Help! Why Is My iPhone Battery Life Draining Fast?

Good batteries are a “dime a dozen”, as they say—quite fickle too. And with the problem of batteries, comes the problem of having your iPhone or smartphone go to the deep end without reserve power. Even worse, you did not even know it could go there—fast. So, in this article, we tackle the common problem and solutions with regards to the why and how of iPhone battery life draining fast, especially when you need it the most. We will be covering some critical issues, general guidelines and tips to make the most out of your iPhone system and its battery potential.

All right, before anything else, let us begin with the takeaway:

Most of the problems with iPhone batteries draining fast has not to do with you per se, but with every update that you do. The updates, along with bringing in new data for protection and features, also restores your settings to “default”. And, default settings are taxing because of how it is set up. Manipulating these settings can make your battery life go from the best to the worst.

At the end of the day, that is the most common (and commonly ignored) factor when it comes to the daily grind and wears and tear with regards to your iPhone’s battery life capacity. Fact is, default settings of any smartphone (your iPhone included) are all meant and organized to showcase you the many features it can bring to enhance your life. But, that does not mean it cannot drain your battery life fast—it certainly does. If you are interested in finding out more, you can scroll or read down below for more.

iPhone Battery Critical Checkup Procedures:

This is a crucial practice so make sure to remember to do these before getting to the advanced stuff. They will help you navigate and alleviate most of the problems you will have when it comes to iPhone batteries being drained more than you care to notice.


1. Do a battery check, specifically, on usage rate and on standby.
This can help you identify certain “apps” that you do not notice affecting your system (and your battery) when you are using your iPhone or putting it by the side. To do this, go to “settings” and then “battery” and scroll towards the bottom and you will find “standby” and “usage”. Take note: your usage number, ideally, should be in a relatively lower number than your standby number rating. If not, this indicates a huge amount of activity is brewing without your notice. (hint: this is mostly email).

2. Applications can run rampant, so do a background refresh on your apps. Several applications are important for showcasing what your iPhone can do, but what often happens is that they are used in unison, which can take up space for your battery to process. You can do access the “refresh” state of your iPhone to help clear out the junk. To do this, you can go to “settings” and then “battery”. You will then find a list of certain apps and how much they take out of your battery. Proceed to “general” and then “background app refresh”. This will activate the “refresh” state of your iPhone. You can also access here the iPhone’s “low power mode” in order to further cut down on battery expense.

3. When the chips are down, go do something about location services. If there is any conversation that goes on when it comes to iPhone and drained battery life, “location services” often come about as a topic. This refers to the feature that involves certain services like GPS, connection to cell towards, hot-spots and Bluetooth. It is best to narrow down certain spots and bring to a focus. To do this, go to “settings” and then “privacy” and then hit on “location services”—customize the apps that you want to focus on as location.

Common iPhone Battery Life-Giving Or Draining Features

The iPhone has certain features that have all the best intentions and provide problems when you’re conscious of them, in the long run. Particularly, you want to focus your attention to:

1. Push Mail – Probably the most useful and taxing when it comes to your battery. It is the feature of the iPhone that constantly streams whatever email you happen to have at any given moment. You do not have to eliminate it, but you can manage it. One way to do this is going to “settings” and then “accounts and passwords”, proceed to “fetch new date”. Here, you can turn off the “push” icon located at the top. You can go down and choose “every 15 minutes under fetch”. You should proceed to go to any email accounts listed and change it to fetch. This can save you a lot of battery life.

2. Phone Analytics – The feature above focuses on how much is streamed into your system. This feature focuses on how much you give out to the storage filtering system known as “the cloud”. But, you do this unknowingly, causing your battery life. Go to “settings” and then “privacy”. You can scroll down to the bottom and go to “analytics”. You can turn off the switch near Share iPhone Analytics as well as Share iCloud Analytics.

Should I Turn Close All My iPhone Apps to Save Battery Life?

You can, but there is some debate on whether that is wise. The jury is still out, on that one. And, by the rule of elimination, if you close applications, you can certainly (to whatever degree) help out your battery life.

Trivia Of the Day:

Did you know that a “crashed” app in your iPhone can cause your battery to actually get hot and thus causing more battery life taken out? Yikes!

For an app to “properly” close, you can swipe on the application and proceed to push it to the top of the screen. Many people do not do this and when they check it (when they swipe right or left, they are often surprised).

Maybe I Can Turn Off My iPhone To Help Its Battery Life?

That is actually a good idea. Turning off your iPhone maybe even once in a week can potentially reset most of the problems you have now, especially on apps that “crash.” This is actually a good practice and certainly saves you the trouble of manipulating every part of the settings system. Give it a go by pressing and holding the power button on your iPhone and then, “slide to power off”—wait until your iPhone completely shuts down.

Hopefully, this has helped in some (if not all) of your concerns when it comes to the iPhone battery life draining fast in your given device. Stay safe, my friends.