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 number of proven iPhone battery fixes that I learned from first-hand experience with hundreds of iPhones while I worked for Apple. Here’s one example:

Your iPhone tracks and records your location everywhere you go. That uses a lot of battery life.

Battery in iOS 9A few years ago (and after a lot of people complained), Apple included a new section of Settings called Battery. It displays some useful information, but it won’t help you fix anything. I rewrote this article to improve iOS 13 battery life, and if you take these suggestions, I promise your battery life will improve, whether you have an iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 7, iPhone 8, or iPhone X.

I recently created a YouTube video to go along with the iPhone battery fixes I explain in this article. Whether you prefer to read or watch, you’ll find the same great information in the YouTube videos that you’ll read in this article.

Our first tip is a truly a sleeping giant and there’s a reason it’s #1: Fixing Push Mail can make a tremendous difference in the battery life of your iPhone.

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 so that the server can instantly push the mail to your iPhone as soon as it arrives. Sounds good, right? Wrong.

An Apple lead genius explained it to me like this: When your iPhone is set to push, it’s constantly asking the server, “Is there mail? Is there mail? Is there mail?”, and this flow of data causes your battery to drain very quickly. Exchange servers are the absolute worst offenders, but everyone can benefit from changing this setting.

How To Fix Push Mail

To fix this problem, we’re going to change your iPhone from push to fetch. You’ll save a lot of battery life by telling your iPhone to check for new mail every 15 minutes instead of all the time. Your iPhone will always check for new mail whenever you open the Mail app.

  1. Go to Settings -> Accounts & Passwords -> Fetch New Data.
  2. Turn off Push at the top.
  3. Scroll to the bottom and choose Every 15 Minutes under Fetch.
  4. Tap on each individual email account and, if possible, change it to Fetch.

Most people agree that waiting a few minutes for an email to arrive is worth the significant improvement in your iPhone’s battery life.

As an aside, if you’ve been having problems syncing contacts or calendars between your iPhone, Mac, and other devices, check out my other article called Why Are Some Of My Contacts Missing From My iPhone, iPad, or iPod? Here’s The Real Fix!

2. Turn Off Unnecessary Location Services

Location Services are part of what makes the iPhone such a great device, so I’d like to be clear: I don’t recommend that you turn off Location Services entirely.

hidden system services copy

I’ll show you the hidden services that constantly drain your battery, and I’m willing to bet you’ve never even heard of most of them. I believe it’s important for you to choose which programs and services can access your location, especially given the significant battery drain and personal privacy issues that come with your iPhone, right out of the box.

How To Fix Location Services

  1. Go to Settings -> Privacy -> Location Services.
  2. Tap Share My Location. If you want to be able to share your location with your family and friends in the Messages app, then leave this on, but be careful: If someone wanted to track you, this is how they’d do it.
  3. Scroll all the way to the bottom and tap System Services. Let’s clear up a common misconception right away: Most of these settings are all about sending data to Apple for marketing and research. When we turn them off, your iPhone will continue to function just as it always has.
    • Turn off everything on the page except Emergency SOSFind My iPhone (so you can locate it if it’s lost) and Motion Calibration & Distance (if you’d like to use your iPhone as a pedometer – otherwise, turn that off too). Your iPhone will work exactly as it had before. The compass will still work and you’ll connect to cell towers just fine — it’s just that Apple won’t be receiving data about your behavior.
    • Tap Significant Locations. Did you know your iPhone has been tracking you everywhere you go? You can imagine the excess strain this puts on your battery. I recommend you turn off Significant Locations. Tap <System Services to return to the main System Services menu.
    • Turn off all the switches under Product Improvement. These only send information to help Apple improve their products, not make your iPhone run more efficiently.
    • Scroll to the bottom and turn on Status Bar Icon. That way, you’ll know your location is being used when a little arrow appears next to your battery. If that arrow is on all the time, there’s probably something wrong. Tap <Location Services to go back to the main Location Services menu.
  4. Turn off Location Services for apps that don’t need to know where you are.
    • IMG_0743What you need to know: If you see a purple arrow next to an app, it’s using your location now. A gray arrow means it’s used your location within the last 24 hours and a purple-outlined arrow means it’s using a geofence (more about geofences later).
    • Pay attention to any apps that have purple or gray arrows next to them. Do these apps need to know your location to work? If they do, that’s absolutely fine – leave them alone. If they don’t, tap on the name of the app and choose Never to stop the app from unnecessarily draining your battery.

