How to fix an iPhone XS Max with battery problems like it’s draining quickly

Battery problems may occur on both old and new devices regardless of the platform they’re running on. Mostly in old devices, battery issues are attributed to hardware damage like busted batteries or defective power components. Battery problems in new devices on the other hand are mostly attributed to software issues unless the device was dropped or got wet accidentally.

To give you some inputs on how to deal with it, I’ve mapped out some potential solutions and workarounds that can be utilized when troubleshooting relevant issues, particularly on rapid battery draining. The steps I’ve demonstrated are specifically applied to the new Apple iPhone XS Max handset. Read on to learn what to do if your new iPhone battery is suddenly draining so quickly.

Before anything else though, if you found this post while trying to find a solution to a different problem, then visit our iPhone XS Max Help Guides as we’ve already addressed some of the issues with this device. There could already be posts that tackle the same problem as yours on our site.

First solution: Clear all background apps on your iPhone XS Max.

Background apps are comprised of apps that you previously opened/used but not closed. They’re technically on standby and ready to launch when triggered. While keeping background apps benefits in terms of multitasking, keeping them running in the background for long may also cause some problems. There is a tendency that any of these apps would crash or become corrupted at some point and when that happens, adverse symptoms including rapid power drain are triggered. To clear this out, follow these steps to clear all background apps on your iPhone XS Max:

  1. Go to the Home screen.
  2. Swipe your finger up and then pause.
  3. Swipe right or left to navigate through the apps preview.
  4. Then swipe up on each app’s preview to close it.

If your iPhone battery continues to drain so fast even without any background apps running, then troubleshoot further.

Check the battery usage details can also help you determine which apps and services are using the most of your iPhone’s total power. If you see any unusual power consumption for certain apps, then that could be the trigger and therefore you need to manage or clear them out.

Second solution: Force restart your iPhone XS Max.

A force restart is an alternative way to soft reset your iPhone. It forces apps and iOS to shutdown and then restart. Here’s how it’s done:

  1. Press the quickly release the Volume Up button.
  2. Then press and quickly release the Volume Down button.
  3. Finally, press and hold the Power button on the side of the phone until the phone reboots.

See if that fixes the problem. If not, then try some other applicable workarounds.

Third solution: Install app updates, if available.

Apps that have gone rogue and contributes to massive power draining on your iPhone can be fixed by updating them. App updates also offer fix patches to get rid of any bugs that may have caused certain app to act up. If you haven’t set your apps to auto-update, then you will need to do it manually. Here’s how to manually check for, download, and install pending app updates on your iPhone XS Max:

  1. Open the App Store.
  2. Tap Updates at the bottom right side of the screen. Doing so will show up a new screen containing a list of apps with pending updates.
  3. Tap the Updates button next to the name of the app to update individual apps.
  4. Tap the Update All button on the upper-right side to update all apps simultaneously. This button is only visible if multiple app updates are available.

Restart/soft reset your iPhone XS Max when all apps are finished updating. Doing so will ensure that all new changes are properly applied on each app. It also dumps errant cache and refreshes both the internal memory and iOS.

Fourth solution: Update software to the latest version.

Apple often addressed common iOS problems including battery draining issues through a fix patch contained in minor updates. These updates are released periodically and usually come in a form of OTA updates. To view and download OTA updates, your iPhone must be connected to a stable Wi-Fi internet, has ample of memory space and at least 50 percent battery life. Once you’ve met these requirements, you’re all set to download and install over-the-air (OTA) updates.

  • To manually check for new iOS update on your iPhone XS Max, go to Settings-> General-> Software Update menu.

A notification prompt containing the update details will show up if a new iOS version is available. Should you wish to get the update,

Fifth solution: Manage your iPhone settings.

There are many other ways for you to preserve or extend your iPhone’s battery life when needed. If none of the prior methods is able grant ultimate solution and you’re certain that none of your iPhone’s power components is having some sort of physical or liquid damage, then you can resort to adjusting the following settings:

  • Adjust screen brightness. If you haven’t set your display to adjust screen brightness automatically, go to Settings-> General-> Accessibility-> Display Accommodations menu, then tap the Auto-Brightness switch to prompt your iPhone to adjust and render screen brightness based on the ambient light.
  • Turn off location services for unused apps. Fetching location data is also among the factors that yield to rapid power draining in smartphones. You can disable this feature if you don’t need it. To do so, go to Settings-> Privacy-> Location Services menu, then tap to turn off Location services for certain apps or all apps as you would prefer.
  • Enable Airplane mode, if necessary. If you badly needed to extend your iPhone battery, then you can disable Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and other wireless features momentarily by enabling Airplane Mode. To do so, go to Settings-> Airplane Mode menu then toggle the switch to turn the feature on. Doing so disables all network functions of your iPhone.
  • Enable Low Power Mode. When your iPhone battery drops to 20 percent, it automatically prompts a low power notification and asks if you’d want to enable Low Power Mode. If you have no option to charge and you wish to continue using your device, then you can turn the feature on. To manually activate this automatic power saving feature without prompting a notification, go to Settings-> Battery menu, then toggle the Low Power Mode switch.  For quicker access, you can add a shortcut icon to the Control Center. To do this, go to Settings-> Control Center-> Customize menu, then press the Plus (+) symbol next to Low Power Mode. You will know when your iPhone is in Low Power Mode if the battery icon on the status bar turns yellow.

If you are still having battery problems on your iPhone device, try the alternative solutions provided below.

Other options

  • Reset all settings. Resetting all settings on your iPhone XS Max can also be regarded among the potential solutions. Should the battery problems like fast draining issue is due to some customized settings on your iPhone, then performing this reset will fix it. To do this, go to Settings-> General-> Reset-> Reset all settings then follow the onscreen instructions to complete the process. This reset does not affect any saved data and therefore won’t cause data loss.
  • Factory reset. If the previous reset failed to fix the battery problems and your iPhone XS Max battery is still draining rapidly, then you may opt for full system reset instead. This reset will wipe everything from your iPhone system including downloaded apps, customized settings, saved contacts, videos, photos and other files. Any sort of bugs and malware that may have inflicted battery draining problem on your iPhone XS Max will also be eliminated in the process. To do this, go to Settings-> General-> Reset-> Erase all content and settings. Software-related issues are likewise expected to be resolved by this reset.
  • Service. Take your iPhone to the nearest Apple-authorized service center if none of the prior methods is able to fix the problem. There is a higher chance that hardware damage is present on some components like the battery or the iPhone itself and in that case, a battery replacement or iPhone repair is most likely needed.

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