How to Fix Bad iOS 16 Beta Battery Life
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 back to iOS 15, here are some potential fixes to try.
Battery life issues always impact iOS beta software so it hasn’t been surprising to see some iOS 16 beta testers run into these problems.
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 iPhone 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 version.
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.
Unfortunately, you can only downgrade back to iOS 15.6.1. You can’t downgrade to anything older than that because Apple has stopped longer signing on older versions of iOS.
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.
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 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 15.7.6 for Better Security
If security is important to you, you'll want to think about installing Apple's iOS 15.7.5 update right away.
iOS 15.7.6 has several security updates on board. These patches are essential if you want to keep your device and its data safe from harm. For more details, head here.
As for older updates, the iOS 15.7.5 update patched up actively exploited vulnerabilities making it an extremely important upgrade for your iPhone. To learn more about them, check out Apple's guide.
iOS 15.7.4 brought important security fixes to older iPhone models as well. If you want to learn more about these changes, check out Apple's guide.
iOS 15.7.3 also brought a batch of security patches to iPhone. You can learn more about these changes right here.
iOS 15.7.2 brought numerous patches along with it. For more about them, head over to Apple's website for more details.
iOS 15.7.1 update brought 17 security patches with it while iOS 15.7 delivered 11 security patches to iPhone. If you want a look at the details, head over to Apple's security site for more information.
If you missed iOS 15.6.1, it had two security patches on board. You can read more about the pair on Apple's website.
If you missed Apple's iOS 15.6 update, it had 30+ security upgrades on board. You can learn more about them right here.
If you missed iOS 15.5 it brought 27 new security patches to the iPhone. You can learn more about these patches over on Apple's security site.
If you missed iOS 15.4.1, it had 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 15.7.6 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 15.7.6 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.