How to Fix iOS 10 Battery Life Issue on iPhone or iPad

Battery life has always been an issue to deal with for iPhone and iPad users, especially when they have updated their devices to the latest iOS version. Last year too, I faced this battery life issue when I updated my device to iOS 9; but you cannot blame iOS update only for battery drain issue. There are many things you can hold responsible for low battery in iOS 10.

In a day, you may be using some battery killing apps; you need to be cautious against harmful media files you receive on chat apps; or you should stop using power-consuming features like Location services on your iPhone or iPad.

In any case, battery life issue pesters you every day and you need to do something to fix battery issue on iPhone or iPad.

How to Fix iOS 10 Battery Drain Problems on iPhone or iPad

1. Stop Using Location Services

Location services go hand in hand with your mobile data or Wi-Fi internet; hence, it consumes more battery on your iOS device. You should disable location services immediately.

Step #1: Launch Settings app on iPhone/iPad.

Step #2: Tap on Privacy.

Step #3: Now tap on Location Services, which is the first option.

Step #4: Now toggle Location Services option OFF.

A small menu will swipe up from the bottom of your iOS device. Tap on Turn Off and location services will be switched off on all apps.

2. Disable Background App Refresh

This feature continuously refreshes apps you have downloaded on your iOS devices. In this case, you should turn off Background App Refresh option.

Step #1: Open Settings app on iPhone/iPad.

Step #2: Tap on General.

Step #3: Next, tap on Background App Refresh option.

Step #4: Now toggle Background App Refresh option OFF.

This feature allows apps to refresh their content when your device is connected with Wi-Fi internet or mobile data. While you are on this screen, you can turn off some apps to preserve battery life.

3. Turn off Automatic Downloads

Auto download is another menace that consumes a lot of battery on your iOS devices.

Step #1: Open Settings app.

Step #2: Scroll down and tap on iTunes & App Store.

Step #3: Under the AUTOMATIC DOWNLOADS section, you will find four options: Music, Apps, Books & Audiobooks, and Updates. Turn off all the options.

4. Put your Device on Low Power Mode

With iOS 9, Apple introduced this Low Power Mode feature on iOS devices to save battery. This feature reduces battery usage by rendering some auto downloads inoperative.

Step #1: Launch Settings app.

Step #2: Scroll down and tap on Battery.

Step #3: Now turn off Low Power Mode option.

5. Judicious use of Wi-Fi, Mobile Data and Bluetooth

Some users keep mobile data and Bluetooth features enabled even if they are not browsing net or connecting devices with other Bluetooth enabled devices. This certainly consumes your device’s battery.

6. Enable Notifications On a Select Apps

You might have downloaded 40 apps on your iPhone or iPad, but you are hardly using 10 apps in a day. This means, other apps simply occupy space and eats up battery in the background. A pro user would surely delete some apps that have temporary usage; if you don’t want to delete such apps, you should disable notifications in any case.

Step #1: Launch Settings app.

Step #2: Tap on Notifications.

Step #3: Now tap on apps you don’t want to receive any notification from.

Step #4: Toggle the button OFF next to Allow Notifications.

7. Listen to Music on Headphone

While you are listening to music without headphone, you need to turn up the volume on the device. This will burn the battery of your iPhone or iPad.

8. Turn off iCloud Keychain

iCloud Keychain helps you store the passwords and credit cards information you have saved on your connected devices.

Step #1: Launch Settings app.

Step #2: Scroll down and tap on iCloud.

Step #3: Next, tap on Keychain.

Step #4: Toggle the button next to iCloud Keychain.

Step #5: You will be prompted to enter your Apple ID passwords in the pop-up and sign in.

9. Keep a Close Eye on Battery Usage

Step #1: Launch Settings app.

Step #2: Tap on Battery.

Step #3: Check which app consumes more battery than others. You should delete the app that burns more battery; later, reinstall the app.

10. Adjust Auto Brightness

Keep the auto brightness bar at minimum level by bringing Control Center. Just swipe up from the bottom of your phone’s screen and you will find auto brightness line with icon of sun at both ends.

11. Auto lock your Device Quickly

You need to keep auto-lock to minimum time to save battery life.

Step #1: Launch Settings app.

Step #2: Tap on Display & Brightness.

Step #3: Next, tap on Auto-Lock option.

Step #4: You will find several options from 30 seconds to five minutes. You can keep auto-lock to 30 seconds.

12. Reset All Settings

This action will reset your iOS device to factory settings and it can solve many battery life issues.

Step #1: Launch Settings app.

Step #2: Tap on General.

Step #3: Tap on Reset.

Step #4:  Tap on Reset all Settings.

Step #5: You will be prompted to confirm your action.

13. Update Your Device to the Latest Operating System

In any case, this workaround helps a lot of users.

Step #1: Open Settings app.

Step #2: Tap on General.

Step #3: Next, tap on Software Update.

Now install the latest Software Update on your device.

14. Hard Reboot

If you are not using the latest iPhone 7 or 7 Plus, force restart follows the same old style. Just press and hold Power and Home buttons simultaneously for 10 seconds. The screen will go blank, but you need to keep holding both buttons. After two-three seconds, Apple logo appears and now is time to release your fingers. You need to follow a different method to force restart iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

15. Turn Off Raise to Wake

Raise to Wake is a new feature Apple has introduced to make your life easier. This feature wakes up your idle phone when you take it from any flat surface. To save battery life, you need to turn off raise to wake feature.

