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

Why Does My iPhone Battery Die So FastI’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 come 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?

Don’t believe me? I’ll show you how to turn that nifty little feature off 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. Read on – I promise your battery life will improve. And after your iPhone’s battery is fixed, please share this article with your friends! If you have questions, feel free to post them in the comments section – I’ll be around to help.

Here Are 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? etc.” 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). Note that this 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. Let’s tap on Frequent Locations and open it up. 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.

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On the next page, we’ll dive into a feature that’s super important for any iPhone owner to know about. Click on Page 2 to keep going.

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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!

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  • God_Of_4Chan

    So my batter capacity is 1500mAH yet my batter can only charge to 1199mAH this is odd to me and I’d like to ask how to fix this. I can tell you how many Cycles the device has been through if that helps any.

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  • Barb

    Thank you so much for this article! I upgraded my iPhone 4S to iOS 8.1 today, and I was watching the battery drain about 1% every 2 minutes – even while I was plugged in and in airplane mode! After turning everything off, I am back online and the charge is going up instead of down.

    • https://www.payetteforward.com David Payette

      Dear Barb,

      I’m so happy to hear that this article helped you. You’re certainly not the only one who has struggled with their iPhone battery life! If you think it would help others, I’d love it if you’d share this article with your friends on Facebook or Twitter.

      Thanks again for reading and all the best,
      David

  • Julian

    Thanks guys for help me,this article helped me,before than I read this article about iPhone battery my iphone drained so fast and that bothered me always.But my iPhone still drain so fast, any if you might help me how to fix that issue?

    • https://www.payetteforward.com David Payette

      Dear Julian,

      I’m sorry to hear you’re having trouble with your iPhone. Three hours isn’t right. Unfortunately, it’s really difficult to say exactly what’s causing your iPhone battery to drain, because so many factors contribute to how much battery the iPhone uses at any given time. It could be anything from your phone overheating to poor cell reception to a persistent software glitch that requires a restore.

      I recently wrote an article about a new feature included in iOS 8 that allows you to track down which specific apps and services are using the most battery. It’s not a guarantee that it will solve your problem, but it’s certainly worth a look. Here’s a link: https://www.payetteforward.com/iphone-6-battery-draining-fast-how-to-check-ios-8-battery-usage/.

      I hope this helps you to track down the reason your iPhone battery dies so fast, but don’t despair – it might require a little detective work, but I know you’ll figure it out.

      All the best,
      David

      • Julian

        thanks David,my battery iPhone has improved from the last time,now my iPhone 5S during 5 hours browsing the internet,although my battery still drain something fast the performance is better and also the battery

        I had to turn off some apps to get a better battery performance.However that doesn’t affected me enough to become a trouble for my iPhone,but you were right,my iPhone if had a battery issue,i’ve trying to fix it as far as possible and i’ve been successful

        Thank you so much

  • mofo rio

    Hey Dude,
    really appreciate your article up there
    I have followed all the steps you have wrote, but I still suffer from battery drains.
    It was just that every time I open settings and check website or send text messages for about one or 2 minutes, the battery would drain 1%. 1%/2 min
    Is that normal or my phone got an issue?
    Thanks
    I just bought my iphone 5s last 2 weeks.

    • https://www.payetteforward.com David Payette

      Dear Mofo Rio,

      It does sound like you do indeed have an issue with your new iPhone. If your iPhone is draining 1% every two minutes, that means you’re only getting about 3.5 hours of battery life, and that doesn’t sound right. It really could be any number of things – anything from a simple software glitch to your phone overheating – or maybe you’ve got poor cellular service where you use your iPhone. When you bought your iPhone, did you set it up as new or restore from an old backup? Maybe an old glitch was restored. It really could be any of these things.

      I hope that this article can steer you in the right direction: https://www.payetteforward.com/iphone-6-battery-draining-fast-how-to-check-ios-8-battery-usage/. I wrote this article about a new feature in Settings that allows you to check specifically which apps and services are using the most battery life on your iPhone.

      I hope this helps and best of luck,
      David P.

  • Mellianna Fiannita

    hi i have a problem with my iphone 5. it keeps on charging but wont turn on. i let it charging for a day then i discharged. surprisingly it shows that it needs charging.i wonder why this can possibly happen. is there anything i can do? thank you so much

    • https://www.payetteforward.com David Payette

      Dear Mellianna,

      Thanks for your question! Often times when an iPhone’s screen is black, it appears as if the battery is dead, but what’s actually going on is that the iPhone software has crashed. Try resetting your iPhone by holding the Sleep/Wake button and the Home button together for at least 10 seconds (maybe longer), until you see the Apple logo reappear on the display. Here’s the Apple support article that explains how to do it: http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1430

      I hope this helps to steer you in the right direction, and I wish you all the best!
      David P.

