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 iPhone Battery Draining Fast

iPhone Battery Draining Fast


If you have Apple phone for a while, you already know what I am talking about. Especially since we got the iOS 14 update. However, if you are new to iPhones, it might take some time until you notice. But the fact is that these days iPhone’s battery is draining faster. Now, we cannot blame it all on iOS 14 only. There are several reasons why your battery might drain faster than when you purchased your device.

Regardless of the reason, it’s pretty inconvenient. Especially if you need to travel longer or you cannot charge your device every hour.

I’d like to show you a couple of potential reasons for battery drain and give you ways to stop it. Practically, you will understand the issue and be able to either prevent it or at least reduce drainage.

So, let’s go.

Software related reasons for battery drain

Believe it or not, most of the issues are coming from your software. You might have some apps that are draining your battery in the background, and you don’t even notice. Since the process is in the back, you believe that you closed them all, but they keep working. And keep draining. Luckily, iPhone introduced us to the Battery app that gives you all the details related to your battery, including the list of apps consuming the most. So, let’s see which apps are causing the most common problems related to your iPhone’s battery.

Location app

Wherever you go and whatever you do, your iPhone keeps tracking you and memorizing your location. And this is consuming enormous amounts of your battery without notice. So, beware of this and set up your location to remember only necessary places. This will save a lot of your battery. Here’s a short guide on how to set up your location preferences.

  1. Go to “Settings” > “Privacy”
  2. Choose “Location Services”
  1. Scroll until you see “System Services”
  1. In order to reduce battery consumption, turn off everything except “Emergency SOS,” “Find My iPhone,” and “Motion Calibration and Distance”; these are the most essential services you need
  2. Also, you can turn off location services for all the apps that do not need your location for proper functioning

Since you’ve changed many setups, expect your battery to get a few hours more without a charger.

Push mail

If you are using the Push mail option, your iPhone is constantly connected to your email server. Since you asked the device to push all the emails and show you the notification instantly, it has to check it all the time. Once you switch this option off, your battery life will improve significantly. Instead of Push mail, you can set your iPhone to “fetch” mail, meaning checking the server every 15 minutes. You will still be up to date with your mail, and your phone will live longer. Here is how to change it.

  • a. Go to “Settings” > “Accounts and Passwords”
  • b. Tap on “Fetch new data”
  • Choose “15 minutes” under “Fetch”
  • Choose all of your email accounts and change them to fetch

That’s it. Your phone should now be able to hold more hours without charging.


It’s not an app but rather a tool your apps are using. Your device sends you a notification about arrival and departure from specific destinations and your experience based on geofencing. Since it’s using a lot of your battery, especially if you’re a frequent traveler, turning geofencing off will help you save a lot of your battery life.

Other than apps

Besides apps, your battery is being drained by sending analytics to Apple. This option is automatically enabled on every iPhone but doesn’t help too much. And doesn’t worth charging your phone twice a day. In order to switch off sharing analytics, go to “Settings” > “Privacy.” Open “Analytics” and switch off “Share iPhone analytics” and “Share iCloud analytics.” That’s it, now go and enjoy your iPhone in more valuable ways.

Another thing that is not an app directly but can drain your battery is – not closing your apps. Yes, I know. Most of us believe that we shut them each time. But, as I already mentioned, sometimes the app stays and works in the background. So, just a short mention – your apps are not automatically closed every time you return to the Home screen. To close them properly and stop all the processes, go to App switcher on your Home screen. Browse through the list and close all of the apps you do not currently need.

Notification issue

Every time you open an app, website, etc., you are being asked if you want to allow notifications. You can choose between “OK” and “Do not allow.” By default, we might click “OK” just to get to our content faster. But, believe it or not, if you approve notifications from 20 different apps, your battery will drain in a few hours. So, yes, this is a problem, and you should stop it now. If you already gave your permission for notifications, here is how you can fix it.

  1. Go to “Settings” > “Notifications”
  1. You’ll see a list of your apps
  2. Choose the ones you don’t want to get notifications from
  3. Tap “Off”

Now you won’t get as many useless notifications, and you won’t need your charger every second. You are welcome.


Useless widgets can also be a problem for your battery life. You can extend it by switching off widgets you don’t need or don’t use so often. Since the widget is nothing else but a “mini” app running in the background, it’s clear why you need to delete it. And here is a way to stop it.

  1. Tap on the Home button
  2. Swipe from left to right to see your widgets
  3. Scroll down and tap on “Edit”
  4. You will see a list of widgets to add or delete
  5. Tap on the red minus (-) next to the widget to turn it off

Again, should help your battery live longer.

Background app refresh

Another problem you might have is that your apps are refreshing automatically when connected to mobile data or WiFi. This process is also in the background, and it’s consuming your battery. In order to save the battery and your phone’s Internet, you can switch off automatic refresh or limit the apps that have this permission. Here is how.

  1. Go to “Settings” > “General”
  2. Choose “Background App Refresh”
  1. Toggle off all the apps you don’t want to refresh automatically

You are set to go. Your phone will use less of your Internet and less of your battery for an unnecessary process such as this one.

Turn on Auto-Lock

If you do not have Auto-Lock turned on, your phone’s screen might stay on for too long. And if your brightness is set to the max, your battery will drain faster. So make sure you turned it on. Follow the steps to check.

  1. Go to “Settings” > “Display & Brightness”
  2. Tap on “Auto-Lock”
  1. Select any of the options (of course, besides never)

Now your iPhone will lock at the time you selected and save some of your battery life.

In the end, if you have no idea what to do with your iPhone and your battery life is still not as good, you can try to factory reset your device. Maybe there’s some bug, and a factory reset will help to solve the issue.

More content related to maximizing your battery life can be found here.

Good luck, and let me know if you have any other suggestions on how to prevent your battery on your iPhone from draining too fast.

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Marom is a senior writer at WIRED specialising on information security, digital privacy, and hacking. A former technology correspondent for Slate, she was also a staff writer for Future Tense, a publication and project of Slate, the New America Foundation, and ASU. Additionally her work has appeared in Gizmodo, Fast Company, IEEE Spectrum, and Popular Mechanics. She is a New Yorker who calls the city home.
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