A Word About Geofencing

A geofence is a virtual perimeter around a location. Apps use geofencing to send you alerts when you arrive at or depart from a destination. It’s a good idea, but for geofencing to work, your iPhone has to constantly use GPS to ask, “Where am I? Where am I? Where am I?”

I don’t recommend using apps that use geofencing or location-based alerts because of the number of cases I’ve seen where people couldn’t make it through a full day without needing to charge their iPhone – and geofencing was the reason.

3. Don’t Send iPhone Analytics (Diagnostics & Usage Data)

Here’s a quick one: Head to Settings -> Privacy, scroll to the bottom, and open Analytics. Turn off the switch next to Share iPhone Analytics and Share iCloud Analytics to stop your iPhone from automatically sending data to Apple about how you use your iPhone.

turn off iphone and icloud analytics

4. Close Out Your Apps

Once every day or two, it’s a good idea to close out your apps. In a perfect world, you would never have to do this and most Apple employees will never say you should. But the world of iPhones is not perfect — if it were, you wouldn’t be reading this article.

Don’t Apps Close When I Go Back To The Home Screen?

No, they don’t. They’re supposed to go into a suspended mode and stay loaded in memory so that when you reopen them, you pick up right where you left off. We don’t live in iPhone Utopia: It’s a fact that apps have bugs.

A lot of battery drain issues occur when an app is supposed to close, but doesn’t. Instead, the app crashes in the background and your iPhone battery beings to drain without you even knowing it.

A crashing app can also cause your iPhone to get hot. If that’s happening to you, check out my article called Why Does My iPhone Get Hot? to find out why and fix it for good.

How To Close Out Your Apps

Double-click the Home Button and you’ll see the iPhone app switcher. The app switcher allows you to see all the apps that are stored in the memory of your iPhone. To browse through the list, swipe left or right with your finger. I bet you’ll be surprised by how many apps are open!

To close an app, use your finger to swipe up on the app and push it off the top of the screen. Now you’ve really closed the app and it can’t drain your battery in the background. Closing out your apps never deletes data or causes any negative side-effects – it can only help you get better battery life.

How Do I Know If Apps Have Been Crashing On My iPhone? Everything Seems Fine!

If you’d like proof, go to Settings -> Privacy -> Analytics -> Analytics Data. It’s not necessarily a bad thing if an app is listed here, but if you see a lot of entries for the same app or any apps listed under LatestCrash, you might have a problem with that app.

check for app crashes

The App Closing Controversy

Recently, I’ve seen articles that say closing out your apps is actually harmful to iPhone battery life. My article called Is Closing iPhone Apps A Bad Idea? No, And Here’s Why. explains both sides of the story, and why closing out your apps really is a good idea when you look at the big picture.

5. Notifications: Only Use The Ones You Need

iOS 9 Notifications - OK / Don't Allow

Notifications: OK or Don’t Allow?

We’ve all seen the question before when we open an app for the first time: “App Would Like To Send You Push Notifications”, and we choose OK or Don’t Allow.  Few people realize how important it is to be careful about which apps you say OK to.

When you allow an app to send you Push Notifications, you’re giving that app permission to keep running in the background so that if something happens that you care about (like receiving a text message or your favorite team winning a game), that app can send you an alert to let you know.

Notifications are good, but they do drain battery life. We need to be notified when we receive text messages, but it’s important for us to choose which other apps are allowed to send us notifications.

settings notifications

Settings -> Notifications

How To Fix Notifications

Go to Settings -> Notifications and you’ll see a list of all your apps. Underneath the name of each app, you’ll see either Off or the kind of notifications that app is allowed to send you: Badges, Sounds, or Banners. Ignore the apps that say Off and take a look through the list. As you go, ask yourself this question: “Do I need to receive alerts from this app when it’s not open?”

If the answer is yes, leave everything as it is. It’s absolutely fine to allow some apps to notify you. If the answer is no, it’s a good idea to turn off notifications for that app.

To turn off notifications, tap the name of the app and turn off the switch next to Allow Notifications. There are other options in here too, but they don’t affect your iPhone’s battery life. It only matters if notifications are off or on.

6. Turn Off The Widgets You Don’t Use

Widgets are little “mini-apps” that continually run in the background of your iPhone to give you easy access to up-to-date information from your favorite apps. Over time, you’ll save a significant amount of battery life by turning off the widgets you don’t use. If you never use them, it’s OK to turn them all off.

