How to Maximize Your iPad Mini’s Battery Life

Now that the smaller version of the iPad is on sale in 34 countries, with a starting price of $329 for a 16 GB Wi-Fi only model, you might be one of those who are lucky enough to get it after selling your old iPad. The iPad Mini has a display size of 7.9 inches, with the same screen resolution as the iPad 2, which is 1768 by 1024 pixels. However, the pixel density of the iPad Mini is still not a match for the latest iPad’s Retina Display with 264 pixels per inch, although it is higher than that of the iPad 2, with 163 pixels per inch.

Since it is new, you want to take care of it. The most important part in the tablet is the built-in battery. Once it is broken, you will have no choice but to sell it. Its battery is a 16.3 watt-hour power pack, which delivers the same power as the other iPads. If you are using it on cellular connectivity, it can last up to nine hours. If you are just browsing the Web on Wi-Fi, watching videos and listening to music, it lasts up to 10 hours.

Here are some tips to follow to minimize power consumption and improve battery life.

  1. Turn off the Wi-Fi connection when you are not using it. Just go to Settings, and then set Wi-Fi to Off.
  2. Turn on the Airplane Mode when you are in low or no coverage areas. Just navigate to Settings, and then turn on Airplane Mode.
  3. One of the best ways to save battery life is by lowering the screen brightness. Just go to Settings then click Brightness & Wallpaper. Drag the slider to the left to lower brightness.
  4. You should disable cellular connectivity. If you let it, it will decrease your iPad Mini’s battery life. Navigate to Settings then to Cellular. Set Cellular Data to off.
  5. Lock your iPad Mini when you are not using it. Just press the sleep/wake button. Also, set the auto-lock interval which will turn off your gadget quickly. Just navigate to Settings, then to General then to Auto-Lock. Set the interval for a short period of time.
  6. Only use apps that give location services like Maps when you need them. To disable them, go to Settings, then to General then to Location Services.
  7. Apps that rely on push notifications like the instant messaging can also affect your iPad Mini’s battery life. Turn them off by going to Settings then to Notifications. Set Notifications to off.
  8. Push mail should also be disabled when not in use. Navigate to Settings, then to Mail, Contacts, Calendars. Go to Fetch New Data and then turn off the push mail service.
  9. Fetch data manually. Browse to Settings, then Mail, Contacts, Calendars and tap Fetch New Data.
  10. To save battery, you can also reduce the amount of email accounts you check. Just turn an account off or delete it. To turn it off, go to Settings then to Mail, Contacts, and Calendars. Choose an account and then turn it off. To delete it, just select the account and then click Delete Account.
Yvette Divino

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Klaus - December 2, 2012

I already have the iPad 3 so for that reason I’m not really interested in the iPad Mini. I mean, who needs iPhone, iPad AND iPad Mini? Nah, if it can’t fit in my pocket, I might as well take something along with a large enough screen that will still fit in my backpack 🙂

Also, like you mentioned, no Retina on the iPad Mini yet. Also, the CPU is almost already outdated. I think we will see an updated iPad Mini in about 6 months, definitely no longer than 3 quarters.

    Yvette Divino - December 5, 2012

    Yes! You have a point! I’ll wait for the iPad 5/iPad Mini 2 because I believe iPad 4 and iPad Mini was just a test product of Apple and next year they will release the better iPad. 🙂

TracyAnn0312 - December 4, 2012

I think that the is a very good idea in order to maximize your iPad mini battery. I never thought that lowering the resolution of your iPad is very good.

    Yvette Divino - December 5, 2012

    Now you know! 🙂 I’m glad I was able to help you. 🙂

iPhone Development India - May 20, 2013

Hey, I am also using iPad Mini that has lot of functions which are very useful in routine life. As per the its battery life concern i got good tips from this post that might be very useful for me to keep battery life long.


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