How to fix the battery drain issue after iOS 13 and iOS 13.1 update

It has usually been seen that users complain of battery drain issues after every major iOS update. Thus, it will likely be the same with the iOS 13. Although so far we have not heard any widespread reports of the iOS 13 or iOS 13.1 betas causing any battery life problems, it is still better to be prepared. Thus, in this article, we will detail how to fix a battery drain issue in iOS 13.

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Why your iPhone battery may drain faster after iOS 13

There could be many reasons for the battery to drain faster after a major iOS update. Almost all the time, the issue is related to the software. The things that may cause battery drain include system data corruption, rogue apps, misconfigured settings and more. After an update, some apps that don’t meet the updated requirements may misbehave.

Something similar could happen to background apps, which may crash or become corrupted after a major iOS update. Apps that remained open or were running in the background during the update are more likely to get corrupted, thereby impacting the device’s battery.

A change in the settings to major network-related features, such as cellular data, location services, Bluetooth and more, could also exert more pressure on the battery.

How to fix the battery drain issue in iOS 13

Battery issues are common problems after a major iOS update. Such issues usually go away after a few days. After a major update, the iPhone system takes some time to adjust to the new settings. Following an update, the system will continue to work to transition to the new iOS version by performing tasks like indexing your files and analyzing your photos. All this can take a toll on battery life.

Thus, you must give your iPhone a few days to get back to normal. If the battery issues persist even after a week after the update, then you should take measures to fix the battery drain issue. Here are some tricks that may help you to fix the battery drain issue in iOS 13.

Identify apps that are draining battery – You can easily check which app (or apps) is consuming more battery in the Settings. To do this, go to the Settings and then Battery. You will see a screen showing all the power-hungry apps. If the list includes an app you don’t need, then you can disable it.

Install pending app updates – App developers often push out updates after realizing that their apps are not fully in line with the latest iOS version. Thus, installing these app updates could help you slow the battery drain. To check for updates, go to the App Store and scroll to the bottom and then tap on “Updates.” You will now see a list of all the apps with pending updates. Update all the apps by selecting the Update button next to the name of the app.

Reset All Settings – You can also try resetting all the device’s settings. This will correct any minor disturbances in the settings. To do this, go to Settings > General > Reset > Reset All Settings. You will have to redo a lot of settings after the reset.

Restore factory defaults – This must be your last option as doing it will wipe all your data from the iPhone, and you will have to restore it from scratch. Thus, you should try this option only if none of the above tricks work.

Restore from a recent iOS backup – If restoring the factory defaults doesn’t work, then you can also try restoring the device in recovery mode. This involves restoring the iPhone to the last iOS backup or to the last iOS version before updating to iOS 13. To do this, you must have a fast and stable internet connection, ample storage and at least 50% battery life on the iPhone.

If these tricks don’t solve the battery drain issue, then you should file a complaint with Apple Support or visit the nearest Apple Store or Apple Authorized service provider.

General power-saving tips

Check location services – You may have many apps on your iPhone that access your location. You can see these apps by going to Settings > Privacy > Location Services. If there are apps on the list that you don’t use or need, then you can disable them. Alternatively, you can disable all the apps to see if the battery life improves.

Adjusting screen brightness – The brighter your phone’s screen is, the more battery it consumes. Thus, you should try lowering the screen’s brightness. If this improves the battery life and does not affect your iPhone use, then you should use this brightness setting permanently.

Using low power mode – You can also enable low power mode to extend the battery life on the iPhone. To enable the mode, go to Settings > Battery and then enable Low Power Mode. It must be noted that Low Power Mode may disable a few features, such as push email.

Use dark mode – Apple has added a system-wide dark mode in iOS 13. Enabling this mode should help improve battery life on iPhones featuring an OLED display.




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Aman Jain
Aman is MBA (Finance) with an experience on both Marketing and Finance side. He has worked as a Risk Analyst for AIR Worldwide, and is currently leading VeRa FinServ, a Financial Research firm. Favorite pastimes include watching science fiction movies, reviewing tech gadgets, playing PC games and cricket. - Email him at amanjain@valuewalk.com