If your iPhone X battery life starts draining rapidly or if it’s no longer holding a solid charge, you don’t need to bring it into an Apple Store. Yet.
While many iPhone X users are enjoying the flagship device’s battery life, others are experiencing abnormal battery drain. Abnormal battery drain is a common iPhone issue and it tends to popup after Apple releases new software for its mobile devices.
Unless you have a defective battery, you should be able to fix your bad iPhone X battery life from the comfort of your office or computer chair at home. You just need some patience and some free time.
In this guide we’ll take you through the first steps to take if your iPhone X battery life starts acting up. We’ll also provide you with some tips that could help you prevent future iPhone X battery problems.
Restart Your iPhone X
If you start noticing faster battery drain than usual, the first thing to do is restart your iPhone X. This works a little bit different on Apple’s new flagship.
To completely turn off the iPhone X, you need to press and hold the side button and either volume button (up or down) at the same time. Slide to power the phone down.
Restarting your iPhone X will only take a few seconds, but it could have a positive effect on your device’s battery life.
Download the Latest Update
Apple will periodically release new iOS software for the iPhone X. If a new iOS update is available, you might want to give it a shot.
Before you download new software to your iPhone X, make sure you dig into reviews from other iPhone X users. iOS updates aren’t supposed to have a negative impact on battery life, but there’s always a chance new firmware causes widespread battery drain.
Use Low Power Mode
If you’re a veteran iPhone user you’re probably aware of the built-in Low Power mode. If the iPhone X is your first iPhone, know that Low Power Mode is your friend.
Your iPhone X comes with a battery-saving function called Low Power Mode which shuts off functions that could be draining your battery. For example, Low Power Mode kills Hey Siri, automatic downloads, and mail fetch.
When your iPhone X gets down to 20% or below, you should receive a prompt beckoning you to turn Low Power Mode on. You can also manually turn Low Power Mode on whenever you want.
If you need to conserve battery, head into Settings > Battery > Low Power Mode > and toggle it On whenever you need to save a few battery percentage points. We also recommend dropping a shortcut into your iPhone X’s Control Center.
On the iPhone X, you pull Control Center up with a swipe from the top right of the display (as opposed to a swipe up from the bottom of the screen on previous iPhones). There, you’ll find a list of handy shortcuts. Low Power Mode isn’t there by default, but you can add it in seconds from Settings.
Head into Settings > Control Center > Customize Controls and tap the green plus sign next to Low Power Mode. Go back to Control Center and toggle Low Power Mode on and off whenever you want.
If you want to squeeze a ton of battery life out of your iPhone X and you don’t mind viewing the world in black and white, here’s a nifty trick to try out.
iPhone X OLED display + grayscale + smart invert colors + low power mode = ridiculous battery life. pic.twitter.com/vXV821jXrO
— Neil Hughes (@thisisneil) November 5, 2017
First, go into your Settings app >General > Accessibility > Display Accommodations. Next, tap Color Filters and now toggle “Color Filters” on. After that, tap the “Grayscale” option.
Once that’s done you need to invest your iPhone X display’s colors. In Display Accommodations, tap Invert Colors and then toggle “Classic Invert” on.
For the full effect, toggle Low Power Mode on.
Look Into Your Apps
Apps like Facebook have been known to suck up iPhone battery life and there’s a good chance one your apps is causing your iPhone X battery to drain fast. Fortunately, it’s investigate your apps on your own.
Before you make an appointment to see an Apple Genius, check your iPhone X apps. To do that, head into your Settings > Battery and check out the Battery Usage tool. This handy tool shows you the apps doing the most damage to your iPhone X’s battery life.
If you notice something out of the ordinary, like an lightly used app heavily draining your battery, delete the app to see if your battery life improves. You can always re-install the app if you determine it’s not the actual source of the drain.
If can’t do without the app, check for an update on the App Store. Developers have been rolling out a steady stream of support updates so there’s a chance the latest bug fixes will remedy your issue.
