How to fix iPhone XR quick battery drain in iOS 13, battery drains so quickly after updating

Having an iPhone with a battery that drains so quickly is regarded as one of the most gruesome issues by many people these. Unfortunately, even new devices with highly optimized battery system still give in to such a problem. There are different reasons why an iPhone battery is draining faster than normal. Among the usual culprits are rogue apps. In normal circumstances, quick battery drain can also be due to prolonged usage, intensive gaming, as well as streaming music and videos online. However, there are cases that the battery level tends to go down faster than the usual even when the phone is idle. If you happen to encounter the same problem following the recent iOS 13 update, then there’s a good chance that you’re dealing with a new post-update battery draining problem. Read on to find out what to do if your iPhone XR battery succumbs to a problem on quick battery drain in iOS 13.


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Troubleshooting an iPhone XR problem on quick battery drain in iOS 13

While many people put the blame to a faulty battery, quick battery draining in mobile devices is often due to some software issues. This denotes that new battery replacement isn’t always the key to obtaining permanent solution. Mapped below are simple procedures that can help eliminate the software-related factors that usually trigger an iPhone’s battery to drain so quickly, especially after a major system transition. Feel free to refer to this walkthrough whenever you’re all set to troubleshoot your device.


First solution: Close apps that are running in the background. 

Apps that are left suspended or running in the background are technically in an idle state but still consume power. If you’ve left these apps running in the background for quite a while, there’s a great chance that they’ve accumulated some bugs, particularly from the recent update and that eventually caused them to act up. Erratic apps can consume more battery than the normal operating apps. Thus they must be eliminated first on your device. In order to clear this out, you’ll need to close all apps that are running in the background. Here’s how: 

  1. Swipe your finger up and then pause from the Home screen.
  2. Swipe left or right to navigate through the apps preview. 
  3. Then swipe up on each app’s preview to close individual background apps. 

After freeing your phone from all background apps, use it as you normally do to check and see how long it could last. If the battery still drains quickly after clearing all background apps, rule out other software-related factors using the next applicable solutions.

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Second solution: Update apps and reboot your iPhone XR. 

There may be some downloaded apps on your phone that you’ve failed to update regularly and eventually, these apps are no longer able to meet the minimum system requirements to work smoothly with the new iOS platform. As a result, these apps are acting up and eventually affect the entire system functions. And this could also be the reason why your phone’s battery is draining so quickly. If this is the case, then updating apps to the latest version available, will likely make them able to run smoothly with the new iOS platform again. If you have not enabled automatic app updates on your device, then you’ll need to manually check and install pending app updates. Here’s how it’s done:

  1. From the Home screen, tap on App Store to open it. 
  2. Tap on Today tab at the bottom. 
  3. Then tap on the user profile icon on the top right corner of the screen. 
  4. You should see the account details. 
  5. Scroll down to the Available Updates section. 
  6. Tap on Update next to the app to update individual apps.
  7. Tap on Update All to update all apps simultaneously. 

After updating all apps, perform a soft reset on your iPhone XR to implement necessary changes and refresh your phone’s system. Doing so will also clear dump cache and erratic apps that’s affecting your phone’s performance. Here’s how to carry out a soft reset: 

  1. Press and hold the Power/Side button and either of the Volume buttons simultaneously for a few seconds. 
  2. Release the buttons once the Slide to Power off prompts on the screen. 
  3. Drag the Power off slider to the right to turn off your phone.
  4. Wait for 30 seconds, then press and hold the Power/Side button again until the Apple logo appears. 

Allow your phone to complete the reboot process. Once your phone is up, try to use it as usual and observe how long the battery could last. If the battery draining problem continues, move on to the next applicable solution. 


Third solution: Perform a reset to all settings on your iPhone XR. 

