep button, which you press once to effectively put your device into sleep mode. This saves battery because the battery is not being used to power the screen, effectively the main battery drainer on the device. Most tablets also have an option to automatically put the screen to sleep when a cover on the device is closed. This can be activated in the settings, and may be a worthwhile investment for your devices, as not only is the tablet protected, it also ensures your tablet will get the best battery life possible automatically without you having to think too much.


  1. Turn it down! Screen brightness is another big battery drainer. Screens on tablets or any devices are extremely bright, more often than not too bright unless you are in direct sunlight. Turning this down manually to a slightly lower setting can do wonders for your devices battery life.


  1. Close those apps! Many of us do not realise this, but if you have opened an app, and then press the home button and go into another, you have not actually closed the other app you were using. Devices now keep apps you have opened running in the background, so when you hop back into it, it does not take so long to load. However, this takes up processing power, meaning more strain is put on the device. You can close apps on an iPad by simply double pressing the home button, and then swiping upwards to close the app.


  1. Make sure notifications are switched off. Notifications may be handy, as they show you your email at inappropriate moments, but also drain your battery much faster. This is because in order to receive notifications, it has to every so often, check the internet for new updates, meaning when it is doing this the device is not actually sleeping, but using battery to do these checks. Make sure you turn off as many notifications as possible for apps, so your device can get the beauty sleep it requires.


  1. Drain it, leave it, recharge it. If your device is suddenly going from 15% to completely dead in less than a minute, it is safe to say a re-calibration is in order. Devices can show less than true battery percentages if they are constantly re-charged from 38% back to 100%. To perform a re-calibration, keep your device on until it is completely discharged. Then leave it for ten minutes and stick it back on charge all the way to 100%.

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