iOS 10 problems include battery life issues and today we want to show you how to potentially fix bad battery life on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch if you’re running iOS 10.2.1 or another version of Apple’s iOS 10.
In September, Apple released its iOS 10 operating system for select iPhone, iPad and iPod touch models around the world.
In the months since its release, the company’s pushed several updates to iOS 10 users. These updates have delivered new features and bug fixes for lingering iOS 10 problems.
Oh this iOS 10.2.1 battery drain is real. :(
— Eat-Mund (@EdmundSoon) February 25, 2017
— 👽 (@losingsomeoneee) February 24, 2017
Wish I never updated to 10.2.1 iOS. My battery drains so fast when not in use. Wtf apple???
— Polo (@MrPolo_) February 27, 2017
@Apple I finally caved in and downloaded ios 10.2.1… the biggest L I've taken in 2017. Battery dead at 42%…
— Jonathan Oliver (@Jonathanjoliver) February 17, 2017
Abnormal battery drain is a common iOS problem and it pops up every time Apple releases a new update for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
iOS updates aren’t supposed to have a negative effect on your device’s battery life so we’re not surprised to see some iPhone and iPad users expressing their frustration to Apple and its customer service representatives.
How to Fix Bad iOS 10 Battery Life
Fortunately, there are more than a few potential remedies for bad iOS 10 battery life issues.
This guide will show you how to potentially fix bad iOS 10 battery life on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. Battery drain issues can be tricky but these fixes have worked well for us, and others, in the past.
These fixes will work with all versions of iOS 10 including the company’s current version, the iOS 10.2.1 update.
They should work for those of you running the iOS 10.3 beta as well.
Check Your Apps
Before you blame iOS 10 for your battery troubles, note that there’s a very good chance it’s something else causing the battery drain on your iPhone or iPad.
If your battery life starts acting up with iOS 10 on board, the first place to look is at your collection of applications. There’s a very good chance an app, or apps, is hogging your device’s resources and causing the problem.
The first place you’ll want to look is your Settings. Go into Settings > Battery and get familiar with the Battery Usage tool that arrived with the iOS 9 update in 2015.
This tool will show you what apps are eating the most battery and when. Look for something out of the ordinary.
If you do see something odd, check the App Store for an update. Developers are rolling out bug fixes and iOS 10 support updates that could improve performance.
If an update fails to cure the issue, try reinstalling or uninstalling the app completely to see if that helps settle your device’s battery.
Use Low Power Mode
If you haven’t been using iOS’ built-in Low Power Mode, now would be a good time to get familiar with this important feature.
The iOS 9 update delivered a new feature called Low Power Mode. It’s important because it allows you to stretch out the last 10-20% of battery life on your device without having to make a bunch of manual changes.
To enable Low Power Mode on your device go to Settings > Battery > Low Power Mode > On. This feature will help you conserve a few hours of battery life.
Start using this feature on a regular basis.
Use Airplane Mode
If you suddenly start experiencing rapid battery drain, it might be because you’re in an area with poor cellular coverage.
When you are in a bad service area, your iPhone or iPad will work hard to try and find a signal. This can cause your battery to drain rapidly. This is a perfect time to flip on Airplane Mode.
Airplane Mode is found at the very top of your Settings and it will kill all of your connections when turned on. If you’ve done any air travel during the past few years, you’re probably familiar with the feature.
Once you’ve entered a new service area, turn Airplane Mode off and you should notice an improvement to your device’s battery life.
Disable iCloud Keychain
If you don’t use iCloud Keychain, try disabling it to see if that improves battery life. This has worked for a number of people in the past.
To disable iCloud Keychain on your device, you’ll want to go into Settings > iCloud > Keychain > Toggle iCloud Keychain off.
If it doesn’t have a positive impact on battery, you can always toggle it back on when you need it again.
Limit Background App Refresh
Do you need your apps to automatically refresh in the background? No? Well then you might want to try disabling the Background App Refresh feature on your device. It could help you conserve battery life.
Background App Refresh is handy because it will allows your apps to show you the latest data once you open them. It can also be a resource hog.
If you don’t use or care about this feature, go to Settings > General > Background App Refresh > and turn it off for each app that is using too much power. It’s going to be an extremely tedious process for some of you but it could help your battery life.
You can also turn the feature off completely if you don’t want to go through your list of applications one by one.
If this doesn’t help, you can turn the feature back on for all of your apps or some of them.
