How To Improve iOS 11 Battery Life On iPhone and iPad

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The fast draining of battery life on your device can be unnerving. Apple’s new operating system came packed with a great variety of features. Unfortunately, though one of the consequences is iOS 11 battery life draining incredibly fast. Since Tuesday, when iOS 11 launched, until today we experienced an enormous amount of comments that tackle Apple devices running out of juice after the upgrade.

In fact, it is said that the battery life drains twice as fast than it did on its previous version, iOS 10. Fortunately, there are several methods to overcome such unsettling issue and below we will take a look at some of them.

Wandera has made the challenge to determine the difference in battery emptying on iOS 11 compared to iOS 10. They tasted a group of people who are using iPhone and iPad on a daily basis. They also made sure those people run iOS 11 and iOS 10, and then they compared the average battery decay rate since upgrading to iOS 11.

Wandera’s data clearly shows the average draining time for an iOS 10 device to drop from 100% to 0%. That time is 240 minutes and to determine it, Wandera tested users who either use their devices moderately and hardcore.

When Wandera did the same for the iOS 11 users, devices ran out of juice in only 96 minutes, averagely. That being said, there is 60% difference between iOS 10 and iOS 11 battery life draining.


Users affected the most by this unreasonable drainage are those who use older devices, such as iPhone 5S.

It is believed that the battery life will improve once people start using iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, especially when the long-expected, iPhone X starts shipping at the beginning of November. If you use an old iPhone or iPad, we have bad news for you, as devices affected by this unreasonable battery drain are mostly older device users.

If you are one of those people who experience the abnormal changes in how your battery life works, read this compelling guide to see what can you do to extend your iOS 11 battery life.

#1 Check how much battery do your apps use

It is not a secret that apps, especially games and social networks drain a lot of your battery. In order to find out what is the app consuming the most of your battery go to Settings and then navigate to the Battery. You will be greeted with the list of apps that abuse your battery the most in last 24 hours and last 7 days.

Around the right edge of the screen, you will see how much has each app run actively or in the background. That information will allow you to learn how to maintain the apps you run and, perhaps, disable them in order to preserve your phone’s juice.

#2 Lower Screen Brightness

We know that keeping your brightness up can help you handle your alerts and apps while on the go. However, you’d be surprised if you knew how much of an impact brightness has on your battery life. This one is at least easy, you can reduce the brightness by lowering the bar in Control Center.

Still, there is another, useful option. Auto-Brightness is a setting which can adjust the brightness based on ambient light. However, this feature is more useful for the night-owls that like to text during the night.

It is recommended, however, that you adjust the brightness rate manually. Auto-brightness during the day will tend to keep the brightness near maximum, while on the night, it will lower it. That ratio still respectably drains the juice off your phone. Still, if you would like to rely on auto-brightness, there is a new way to set it. Go to Settings, tap General, then tap Accessibility and then adjust it in Display Accommodations.

#3 Low Power Mode

Low Power Mode is a useful perk that disables several functions including “Hey Siri,” background app refresh, email fetch and adjusts Auto-Lock to 30 seconds. If your battery hit 20% before, you will see iOS alerting you about the low-battery percentage and will turn Low Power Mode for you if you want.

Do you experience problems with iOS 11 battery life? Let us know in the comments!

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