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iOS 7 Battery Saving Tips: How to Disable the Features You Don't Use

The best way to save battery life while using iOS 7 is by turning off everything you don't use. For example, the parallax effect may be neat, but what good is the illusion of 3D when your phone is dead? Or do you really need your phone to automatically update all your apps? Here are a few iOS 7 features you may want to disable or limit so you can get more use out of your battery.

iOS 7 Battery Life

Turn Off Parallax

You can turn off the parallax effect by navigating to Settings > General > Accessibility > Reduce Motion > OFF.

Turn Off Auto Downloads

You can go back to manually updating your apps by navigating to Settings > iTunes & App Store and scrolling down to Automatic Downloads.

Enable iPhone Personal Hotspot Free (No Jailbreak)

There are many ways to hack the iPhone, even without a jailbreak installed. iTweakiOS is no stranger to the process, having released several modified carrier bundles in the past. Now the site claims to have discovered a free, simple method to enable personal hotspot tethering on the iPhone free of additional subscription charges.

no jailbreak free tethering

Normally carriers charge an extra fee to activate tethering and make it possible to use your iPhone cellular data connection with other devices. Now according to the guide from iTweakiOS, anyone with a GSM iPhone or iPad running iOS 6 or later can start using the personal hotspot after following a few steps to modify specific .plist files in iOS.

How to Purchase / Install iOS Jailbreak Apps from Cydia

If you are new to iOS jailbreaking and want to know details about exactly how apps and tweaks are paid for, look no further. While the App Store is convenient and linked to a credit card through iTunes, you'll find that the jailbreak app store Cydia is just as convenient. Purchasing and installing third-party tweaks and apps to customize your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch has never been easier.

buy apps tweaks Cydia

Once your iOS device is jailbroken with evasi0n you can begin to browse Cydia for interesting tweaks. When you're ready to install a package that requires payment, you'll see a Purchase button in the upper right hand corner. In the example below, the app CleverPin costs $1.99.

How to Jailbreak iOS 6 / iPhone 5 With Evasi0n

Now that the evasi0n jailbreak has arrived, the software is proving to be the most popular jailbreak in history. Any iOS device running iOS 6.0 - 6.1 can be included in the fun with a few simple steps. Once the Cydia jailbreak app store is installed, free and paid packages can be downloaded to customize your device and add functionality.

evasi0n 1.2 jailbreak tutorial

For those who have jailbroken their pre-iOS 6 devices in the past, evasi0n brings even more convenience and simplicity to the jailbreak process. The software comes to us from the evad3rs, developers who have already released two updates to evasi0n to incorporate improvements and bug fixes.

Get Ready for Evasi0n: Save iOS 6.1 SHSH Blobs

With the iOS 6.x jailbreak slated for release on Monday, those planning to jailbreak should take one step to make sure their devices can always be restored to iOS 6.1 after Apple stops signing the firmware. If you have to restore your iPhone in the future, it pays to have SHSH blobs saved so you can always go back to an earlier, jailbreakable version of iOS.

TinyUmbrella iOS 6.1 SHSH

Apple could always close loopholes with iOS 6.1.1 or later, making it more difficult for the evad3rs to successfully jailbreak. Once Apple stops signing an older version of iOS, you must have your SHSH blobs to restore. There are only a few simple steps and a free software package required to protect yourself from losing the iOS 6.x jailbreak. The extra insurance is worth the time it takes to follow these instructions:

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