18 Causes That Drain Your iPhone’s Battery So Fast: Solutions To Fix A Fast Draining iPhone Battery!

Many iPhone users have been asking questions related to one particular issue with almost all the iPhone versions for a long time, over and over again. They seem to keep complaining that their iPhone’s battery keeps draining all of a sudden! There can be many reasons that cause your iPhone to drain faster. For instance, keeping excessive brightness of your iPhone’s screen or running a lot of applications in the background. In this article, we list some of the major reasons that can cause your iPhone’s battery to drain faster. We also give you the solution guide to get rid of the issue as well. But before going through our solution guide, we suggest you follow the General Performance Tips of the iPhone, given by Apple.

Why is my iPhone’s Battery Draining so Fast? (18 Causes and Solutions)

If your iPhone’s battery is draining so fast all of a sudden then you have come to the right place. Below we have listed some tenable reasons that can cause your iPhone’s battery to drain faster and solutions that would help you!

Is your iPhone’s Battery working Properly? 

Before going for any software solutions, you should always check whether the hardware is working well. If you have any reason that might have damaged your iPhone’s battery, for example, water got inside of your iPhone or it has fallen from a height. Regarding this, you should always check your phone’s battery health. Apple lets you check iPhone’s Battery Health and charger capacity very easily, given as follows:

1. Check your iPhone’s battery health: 

  • Go to the Settings app 
  • Scroll down to open Battery 
  • Open to see Battery Health

There, you will be suggested the needed changes to improve your iPhone’s battery life. You can choose from all suggestions to make the change in order to fix the problem. However, if you are not suggested any changes regarding the improvement of your iPhones battery life, it probably means your phone’s Settings app is not able to make any changes. But nothing to worry about here, as there are other alternatives to solve the issue as well.

Fig. Check iPhone’s Battery Health

2. Check whether your phone is properly charging: 

  • Go to the Settings app.
  • Scroll down to open Battery.
  • Scroll down to view the graph. 

There you can see your iPhone’s daily or last 10 days battery level of usage, last charging time, amount of the last charge, and apps activity as well. You can easily identify if your phone is charging properly by looking at the green bars reaching 100% or not. Else, you can also see if Battery Health is showing it is at “Peak Performance Capability” or not. If not, then you might need to check your charger and cables and make further repairs. 

Fig. Check your iPhone’s battery capability and battery level.

Is your iPhone’s battery draining fast after a Software Update?

Most of the time users seem to have the battery draining issue after being updated to a newer version of iOS. In recent times, iOS 15 is troubling users with fast battery draining on their iOS devices. If you are one of them then one lazy solution for this would be waiting for the next software update to get rid of the issue. But, before that, you can optimize many functions of your phone to save battery. So here are some quick proven ways to fix your iPhone’s battery from draining.

3. Uninstall the app that uses excess battery Life: 

After a software update, sometimes bugs can make some particular applications use more battery. This can cause your iPhone’s battery to drain faster. Well, you can easily identify which app is using what amount of battery life on your iPhone. 

To see which applications are draining your iPhone’s battery life: 

  1. Go to the Settings App.
  2. Scroll down to open Battery.
  3. Scroll down to view the apps and their battery usage amount.
  4. Tap to view Show Activity

If you see you have used an app less than it is draining your iPhone’s battery, you can consider uninstalling the app if you do not use it much for the sake of saving the battery.

Fig. Check apps that drain your iPhone’s battery.

4. Turn off Push Mail Notifications: 

If your iPhone’s push notifications are turned on, it searches continuously for newer emails or notifications. While being in operation all the time, this consumes a lot of battery life. You can consider turning off your iPhone’s push mail notifications to save battery. 

To turn off push mail: 

  1. Open the Settings App.
  2. Open Mail.
  3. Go to Accounts.
  4. Tap and open Fetch New Data.
  5. Toggle off Push option.

You can also optimize data fetching automatically or timely while scrolling to the bottom of that page.

Fig. Turn OFF Push Mail Notification.

5. Turn off App Notifications which you do not need: 

Many users complain about their iPhone’s battery draining fast while tuning on all the notifications of every single application they use. Most of the time their phone’s battery function highly in order to show push or dot notifications even when they do not use their phones. If you are one of them, it is better if you turn off the app notifications that have no use to you. 

To turn off app notifications: 

  1. Open the Settings App 
  2. Open Notifications 
  3. Choose the app you want to turn off notifications
  4. Toggle off the Allow Notifications option of that particular app.

You can also choose from different options on that page to limit the app notification styles. 

Fig. Turn OFF App Notification.

6. Turn off Raise to Wake Feature: 

While moving here and there with your phone in hand, it can cause your phone to keep waking up according to your movements and may cause the battery to drain. Therefore it is better to turn this feature off. 

To turn off the Raise and Wake feature: 

  1. Go to the Settings app.
  2. Scroll down to open Display & Brightness.
  3. Scroll down to toggle off the Raise to Wake feature.

Fig. Turn OFF Raise to Wake Feature.

7. Adjust Brightness: 

The constantly high brightness of your iPhone’s screen causes its battery to drain very fast. The Auto-Brightness feature of your iPhone helps you efficiently to adjust brightness according to your needs. 

To adjust brightness automatically: 

  1. Go to the Settings app.
  2. Scroll down to open Accessibility. 
  3. Open Display & Text Size.
  4. Scroll down to toggle on the Auto-Brightness feature. 

Fig. Turn OFF Auto-Brightness.

When needed, you can also slide your iPhone’s screen brightness to the minimum. For that: 

  1. Swipe your iPhone’s screen down from the top right corner to open the Control Center.
  2. Tap and drag down the Brightness slider to minimum. 

