Here’re all the methods and tips for reducing your iPhone battery draining quickly. You can jump down to a section, or read all of them!
- Check Your iPhone’s Battery Health
- Is Your iPhone Charging Properly?
- Are There Apps Draining Your Battery?
- Disable Background App Refresh
- Stop Using Non-MFi Cables and Chargers
- Change Location Services
- Update Yours Apps
- Turn Off Push Mail
- Dim Your Screen
- Turn On Auto-Brightness
- Place Your iPhone Face Down
- Limit Push Notifications
- Turn Off Raise to Wake
- Set Dark Mode
- Stick to Safari
- Get Rid of Widgets
- Turn On Reduce Motion
- Turn on Low Power Mode
- Stop Sending iPhone Analytics to Apple
- Turn on Airplane Mode in Bad Signal Areas
- Disable Automatic Downloads and Updates
- DON’T Close Apps
- Adjust Auto-Lock Settings
- Restart Your iPhone
- Stop Apps From Using Bluetooth
- Use WiFi
- Adjust Podcast Settings
- Don’t Let Your iPhone Overheat
- Reset Factory Settings
- Erase Your iPhone
So, Why Is Your iPhone Battery Draining Fast?
There could be two reasons why your battery is draining so quickly; one is a hardware issue, while the other is software.
Since fixing software issues is the most manageable and most likely to be the problem, we’ll start there. If, after trying out these software fixes (and a few hardware), your iPhone battery is still draining fast, we’ll look at some hardware options.
If you’ve just updated to a new version of iOS, then you might just need to wait for the next version to fix the issue.
Before you update your iPhone in the future, check online a few days after its release to see how other iPhones are faring with the new version. I’m offering this advice after I decimated my beloved iPhone 4 with an update back in 2011 😢. Even minor bugs can majorly affect your user experience and make you want to throw your phone at the wall (I never did this).
Phone Draining Checks
1. Check Your iPhone’s Battery Health
After the iOS 13 update, Apple introduced several ways to check your iPhone’s health, including its overall capacity and performance.
To check your iPhone’s health, go to Settings - Battery - Battery Health.
Here you can check two main sections: Maximum Capacity and Peak Performance Capability.
Ideally, your Maximum Capacity should be above 80%. Once it gets below that, you’ll start experiencing lag and unexpected shutdowns just when you’ve discovered Cyan is the imposter.
Peak Performance Capability tells you if your battery is experiencing any problems.
If you see statements such as:
‘Your battery is currently supporting normal peak performance’ or
‘Built-in dynamic software and hardware systems will help counter-performance impacts that may be noticeable as your iPhone battery chemically ages’
Then you’re good as gold.
Other notices, such as:
‘This iPhone has experienced an unexpected shutdown because the battery was unable to deliver the necessary peak power.’
‘ Your battery's health is significantly degraded. An Apple Authorized Service Provider can replace the battery to restore full performance and capacity.’
mean you might be in trouble battery-wise and might consider replacing your battery.
Bonus Tip: Turn On Optimized Battery Charging
As it says in the option area, this function learns your charging schedule to only charge above 80% when you’re going to be using the phone, saving your battery from aging.
2. Is Your iPhone Charging Properly?
To check to see when your iPhone is charging, go to General - Battery and scroll down to reach the graph.
Here you can see your battery levels throughout the day, when you last charged and for how long as well as your app activity.
The green hatch marks shows when the iPhone is charging. If your device is charging properly, you should see the battery level rise within the hatch marks. If this is not happening, check your charger and charging cable for faults and foreign stuff that might affect functionality.
3. Are There Apps Draining Your Battery?
If you scroll further down you’ll see Activity. This measures when and how you’re using your device. Specifically, which apps are running in the background.
If you have apps secretly sucking away at your battery, there might be an issue with the app.
If you’ve downloaded a new app and experienced a noticeable battery drain, you might need to delete the app until developers release an update.
Ways to Reduce Battery Drain
4. Disable Background App Refresh
While most apps work in the background, retrieving new data, if there are some that look a little dodgy, test them by disabling Background App Refresh.
Go to Settings - General - Background App Refresh and select the app/apps you want to disable.
You can disable all apps from refreshing in the background, or just those that are bleeding your battery dry. Turning off Background Refresh won’t affect your app notifications.
You can also turn Background Refresh off completely, or set it to WLAN only, saving you data and some battery.
5. Stop Using Non-MFi Cables and Chargers
MFi or ‘Made for iPhone, iPod, or iPad’ is a licensing program that allows third-party companies to make accessories for Apple devices. There are plenty who don’t bother, and these knock-offs might be damaging your battery.
6. Change Location Services
Location Services allow specific apps to track your location in order to provide you with the most relevant information. You might want to leave this on for Maps, but most other apps can be changed to ‘While using the app’.
