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How to Fix Bad iOS 7.1 Battery Life Fast



Learn two ways to fix bad iOS 7.1 battery life from your iPhone, one of which will take less than five minutes and another option if that fails.

The iOS 7.1 battery life on the iPhone and iPad is a problem for a growing number of users that installed the latest free update from Apple. This update delivered a collection of fixes and performance boosts for older devices, but it also brought a bug with it that drains the iPhone battery faster.

Like most bugs that arrive with updates not every device is impacted, and those that see bad iOS 7.1 battery life don’t always see the same fast draining that is a major problem.

We'll show you two ways to fix bad iOS 7.1 battery life.

We’ll show you two ways to fix bad iOS 7.1 battery life.

We previously shared how to get better iOS 7.1 battery life, but as more users update we are hearing more vocal complaints that there is something wrong with battery life on this new update.

For users that upgraded to iOS 7.1, battery life is a real concern, but it isn’t necessarily a widespread problem that users can expect after an upgrade. According to tests by Ars Technica the iOS 7.1 battery life changes are visible, but not as significant as we saw with the iOS 7 release last year. The iPhone 5 iOS 7.1 battery life is actually better in their WiFi browsing tests.

There is no overall iOS 7.1 battery life problem, but some users are impacted dramatically.

There is no overall iOS 7.1 battery life problem, but some users are impacted dramatically.

This chart shows small variations in iOS 7.1 battery life, which we expect to see when browsing the web for hours on multiple devices.

These are differences measured in minutes, not hours. The iOS 7.1 battery life complaints are from users that are seeing major drops in battery life, which come without a change in use. Typically we see fast battery drain even when the screen is off. This may also show a Usage and Standby time that is the same in Settings -> General -> Usage. This would indicate a major iOS 7.1 battery life problem for the user. If you are experiencing bad battery life after the update but these times are not matching, you may still have an issue.

For users that are seeing major iOS 7.1 battery life problems, there is one possible fix that can turn your iOS 7.1 battery life around in less than 5 minutes.

Fix iOS 7.1 Battery Life

Here are steps to fix iOS 7.1 battery life if it is very bad on your iPhone.

Here are steps to fix iOS 7.1 battery life if it is very bad on your iPhone.

You will need to Reset All Settings to make this work, and this is the first thing to try. Here is how to fix bad iOS 7.1 battery life without resetting your phone.

  1. Tap on Settings
  2. Tap on General
  3. Scroll down and Tap on Reset
  4. Tap on Reset all Settings
  5. Enter passcode if prompted

The iPhone will reboot and clear settings, but will not remove your content such as apps, photos and more. This is a good way to clear out issues without a full reset. if this does not fix the iOS 7.1 Battery life problems, it is a good idea to perform a full iPhone reset and set the iPhone up as a new device without restoring from a backup.

The steps are the same as above, but choose Erase All Content and Settings. This will wipe everything from the iPhone, so back up before you do this, even though we recommend not performing a restore. Setting up all of your accounts and apps is time-consuming, but it may be the fastest way to fix bad iOS 7.1 Battery life.



  1. Punter Fan

    03/14/2014 at 1:55 pm

    Erase all settings… lose all my accumulated WiFi passwords? Oh great.

  2. Brian

    03/14/2014 at 4:01 pm

    Not if you are using the Apple Keychain!

  3. Oran

    03/14/2014 at 9:48 pm

    Turn off Siri. It was part of the update. Seems to not be draining power soo fast after that.

  4. Tony Morgan

    03/15/2014 at 5:06 am

    First Google’s Nexus 5 are facing the same battery drainage problem with their updated Android Kitkat version due to the camera apps and now iOS7 also join the android with the same issue. Even I am also facing this problem with my iphone 5S and due to this reason I have to keep my device twice on wireless charging pad. Hope their developers rectify this issue soon otherwise I have to switch to some other device. Well thanks for sharing this informative article. I will consider it to save my battery from getting drained soon.

  5. Serserkov

    03/16/2014 at 12:18 am

    Стереть пользовательские файлы и приложения? Вы серьезно?
    Когда у вас машина начнет потреблять слишком много бензина, попробуйте выкинуть из нее всю внутреннюю отделку, сиденья, и т.д. Я уверен – поможет!

  6. bc bcc

    03/16/2014 at 11:35 pm

    why do customers have to deal with a software problem that has been created by the most wealthy company in the world, by sacrificing all his data, settings, everything he created so far?No, just don’t update until Apple finds a solution to this or if you have already updated and exp the issue, then stop searching web to fix a problem that was not created by you and go submit your complaint to Apple and request a solution, this is your basic consumer right.

  7. Jay

    05/04/2014 at 4:27 pm

    I did everything recommended here and in other places like turning off Siri, all notifications turned off, and turning down the screen to 25%. Guess what. None of that did any good. 6 hours and 42 minutes of stand by with 1 hour and 42 minutes of usage and I am at 61%. I can’t get through a day without recharging. I hope they find the issue quick and issue a fix.

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