Apple’s latest upgrade is causing battery drain issues for iPhone and iPad users and today we want to show you how to quickly fix bad iOS 11 battery life.
The iOS 11.4.1 update fixes several issues with Apple’s mobile operating system, but the company’s latest software upgrade is causing problems of its own. iPhone and iPad users are reporting a variety of issues including severe battery drain.
If you run into battery life problems while running iOS 11.4.1 (or another version of iOS 11) you might be thinking about downgrading to an older version of iOS 11.
While downgrading is certainly an option, you’ll want to try and iron out your battery life issues before you give up on Apple’s latest update.
Our guide to fixing bad iOS 11 battery life on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch will provide you with some proven fixes and also some strategies to use if your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch battery life starts acting up.
Some of the steps here only require a few seconds of your time. Others could take you a lot longer. Here are a few things to try before taking your phone or tablet down to your local (if you have one) Apple Store.
Restart Your Device
Sometimes a simple restart can help your device overcome abnormal battery drain. If you start noticing weird iOS 11 battery drain, try restarting your phone or tablet. Hold the power button, swipe, and hold the power button to turn it back on.
Download the Latest iOS 11 Update
If you’re having issues on iOS 11.0, iOS 11.0.1, iOS 11.0.2, iOS 11.0.3, iOS 11.1, iOS 11.1.1, iOS 11.1.2, iOS 11.2, iOS 11.2.1, iOS 11.2.2, iOS 11.2.5, iOS 11.2.6, iOS 11.3, iOS 11.3.1 or iOS 11.4, try upgrading to Apple’s iOS 11.4.1 update.
I dare say iOS 11.4.1 has ended my battery murder issue
— ⌛ Stephie Graphics ⌛ (@cloudsteph) July 10, 2018
Some users claim iOS 11.4.1 has fixed their battery drain issues so it’s worth a shot if you haven’t been able to find a fix on your own.
Try the iOS 12 Beta
If you can’t wait for the next version of iOS 11, try downloading Apple’s iOS 12 beta.
The iOS 12 beta is an early version of Apple’s upcoming iOS 12 update (set for release this fall) and it comes with a long list of changes including performance improvements.
The beta is plagued with numerous bugs, but there’s a chance it’ll improve your device’s battery life. We’re running the iOS 12 beta on several devices and we haven’t run into any battery life issues yet.
Use Wi-Fi When You Can
Using cellular data (LTE, 4G) can suck up your phone’s power. When you can, use Wi-Fi. It uses less power than a cellular network.
Check Your Apps
Apple’s iOS updates aren’t supposed to have a negative impact on your battery life and there’s a good chance it’s something other than the operating system causing the problem.
Apps like Facebook have been known to suck up battery life and there’s a very good chance you’ve got a rotten apple on board your iPhone or iPad. Applications and services will often act up after a major iOS release.
Before you do anything else, check your apps. Go into your Settings > Battery and check out the Battery Usage tool. It will show you the apps doing the most damage to your device’s battery.
If you notice an app draining a ton of battery, try deleting the app to see if things improve. You can always re-install it if you determine it’s not the source of the drain.
If you’d prefer to keep the app, try installing the latest bug fix to see if that helps. Developers will roll out iOS 11 support updates and these should help performance.
The YouTube app was reportedly causing severe battery drain for some iOS 11 users. If you’re noticing extremely battery drain when using the app, you will need to curb your use or update the app with the latest bug fixes.Version 12.45 fixes an issue with battery usage.
If your battery life is draining rapidly while using YouTube and you’re positive it has nothing to do with how much you’re using it, update the app.
Your device might vibrate whenever you receive a phone call or a message. These alerts are useful but they make the hardware inside your phone work and this work requires power.
If you’re fine without vibrations, you can always use a ring tone to alert you to new messages and calls, try shutting them off. It could help.
To do this go to Settings > Sounds and toggle Vibrate on Ring and Vibrate on Silent off. You’ll also want to go into each individual Sound and Vibration and make sure Vibration (located at the top of the screen) is set to none.
Manage Your Display
Your display can be a battery life killer if you don’t manage it properly.
The sensors inside your iPhone or iPad will adjust the screen automatically in certain lighting environments. Sometimes these sensors work as advertised. Sometimes they don’t. If your screen is bright for no reason, you might be costing yourself some battery life.
If you’re up to it, try manually adjusting your display to suit your lighting conditions. To do this, you’ll need to turn Auto Brightness off.
Go into Settings > General > Accessibility > Display Accommodations > Auto-Brightness > Off. Once you’ve shut it off, you’ll need to manually adjust your screen brightness. Fortunately, this is simple on iOS 11.
Simply pull up Control Center (swipe up from the bottom of your phone) and adjust the screen as needed. You can also adjust it in the Settings app.
Disable Raise to Wake
iOS 11’s Raise to Wake feature is handy but turning it off could save you a few battery percentage points.
If you don’t need your screen to automatically turn on whenever you pickup your device, go into the Settings app > Display & Brightness and toggle the Raise to Wake function off.
You can always turn it back on if you don’t see any improvements to your device’s overall battery life.
Kill Background Refresh
iOS’ Background App Refresh feature lets your apps refresh in the background in order to show you the latest data when you open them. It’s a nice perk but it’s also a resource hog.
Most people probably don’t need this feature enabled. To disable it, go to Settings > General > Background App Refresh > and turn it off for apps you don’t use.