Quick battery drain can also be triggered by incorrect or invalid settings on your device. This is a possible occurrence from a major system update as it could override your settings automatically. If those overrides messed up your own customization, there is a good chance for the system to act up and trigger adverse symptoms including rapid battery drain. To make sure that you are getting the correct settings on your iPhone XR, reset all settings. Doing so will wipe out all recent changes made to your phone settings, including update overrides and customized settings. After the reset, default values and options are restored. It doesn’t affect any saved information on the internal memory of your phone, so you can do it right away even without creating backups. If you wish to try your luck in this reset, then you may do so through these steps: 

  1. Access Settings from the Home screen. 
  2. Tap General.
  3. Scroll down to and then select Reset
  4. Tap the Reset All Settings option.
  5. Enter your device passcode once prompted.
  6. Then tap to confirm all settings reset. 

Once all settings are completely reverted, your iPhone will restart automatically. Wait for it to reboot completely and then see if your phone’s battery consumption already goes back to normal. 

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Fourth solution: Factory reset (master reset) your iPhone XR to fix quick battery drain in iOS 13.

For software-related issues including post-update bugs that could not be addressed by any of the previous solutions, performing a full system reset or factory reset is likely needed. If you’re still facing the same problem on quick battery drain up to this point, then you could be dealing with some complex system errors that usually require tougher solutions. Should you wish to troubleshoot further, then carrying a factory reset can be deemed as the next available solution to try on. But before you do, be sure to back up all critical data saved on your phone storage either via iCloud or iTunes. Performing a master reset will basically delete all saved data on your device including customized settings, downloads and other contents along with stubborn software bugs that cause recurring symptoms and problems. Once you’re all set to proceed, follow these steps to factory reset your iPhone XR through settings:

  1. Access Settings from the Home screen. 
  2. Tap General.
  3. Scroll down to and then select Reset
  4. Tap the Erase all contents and settings option.
  5. Enter your device passcode once prompted.
  6. Then tap to confirm all settings reset. 

Your phone will reboot automatically after the factory reset is completed and the default system configurations are restored on your device. In order to use your phone again, you’ll need to set it up first. Just follow the setup wizard to complete the initial process and use automatic values or options. When the setup is finished, use your phone as you normally do to check if the battery could last long as it should.


Fifth solution: Perform Recovery Mode Restore on your iPhone XR. 

Software-related issues that could not be handled by a factory reset typically require more advanced solutions including an iOS restore via recovery mode. This is when iTunes play a significant role. Major iOS flaws that are not rectifiable with basic solutions usually ended up taken care of by a recovery mode restore. This will put your device in a recovery state and utilize iTunes to restore and repair the damaged system. You may opt to restore your device from a previous iOS backup that you’ve created in iTunes before updating to iOS 13. This however may be considered a system downgrade but could be the only way to stop your iPhone’s battery from draining so quickly.

If you wish to proceed, you’ll need to prepare a Mac or Windows computer with the latest iTunes installed. Also ensure that your computer runs on the latest operating system that is compatible with your iPhone XR. If all the requirements are met, connect your device to the computer using the Apple-supplied USB/lightning cable. Then wait for iTunes to sync with your iPhone and backup files, if possible. Once the syncing process is complete and the backup is secured, continue with these steps to put your iPhone XR in recovery mode then proceed with an iOS restore through iTunes:

  1. Press and release the Volume Up button quickly.
  2. Press and release the Volume Down button quickly.
  3. Then press and hold the Power/Side button once prompted with Connect to iTunes screen. Do not release the button when Apple logo appears as you will need to enter recovery mode state.
  4. Once you enter the recovery mode, you’ll see either Update or Restore option.
  5. Select Restore if you want to reinstall and download iOS on your device without erasing data. 

Do not disconnect your phone from your computer until the entire restore process is finished.

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Still experiencing the same problem on your iPhone XR quick battery drain in iOS 13?

The aforementioned procedures usually aid in resolving issues on rapid battery drain on different iPhones. But there are just some circumstances that none of them could rectify the error, especially if a faulty hardware is to blame. Hence, if the battery draining problem persists after executing all the lined up steps, better escalate it to Apple Support already. If this happens to be a rampant issue affecting several iPhone XR owners who’ve updated to iOS 13, then Apple will be obliged to release a permanent fix patch. In the meantime, you can resort to temporary solutions like managing apps, notifications, and display settings to minimize or preserve your phone’s battery life.

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