17 Ways to Improve Battery Life on Your iPod touch

There's nothing worse than being in the middle of your favorite song, the most exciting part of a movie, or at a key point in a game and having your iPod touch run out of battery. That's so frustrating!

The iPod touch packs a lot of juice, but people who really use it can go through their batteries quickly. Luckily, here are 17 ways to save lots of battery life and squeeze every last minute of fun out of your touch. You probably don't want to use them all at once—you'd turn off every interesting feature of your iPod. Instead, try picking the ones that work best for how you use your device and see how much more battery they give you.

Turn Off Background App Refresh

iOS 9 battery issues: background app refresh

Your iPod touch likes to be smart. So smart that it pays attention to what apps you use when and tries to make life easier for you. For instance, do you always check Facebook during breakfast? Your touch learns that and, in the background, updates Facebook with the latest posts so you see fresh content. Cool, but it also takes up battery. You can always update content in apps yourself.

To turn it off, go to:

  1. Settings
  2. General
  3. Background App Refresh
  4. You can choose to disable the feature completely or only turn it off for some apps.

Turn Off Auto-Update for Apps

disable automatic app updates

Another way the iPod touch tries to make your life easier. Instead of forcing you to update apps to the new versions yourself, this feature automatically updates them whenever they come out. Nice, but those downloads and installs can suck up battery life. Maybe wait to update all at once when your battery is charged or your touch is plugged in.

To turn it off, go to:

  1. Settings
  2. iTunes & App Store
  3. Automatic Downloads
  4. Updates
  5. Move slider to Off/white.

Turn Off Motion and Animations

reduce motion and animations

One of the cool things that iOS 7 introduced was some animations and visual effects when using the OS. Among these were some pretty fancy transition animations between screens and the ability for apps to float over the top of the wallpaper and move as you tilt the device. They look cool, but when you're trying to conserve energy, they're definitely not essential. Later versions of the iOS cut down on these animations, but you can still save battery without them.

To turn them off, go to:

  1. Settings
  2. General
  3. Accessibility
  4. Reduce Motion
  5. Move the Reduce Motion slider to green/On.

Keep Bluetooth Turned Off Unless You're Using It

disable bluetooth via control center

Any time you need to connect to other devices, you use battery life—especially if you spend time trying, but failing, to connect. That's true for Bluetooth and the next two items on this list. Trying to connect using Bluetooth means your touch is constantly scanning for devices to connect to and sending data back and forth—and that burns battery. It's best to turn on Bluetooth only when you're going to connect to a device.

To turn it off:

  1. Open Control Center by swiping up from the bottom of the screen
  2. Tap the Bluetooth icon (third in from the left) so that it is grayed out.

To turn Bluetooth back on again, open Control Center and tap the icon again.

Turn Off Wi-Fi Unless You're Using It

disable wi-fi via control center

Wi-Fi is one of the worst culprits when it comes to wireless features that drain battery. That's because when Wi-Fi is on and if your touch is not connected, it's constantly scanning for a network to connect to and, when it finds one, trying to join it. This constant churn is rough on batteries. Keep Wi-Fi turned off until you're using it.

To turn it off:

  1. Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to open Control Center
  2. Tap the Wi-Fi icon (second from the left) so that it is grayed out.

To turn Wi-Fi back on again, open Control Center and tap the icon again

Reduce Screen Brightness

reduce screen brightness

The energy that it takes to light up the screen on the iPod touch is something you can't avoid using. But you can control how much you use. That's because you can change the brightness of the screen. The brighter the screen, the more battery life it needs. Try keeping the screen brightness low and your battery will stay charged longer.

To change the setting, tap:

  1. Settings
  2. Display & Brightness
  3. Move the slider to the left to make the screen dimmer.

Only Upload Photos When You Mean To

disable photo stream

If you didn't already have one, you probably set up an iCloud account when you set up your touch. iCloud is a great service that provides a lot of benefits, but if you take a lot of photos, it can also be a problem for your battery. That's because of a feature that automatically uploads your photos to iCloud whenever you take them. Guess what? That's bad for your battery.

