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How to Fix Bad iOS 9 Battery Life



iOS 9 users continue to complain about bad battery life. With those problems in mind, we show you how to fix bad iOS 9 battery life on iOS 9.0, iOS 9.1, iOS 9.2, iOS 9.3, iOS 9.3.2, iOS 9.3.3, iOS 9.3.4, and iOS 9.3.5.

While many people have upgraded to Apple’s iOS 10 update, others have stayed behind on the company’s iOS 9 operating system. Some by choice, others by force. The iPhone 4s and the original iPad mini didn’t get iOS 10 upgrades.

iOS 9 battery life problems continue to frustrate many iPhone and iPad users including those on the last final version of iOS 9, Apple’s iOS 9.3.5 update. This isn’t surprising. Abnormal battery drain is a common iOS problem.


iOS updates aren’t supposed to have a negative effect on overall battery life on the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch but we always see complaints.

In the case of iOS 9, these complaints are coming more than a year after its release for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

How to Fix Bad iOS 9 Battery Life

We want to help you solve your bad iOS 9 battery life issues.

This guide delivers help to get better battery life on all versions of the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch capable of running iOS 9, iOS 9.0.1, iOS 9.0.2, iOS 9.1, iOS 9.2, iOS 9.2.1, iOS 9.3, iOS 9.3.1, iOS 9.3.2, iOS 9.3.3, iOS 9.3.4, and the iOS 9.3.5 update.

You should keep some of these tips and fixes stored in your memory bank. Battery life problems can strike your device at any time so you’ll always want to be prepared.

Look Into Your Apps

If you’re noticing strange battery drain on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, the first thing you’ll want to do is take a long hard look at your applications, especially if you’re playing Pokemon Go.

It’s easy to blame Apple for your problems but there’s a good chance that it’s a third-party application hogging your resources.

To start digging into your app performance, you’ll want to go into Settings > Battery and get familiar with the Battery Usage tool and the changes that Apple’s made in iOS 9.

The tool will show you which apps are eating up the most battery but it will now show you when they’re eating up the most battery.

It will also show you what apps have been using the most power over a 24 hour span and what’s been eating your phone or tablets battery life over a longer span of time.

If you tap on the little clock there, you’ll also be able to pull up a breakdown that shows you exactly when they’re eating up the most battery.


Some apps will drain battery the most when the screen is on and some might zap your power when the screen is off.

If you see something odd, you’ll want to first try updating the application (assuming it has good reviews). Developers have been rolling out iOS 9 support updates in recent days and there’s a good chance your apps have updates.

If that doesn’t help, try reinstalling it or uninstalling it completely to see if your overall iPhone or iPad battery life improves some.

Uninstall Facebook

Facebook’s app is under fire again for causing battery life troubles on the iPhone. A recent piece from The Guardian suggests that the app is still chewing up a substantial amount of battery life. The author claims that, on average, he has 15% more battery life each day without Facebook installed.

If you have the Facebook app on your phone, it might be worth an uninstall (permanent or temporary is up to you) to see if it has a positive effect on your iPhone’s charge.

Pokemon Go

If you’re playing Pokemon Go on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch for long periods of time, there’s a good chance it’s draining your battery.

pokemon go

Pokemon Go relies on GPS to track your movement. GPS kills battery life. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to combat Pokemon Go battery drain on iOS 9:

  • Lower your screen brightness.
  • Use an external battery pack.
  • Kill Bluetooth and Wi-Fi while you’re roaming around playing the game.
  • Disable volume.

For more on Pokemon Go problems and fixes, take a look at our rundown.

Start Using Low Power Mode

iOS 9 comes with a brand new feature that will help you conserve iPhone battery life when you need it most.


The new Low Power Mode in iOS 9 allows users to stretch out the last 10-20% of battery life significantly longer without flipping a bunch of switches manually.

Simply go to Settings > Battery > Low Power Mode > On and the iPhone will limit many items you used to need to control manually. This can add several hours of actual use to your iPhone.

With iOS 9.3.5 on board, you’ll be able to use Low Power Mode with iOS 9.3’s Night Shift feature.

Turn On Airplane Mode

If you’re noticing battery drain, it might be because you’re in an area with spotty cellular service. If you are, your device will work extra hard to try and find a signal and that could cause your battery life to start draining rapidly.

To combat this, flip your device into Low Power Mode or Airplane Mode. Airplane Mode can be found at the top of Settings and it will kill all of your connections. If you’ve flown any time in the past five years, you’ve probably used it.