Step #1: Open Settings app.

Step #2: Tap on Display & Brightness.

Step #3: Toggle Raise to Wake button OFF.

16. Start Using Night Shift Mode

Using Night Shift doesn’t guarantee lower consumption of iPhone/iPad battery, but many users have got good results in saving a little more battery than usual.

Step #1: Open Settings app.

Step #2: Tap on Display & Brightness.

Step #3: Tap on Night Shift and then explore this feature.

You can schedule the time or you can Manually Enable Until Tomorrow. Use COLOR TEMPERATURE feature to adjust the colors as less warm or more warm.

17. Push Email

One of the main reasons of battery drain is Push Email. To know if your email is Push or Fetch, open Settings app → tap on Mail → Tap on Accounts → Fetch New Data.

If you have selected Push, you receive an instant notification when you get a new mail; however, Fetch will look for new emails every 15 minutes, 30 minutes, hourly or when you open the Mail app (manually). For better battery life, Fetch emails less frequently.

18. Check Mobile Signal

Does your locality have poor mobile signal? Are you working in an area where you don’t get LTE coverage at all? This is the time you need to switch to 3G from 4G; this will prevent the LTE radio from burning battery life.

Step #1: Open Settings.

Step #2: Tap on Cellular/Mobile.

Step #3: Enable LTE/Enable 4G and then tap on OFF.

19. Put your iPhone Face down

The latest iOS offers a new face down recognition feature. This feature uses ambient light sensor to ensure the display doesn’t glow when you get Notifications when your iPhone is placed face down. This feature along with other workarounds listed here can improve battery life as it turns off display when not in use. So whenever you are working in office or at home, you can put your iPhone face down on the workstation to save battery. Facedown Detection feature is presented only in iPhone 5s and later iPhones.

20. Remove Unwanted Widgets

Today View is the new entrant in iOS kitty that helps you get some information from your favourite apps. But this comes with its own toll, i.e. battery consumption. To give you the latest info in apps, they fetch data in the background only to drain your device’s battery life.

You should frequently clear the list of apps that send notifications to you as some of them use location services also.

Step #1: Bring down the top edge of Home screen of iPhone; this will bring Notification Center.

Step #2: Now swipe from right to left to access Widget tab. Alternatively, you can swipe from right to left on Home screen and this will bring the Widget tab.

Step #3: Now scroll down and tap on Edit button.

Step #4: This will bring a list of widgets; tap on red button to delete the widget from Notification Center.

21. Turn off Dynamic Wallpapers

Dynamic wallpapers create animated effects on Home and Lock screen of your iPhone. But this animation consumes battery of your device. Hence, you need to disable or turn off dynamic wallpapers.

Step #1: Launch Settings.

Step #2: Tap on Wallpaper.

Step #3: Tap on Choose a New Wallpaper.

Now you can select a wallpaper from Stills or you can set an image from Camera Roll and Selfie.

22. Disable Motion Effects, Parallax

After the release of iOS 7, Apple has begun to introduce a lot of animations. You can disable or reduce the motion effects by following easy steps: Settings → General → Accessibility → Reduce Motion and then turn off Reduce Motion.

23. Disable Unnecessary Apps from Spotlight Search

Users normally use Spotlight search to find contacts, applications, music etc. Other apps listed in Spotlight Search option drain battery life, and therefore, it is wise to disable those unnecessary apps.

Step #1: Open Settings.

Step #2: Tap on General.

Step #3: Tap on Spotlight Search.

Now disable unnecessary apps one by one.

24. Restore iPhone as New

Restoring your iOS device is the last option you should go for. Note that you are not supposed to restore your iPhone from the backup.

Step #1: Open Settings.

Step #2: Tap on General.

Step #3: Tap on Reset

Step #4: Tap on Erase All Content and Settings.

Finally, set your iPhone as new. Before you erase all contents and settings, take backup using iTunes or iCloud. You can also use Dropbox or Google Plus to take backup of photos and videos.

25. Enable Wi-Fi Calling

When cellular signals are affected on your iPhone, the system has to work harder to keep in touch with mobile tower. At this, you can Enable Wi-Fi Calling on iPhone; by enabling this feature, you can connect your device with Wi-Fi networks nearby for phone calls. However, not all mobile operators support Wi-Fi calling, and hence, you need to check if your mobile service supports this feature.

To enable Wi-Fi Calling: Settings → Phone → Wi-Fi Calling.

26. Use Apple Watch

If you have an Apple Watch, which is a great accessory to reduce the use of iPhone, you should make the most of it. You can manage many tasks like checking Notifications on this wearable device. Moreover, you can minimize display usage on your iPhone. Divide the tasks between Apple Watch and iPhone and it would divide the battery usage – the logic is simple.

Above listed tips can certainly improve iOS 10 battery life on your iPhone or iPad. Agreed that you won’t be able to implement all the tips and tricks, but try to follow half of the tips and you will notice a remarkable difference in battery performance.

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