Some iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max users have noticed severe battery drain. Battery life issues can be tricky to fix, but there are some things to try before downgrading your phone’s software or getting in touch with Apple customer service.
As we push deeper into 2021 we’re still getting a ton of feedback from iPhone 11 users. A lot of the feedback has been great and many people are enjoying the performance they’re getting out of the company’s current flagships. That said, we’re also hearing about issues iPhone 11 users are facing.
We’ve seen complaints about a variety of issues ranging from scratched screens to Wi-Fi issues to problems with first-party apps. We’ve also seen some complaints about abnormal battery loss.
Battery life issues are extremely common, particularly after Apple releases new iOS software, so these complaints don’t come as much of a surprise.
Some of these issues might be hardware related, but most are probably related to the iOS 14 software that powers these phones.
- Stunning 13.3-inch Retina display with True Tone technology
- Backlit Magic Keyboard and Touch ID
- Tenth-generation Intel Core i3 processor
- Intel Iris Plus Graphics
- Fast SSD storage
If you’re seeing horrible battery drain your first instinct might be to get in contact with Apple customer service. That’s an option, but you should try fixing the issue on your own before contacting Apple.
In this guide we’ll take you through some fixes that might help you fix bad iPhone 11 battery life. These are fixes that have worked for us over the years and they might help you solve your battery issues in minutes.
Restart Your Phone
If you start noticing weird battery drain try restarting your iPhone. Power it down, wait for a minute, and then power it back on. This typically works wonders, especially if your device hasn’t been powered down in awhile.
Update Your Phone
If you’re running old iOS 14 software, try updating your phone to the latest version.
Apple typically doesn’t call out battery life fixes in its software update change logs, but installing new software could help stabilize your iPhone 11’s performance.
Before you install a new version of iOS 14 on your phone, make sure you read reviews and dig into feedback about its overall performance.
Check Your Apps
Often times it’s a rogue app causing the battery drain. Apps, particularly third-party applications, will sometimes act up after Apple releases new iOS firmware.
Fortunately checking on an app’s performance is extremely easy on the iPhone 11 and you should be able to single out the culprit in a matter of minutes. Here’s what you need to do:
- First, go to the Settings app.
- Tap on Battery.
- Check Battery Usage.
In this menu you can see the apps eating up your iPhone 11’s battery life and when they’re doing so. If you use an app a lot, it will obviously put a strain on your device’s battery. However, if it’s draining a ton of battery or an app you rarely use is sucking up a lot of power, you’ll want to investigate further.
If you notice an issue, try updating the application to the latest version. App developers are rolling out iPhone 11/iOS 14 support updates and these updates could work wonders.
If updating doesn’t work, try deleting (permanently or temporarily) the app and see if things return to normal. If the issue persists, get in contact with the developer.
Reset All Settings
If your apps aren’t the root of the issue, try resetting all of your settings. This will restore your settings to their factory defaults (so make sure you have your Wi-Fi passwords handy), but it could iron out your battery life issues. It has worked for us in the past.
Here’s how to reset your iPhone’s settings:
- Go to Settings.
- Tap General.
- Tap Reset.
- Tap Reset All Settings.
- Enter your passcode if you have one enabled.
Use Screen Time
Your iPhone 11 comes with an extremely useful Screen Time feature that could help you conserve battery life while eliminating bad habits.
Screen Time provides you with a set of controls that can help keep your addictive behavior in check. If you aren’t on your phone using your apps, you won’t be chewing through its battery life.
The feature lets you set limits on how long you can use a particular app on a given day. If you approach the threshold, it’ll warn you.
You can also set alerts for kids and link them to a ScreenTime Allowance. This allows you to set limits on games, but keep important apps available to use.
Use Low Power Mode
Your iPhone 11 also has a Low Power Mode feature that will help you conserve battery life by temporarily shutting off background activity (Hey Siri, automatic downloads, and mail fetch).
You can flip Low Power Mode on and off whenever you want. Your iPhone will also prompt you to turn it on whenever it reaches 20% battery.
We recommend adding Low Power Mode to Control Center (Control Center is the menu that pops up when you swipe up from the top right of the screen) for easy access. Here’s how you do that:
- Head into the Settings app.
- Tap Control Center.
- Tap Customize Controls.
- Tap the green plus sign next to Low Power Mode.
The next time you open up Control Center on your device you’ll see a battery icon and you can tap it to enable or disable Low Power Mode.
If you’d rather turn Low Power Mode on via your Settings you can do that too. Here’s how to do it:
- Go to the Settings app.
- Tap on Battery.
- Tap on Low Power Mode.
- Toggle it On.
Turn On Optimized Battery Charging
The iPhone 11’s software includes a feature called “Optimized Battery Charging” which will help reduce battery aging.
This feature learns from your daily charging routine and waits to finish charging your iPhone 11/iPhone 11 Pro/iPhone 11 Pro Max to 100% until you need to use it. This will prevent your battery from sitting at maximum capacity and could extend the overall life of your device’s battery.
To turn it on:
- Head into your Settings.
- Tap General.
- Tap Battery.
- Tap Battery Health and toggle Optimized Battery Charging on.
