Battery life is one of the iPhone 11 series’ biggest selling points, but some iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max users are seeing their battery drain faster than normal. These issues are sometimes tricky to fix, but there are some things to try before downgrading or taking your phone into a store.
Apple’s 2019 iPhone models are out on shelves and in the hands of thousands of consumers around the world. As we push away from their release we’re getting feedback from iPhone 11 users and forming some opinions of our own.
A lot of the feedback has been great and many people are enjoying the performance they’re getting out of the new flagships. That said, we’re also hearing about some of the issues iPhone 11 users are facing in the early going.
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 faster than normal battery loss.
Battery life issues are extremely common, particularly after Apple releases new 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 13 software that powers these devices.
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 you bring your phone in.
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 13 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 13 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.
- Head into the Battery Usage tool.
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 13 support updates and these updates could do wonder for your battery life.
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 and you might notice that some of them are active. To deactivate a widget you need to:
- Tap the red circle with the white line.
- Tap Remove.
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 when less work means more 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 iPhone 11/iPhone 11 Pro/iPhone 11 Pro Max comes with 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 13 update, and want to avoid getting in touch with Apple customer service, you can try downgrading back to a previous version of iOS 13.
If your were getting good battery life on an older version of iOS 13, 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 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 13.4 for Better Security
If security is important to you, think about installing the iOS 13.4 update right away.
iOS 13.4 brings 28 new security patches with it and you can read about all of them on Apple's website right here.
iOS 13.4 brings several improvements to Apple's Intelligent Tracking Prevention. Apple's John Wilander has outlined these in a blog post and it's worth checking out.
Reports have outlined a vulnerability in Wi-Fi chips made by Broadcom and Cypress Semiconductor that left billions of devices susceptible to attack.
Dubbed Kr00k, the vulnerability allows nearby attackers to decrypt sensitive information that's relayed over-the-air.
Fortunately, it looks like the issue was patched up with the release of iOS 13.2, an update that arrived all the way back in October.
So if you're running a really old version of iOS 13, you'll really want to move your device up to the newest version of iOS 13.
If you skipped iOS 13.3.1, you get its patches with iOS 13.4.
The iOS 13.3.1 update included 21 new security patches that will help protect your device from harm. The company's outlined those patches in detail if you want to dig in.
If you skipped iOS 13.3, you get its patches with iOS 13.4. iOS 13.3 brought 12 new security patches to the iPhone and you can read about each one over on Apple's security page.
The iOS 13.3 update also added support for NFC, USB, and Lightning FIDO2-compliant security keys in the Safari browser.
If you missed iOS 13.2, it had 16 new security patches on board. You can read about all of them on Apple's website right here.
iOS 13.1.1 brought a security patch for a third-party keyboard issue to your iPhone. If you're interested in the particulars, you can read about them over on Apple's website.
If you passed on installing iOS 13.1, you get an additional patch with your iOS 13.4 update. You can learn more right here.
If you're moving up from iOS 12, you'll get iOS 13.0's nine security patches with your upgrade to iOS 13.4. Read about those here.
If you skipped iOS 12.4.1 or any older versions of iOS 12, you'll get their security patches with your iOS 13.4 update.
iOS 12.4.1 only had one patch on board, but Apple's iOS 12.4 brought 19 security patches to the iPhone. If you're interested in the specifics, you can read about them on right here.
In addition to those patches, iOS 13 itself comes with some security and privacy upgrades including improved anti-tracking features in Safari and the ability to get rid of location metadata in your photos.
You also now have the ability to block apps from using Bluetooth and the ability to allow apps to access your location just once.
iOS 13 will also send you reminders about applications that track your data.
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