Back in September this year, Apple launched the all-new iPhone 14 series, consisting of the base iPhone 14, the new iPhone 14 Plus (which is in replacement of the mini iPhones we had until this year up to the iPhone 13 mini), the iPhone 14 Pro, and the iPhone 14 Pro Max.
Two months after the launch, some users complained about abnormal battery drainage issues on the iPhone 14 series. In this post, we will suggest ways in which you could fix this problem if you are facing it, too.
Users complain regarding the battery drain:
With iOS 16.1.1, again, rapid battery drain started on my iPhone 14. Your updates are most disappointing (source).
iPhone 14 Pro Max battery life was great on 16.1. Now the phone is a bit hot and battery draining, almost android-like with iOS 16.1.1 (source).
First, let us have an idea of the causes of this problem. The most likely one is Apple’s latest iPhone software, iOS 16. This particular version of iOS is notorious for having several issues, one of which is the batteries on iPhones not lasting as long as they should on a single charge.
Another reason could be 5G, which drains your battery faster than LTE. There are other possible reasons, too, which we will discuss below in this post.
8 Ways to Fix iPhone 14 Series Quick Battery Drain Problem
Follow any of the ways mentioned below that you think might fix your issue, and move on to others if that does not help.
1. Perform a restart on your iPhone
The suitable old method of fixing issues on your devices is restarting them. And it is reliable, too, since it works pretty often.
Please turn off your iPhone 14, wait for some time, and then turn it on again. Use your device for a while to see if the restart changed anything. But if the problem persists, try another of the fixes below.
2. Update your iPhone’s software
This is a fundamental fix for most of the issues a device faces. Update your phone to the latest software, and your iPhone may work as well as ever.
To make sure your iPhone’s software is up to date, go to Settings and head over to the General section. Once you are there, look for Software Update and tap on it when you find it. There, you will see the currently installed version of iOS and whether an update is available. If there is an update available, then update your iPhone. If not, look for another way to fix your device’s problem.
3. Check battery usage by apps
Sometimes, some apps may drain a bit too much battery due to bugs or glitches. To ensure none of the apps on your iPhone is doing so, open your device’s Settings, tap on battery, and then select Battery Usage.
Here, you can see which app is using how much of your iPhone’s battery. If an app consumes much more battery than it should, update it to the latest version. We recommend uninstalling the app if it is already the newest version or the problem persists.
4. Turn off haptic feedback.
When your phone vibrates, it uses the device’s vibration motor. This function uses a lot of battery. To turn off haptic feedback, go into your phone’s Settings, tap on Sounds & Haptics, and then toggle off whatever you think you are OK without using. This will indeed affect your battery life, and we can assure you it will be in a positive way.
5. Change 5G settings
5G drains your battery faster than you might think. If you are OK without using 5G, turn it off, improving your battery life.
To do so, head to Settings, select Cellular, tap Cellular Data Options, and then Voice & Data. You will see three options: 5G On, 5G Auto, and LTE.
If you choose 5G On, your device will keep using 5G services continuously. With 5G Auto, your device will use 5G services only when it does not adversely affect your phone’s battery. The LTE option will completely turn off 5G services.
You can choose what is best for you, though we recommend going for either of the last two.
5. Toggle on Low Power Mode
Low Power Mode turns off about everything that takes a toll on your battery and is not necessary for your phone to run all the time.
If you are facing battery drainage issues, we suggest turning this on. To do so, go to Settings, Battery, and Low Power Mode, then toggle it on. You can do the same directly from your Control Center if you have the Low Power Mode toggle. You can customize your Control Center if you do not have it there.
6. Perform a reset of your iPhone’s settings
Note that this method will make all your device’s settings switch to default. It would be best to reconnect to your Bluetooth devices and WiFi network(s). In addition, all your privacy settings, Apple Pay cards, etc., will be reset to their defaults. Pretty much all that will be left would be your data.
To reset your iPhone’s settings, go to Settings, select General, choose Transfer or Reset iPhone, tap Reset, then Reset All Settings. Enter the required credentials if prompted.
7. Switch to an older version of iOS
This should be one of the last resorts if nothing helps. Plenty of tutorials are available online to help you through the downgrading process, so we recommend referring to those before diving in. Also, you should back up your data before doing this.
8. Perform a factory reset
We recommend backing up all of your data before you do this.
Head into Settings, select General, choose Transfer or Reset iPhone, then Erase All Content and Settings.
This will erase all of your data. So, again, it is advisable to back up your data before doing this.
If nothing helps, then you may have a faulty device. We suggest contacting Apple’s customer support at this point.