Apple’s iOS 14 beta is plagued with a number of issues including abnormal battery drain. If you start noticing weird drain, and you don’t want to downgrade, there are some solution that might help solve your issues.
Battery life issues are extremely common iOS beta issues so it’s not surprising to hear that battery drain issues are impacting those who have moved to Apple’s pre-release software.
In this guide we’ll take you through some potential fixes for bad iOS 14 beta battery life. The fixes we’ve listed here have worked for us, and many others, in the past and there’s a good chance one of them will work for you.
Restart Your Phone
If you start noticing abnormal drain, we recommend restarting your phone before doing anything else.
Power your iPhone down, wait a minute, and power your device back on. A quick reboot can have a tremendous impact on your device’s performance so give it a try before you try the rest of these fixes.
Check Your Apps
Apps, particularly third-party applications, are prone to act up on iOS beta software so there’s a good chance one, or more, of your apps is the source of your problems.
Checking app performance is extremely easy on iOS 14 beta and it should only take you a few minutes to find the culprit. Here’s how to do this:
- Go to the Settings app.
- Select Battery.
- Head into the Battery Usage tool. This tool will show you the apps draining your battery and when they’re doing so.
If you use an application a lot, it’s obviously drain more battery than an app you never use. That said, if you see something that doesn’t look right, you’ll want to investigate further.
If you see an app eating up an abnormal amount of battery, try deleting the app from your device and see if that improves your device’s performance.
If the app is essential, we recommend downloading the latest updates. If that doesn’t help, and you really need to the app to get through your day, you might need to downgrade back to iOS 13.
- Stunning 13.3-inch Retina display with True Tone technology
- Backlit Magic Keyboard and Touch ID
- Tenth-generation Intel Core i5 processor
- Intel Iris Plus Graphics
- Fast SSD storage
Reset All Settings
If you determine that your apps aren’t the source of your problem, try resetting your iPhone’s settings.
Before you do this, note that it will cause your phone to forget known Wi-Fi networks (and Bluetooth connections) so make sure you write down your passwords before you tap reset. Here’s how to do this:
- Go to Settings.
- Go to General.
- Scroll and tap Reset.
- Tap Reset All Settings and enter your passcode if one is enabled.
Once the process is complete, you’ll need to reconnect to your Wi-Fi and Bluetooth devices.
- Fully unlocked and compatible with any carrier of choice (e.g. AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon, US-Cellular, Cricket, Metro, etc.).
- The device does not come with headphones or a SIM card. It does include a charger and charging cable that may be generic, in which case it will be UL or Mfi (Made for iPhone) Certified.
- Inspected and guaranteed to have minimal cosmetic damage, which is not noticeable when the device is held at arms length.
- Successfully passed a full diagnostic test which ensures like-new functionality and removal of any prior-user personal information.
- Tested for battery health and guaranteed to have a minimum battery capacity of 80%.
Downgrade to iOS 13
If you can’t find a manual fix and/or don’t want to wait for Apple’s next iOS 14 beta release, you can downgrade back to iOS 13. A downgrade option will always be available, but your downgrade options could change over time.
Right now, you can only downgrade back to iOS 13.6. You can’t downgrade to anything older than that. Apple’s closed off the downgrade path to older updates.
For more on the downgrade, take a look at our walkthrough.
Buy a Battery Case or Battery Bank
Buying a battery case or battery bank could help offset battery drain you encounter during the beta.
If you don’t want to put a bulky case on your iPhone, you might want to snag a battery bank.
Battery banks are small, portable power sources. For instance, the RAVPower battery pack can provide six full iPhone charges before you need to charge it.
Install to Help Improve Apple Improve iOS 14
Trying new features before they are released to the public can be exciting, but remember that trying the beta will also help Apple squash issues before they reach millions of iPhone users around the world.
Your testing could help the company discover a nasty bug or a performance problem ahead of the final release later this year.
If you're sick of dealing with issues or sick of hearing friends and family complain about problems, think about giving the iOS 14 beta a try.
If you decide to download the iOS 14 beta and find an issue on board, make sure you report it to Apple. This way, engineers can work on a permanent fix.
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