With each new iOS release, battery life is a common complaint we often see in the forums. It’s often difficult to troubleshoot. People have different iOS devices with different processors and this can certainly impact battery life. In iOS 7, like previous versions, usage times offered little if any pertinent information about what might be affecting battery drain. We offered everything from basics to extreme steps to increase battery life. While these will have an impact, it’s not how Apple intended us to use our iPhones and iPads, continously worrying about power. From software tweaks to battery cases or accessory packs, these are stop-gap fixes for a larger problem. in iOS 8, Apple has taken a step in the right direction to helping us solve battery problems, by letting us track app battery usage.

Battery usage by app iOS 8

How to view battery app usage on iPhone in iOS 8

When you navigate to Settings > General > Usage > Battery Usage, you’ll find familiar statistics. iOS 8 includes the time since last full charge listed for both Usage and Standby. If you look below, you’ll see all new Battery Usage statistics broken down by app. The first tab provides you with information for the ‘Last 24 Hours’. To the immediate right is an option to view Battery Usage by app for the previous 7 days. If you scroll through the list, you’ll find some clarity as to which actions are draining power. For example, I can see that ‘Background Activity‘ for Facebook is 2 percent of my usage. That’s not bad, considering the bad press Facebook has received specific to draining battery life.

Takeaways From These Stats

When you view these stats, I’d caution against blaming apps that are at the top of your list. These are likely apps you’re using regularly, so it makes perfect sense that you’d pay in power. What you should target are the background processes. Ask yourself, “Do you I need those apps working in the background?” If not, then you can disable ‘Background App Refresh’ for those apps.

Adding battery usage for apps is a great utility coming to iOS 8. It’s not a cure all, but it could certainly help you pinpoint apps that are not optimized and causing an unnecessary drain on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.