iPhone X Battery Draining Fast All of a Sudden (Fixed)
iPhone Battery draining fast all of a sudden is a common iOS problem and iPhone and iPad users are often expressing their frustration to Apple and its customer service representatives for abnormal iPhone battery drain. Many iPhone users have complained that their iPhone 5 or iPhone 6 battery draining fast suddenly after they upgraded their devices to iOS 10, 11 or 12 and they can’t even make it through the day without charging. In fact, I have come across number of users complaining – why is my iPhone battery draining so fast all of a sudden?
If you’re having the same issue of’ ‘iPhone 6 battery draining fast all of a sudden’ then follow the following 10 proven tips to stop your iPhone batterry drain and make your battery last longer without sacrificing its functionality. If you follow these tips correctly the battery life of your iPhone is definitely going to improve significantly be it your iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 7, iPhone 6 or iPhone 5 battery.
However, if you find your iPhone battery dying fast, before you go for the fixes to solve the issue, it is suggested to follow these general performance tips applicable for all iOS devices as recommended by Apple:
Avoid extreme ambient temperatures. iPhone, iPad, iPod and Apple Watch work best at 0° to 35° C (32° to 95° F) ambient temperatures. Recommended storage temperature is –20° to 45° C (–4° to 113° F). Avoid exposing your device to ambient temperatures higher than 35° C (95° F), which can permanently damage battery capacity;
Remove your device from its case during charging. If you charge your device when it’s inside its case it may generate excess heat, which can affect battery capacity;
If your device is in storage for a long time, the environmental temperature and the percentage of charge on the battery when it’s powered down for storage, may affect the overall health of your battery.
It is, therefore, recommended,
Not to charge or discharge your device’s battery fully when it is stored for an extended period of time. In such cases charge the battery to around 50 per cent only. If you store the device when its battery is fully discharged, the battery could fall into a deep discharge state, which renders it incapable of holding a charge. Conversely, if you store it fully charged for an indefinite period of time, the battery may lose some capacity, leading to shorter battery life;
Power down the device to avoid additional battery use;
Place your device in a cool, moisture-free environment that’s less than 32° C (90° F);
If you plan to store your device for longer than six months, charge it to 50 per cent every six months;
iPhone battery draining fast all of a sudden -10 Proven fixes
- Check Battery Usage
If you find your iPhone battery draining fast all of a sudden, the first thing would obviously come to your mind- why is my iPhone battery draining so fast? Therefore, you need to find first why your iPhone battery drains fast and which Apps are causing your iPhone battery suddenly draining fast. If you are using iOS 9 and later version it has an excellent new feature, called Battery Usage. This feature allows you to know which apps are responsible most for your iPhone battery drain.
You can update the guilty app as a first step, and if the app still causes problem, you can eventually remove it. You can always re-download these apps at a later date if you find that these apps are not responsible for your iPhone battery drain issue.
Here are the steps to follow to check Battery Usage on your iPhone or iPad:
i. Go to Settings > tap on Battery;
ii. On the Battery screen, wait for a few second for Battery Usage feature to load;
iii. Tap the “Last 7 Days” option to see the percentage of battery used by each app in the last 7 days;
iv. Tap the ‘time’ sign to see the detail information of each app;
v. Find out which apps eat your iPhone battery the most;
vi. Now you can decide whether to update or remove the guilty apps. If you find any app that you seldom use is draining your battery abnormally uninstall it;
- Enable ‘Low Power Mode’
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Enabling Low Power Mode reduces iPhone battery drain and makes your iPhone battery last for several hours longer than in normal mode. When Low Power Mode is on, mail fetch, background app refresh, automatic downloads and some visual effects are reduced or turned off automatically. This will greatly increase battery life on your iPhone. When it is enabled the colour of the battery icon will turn yellow. To enable this, go to settings > tap Battery > toggle the switch next to ‘Low Power Mode’ to turn it on.
This feature is only available on iPhones that are running with iOS 9 and later, and iPad doesn’t have this feature.
- Turn off ‘Raise to Wake’
‘Raise to Wake’ option in your iPhone settings is turned on by default with iOS 10. Raise to Wake feature automatically wakes your iPhone or iPad screen as soon as you pick it up from flat on a surface. If you move around a lot with your iPhone in your hand, your iPhone screen wakes up automatically and remains constantly turned on which is one of the causes of your iPhone battery draining fast all of a sudden. Therefore, turn off ‘Raise to Wake’ feature on your iPhone to save battery life if you find your iPhone Battery draining fast all of a sudden.
To do this, go to Settings > tap Display & Brightness > toggle the switch next to ‘Raise to Wake’ to turn it off.
