Spending too much time on the charger recently? It might have something to do with your iPhone’s battery using up too much of your resources. The reason? You updated to iOS 11, which, for many, feels like the buggiest new OS release from Apple yet. For the uninitiated, the first few versions of Apple OSes aren’t necessarily bug-free. But iOS 11 brought with it a host of issues, which include bugs that cause some people’s batteries to drop 5% in a mere two minutes.
Most thought that this would go away after the release of iOS 11.2 just recently, but its persistence can mean that users might have to deal with this problem for an indeterminate amount of time. Until Apple deals with the problem for good, there’s not much you can do from your end except try to save your iPhone battery’s life for as long as possible. The following are ways you can do to improve your iPhone battery’s performance during the iOS 11 fiasco, and beyond it:
Turn Off Background App Refresh
It’s not clear why exactly this new OS version drains your iPhone battery faster than you could charge your device, but many have pointed out that this update automatically turns on Background App Refresh on for all apps. This feature basically allows your iPhone to multitask, meaning it will still run Candy Crush on the background even if you’re not playing. It’s useful for certain apps, but you certainly don’t need it for all your apps.
To save precious juice on your iPhone battery, turn this function off by going to Settings > General > Background App Refresh and go through the list and tick off every app that you think you don’t need this feature for. Many users have reported dramatic battery performance improvements after this, so do this if the recent update put your iPhone’s battery on a tough spot.
Turn Auto-Brightness Off
Some users also reported that the bug had something to do with the buggy execution of the display by the new OS versions. They added that disabling Auto-Brightness also gave them enough charge on their iPhone’s batteries to last them a few more hours. To turn this feature off, go to Settings > Display & Brightness and drag the slider to the left/off position. See if this feature extends your iPhone battery’s life even for just a tad longer.
Dial Your Screen Brightness Down
Since there’s a good case to be made about how iOS 11’s display execution is bugged, it might be a good idea to tone down your screen’s brightness for the meantime. Before this bug, having your screen’s brightness at max already meant faster battery drain. The current OS version simply amplifies this effect. To lower your screen brightness, go to Settings > Display & Brightness and adjust the slider to the minimum level that’s still readable on your current environment.
Do Away with Motion and Animation
Let’s face it: this is a crisis for your iPhone’s battery. And desperate times call for desperate measures. Which is why you have to make do without all the flashy animations you used to enjoy as par for course before this update. They use up more battery than your phone would normally do without, and the goal here is to shave off as many stressors to your iPhone’s battery as possible. To turn the feature off, go to Settings > General > Accessibility and tap the slider of the Reduce Motion to the on position to achieve this.
Kill or Uninstall Battery Hogs
As I was saying earlier, anything that places added stress on your iPhone’s battery has got to go out the window. That includes games, performance intensive apps, and any service you might be using that strains your battery. That pisses a lot of people off, because it means you can’t play your games, you can’t use your iPhone to watch Netflix on your iPhone, and even listening to your favourite podcasts could mean having your iPhone plugged in on an outlet somewhere – which sucks if you don’t have Airpods on an iPhone 7 or 8. And that’s perfectly understandable, since that’s essentially giving up the entire entertainment functionality of your iPhone.
You don’t have to do this if you’re patient enough to keep your iPhone charging throughout the day. But if you’re away from home and have to use your iPhone to call somebody or to keep a list of your groceries, then a little self-control will do you and your iPhone’s battery a lot of good.
Switch Location Services Off
This was good advice before this buggy OS version came, and it will be good advice long after it goes: turn Location Services on only when you need it. First of all, that’s sensitive user information that hackers can use against you, and most people don’t even know they’ve been hacked unless their find that their private files have been leaked online. Second, it uses up a great deal of your iPhone’s battery on a routine basis. As a rule, any activity on your device that connects to the internet or uses GPS will drain your battery faster, so if they’re not necessary to your current needs, turn them off.
To do that, go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services and drag the slider to the left. In addition, you can also remove other location-based services like Diagnostics & Usage, Location-Based iAds, Popular Near Me, and Setting Time Zones by going to Settings > Privacy > Location Services > System Services and switch the slider off for the said items.
Turn AirDrop Off
Speaking of services that use the Internet, another thing you can safely turn off until you need it is AirDrop. Sure, it’s cool to share files wirelessly, but it’s not like you’re sharing files constantly with other people on a regular basis. If you’re not using it, turn the feature off. Here’s how: swipe up from your home screen to reach the Control Center, then tap AirDrop and select Receiving Off to turn the feature off.
If the past is any indication, the iOS 11’s battery bug will see resolution soon. But until then, there aren’t that many options to fix this from your end. So for the meantime, do whatever you can to preserve your iPhone battery’s life. Until Apple fixes this once and for all, that’s about the most sensible option you can do.