Last Updated on December 15, 2022 by Ernests Embutnieks
Some time ago, iPads didn’t have low-power mode; now they do. Let’s talk about how to enable it and what exactly it does, how it saves battery, and let’s do some tests. I’ll set a timer for 1-hour and play a movie on Netflix with low power mode enabled and without it, and let’s see and compare the difference.
How To Turn On & Off Low Power Mode on iPad
- Open Settings
- Scroll Down To Battery – Click On It
- Toggle On/Off Low Power Mode
When your battery level drops to 20%, iOS will automatically offer you the option to enable low power mode on your screen and if you don’t enable it will offer to enable it again at 10%.
Benefits of Low Power Mode on iPad
Let’s talk about what changes and how your iPad manages to save some battery enabling low power mode or, in other words, what does low power mode actually do for your device:
- Display brightness reduces
- Auto-Lock set to 30 seconds
- Display refresh rate limited to 60Hz (iPad Pro, by default, has a 120Hz refresh rate)
- iCloud Photos gets paused
- Visual effects
- Automatic downloads paused
- Email fetch
- App background refresh stopped
For me personally – it’s nothing too dramatic, and hard even to notice the difference when the low power mode is enabled or not. Besides the yellow battery icon, of course.
I reached out to a friend who’s an artist and uses an iPad for his art, and he mentioned that he would never draw when low power mode is enabled. There’s a huge difference. If you use your iPad for drawing, then probably low-power mode is not that great if you plan to get some work done. I personally use my tablet to take notes with Apple Pencil, and I can barely see the difference(probably that’s why I’m not an artist, not a such a great eye for details).
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How To Know Low Power Mode Is Enabled?
There are two options: you can go to Settings>Battery and see if the low power mode toggle is enabled.
The easier way to notice is to check if your battery in the top right corner is yellow. If it’s yellow, it means low power mode is enabled. If it’s green, it means the low-power mode is disabled.
When Did iPads Get Low Power Mode?
The low-power mode has been available for iPads since iOS 15, which was released on September 20, 2021. If you’ve been using iPads for a while, you might have missed it if you never let your battery drop below 20% (then iOS suggests you enable it).
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I love tech and all about it. I'm interested in finding ways how they can make my life more productive, and I share my knowledge with my blog readers. I'm an iPad Pro, iPhone, MacBook, and Apple Watch user, so I know a thing or two about these devices and try to write helpful content around these topics.