Go to Settings - Privacy - Location Services.
Scroll down to see all the apps that allow for location access.
Tap to change the permissions of each.
You can also toggle Precise Location on and off for apps that don’t need to know exactly where you are, which by the way, is super creepy.
7. Update Yours Apps
Unless you have an automatic update set up for your Apps, you’ll need to manually update your apps when developers release a new version. Making sure all your apps are up to date can severely reduce how quickly your iPhone battery drains.
Go to App Store - Tap your Account icon in the top right-hand corner - Update All.
8. Turn Off Push Mail
If you read emails on your phone, you probably have this turned on so you never miss a new email. Your iPhone is constantly connecting to your provider obnoxiously asking if there are new emails, which is massively draining your battery.
You don’t have to turn off push mail completely. Don’t worry, I know how bad your FOMO is.
But adjusting the setting to check in specific time intervals instead of all the time, will dramatically change how quickly your battery is draining.
Go to Settings - Mail - Accounts - Fetch New Data.
Turn off Push.
Scroll to the bottom and under Fetch select ‘Every 15 Minutes’ or another option if you prefer.
If you have the Mail app downloaded, you won’t see Mail options in your iPhone Settings.
9. Dim Your Screen
This is a really simple change that can really improve your battery life. Keeping your phone screen on full brightness all the time tends to be unnecessary and it’s a big contributor of battery drain.
Pull up your iPhone’s Control Center by swiping up.
Slide the brightness level down to a point where you can still see the screen clearly.
10. Turn On Auto-Brightness
Auto-brightness uses ambient light to adjust the phone screen. Turning this feature on will save your battery from draining, but you can also adjust it yourself from the Control Center.
Go to Settings - Accessibility - Display and Text.
Scroll down to the bottom to find Auto-Brightness and turn it on.
11. Place Your iPhone Face Down
Placing your phone down on the desk works two-fold. Not only does it stop you from seeing your notifications, and constantly lifting the phone to interact with it, but when the phone is upside down, it doesn’t light up either, further saving your battery from draining. Back of the net.
12. Limit Push Notifications
From instant messages to ‘back in stock’ at your favorite market, notifications are a distraction and a mega battery drainer. It’s almost impossible to turn off all your Push Notifications, but the constant barrage of them means most of them get missed or ignored.
Go to Settings - Notifications.
You’ll see a list of all your apps that have notifications with a list of what they’re allowed to send you or it’ll say ‘Off’ if it’s already disabled.
Go through each of the apps and if you can live without it, turn off Allow Notifications.
You might want to keep on the following:
- Messenger apps, especially if you use them for work
- Banking or payments apps
- Reminder or Todo apps
The restrictions for each app, such as how you see and hear the alerts don’t affect your battery consumption, so leaving them as they are won’t hurt.
13. Turn Off Raise to Wake
Every time you pick up your iPhone it assumes you want to use it, and lights up. If you’re picking up your phone all the time or walking with the device in your hand, it’s bound to be draining your iPhone battery fast.
Go to Settings - Display & Brightness.
Scroll down and toggle off Raise to Wake.
14. Set Dark Mode
If you’re using an iPhone X, XS, XS Max, iPhone 11, or iPhone 12 swapping to dark mode can save a little bit of battery.
Go to Settings - Display & Brightness.
Tap the ‘Dark’ phone under Appearance.
You can also set it to Automatic which, when turned on, flips between light and dark mode. You can customize your own time or go for the automated option of going Dark between Sunset and Sunrise.
15. Stick to Safari
Chrome is a mega energy suck on any device, including your iPhone. I know being able to sync all your stuff from your other devices is cool, but you’re better off using Safari if you want to stop your iPhone battery from draining so fast.
In general, Apple’s own apps tend to run better on your iPhone than third-party ones.
16. Get Rid of Widgets
Yes, I know widgets are cool, but they could be draining your battery. Especially ones that are updating frequently, like a weather or map widget.
To delete a widget, press and hold until the drop-down menu appears. Tap ‘Remove Widget’. If you want to remove a few widgets at once, tap ‘Edit Home Screen’. All your apps and widgets will begin to shake. Tap on the minus on the top-left of the widget to delete those wiggling squares. Swipe right to delete widgets from your Today Screen too.
17. Turn On Reduce Motion
Turning on this feature stops some app animations on your Home Screen. You probably won’t notice a whole lot of difference, but it will stop your iPhone from draining the battery so quickly.
Go to Settings - Accessibility - Motion.
Turn on Reduce Motion.
18. Turn on Low Power Mode
Once your iPhone gets down to 20%, you will be asked to put your phone into Low Power Mode, giving you anywhere between one and three hours before your phone shutdown.
But, you can turn on Low Power Mode whenever you want to. Toggling this feature on disables fetch mail, Hey Siri and other battery draining features.
Go to Settings - Battery.
