iOS 10 is a huge update to the OS for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. It comes with over a hundred new features and they are all some excellent ones that Apple has introduced for the first time. But the new release has come with some very weird problems, starting with the bricking of iPhones during the update itself, and then the users are now reporting about the quick battery draining in their devices.
Following are some of the tips and tricks to extend the battery life of your iPhone or iPad running iOS 10. It still depends on the device too, but these all tips are worth trying out.
Check for the battery draining apps
The apps could be the main culprit at times and that doesn’t depend on the OS version at all, but who knows, iOS 10 could have done something to allow apps running the background and some apps that you didn’t want to see functioning in the background, are actually doing that.
Go to Settings > Battery and check which apps are eating up the battery on the device. If you are okay with some apps, ignore, but if you feel like a few are unnecessarily using up the battery, you can stop them.
Apps that use location services
Go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services and there, check for the apps that can use your iPhone’s or iPad’s location to deliver the experience based on that. You might like to see that a few apps are doing that, but there could more other apps as well, for example some food ordering apps or stores that might use the location. Change the setting for the apps individually.
Manual brightness setting would help
Auto-brightness setting usually eats up some battery because the sensors for that are actively looking for the surrounding brightness to adjust the screen brightness. It is better to have it manually set if you don’t move around much and know how much brightness you would be comfortable with.
To do that, go to Settings > Display & Brightness > Auto-Brightness > Off.
Turn off Raise to Wake feature
This is another gesture feature that works on sensors and thus, if you are using it to always wake the screen when you raise the phone from a flat surface, you know that battery is being used. It is a neat feature indeed but at times, you need to move on and close a few functions if you have to save some battery on your phone.
Limit Background App Refresh
The background app refresh function is one that surely uses a lot of battery on your iPhone. There is a direct function of turning off the background refresh for all the apps at once, but that won’t be a wise option because you might still want your emails or other important notifications to show up without having to run the app.
So, the option here is to selectively limit the background app refresh. Here’s where you need to go to limit it: Settings > General > Background App Refresh.
Nothing is working? Reset the settings
Sometimes, things are so weird that you don’t even get to know what was the cause for those battery issues in the new OS version. iOS 10 is being responsible for it and if you are okay with it, backup your data and then reset all the settings of your iPhone.
To do that, go to Settings > General > Reset > Reset All Settings.
The last and final option would be to just downgrade from iOS 10 to iOS 9 at its last version. It was iOS 9.3.5 that was the last one so if you see a lot of battery issues, give it some time for Apple to see if this is a widespread issue and if it is, you might see them fixing things with a software update.