How to Preserve iPhone Battery Life in iOS 5

There seems to be a great deal of clamor lately regarding the battery life of the iPhone with the release of iOS 5 (and the freshly released iOS 5.0.1). Of course, iOS 5 is a great new release that brings a number of handy new features, but some of those features can also be overkill and can cause battery drain.

If rumors are true, one of the seemingly most notorious culprits is Notification Center, the much-needed functionality introduced in iOS 5 that allows you be better see and manage the incoming messages from all of your assorted apps.

By default, many of the apps you install make use of the new Notification Center functionality to keep you informed of all sorts of app events – most of which are totally useless and need not be used.  For example, do you really need to get updates from Apple’s new Cards app?  Not me.  How about updates from the weather or stock widgets?  Me neither.   All the ongoing network activity required to make those unnecessary app notifications occur can drain your battery.  The solution?  Turn Notification Center off for all those apps you don’t need to hear from!

NOTE:  Reports around the internet seem to indicate that the Calendar app, if connected to an Exchange calendar, can be a big source of battery drain when used with Notification Center.  If this is your situation, you might want to run with test this with Notifications ON and OFF to see this improves your battery situation. 

Here’s how to turn off select app notifications in iOS 5 Notification Center.

Step 1 – Go to the Settings app on your phone (the one with the icon that has the gears graphic on it).

Step 2 – Select the “Notifications” settings.

Step 3 – Use your finger to scroll down to see which apps are “In Notification Center” and those that are “Not In Notification Center”.

Step 4 –  Select an app that is “In Notification Center” from which you don’t wish to receive notifications.

Step 5 – The very first setting found at the top is “Notification Center” with the option to turn notifications ON or OFF for that particular app.

Step 6  – Select “OFF”.  If you now go back to the Notification Center setting, that app you updated should now be found in the “Not In Notification Center” list.

Cards Notification Center Off

Congratulations!  You’ve just made one small step towards improving your iPhone’s battery life in iOS 5.  Repeat this process for every app that you don’t need to be nagged by in Notification Center.


How to Configure Show Preview for Messages in iOS

Read this article to learn how to turn “Show Preview” on and off in iOS 5, iOS 6, iOS 7 and iOS 8.

In the release of iOS 5 for the Apple iPhone, iPod and iPad, Apple added a number of great new features, including iMessages (now called Messages) and the much needed Notification Center. These new features are a boon to Apple mobile device users who rely on text messaging as a means of communication (who doesn’t these days?).

In iOS 5, Apple has changed the location of the setting to enable and disable the text messaging “Show Preview” option.  For those of you not familiar with it, this handy option (if turned on) will show a snippet of the actual text message you are receiving in the message alert notification when you are not using the iMessages app. So, if you wish to be a bit more private about who might see the content of your text messages when the notification alert pops up, you can turn this option off.  Once off, all that you will see is the name or phone number of message sender and the words “Text Message”.

Notification Center iconIn iOS 4, you could turn “Show Preview” on and off from the Messages section of the Settings app (this is the app that has the gears icon).

In iOS 5, however, Apple has moved this configuration.  It can still be found in Settings, but is now under the “Notifications” section.  Within Settings –> Notifications, look for the “Messages” section and select it.  Once there, you will see the option to “Show Preview” about half way down the screen (see image included in this article). From there you can enable and disable this option as you deem necessary.  Enjoy!

The instructions above are also valid for Apple’s iOS 6!

show preview in notification centerIn iOS 7 the procedure has changed a little. Go into Settings and select “Notification Center”.  Scroll down to the “INCLUDE” section of this window and find Messages.  Select Messages and scroll down to the “Show Preview” section. From there, you can turn preview on and off.  See image to the right.

in iOS 8, the steps are the same as is iOS 7, except the name of the option is now called “Show Previews“.