8. Enable Low Power Mode: 

Enabling Low Power Mode disables running all the background apps automatically, canceling auto-downloads and auto emails or notifications fetching on your iPhone in order to reduce battery usage. It is one of the best functions of iOS devices that you can turn on to save your battery. 

To enable Low Power Mode: 

  1. Go to the Setting app. 
  2. Scroll down to open Battery.
  3. Toggle on the Low Power Mode feature.

Fig. Turn OFF Low Power Mode.

9. Turn off Background App Refresh: 

Background app refresh keeps refreshing apps that are not even in use in order to look for new notifications or content and cause the iPhone’s battery to drain real fast. You should turn it off and here is how!

To disable Background App Refresh: 

  1. Go to the Settings app.
  2. Scroll down to open General. 
  3. Open Background App Refresh.
  4. Open Background App Refresh again.
  5. Select Off.

Fig. Turn OFF Background App Refresh.

10. Optimize Location Services: 

iPhone’s battery drains due to continuous access of Location Services. Turning off the Location Services can be the best option here but you can also choose to give location access to applications according to your needs. If you want applications to use your location only when you are using the app, choose While Using the App or you do not want any app to use your location, choose Never. You can optimize even if you want apps to ask your permission to access Location by choosing Ask Next Time Or When I Share options so easily. We suggest you not to choose Always as it drains your iPhone’s battery.

To optimize Location Services: 

  1. Go to the Settings app.
  2. Scroll down to open Privacy. 
  3. Open Location Services.
  4. Select individual apps that you want to optimize sharing your Location with.
  5. Choose Never, Ask Next Time Or When I Share or While Using the App (according to your needs).

Fig. Optimized GPS/Location Service

Also toggle off the Precise Location if you do not want any app to know your exact location. 

11. Update Apps: 

If your iPhone has not updated apps automatically, then you should consider updating manually on the Apple store. As many times, older versions of applications drain battery while functioning on newer operating systems. 

To update apps from the app store: 

  1. Go to the Apple App Store. 
  2. Open your Account icon from the upper right corner. 
  3. Under the Upcoming Automatic Updates category, tap Update All.
  4. Tap Done from the upper right corner after finishing.  

Fig. Update apps.

12. Enable Reduce Motion Feature: 

Using an iPhone is more fun because of its advanced motion animated features such as balloons and confetti on the Messages App. Even though it is fun, this feature drains your iPhone’s battery a lot faster. Thus you should consider reducing the amount of battery life these features spend. 

Regarding this you can Reduce Motion and here is how: 

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Scroll down to open Accessibility.
  3. Under the Vision category, tap and open Motion.
  4. Toggle on the Reduce Motion option. 

Fig. Turn ON Reduce Motion feature.

While being on this page, you can also optimize three more options to save more power:

1. Toggle on Prefer Cross-Fade Transitions (to reduce the motion for UI controls), 

2. Toggle off Auto-Play Message Effects and 

3. Toggle off Auto-Play Video Previews

13. Turn on Airplane Mode: 

If you are at a place where you are having a poor cell signal or cellular network, then your iPhone’s battery maximizes its power in order to search for a strong network which leads the battery to drain faster. Regarding this, you should turn on Airplane Mode as it prevents your device from looking for stronger networks. 

To turn on Airplane Mode: 

  1. Swipe your iPhone’s screen down from the top right corner to open the Control Center.
  2. Tap the Airplane Mode icon and turn it On.

14. Turn off Wi-Fi or Cellular Data while not in Use: 

Keeping Wi-Fi or cellular data off when you do not need that, can help your phone to save battery life efficiently. 

To turn off Wi-Fi or cellular data: 

  1. Swipe your iPhone’s screen down from the top right corner to open the Control Center.
  2. Tap and switch off Wi-Fi or cellular data.

15. Leave your iPhone’s Screen Facing Down: 

While not using the phone, you should place your phone facing down. It is very helpful in saving battery as the screen does not light up if any notifications arrive.

16. Restart or Reboot your iPhone: 

Restarting any device always helps regarding any issues if not critical. 

To restart your iPhone: 

  1. Hold and tap the Power button. 
  2. If the Slide to Power Off command appears on the screen then slide to power off your device.
  3. Wait for a minute.
  4. Hold and tap the Power button again.
  5. If the Apple logo appears on the screen Leave the Power button. 

17. Get rid of Unnecessary Widgets:  

When you are having a fast battery draining issue with your iPhone, you can also try removing unwanted widgets. 

To get rid of unnecessary widgets: 

  1. Swipe right (one screen past the first home screen page).
  2. Open Today View.
  3. Scroll down to open Edit.
  4. Tap the – icon of the widgets you want to get rid off. 

To get rid of unnecessary widgets that are on your Home Screen: 

  1. Long tap and hold the widgets.
  2. If it is on Jiggle Mode, tap the – icon to remove from there. 

18. Stop Sharing iPhone Analytics: 

Your iPhone automatically sends data to Apple about all the analytics and how you use your phone. This may also cause your iPhone to drain battery life. 

To stop sharing iPhone Analytics: 

  1. Open the Settings App.
  2. Scroll down to open Privacy.
  3. Scroll down to open Analytics & Improvements.
  4. Toggle off Share iPhone Analytics.

Fig. Turn OFF Sharing iPhone Analytics.

Wrap UP!

That is a wrap! All causes that have been mentioned above are proven tricks or ways to help you get rid of your iPhone’s battery-draining problem. Hope that you have found your solution and saved your iPhone’s battery from draining fast.