To access your widgets, tap the Home button to go to your iPhone’s Home screen and swipe from left to right until you get to widgets. Then, scroll down and tap the circular Edit button. Here you’ll see a list of the widgets you can add or remove on your iPhone. To remove a widget, tap the red minus button to its left.

remove widgets on iphone

7. Turn Off Your Phone Once A Week (The Right Way)

It’s a simple tip but important nonetheless: Turning your iPhone off and back on again once a week can resolve hidden battery-life issues that accumulate with time. Apple would never tell you that because in iPhone Utopia, it wouldn’t.

In the real world, powering off your iPhone can help resolve issues with apps that have crashed or other, more technical problems that can occur when any computer has been on for a long time.

A word of warning: Don’t hold down the power button and the home button at the same time to shut down your iPhone. This is called a “hard reset”, and should only be used when absolutely necessary. It’s akin to powering off a desktop computer by pulling the plug out of the wall.

How To Turn Off Your iPhone (The Right Way)

To power off your iPhone, press and hold the power button until “slide to power off” appears. Swipe the circular power icon across the screen with your finger and wait as your iPhone shuts down. It’s normal for the process to take several seconds. Next, turn your iPhone back on by pressing and holding the power button until you see the Apple logo appear.

8. Background App Refresh

Background App Refresh

Background App Refresh

Certain apps on your iPhone are allowed to use your Wi-Fi or cellular data connection to download new content even when you’re not using them. You can save a significant amount of battery life (and some of your data plan) by limiting the number of apps that are allowed to use this feature that Apple calls Background App Refresh.

How To Fix Background App Refresh

Go to Settings -> General -> Background App Refresh. At the top, you’ll see a toggle switch that turns off Background App Refresh entirely. I don’t recommend you do this, because Background App Refresh can be a good thing for certain apps. If you’re like me, you’ll be able to turn off almost every app on the list.

turn off background app refresh for certain apps

As you scroll through each app, ask yourself this question: “Do I want this app to be able to download new information even when I’m not using it?” If the answer is yes, leave Background App Refresh enabled. If not, turn it off and you’ll be saving more battery life each time you do.

9. Keep Your iPhone Cool

According to Apple, the iPhone, iPad, and iPod are designed to work from 32 degrees to 95 degrees fahrenheit (0 degrees to 35 degrees celsius). What they don’t always tell you is that exposing your iPhone to temperatures above 95 degrees fahrenheit can permanently damage your battery.

If it’s a hot day and you’re going for a walk, don’t worry about it — you’ll be fine. What we’re talking about here is prolonged exposure to extreme heat. Moral of the story: Just like your dog, don’t leave your iPhone in a hot car. (But if you had to choose, save the dog).

Can Cold Weather Damage My iPhone Battery?

Low temperatures won’t damage your iPhone battery, but something does happen: The colder it gets, the faster your battery level drops. If the temperature gets low enough, your iPhone might stop working entirely, but when it warms up again, your iPhone and battery level should return to normal.

10. Make Sure Auto-Lock Is Turned On

One quick way to prevent battery iPhone battery drain is by making sure auto-lock is turned on. Open the Settings app and tap Display & Brightness -> Auto-Lock. Then, select any option other than Never! This is the amount of time you can leave your iPhone on before the display turns off and goes into sleep mode.turn on autolock

11. Disable Unnecessary Visual Effects

iPhones are beautiful, from the hardware to the software. We understand the basic idea of manufacturing the hardware components, but what allows the software to display such beautiful images? Inside your iPhone, a tiny piece of hardware built into the logic board called a Graphics Processing Unit (or GPU) gives your iPhone the power to display its beautiful visual effects.

The problem with GPUs is that they’ve always been power-hungry. The fancier the visual effects, the faster the battery dies. By reducing the strain on your iPhone’s GPU, we can significantly increase the life of your battery. Ever since iOS 12 was released, you can accomplish everything I used to recommend in a few different tips by changing one setting in a place you probably wouldn’t think to look.

Go to Settings -> Accessibility -> Motion -> Reduce Motion and tap the switch to turn it on.

accessibility motion reduce motion

Aside from the parallax wallpaper effect on the home screen, you probably won’t notice any differences and you’ll save a significant amount of battery life.

12. Turn On Optimized Battery Charging

Optimized Battery charging lets your iPhone learn about your charging habits to cut down on battery aging. We recommend turning on this setting so you can get the most out of your iPhone battery for a longer period of time.