With Airplane Mode turned on, your phone won’t be searching for a better signal or any nearby connections. Just make sure to flip it off when you’re back in an area with better service.

Disable iCloud Keychain

This is a potential fix that’s been passed down over the years and there’s a chance it might work for you after installing iOS 9.

Try disabling iCloud Keychain if you don’t use it. iPhone and iPad users have reported a bump to battery life after turning it off and there’s a chance you could see some improvements.

To disable iCloud Keychain on your device, you’ll need to go into Settings > iCloud > Keychain > Toggle iCloud Keychain off. You can always flip the feature back on if you determine that there’s no connection between it and the battery drain on your device.

Limit Background App Refresh

If you don’t need your apps to automatically refresh in the background, you might want to try disabling the Background App Refresh feature that comes standard with iOS.

Background app refresh is handy is you want your applications to show the latest data whenever you open them but in our experience its proven to be a resource hog. If you have it on, apps will work in the background and that can be a catalyst for bad battery life.

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Go to Settings > General > Background App Refresh > Turn it off for each app that is using too much power. It’s a tedious process but it could help.

You can also turn the feature off completely if you don’t want to go through your list of applications one by one.

Manage Your Display

Get a handle on your display.

Apple’s iPhone, iPad and iPod touch use an array of sensors and one of those sensors adjusts the screen automatically in certain lighting environments. Sometimes the sensor works to perfection. Sometimes it doesn’t.

If you’re noticing strange iOS 9 battery drain, try shutting auto brightness off. To make this happen, go into Settings > Display & Brightness > Auto-Brightness > Off. Once it’s shut off, you’ll have to adjust the screen brightness manually.

iOS 9’s Control Center offers quick access to an auto brightness toggle. To pull it up, swipe up from the bottom of your screen.

Restart Your iPhone or iPad

You should also try restarting your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

If you don’t know how to do this, hold down the power button for a few seconds and swipe to shut the device down. Hold down the power button again to boot the device back up.

If that doesn’t help, you can also try a hard reset. To do that, hold down the home button and the power button for about 10 seconds. The device will restart it self. As a reminder, this will not remove any of your data.

Reset All Settings

The above fixes include changes to your habits and some smaller tweaks. The fixes listed below are more drastic measures.


The first step to take is a reset on all of your device’s settings. To do this, go to Settings > General > Reset > Reset All Settings and then enter your passcode when the prompt appears.

The reset process could take five minutes or so and once it’s done, it will restore your settings to their factory defaults.

You’ll also want to have your various Wi-Fi passwords handy. Once this process completes, your phone or tablet will have forgotten those passwords.

Take Your Device In

If nothing here works, it’s time to take your iPhone or iPad into an Apple Store to have a Genius run some diagnostics.

You could have a bloated battery, you could have something else. If your device is still under warranty, they might even offer you a replacement.

Talk to Apple Support Online

If none of these fixes work and you don’t want to move from your desk chair, you can ask Apple for help online.

If you’re struggling with iOS 9 battery life, try reaching out to Apple’s Twitter support line for assistance. It’s possible that they will have a fix or two that fall outside of this list.

Download iOS 10

If nothing is working, you might try upgrading to the iOS 10 update if your device is eligible. iOS 10 users are also complaining about battery drain issues but there’s a chance it could improve your device’s performance.

4 Reasons Not to Install iOS 12.5.6 & 10 Reasons You Should

Install iOS 12.5.6 for Better Security

Install iOS 12.5.6 for Better Security

If you're on the fence, here's one of the best reasons to install iOS 12.5.6 right away.

iOS 12.5.6 has a vital security patch on board and it will protect your device(s) from harm. If you want the details, head over to Apple's website.

If you missed the iOS 12.5.5 update, it brought three security patches to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. You can learn more about the trio on Apple's security site

If you missed iOS 12.5.4, you'll get that update's important security upgrades with your iOS 12.5.6 update. If you're interested in the particulars, head on over to Apple's website for more.

If you skipped iOS 12.5.3, you'll get its security patches with your upgrade. Both of its patches were related to WebKit. If you want to learn more about them, head on over to Apple's security site

If you skipped iOS 12.5.2, you'll also get its security patch with your upgrade. You can read more about it over on Apple's website

If you also skipped iOS 12.5, you'll also get its patch with your upgrade. Apple's outlined the update's patch in detail on its security site

If you missed iOS 12.4.9, you'll also get its four security patches with your upgrade. You can read more about those right here

If you skipped iOS 12.4.7, you also get the update's three security patches (two for the Mail app and one for Wi-Fi) with your upgrade to iOS 12.5.6.

