Why Does My iPhone Battery Die So Fast? Here’s The Real Fix!


I’m going to tell you exactly why your iPhone battery drains so quickly and exactly how to fix it. I’ll explain how you can get longer battery life out of your iPhone without sacrificing functionality! Take my word for it:

The vast majority of iPhone battery issues are software related.

We’ll cover a wide range of proven iPhone battery fixes in this article that I’ve learned from first-hand experience with hundreds of iPhones, not theories about what should make your iPhone battery last longer. Here’s just one example:

Did you know your iPhone has been tracking and recording your location everywhere you go? That uses a lot of battery life!

I’ll show you how to see where you’ve been and fix it for yourself in Tip #2. Let’s get right to it.

Believe it or not, the first tip, Push Mail, can make a tremendous difference in your iPhone’s battery life. If you take these suggestions, I promise your battery life will improve. If you have any questions, feel free to post them in the comments section below. I’ll be around to help along the way. Let’s get to it:

The Real Reasons Your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Battery Dies So Fast:

1. Push Mail

When your mail is set to push, it means that your iPhone maintains a constant connection to your email server and asks, “Is there mail? Is there mail? Is there mail?” This constant flow of data drains your battery very quickly. The problem seems to be compounded for those of us who have Exchange servers set up on our phones.

The fix: Go to Settings -> Mail, Contacts, Calendars -> Fetch New Data and turn off Push. Scroll down to change Fetch to Every 15 Minutes and set each individual account to Fetch.

The Mail app will still check for new mail every time it’s opened and always send your messages right away. If you have an Exchange server set up on your phone, get ready to jump for joy! You’ll see a huge difference.

If you’ve been having issues with syncing contacts or calendars between your iPhone, iPad, and other devices, you’re not alone! I wrote a follow-up post that I hope will help a lot: Why Are Some Of My Contacts Missing From My iPhone, iPad, or iPod? Here’s The Real Fix!

2. Location Services

Like I said, I’m all about using your iPhone to its fullest. That being said, there are built-in services that are constantly tracking your location that you might not know about. I don’t recommend disabling Location Services entirely, but I think it’s important for you to choose which ones you want to allow to run on your phone, especially given the significant battery drain and personal privacy concerns around these features.

Share My Location

Share My LocationLet’s head to Settings -> Privacy -> Location Services. New for iOS 8 is Share My Location, which allows your family and friends to see your location when you send them iMessages (iMessage is Apple’s text messaging service).

Share My Location isn’t enabled automatically when you text someone, but you can turn on Share My Location indefinitely for a specific contact using the Messages app by tapping Details in the upper right hand corner and choosing Share My Location. This part of Settings allows you to turn off Share My Location entirely or see who you’ve given permission to see where you are.

Does This Mean Other People Can Track Where I Am?

Share My Location iPhoneYes – if a friend or family member wants to spy on you, all they would have to do is ask to borrow your iPhone to make a call, open up the Messages app, and enable Share My Location in your text messages with them. They’ll always know where you are – so be careful if you choose to leave this feature enabled and especially if you let other people use your iPhone.

System Services

Next, let’s scroll all the way down to the last item in Settings -> Privacy -> Location Services and tap on System Services. It seems that every iOS introduces a few new services that track your location, and iOS 8 is no exception. Here are my suggestions on how to handle System Services:

  • Turn off Location-Based Alerts. This piece of Location Services causes a huge battery drain, and the Reminders app is a good example of how this works – and why it uses so much battery. If you create a reminder and choose ‘Remind me at a location’, your iPhone tracks your every movement to determine when it’s supposed to remind you. In tech jargon, this process of drawing virtual boundaries around places you might arrive is called Geofencing. I recommend turning off Location-Based Alerts because I’ve never seen anyone who uses them make it through a full day on a single charge – and those reminders are no good if your iPhone is completely dead.
  • Turn off Location-Based iAds if you find Apple’s tracking your location to deliver you personalized ad content unnecessary.
  • Turn off Setting Time Zone if you don’t do a lot of travel.

Did you know your iPhone has been tracking you everywhere you go?