You can also turn Background App Refresh off completely if you don’t want to go through your list of applications one by one. If you have a ton of apps, the process can be extremely tedious.
You can always turn the feature back on if you don’t notice any gains.
Avoid Dynamic Backgrounds
Animated wallpapers look great but they can be a drain on your device’s battery. If you want to save your battery you’ll want to use static backgrounds. Fortunately, iOS 11 delivers new static wallpapers.
Turn Off Fitness Tracking
Your iPhone comes with a motion co-processor that can track your steps and other activities. If you’re trying to stay in shape we’ll understand if you want to keep this feature on. If you don’t use your phone to track your fitness try turning the non-stop tracking off.
To do this head into your Settings app and tap on Privacy. From there, select Motion & Fitness and toggle the Fitness Tracking function off. You might also want to toggle off any apps listed below Fitness Tracking in that menu.
Use Low Power Mode & Put It In Control Center
iOS 11’s Low Power Mode can help you save battery life and it’s a feature you’ll want to get familiar with if you haven’t done so already.
Low Power Mode’s been around for a couple of years now but we still hear from people who don’t use it or don’t know what we’re talking about.
In a nut shell, Low Power Mode shuts off functions that could be draining your battery. For instance, Hey Siri, automatic downloads, and mail fetch. You can turn Low Power Mode on and off any time.
To do that, head into Settings > Battery > Low Power Mode > and toggle it On whenever you need to save a few percentage points. We also recommend putting it in Control Center for easy access.
Apple’s iOS 11 allows you to customize Control Center (the menu that pops up when you swipe up from the bottom of the screen). We recommend storing a shortcut to Low Power Mode in Control Center for easy access.
To do that, head to Settings > Control Center > Customize Controls and tap the green plus sign next to Low Power Mode.
Use Airplane Mode
If you start noticing rapid battery drain, turn on Airplane Mode.
Airplane Mode, which can be accessed via the Settings app or Control Center, kills all of your connections including Bluetooth, cellular data, and Wi-Fi.
If you’re in an area with spotty service, your phone is going to be working hard to get a signal. When your phone is working hard, your battery is probably draining. Airplane Mode will prevent this.
Widgets are everywhere in iOS 11 and they could ruin your battery life if you’re not careful.
If you don’t use widgets or simply want to get a handle on them, swipe over to the right while you’re on your device’s home screen.
On this screen, scroll all the way to bottom of your widgets and select Edit. It’s the circular icon. You should now see a list of services and apps. These are your widgets. To deactivate a widget, tap the red circle with the white line and tap Remove.
Disable as many as you want.
Stop Killing Your Apps
While you might be tempted to shut down your apps to conserve battery life, Apple says closing apps in your multitasking screen won’t help.
It’ll be a hard habit to break for some of you but if you can manage you could see a positive effect.
Turn Off Assistive Touch
iOS 11’s Assistive Touch might be draining your device’s battery. If you don’t need Assistive Touch on your device, try turning it off.
To turn off Assistive Touch, go to Settings > General > Accessibility > AssistiveTouch, and toggle it off.
Reset All Settings
Once you’ve exhausted those options, it’s time to go nuclear. First, we recommend resetting your Settings.
To do this, go to Settings > General > Reset > Reset All Settings and then enter your passcode if you have one enabled on your device.
The process could take a few minutes and it will restore your device’s settings to their factory defaults so make sure you have all of your Wi-Fi passwords handy because your device will forget them.
If you were having a great experience on a previous version of iOS 11 you could try downgrading your device to see if that improves your device’s battery life.
We’ve put together a downgrade guide that will take you through the steps necessary to drop back down to an older version of iOS 11.
Apple tends to close up these loopholes pretty quickly so downgrading won’t always be an option.
Restore as New
If you’ve owned your iPhone or iPad for awhile, you might try restoring the device from a backup. Or, if you’re feeling really ambitious, you can try restoring the device as new.
You can do this via iTunes or iCloud and depending on your skill level and situation, it could take you more than 30 minutes to complete.
Buy a Battery Case or Battery Bank
If you’re willing to spend money to improve your battery you might think about buying a battery case or a battery bank.
There are a ton of battery case options out there and our list of the best iPhone cases will get you on the right track.
If you’d prefer not to cover up your phone with a bulky case, and battery cases are bulky, you might opt for a battery bank.
Battery banks are small and lightweight gadgets that give you multiple charges. One such device, the RAVPower battery pack can give you six full iPhone charges.
Install iOS 12.4.6 for Better Security
If you're on the fence, here's one of the best reasons to install iOS 12.4.6.
Apple says the iOS 12.4.6 update includes security patches though the company hasn't outlined them in detail. If you value your device's security, you'll probably want to download the update right now.
If you skipped iOS 12.4.5, you get its security updates (which are also unpublished) with your upgrade to iOS 12.4.6.
If you missed the iOS 12.4.4 update, you'll want to download iOS 12.4.6 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 12.4.6 update. You can read about that patch right here.
If you skipped iOS 12.4, you get its patches with your iOS 12.4.6 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 12.4.6 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 12.4.6.
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 12.4.6 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 12.4.6. 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 12.4.6 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 12.4.6. If you skipped iOS 12.0.1, your iOS 12.4.6 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 12.4.6 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 12.4.6 today.
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