iOS 10 tidbit: battery life suggestions

By , Jun 16, 2016

iOS 10 Battery Life Suggestions iPhone screenshot 001

One of the useful little things Apple’s built into iOS 10 without even mentioning it during the WWDC keynote or in iOS 10 marketing materials is a brand new feature designed to suggest ways users can maximize their iPhone’s battery life. Branded as Battery Life Suggestions, it appears automatically when your battery is not connected to power or using Low Power Mode.

The feature is pretty straightforward and it’s especially nice that battery-related suggestions are simple to understand and based on existing iOS features that are readily available to everyone.

As you can see, these get listed below the new Battery Life Suggestions heading in Settings → Battery.

Suggestions vary depending on your usage patterns.

If you crank up the brightness all the way up, chances are iOS will recommend either reducing brightness manually or using the Auto-Brightness function.

Similarly, if someone uses mostly cellular data and does a lot of web surfing on their device, they might see a suggestion to disable cellular data, and so forth.

Many average users are unaware that using cellular data consumes power faster or that the biggest power draw in a mobile device with an LCD display is the screen itself.

That’s why it’s especially great that iOS 10’s battery life suggestions cater to both pro users and novices who aren’t necessarily gadget experts, but will still get sound battery-saving tips based on their actual usage of the device.

Hat tip goes to iDownloadBlog reader Aaron.

Your thoughts on battery suggestions in iOS 10?

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  • Fede777

    This is already on iOS 9

  • Chris Gilmore

    Somebody help me out with a iOS 10 ipsw, tweet or reply to me here!

    • Checkout r/iOSBeta on Reddit, you’ll get much better help

  • Uh guys… This already existed on iOS 9

  • Kind of feels weird to report on a small change that was already in iOS 9 and ignore much bigger changes like the completely brand new Health app.

    Speaking of changes that iDB hasn’t talked about yet, I noticed that the workout app has changed for the watch. Now if I go on a run, instead of separate panes to scroll through to see heart rate, pace, distance, etc. It’s now all on one screen which is SUPER convenient (although a little harder to read while running). The other thing that I noticed is that I went to take a screenshot and discovered that pressing both the side buttons no longer took a screenshot but paused or resumed my workout tracking which was interesting.

    Anyone else noticed anything cool? Or know how to take screenshots on the WatchOS 3? :P.

    • Moustakas Epameinondas

      Hey dude, you have to enable the function through the watch app. It is on the first tab “My Watch” and by default is disabled!

      • Thanks man! It must have turned off when I upgraded everything to the beta and I just assumed that it had beed changed.

      • Moustakas Epameinondas

        It is new! It didn’t exist in previous versions! 😉

      • LOL, unfortunately I never played around with the setting when I first got the Apple Watch. I just left the defaults and assumed I’d get around to looking through all the settings some day and never got to it. So thanks! I honestly have no idea what’s changed settings wise in the app.

        Although speaking of that. Do you know how to use Watch OS 3 to unlock Sierra? I tried looking for where to set that up but unfortunately I don’t know my way around the watch settings (as I’ve probably made abundantly clear by now) and couldn’t figure out how to do it.

      • Moustakas Epameinondas

        The release notes for the first developer preview specify that most of the Continuity features are not yet available (which make sense, seeing as they aren’t actually relevant to development).

      • Ok thanks for the info! I kind of suspected that since they didn’t demo it but opted to show a movie clip instead, but I was kind of hoping that it would be implemented.

        Personally though I would have loved to see that opened up to developers to use for authentication. Can you imagine for instance never needing to type the master password for 1Password as long as you’re wearing your watch while using your computer? That would be awesome!

      • Moustakas Epameinondas

        Yes, indeed. That would be awesome!

        I believe this will happen next year…

  • Mike T4

    So, like common sense stuff? Still people pay for battery boost apps doing the same