How to fix an Apple iPhone XR that is charging slow after iOS 13

Hardware issues like damaged charger and incompatible power adapter are likely to blame when having slow charging problems on your iPhone XR. However, it is already a different story when the slow charging issue emerged after installing iOS 13. 

In this post, we have highlighted some simple yet effective tips to address slow charging issue on your iPhone XR inflicted by software glitches and post-update bugs. We will look into all possibilities and rule them out one after another until we can determine the cause of the problem and hopefully be able to fix it. If you’re one of the users that encountered this problem after an update, then continue reading because this post may be able to help you. 

Before we move on to our troubleshooting, if you happen to find this post while looking for a solution to a different problem, then visit our iPhone XR Help Guides page for we have already addressed some of the most common issues with this device. We may have already published articles that could help you fix your problem. Find issues that are similar to yours and feel free to use our solutions.

First solution: Disable “Optimizing Battery Charging” feature on your iPhone XR

In an effort to protect the battery life of all iOS devices, Apple introduced a new feature in iOS 13 to slow down the charging process. Your phone will automatically stop charging when the battery life hits 80% but still act as if it is 100%. Then continues to charge when the system detects your phone activities or when you are about to use your phone. If in case this feature has been enabled on your phone without your knowing, simply disable the feature to speed up the charging again. Here is how:

  1. From Home, go to Settings.
  2. Tap Battery.
  3. Select Battery Health option.
  4. Scroll down to and tap on Optimized Battery Charging option.
  5. Then select Turn Off option to disable the feature.

Once this feature has been disabled, the charging of your iPhone will speed up again. To check if your phone is already charging faster, connect your iPhone to its original charger and plug to the power outlet.

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Second solution: Close all running background apps to fix slow charging issue on your iPhone.

Running apps can also drain your battery quickly and therefore, slows down the charging when they are still running in the background. If these apps triggered your phone’s charging system to act up, simply close them to fix the issue. Here’s how:

  1. Swipe app from the bottom of your Home screen then slightly pause in the middle.
  2. Swipe left or right to view the app previews.
  3. Then swipe up each app preview to close them individually.
  4. Do the same to the rest of the running apps.

Closing these running apps can also prevent your phone from incurring further issues. 

Once you have successfully performed the provided steps to close all the background apps, try to charge your iPhone XR again and see if the charging has been speed up.

Third solution: Restart your iPhone XR

Slow charging can also be inflicted by rouged apps and corrupted services affecting your phone’s charging system. To clear this out, restart your iPhone XR using the following steps:

  1. Press and hold the Side/Power button and either Volume buttons simultaneously and then release once the Slide to Power Off command appears.
  2. Then drag the power off slide to the right to turn off your phone.
  3. After 30 seconds, press and hold the Power button again until the Apple logo appears.

If your iPhone XR is still charging very slow after the soft reset, try to do a forced restart. Doing so will abruptly bad apps that caused random glitches to emerge. Here are the steps:

  1. Quickly press and release the Volume Up button.
  2. Quickly press and release the Volume Down button.
  3. Lastly, press and hold the Side/Power button until your iPhone XR restarts.

After doing either of the reset, charge your iPhone again for a while. If the slow charging issue still persists, continue troubleshooting your iPhone XR.

Fourth solution: Manage the apps and delete bad apps

Some apps may consume huge amount of power which will result for your battery to drain quickly. Thus, your phone will take longer time to get fully charged when these apps are running. If you have recently installed third-party apps after updating to iOS 13, you might need to delete these apps. Here are the steps:

  1. From Home, go to Settings.
  2. Select General.
  3. Tap the iPhone Storage menu.
  4. Check for suspected bad apps that might be using too much battery on your iPhone.
  5. Then tap Delete or Uninstall option to remove the suspected apps.

If your iPhone XR is still charging slowly after deleting the suspected bad apps, try to do some settings reset.

Fifth solution: Reset all settings on your iPhone XR

Phone settings that were automatically overridden after the new iOS implementation may have triggered the symptoms to emerge. Therefore, deleting these settings including the misconfigured values and options will likely help fix the issue. To do so, perform all settings reset on your iPhone XR and restore the default options. Here is how:

  1. From your Home screen, go to Settings.
  2. Select General.
  3. Scroll down to and tap on Reset.
  4. Then select Reset all settings from the menu options.
  5. Enter your device passcode when asked to continue.
  6. Select the option to confirm all settings reset.

This reset is proven to fix post-update errors; so hopefully, the slow charging issue on your iPhone should be addressed as well. 

Once your iPhone XR is completely back on, proceed to enable the necessary features that you will be using again. If the slow charging persists, move to the next procedure.

Sixth solution: Perform a factory reset

Wiping everything from your phone’s memory and have a system restore may be your last resort to fix this persistent charging symptoms triggered by possible tough post-update bugs. Since this method causes permanent data loss, a back-up for your important files would be necessary. This process also requires your phone to have at least 50% battery life so if needed; you can connect your phone to the charger while doing the reset. Once the important files are secured and your phone is already connected to the charger, follow these steps to carry out full system restore:

  1. Tap Settings from your Home screen.
  2. Select General.
  3. Scroll down to and tap on Reset.
  4. Select Erase all content and settings from the menu options.
  5. When prompted, enter your device passcode to continue.
  6. Then select the option to confirm full system reset.

Your iPhone XR will reboot automatically after the fully system reset. Once it’s back on, follow the onscreen instructions to set your device as new again. 

I hope that we’ve been able to help you fix your iPhone XR that’s slow charging after the iOS 13 update. We would appreciate it if you helped us spread the word so please share this post if you found it helpful. Thank you so much for reading!

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