iOS 16 beta users are complaining about battery life issues. If you start noticing abnormal battery drain on your iPhone, and you don’t want to downgrade to iOS 15, here are some potential fixes to try.
Battery drain issues almost always impact Apple’s iOS beta software so it’s not surprising to see some iOS 16 beta testers run into these issues.
In this guide we’ll take you through some potential fixes for bad iOS 16 beta battery life. The fixes we’ve listed here have worked for us, and many others, in the past so there’s a chance they will work for you as well.
- Restart Your iPhone
- Install the Latest iOS 16 Beta
- Check Your Apps
- Reset All Settings
- iOS 16 Beta Downgrade
- Buy a Battery Case or Battery Bank
Restart Your iPhone
If you start running into excessive battery drain on the iOS 16 beta, we recommend restarting your phone before doing anything else.
Power your iPhone down, wait a minute, and power it back on. A quick reboot can have a tremendous impact on your device’s performance.
Move to the Latest iOS 16 Beta
Apple will periodically release new iOS 16 beta software. While the company may not call out battery life fixes in the change log, new beta software always has the potential to help alleviate these problems.
If your iPhone is running old iOS 16 beta software, try moving to the latest update. Apple is currently on iOS 16 beta 2.
Check Your Apps
Apps, both first and third-party, are prone to acting up on iOS beta software and there’s a good chance one they’re the source of your problems.
Checking app performance is extremely easy on iOS 16 beta and it should only take you a few minutes to find the culprit, if there is one. 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 will 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 iPhone’s battery life.
If the app is essential to your daily routine, we recommend downloading the latest update. 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 15.
Reset All Settings
If you determine your apps aren’t the source of your problem, try resetting all of 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 have your passwords handy before you proceed.
Here’s how to reset all of your iPhone’s settings:
- Go to Settings.
- Go to General.
- Go to Transfer or Reset iPhone.
- Tap Reset.
- Tap Reset All Settings and enter your passcode if one is enabled.
This may take a few seconds so you’ll want to remain patient.
Downgrade Back to iOS 15
If you can’t find a manual fix and/or don’t want to wait for Apple’s next iOS 16 beta, you can downgrade back to iOS 15. The downgrade option will always be available, but your downgrade options could change over time.
Right now, you can only downgrade back to iOS 15.5. You can’t downgrade to anything older than iOS 15.5 because Apple’s no longer signing on older iOS updates.
For more on the downgrade process, 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 buy a battery bank.
Battery banks are small, portable power sources that can give your iPhone multiple charges. There are a ton of great options out there, but Mophie’s powerstation line and the Anker Powercore line are a few of our favorites.
Install iOS 15.5 for Better Security
If security is important to you, you'll want to think about installing Apple's iOS 15.5 update right away.
iOS 15.5 brings 27 new security patches to the iPhone and they are essential if you want to keep your device and its data protected. You can learn more about these patches over on Apple's security site.
If you missed iOS 15.4.1, it had just one new security patch on board. You can read more about it over on Apple's website.
If you missed the iOS 15.4 update, it had a whopping 36 new security patches on board. If you want to learn more about these patches, head on over to Apple's security site for the particulars.
If you missed iOS 15.3.1, it had one security patch on board. For more about it, head over to Apple's security page.
If you missed iOS 15.3, you'll also get its patches with your upgrade. iOS 15.3 brought 10 new security patches to iPhone users. If you're interested in the details, you can read more about them right here.
If you missed iOS 15.2.1, you'll get its security patch with your upgrade. You can learn more about the change over on Apple's website.
If you missed Apple's iOS 15.2 update, you'll get its 30+ security patches with your upgrade. You can read all about them over on the company's security site.
iOS 15.2 also included some important upgrades to privacy. The software brought the company's App Privacy Report to Settings. This lets you see how often your apps have accessed your location, photos, camera, microphone, contacts and more during the last seven days. You can also see their network activity.
In addition, iOS 15.2 brought Apple's communication safety features for kids. You'll find these features in the Messages app, in Siri, in Spotlight, and in Search.
If you missed iOS 15.1, iOS 15.5 will bring its security patches to your iPhone. You can read more about them on Apple's website.
If you missed iOS 15.0.2 you'll also get its security patch with your upgrade. You can learn more about it right here.
iOS 15.0 also brought numerous security patches to your iPhone. If you'll be moving up from iOS 14 and you're interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can read about them over on Apple's security website.
Apple's updated its website with new information about iOS 15's batch of security patches. The company now says the software patched up an issue that could have exposed a user's private Apple ID information and in-app search history. It also says iOS 15 patched up an issue that allowed apps to override Privacy preferences.
If you skipped iOS 14.8 or any older versions of iOS, you'll get the security patches from those updates with your iOS 15.5 update as well.
In addition to those patches, iOS 15 comes with some security and privacy upgrades including improvements to Siri. Requests made to Siri are now processed on the device itself using Neural Engine. This makes it more secure.
If you're an Apple Card user, you'll now get a security code that changes regularly to use when you make online transactions.
Apple's also included a built-in authenticator that's similar to Google Authenticator. This will let you generate verification codes for enhanced sign-in security under your Passwords.
There's also a Mail feature that hides your IP address.
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