- Update apps (including iOS update)
Sometimes the outdated apps can be the cause of your iPhone 5 or iPhone 6 battery draining fast suddenly. Normally software updates often include bug fixes some of which at times may be the cause of your iPhone battery draining fast. When Apple releases a new iOS update, developers also prepare and optimize their apps for the latest version. Therefore, ensure that your iPhone or iPad is working with the apps with latest iOS version. Taking time to update all the available apps may affect your iPhone or iPad battery life considerably.
To update apps, open App Store > Tap ‘Updates’ at the bottom right of the screen > Tap ‘Update All’ in the upper right corner.
- Turn off ‘Background App Refresh’
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‘Background App Refresh’ refreshes the apps on your iPhone in the background which is to say your apps continue to update even when you’re not using them. This is intended to save loading time of the apps. But allowing all your open apps to continually update and refresh in the background also becomes one of the causes of the issue of your iPad or iPhone battery draining fast all of a sudden. Therefore, you should turn this feature off to extend battery life on your iPhone or iPad.
To turn it off go to Settings> General> Background App Refresh> Toggle ‘Background App Refresh’ to off position.
- Disable ‘Location Services’
iPhone Location Service may be also one of the causes if your iPhone battery suddenly drops. iPhone’s location service determines your approximate location using GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi hotspot and mobile tower location and pass on the information to different apps that help to find restaurants, and more for you. But, like any service that sends data over a network, it needs battery power to work. Therefore, if you don’t need to use Location Service and don’t plan to use it right away, turn it off to prevent your iPhone battery drain.
To turn it off go to Settings > tap Privacy > tap Location Services > toggle the switch next to ‘Location Services’ to off position.
- Turn on ‘Airplane Mode’
If you find your iPhone battery draining fast all of a sudden, one of the major reasons may be poor cellular service. When you are in a place of low signal, your iPhone will increase the power to the antenna in order to stay connected enough to receive calls and maintain a data connection. This depletes your iPhone battery in no time.
To prevent iPhone battery dying fast, turn on ‘Airplane mode’ by swiping up from the bottom of Home screen of your device to access Control Centre and tapping on the Airplane mode icon or go to Settings > Airplane Mode > Toggle ‘Airplane Mode’ to on position. Once you’re back in an area with a strong signal, use the same steps to turn off Airplane mode.
But please bear in mind that during the time when your iPhone’s Airplane mode is turned on, you cannot make or receive any phone calls.
- Turn off ‘vibration’
Vibration alerts can drain your iPhone battery more than anything else especially when you get a lot of push notifications. If you turn off vibration alerts on your phone, you’ll notice considerable improvement in battery life. To turn off vibration go to Settings > Sounds > turn off ‘Vibrate on Rings’ and ‘Vibrate on Silent’.
- Turn off ‘Auto-brightness’ feature
Auto-Brightness feature of your iPhone may be also one of the reasons of the issue of your iPhone battery draining fast all of a sudden. This feature of your iPhone adjusts display brightness of the device according to the lighting of your existing surroundings. It always keeps the display brightness at its highest level depleting your battery life. In order to improve your iPhone or iPad battery life, you should, therefore, turn Off Auto-Brightness feature and adjust the brightness yourself to a lower level according to your requirement.
To turn it off go to Settings > tap on Display & Brightness > Turn off Auto-Brightness and adjust the brightness to a lower level by swiping to left.
- Turn off ‘Wi-Fi’ when not in use
If you do not turn off Wi-Fi when you are not connected to a Wi-Fi network it makes the Wi-Fi of your iPhone or iPad to hunt around for Wi-Fi networks it could join. This will obviously consume battery power. Therefore, when you are not using Wi-Fi you should turn it off if your iPhone battery drains fast .
To do this go to Settings > tap Wi-Fi > toggle Wi-Fi to off position.
Now that you got the answer to your query – why is my iPhone battery draining so fast, if your iPhone battery life suddenly drops, apart from following the tips above, eliminate anything you aren’t using i.e. turn off as many background apps as possible. Turn off Bluetooth & WiFi if you aren’t using them. Turn your screen’s brightness down as low as possible without straining your eyes. Don’t use battery hogging apps like Facebook. And finally, don’t check your phone every 5 minutes for stuff.
So far my experience goes, it can be assured that when you find your iPhone battery draining fast all of a sudden and you follow the tips given above, you will be able to stop your iPhone battery drain in most cases and make your iPhone or iPad battery last much longer under normal circumstances.
In case you find your iPhone 5 or iPhone 6 battery draining fast suddenly and the issue could not be resolved following the above fixes, you need not worry about the battery of your device. May be your battery isn’t lasting long simply because you are a heavy user. However, the only way to tell if your battery is defective is to take your phone to an Apple Store or Authorized Apple Service Centre and have them test it.