We haven’t seen widespread complaints about iPhone 14 battery life, but some users are saying their phone’s battery is draining faster than it should be.
iPhone battery life issues are common, particularly after Apple releases new iOS software. We also know that 5G connectivity drains batteries faster than LTE so complaints about battery drain aren’t surprising to see.
If you start noticing severe battery drain on your iPhone 14 you’ll obviously want to try and fix the problem immediately. In this guide we’ll take you through some fixes that might help you fix bad iPhone 14 battery life.
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These are fixes that have worked for us over the years and they might help you solve your battery issues in minutes and avoid a chat with customer service.
Restart Your iPhone 14
If your iPhone 14’s battery starts draining fast, we always recommend restarting your device before doing anything else.
Update Your iPhone
Apple will periodically release new iOS 16 software updates for the iPhone 14 series. Point updates (x.x.x) are typically focused on fixing bugs while milestone upgrades (x.x) usually provide a mix of features and fixes.
The company might not call out battery life fixes in an iOS 16 update’s change log, but new firmware always has the potential to help alleviate battery drain issues.
For more on the latest version of iOS 16, take a look at our guide.
Turn Down Screen Brightness
If you constantly have your phone’s display at maximum brightness, it’ll drain the battery. We highly recommend enabling Auto-Brightness on your iPhone 14 to help prevent battery drain. Here’s how to do this:
- Go into the Settings app
- Tap Accessibility
- Tap Display & Text Size
- Make sure Auto-Brightness is toggled on
Turn Off Always-On Display
Always-On Display is a useful feature, but it has the potential to drain your iPhone 14’s battery life.
The feature is on by default but if you don’t need it, you might try turning it off to see if your phone’s battery life improves. Here’s how to do that:
- Go to Settings
- Tap on Display & Brightness.
- Scroll down to Always On and turn Always-On display off or on
Turn Off 5G
Like the iPhone 13 series, the iPhone 14 series supports 5G connectivity and it could drain your battery much faster than LTE. If you don’t need to use 5G or you don’t need to use it all the time, head into your iPhone 14’s settings.
There are a few 5G settings you’ll want to commit to your memory bank. To find these, you’ll want to head into the Settings app, then Cellular, then Cellular Data Options, then Voice & Data.
If you’re in the right place you’ll notice three options:
- 5G On
- 5G Auto
5G On means your iPhone 14 will use 5G whenever it’s available, even if it could kill your device’s battery life.
The 5G Auto option only uses 5G only when it won’t significantly drain your phone’s battery. 5G Auto is the default and the option most people should select.
Check Your Apps
Apps can sometimes have a negative impact on your phone’s battery life and you’ll want to investigate them if you’re noticing abnormal drain.
Checking app performance is extremely easy on the iPhone 14 series. Here’s how to do it:
- Head into your Settings app
- Select Battery
- Scroll down to the Battery Usage tool
This battery usage tool shows you the apps draining your iPhone 14’s battery and when they’re doing so.
If you use an app a lot, it will obviously drain more battery than apps you never use. If you see an app you rarely use sucking up a ton of power, you’ll want to investigate further.
If that’s the case, try deleting the app from your device and see if things improve. If the app is essential in your day-to-day routine, we recommend downloading the latest update from the developer.
If that doesn’t help, you might need to downgrade back to a previous version of iOS 16 if the option is available.
Turn Off Keyboard Haptics
iOS 16 allows you to enable haptic feedback for the iPhone 14’s keyboard.
Unfortunately, Apple says turning on keyboard haptics might affect the battery life of your iPhone. If you don’t need keyboard haptics enabled, you should turn it off.
- Open up the Settings app
- Go to Sounds & Haptics
- Tap Keyboard Feedback
- Toggle Haptic to off
Reset All Settings
You might also try resetting all of your iPhone 14’s settings.
Before you do this, note that it will cause your device to forget known Wi-Fi networks so make sure you have your passwords stored away somewhere.
- Head into the Settings app
- Tap General
- Tap Transfer or Reset iPhone
- Tap Reset
- Tap Reset All Settings
- Enter your passcode if you have one enabled
Once the process is complete, you’ll need to reconnect your iPhone 14 to your Wi-Fi network(s) and Bluetooth devices.
Use Low Power Mode
Low Power Mode helps conserve battery life by shutting off services that could drain your battery.
You can turn Low Power Mode on and off whenever you want. Your iPhone will also prompt you to turn it on whenever it reaches 20% battery.
If you haven’t done so already, add Low Power Mode to your Control Center. Control Center is the menu that pops up when you swipe up in from the top right of the screen. Here’s how to do that:
- Head to Settings
- 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 notice a battery icon. Tap it to enable, or disable, Low Power Mode on your device.
You can also turn Low Power Mode on via your Settings. Here’s how to do that:
- Go into the Settings app
- Tap Battery
- Tap Low Power Mode
- Toggle it On
Downgrade Your iPhone 14’s Software
If you can’t find a fix for your issue, and/or you don’t want to wait for Apple’s next iOS 16 update, you can try downgrading your iPhone 14’s software if the option is available.
For more on the downgrade process, take a look at our walkthrough.
Install iOS 17.0.2 for Better Security
If security is important to you, think about installing Apple's iOS 17.0.2 update right away.
iOS 17.0.2 itself doesn't have any security patches on board. However, if you missed older versions of iOS, it will bring the patches from the updates you missed to your iPhone.
iOS 17.0.1 delivered three important patches to iPhone. If you're interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can read about them over on Apple's security website.
As for iOS 17 itself, it brought 40+ new security patches with it. A staggering number to say the least. If you want to learn more about them, head over to Apple.
If you skipped older versions of iOS, like iOS 16.6.1, you'll get the security patches from those updates with your iOS 17.0.2 update as well.
In addition to those patches, iOS 17 brings some additional enhancements to privacy and security including improvements to Communication Safety beyond Messages.
It now includes content sent by AirDrop, Contact Posters in the Phone app, FaceTime, and the systemwide photo picker. You now have an option to blur out sensitive photos and videos before you choose to view them.
There's also an expanded Lockdown Mode which will help protect you against cyber attacks.
Apple's also improved sharing permissions and you now have more control over what you share with the apps on your device.
The company also notes that starting in iOS 17, Voice Memos encrypts the titles of recordings stored in iCloud, in addition to the recordings themselves.
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