Severe battery drain continues to plague devices on iOS 10 and today we want to show you how to fix bad battery life on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch if you’re running iOS 10.3.3 or an older version of iOS 10.
Apple won’t release any new iOS 10 updates which means those who own devices stuck on iOS 10 are on their own when it comes to fixing software issues.
One of the biggest iOS 10 problems is abnormal battery drain. 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.
I like how iOS 10.3.2 has made my phone seem (?) faster. Although it drains the battery faster too. :/
— Christian Rillera (@CDRillera) July 15, 2017
Just realise that IOS 10.3.2 is causing my battery to drain fast!!
— Af|qah (@afiqaha_) July 13, 2017
@AppleSupport Just letting you know that I hate iOS 10.3.2. It has turned my iphone 7 plus into a burning hot, battery draining £819 brick.
— Ruby Robbins (@IamRubyRobbins) July 12, 2017
How to Fix Bad iOS 10 Battery Life
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 final version of iOS 10, iOS 10.3.3.
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 company’s 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.
Check Your Widgets
Widgets are extremely prominent in iOS 10. And if you have a ton of widgets active, they could be sucking up a bunch of power in the background.
If you’re experiencing terrible battery life, try getting a handle on your widgets.
To get started, swipe to the right while on your device’s home screen. Scroll all the way to bottom of your widgets and select Edit. It’s a little circle icon.
You should see a long list of services and apps. To remove a widget, tap the red circle with the white line and tap Remove.
Remove as many as you desire and see if it has a positive effect on your battery’s performance.
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 recently, 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.
Turn Email Auto-Fetching Off
If your phone is continuously monitoring your email accounts, it’s probably sucking up your battery life. If you don’t need push turned on for all or some of your email accounts, try turning it off.
To do that, head into Settings > Mail > Accounts > Fetch New Data. Switch your accounts from Push to Manual.
You’ll now have to manually check for new email but this little change could save you a few battery percentage points.
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.
Turn Off Raise to Wake
iOS’ Raise to Wake feature is handy but turning it off could help you save battery life.
To turn off the Raise to Wake, go to Settings > Display & Brightness and then toggle the Raise to Wake function off.
You can always turn it back on if you don’t see any gains.
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.
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 final version of iOS 10.
There’s no guarantee the iOS 10.3.3 update will solve your problem but we, and many others, saw improvements.
Upgrade to iOS 11
If your device is compatible with iOS 11, think about upgrading to iOS 11.4.
iOS 11 delivers a wide range of improvements, fixes, patches, and features. It’s running well on most devices and it could have a positive impact on your device’s battery life.
If your device is compatible with iOS 11 it’s compatible with Apple’s upcoming iOS 12 update as well. iOS 12 is focused on performance and it’s worth a try if your device continues to struggle on iOS 11.
Restore from a Backup
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.
Get in Touch with Apple Support
You should also get in contact with Apple support via its website or via Twitter.
The company runs a Twitter account that takes questions about iOS problems and could help point you in the right direction.
You can also get in touch with Apple Support via Apple’s website.
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.
Buy a Battery Case
If your device’s battery life still feels underwhelming, it might be time to invest in a battery case.
Battery cases can be bulky but they can also be lifesavers, particularly when you’re out traveling for work or pleasure.
There are a ton of battery case options out there and our list of the best iPhone cases will help you get pointed in the right direction.
Buy a Battery Bank
If you don’t want to strap a bulky case to your iPhone consider buying a battery bank for your device.
Battery banks are small and extremely lightweight and some, like the RAVPower battery pack, can give you six full iPhone charges.
Install iOS 12.4.8 for Better Security
If you're on the fence, here's one of the best reasons to install iOS 12.4.8.
Apple says iOS 12.4.8 provides important security updates. Unfortunately, the company hasn't outlined those updates in the detail and it probably won.t
That said, if you value your device's security, you'll probably want to download the iOS 12.4.8 update right now.
If you skipped iOS 12.4.7, you get the update's three security patches (two for the Mail app and one for Wi-Fi) with your upgrade to iOS 12.4.8.
If you skipped iOS 12.4.6 and iOS 12.4.5, you get their security updates (unpublished) with your upgrade.
If you missed the iOS 12.4.4 update, you'll want to download iOS 12.4.8 in the near future because it brings iOS 12.4.4's security patch to your device. You can read about it right here.
If you skipped iOS 12.4.3, you get its security patches (also unpublished) with your upgrade.
If you missed iOS 12.4.2, you get an additional patch with your upgrade. You can read about the security contents of iOS 12.4.2 here.
If you skipped iOS 12.4.1, you'll get its security patch with your iOS 12.4.8 update. You can read about that patch right here.
If you skipped iOS 12.4, you get its patches with your iOS 12.4.8 update.
iOS 12.4 brought 19 security patches to the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. If you're interested in the specifics, you can read about them on Apple's security site.
If you skipped iOS 12.3, your iOS 12.4.8 update carries iOS 12.3's security patches on board. The iOS 12.3 update brought 23 patches and you can read about all of them right here on Apple's site.
If you skipped iOS 12.2, you'll get its security patches with your version of iOS 12.4.8.
iOS 12.2 brought a whopping 41 security patches to iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. You can read more about the iOS 12.2's patches over on the company's website.
It's important to note that Apple's iOS 12.2 update patched up an exploit that allowed websites to use motion sensors to "fingerprint" devices.
Fortunately, Apple's patched up the issue. If you skipped it, you'll probably want to move to iOS 12.4.8 soon.
If you skipped iOS 12.1.4, you get four important security patches including fixes for a widespread FaceTime eavesdropping bug that lets you call someone via FaceTime and hear the audio coming from their phone before they pick up the phone.
If you skipped iOS 12.1.3, you get some additional patches with your version of iOS 12.4.8. Again, they're baked into your upgrade.
Apple lists a grand total of 23 patches on board iOS 12.1.3 and you can read about all of them over on Apple's website.
If you skipped iOS 12.1.1, you'll want to install the iOS 12.4.8 update on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch today.
The iOS 12.1.1 update brought 17 patches for potential security exploits. They'll will help protect your phone. You can read about them here.
If you skipped iOS 12.1, you'll get the 24 patches from that update with your version of iOS 12.4.8. If you skipped iOS 12.0.1, your iOS 12.4.8 update brings two additional patches. Both patches are for potential lock screen exploits.
If you skipped iOS 12.0, and you're still running iOS 11.4.1 or below, your iOS 12.4.8 update comes with an even longer list of security updates.
The iOS 12.0 update delivered 16 patches for security issues. You can read about all of them over on Apple's security page.
In addition to those patches, iOS 12 delivers new security features aimed at protecting you and the data you store on your device. These include:
Long story long, if you store sensitive data on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you have some really good reasons to upgrade to iOS 12.4.8 today.
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