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Skype and iPhone battery life
Authored by: Makosuke on Jan 28, '13 01:24:05PM

Skype can be a battery hog in some cases, but you can set whether it stays open (that is, maintains an ability to accept incoming calls) when it's not the active app via its preference.

It can be set to always stay open, or to shut down after a predetermined interval (for example, 15 minutes or 1 hour), or to quit instantly (which would maximize battery life, and avoid having to manually kill the app via the switcher).

Be careful, because that same delay is also used when talking over Skype and multitasking (for example, checking your email while talking); if you have it set to not maintain a connection at all, hitting the "home" button during a call will immediately hang up the call. Similarly, if you set a 15 minute delay, and then switch apps while talking, after 15 minutes your call will be dropped and Skype will quit completely.

It's honestly not a very smart system--the app or preference should distinguish between accepting incoming calls and maintaining an active call in progress. The current version also crashes all over the place when placing calls to a landline on my current-gen iPod Touch, which is fiercely annoying, but then it is a Microsoft product.

Edited on Jan 28, '13 01:24:54PM by Makosuke

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Skype and iPhone battery life
Authored by: kirkmc on Jan 28, '13 11:04:09PM

I discovered the "offline" thing recently as well. If you have it set to go offline in Settings, then it cuts you off, as mentioned above. I've been talking with someone on Skype recently a lot, and I wondered why we kept getting cut off. Now I'll set it to not go offline, and quit the app manually when I'm finished.

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