If you're running software that's older than Apple's iOS 12.4.4 update, you'll want to download iOS 12.5.6 in the near future because it brings iOS 12.4.4's security patch to your device. You can read about it right here.

If you're running software older than iOS 12.4.2, you'll get an its patch with your upgrade. You can read about the security contents of iOS 12.4.2 right here

If you're on software that's older than iOS 12.4.1, you'll get iOS 12.4.1's security patch with your iOS 12.5.6 update. You can read about that patch right here

If you're on software that's older than iOS 12.4, you get iOS 12.4's patches with your iOS 12.5.6 update. 

iOS 12.4 brought 19 security patches to the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. If you're interested in the specifics, you can read about them on Apple's security site

If you're running software older than iOS 12.3, your iOS 12.5.6 update carries iOS 12.3's security patches on board. The iOS 12.3 update brought 23 patches and you can read about all of them right here on Apple's site. 

If you're on software that's older than iOS 12.2, you'll get iOS 12.2's security patches with your version of iOS 12.5.6.

iOS 12.2 brought a whopping 41 security patches to iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. You can read more about the iOS 12.2's patches over on the company's website

It's important to note that Apple's iOS 12.2 update patched up an exploit that allowed websites to use motion sensors to "fingerprint" devices.

The exploit, discovered by researchers in Europe, uses JavaScript to snag data from a device's accelerometer, gyroscope, and magnetometer when the user visits an infected website. If the attack is successful, a device can be tracked around the internet. 

Fortunately, Apple's patched up the issue. If you skipped it, you'll probably want to move to iOS 12.5.6 soon.

If you're on software older than iOS 12.1.4, you get four important security patches including fixes for a widespread FaceTime eavesdropping bug that lets you call someone via FaceTime and hear the audio coming from their phone before they pick up the phone.

If you're on software older than iOS 12.1.3, you get some additional patches with your version of iOS 12.5.6. Again, they're baked into your upgrade.

Apple lists a grand total of 23 patches on board iOS 12.1.3 and you can read about all of them over on Apple's website. 

If you're on software older than iOS 12.1.1, you should install the iOS 12.5.6 update on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch today. 

The iOS 12.1.1 update brought 17 patches for potential security exploits. They'll will help protect your phone. You can read about them here.

If you're running software older than iOS 12.1, you'll get 24 patches from that update with your version of iOS 12.5.5.

If you're on software that's older than iOS 12.0.1, your iOS 12.5.6 update brings two additional patches. Both patches are for potential lock screen exploits.

Long story long, if you store sensitive data on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you have some really good reasons to upgrade to iOS 12.5.6 today.



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  2. Alex Villanueva

    09/22/2015 at 7:35 am

    A quick way to fix this batter drainage problem is to go to settings > general> restart> reset all settings
    Witch will resolve the battery issue fixing your usage to the correct function
    So with your phone on standby(unused) it won’t die over time
    Instead it will keep its battery life
    For a longer duration

  3. Mark

    09/25/2015 at 9:01 pm

    I updated my iPhone 6 from iOS 9.0 to 9.01, before going to bed my phone had about 97% battery capacity.
    somehow overnight while sitting on the dresser doing nothing it dropped to 24% which is very unusual.

    When I checked the battery usage screen it says the home & lock screen used 88%.
    Anyone else experience this? My iPad Air was also updated yesterday and it is still sitting at 100% overnight

    I tried restoring my phone to the last backup, hopefully to go back to 9.0 but to only option was to go back to the last 9.01 backup, the restore went back to 9.01. Is there a way to go back from 9.01 to 9.00?

    iPhone 6, iOS 9

    • Jack

      09/25/2015 at 10:46 pm

      I did a clean install of iOS9 and am having similar problem. My iMessage says it uses 75% in last 24 hrs of barely using it. Next closet app used 5% ..crazy

  4. Steven A. Schwaber

    09/26/2015 at 4:16 pm

    Ok, so let me see if I understand this correctly. Some jerk’s ego at Apple wanted to “upgrade” iOS and seemingly doesn’t give a d@mn about how it affects the user (my typical battery life the day before the upgrade was 3+/- days; the same day as I upgraded my 4s, battery life is a maximum 4-5 hours total, and that is with the phone just standing by without being used at all; when I say this, I specifically mean 99% battery to literally <1%).

