As we push deeper 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.
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, 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 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.
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 a 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 update, and want to avoid getting in touch with Apple customer service, you can try downgrading back to a previous version of iOS if the option is available.
If you were getting good battery life on an older version of iOS, 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.
Install iOS 16.7.2 for Better Security
If security is important to you, think about installing Apple's iOS 16.7.2 update on your iPhone right away.
iOS 16.7.2 isn't a huge upgrade, but the update does a number of security patches on board. These on their own should be enough to get you to install the software in the near future.
As for older updates, iOS 16.7.2 carried two important security enhancements including one that addressed a kernel vulnerability. You can learn more about the pair over on Apple's website.
iOS 16.7 had three security patches on board and you can learn more about them right here.
iOS 16.6.1 brought two important security patches to iPhone. If you're interested in what they patch up, here's Apple's guide.
The iOS 16.6 update delivered 16 security patches. For more information about the changes, check out Apple's rundown.
iOS 16.5.1 brought two security patches to iPhone users If you want to learn more, head on over to Apple's website.
The company's iOS Security Response 16.5.1 (c) update also included a security update and you can learn more about it right here.
iOS 16.5 brought a ton of security patches to the iPhone. You can find out more about them over on Apple's security site.
iOS 16.4.1 included two security upgrades . You can learn more about the pair right here.
Apple's iOS 16.4 update had a substantial number of patches on board. You can read about them in detail over on Apple's security site.
The iOS 16.3.1 update had three security patches on board including one for an actively exploited vulnerability. For more on the security contents of iOS 16.3.1, check out Apple's security page.
iOS 16.3 brought 10+ new security patches with it and you can learn more about all of those right here.
In addition, the software came with support for physical security keys for Apple ID. These will beef up your account security by requiring a physical security key as part of the two factor authentication sign in process. Learn more about the change right here.
If you skipped iOS 16.2, you'll get its changes with iOS 16.7.2. iOS 16.2 brought a ton of important security patches with it and you can dig into the details on Apple's security site.
The update also brought end-to-end encryption to iCloud, iMessage, iPhone backups, Notes, Photos, and more. If you want to learn more about it, head over to Apple's guide.
If you decided to missed iOS 16.1.2, you'll get its solitary security patch with your upgrade. Learn more about it right here.
If you skipped iOS 16.1.1, you'll get its security patches when you upgrade. You can learn more about them right here.
If you missed the iOS 16.1 update, it brought 19 security patches to the iPhone and you can learn about the particulars of those over on Apple's website.
If you failed to download iOS 16.0.3, it had one security patch on board, a fix for a potential exploit within the Mail app. For more about the fix, check out Apple's security site.
If you're still running iOS 15 your iPhone, you'll get a bunch of other patches when you upgrade.
iOS 16.0 brought a ton of 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 security website.
In addition to those patches, iOS 16 brings some additional enhancements to privacy and security including Safety Check which, according to Apple, will help "people in domestic or intimate partner violence situations review and reset the access they’ve granted others."
The feature also resets system privacy permissions for apps and restricts Messages and FaceTime to the device on hand.
Apple's also made some improvements to Passkeys in Safari. iOS 16 brings a brand new sign-in method that's end-to-end encrypted and safe from phishing and data leaks.
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