Use Wi-Fi whenever you can. If your iPhone X is connected to a cellular network (LTE, 4G, Edge), its battery will drain a little bit faster. When you can, use Wi-Fi.
Use Airplane Mode
If you start noticing extreme battery drain, flip on the iPhone X’s Airplane Mode.
Airplane Mode, which can be accessed via your Settings app or via Control Center, kills all of your connections including Bluetooth, cellular data, and Wi-Fi.
If you’re currently in an area with horrible service, your iPhone X is going to work hard to obtain a signal. When your iPhone X is working hard, its power is probably draining rapidly.
Manage Your OLED Display
Your iPhone X comes with a beautiful 5.8-inch OLED display. However, if you don’t manage it properly, it can put a major dent into your battery life.
If your iPhone X’s screen is bright for no reason, you might be losing precious battery percentage points. Auto Brightness is typically accurate, but there are times where it will misread your environment.
If your iPhone X is sometimes too bright for your needs, try manually adjusting the display to better suit your lighting conditions. To do this, you’ll need to turn Auto Brightness off.
Head on into Settings > General > Accessibility > Display Accommodations > Auto-Brightness > Off. Once you’ve shut Auto Brightness off, you’ll need to manually adjust your screen brightness. This is easy on the iPhone X.
Simply pull up Control Center (swipe from the top right of the display) and adjust your screen as needed. You can also adjust the brightness in the Settings app, but Control Center is a lot faster.
Turn Off Raise to Wake
The iPhone X features a handy Raise to Wake feature that automatically turns your screen on when you pick up the phone. If you don’t need your screen to automatically turn on every time you pick up your phone, turn off Raise to Wake. Doing so could save you some battery.
Go into the Settings app > Display & Brightness and toggle the Raise to Wake function off. Your screen will now stay off whenever you pickup your device, but you might save power.
You can always turn this feature back on if you don’t notice any major improvements.
Don’t Use Dynamic Backgrounds
You might be tempted to showcase the iPhone X’s beautiful screen with a dynamic background. Animated wallpapers look great on the iPhone X, but they can chew into your battery life.
If you want to save a little bit of power, stick to static wallpapers. Your iPhone X comes with a ton of stock wallpapers and there are thousands available across the internet.
Turn Off Fitness Tracking
Your iPhone X comes with an M11 motion coprocessor that can track your steps and other activities. If you’re trying to stay in shape, by all means, leave fitness tracking on. However, if you don’t need your iPhone X to track your movements, try turning this feature off to conserve battery life.
Head into your Settings app > Privacy. From there, select Motion & Fitness and toggle the Fitness Tracking function off. You also might want to toggle off apps listed below Fitness Tracking in that menu.
Reset Network Settings
If none of those fixes work, it’s time to take some more drastic measures.
The first thing we recommend is resetting your iPhone X’s Network Settings. To do that, head into Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings.
This will cause your device to forget stored Wi-Fi passwords so make sure you have those handy before you start this process. It should only take a few seconds to complete.
Reset All Settings
If that doesn’t work, try resetting all of your settings. To do that, head to Settings > General > Reset > Reset All Settings and then enter your passcode if you have one enabled on your device.
The process might take a few minutes and it will restore your device’s settings to their factory defaults so make sure you have those Wi-Fi passwords handy.
If you started noticing battery drain after installing a new iOS update and you don’t mind dropping back to older software, you can try downgrading.
If you were having a good experience on a previous version of iOS, this is worth a shot, assuming a downgrade loophole is open. Apple closes them up fairly quickly.
Buy a Battery Case or Battery Bank
If you’re willing to spend money to improve your iPhone X’s battery life, look into battery cases and battery packs.
You might look into a battery case for your iPhone X. There aren’t a ton of options out there yet, but we plan to add some to our list of the best iPhone X cases in the near future.
If you don’t want to cover up your device with a bulky case, and we don’t blame you if you don’t, thinking about buying a battery bank.