    So because of this, the ONLY fix is to change entirely the way I use my phone. In other words, I have to change rather Apple providing what the customer needs. This sounds a bit like the old days in Detroit, where GM's famous comment was "Give them any color they want, as long as it's black." Apple made its bones providing a simple, seamless computing experience for its users, especially compared to Windows; I'll bet Bill Gates goes to bed each night chuckling to himself and thanking his god for the stupidity of his competitors. Steve Jobs, RIP (if you can)…

  5. Mark

    09/26/2015 at 4:45 pm

    After resetting the phone and performing a new install then reentering data and downloading ebooks etc etc battery usage has improved, not sure yet how much but it is certainly not as good as 8!!!

  6. Sheela Vapestein

    09/27/2015 at 7:34 pm

    Ah yes the infamous 3 year cycle where this is done deliberately to frustrate you into buying the newer phone. Basically every iphone is good for only 3 years. Not 3 years from the day you buy it but 3 years from the day it first went on sale :(

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      06/23/2016 at 1:59 pm

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  7. Dan

    10/03/2015 at 10:58 am

    iOS 9.0.2 Battery life fix #iOS9batterylife

    I found an iPhone battery eater problem. I have background app refresh off which should lengthen battery life as per many websites. I also looked in to my apps by Settings–>Battery and looking what apps were using the most battery life and Facebook by far is the highest. If you click the little clock symbol I saw Facebook as running in the background way more hours than using it, hmmm. So I went to
    Settings–>Facebook and u see a background app refresh setting that’s greyed out and locked on if you already have background app refresh turned off in general settings. No wonder my battery is being eaten up. So what you need to do is go to Settings–>general–>background app refresh and turn in back on. Then go to Settings–>Facebook and turn background app refresh off. Then back to Settings–>general–>background app refresh and turn in back off. I figured this out by accident. This was not on any web tutorial like

  8. Scr-U-gle

    10/08/2015 at 10:33 pm

    I went to a Genius Bar and got the solution, it is third party apps. This works on all iPhone and all updates (caution, do not avoid updates, they are crucial to security and keeping your data and device safe.

    1. Take a screen grab of all your apps.

    2. Back up all your data, but DO NOT back up the apps (if like me you already have backed up the apps, just create a new client and make a fresh backup.).

    3. Factory reset the device, reinstall iOS, update to latest version then reinstate your backed up data.

    4.go to the App Store and manually down load your Apps (you can use your previously purchased list to expedite the process).

    Third Party Devs are often late with updates, when they do arrive, when updating the app they can leave dross from the previous build behind. This can cause apps to hog resources, especially memory. Often these problem apps remain open in memory even after a restart.

    It’s a pain in the behind, but does solve the issue.

  9. Janiice

    10/23/2015 at 8:22 pm

    I loved my iPhone 5 c , but with it lasting only 2 years and apple wanting to charge me $275 to fix it,good bye Apple, hello Samsung

  10. Katalina J

    10/30/2015 at 12:59 pm

    I agree that APPLE is using “3-year buy a new one” strategy. I used to have a cheap $25 Motorola Go phone for 9 years and never ever had a problem. I moved to Iphone 5s to catch up with the world, found myself spending hrs fixing the upload, learning things that I never used, looking totally stupid at Apple store to let the so called Genius reboot and reset my phone. I would like to have their jobs.

    If we need to spent over $500 a phone every 3 years, I think I will go back to Gophone and carry a camera with me! Money is one thing, TIME is way too precious to be fooled around with.

  11. Geenah

    11/19/2015 at 5:29 pm

    This have been the worst update by far. The battery drainage is horrible. This is my 4th iPad in about 4, years. I’m glad I put insurance on them. This way I just switch it out when problems arise. This was the last time with an iPad. Time to upgrade to a Samsung tablet. This way it will match all my Samsung products. I will never again look at any Apple products.

  12. Mark Taylor

    11/22/2015 at 3:24 pm

    i0S 9 has rendered my iPad 2 almost useless despite all the recommended tweaks the Apple forum recommends. Despite all those tweaks, it’s still outperformed by a cheapo supermarket tablet. Apple certainly know how to pi$$ off their customers by almost forcing them into upgrading. Trouble is, in this case it will be to an Andriod device!.