  • Fyodor Dochievsky

    So basically, this article is telling me to not use any of the cool functions and special features that apple advertised that my phone can do (the reasons that made me want to buy the phone), because the battery and processor actually aren’t designed well enough to carry out those functions… Thanks soooooo much… :/

    • https://www.payetteforward.com David Payette

      Dear Fyodor, thanks for commenting! I totally agree with you that no one should have to sacrifice the features that make the iPhone so great in order to be able to get through a full day of battery life. The intention of this article is not to encourage you not to use your phone, but to highlight some areas that don’t decrease the iPhone’s functionality but also increase battery life exponentially. For example, in my first tip I advocate switching from having your phone check all the time for mail to having the phone check every 15 minutes. I think that for most people, including myself, 15 minutes is frequent enough (and it also checks whenever you open the Mail app), so it’s not a sacrifice in functionality, but it can mean a huge savings in battery life. For me it’s about striking a balance between the real world limitations of the iPhone battery and maintaining the functionality that makes it so great. Thanks again for your comment and I hope this helps to clear up my position on using your iPhone to the fullest! All the best, David

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  • fatema

    hi I have a problem with iPhone 4s battery draining fast (even after i’ve done everything in this article) and also my phone switches off at 10% (although i just recently replaced the battery) help? please?
    btw this website is such a great help thank you so much

    • https://www.payetteforward.com David Payette

      Dear Fatema, thanks so much for your question and I’m happy to hear my blog has helped you out! If your iPhone is shutting off when it still shows battery life remaining, there’s something else going on. After I originally published this article, I heard from lots of readers who were experiencing that same issue, and I wrote a follow-up article called “Why Does My iPhone Turn Off When I Still Have Battery Life Remaining?” You can check it out here: https://www.payetteforward.com/why-does-my-iphone-suddenly-turn-off-even-though-still-have-battery-life-remaining-heres-the-real-fix/. You also mentioned that you recently replaced the battery – did you do that at an Apple Store? Thanks again for commenting and let me know how it goes! All the best, David P.

  • Maira Alam

    Hi,
    i am really tense,i would be glad if you please solve problem i’m facing.My iphone5 battery drains very quickly,specially when i increases the brightness.i use my phone with lowest brightness.This really sucks i face problem in sun :(
    please help me with this.
    when ever i take photos it drains
    when i make video it drains very quickly.
    i am worried!

    • https://www.payetteforward.com David Payette

      Hi Maira, Thanks for taking the time to comment and I hope I can steer you in the right direction! There are a couple things I’d like you to check on your iPhone:

      First, let’s make sure your iPhone display is automatically turning off after you put it away. Head to Settings -> General -> Auto-Lock and make sure your iPhone isn’t set to Never. If Auto-Lock is set to Never and you forget to manually turn off the display, the display will stay on indefinitely and drain your battery very quickly.

      The other thing I’d like you to be aware of is how hot your iPhone is getting over the course of the day, which I mention in tip #8 on page 3 of this article. According to Apple, the iPhone battery isn’t designed to function optimally over 95 degrees fahrenheit or 35 degrees celsius, which really isn’t all that hot in certain climates. What kind of case do you have your iPhone in? Big, bulky cases like the Otter Box can trap heat and compound the problem. Your iPhone does produce heat itself when doing processor intensive things, but simple tasks like taking photos shouldn’t really cause that much of an increase. Let me know how it goes, and if your phone is overheating, check out my other article called “Why Does My iPhone Get Hot?” (https://www.payetteforward.com/why-does-my-iphone-get-hot-battery-drains-too-fix/) to learn how to cool off your iPhone.

      Thanks so much for leaving a comment and I hope this helps to steer you in the right direction.

      Talk soon and best of luck,
      David P.

      • Maira Alam

        Thanks a lot for telling good tips.
        Yes it gets hot .
        That means it wouldn’t get hot in winters?

        • https://www.payetteforward.com David Payette

          I can’t say for sure, but it’s likely that your battery would last longer in cooler weather. People who use their iPhones in very cold weather often experience battery problems too, but the difference is that hot weather can permanently damage your iPhone’s battery. In cold weather, as soon as your iPhone warms up again, it’s good to go.

          I’d also recommend that you check out my other article about why iPhones get hot. If your iPhone is getting hot when it’s not exposed to hot weather, then there’s probably something else going on that might be causing your battery to drain.

          Best of luck and thanks for the great question – let me know how it goes.

          All the best,
          David

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  • http://dascomputerconsultants.com dasoussan

    David, you’ve got some really great information here. But I have to totally disagree with #1 – if your iPhone is asking for mail once per second, you have another issue. I had the same thing happening to me once, sniffed the network data, looked at logs, etc. and can say that a properly functioning iPhone with push email turned on and connected to an exchange server does not poll once per second. If it is, yes that will drain your battery very quickly. You can read the geeky details here: http://dascomputerconsultants.com/iPhoneBatteryLife.htm
    Keep all that great data coming! The world needs more people putting the knowledge out there!
    David Soussan

    • https://www.payetteforward.com David Payette

      Hi David, thanks for the great comment. You’re absolutely right that the iPhone doesn’t poll every single second. My intent with this article is to speak in layman’s terms, but above all, I don’t want to give misinformation. After thinking about it, I’ve taken out the “every second” comment and I want to thank you for taking the time to write and point me toward that excellent article. All the best, David P.

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