Toggle on Low Power Mode.
After iOS 11, you can turn Low Power Mode on and off from the Control Center.
Slide up the Control Center to toggle on and off easily.
19. Stop Sending iPhone Analytics to Apple
Go to Settings - Privacy - Analytics & Improvements.
Turn off Share iPhone Analytics to stop your phone from sending data to Apple about your device.
20. Turn on Airplane Mode in Bad Signal Areas
When you’re in a place with bad reception, your iPhone is using up battery while searching for a better signal.
You can turn on Airplane Mode from Settings or from the Control Center.
21. Disable Automatic Downloads and Updates
If it’s switched on, Automatic Downloads will occur if you purchase an app on another device. You can also toggle whether apps automatically update and if you’re concerned about your battery level, it’s probably better to turn this off.
Go to Settings - App Store.
Turn off Apps and App Updates to stop both from happening automatically.
22. DON’T Close Apps
There are plenty of others who say otherwise, but according to Apple the only time you should close an app is it’s unresponsive.
If you need to close out your apps completely, double press the Home button and then swipe up on the apps you want to close.
23. Adjust Auto-Lock Settings
Auto-Lock turns off your screen after a set time. If it’s turned off, or set to a higher time frame, you’re burning your battery by leaving the screen on. Choosing a shorter time before the screen locks will prevent your battery from draining as much.
Go to Settings - Display & Brightness.
Tap Auto-Lock and set the time.
24. Restart Your iPhone
Many of your iPhone issues can be solved by restarting your device, including your battery draining quickly.
Restart your iPhone using this method if you have an
- iPhone X/XS/XS Max/XR
- iPhone 11/11 Pro/11 Pro Max
- iPhone 12/mini/12 Pro/Pro Max
Hold the Side button and either the up or down volume button until you see the shut down screen. Swipe to turn the iPhone off.
Wait for a minute before holding the Side button down to restart.
If you have an
- iPhone 6/6S/6S Plus
- iPhone 7/7 Plus
- iPhone 8/8 Plus
- iPhone SE (2nd Gen)
Hold the Side button until the slider appears.
Swipe the slider to turn off. Wait a minute, then restart by pressing the Side button again.
25. Stop Apps From Using Bluetooth
Plenty of apps use Bluetooth for location relevant promotions, but it’s probably without your knowledge. If you’re not using any Bluetooth accessories like headphones or Apple Watch, then you can probably just turn Bluetooth off completely to save your battery from draining.
If that’s not the case, go to Settings - Privacy - Bluetooth to toggle off the apps that don’t need Bluetooth to function.
In the future, if an app requests Bluetooth access that you think is unusual, you can tap ‘Don’t Allow’.
26. Use WiFi
WiFi uses less battery than a cellular connection. Try and connect to WiFi wherever possible to stop your iPhone battery draining so fast, and save your data, too!
27. Adjust Podcast Settings
Similarly to Mail, Podcasts are freshing in the background and pulling in new episodes when they become available.
Go to Settings - Podcasts.
Toggle off Background App Refresh to stop your phone from pulling in new episodes.
You can also turn off Automatic Downloads by turning off Enable When Following so that you only download episodes by manually downloading them when you have access to a charger.
Finally, since WiFi uses less battery, make sure to stop episodes downloading using cellular data. Turn on Block Downloads Over Cellular.
28. Don’t Let Your iPhone Overheat
Exposing your iPhone to extremely hot temperatures of over 95 degrees fahrenheit (35 degrees celsius) can permanently damage your iPhone battery. It’ll be fine if you’re out and about, but leaving it on your dash or on a table in direct sunlight you’re almost certainly affecting your device and battery.
29. Reset Factory Settings
If you’ve just updated to a new iOS and start experiencing battery issues, you might want to Reset All Settings.
This doesn’t delete any of the data or content on your phone, it just resets settings relating to your network, privacy and location.
Once your iPhone resets you’ll have to go back and customize your settings again.
Go to Settings - General - Reset. Then tap Reset All Settings.
30. Erase Your iPhone
If resetting your iPhone doesn’t work, then you might have to do a full reset.
Before you start this process, you need to backup your iPhone using iCloud or iTunes as, opposed to the method above, you’re deleting all the content from your device.
To back up using iCloud, go to Settings - Apple ID - iCloud.
Scroll down to iCloud Backup. If it’s off toggle On. Tap into options and then Back Up Now.
To back up using your computer, attach your device to your Lightning cable to your device and computer
For more details, follow these instructions.
Once your device is backed up, you can go to Settings - General - Reset - Erase All Content and Settings.
After your iPhone has reset, you can begin setting it up as new
If you still find your iPhone battery draining fast, even after all these fixes - then it’s probably time for a new battery. If you see improvements, but still need an extra top up during the day, then a compact, magnetic power bank might be the answer.