    • ryan (@ThatDudeRT)

      06/23/2016 at 1:48 pm

      It’s a 5 year old tablet what do you expect? Try using a 5 year old Android tablet and let me know how that works out for you.

  13. surendra rawal

    11/24/2015 at 12:57 am

    I have tried all options but still my iphone6 battery goes to zero level within 6 hours even its was not used so anybody can help me?

  14. JWG

    11/28/2015 at 1:55 am

    Now I have deinstalled nearly all apps that are drivers to use an iPhone and not an Android, just feeling stupid to carry around a really expensive cell for phone calls only and still bad battery. My old 5s is going back into service

  15. Justin Loo

    12/08/2015 at 2:01 am

    My iphone 5s have battery issue. After i have updated to ios 9.1 my iphone battery drain by 1% every 15 min. Anybody know how to solve this kind of problem. :(

  16. isuzvedu

    12/17/2015 at 3:45 am

    nothing working, I restored my phone as new, no third party apps (only the default apps) but still battery drains super quick. Time for change – hello Xperia

  17. Navin

    12/17/2015 at 8:48 am

    After resetting process it’s get to the normal

  18. Robert

    12/22/2015 at 6:13 am

    Lets Face it. The new IOS is the problem. We can come up with all sorts of ways to turn everything off to save battery life but I am a light user and the only change I made was upgrading from IOS 8 to 9 or 9.1 My battery life dropped from 72 hrs to 8 then when I turn everything off I can get 12 hrs. It sucks big time. It’s about time Apple fess up and fix it or allow us to down grade. I started with an iphone 4 and now after all this time I am reluctantly ready to give on my iphone 6 and on up on Apple and move on.

  19. Tejasav

    12/22/2015 at 9:18 am

    My iPhone 5 is rebooting automatically and when I make it to charge it remains same as urlier but when I reboot it it shows the charged one

  20. Vesy

    12/22/2015 at 9:26 am

    did anyone experience an “instant drowning” for an example 18% charged battery hd a sudden shut down( <1% ) while u r using the device ? it happens every time on my Ipad 3 .

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  22. Shazia Mughal

    01/07/2016 at 9:47 am

    Thanks for the article, it didn’t fix my problem but it certainly made me more aware of a lot of stuff :)

  23. Roland

    01/09/2016 at 4:55 pm

    Thanks for this! It helped for me an my iPhone 6. The problems started a few weeks before (with the new iOS?) and your “Restore the iOS 9 Update”-Info helped!

  24. Jimmyjj

    01/16/2016 at 12:59 am

    It is so obvious that Apple iOS hobbles 2 year old phones. Coincidentally the same length of time that most people get hardware upgrades from their carriers. I foresee a lot of backlash and an apple revolt when people start to realize this. If it wasn’t deliberate they would allow us to downgrade to 8.4.1. The good old days when I got what I paid for.
    Also it was Henry Ford that said you can get any colour you want as long as it’s black.

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    01/19/2016 at 6:50 pm

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  26. DigitalBob

    01/21/2016 at 9:17 am

    I get a full day out of my Galaxy Note 4.

  27. sheila

    01/29/2016 at 9:10 am

    Literarally in the time I was reading all this info Ilost another 4%. It was at 100% this morning at 7:00am. Now its 12:10pm and I am down to 60% Seriously have not touched my phone.

  28. Datrel

    02/06/2016 at 1:18 pm

    So Apple is losing money. Hey why not screw up the os update a sheep will buy a new phone. Guess what, back to android for me. I’m sick of this BS.

  29. Brett

    02/16/2016 at 8:54 am

    I really don’t care guys!! I have all the iPhone’s over the years and would never use anything else and no I don’t work for Apple. Very user friendly phone. You know where you can put your androids.

    • Alex

      03/03/2016 at 3:53 am

      Can I interest you in buying a bridge?

  30. bipul sarma

    02/20/2016 at 2:31 am

    my Iphone 5s battery not charging .earlier i changed with a new batter but again same thing happen.Now I disconnect battery.check the leads with a meter ,middle and left showing 1.5v
    middle and right with showing 2.5v.Tried charging outside with a USB charger directly which worked out to be showing 80% charged.Thank GOD working.

  31. Enzo

    02/20/2016 at 12:08 pm

    Latest version of Yahoo! Weather app…The Culprit?

