Here’s a Step-by-Step Guide for Solving iOS Battery Drain

Yesterday, we shared an article from’s Scotty Loveless, detailing why the iOS Facebook app devours iPhone battery life. The step-by-step guide was recently updated to share how to solve iOS battery drain, based on the author’s “years of research and anecdotal evidence” gathered in the hundreds of Genius Bar appointments he took during his time as an Apple Genius and iOS technician.


Ever since the public release of iOS 7.1, a vast number of users have been reporting poor battery life following the update. The author however notes that 99.9% it is not iOS that is causing your iPhone’s battery to drain faster. “I guarantee you that if you erased your phone and there were no apps or email on it, it would last for ages”, Loveless says.

But in reality, no one uses their iOS devices without any apps installed. So, in order to be able to use all the apps and all your favourite features, without compromising battery life, follow the guide written by the former Apple genius. Before proceeding however, you need to test and see if you even have a problem to begin with:

How to Test Your iOS Battery Drain

There is a quick and easy battery life test built into your device, if you do a little bit of math — the Usage and Standby times. Head on over to Settings > General > Usage and check out your times. The key to look for is that your Usage time should be significantly lower than your Standby time, unless you have been using your device every single second you’ve had it unplugged. If this is not the case and your Usage time is exactly equal to your Standby time, you have a severe problem.

Once you have identified a battery drain problem does exist on your device, go through all the causes of iOS battery drain listed here one by one, along with tips on how to resolve each of them.

Let us know if his guide was able to help your battery life!