Open Settings and tap Battery -> Battery Health. Then, turn on the switch next to Optimize Battery Charging.

turn on optimized battery charging

13. DFU Restore & Restore From iCloud, Not iTunes

At this point, you’ve waited a day or two and your battery life still hasn’t improved. It’s time to restore your iPhone. We recommend doing a DFU restore. After the restore is finished, we recommend restoring from an iCloud backup if you can.

Let me be clear: Yes, you need to use iTunes to restore your iPhone — there’s no other way. We’re talking about the way you put your data back on your iPhone after it’s been restored to factory settings.

Some people are confused about exactly when it’s safe to disconnect your iPhone from your computer. As soon as you see the ‘Hello’ screen on your iPhone or ‘Set Up Your iPhone’ in iTunes, it’s absolutely safe to disconnect your iPhone.

Next, use the menus on your phone to connect to Wi-Fi and restore from your iCloud backup. If you’ve been having trouble backing up to iCloud and especially if you’re run out of storage, check out my article that’s all about how to fix iCloud backup.

Aren’t iCloud Backups and iTunes Backups Essentially The Same?

Yes, iCloud backups and iTunes backups do contain essentially the same content. The reason I recommend using iCloud is that it takes your computer and any problems it may have completely out of the picture.

14. Erase Your iPhone And Set It Up As New

If you’ve tried absolutely everything and you’re still having trouble, you may have a deeply-rooted software issue that can only be resolved by restoring your iPhone to factory settings and setting it up again as if it were brand new.

It’s not all bad. You’ll add your iCloud and other mail accounts to your iPhone as you set it up. Your contacts, calendars, notes, reminders, and bookmarks are often stored in those accounts, so all of that information should come right back.

What you will have to do is redownload your apps, reconfigure Wi-Fi and other settings, and transfer your photos and music back to your iPhone. It’s not that much work, but it does take some time to get everything back the way you like it.

To restore your iPhone to factory settings, open Settings -> General -> Reset -> Erase All Content and Settings. Enter your passcode, then tap Erase iPhone to confirm your decision.

erase content and settings factory restore

15. You May Have A Hardware Problem (But It Might Not Be The Battery)

In the beginning of this article, I mentioned that the vast majority of issues related to iPhone battery life come from software, and that’s absolutely true. There are a few instances where a hardware issue can cause problems, but in almost every case the problem isn’t with the battery.

Drops and spills can cause damage to internal components that are involved in charging or maintaining the charge on your iPhone. The battery itself is designed to be quite resilient, because if it were punctured it could quite literally explode.

The Apple Store Battery Test

When you bring your iPhone to an Apple Store to be serviced, Apple techs run a quick diagnostic that reveals a fair amount of information about the overall health of your iPhone. One of these diagnostics is a battery test, and it’s pass/fail. In all my time at Apple, I believe I saw a total of two iPhones with batteries that did not pass that test — and I saw a lot of iPhones.

If your iPhone passes the battery test, and there’s a 99% chance it will, Apple will not replace your battery even if you’re under warranty. If you haven’t already taken the steps I’ve described in this article, they’ll send you home to do them. If you have done what I’ve suggested, you can say, “I tried that already, and it didn’t work.”

If You Really Want To Replace Your Battery

If you’re sure you have a battery problem and you’re looking for a less-expensive battery replacement service than Apple, I recommend Puls, a repair service that will come to you at your home or office and replace your battery while you wait, in as little as 30 minutes.

In Conclusion

I sincerely hope that you have enjoyed reading and learned from this article. Writing it has been a labor of love, and I’m grateful for each person that reads it and passes it on to their friends. If you’d like to, leave a comment below — I’d love to hear from you.

All the best,
David Payette

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I'm a former Apple employee and the founder of Payette Forward, and I'm here to help you with your iPhone.

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4 years ago

David Payette – You are amazing- Just read like three of your articles in a row. Initially, my issue was that my iPhone would only charge through my macbook. Well, as of 2 days ago I mean…. So, probably a year ago a message popped upon on my screen that said that “the accessory” (my charger that I’d bought from CVS) wasn’t compatible with my device. I was so confused and frustrated because it wasn’t a new charger. I’d been using it for quite some time. But, I figured it was because it wasn’t “Apple quality” or something like that.… Read more »

Alan Onions
4 years ago

My iPhone 4s had got to the point where a full charge was lasting about 4 or 5 hours only. I followed all the steps you mention in your article and I am delighted to say that I still have an 80% charge left after 8 hours. Also, the general responsiveness of the phone has increased dramatically. I am not a ‘heavy’ user of the phone, I spend far more time on the iPad, but even so your advice has worked very well for me. Thank you!