    I’ve encountered severe battery drain on my iPhone 4s and iPad Air 2 running iOS 9.2.1 . I was suspecting the iOS update, but I noticed the location indicator showing up more than usual. In fact unusually more. After disabling numerous location services for various apps under the privacy settings -it was not until I changed location services on Yahoo! Weather from ‘Always’ to ‘While Using’ that my outrageous battery drainage stopped.

    I thought I should pass on the info..

  32. Andrew

    02/21/2016 at 8:09 am

    Same problem here with my iPad Air 2. Was working fine until a couple of weeks ago after I downloaded the 9.2.1 upgrade. My iPad mini is still on 9.2 and is working fine. My Air 2 takes right about 22 hours to fully charge after buying a new 12 amp charger. I thought there was a problem with the original 10 amp charger. It discharges while on standby and light usage in less than 10 hours. That’s not the best ratio.

  33. Scottyji

    02/29/2016 at 8:02 am

    A very easy and quick solution: Turn your iPhone off to conserve power. Honestly…what’s so constantly urgent in one’s life that a cell phone has to be ‘on’ 24/7?

  34. Andrew

    02/29/2016 at 9:21 am

    Wow, how long did it take you to figure that one out?

  35. iLoveApple

    03/11/2016 at 3:32 pm

    Can’t you just swap your battery after it’s empty? Oh wait, you don’t have an LG.

  36. Artur

    03/21/2016 at 2:11 pm

    Best way to resolve problems is buy another phone. My xperia z1 was charged friday 14.00, still 47 %. My iphone 5s was charged 4 times, with almost all features disabled.

  37. Bye2apple

    03/21/2016 at 2:45 pm

    Thinking of switching this stupid apple to another devices. Luckily i didn’t buy 6’s yet. Start from iphone 5, it’s so fragile on hardware n software. Thoughest still iphone 4 with ios 7. Even dropped hard for several times, phone still working good until this day. Been using it for almost 5 years.. My iphone 5s n 6, damn stupid gadget that i ever had.

  38. Chang Yoke Poon

    03/27/2016 at 3:28 am

    Battery issue, now cannot be detected by iTunes. IOS 9.3 sucks big time

  39. Dan

    03/28/2016 at 7:52 am

    iPhone 5s. Great little phone. iOS 9.2.1 unfortunately only allows me to get 6 hours usage with all features turned off, and in low power mode. Apple advertises “up to” 10 hours on their website. Where’s the other 40% of my phone, and does iOS 9.2.1’s terrible power drain constitute false advertising?

  40. CJ

    04/05/2016 at 9:28 pm

    I was a Beta tester of iOS 9.3 and it was great in Beta, but as soon as it asked me to go to the mainstream 9.3 I went from 2+ days of battery to <12 hrs. This stinks.

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  42. simon

    04/13/2016 at 8:29 am

    restart phone

  43. simon

    04/13/2016 at 8:31 am

    The iphone 6s battery life can die for many reasons not all which are laid out here. You might have some of the common reasons like a too many apps running, overcharging, or even a virus. These are more common fixes for the problem

  44. Simon

    04/15/2016 at 10:38 am

    Similar issues. Battery drain following last two IOS downgrades. I know it’s upgrades but I’ll stick with my terminology thanks, it’s more appropriate.

    Last time I was messed about was by Sky satellite / cable. Kept putting prices up at an alarming rate. I kept telling them if they continued I’d cancel. They kept putting the prices up and I cancelled. I’ll never go back to them. Same thing is going to happen to Apple. These devices cost a lot of money and I don’t expect a marked detioration in such a short timespan, nor be expected to have to continue messing with settings to find improvements for a fault I didn’t have before downgrading. Bye Apple, hello Samsung Galaxy. I’ll never be back.

  45. Les Zapata

    04/22/2016 at 10:12 am

    I have the same issue with a iPhone 5-64. The battery is not the problem, it’s panned obsolescence. If you don’t need a new device, Apple doesn’t make money. It’s sneaky, dirty, and effective for them and many other hardware companies. It’s why downgrading is STRONGLY discouraged. My phone worked beautifully before I fell for the iOS 9.x hype, and that’s what Apple banks on. It’s a consumer trap.

  46. scott

    04/22/2016 at 10:37 am

    Wow, I’m going to android. I can’t believe how bad apple has become. You have to turn off and on your settings to save battery life after an update they send? In 2016? What a POS. My 6 went from slightly passable to dead by noon phone. What a joke apple. Android has had 4 updates to apple 10! I’m done. As soon as I can, goodbye Iphone…..

