How to fix an iPhone XS battery that quickly drains after updating iOS [Troubleshooting Guide]

Is your iPhone XS battery draining so quickly after updating to iOS 13? If that’s so, then this post may be able to help you. Find out how to deal with iOS 13 battery draining problem on your iPhone.

One of the common issues encountered by many iPhone owners after installing a new update to iOS is on the battery that’s draining so quickly. It’s been a widespread complaint ever since the first iOS update was implemented and still emerges among the post-update dilemmas at present. This can happen due to many reasons and the common culprits are apps that have gone rogue following the recent system transition. Automatic overrides are also among other triggers. Generally, battery draining issues that instigate from an update are software-related and therefore can be resolved at home by applying some workarounds. Read on and find out what to do if your iPhone XS suddenly succumbs to rapid battery draining after updating to the iOS 13 platform.

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Troubleshooting battery draining problem on iPhone XS after iOS 13 update

Battery issues that instigate from a software update are typically attributed to software errors, thus they can be resolved by performing some workarounds. These subsequent solutions can help eliminate the usual culprits and thereby keep your iPhone XS battery optimized while running the latest iOS platform.

First solution: Clear all apps running in the background. 

Multitasking is made easy by keeping the apps running in the background. However, as these apps continue to run for quite some time, they are more prone to encountering minor flaws that could make the apps go rogue. The same thing when they’re left open during the update. When these apps act up, there’s a tendency for other system services to become adversely affected. In addition, erratic apps may also consume more power and eventually drains your iPhone battery so quickly. To free your phone from these unruly apps, follow these steps to end or clear them out:

  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. 


Wait for your phone to reboot then once it’s up, check if your battery still drains faster than usual. 

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Second solution: Install pending app updates and restart your iPhone XS. 

Another way to fix rogue apps is by updating them. The recent iOS update may have caused conflicts to some apps, particularly those that aren’t updated. As a result, outdated apps are acting up. This is usually  what happens if you haven’t configured your apps to auto-install updates. Installing all pending updates for your apps may therefore help resolve the iOS 13 battery draining problem that’s attributed to erratic apps. Here’s how to install pending app updates:

  1. Open and access the App Store from the Home screen. 
  2. Navigate to the Updates section at the bottom part of the screen. You’ll then see a screen with the list of apps with pending updates.
  3. Tap the Update option next to the name of the app to update individual apps.
  4. If multiple app updates are available, you can update all apps simultaneously by simply tapping the Update All button. 

Wait for your apps to finish updating. Once the updates are completely installed, perform a soft reset on your device to apply recent software changes and to refresh  your phone’s memory. Just follow these steps to soft reset your iPhone XS:

  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. 

Just wait for your phone to boot up completely and then check if the battery issue has been rectified. 

Third solution: Reset all settings on your iPhone XS. 

Some settings on your phone might have been overridden by the recent iOS update and eventually triggered the battery to drain so quickly. To rule this out, you can try to carry out a reset on all settings on your iPhone XS. Doing so will wipe invalid settings and revert them to the default configuration or original values. This reset doesn’t require backup creation as this will not delete any saved data on your phone. If you wish to give this a try, then here’s how it’s done:

  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. 

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Your phone will then restart automatically after the reset process is complete. Once it boots up, re-enable the features that you need to use your device, particularly those that are disabled by default. Then try and see if the battery draining problem is done.

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Fourth solution: Factory reset your iPhone XS to fix iOS 13 battery draining problem. 

If the previous method did not help and your iPhone XS battery is still draining so quickly, then a more advanced solution is likely needed. This is when resorting to a full system reset or iOS restore is necessary. Fatal system errors that had occurred from the iOS 13 update might have triggered the battery system to act up. Since none of the previous tweaks is able to rectify those errors, performing a master reset or factory reset can be considered as the next option. This will wipe out all saved data on your phone’s memory and restores all system settings back to defaults. Any stubborn errors that have ruined the phone’s battery system will likewise be eliminated. Before you proceed, back up all critical data from your iPhone storage and then follow these steps whenever you’re all set to factory reset your iPhone XS:

  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. 

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Follow the onscreen prompts to finish the factory reset. Your device will reboot on its own after the factory reset and then restores its factory defaults. To use your phone again, you’ll need to set it up first. To use automatic setup, you can utilize the start-up wizard to set up your iPhone as new.

Fifth solution: Perform recovery mode restore on your iPhone XS. 

There are some system errors that are tough enough to withstand a factory reset. This is usually what happens if the update has ruined the phone’s operating system. If you’re still experiencing the battery draining issue on your iPhone XS after the factory reset, then your next option is to restore your iPhone in recovery mode or DFU mode. By doing so, you will be able to restore your device from a previous iOS backup or the recent one that you’ve created in iTunes before updating to iOS 13. If you wish to proceed, prepare iTunes the computer that you’d want to use to carry out the system restore. If everything is ready, connect your device to the computer using the Apple-supplied USB/lightning cable. Allow iTunes to sync with your iPhone then perform a backup of your important files. Then proceed to these steps to start restoring your iPhone XS in recovery mode and restore iOS in 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 Update if you wish to update your iOS, or Restore if you want to reinstall and download iOS on your device without erasing data. 

Follow the rest of the onscreen instructions on your computer to finish the entire iOS restore process. Just keep your phone connected or don’t do anything to the computer while iTunes is restoring your iPhone to avoid causing any interruptions. If the system restore gets interrupted, there is a chance that your iPhone system could become bricked. And if that happens, it will be totally debilitated.

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Still facing iOS 13 battery draining problem on your iPhone XS?

The procedures listed above should be good enough means to eliminate software-related errors that might have triggered your iPhone XS battery to drain so quickly from the recent iOS 13 update. If none of that works, then that’s when you should consider escalating the problem to Apple Support for further assistance. Post-update bugs usually require dedicated fix patch, which is usually embedded into the next iOS update. Seeking a technician’s aid may also be deemed among other alternatives.

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