How to Fix Poor Battery Life in iOS 13 (Part 1)

Apple has already released iOS 13 beta version for both developers and public users with a number of new and upgraded features over iOS 12 version. But the common problem that has been existed in many iOS versions that is the battery life problem. Fortunately, the battery issues can be fixed a matter of minutes.

There are many iOS users have dealt with poor battery life after updating their iPhone to the iOS 13 version. If you are also encountering the fast battery life problem on your iPhone, you can now downgrade to iOS 12.3.1 or make an appointment with an Apple Genius at the local Apple Store. Those are certainly great options, but you should first try some fixes for your issues beforehand.

Some of these methods can be done just in a few seconds, while others might take you a lot longer. All of them have the potential to fix poor battery life issue on your iPhone running iOS 13.

Restart Your iPhone

If you start noticing battery draining fast after installing iOS 13, the first thing you should do is restart your iPhone. To do so, power your iPhone off, wait about 1 minute, and then power it back on. After that, check if the battery life lasts longer.

Update Your Phone

If you’re struggling, you should think about updating your iPhone to the newer iOS 13 version. While Apple almost never mentions battery life improvements in each iOS update’s changelogs, there is always a chance that new software improves your iPhone battery life.

To update your iPhone to a newer version, just open Settings > General > Software Update and check if there is one available. If yes, tap on Download & Install and wait for the process to complete.

Use Screen Time

The Screen Time feature could help you improve your iPhone battery life while removing bad habits.

There is a set of controls in Screen Time that you can use to keep your iPhone addictive behavior in check. If you don’t use your phone much, you won’t be chewing up the battery.

With this feature, you can also set limits on the time to use a particular app on a day. If you approach this threshold, you will see a warning. You can also set the alerts for children as well as link this to a ScreenTime Allowance. Doing so can help you set limits on games, and keep important apps for schoolwork.

Use Low Power Mode Option

The Low Power Mode in iOS 13 can help you save up battery life by disabling services that could drain your battery life, including Siri, automatic downloads, and other features.

You can toggle Low Power Mode on and off anytime you want, but you will be prompted to enable it whenever the battery life reaches 20%.

You should also add Low Power Mode to Control Center of your iPhone. To open Control Center, just swipe up from the bottom. If you are using iPhone X/iPhone XS/iPhone XS Max, XR, just swipe from the top right corner.

Here is how to do so:

  • Go to Settings.
  • Tap on Control Center > Customize Controls.
  • Tap on the green plus sign next to Low Power Mode.

From now, whenever you open the Control Center, there will be a small battery icon. Tap on it to enable or disable Low Power Mode.

You can also turn Low Power Mode directly from Settings. To do so: head to Settings > Battery > Low Power Mode and tur it on.

Manage Your iPhone Display

The display of your iPhone, especially the OLED display on newer models is the main cause of battery problem if it’s not managed correctly.

The sensors of your phone will adjust the screen automatically according to the curent environment. These sensors usually work as intended, but sometimes they don’t. If your screen suddenly brightens for no reason, it will be draining power faster.

So, you should try to manually adjust your display to suit the current lighting conditions. To do so, toggle Auto Brightness off in the Settings page.

  • Open Settings > General.
  • Tap on Accessibility.
  • Select Display Accommodations.
  • Tap on Auto-Brightness and toggle it off

Once you’ve disabled it, you need to manually adjust the screen brightness. You can easily do that from Control Center or through the Settings app.

Disable Raise to Wake

While Raise to Wake feature is helpful, but disabling it could help you save about a few battery percentages. If you don’t want your screen to automatically switch on whenever you pick up your iPhone, just head to Settings > Display & Brightness and toggle the Raise to Wake off.

Use Dark Mode

Dark Mode is one of the most valuable features in iOS 13 version, especially for iPhone X and later models.  Aside from improving the viewing experience in dark environments, the feature can protect your eyes while reading articles and watching videos. Furthermore, once you enable Dark Mode, you will see that the battery life of your iPhone will last longer.

To use Dark Mode in iOS 13, you can activate it from Control Center or through Settings.