Manage Your Display
Apple’s mobile devices use sensors to adjust the screen automatically in certain lighting environments. Sometimes these sensors work, sometimes they’re a little off. A bright screen can eat up battery life so we recommend getting a handle on your device’s display.
First, try turning Auto Brightness off. To do this, go into Settings > Display & Brightness > Auto-Brightness > Off. Once you shut it off, you’ll have to adjust your screen brightness manually. this is easy with iOS 10.
You can adjust it in your Settings in the Display & Brightness menu or you can simply swipe up from the bottom of the screen to bring up Control Center.
Swipe up and you’ll see a bar that stretches across the length of the first Control Center card. Use it to adjust screen brightness.
Restart Your iPhone or iPad
If you’re looking for a quick fix, try a simple restart.
Hold down the power button for a few seconds and swipe to shut the device down. Hold down the power button again to boot the device back up. Sometimes, this dislodges battery life issues.
You can also try a hard reset. To do that, hold down the home button and the power button (volume down and power button on an iPhone 7/iPhone 7 Plus) for about 10 seconds. The device will restart itself. This won’t remove any data.
Reset All Settings
If none of these fixes help, it’s time to take more drastic measures to fix your bad iOS 10 battery life.
The first solution we recommend is a reset of your settings. To do this, go to Settings > General > Reset > Reset All Settings and then enter your passcode. If you don’t have a passcode enabled, you obviously don’t need to replicate that step.
This process should take five minutes or more and it will restore your settings to their factory defaults. So, make sure you have all of your Wi-Fi passwords handy because your phone or tablet will forget them.
Downgrade to an Older Version of iOS 10
If you’d rather drop down to an older version of iOS you can do that. For a limited time.
If you can’t tolerate iOS 10’s performance, you can drop back down to an older version to see if that improves your devices battery life.
The downgrade loophole will only be open for a short time so you’ll need to act quickly if you want to make the move.
For more on the process, take a look at our downgrade walkthrough.
Upgrade to a Newer Version of iOS 10
If you’re running an older version of iOS 10 and you’re noticing abnormal battery drain, you might try upgrading to the current version of iOS 10.
There’s no guarantee the iOS 10.2.1 update will solve your problem but we, and others, have noticed improvements.
Restore the iOS 10 Update
If you have a bunch of free time on your hands you can try a restore on your iPhone or iPad.
This step should only be used as a last resort because it will temporarily erase everything on your device and could take awhile to complete.
You can try restoring from your backup after you install iOS 10. If your iOS 10 battery life issues return after the restore, you will want to try this method again without restoring from your backup.
Here’s how to do this on an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch:
- Plug in and backup to the computer or to iCloud.
- Turn off Find My iPhone – Settings -> iCloud -> Find my iPhone -> Off.
- In iTunes Click Restore.
- Follow the prompts and the iPhone will reinstall iOS 10 from scratch.
- When it completes click Restore from Backup to put your information back on the iPhone or Choose to set up as a new iPhone.
Talk to Apple Support Online
You should also get in contact with Apple support via its website or via Twitter.
@AppleSupport battery life on iOS 10.2.1 is atrocious. iPhone 6s. No change in my use habits. 10.3 needed ASAP.
— Logan (@9mmhp) February 16, 2017
The company runs a Twitter account that takes questions about iOS problems and could help point you in the right direction.
Take Your Device Into an Apple Store
If nothing on here works for you, and Apple’s online support fails, you could try taking your iPhone or iPad into an Apple Store to have a Genius run some diagnostics.
Your issues could be related to a bloated battery, it could be something else entirely. If your device is still under warranty, they might even offer you a replacement.
To find your closest Apple Store, head here.
Install iOS 10.2.1 If You Want Better Security
If you value your security, you'll want to seriously consider downloading the iOS 10.2.1 update on your iPhone or iPad.
The iOS 10.2 update brings 13 known patches for potential exploits. That's one more than its predecessor (iOS 10.2).
These patches enhance the security on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch making them ideal for those of you who store sensitive files/data on your device. Most people do.
If you skipped the iOS 10.2 update and/or the iOS 10.1.1 update, know that iOS 10.2.1 brings their security patches with it as well. Again, the iOS 10.2 update had 12 important patches on board. You can see them all right here.
If you failed to install Apple's iOS 9.3.5 update, iOS 10.2.1 will also bring the three crucial security patches it delivered last year. These patch up serious security problems that could potentially expose your calls, contacts, texts, and emails.
If security is important to you, iOS 10.2.1 is probably worth a download right now.