How To Manage Which Apps Use Background App Refresh on the iPad

iPad Background App Refresh

iOS allows apps to refresh their content in the background. So even when you don’t have your favorite email or news app open, it is updating its content and ready for your next use. This is a very helpful feature, but perhaps not so much when it’s used by all your installed apps, or by apps that you really don’t need to be refreshed in the background.

Turning off the background refresh feature for some of your apps may also help to preserve battery life on the iPad. And it is very simple to do. Here’s how:

— Open the Settings app

— Select the ‘General’ section on the left sidebar

— Select ‘Background App Refresh’ towards the bottom of the General screen

This will show a listing of all of your installed apps that are set to use background app refresh. You simply tap the button to the right of an individual app to toggle the feature on or off for that app.

So this is a feature that’s very easy to manage, and it’s also interesting just to see some of the apps that show up in the listing that you wouldn’t necessarily expect or want to be making use of it.

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How To See Which Apps Are Using the Most Battery on the iPad

iPad Battery Percentage

Nothing wrecks the experience of using a great mobile device like having poor battery life. You can have the latest, greatest iPad Air 2 or a flagship smartphone, but if your battery life struggles to keep up with your useof the device, it can quickly become frustrating and also put a dent in your productivity.

iOS 8 gives us a greater ability to manage battery life on the iPad – in addition to standard best practices for improving iPad battery life (adjust brightness, keep unused services turned off etc.), we can now also see which iPad apps are using up the most battery.

Here’s how to do this on an iPad running iOS 8:

— Open the Settings app

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iOS 8: Start Website-Specific Searches From The Safari Address Bar


iOS 8 website search

Here’s a little iOS 8 tip for quickly searching sites you’ve already visited in Safari: while in the address bar, start typing the first four or five letters of a website, add a space, and then type in a search term. You’ll find that the first result in the suggestion list (below the URL bar) will become an option to search that website, and tapping on that line will initiate the search.

The only catch is that you have to manually run a search on the website at least once (which is how Safari learns how the site formats search queries). In our example case, this means visiting, typing a search into our search bar, and then pressing enter to execute the search. Once you’ve done that once on our site, you’ll see results similar to the one in my screenshot above. This is a really useful feature for power users, since it saves you from having to load a website before actually getting to initiate your search.

This is also a great tip for people who want to keep the number of apps down on their iPads. You could download apps for Yelp and IMDB, but using this trick puts the powerful search results of those websites at your fingertips, without any extra apps to clutter up your home screen.

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iOS 8: How to See Which Apps Are Using the Most Battery

iOS 8 Apps Battery Usage

Battery life can be a big factor in getting the most out of the iPad and other mobile devices. When you have battery life struggles, it can be very useful to know what’s causing any rapid battery drain – and sometimes that can end up being an individual app or two.

Now in iOS 8, we have more insight on this issue – and we can see which apps are using the most battery in the last 24 hours and the last 7 days. Here’s how:

— Open the Settings app

— Tap on the General section on the left sidebar

— Then tap on ‘Usage’ in the General area on the right

— Next tap on ‘Battery Usage’ right at the top of the Usage page

This will bring up the Battery usage page – which shows the amount of usage since the last battery charge, standby time, and then a listing of the apps that have used up battery during the selected time frame, from highest usage to lowest.

You can tap the headers of this section to switch between viewing Last 24 Hours and Last 7 Days.

This should be a very useful feature – not least for identifying potential battery hog type apps.

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iOS 8: How To Add Widgets to Notification Center

iOS 8 Notification Center

One of the areas that Apple has opened up in iOS 8 is access to Notification Center – as in access for third party apps. Now it’s supported and you can add Notification Center widgets for some of your favorite 3rd party apps.

Here’s how:

— Open Notification Center – with a swipe down from the top of the iPad screen from within any app or from the home screen

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Hiding Purchased Music On Your iPad

John Gruber linked to this awesome MacWorld article that details how to use iTunes to hide the free U2 album on your iOS music app. I actually want to listen to this latest U2 album, but I do want to hide the crappy singles I’ve gotten from Starbucks, so this really came in handy for […]

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iPad Tips: Using Smart Mailboxes on iOS 7

One of the killer additions to the Mail app in iOS 7 are Smart Mailboxes, which help organize all sent messages, messages with attachments, and more. The VIP mailbox is displayed by default, but you’ll want to tap on the Edit button on the top-right corner of the Mail app to reveal the other Smart […]

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How To: Use Private Browsing on the iPad

Private browsing is a very useful feature for the Safari browser app on the iPad and iOS. In private browsing mode your browsing history is not recorded. So, for example, if you’re secretly browsing around for a perfect birthday gift for your partner (who shares your iPad) and you don’t want them to see your […]

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