4 years ago

Thanks very much David !! This was a great help to me man!!

4 years ago

Hi Dave — I hope it’s ok if I join in. I wanted to thank you for your detailed and well outlined discussion on the iPhone. My battery has been dying so quickly lately and it was frustrating to be stuck at work with no way to recharge it. I found your discussion and I went through it step by step. I want to thank you for not writing down steps that were impossible to understand! Every thing you mentioned was clear and I could actually find every tab you told me to find. I am so happy that I… Read more »

Shitty Grammar 【ᴾʳᵉᵐᶦᵘᵐ ᵁˢᵉʳ】
4 years ago

hi, I just bought my new iphone 5s two weeks ago, the battery was really fine, it didnt drain for like 4-5 hours if I didnt use it, and when I open youtube or browse 9gag the battery just drains up to 1-2%/5mnt, but a couple days ago the battery keeps draining even if I dont use it (around 2-4%/5mnt), and when I just browse 9gag (and I already apply your method) the battery drain like crazy like 10%/5mnt, and I dont even install any battery consuming apps in my iPhone since the apps choice is not that vary like… Read more »

Elke Mulgrew
4 years ago

Thank you, David, for such a useful article. I’ve gone through the list and done everything you suggested. Too soon to tell if it is all making a difference. Do you feel that when an iPhone gets to be a few years old, the battery gets weaker? It seems like every phone I’ve had does this after a few years.

Samita Aiyer
4 years ago

Hi I have an iPhone 5 whose battery used to die very fast. The Apple Store couldn’t fix it and now I have a very very expensive but totally dead iPhone. Can this be rescued in any way ?

4 years ago
Reply to  Samita Aiyer

Sent from Tom’s iPhone

Lilibeth Torres
4 years ago

What a wonderful article. I’m not having problems with my battery but it always bothered me knowing if apps were draining and using data when I wasn’t using them . thankyou, I’m definitely sure this will help me in the long run.

4 years ago

Hi, I charge my iPhone 6s to 100%, then unplug it. I then go sleep and wake to my home slightly overheated and the battery drained to 40%. I only recently got this Phone two days ago, so I don’t really know the problem.

Ed C
4 years ago

Fantastic article – thanks!

saif tariq
4 years ago

hi i am saif from pakistan i like your webside my i phone is 5 its tooo old know its battery charq too fast but die in only 20 minites if i use wifi and if i can on cellular it die in only 10 minites sooo know what i can do??????????? plzzzzzzzzzzzzz tell me

4 years ago

Hi! I bought a tiny fan and plugged it in to my iphone 6. Two more people with me plugged it into to their phones. we all only had it plugged in for about 1 minute. Now all of our phone batteries have serious problems.
The batteries go out fast, even when not using. They even die over night. can anyone tell me why or what to do?

Terry Watson
4 years ago

Excellent step by step advice, thank you David.

Kring Krizzyl Claire Duterte
4 years ago

Hi Iphone 5 wont turn on unless plugged in. And if you plugged it out it will turn off

Kring Krizzyl Claire Duterte
4 years ago

My Iphone 5 will only work when charged. If you plugged it out my iphone will turn off and wont turn on. It wil only turn on unless its plugged in. Can you help me fix my phone please? There’s no apple store I know here in my country which is in the Philippines. Thank you

4 years ago


Tom Lagan
4 years ago

Hey David. I have an iPhone 6 that is running 9.3.2. Recently the battery is draining ridiculously fast. I did the factory reset, redownloaded my apps, and am still having a problem. I now have a phone with no apps, it’s still draining fast. The Genius Bar said my phones battery was fine.

Should I replace the battery?

Barbara Goldflam
4 years ago

Thanks David, there were definitely some tips in here that I hadn’t seen before. I have put in place ALL of your suggestions, so hopefully I will see some improvement. Thanks for a very readable, accessible article.

