How to Enter Low Power Mode on the iPad

The new Battery Usage screen in settings is a great way to find out which apps are sucking up the most power.

Apple's desire to differentiate the iPad and the iPhone became readily apparent with the iOS 9 update, with the iPad on the receiving end of a long-standing wishlist item: multitasking. But while the iPad got Split-View and Slide-Over Multitasking, the iPhone wasn't totally left out in the cold. In fact, the iPhone may have received an even more useful feature in the new Low Power Mode, which can extend the battery life of the iPhone by up to an hour.

The iPhone will offer a dialog choice to enter Low Power Mode at 20% battery power and then again at 10% battery power. You can also turn the feature on manually. In essence, Low Power Mode turns off certain features like background app refresh, removes some user interface graphics and slows down the processor to help with battery life.

How Do We Get Low Power Mode for the iPad?

While the iPad can't achieve a true Low Power Mode—there's no toggle for slowing down the CPU—there are a few toggles we can switch and sliders we can manipulate that will help out on battery life.

The first thing you can do when your battery gets low is to bring up the control panel by sliding your finger from the bottom edge of the screen towards the top of the display. This control panel allows you to lower the brightness of the iPad's display, which saves you a lot of battery power. You can also turn off Bluetooth by tapping the button that looks like two triangles pointing to the right and the top of a third triangle behind them. If you don't need Internet access, you should also turn off Wi-Fi.

These are three of the top ways to save battery life, and because they are all easily accessed from anywhere on your iPad, you don't need to go hunting through settings to find them.

Another feature that can help if you really need to squeeze as much power as possible from your iPad is the battery usage table. The iPad can now report which apps are using the most power, so you'll know which app to avoid. You can get to this chart by going into the iPad's Settings and choosing Battery from the left-side menu. Battery usage will be shown in the middle of the screen.

If you have an absolute emergency, you can also turn off Background App Refresh and Locations Services.