Some users who updated to iOS 11 have discovered their battery life on an iPhone or iPad is running down faster than usual. Experiencing rapid battery drain after iOS updates can be frustrating, but often there are reasons why the iPhone or iPad battery is draining faster than usual after a system software update like iOS 11.
We’ll cover a variety of tips and advice to help remedy battery drain after updating to iOS 11.
One thing to keep in mind is that many people update to iOS 11 and then proceed to use their iPhone or iPad more often than usual to explore the new features and to tinker with the various changes made to the operating system. This can lead to a perception of faster battery drain, but really the person is just using the device more often than usual. Obviously the more a device is used, the faster the battery will drain. Nonetheless the tips covered here are not meant to address that type of battery drain, instead we’re covering some common features and reasons why iOS 11 may be running down a battery quicker than expected.
9 Tips to Fix iOS 11 Battery Drain on iPhone and iPad
From having a bit of patience, to adjusting various settings, or even the drastic downgrade procedure, here are some potential solutions to addressing battery problems experienced with an iPhone or iPad post-iOS 11 update…
Just updated to iOS 11? Wait!
For users who just recently updated to iOS 11 and are now experiencing poor battery life, sometimes waiting a day or two is all you need to do to stop the battery drain.
The reason to wait is fairly simple; iOS updates perform various system maintenance tasks in the background, including things like indexing of Spotlight, indexing Photos, Photo facial recognition scans, iCloud Library updates (depending on settings), and other background system tasks that occur when the iPhone is not in use.
The best thing to after updating iOS is to leave your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch plugged in when it is not in use for an extended period of time, like while you are sleeping. Do this for a few nights in a row (large capacity devices with significant storage usage take longer), and the system tasks should complete themselves, and battery life should improve on it’s own.
See What Apps Are Wasting Battery Life
Much like you can check to see what iOS apps are wasting your time, you can use the same battery setting to determine what apps are draining down battery and using battery life.
If you see anything particularly egregious in the list of apps sucking down your battery, you can either quit those apps, update them (sometimes a software update can help if there is an app bug causing the issue), or uninstall the app completely if you’re not interested in maintaining it. Social media, games, location based, and media apps are often culprits of heavy battery consumption, as are messages with heavy usage of stickers and animated gifs.
- Settings > Battery > Battery Usage
If you find one particular app that is really hogging battery life, consider quitting out of it, updating it, or perhaps using it less. Sometimes a single app can use a surprising amount of battery!
Sometimes hard rebooting the iPhone or iPad can help to improve battery life, particularly if some errant process is occurring in the background.
Hold down the Power Button and Home button concurrently together until you see the apple logo on the screen. This applies to hard rebooting any iOS devices with a clickable Home button.
Fo iPhone 7, iPhone 8, iPhone 7 Plus, and iPhone 8 Plus, hold down the Power Button and Volume Down button until you see the Apple logo to reboot the device.
Disable Raise to Wake
Raise to Wake detects when your iPhone has lifted and turns on the devices screen in response. This is useful, but it also can run down battery life if you have the iPhone in hand and are fairly animated, walking, jogging, dancing, or otherwise moving around while the feature is activating itself frequently. Turn it off to save some battery life.
- Settings > Display & Brightness > Raise to Wake > toggle OFF
Once Raise to Wake is off, the iPhone will no longer turn the screen on itself just by an upward motion alone.
Disable Background App Refresh
Background app refresh allows inactive apps to keep updated while in the background. Useful, but it has a negative impact on battery life. The good news is most users won’t notice any feature difference when turning this off, but it can help to boost battery life.
- Settings > General > Background App Refresh > toggle OFF
Turning off background app refresh is simple and often fairly effective at reducing battery usage of social media apps in particular.
Turn Down Screen Brightness
Having a brightly lit screen looks fantastic but it uses a lot of energy, leading to a reduction in battery life. Simply turn down your screen brightness. The lower the setting, the longer the battery will last.
- Settings > Display & Brightness > Brightness > adjust the slider to a tolerably low position
Keeping the auto-brightness setting enabled can be beneficial as well, but keep in mind if you’re in a sunny location or under bright lighting it will adjust the screen to be very bright, which uses more energy and therefore cuts down on battery.
Turn Off Unneeded Location Usage
Location usage and GPS can lead to significant reduction in battery life, thus disabling Location Services for apps and services you don’t use can be helpful.
- Open Settings > Privacy > Location Services
Some apps have no real reason to use location data, so consider that as well when you’re toggling Location Services for particular apps. Does your weather app need location? Probably. But does your social media app or a game need location data? Probably not.
Use Low Power Mode
If all else fails you can use Low Power Mode to save energy and prolong battery life. This turns off a few features like automatic mail checking, disables background activity, reduces screen brightness, and some other actions, but the result is a longer lasting battery.
- Settings > Battery > Low Power Mode > Toggle to ON
Low Power Mode is quite effective at increasing battery life on the iPhone in particular, and some users will just run with it on all the time.
Extreme: Downgrade from iOS 11
If you find iOS 11 battery life performance to be terrible and the above tricks failed (including to wait a few days while the device is plugged in, seriously do not skip that as it often resolves battery issues), then you can downgrade iOS 11 to iOS 10.3.3 on iPhone or iPad with these instructions here.
Have you noticed battery life has improved or has battery life gotten worse since updating to iOS 11? Did the tips mentioned here help the battery drain problems? Did you find another solution to remedy battery issues after iOS 11 update? Let us know your battery experiences with iOS 11 for iPhone and iPad in the comments below!
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