Severe battery drain is just one of the problems plaguing iOS 11 beta testers. If you’re noticing bad iOS 11 beta battery life and you don’t want to downgrade back to iOS 10, try one of the solutions below.
Apple’s iOS 11 beta 2 fixed some of the initial problems but issues continue to popup for many iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users. Battery life on iOS betas can be extremely unpredictable and some iOS 11 beta users are complaining about severe battery drain.
How to Fix Bad iOS 11 Beta Battery Life
This guide will provide you with some fixes and strategies to use if your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch battery life starts going haywire with the iOS 11 beta on board.
Some of these tips will only take you a couple of seconds to complete. Others are a little more involved. We recommend putting aside 15-20 minutes of quiet time to see what does, and doesn’t, work for you and your device.
Restart Your Device
If you start to notice severe battery drain on your device, try restarting your device. Hold down the power button, slide to turn it off. Power it back on.
Keep a Close Eye on Your Apps
Apps can be extremely buggy on iOS beta software and there’s a good chance one or more of your applications are causing your device to work harder than it should.
If your battery life is bad it’s time to launch an investigation in your applications. To do this, go into Settings > Battery and get acquainted with the Battery Usage tool. It will show you the apps eating up the most battery and when they’re doing so.
If you see something out of the ordinary, try deleting that app to see if your battery life improves. You can always re-install it if you determine it’s not the source of the drain.
If you’d prefer to keep the app, try installing the latest version to see if that helps. If you don’t have automatic updates turned on, head to the App Store on your iPhone or iPad and check for an update.
Widgets are all over the place in iOS 11. If you have a lot of widgets active, they could be sucking up your devices battery life. It’s time to get a handle on them.
Swipe to the right while you’re on your device’s home screen. Scroll all the way to bottom of your widgets and select Edit. It’s that circular icon.
You should now see a fairly long list of services and apps. These are your widgets. To deactivate a widget, tap the red circle with the white line and tap Remove.
First try disabling the widgets you never use. If you never use widgets, try disabling them all.
Use Low Power Mode & Put It In Control Center
iOS comes with a useful Low Power Mode that can help you conserve your battery without having to manually toggle off a bunch of your device’s functions.
To enable Low Power Mode on your device head into Settings > Battery > Low Power Mode > and toggle it On whenever you need it.
iOS 11 also allows you to put a shortcut to Low Power Mode in Control Center. Control Center is accessed via swipe up from the bottom of your device’s screen.
We recommend storing a shortcut in Control Center for easy access.
Use Airplane Mode When You Can
If you start seeing rapid battery drain, try putting the phone into Airplane Mode.
Airplane Mode, which can be accessed via your Settings app or in the Control Center, kills all of your connections including Bluetooth, cellular data, and Wi-Fi.
We always recommend using Airplane Mode when your device is in a spotty service area. This can cause your device to work extremely hard and your battery to drain abnormally.
Manage Your Display
Some iOS 11 beta users are reporting issues with the auto-brightness function. This might be a blessing in disguise for some of you.
The sensors inside the iPhone and iPad adjust the screen automatically in certain lighting environments. Sometimes these sensors work perfectly. Sometimes they’re off. If you’re screen is extremely bright for no reason, you might be costing yourself several battery percentage points.
We recommend turning Auto Brightness off, at least temporarily. Go into Settings > Display & Brightness > Auto-Brightness > Off. Once you shut it off, you’ll need to adjust your screen brightness manually. This is extremely easy in iOS 11.
Simply pull up Control Center and adjust the screen as needed.
Disable Raise to Wake
Disabling iOS 11’s Raise to Wake feature could also save you a few percentage points. If you don’t use it, try shutting it off.
To shut off Raise to Wake, go into the Settings app > Display & Brightness and toggle the Raise to Wake function off. You can turn it back on if the battery drain continues to plague your device.
Reset All Settings
If none of those tips help, try resetting your device’s settings.
To get started, go to Settings > General > Reset > Reset All Settings and then enter your passcode if one if enabled.
This process should take about three to five minutes and it will restore your device’s settings to the factory defaults. Make sure you have all of your Wi-Fi passwords handy because your device will forget all of them.
Buy a Battery Case or Battery Bank
If you’ve got some spare cash lying around, consider picking up a battery case or a battery bank for the duration of the iOS 11 beta or longer if necessary.
There are tons of battery case options out there and our list of the best iPhone cases will help you get started.
If you prefer not to put your device in a bulky case, you might opt for a battery bank.
Battery banks are small and lightweight and they can pack a huge punch.