How To Fix iPhone Battery Drain Issue After iOS 13.5 Update

Many owners claimed that shortly after updating their iPhones to iOS 13.5, their devices reportedly started to drain the battery quicker than before. The iPhone battery drain issue is not new but it seems like the new update made things worse. 

In this post, I will guide you on what you should do to improve the battery life of your iPhone that’s running iOS 13.5. If you’re one of the users who is hit by this issue, continue reading as we may be able to help.

Fixing iPhone Battery Drain Issue

Time Needed : 10 minutes

Fortunately, it appears like the problem is not really that serious and is fixable at the user level. With that said, here are the things you need to do:

  1. Disable the Background App Refresh

    Many users claimed that this method has helped in improving the battery life in an iPhone that runs the iOS 13.5. This will prevent apps from using your internet connection when idle. It means that only apps that you use will be able to refresh. 

    1. To do this, launch Settings from the Home screen. 
    2. Find and tap General. 
    3. Tap Background app refresh. 
    4. Tap Background app refresh at the top of the screen. 
    5. Choose Off to disable it.
    iphone battery drain issue background app refresh

  2. Turn Off Location Services

    The next thing you will have to disable are the location services. There are a lot of apps and services on your iPhone that require you to have access to your location, and while it may be beneficial, these services often drain the battery faster. 

    1. Go back to the Settings page. 
    2. Scroll down a little bit, and then tap Privacy. 
    3. Tap Location Services. 
    4. Now tap the switch next to Location Services to disable it. 

    These two procedures are often enough to improve the battery life of your iPhone. However, if the battery continues to drain quicker than before, then try the next solution.
    disable location services on iphone

  3. Reset All Settings

    iPhone users who didn’t have success improving the battery life of their device resorted to bringing the settings back to default configuration. This procedure is safe but has been proven effective against this problem. This is how it is done: 

    1. From the Home screen, tap Settings. 
    2. Find and tap General. 
    3. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen, and then touch Reset. 
    4. Touch Reset All Settings. 
    5. If prompted, enter your security lock. 
    6. Tap Reset All Settings at the bottom of the screen, and then tap Reset All Settings again to confirm. 

    Your iPhone will reboot after this, once it has finished rebooting, try to use the phone as you normally would to see if it still drains the battery quickly.
    iphone battery drain reset all settings

  4. Factory Reset Your iPhone

    If the previous solutions fail to fix the problem and your iPhone still drains the battery quickly, then you have no other option but to reset your device. Majority of those who have this problem found success in this solution. However, make sure to backup your files before you do it. When ready, follow these steps: 

    1. From the Home screen, tap Settings. 
    2. Find and tap General. 
    3. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen, and then touch Reset. 
    4. Tap Erase All Contents and Settings. 
    5. Tap Erase Now. 
    6. If prompted, enter your security lock. 
    7. Tap Erase iPhone at the bottom of the screen.  
    8. Tap Erase iPhone again to proceed with the reset.  
    9. Enter your Apple ID password, and then touch Erase to proceed with the reset.
    factory reset iphone battery drain issue

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After the reset, set up your iPhone as a new device and without installing anything yet, use your iPhone and be observant enough to know if the battery still drains like crazy. If it still does, then try disabling some services for the time being. Let’s wait until Apple rolls out a new update that will fix it for good. 

If you badly need to conserve battery, try enabling the Low Power Mode. I know it’s absurd to do those things on a high-end device, but that’s the best thing you can do now while the fix is yet to come. 

I hope that this troubleshooting guide has been helpful. 

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