Battery banks are small lightweight gadgets that give you multiple charges. A device like the the RAVPower battery pack can give you six full iPhone charges before it needs to be recharged.
Restore or Factory Reset
If nothing works you can take the nuclear route.
Restoring your iPhone X to its factory defaults could help cure your battery life problems. If you want to start anew, head into Settings > General > Reset > and select Erase All Content and Settings.
Just make sure you backup all of your irreplaceable photos and videos before you make this choice.
Install iOS 11.3.1 for Better Security
Apple's iOS 11.3.1 update comes with four known security patches for all iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch models capable of running iOS 11.
If you skipped iOS 11.3, your iOS 11.3.1 update comes with 27 additional patches for potential exploits. Those of you lingering on iOS 11.2.6 would be wise to make the move sooner rather than later.
If you missed iOS 11.3, your iOS 11.3.1 update also includes a new privacy feature. When an Apple feature wants to use your personal information, an icon now appears with a link to access detailed information about how your data will be used and protected.
If you're running iOS 11.2.5 or older, you're exposed to an issue that lets people send a specific character that will crash an iOS-powered device and block access to the Messages app. It can also block apps like Facebook Messenger, Gmail, Outlook, and WhatsApp.
The iOS 11.2.6 update's main purpose was to patch up this issue. If you skipped iOS 11.2.6, you'll get these enhancements with iOS 11.3.1.
If you're running iOS 11.2.2 or below and receive a certain GitHub link through your Messages app, your iPhone or iPad can lockup or respring. The Messages app will also become unusable.
If you're on iOS 11.2.1, your iOS 11.3.1 update includes security improvements to Safari and WebKit to mitigate the effects of Spectre. If you're running an older version of iOS, your iOS 11.3.1 update will come with a lot more.
Apple's iOS 11.2 update fixed several problems, but it also brought problems of its own including a potentially nasty zero-day iOS HomeKit vulnerability.
The vulnerability, discovered by Tian Zhang, allowed for unauthorized control of HomeKit accessories including garage door openers and smart locks.
Apple quickly rolled out a server-side fix, but the company restored full functionality with the release of iOS 11.2.1. If you skipped iOS 11.2.1 and use HomeKit, you should download iOS 11.3.
If you skipped iOS 11.2, you'll get a few more patches with your iOS 11.3.1 update. Apple's iOS 11.2 update delivered 11 patches including one for Mail and one for Wi-Fi.
The iOS 11.2 and iOS 11.2.1 updates also patched up a widespread security issue called "Meltdown." Apple says its analysis suggests it "has the most potential to be exploited."
Meltdown affects all iOS 11 powered devices so we highly recommend downloading iOS 11.3.1 if you skipped iOS 11.2.
If you skipped iOS 11.1.2, iOS 11.1.1, and iOS 11.1, you'll get additional patches with your iOS 11.3.1 update.
The iOS 11.1 update delivered eight security patches including a fix for a serious Wi-Fi vulnerability called KRACK or Key Reinstallation Attack. KRACK is an exploit that targets the common WPA2 encryption protocol.
If you're just now making to move from iOS 10 (or whatever you're on) to iOS 11, your iOS 11.3.1 update will come with even more security features.
In iOS 11 you can't establish trust with a PC using fingerprints alone. You'll also need to put in a full passcode in order to gain that trust.
If you skipped older versions of iOS, your iOS 11.3.1 update will come with an even longer list of security patches.
Apple's iOS 10.3.3 update delivered 24 security patches addressing potential issues with Contacts, Messages, Notifications, and Safari. It also included a patch for a potentially dangerous Wi-Fi exploit called "Broadpwn."
If you skipped iOS 10.3.2 you'll get 23 additional patches with iOS 11.3. And if for some reason you missed iOS 10.3, you'll get 60 security patches with your iOS 11.3.1 update.
If you want to protect the data you store on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you should make your move to iOS 11 and iOS 11.3.1 soon.
This is particularly important for those of you running older versions of iOS.