  47. scott

    04/22/2016 at 10:44 am

    It is NOT 3rd party apps. I don’t have any running on my phone. I don’t think I have any! My phone is almost empty. My number 1 use is texting at 41% in the last 24 hours. My phone charged over night and it says the last time it has had a full charge was over 24 hours ago. The update is a complete wreck. Don’t let the geeks at the OS store feed you lines. I’ve been an apple fan boy for the last 10 years, ipad, apple tv and all phones. My wife and son just bought new G 7s. They are amazing. It’s like they are from another planet. I feel cheated that I have been sticking to this one legged lying company for so long. They don’t even care about us passing off screw ups as 3rd party problems and we eat it with a smile. What a joke! I’m so made at them and that I bought this for so long. No more I’m telling you.

  48. Mia

    04/28/2016 at 5:13 pm

    97% to 54% battery life in 20 mins after the update. Wont charge now!!!!

  49. Pepulis Kazankis

    05/01/2016 at 1:02 am

    Think the best way to improve battery is to not unwrap the phone from the box….plus u still have the money to buy a real phone, not a junk from Apple

  50. Synomin

    05/05/2016 at 7:46 am

    So my phone worked fine before the upgrade, and now Apple wants to blame my apps and everything else and not take responsibility for their screwup?!? That is complete BS!!! How about you test out your app and make sure that you don’t have these problems before distributing it to your customers

  51. Angry IPhone User.

    05/10/2016 at 8:47 am

    Use to get a whooping full 10 hours& 16 mins of battery life on my 6+, just by browsing, reading. Since this stupid update my phone goes from 100% to 34% in 2 hours. This is ridiculous .

  52. Izaz

    05/16/2016 at 11:50 am

    Well if none of the described solution work, then it’s a faulty U2 IC which actually hold the charge. It can easily damage by using unofficial cables, car chargers or Power banks. U2 IC cost 80-100 $depends on country Thanks

  53. Angry IPhone User.

    05/17/2016 at 9:10 am

    Found a fix for me. I use my phone all day, let the battery drain down all the way until it turns off . Then charge it fully without using it. I then did a hard re set on it & so far I haven’t had any more battery problems . It’s been about 6 days since I calibrate the battery & that seem to fix the issue for me.

    • MIke

      06/09/2016 at 2:23 pm

      Nope leaving it off then recharging did nothing

  54. Parker

    05/21/2016 at 8:36 am

    Litally all i do on my ipad is read from ibooks, and somehow my ipad is still dying in less than 8 hours! I have followed all the fixes shown, still my ipad dies quickly :( this is stupid, im going back to a nook and a tiny ipod to listen to music on, ipad isn;t worth all this trouble

  55. Cornelia

    05/21/2016 at 2:08 pm

    Thanks to all for the above as I have had my iPhone 6 since it has come out and loved it cause it would last me all day browsing etc etc. but in the last couple of weeks since all the updates I lucky if it lasts till lunchtime especially if I make a phone call or use the internet to browse!!!!! Not happy as it means I cannot use my phone all day! Come on Apple what has happened to you!! your were amazing and now somethings a miss!!!!!

  56. gmsutton

    06/09/2016 at 3:45 pm

    Since 9.3.2 phone shuts down as if the battery were dead. Plugging it in indicates around 60% battery left. Erasing the entire phone and restoring only critical data does nothing. The “Genius” bar acts surprised. After going thru this a couple of times, the problem got worse, with the phone chugging down around 90%. In the last 24 hours where I got only a few messages, that function has used 74% of the battery. Online diagnosis with Apple Chat indicated the batter is OK and I’m told it’s a “software problem”. I agree, it’s clearly there upgrade that has caused this, If that is’t it, then there is something corrupt about my iTunes backup, but I’m clothing at straws here,

  57. Jay

    07/07/2016 at 5:32 pm

    Well glad I am not going mad!!!! Upgraded wifes 5S to 9.3.2 and the battery life is horrible, what gives APPLE!!!!!!!

    Think you really need to get your act together or I feel you will seriously start to lose market share, lot of angry consumers out here about APPLE….love the phones beena user since 3GS days and in many ways wish I still had 3GS has been one of the toughest phones I have had..

    Fix this power issue ASAP or we really have no choice but to be changing manafacturer of phone… I use a 6S at thius stage allis fine but I have refused to update to 9.3.2 software…..