Enable Dark Mode through Control Center:

  • On iPhone 8 Plus or older models, swipe up from the bottom of the screen. On iPhone X or newer ones, scroll down from the top right corner to open up Control Center.
  • Tap and hold on the brightness control option.
  • You will see a new option called “Appearance Light.” Tap on it to enable Dark Mode

You can also turn on Dark Mode in Settings page. To do so

  • Head to  Settings → Display & Brightness.
  • Choose Dark and enable this feature.

Close Background App Refresh

Background App Refresh feature has the functions as its name implies when it will refresh apps in the background of your iPhone so that you still get the latest updates when you open them.

Many iOS users love the feature, but it is a resource hog. If you don’t this feature is important, you’d better turn it off to save up more battery.

To toggle Background App Refresh off:

  • Head to Settings.
  • Tap on General.
  • Select the Background App Refresh.
  • Disable it for any app you don’t use.

You can also disable Background App Refresh completely if you don’t have time to scroll through your app list one by one.

Monitor Apps on Your iPhone

Popular apps like Facebook, WhatsApp are resource hogs. They might get corrupted after an update of a new iOS version. So, there is a chance, one of your apps is the culprit behind the fast battery drain issue.

So, you should head to Settings to check out the apps that are draining your battery the most. Go to Settings > Battery, and check the Battery Usage tool. You can see the apps cause the most damage to your iPhone battery.

If there is an app draining a larger percentage of battery, you can try deleting the app check if your battery life has been improved. You can re-install the app after you find out that it’s not the cause of the problem.

If you still want to keep them up, update it with the pending app updates and then check if that helps you. Developers are releasing app updates supporting iOS 13, so a quick update solve your battery problems.

Disable Vibrations on Your iPhone

If your iPhone vibrates every time you get a phone call or a message you can try to turn vibrations off. While these alerts are useful, the cause the hardware inside your phone to work and it also requires more power.

To disable vibrations, just head to Settings > Sounds and turn Vibrate on Ring & Vibrate on Silent off.

You need to dig into each individual Sound and Vibration and make sure Vibration is set to none.

Use Wi-Fi Instead of LTE Connection

Connecting your iPhone through LTE/4G connection can drain the battery fast. That’s why you should connect your iPhone to Wi-Fi whenever it’s possible. Using Wi-Fi will eat up less battery.

Disable Assistive Touch

If you’re using Assistive Touch on your iPhone, there might be a reason that causes your battery is draining faster. If you don’t like Assistive Touch active on your iPhone, you should turn it off. To do this, head to Settings > General > Accessibility > AssistiveTouch and disable it.

Downgrade to iOS 12.4

Currently, Apple still allows you to downgrade to iOS 12.4 version. So if you see your iPhone has too many bugs in iOS 13 beta version, downgrading is the best solution to wait for the official version.

Here’s how do to downgrade to iOS 12.4 or iOS 12.3.2 version. But, before getting started, you need to have iTunes with the latest version installed on your computer. Once done, follow these steps below to downgrade your iPhone.

  1. Download the iOS 12 firmware for your iPhone from website.
  2. Make sure you still see a green checkmark in the Signing Status column. If it’s the x red icon, do not download the firmware.
  3. Disable Find My iPhone on your iPhone by heading to Settings -> your Apple ID at the top -> iCloud -> Find My iPhone and toggle it off. Enter your password when prompted.
  4. Unlock your iPhone and connect it with your computer.
  5. Launch iTunes and click on your iPhone icon.
  6. Click on Back Up Now to create a backup of your data on the computer.
  7. Once done, hold alt/option if you are using Mac, or Shift key if you are using Windows and click on Restore iPhone button
  8. A window will open, find the firmware you downloaded and then open it.
  9. Select to erase and restore your iPhone and click Restore to start the process
  10. During the process, your iPhone can restart multiple times. When done, your phone will run on iOS 12.4 firmware.

You can now decide to restore from a backup that you created previously or set up your iPhone as new. When that screen appears, you can choose the option you want. Most iOS users choose to restore from a backup.

Above are potential solutions to fix poor battery life in iOS 13 version. We hope thy are effective in solving fast battery drain issue on your iPhone. If you have any question, let’s know in the comment below.

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