iOS 10 has been released and the feedback has been great so far. So many new features make this new firmware very awesome. But it seems like some people are not happy. Some users have reported that they are having battery life issues after upgrading to iOS 10.
Image : iOS 10 Battery Life – Battery Draining Quick
Well, it is hardly possible that iOS 10 is a battery-hogger, as rigorous testing has ensured that it is very power-efficient. Battery life is subjective and depends on how your usage patterns are. Nevertheless, if you are experiencing a really low battery life, then try the following fixes.
1. Kill Battery Hogging Apps
You need to first find out which apps are eating up the most of your battery life. Go to Settings > Battery and you will be able to show the power consumption done by apps in the last 24 hours or in the last 4 days. You need to identify the battery-hogger here. You must target those apps that are on the top of the power consumption list without you having used them much.
The best thing to do with such apps is to close them when not in use. If you do not use the app much and can live without it, it would be better to delete it forever. If an unimportant app is running in the background, then you should force close it by double-pressing on the home button and swiping up on the app you want to force close.
2. Disable Location Services When Not Required
Many apps use location services, which directly affects the battery life. It also happens with most of the users that they don’t need Location Services most of the time, yet it is always enabled. So you need to disable location services for all the apps first and then individually enable it one by one for those apps which really need it. To disable locations services, go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services.
There is also an option to use Location Services only when you are using the particular app, so that the app doesn’t use location services all the time in the background. Just go to Location Services, tap on that particular app, and tap the While Using the App option. Whenever an app needs to use location services, it will prompt you to enable it, so you don’t have to worry about apps not working without it.
3. Background App Refresh
Background App Refresh takes up a lot of battery, as it fetches app content in the background. Go to Settings > General > Background App Refresh > and toggle it off for apps that do not need to get updated every few minutes.
4. Push Email
If possible, set your email to Fetch, which checks for new mails at every fixed interval, rather than Push, which notifies you instantly as a mail is received. Push email keeps checking continuously for new emails, thus draining the battery fast. If possible, keep the preference to Fetch only when you open the Mail app. This will save up a lot of battery. Go to Settings > Mails, Contacts and Calendars to configure your email accounts to fetch manually.
5. Other Important Tips
- Like iOS 9 , the new iOS 10 has a Low Power Mode that shuts down all the unnecessary apps, features, and functions to save the battery and is said to extend the battery life by at least an additional one hour to up to 3 hours. Just go to Settings > Battery and turn on the Low Power Mode.
- Dynamic wallpapers bring animations to the lock screen and home screen, but do consume more battery. Disable it by going to Settings > Wallpaper > Choose Wallpaper and choose a still image as the wallpaper.
- The animations, parallax, and motion effects in iOS also cause battery drain. You can turn them off by going to Settings > General > Accessibility > Reduce Motion and toggling it on.
- Disable automatic App Stores updates by going to Settings > iTunes and App Store and go to the Automatic Downloads section to turn off the Updates toggle.
- Turn off Bluetooth and WiFi when not in use. This will improve the battery life.
- Poor cellular signals also lead to battery drain, as it causes the iPhone to keep searching for the network. Switch to 3G if your area has got a very poor or no LTE coverage. Go to Settings > General > Cellular/Mobile > Enable LTE | Enable 4G and tap the Off option.
- Dimming the screen brightness also helps improve battery life. Either way, you can toggle on Auto-Brightness which will set the screen brightness based on current lighting conditions.
- Try to go through at least one full charge cycle per month, which involves charging the battery completely to 100% and then letting it drain completely to zero. This helps to recalibrate the battery indicator to make it more accurate.
6. Fresh Restore Your iPhone
If none of the above tips seem to be improving your battery life, then it is possible that there might be some battery life problems within the iOS firmware. Also, if you updated to iOS 10 and then restored from a previous backup, then may be that is where the battery draining issue comes from.
Many users have reportedly accepted that restoring their iPhone has cleared out the battery issues, so perhaps it can work for you too. Go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content And Settings to restore your iPhone. Just remember that after you restore, set it up as a new iPhone and not from the backup.
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