Apple Music's Replay feature compiles your most listened to songs of the year into a playlist. If you're a long-time Apple Music user, you can also gain access to your favorites from previous years. Here's how to find Apple Music Replay mixes on Mac on Mac and iPhone/iPad.
Wait for it
If you've just upgraded the hardware or installed new software, give things a day or so to finish up and go back to normal. If you're fine after that, great. If not, keep reading!
Test on standby
In addition to the system taking a while to really finish transferring everything over, we also tend to spend a long time playing with new iPads and new features. That's especially true with things like ProMotion or Apple Pencil, or the new drag and drop or augmented reality (AR) features. Then the screen stays on, storage gets written, WI-Fi and maybe cellular radios stay lit up, and power gets consumed.
In other words, if your battery feels like it's only lasting half as long, first ask yourself if you're using it twice as much.
You can also note how much battery life you have left and then put your iPad down for 20-40 minutes. When you pick it back up, note how much battery life you have left again. If there isn't a big change while in standby, you're probably okay, and your battery life will return to normal when your usage returns to normal (after the novelty wears off).
If your iPad continued to drain and drain fast, even when you weren't using it, keep reading!
Rebooting, restarting, or resetting is the oldest cliche in troubleshooting because it works. Sometimes a good reset is all that's needed to kick bad bits loose and fix iPad battery life. Here's how to reset the iPad that have a Home button like the iPad (2020).
- Press and hold down both the Sleep/Wake (on/off) button and the Home button at the same time.
- Keep holding them down as the screen turns off.
- Keep holding them down until you see the Apple logo.
Once your iPad has rebooted, repeat the previous steps and see if the battery drain has returned to normal. If not, keep reading!
How to reset your iPad Pro and iPad Air 4
The 2018 and later iPad Pro models and the iPad Air 4 don't have a Home button, so you'll need to do this a bit differently if you've picked up Apple's latest tablet.
- Press and hold the top button and either volume button on your iPad.
- Continue holding them as the screen turns off.
- Continue holding them until you see the Apple logo.
- Release the buttons.
iPadOS contains a terrific battery usage — aka battery shaming — utility that lets you know exactly which apps and services are using your battery and how. Knowing this information gets you one step closer to fixing your iPad battery life.
- Launch Settings from your Home screen.
- Tap on Battery. Wait a moment for Battery Usage to populate.
- Tap on the Show Detailed Usage button to get a breakdown of foreground and background power usage.
- Tap on Last 7 Days to get a broader look at power consumption over time.
It can be tricky to understand, but here's the deal: If you see iCloud Photo Library there, and you've just upgraded, it's a sign you're downloading thumbnails and things should return to normal when you're done. If you see Facebook there and it says 4% on screen and 40% in the background, it's a sign something has gone wrong.
At that point, if you know how to force quit an app on your iPad, you can likely get your power consumption back to normal.
- Double-press the Home button to bring up the fast app switcher.
- Swipe to the app you want to force quit.
- Touch the app card and flick it up and off the screen.
If you are using an iPad without a Home button, you'll need to swipe up from the bottom of the screen until the App Switch appears. More information about how to do this can be found in our how-to guide on using gestures.
If an app appears to be consistently misbehaving, you can try re-installing it or even switching to an alternative app or the web app version of the service for some of your activity.
If you need to go longer than the built-in battery in your iPad will allow, one option is to get an external battery. Battery packs can come in all shapes and sizes and can often charge multiple devices, even at once.
I have a massive battery pack that I used to charge my iPad on the road, sometimes more than once. (I also use it to charge iPhone, Apple Watch, AirPods, and more!)
We've actually tested some of the best battery packs for the iPad Pro, and they are excellent for keeping your iPad charged up while you're on the move.
Lowering power on iPad
There's still no Low Power Mode for iPad the way there is for iPhone — sadness! — but there's a lot you can do to lower power consumption anyway.
- Turn down the screen brightness.
- Set Auto-Lock to 1 minute.
- Use headphones instead of the speaker if you have to listen to audio or music.
- Turn off Lock screen notifications so it stops lighting up your display.
- Turn off push for mail and use fetch instead.
- Turn off Background Refresh for apps.
- Use the best, strongest internet connection possible, whether that's Wi-Fi, LTE, or dropping down to 4G/3G. (Poor signal means the radio has to power up to catch it.)
Every once in a while, you get a problem you just can't solve. Like any electronics, sometimes things go wrong. If you have AppleCare or AppleCare+, you should absolutely book a Genius Bar appointment and avail yourself of it (once Apple Stores open up again). If you don't live close to an Apple Store, you can call 1-800-MY-APPLE in order to set up a mail-in repair.
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