iOS 11 was released to the world yesterday and a lot of users are reporting severely reduced battery life after making the update to Apple’s newest version of their mobile operating system. This iOS 11 battery life issue has enough people wanting to downgrade back to iOS 10.3.3. However, before you pull out all of your hair trying to make your battery last a full day, we have a few tips to help you squeeze every bit of juice out of your iOS device.
Check Background App Refresh
A few users online have been reporting that, after updating to iOS 11, their background app refresh settings have been reset to default which allows every app to refresh data in the background. If you don’t need all apps refreshing data while you’re not using them then you can improve your iOS 11 battery life and save some data by disabling certain app’s ability to use background data. It’s really quick and easy to do. Just tap your “Settings” app then navigate to “General” and tap on “Background App Refresh.” From there you are able to turn off the feature completely or just disable certain apps.
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Turn Off Auto-Brightness
The biggest drainer of your battery is often your smartphone display. This is no different when it comes to iOS 11 battery life. I recommend setting your display brightness manually rather than allowing the auto-brightness setting to do the job for you. If you spend all day indoors then you should be able to turn down your brightness quite a bit without noticing a lot of difference. To do this you will want to go back to your “Settings” app and then tap on “Display and Brightness.” There will be an “Auto-Brightness” section and inside there you will be able to turn the auto-brightness feature off. After that you can set the brightness manually to a level that’s right for you. This can be a huge factor in improving iOS 11 battery life.
Turn Off WiFi And Bluetooth When Not In Use
Your Wifi and Bluetooth sensors can drain your battery a lot when turned on. Obviously there is no way around this if you need the features active but, if you aren’t connected to WiFi or Bluetooth, turn them off. The sensors are always active and ready to connect while you have them on. If you only use Bluetooth in your vehicle then turn it off as soon as you park. It may not seem like much but turning off these sensors when you don’t need them can greatly improve battery life.
Try A Hard Reset
Sometimes, after an iOS update, the best way to fix poor battery life is simply to do a hard reset. If you’re on an iPhone 6S or earlier, you will hold down the power and home buttons at the same time. On an iPhone 7 you will hold down the power and volume down button. Do this until you see a black screen with the Apple logo. This is the iPhone version of, “Did you try unplugging it and plugging it back in?”
Sometimes, even after installing, a new software is still working to optimize itself in the background. This has been true for several major iOS updates. If you are experiencing poor iOS 11 battery life then you may just have to be patient. If there is a legitimate battery draining problem with iOS 11 then Apple will likely have a patch or update soon. Until then, have fun with the new iOS 11 features and keep a charger close by.
Have you been experiencing any issues after the update or are you enjoying iOS 11? Let us know your thoughts!