I was once asked, “Why does my iPhone battery die so fast?” And I was like, maybe you’ve been using your iPhone more often than your normal usage. This is also among the most asked questions we have received from our avid readers. Some would agree that it is indeed due to frequent phone usage. While others think that there might be something else that triggers their iPhone’s battery to drain so fast.
In this post, we have highlighted possible fixes for your iPhone’s fast battery draining issue and know that things that users should do to preserve the battery life of their respective devices. Read on.
Prolonging iPhone’s battery life
Sometimes, you just need to do the basic to extend or prolong your phone’s battery life. Here are some of the things you can do to save your battery.
- Disable Location Services. Location services is among the important features Apple provides. Some apps won’t work as intended without having the Location Services turned on. But if you think it’s causing your battery to die so fast, then disable this feature when needed. Simply head to Settings->Privacy->Location Services, and select Never from the given options.
- Lower down screen brightness. The brighter your iPhone screen is, the more battery power it consumed. Thus, lowering down the screen brightness will also help prolong your battery life. To adjust the screen brightness, head to Settings->Display & Brightness, and drag the slider to the left to reduce the brightness of the screen.
- Disable Push Mail. Settings your iPhone to Push Mail can result to a quick battery draining. This is because your iPhone is constantly check for available mails from the server. To rule this out, disable Push Mail and set it to Fetch. Go to Settings->Accounts & Passwords->Fetch New Data. On the top corner of the screen, disable Push. Scroll down to Fetch and set it to Every 15 Minutes. If you have multiple email accounts, change them to Fetch as well.
- Enable Low Power Mode. When your iPhone is in Low Power Mode, it saves your phone’s battery life. To do so, head to Settings->Battery menu->Low Power Mode and toggle the switch to enable this option.
- Turn on Airplane Mode. When your iPhone is in Airplane Mode, the wireless radios and services will be suspended. And this can also help prolong the battery life. If you are not expecting important calls or text messages, you can enable this feature by heading to Settings->Airplane Mode and toggle the switch to turn it on.
Fixing iPhone battery that die so fast
When your battery life is draining so fast, it is possible that your battery has aged, your phone has been inflicted with random system glitches affecting your battery life, there are multiple apps that are left on standby mode, bad apps, misconfigured settings, and the battery itself has faulty hardware components. All these software-related factors can be eliminated using the steps we have listed below. If you believe that the issue is not tied to hardware damage, start troubleshooting your iOS device.
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First solution: Restart your iPhone to fix battery die so fast issue.
Restarting your iPhone can help fix various issues inflicted by random software glitches including battery issue. A quick restart can refresh your iPhone’s operating system and correct troubled functionalities. You can either carry out a soft reset or forced restart to restart your iOS device.
To soft reset your iPhone, X and later models, follow these steps:
- Press and hold the Side/Power button and either Volume button simultaneously for a few seconds.
- Release both buttons when the Slide to Power Off command appears.
- Drag the power off slider to the right side to turn off your iPhone.
- After 30 seconds, press and hold the Side/Power button again and release when the Apple logo appears.
To soft reset iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and earlier versions, follow these steps:
- Press and hold the Side or Top button and release when the Power Off slider appears.
- Drag the power off slider to shut down your iPhone.
- After 30 seconds, press and hold the Side or Top button and release when the Apple logo appears.
On the other hand, you can also force restart your iPhone especially if the issue is affecting the touch command functions of the iOS device. This reset provides the same output as with soft reset. In addition, this process will also force closed those apps that are left running in the background which adversely affect the battery life of your iPhone device.
To force restart iPhone X and later versions, follow these steps:
- Press and quickly release the Volume Up button.
- Press and quickly release the Volume Down button.
- Then press and hold the Side or Power button and release when the Apple logo appears.
To carry out force restart on iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, refer to these steps:
- Simultaneously press and hold the Volume Down button and Side/Power button.
- Release both buttons when the Apple logo appears.
On iPhone 6, 6s Plus, and SE, force restart is carried out using these steps:
- Press and hold the Side/Power button and the Home button.
- Release both buttons when the Apple logo appears on the screen.
Wait for your iPhone to finish booting up, then check if the battery issue has been corrected. If not, try the next solution.
Second solution: Check for and install pending apps update to fix iPhone battery die so fast.
