How to fix quick battery drain on iPhone XS Max after iOS 13 update [Troubleshooting Guide] 

One of the widespread issues following a major system update is on rapid battery draining. This has been plaguing several iPhone owners ever since the release of prior iOS versions. It also turned out to be among the commonly raised complaints after the iOS 13 update implementation. And you might be reading this post because you too are faced with the same problem on quick battery drain on your iPhone after the iOS 13 update. If that is so, then this post may be able to help you. Read on to get some input on how to deal with yet another post-update power drain issue on your iPhone.

In normal circumstances, quick battery drain issue is mostly associated with intensive gaming or prolonged music and video streaming. However, sudden occurrence of this symptom could already be an indication of some flaws affecting the battery/power system. Tackled in this post is a similar issue on the iPhone XS Max battery that’s draining so quickly after the iOS 13 update. I’ve also lined up some helpful tweaks that will help eliminate common culprits including bad apps and iOS bugs that caused your iPhone’s power to drain faster. 

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Troubleshooting a problem on quick battery drain on your iPhone XS Max in iOS 13

The fact that the problem started from an update makes it more likely caused by a software bug. Often times, apps that have gone rogue and ended up consuming a significant amount of power are the main culprits. To eliminate this and other possible triggers, try performing the following procedures.


First solution: Quit all apps running in the background then reboot your iPhone. 

Erratic apps are usually caused by random bugs after updating to a new software especially if they’re left suspended while iOS is updating. Should the issue occur right after updating to iOS 13, then there’s a great possibility that some apps have gone rogue causing your phone’s system to misbehave and consume more battery than the usual. To cease those apps, simply follow these steps to close running apps in the background: 

  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 clearing the background apps, reboot your phone to free some memory and enhance your phone’s performance. This will also remove dump cache that has been accumulated with the new software update and expedite some changes that might have been affecting your phone’s system. 

For starters, here’s how to perform a soft reset on an iPhone XS Max: 

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

Another way to reboot your phone is to execute a force restart. The process involves with hardware keys instead of on-screen functions. This is useful if your screen becomes unresponsive and soft reset is not feasible. Here’s how: 

  1. Press and release the Volume Up button quickly.
  2. Press and release the Volume Down button quickly. 
  3. Lastly, press and hold the Side button for a few seconds until you see the Apple logo.

After rebooting your phone, use it as normal and check if the battery still drains quickly.

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Second solution: Install pending app updates on your iPhone XS Max. 

A major iOS update like iOS 13 brings out new features and functions to your phone. Outdated apps may not work properly with the new update and causes relevant symptoms to occur. To make sure that your apps performance is aligned with the recent update, install pending app updates on your phone as it could also help in fixing in-app bugs that’s affecting your phone’s overall performance. 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. 

Just reboot your phone after updating all apps to expedite the application of changes. 

Third solution: Install new firmware update to fix quick battery drain on your iPhone XS Max in iOS 13. 

Aside from updating your apps, you might also need to check for a new software update. Apple has already released iOS 13.1.1 and then later on, iOS 13.1.2 to fix quick battery drain on iOS devices. If your phone is running on iOS 13.0 or 13.1 or unsure which iOS version is installed on your device, then follow these steps to update your software version: 

  1. Access Settings from the Home screen. 
  2. Scroll down to and tap on General
  3. Select Software Update

Allow your phone to check if there’s a new software update available. If there is, then all you have to do is to follow the on-screen instructions to download and install the new software version on your iPhone. Just be sure to have sufficient space to allocate the new update files.

ALSO READ: How to fix an iPhone XS that’s not responding after iOS 13 update


Fourth solution: Reset all settings on your iPhone XS Max. 

Incorrect or invalid settings saved on your device can also cause quick battery drain issue. iOS 13 may have overridden some settings causing your phone to act up. Since it is hard to determine which settings has been altered, it is best to perform an all settings reset to clear all invalid information and revert them to the default values and options. This process will not delete any personal data so there is no need to create backups. Should you want to try this out, here’s how: 

  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. 

Your phone will reboot automatically after the reset process is completed. Once it’s up and running, use it as normal and observe if the battery issue has been rectified. 


Fifth solution: Restore your iPhone XS Max to default factory settings. 

If you’re still having a quick battery drain issue after performing the steps above, then you might be dealing with a complex system error that needs advanced solution. Performing a factory reset or master reset is intended to wipe out all data on your iPhone XS Max including stubborn software glitches that may have been causing your battery to drain quickly. Since all personal information will be deleted with this process, you’ll need to create backups via iTunes or iCloud beforehand. Once everything is set, follow these steps to execute a factory reset on your device: 

  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.

Once the reset is done, your phone will restart automatically to apply default factory configurations. In order to use it again, simply follow the initial set-up wizard to configure your phone like a new one. Once everything is set back to normal, simply use it as usual to check if the battery issue is resolved. 

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Still facing the same problem on quick battery drain on your iPhone XS Max iOS 13?

The aforementioned typically solutions offer higher success rate if followed correctly. If none of the solutions indicated above help you in fixing quick battery drain on iPhone XS Max after iOS 13 update, turning down your screen brightness, reducing the screen timeout and turning on the low power mode may also help in extending the battery life on your iPhone XS Max.  Performing a recovery mode restore might also help you in fixing the problem as it could allow you to restore previous backup or the recent one prior updating to iOS 13. 

You can also escalate this matter directly to Apple support. Letting them know about such problem instigating from the recent iOS update is imperative to prompt them to investigate further on their end. If this be found and confirmed to be an iOS 13 bug, Apple will be obliged to develop and roll out another fix patch.


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