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How to Fix Bad iOS 15 Beta Battery Life



iOS 15 beta users are running into excessive battery drain. If you start noticing abnormal battery drain on your iPhone, and you don’t want to downgrade to iOS 14, there are some fixes that could fix the problem.

Excessive battery drain almost always impacts iOS beta software so it’s not surprising to learn that iPhone users have run into the problem after moving to iOS 15 beta.

In this guide we’ll take you through some potential fixes for bad iOS 15 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 excessive battery drain while running the iOS 15 beta, 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.

Move to the Latest iOS 15 Beta

Apple will periodically release new iOS 15 beta software. And while the company might not call out battery life fixes in the change log, new beta software always has the potential to help.

If you’re running old iOS 15 beta software, try moving to the latest update.

Check Your Apps

Apps, particularly third-party applications, are prone to acting up on iOS beta software. 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 15 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 draining 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 14.

Reset All Settings

If you determine 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 reset all of your iPhone’s settings:

  • 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.

Downgrade Back to iOS 14

If you can’t find a manual fix and/or don’t want to wait for Apple’s next iOS 15 beta release, you can downgrade back to iOS 14. The downgrade option will always be available, but your downgrade options could change over time.

Right now, you can only downgrade back to iOS 14.6. You can’t downgrade to anything older than iOS 14.6 because Apple’s no longer signing on older iOS updates.

For more on the iOS 15 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 know where to look, we’ve got lists of the best iPhone 11 cases, best iPhone XS casesbest iPhone X cases and best iPhone 8 cases to help you out.

We generally recommend going with a Mophie battery case, but Apple’s official battery cases are a great alternative if you prefer going with a first-party accessory.

If you don’t want to put a bulky case on your iPhone, you might want to buy 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.

There are a ton of great options out there, but RAV’s device, Mophie’s powerstation and the Anker Powercore 20100 are a few of our favorites.

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Install to Help Improve Apple Improve iOS 15

Trying new features before they are officially released is exciting, but that's just part of it. Using the iOS 15 beta will also help Apple squash issues before they reach millions of iPhone users around the world. 

Your feedback about the iOS 15 beta's performance could help the company discover a nasty bug or a glitch 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 15 beta a try. 

If you decide to download the iOS 15 beta and find an issue on board, make sure you report it to Apple. This way, engineers can get to work on a permanent fix. 

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  1. Richard C

    06/23/2021 at 3:54 am

    The battery life of all Dev beta releases uses excessive battery because the logging verbosity is set to DEBUG for everything. These steps will not change that.

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