Outdated apps can sometimes affect the performance of your iPhone device. These apps can go rogue and eventually become corrupted. When this happens, relevant symptoms will emerge on your iOS device and one of which is the battery drain so fast. If the battery issue is tied to these bad apps, installing apps updates will help fix the issue. To get this done, follow these steps:
- From the Home screen, launch the Settings app.
- Scroll down to the Updates section to see the list of pending apps updates.
- Select Update All to download and install all pending apps updates at once.
Once the update process is done, restart (soft reset) your iPhone to make sure that the recently installed apps updates will be implemented properly. Then use your iPhone as you normally do and check if the battery no longer drains quickly.
Third solution: Check iPhone’s Battery health and uninstall Bad apps.
If your battery is still dying so fast after updating your in-apps, you need to ensure that your battery health is still in good condition. Here’s what you need to do to check your iPhone’s battery health:
- Head to Settings->Battery->Battery Health.
If your iPhone is still over 80% on its maximum capacity and peak performance capacity is still normal, this means that the problem isn’t with the battery health. But if the information shows the opposite instead, then your iPhone needs a repair.
Given that your battery health is good, but the battery is still draining so fast, check your in-apps to see which apps are consuming large amount of battery life.
- Go to Settings from Home.
- Select Battery.
- Tap Battery Usage By App.
- Select Activity By App to check the amount of power each app is consuming while in use and on standby mode.
You can delete those bad apps if needed to improve your iPhone’s battery life.
Fourth solution: Turn off Background App Refresh.
If you have set your in-apps to refresh and update automatically when connected to Wi-Fi or cellular data is on while in the background, this option will also result to battery draining so fast issue. If you think this option isn’t necessary, might as well disable Background App Refresh to preserve your iPhone’s battery life. Here is how:
- Go to Settings, and then select General.
- Tap Background App Refresh and toggle switch to disable the feature.
You can also select those apps that you wish to auto-update, if needed. On the same path, just scroll through each app and tap the switch to enable auto-refresh.
Fifth solution: Update iOS to the latest available version.
A firmware update can also help eliminate software bugs that triggered your iPhone’s battery to drain quickly. This update offers feature enhancements and fix patches that are designed to address current system issues. Since the process requires ample battery life and you are having battery issue, plug your iPhone to a charger. While your iPhone is charging, do these steps:
- Enable Wi-Fi or your Cellular Data.
- Then go back to Settings->General->Software Update.
Once you are prompted with available iOS update, read its overview. Then select the option to download and install the iOS update. Wait for the process to be completed. Once it’s back on, restart (soft reset) your iPhone to ensure that the update will be implemented accordingly.
Sixth solution: Reset all settings.
Erratic settings configuration can also be the underlying cause. And restoring your phone’s settings to default might as well help fix the fast battery draining issue. This reset does not affect your personal data, but will delete saved networks and customized settings. To get this done, here’s what you need to do:
- Open the Settings app from Home.
- Select General.
- Scroll down to and tap Reset.
- Select Reset all settings from the given options.
- If asked, enter your device passcode and then continue.
- Then select the option to confirm the reset.
Wait for your iPhone to boot up completely. By then, enable necessary features to use them again. You can also customize your phone’s settings according to your preference. Don’t forget to check if your iPhone’s battery no longer dies so fast.
Last option: Restore your iPhone to factory default settings.
If none of the given solutions successfully address the battery draining issue on your iPhone, you now need to wipe out everything from your iPhone’s memory. Anything that contributes to quickly battery draining issue should be eliminated after the process. Take note that this method will delete “everything”, so make sure to back-up your files beforehand. Once done, carry out a factory reset using these steps:
- Launch the Settings app from Home.
- Select General.
- Scroll to and tap Reset.
- Select Erase all content and settings option.
- If prompted, enter your device passcode to continue.
- Then select the option to confirm factory reset.
You will be routed to the Welcome Screen once the factory reset is done. Follow the onscreen instructions to set up your iPhone as new again.
Is your iPhone battery still die so fast?
Software-related errors should be eliminated using the aforementioned solutions. If none of these workarounds fixes the problem, you need to contact your network service provider. You can also contact Apple Support or bring the phone to your nearest Apple office for further assistance and recommendations.