If you don’t use widgets on your iPhone 11, try disabling them. Disabling them could help your phone conserve power. Here’s how to disable widgets on an iPhone 11:
- Swipe to the right while you’re on your home screen.
- Scroll all the way to bottom of the next screen and tap Edit.
On this screen you’ll see a list of your apps and services. These are your widgets. To deactivate a widget you need to hit the minus sign in the top left corner while the widgets are wiggling. This happens after you tap Edit. You can also long press on a widget and delete it that way.
We recommend disabling the widgets you never use. If you still notice weird battery drain after turning those off, return to this screen and go through them one-by-one or disable them all.
Turn Off Raise to Wake
The iPhone 11’s Raise to Wake feature can be handy, but turning it off could help you conserve battery.
If you don’t need your device’s screen to automatically turn on whenever you pickup it up:
- Go into the Settings app.
- Tap Display & Brightness.
- Turn the Raise to Wake function off.
If your device vibrates every time you get a message or phone call, and you don’t want or need it to, try turning vibrations off. When they’re off, your device isn’t working and that means it’s conserving power.
To turn off your iPhone’s vibrations:
- Go to your Settings.
- Tap Sounds.
- Toggle Vibrate on Ring and Vibrate on Silent off.
You also need to go into each individual Sound and Vibration and make sure Vibration (which is located at the top of the screen) is set to “None”.
Stop Background Refresh
The iPhone 11’s Background App Refresh feature refreshes apps in the background in order to show you the latest data when you open them. It can be useful, but it can also suck up battery life. If you don’t need it working in the background, try turning it off.
To disable Background App Refresh you’ll need to:
- Go into Settings.
- Tap General.
- Tap Background App Refresh.
- Turn it off for any applications you don’t use.
You can also turn it completely off if you don’t want to go through your apps one at a time.
Turn Off Fitness Tracking
Your phone has a co-processor that tracks your steps and other movements. If you use your phone for fitness-related activities, you should keep this feature on. If you don’t, try turning it off because it could help you conserve battery.
To do this
- Head into your Settings app.
- Tap on Privacy.
- Select Motion & Fitness and toggle the Fitness Tracking function off.
You also might want to toggle off apps listed below Fitness Tracking in the menu.
Turn Off Assistive Touch
If you’re currently using Assistive Touch on your device, it might be one of the reasons your battery is draining quickly.
If you don’t want or need Assistive Touch active on your phone, try turning it off:
- Go into Settings.
- Tap General.
- Tap Accessibility.
- Tap AssistiveTouch.
- Toggle it to Off.
Downgrade Your iPhone 11
If you can’t fix the issue yourself, can’t wait for the next iOS update, and want to avoid getting in touch with Apple customer service, you can try downgrading back to a previous version of iOS 14.
If you were getting good battery life on an older version of iOS 14, downgrading might help. If you don’t know how to downgrade an iPhone, take a look at our walkthrough.
Restore as New
You also might try restoring your device from a backup from your computer or via iCloud.
If you’re feeling really ambitious, you can try restoring the device as new. You can do this via Finder, iTunes or iCloud.
Buy a Battery Case or Battery Bank
You also might want to think about investing in a battery case or battery bank.
If you don’t know where to look, check out our list of the best iPhone 11 cases. It’s a good starting point for those who don’t follow the accessory market.
If you don’t want to use a bulky battery case with your iPhone, you might want to buy a battery bank. They can come in handy in emergencies where your phone is rapidly losing battery life.
If you’re unfamiliar, battery banks are small, portable power sources that can charge your iPhone multiple times. For instance, the RAVPower battery pack can provide six full iPhone charges before you need to charge it.
Install iOS 14.4.2 for Better Security
If security is important to you, think about installing iOS 14.4.2 right now.
iOS 14.4.2 has an important security patch on board and you can read more about the change over on Apple's website.
If you missed iOS 14.4.1, you get its patch with your upgrade to iOS 14.4.2. You can read about that patch right here.
If you skipped iOS 14.4, you get the update's patches with your upgrade. You can learn more about iOS 14.4's security patches right here.
If you skipped iOS 14.3 you'll get its nine security updates with your upgrade. You can read more about them on its security site.
iOS 14.3 also included a new privacy information section on App Store pages that includes a developer-reported summary of the app’s privacy practices.
If you skipped iOS 14.2, your iOS 14.4.2 update includes 24 additional security patches. You can learn more about the patches on Apple's security website.
If you're still running iOS 13, iOS 14.4.2 includes iOS 14.0's security updates.
iOS 14.0 brought 11 new security patches to the iPhone. If you're interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can read about them over on Apple's website.
In addition to those patches, iOS 14 comes with some security and privacy upgrades including improvements to Home/HomeKit and Safari.
For instance in Safari, you can now tap the Privacy Report button to better understand how websites handle your privacy.
With iOS 14 on board you can now get information on the App Store that will help you understand the privacy practices of apps before you download them.
There is also a new recording indicator that will appear at the top of your screen whenever an app is using your microphone or camera. You can see if an app has used them recently in Control Center.
Researchers also discovered that Apple brought a new "BlastDoor" sandbox security system to iOS 14. The system is meant to prevent attacks from occurring via the Messages app.
You can read more about "BlastDoor" right here.
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