Frequent Locations iPhoneYes, buried deep within the Settings app is a feature that allows your iPhone to track and record your location everywhere you go. It’s a little bit buried, and you’ll see why. To open Frequent Locations, follow me: Open Settings -> Privacy -> Location Services (and scroll all the way to the bottom) -> System Services -> Frequent Locations.

I recommend turning this feature off, especially because it uses a lot of battery by constantly tracking your whereabouts, not to mention the personal privacy concerns about having a log of everywhere you’ve been.

Product Improvement? Not My Job.

I recommend that you disable Diagnostics & Usage, Popular Near Me, and Traffic, because each of these services can use a lot of battery. Note that if you turn off Traffic, traffic still works in the Maps app. Turning off Traffic here only stops your iPhone from sending your location to Apple, not from receiving up-to-date traffic information.

After you’ve taken care of those pesky hidden services, scroll all the way to the bottom of System Services and turn on Status Bar Icon so you know when your location is being tracked.

Not all apps are created equal. When an app uses Location Services, it drains the battery quickly, no matter how well the program was written. For example, I used to use Inrix Traffic, but stopped after I noticed it never stopped using Location Services, even when it was in the background.

3. Diagnostics & Usage

Before we move on, here’s a quick one: Head to Settings -> Privacy and scroll to the bottom of the screen. Open up Diagnostics & Usage and Turn Off the automatic stream of data that your iPhone is sending to Apple.

Next up, we’ll cover how to close out your apps, why configuring Notifications is so important, and more battery saving tips that every iPhone owner should know about.

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About Author

I'm David Payette, the founder of Payette Forward, Inc. I am passionate about helping people to grow personally and professionally using the power of technology. Thank you for visiting payetteforward.com and I look forward to hearing from you!

  • Dominic Bélanger

    It it good ? I have 68% left

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  • Eddie

    Just recently I’ve noticed my battery life on my iPhone6 is draining incredibly fast at least 1-2% in matter of minutes and no apps are running. Any suggestions on what it could be or how to fix it

  • Dawn Jones

    Thanks for this blog.I had no idea how much I was giving away in privacy and how many things were running in the background too. I had to turn so much off. Hopefully it will make my iphone much more usable now x

  • Connie White-Whitman

    Just get a Morphie battery case. Problem soloved.

    • Bob Mesher

      If you have a care that burns too much gas, getting a bigger gas tank does not solve the problem.

  • Reid Byer

    You may think it is an Apple but it is really a Lemon. Get a Blackberry Passport if you want a real high performance phone with a battery that lasts and lasts and lasts.

    • Bob Mesher

      This is not about battery performance, this about preventing the unnecessary consumption of battery energy and about being tracked without knowing it.

  • BH

    Hi, thank you. My phone is getting a bit of extra time, not a ton but enough to get me to the charger before it dies when I am out.

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    Dear All hi,I have very big problem in my Iphone 5s because it battery drains down quickly if it shows on 40 Per cent suddenly it comes directly to 30 or 31 per cent leaving between percentage plz give some suggest may change or replace my battery because i tried all ways for saving battery step.

  • Viral

    Hii david,
    I am using iphone 5s , it was working great but suddenly from midnight it started draining fast.
    At night i keep the phone on charging and when its done to 100% i remove it. But being charged fully and even not using it for anything all the apps and other things is off than too my battery drains 10% per hour..
    Is it because its been hited by water or other thing or is bacause some of my software is problem or what..
    Plz help me

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  • Mary Forney

    Mr. Payette,
    Thank you so much for this outstanding article! It is amazing how many small things waste battery life in an iPhone. You are definitely doing a great service by sharing this article. I have shared it on FaceBook. Thanks again!
    Mary F.

  • blaze xX23Xx

    My battery drains crazy fast,is there a chance it needs a replacement ?

  • Xenon

    Hi David ! How are you?i have an issue with my iphone 4s .it really suck.Phone is on 0 usage no sim card insatlled.Still it is draining too fast that some times i would like to break it off.when i start to use it along with battery draining it is heating like hell.i cant hold it in my hand after 5 minutes.Please help me

  • Grace

    My phone takes hours to charge, but when it’s om 100% it literally goes down a percent every second, even when I’m not on it? someone please help me (iPhone 5c)