Monthly Archives: September 2013

iPhone’s iOS7 Shortened Battery Life – Disable App Refresh

OK, so iOS7 was released and yes the battery life was affected in the new operating system release.  Luckily you can largely remedy the situation by disabling your Application refreshes.  Application Refresh allows a subset of applications to be automatically updated by iOS7.  This is a new features and since it periodically must check if there are any new updates to the applications it creates the negative effect of shortening battery life.

Below are some screenshots on how to ‘Disable App Refresh’ for those that are new to the Settings section of iOS7.  For those that are familiar with settings the high-level steps are the following:

  1. Tap into ‘General
  2. Tap into ‘Background App Refresh
  3. Slide ‘Background App Refresh’ toggle to the left
  4. Confirm ‘Disabled Background App Refresh
  5. Done

1. Go Into the iOS7 Settings and tap General. 


2. Within the General section, select Background App Refresh.


3. On the Background App Refresh view you will notice that the toggle switch is slid to the right and is presently green.  You will want to slide the toggle to the left.


4. Upon sliding the toggle to the left you will be prompted within a modal overlay.  At this point you will want to confirm your action by tapping on Disable Background App Refresh.  


5.  After tapping the Disable Background App Refresh button, the modal overlay will go away and you will once again shown the Background App Refresh view.  Notice that the toggle is now slid to the left and is no longer green.  At this point you have properly disabled the applications from running in the background of iOS7 and saved yourself a bit of battery life.  You can click on the home button (the big round physical button on the bottom of the iPhone) and go back to using your phone.


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UX Week 2013 – Recap

In early August, I attended UX Week 2013 which was hosted by Adaptive Path in San Francisco California.  I attended the event with a number of colleagues including: Louisa ButlerCharles CrawfordMario GonzalezBill Welense and myself.  As a nice debrief we crafted a blog for Roundarch Isobar’s blog with an emphasis on a top ten list with one exception.  We decided that this top ten list about UX Week 2013 would be capped not at 10 but proceed to 11.  Following the lessons of Nigel Tufnel from the band Spinal Tap, we needed that extra push to take us over the cliff, hence this one goes to 11.

You can read the complete blog posting at Roundarch Isobar’s blog – UX Week 2013, The Top Ten Lessons Learned (This One Goes Up to 11!)


Dan Nehring at UX Week.

Daniel Nehring at UX Week.