As we push away from the iPhone SE 2’s release date we continue to get feedback from those who have adopted Apple’s budget iPhone. While a lot of the feedback is good, some users are complaining about abnormal battery drain which is a common issue that impacts all versions of the iPhone.
We’ve heard about an assortment of issues with Apple’s budget phone. Some of the problems are minor bugs. Others, like abnormal battery drain, are far more problematic.
Again, iPhone battery life problems are extremely common. They tend to popup after every iPhone release and after every iOS update so these complaints don’t come as much of a surprise.
Some battery issues might be hardware-related, but most probably have something to do with the iOS 13 software that powers the phone.
- 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 start noticing heavy battery drain you’ll want to take matters into your own hands before you get in contact with Apple’s customer service.
In this guide we’ll take you through some fixes that might help you fix bad iPhone SE 2 battery life. These are fixes that have worked for us over the years and there’s a chance they work for you.
Restart Your Phone
If you suddenly start noticing abnormal battery drain try restarting your device. Power it down, wait for a minute, and then power it back on. This sometimes works, particularly if you haven’t restarted your phone in awhile.
Update Your Phone
If your device is currently running an older version of iOS 13, try updating it to the latest version.
iOS updates typically don’t come with specific battery fixes, but installing new software could help to stabilize your iPhone SE’s performance.
Before you install a new version of iOS 13 on your phone, make sure you read reviews and dig into feedback before you initiate the download.
Check Your Apps
More often than not it’s an application causing your battery to drain quickly. Apps, particularly third-party applications, sometimes act up after Apple releases new iOS firmware.
Checking in on an app’s performance is extremely easy and you should be able to isolate culprit in a matter of minutes. Here’s how to do that:
- First, head into the Settings app.
- Tap on Battery.
- Go to the Battery Usage tool.
In this menu you’ll the apps eating up your iPhone SE’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.
That said, if it’s draining an absurd amount of battery or an app you rarely use is sucking up a lot of power, you’ll definitely want to investigate.
If something is off, try updating the application to the latest version. App developers are constantly rolling out support updates and these releases could help.
If updating the app(s) doesn’t work, try deleting (permanently or temporarily) it and see if your battery life returns to normal. If the issue persists, you might want to get in contact with the developer.
Reset All Settings
If you determine that your apps aren’t at fault, try resetting your iPhone SE’s 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. Here’s how to do that:
- Go to Settings.
- Tap General.
- Tap Reset.
- Tap Reset All Settings.
- Enter your passcode if you have one enabled.
Use Screen Time
Your iPhone SE comes with Screen Time which 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 applications, you won’t be chewing through battery life.
Screen Time 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.
Use Low Power Mode
Your phone also has a feature called Low Power Mode that will help you conserve battery life by temporarily shutting off background activity including 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 always recommend adding Low Power Mode to Control Center for easy access. Here’s how to 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 prefer to turn Low Power Mode on via your Settings you can do that too. Here’s how to do that:
- Go to the Settings app.
- Tap on Battery.
- Tap on Low Power Mode.
- Toggle it On.
If your iPhone vibrates every time you get a message or phone call, and you don’t want or need it to, try turning those vibrations off. This will help your phone conserve power.
To turn off your iPhone SE’s vibrations:
- Go to your Settings.
- Tap Sounds.
- Toggle Vibrate on Ring and Vibrate on Silent off.
You’ll 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
Background App Refresh is a feature that refreshes apps in the background in order to show you the latest data when you open them up. It’s useful, but it can also suck up battery life because your phone is working in the background. Turning it off could help conserve battery.
Here’s how to disable Background App Refresh for your apps if you don’t think you need it:
- Go into Settings.
- Tap General.
- Tap Background App Refresh.
- Turn it off for any applications you don’t use.
You can also turn it off completely.
Turn Off Fitness Tracking
Your iPhone SE 2 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 battery life. Here’s how 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 the Software
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 13 if the option is available.
If you 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.
Install the iOS 14 Beta
If you’re desperate, you could try moving your iPhone SE to Apple’s iOS 14 beta. For more on how to do that, take a look at our guide.
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
If you can’t find a fix or you’re just a heavy user, you might want to invest in a battery case or battery bank.
If you don’t know where to look, check out our list of the best iPhone SE 2 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’ll come in handy in emergencies where your phone is rapidly losing battery life.
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 for Better Security
If security is important to you, think about installing iOS 14.4 right now.
iOS 14.4 has important security patches on board and you can read about them right here. These patches will help protect your iPhone from harm.
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 update includes iOS 14.2's 24 security patches. You can learn more about the patches on Apple's security website.
If you're still running iOS 13, iOS 14.4 include 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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