As we push into 2022 we continue to get feedback from iPhone SE 2 users. While a lot of the feedback is good, some users are complaining about abnormal battery drain, a common issue that impacts all versions of the iPhone.
We’ve heard about an assortment of issues with Apple’s second-generation iPhone SE. 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 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 15 software that powers the phone.
If you start noticing heavy battery drain you’ll want to take matters into your own hands before getting 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 15, try updating it to the latest version.
iOS 15 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 15 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 15 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.
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 Transfer or Reset iPhone.
- Tap Reset.
- Tap Reset All Settings.
- Enter your passcode if you have one enabled.
Use Screen Time
Your iPhone SE 2 comes with aa Screen Time feature 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.
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.
Downgrade the Software
If you can’t fix the issue yourself, can’t wait for the next iOS 15 update, and want to avoid getting in touch with Apple customer service, you can try downgrading back to a previous version of iOS 15 if the option is available.
If you were getting good battery life on an older version of iOS 15, 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
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 15.7 for Better Security
If security is important to you, you'll want to think about installing Apple's iOS 15.7 update right away.
iOS 15.7 brings 11 security patches along with it. If you want to take a look at the details, head over to Apple's security site for more.
If you missed iOS 15.6.1, it had two security patches on board which are essential if you want to keep your device and its data safe from harm. You can read more about the pair on Apple's website.
If you missed Apple's iOS 15.6 update, it had 30+ security upgrades on board. You can learn more about them right here.
If you missed iOS 15.5 it brought 27 new security patches to the iPhone. You can learn more about these patches over on Apple's security site.
If you missed iOS 15.4.1, it had one new security patch on board. You can read more about it over on Apple's website.
If you missed the iOS 15.4 update, it had a whopping 36 new security patches on board. If you want to learn more about these patches, head on over to Apple's security site for the particulars.
If you missed iOS 15.3.1, it had one security patch on board. For more about it, head over to Apple's security page.
If you missed iOS 15.3, you'll also get its patches with your upgrade. iOS 15.3 brought 10 new security patches to iPhone users. If you're interested in the details, you can read more about them right here.
If you missed iOS 15.2.1, you'll get its security patch with your upgrade. You can learn more about the change over on Apple's website.
If you missed Apple's iOS 15.2 update, you'll get its 30+ security patches with your upgrade. You can read all about them over on the company's security site.
iOS 15.2 also included some important upgrades to privacy. The software brought the company's App Privacy Report to Settings. This lets you see how often your apps have accessed your location, photos, camera, microphone, contacts and more during the last seven days. You can also see their network activity.
In addition, iOS 15.2 brought Apple's communication safety features for kids. You'll find these features in the Messages app, in Siri, in Spotlight, and in Search.
If you missed iOS 15.1, iOS 15.7 will bring its security patches to your iPhone. You can read more about them on Apple's website.
If you missed iOS 15.0.2 you'll also get its security patch with your upgrade. You can learn more about it right here.
iOS 15.0 also brought numerous security patches to your iPhone. If you'll be moving up from iOS 14 and you're interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can read about them over on Apple's security website.
Apple's updated its website with new information about iOS 15's batch of security patches. The company now says the software patched up an issue that could have exposed a user's private Apple ID information and in-app search history. It also says iOS 15 patched up an issue that allowed apps to override Privacy preferences.
If you skipped iOS 14.8 or any older versions of iOS, you'll get the security patches from those updates with your iOS 15.7 update as well.
In addition to those patches, iOS 15 comes with some security and privacy upgrades including improvements to Siri. Requests made to Siri are now processed on the device itself using Neural Engine. This makes it more secure.
If you're an Apple Card user, you'll now get a security code that changes regularly to use when you make online transactions.
Apple's also included a built-in authenticator that's similar to Google Authenticator. This will let you generate verification codes for enhanced sign-in security under your Passwords.
There's also a Mail feature that hides your IP address.
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