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If you are using an iPad cart to store your iPads, battery life will not be such an issue for you. But there are times when understanding how to save on battery is most helpful. There's a number of ways that you can do this. In the Settings app, tap on WiFi, or on Bluetooth. To toggle that connection for Bluetooth and WiFi off and on. If you do this it will turn off all your connections to the internet or to the network you're connected to. Another simpler easier way to do this is to tap on airplane mode and turn it off or on.
Again, this will sever all of your network connections. The only times that I use this, is if we are out on a field trip, or if we're on campus shooting video. Then, I find that this is really helpful to turn off that connection to the network. Another way to save on your battery is to go to Mail. And turn off push mail. That is a toggle that you can just tap on and off. I usually keep mine on manual. And that really will help with your battery being saved.
That, when you go into your mail, it'll download anything that you have recently received, rather than doing it every 15 or 30 minutes. A word about heat. Never leave your iPad in direct sun or in a car. This is particularly important if you're out on a field trip. A third service that is always checking and going out to the network or looking for where you are is the location services. To find that, tap on Privacy, then tap on Location Services, and again there's a toggle that you can tap on and off. There are a number of battery-draining apps like Skype and Newsstand, so beware of those kinds of issues as well.
And then finally, if you're using a lot of apps, you can check to see how many apps are open by double clicking on the Home button, which brings up your multi-tasking bar. And any app that appears in this bar, we only have four right now, is actively running in the background. If you want to stop this app or turn it off, just press and hold, then tap on the Minus button, and now that app is closed. And that's about the only way you can turn things off and on inside of an iPad. If you swipe all the way to the right, the last little tip is, you can turn the brightness control all the way down and this will save a lot on your battery usage.
In my experience, the best way to save on the battery, is to access the multitasking bar and close your apps from there. Students often don't realize what apps are open and what apps are processing in the background. This is one way to control your battery usage.
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