Zachary Nayer
4 years ago

If anyone is still having these problems you may just need to buy a portable charger, I just bought one for my girlfriend that she loves and its also a compact mirror with an LED light, you can find it at fifthandninth.com

The 4th Mrs Draper
4 years ago

Ty David

Rishit Patel
4 years ago

Thank you so much for these tips, they do help a lot. My iPhone 5 used to get drained from 100% to 0% in less than 5 hours with minimum use. Now not so much!! 😀

4 years ago

Thanks for this article, I’d played with my settings and figured out most of the push notifications and background app stuff but I didn’t know about the reduce motion or a few others so thank you for writing. My phone is acting up, it’s an iPhone 5 hand me down edition… 😉 so who know’s how it was treated by the former owner… (Stepmom!) The loud speaker is also not functioning anyone know a link between speaker and battery life issues? I’ve tried restoring and the tips from this article and still laughing at how my battery goes from 100%… Read more »

Tamara Mady
4 years ago

I just want to give you a truly heartfelt THANK YOU for writing such insightful articles with so many amazing tips! I’ll be sure to donate!

Susan choo
4 years ago

Hi lately my iPhone 6s battery have been draining a lot when I’m sleeping. Before I slept it was 100% when I wake up maybe 5-6hrs later it became 50%. I offed every single app in the background and I offed the background app refresh and I offed my wifi and data before sleeping. It gets pretty hot easily too when I constantly use my phone for very Long. What is wrong with my phone ?

Samantha Pritchard
4 years ago

Great suggestions!

Wendy Medlin
4 years ago

OK, so the past month I have been having issues with my iPhone 6 . All of a sudden the battery wanted to drain and I would plug in as normal to recharge. I had it looked at, at an Apple store and it was replaced. They stated it was a hardware issue. Here it is a week later and this new phone is doing the exact same thing??!! What is up with this?? I am beginning to think it’s a ploy for me to upgrade to another iPhone model….. Seriously what is the issue here and why does this… Read more »

Robert Jones S
4 years ago

HI i am Robert from India, it is a good idea to buy a apple i phone 5s for our use….
please give a solution

4 years ago

hey,i’m using iPhone 5s and my battery used to give backup of a day, but once i was unable to charge my phone and after giving backup of couple of hours at 1% my phone died,since then my phone gives a max backup of 4-5 hours in stand-by mode. can you help me this please.

5 years ago

Hey there I followed some of these steps and noticed that I lost the ability to paste items “from the clipboard.” Any suggestions? Specifically to my text messages.

5 years ago

Killing your apps does absolutely nothing to save battery life. Apple has said so. To save battery, use as little location services as possible, as little push notifications as possible, and turn down your screen brightness. That’s it!

5 years ago

Hi i have problem with my iPhone 5s my iphone turn off something at 50 % or 40% and then when i put it to charge to come on back with 80% something 70% and i iphone was working good i was thinking to buy a new battery what to do DAVID ?.

5 years ago

Just wanted to say a BIG thank you for your article on battery life saving tips..! It really has made a massive difference so thank you for your ‘labour of love’. I will definately be sharing it..!

5 years ago

Hi i have problem with my iPhone 5s my iphone turn off something at 50 % or 40% and then when i put it to charge to come on back with 80% something 70% and i iphone was working good i was thinking to buy a new battery what to do DAVID ?.

Jenny Barron
5 years ago

Seems like all of these suggestions are the same ones I find all over the web – and none of them have worked for me. Apple says ios updates aren’t to blame but I, like many others in the Apple support forums, noticed Major battery and charging dysfunction after the latest updates. And maybe it’s not the update itself. Maybe it is hardware? All I know is 3 months after buying a new phone and treating it more gingerly than I treated my son as an infant (no, I’m not dropping it and jogging things loose in other words. Nor… Read more »

Tony Vasias
5 years ago

I’m sure we all appreciate David’s forum here to try to help people, unfortunately, most of you that your battery doesn’t last as long, and say it probably wasn’t that bad anyways. The reason why i say this is the following: My wife has an iphone 4s and so do I. She would charge it and leave it overnight on and the battery would be completely gone. Finally, because they are both unlocked, i traded with her and reset the phone to factory settings, I had everything off,, charged it, the battery died quickly again. I moved the motherboard to… Read more »

Stephen Walker
5 years ago

Fantastic article. So clear and concise. Thank you. I had dialled 150 to get help from EE about this and was given short shrift. Customer service!

