Apple products are excellent in almost every aspect. Especially when it comes to iPhones, the users believe that there are a few smartphones that can match their class. You will hear many iPhone users flaunting about the excellence of the iPhone, and how it dominates the smartphone market. However, if there is anything that iPhone users do not want to talk about, it is iPhone’s battery. Everyone knows that Apple products aren’t that great when it comes to battery timings.

Some users tend to give the benefit of doubt to Apple for its battery issue while others want this issue to get sorted. Apple has made progress with the battery timings, but they still are unable to satisfy the customers. On top of that, iPhones’ battery starts to drain quicker whenever Apple releases a new iOS update. It adds to the frustration of the users and they try to look for quick fixes.

Firstly, it is absolutely imperative for the users to understand why their battery is draining so quickly. Sometimes, it is not the maker who is at fault but instead, it is the user that is creating the issue. For example, your battery is bound to die quicker if you leave the apps open all the time. Some iPhone users don’t even bother to close the apps after using them let alone keeping a track of what is consuming their battery.

Battery Usage

iPhone allows you to keep a track of your battery usage with its feature called Battery usage. You can visit this feature to check which apps and features are consuming the battery. This should be your first step in identifying why your iPhone’ battery is draining quickly. You can easily do it by:

1. Go to the Settings of your iPhone.
Select Battery

2. Scroll down locate the option Battery and tap on it.

3. Now give your phone a moment so it can let Battery Usage to populate.

4. Tap on the Show Activity, it will help you to understand foreground and background power usage.
apps thats been using your battery

5. You will get a visual representation for two time periods; one would be Last 24 Hours and the other Last 10 days

6. Tap on Last 10 Days to get a broader look at power consumption over time.

The illustration could be a little tricky if you are using this feature for the first time. However, you will be able to comprehend once you are adjusted to this feature. For example, this feature shows Apps and the amount of battery they are consuming. So, if you think that an application is consuming too much battery then the best thing would be to turn it off.

Keeping a track of battery usage allows you to get an insight into how well your applications are performing, and what percentage of battery they are consuming. For example, Facebook is an app that refreshes quite often in the background (if the feature is turned on) and therefore it makes your battery drain quicker. A simple step to stop making your battery drain quickly is to simply toggle off Facebook in background refresh feature.

Battery Health

Continuous iOS updates may cause havoc for time being, but they always are helpful in the long run. Every new update brings in a scintillating new feature that every user enjoys. Battery Health is a great addition by the Apple. It came with the introduction of iOS 11.3. What it does is that it provides information regarding current maximum capacity and peak performance capability.

Additionally, this feature also helps the users to understand the state in which their iPhone is. It reveals that if the iPhone is working fine, slowed down, or need service etc. it will also let the users turn off performance management (formerly known as power management) if they want to. Here is how you can explore this feature.

1. Go to the Settings of your iPhone.

2. Scroll down, locate the option Battery and tap on it.

3. Next, tap on the option Battery Health.

4. On this screen, you will be able to see two options; Maximum Capacity and Peak Performance Capability.

5. Across the option Maximum Capacity, you will be able to see a number percentage. This number is a measure of battery capacity as compared to when it was new. If this number is within 80-90 range then it can be deemed as great. However, anything lower than 80% is a suggestion that your battery is ageing, and hence it will drain quicker.

6. Peak Performance Capability will tell you if your battery is currently supporting normal peak performance, higher peak performance, or lower performance.

Battery Heath is a great feature which clarifies the users that if it’s the battery health that is making it drain quicker or Is it something related to the applications, iOS or the device. Mentioned below are a few possibilities that could be the reason why the battery is draining quicker than usual.

iOS Update

As mentioned earlier, Apple devices always take time to adjust to the new OS update. It doesn’t mean that it will take week or months to adjust, it is just a matter of two-three days maximum. However, after an iOS update, it is usual that your iPhone would function a bit differently. Many iPhone users have actually complained that their battery started draining quickly after the introduction of iOS 12.

The reason why this happens is just down to a simple fact that iPhones install, update, and upgrade many apps and features after the new iOS is updated. These updates require Wi-Fi functionality at its peak, and hence more power gets consumed. In that case, all you need to do is to wait. Once iOS updates or other updates settle, the battery timing automatically gets better. It is just a matter of a day or two.

Enable Low Power Mode

You’d have noticed that iPhone asks your permission to turn low power mode on whenever your phone’ battery reaches 20%. It is totally up to you to enable it or not. However, enabling it can help your battery timing massively. You can also enable it anytime even if you didn’t do it in the first place (when iPhone asked).

Moreover, it is not necessary that you enable it only when your battery reaches 20%. You can do it anytime in order to maximize your battery performance. Things like Background App Refresh, Mail Fetch, Siri, and other minor settings get disabled when you turn low power mode on. Nothing significant gets affected and hence there is no risk of missing on anything important. Here is how you can enable low power mode.

1. Go to the Settings of your iPhone.

2. Tap on the option Battery.

3. Now toggle on the option Low Power Mode.

This feature only works on the iPhone, not on iPod or iPad. You can also disable it via the same method. However, your iPhone will automatically disable it if your phone is on charge and reach the charging level of 80%. You can also customize this option on your Control Centre so you won’t have to go to the settings to enable/disable it.

Hard Reset your iPhone

Sometimes it’s your phone’ functionality that is affecting battery’ performance. Hard Reset is a proven method to improve functionality. Here is how you can do that:

For iPhone 8 or Later:

Quickly press-release the volume up button, then press-release the volume down button in quick succession. Once done, press-hold the sleep/wake button until the Apple logo appears on the screen.

For iPhone 7 & 7 Plus:

Press-hold the sleep/wake button in tandem with volume down button for at least 7-10 seconds. Do not release them until the Apple logo appears on the screen.

For iPhone 6 Plus & Previous Models:

Press-hold the home and side/top button (as per the model) for 10 seconds. Do not release them until the Apple logo appears on the screen.

Restore your iPhone as New

Continuous backups from iCloud build up cruft which impacts the phone’ functionality which then effects the battery performance. In that case, you have to restore your iPhone as new. It’s arduous as you may have to reinstall all the apps, but it is kind of necessary too. Here is how you can do that.

1. Go to the Settings of your iPhone.

2. Tap on the option General.

3. Next, tap Reset.

4. Now tap on the option Erase All Content & Settings.

5. Provide the passcode to confirm your action.

Few Tips to Enhance Battery Performance

Mentioned above are the methods that users who are facing battery issues must try. However, there are a few tips that can enhance your battery performance massively. It doesn’t matter if your battery is having issues or not, considering these tips will add more life to your battery.

1. Try to reduce the screen brightness whenever it is feasible.

2. Turn off the notifications for the apps that you hardly use.

3. Turn Off the location services; especially when you are at home. Only turn them on for social media activities or directions.

4. Turn off background refresh for the apps that you do not use daily. You can toggle it off for all the applications too.

5. Turn off Automatic Downloads. This is not highly recommended but yet effective.

6. You should disable your Bluetooth as this feature is hardly used these days.

7. You can disable your Wi-Fi when your phone isn’t in use or you have put it on the charging.

8. Charge your phone as soon as it reaches 20%. Don’t wait for your battery to drain out completely before you put it on the charge.

9. Reduce the number of widgets on your home screen.

iPhone users pay top dollar for their smartphones, and therefore it is important for them to keep a check on their phone’s functionality. iPhones’ functionality largely depends on battery performance and since iPhones come with the irremovable batteries it is critical to take good care of your phone’ battery.