To turn it off, go to:

  1. Settings
  2. Photos & Camera
  3. Move the My Photo Stream slider to Off/white.

Disable Push Data

disable push data

There are two ways to check email: manually when you open your Mail app or to have email servers "push" the new mail to you whenever it arrives. Push makes it easy to be on top of the latest communications, but since it's grabbing email more often, it takes more power. Unless you really need to be super up to date at all times, turn it off by tapping:

  1. Settings
  2. Mail
  3. Accounts
  4. Fetch New Data
  5. Move the Push slider to Off/white.

Wait Longer to Download Email

wait longer to download email

Since checking email takes battery life, it just stands to reason that the less often you check email the more battery you'll save, right? Well, it's true. You can control how often your iPod touch checks email. Try a longer time between checking for best results.

Change the setting by tapping:

  1. Settings
  2. Mail
  3. Accounts
  4. Fetch 
  5. Select your preference (the longer between checks, the better for your battery).

Turn Off Music EQ

disable music EQ

I bet there's almost no one in the world who has a touch and doesn't have at least a couple of songs on it. After all, the iPod did start out as the most dominant portable MP3 player in the world. One aspect of the Music app built into the iOS is that it tries to use software to make sure music sounds great by applying equalization to it. This can boost bass in hip hop or echo in chamber music, for instance. It's not a requirement, though, so unless you're an audiophile, you can turn it off by tapping:

  1. Settings
  2. Music
  3. EQ
  4. Tap off.

Avoid Animated Wallpapers

avoid dynamic wallpapers

Just like the animations and movement burn up battery life you probably want to hold onto, the animated wallpapers introduced in iOS 7 do the same. Again, they're nice to look at, but they don't do all that much. Stick with regular, static wallpapers.

To avoid them, tap:

  1. Settings
  2. Wallpaper
  3. Choose a New Wallpaper
  4. Do not select options from Dynamic

Turn Off AirDrop Unless You're Using It

disable airdrop in control center

AirDrop is Apple's wireless file-sharing tool—and it's great, unless it's sucking up your battery. Only turn AirDrop on when you're going to use it and when the person you want to share files with is nearby.

To turn it off:

  1. Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to open Control Center
  2. Tap AirDrop
  3. Tap Off.

Turn Off Location Awareness

disable location services

In order for your iPod touch to be able to tell you how close the nearest Starbucks is or to give you directions to a restaurant, it needs to use your location (on the iPhone this is done using true GPS; on the touch, it's a similar technology, but less accurate). This means your touch is constantly sending data over Wi-Fi—and as we've learned, that means battery drain. Keep it off until you need to use your location for something.

To turn it off, go to:

  1. Settings
  2. Privacy
  3. Location Services
  4. Move the Location Services slider to Off/white.

Disable Hidden Location Settings

disable other location settings

Buried within the Privacy settings of the iOS are a whole bunch of other features that use your location for things that are helpful, but not essential. Turn all of these off and you'll never miss them—but your battery will last longer.

To turn them off, go to:

  1. Settings
  2. Privacy
  3. Location Services
  4. System Services
  5. Move the sliders for Diagnostics & UsageLocation-Based Apple Ads, Location-Based Suggestions, and Popular Near Me to Off/white.

Lock Your Screen Faster

lock screen faster

Lighting up the beautiful Retina Display screen on your iPod touch requires power, so the less you use the screen, the better. You can control how quickly the device automatically locks and turns off its screen. The faster it happens, the better off you'll be. 

Change the setting by tapping:

  1. Settings 
  2. Display & Brightness
  3. Auto-Lock
  4. Make your choice.

Use Low Power Mode

low power mode iOS 10

If your battery is really low and you need to squeeze more life out of it, Apple has you covered with a setting called Low Power Mode. This feature adjusts all kinds of settings on your touch to get you 1-3 hours additional battery life. Because it disables some features, it's best to use only when you're low and can't recharge, but when you need it:

  1. Tap Settings
  2. Battery
  3. Move the Low Power Mode slider to on/green

Try a Battery Pack

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If these tips don't work for you, maybe you don't need to try settings. Instead, you need a bigger battery. The touch's battery can't be replaced by users, but you can get accessories that provide extra juice. These accessories are basically big batteries that you can plug into your touch to recharge its battery—just remember to charge your battery pack, too.

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