Dan Shumway
5 years ago

Great article. I’m working on the mail push/fetch piece. I have iPhone 4s, iOS 9.3.1. I go to Settings -> Mail, Contacts, Calendars. But then it won’t let me go to Fetch New Data. That line won’t respond, nor will the three lines above it (iCloud, Gmail, Add Account). They behave as if they’re “greyed out.” The line below it will respond, Mail Preview. Why won’t Fetch New Data respond?

Julie Arend
5 years ago

This article was really helpful. I certainly appreciate guys like you who can explain things easily. Thanks!

Eden Dapat
5 years ago

Thanks Sir David, I’m gonna try there tips of yours… BTW this article is so helpful… I have a question, if i charged my phone for a longer time than the usual time of charging does it damage my phone’s battery.? thanks…

Deb Kohl
5 years ago

These tips solved most of my battery problems but I have another problem: I will switch the side button of my iPhone to silent and set it down, then I hear it vibrate and switching back and forth between ringing and silent??? Apple told me it sounded like a software problem. I think it’s possessed. Thx for the tips about the battery.

5 years ago

When I turned on reduce motion there’s a milli-second delay when toggling between screens. Just bringing it up because you wrote that we shouldn’t perceive any performance difference and I just wanted to make sure this is a normal situation to the new setting.

Belinda Lewis
5 years ago

Great article with lots of useful info. Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge, really appreciate it

5 years ago

Hi – I have a problem that I have heard others have but Apple won’t own up to it so here goes : I have a iPhone 6S and iPad – Verizon model MD793LL/A and iMac – ( 1 yr old ) all three are set up exactly the same – for years everything has worked fine but as of late January this year all of a sudden I wouldn’t get text messages on my phone but I would on my iPad and iMac. Now I can text from my iphone and the text appears on all three but if… Read more »

5 years ago

Hey Dave, Great articles thank you, everything is so clear to understand, all of your articles help so many like me. I know I’ve read it so many times but I’m going to ask you. My iphone4s, can I charge it no matter what percentage of battery is remaining? Does the battery have a memory?
Thank You

5 years ago

I have an iPhone 4s with a broken power button and my phone was working fine yesterday on 60% until it just went black and won’t charge, I’ve been trying EVERYTHING for two days. Please help!!!!!

Chris Roush
5 years ago

Welp, I did everything by the letter here. Didn’t solve my issue. Here’s what’s going on and what I’ve done so far: 1) Recently, iPhone 5S began to discharge rapidly (meaning a percent a minute). I use this phone everyday, all day. The issue happened pretty much overnight. I do use aftermarket chargers and a vehicle charger. I’ve had the phone for over two years with no issues at all and I bought it used. I don’t think the symptoms line up with the U2 IC issue, so I looked into other things. 2) I restored the iPhone software using… Read more »

David Payette
5 years ago
Reply to  Chris Roush

Hey Chris, If you’ve done a DFU restore, set up your iPhone as new, and there’s still a problem, you’ve eliminated the possibility of a software problem. To verify, don’t even sign into your iCloud account – just do a DFU restore and use it, blank: https://www.payetteforward.com/how-to-put-iphone-dfu-mode/ I once worked with someone who had this kind of mystery issue – she would set her iPad up as new, sign into her iCloud account, and the battery would die, even though her iPad was set up as new. Why? She had somehow duplicated her favorites in Safari thousands of times, and… Read more »

Chris Roush
5 years ago
Reply to  David Payette

Hey, thanks for the reply. I don’t ever expect to get a reply from a blog author these days. I guess the net has a lot content! Anyway, I could definitely have something weird like the favorites thing going on! I would hope not since I’m kinda regarded a techno nerd in some areas (mostly trade work and high-end cool stuff for the places that the 1%ers dwell). Anyway, I do have an Exchange account as well as others and as far as I know the IMAPs are configured correctly (I’m getting email using fetch). Photos on my both of… Read more »

Chris Roush
5 years ago
Reply to  David Payette

Incidentally, after reviewing your reply, I turned off everything related to photos in my iPhone. That seems to have curtailed the battery drain by a large portion! Also, incidentally, when I opened my MacBook and saw your reply, I saw that photos on that computer was struggling. This is a new news to me. Anyway, I have two MacBooks, one for home personal, home use and another for mobile, work use. The latter is a brand new addition to the crew. I must not have been thorough enough in setting up iCloud as that seems to be what’s causing the… Read more »

Save As JPG
5 years ago

Okay so my iPod won’t hold a charge for more than 1 minute, and I was wondering if I could get the battery replaced or if I had to buy a new device altogether?

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