The Ultimate Guide to Solving iOS Battery Drain — Overthought

How to Test Your iOS Battery Drain

Head on over to Settings > General > Usage and check out your times.

The key to look for is that your Usage time should be significantly lower than your Standby time (…)

So here’s the test:

  1. write down your usage and standby time, press the sleep/wake button (…) to put the device to sleep, and
  2. set the device down for five minutes.

When you come back, take note of the change in time.

  • If your device is sleeping properly, then the Standby time should have increased by five minutes and your Usage time by <1 minute.
  • If your Usage time rises by more than one minute, you have a drain problem.

Here are the main causes of iOS battery drain I’ve found, and how to resolve them.

  • Step 1: Disable Location and Background App Refresh for Facebook
  • Step 2: Disable Background App Refresh for Apps You Don’t Care About
  • Step 3: Stop Quitting Your Apps in Multitasking
  • Step 4: Disable Push Email Temporarily
  • Step 5: Disable Push Notifications for Apps That Annoy You
  • Step 6: Turn Off Battery Percentage
  • Step 7: Go to an Apple Retail Store
  • Step 8: Enable Airplane Mode in Areas of Poor Cellular Service