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 11.4.1 for Better Security
Apple's iOS 11.4.1 update comes with 15 patches for potential security issues. If you value your security, you should think about installing it today.
iOS 11.4.1 also comes with a USB Restricted Mode that disables the Lightning port on your iPhone or iPad if a device hasn't been unlocked or connected to a computer using a passcode within a certain amount of time.
The new setting is located in Settings > Face ID/Touch ID & Passcode. There you’ll see a new toggle for USB Accessories. It's toggled off by default.
This provides an added layer of protection and prevents the use of cracking tools like GrayKey.
If you skipped iOS 11.4, your iOS 11.4.1 update comes with 30+ patches aimed at improving your device's security. This makes it an essential download for most iPhone and iPad users.
If you missed any of Apple's previous iOS updates, your iOS 11.4.1 update comes with a lot more.
If you skipped iOS 11.3.1, your version of iOS 11.4.1 comes with iOS 11.3.1's four security patches.
If you skipped iOS 11.3, your iOS 11.4.1 update comes with 27 additional patches for potential exploits. Those of you lingering on iOS 11.2.6 would be wise to make the move sooner rather than later.
If you missed iOS 11.3, your iOS 11.4.1 update also includes a new privacy feature. When an Apple feature wants to use your personal information, an icon now appears with a link to access detailed information about how your data will be used and protected.
If you're running iOS 11.2.5 or older, you're currently exposed to an issue that lets people send a specific character that will crash an iOS-powered device and block access to the Messages app. It can also block apps like Facebook Messenger, Gmail, Outlook, and WhatsApp.
The iOS 11.2.6 update's main purpose was to patch up this issue. If you skipped iOS 11.2.6, you'll get these enhancements with iOS 11.4.1.
If you're running iOS 11.2.2 or below and receive a certain GitHub link through your Messages app, your iPhone or iPad can lockup or respring. The Messages app will also become unusable.
Apple's iOS 11.2 update fixed several problems, but it also brought problems of its own including a potentially nasty zero-day iOS HomeKit vulnerability.
The vulnerability, discovered by Tian Zhang, allowed for unauthorized control of HomeKit accessories including garage door openers and smart locks.
Apple quickly rolled out a server-side fix, but the company restored full functionality with the release of iOS 11.2.1. If you skipped iOS 11.2.1 and use HomeKit, you should download iOS 11.4.1 right now.
If you skipped iOS 11.2, you'll get a few more patches with your iOS 11.4.1 update. Apple's iOS 11.2 update delivered 11 patches including one for Mail and one for Wi-Fi.
The iOS 11.2 and iOS 11.2.1 updates also patched up a widespread security issue called "Meltdown." Apple says its analysis suggests it "has the most potential to be exploited."
Meltdown affects all iOS 11 powered devices so we highly recommend downloading iOS 11.4.1 if you skipped iOS 11.2.
If you skipped iOS 11.1.2, iOS 11.1.1, and iOS 11.1, you'll get additional patches with your iOS 11.4.1 update.
The iOS 11.1 update delivered eight security patches including a fix for a serious Wi-Fi vulnerability called KRACK or Key Reinstallation Attack. KRACK is an exploit that targets the common WPA2 encryption protocol.
If you're just now making to move from iOS 10 (or whatever you're on) to iOS 11, your iOS 11.4.1 update will come with even more security-related features.
In iOS 11 you can't establish trust with a PC using fingerprints alone. You'll also need to put in a full passcode in order to gain that trust.
If you want to protect the data you store on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you should make your move to the latest version of iOS. This is particularly important for those of you running older versions of iOS.