iPod, iPad & iPhone iOS 4.3 Update: Battery Issues Resolved

When it comes to the new iOS 4.3 there have been a lot of complaints about the reduction in battery life, you can check out an article by OSM’s Debbie Turner where she reports on the problem as well as asking all of you what other issues have been noticed and on what devices?

We has some feedback on it such as 60% battery life going down the pan on an iPod within about 10 minutes of Uber Racer, whilst another user says that they are very unhappy that Apple hasn’t even acknowledged the problem. That being the case we thought we should try and help you out with an article on improving the battery life following the iOS 4.3 update.

Something that you can do that should return your battery life back to what it was before the iOS 4.3 update is turning off ‘Ping’ as reported by Pocket-lint’s Stuart Miles, he found it via a Twitter message from Charles Arthur. To do this all you need to do is go to the settings icon from your device, then hit General icon and then go to Restrictions. Once you are at this point hit the Enable Restrictions at the top and you will be prompted to enter a 4-digit numerical password. From this point you can enable and disable a number of different things but the one we are after is Ping, disable it and you should be back to normal.

Another setting that seems like an obvious one but it can make your battery life last longer is the screen’s brightness. To change this head to Settings and then Brightness, for most of us we have it set around the half way marker and this seems to get the best out of your display and the battery.

Now that Ping has been disabled let us know if you notice any difference in your device’s battery life in the comments section below, you can also post your own top tips for saving battery life.

  • Num

    Why can't we use the phone with highest brightness. It's so much better that way! i'll give it a try and report back.

  • Tim Ollason

    Hey Num,

    If you like it at full brightness then stick with it but try it out for a few days lower as you might be surprised at how much battery life you save. We look forward to seeing how you get on :-)