  58. onebigbite

    07/09/2016 at 8:45 am

    I hate saying this but I have the same problem. 60% and it dies! It wont open. Then I plugged it, it recharges and says 60%. And then pull the charger again, drains again. Put it back again it’s 61%.

  59. vinnietea

    07/13/2016 at 7:48 pm

    Apple needs new programmers or senior staff with brains and respect.
    The old screw the customer concept is getting old and if Apple continues to do it I will be switching to Android to by pass getting screwed even though Android is inferior they treat people with more respect.
    Jobs knew this about customer support and spent his life keeping the others at Apple in line, but now there is no one to step up to the plate to do this and Apple is loosing credibility because of it.

  60. Zachary

    07/14/2016 at 10:06 am

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  61. David Christensen

    07/29/2016 at 8:47 pm

    I get up and do the same thing every morning with my iPad. After this update. I check email and read some news while drink coffe every am. 2 hours. Before iPad would go from 100 to 85 to 80 % now after this update the power level is 70%. This s iPad Air 2. I have had Bluetooth on since I bought this iPad. I turned Bluetooth off. This had little to no effect. Very confusing.

  62. balapobiBala

    08/10/2016 at 12:06 am

    Almost tried all the possibilities, my battery is getting drain fast with factory reset.. and no additional apps are installed. Sometimes getting shutdown immediate even 20% battery, when i insert charger it shows 35% battery there…

  63. Greg

    08/11/2016 at 10:12 am

    I’ve had this problem multiple times in the life of my iPhone 6 after an IOS upgrade. The “Reset All Settings” command has been the only thing that fixed it every time. My theory is that for each major upgrade there may be settings added or a different set of recommended default settings that Apple validated with. Reset to the new OS default settings and then re-customize the ones you care about.

  64. Leigh_K

    09/09/2016 at 2:50 pm

    Doesn’t sound like anyone is finding any solutions. I can do a factory reset – and change NOTHING. Power phone off. Wait 20 minutes. Battery is down to 94%. If you do that math, that’s 6 hours of battery **when off**. My phone battery was lasting 2 days with “regular” usage until early-to-mid June when I upgraded to IOS 9.3.2. Now, it’s pretty much a brick.

  65. Kevin

    09/12/2016 at 9:36 am

    The battery will drain if you have your wifi on period. Turn wifi off and your battery be as good or better than before.
    I guess this is a bug with the new 9.3.5 upgrade and sure hope it is not apple working with providers to discourage wifi and get more $ out of us from data…so hope that is not true.

    Not sure if any wifi fixes for this have been discussed but if anyone knows some setting please share.

  66. Tom P

    09/13/2016 at 7:38 am

    I’ve been stuck with iPhone for years because it’s been reliable and convenient, now it’s not. Good bye Apple! If you don’t fix this soon I’m leaving you.

  67. nunyabiziness

    10/06/2016 at 3:51 pm

    None of the recommendations here worked. As all of you people find what caused your phonbe’s demise, others do not experience success by doing the things you all have done. Too many people are thinking 3rd party apps, get to know your battery usage, pokenmon. Please. Get real. Everyone is not the same with how they use their phone but one thing is for sure, if you all allow Apple or any other platform for smartphones, to track you, to push email, to monitor everything every time you use your browser, apps etc, then you’ve been burning more battery life than you realize and might just see even more increased life once you figure out that the inherent problem is iOS itself and how APPLE configures it to run. Yes, they want you to feel your phone is ready for the graveyard since nobody wants to put up another $600+ for a new phone and that is their goal. Smalrt phone sales, especially APPLE, have declined so much in the past few years and unless there is some big revival in sales, they will lose any incentive to mass produce them with huge profits in mind. The best way to promote a successful plan is to to take all older models, push an update, and hope most everyone takes it and then, suddenly, they see their phone is running so poorly that the first thing people at APPLE stores will tell them is it’s an old phone, you need a new one, it cannot handle the iOS anymore, it’s reached it’s EOL and served it’s purpose, it’s time to go, etc, etc, etc. Get real. It’s APPLE. NOTY 3rd art APPS causing the IMMEDIATE problem and 3rd party apps are also part of the problem because they all track and monitor all your actions and activities as this world is all about exploiting each and every one of us for the finanical gain of others. They get inside our heads, find out what makes us tick, then advertise us to death with items that suit that. SO wake up everyone. We are being manipulated and our minds are targets so the less we allow our phones to know about us, the better off we are. These phones need to be used carefully to protect your privacy so read up on how to take control of your phones before they take complete control of YOU!


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