How To Fix iPhone Battery Life Issues With iOS 6.1


The Next Web is reporting that some iPhone users are reporting issues with battery life and overheating after upgrading to iOS 6.1.

Strangely we’ve heard contradictory reports from our readers. Some of them have told us in this post that they’re actually seeing improved battery life, while some have reported that iOS 6.1 has made things worse.

Personally, I haven’t noticed any improvement or degradation in battery life after upgrading to iOS 6.1. Even in the discussion thread pointed out by The Next Web, which runs into 17 pages, while many users are reporting battery life issues, a few users who have also reported that they either haven’t seen any improvement or are seeing improved battery life after upgrading to iOS 6.1.

The problem with battery life issues is that it is very subjective as it is based on your usage battery. For example: it has been observed that there is a major impact on iPhone 5’s battery life when LTE or 3G signals is weak.

So instead of debating about it, you can try these troubleshooting tips if you’re observing degradation in battery life after upgrading to iOS 6.1:

Force an app to close:

The degration in battery life could be due to an app, if you’ve identified the app that may be hogging your iPhone’s battery life then force it to close. Hold down the Sleep/Wake button for a few seconds until a red slider appears, then hold down the Home button  until the app closes. You can also remove an app from the app switcher to force it to close.

Turn off/Turn on Location Services:

Turn off location services for the apps (Settings ->  Privacy -> Location Services) and then turn them back on one by one to identify which one is causing the drain on battery life.

It is also a good idea to review the list of apps that are using Location services, and disable it for apps you think can be used without tracking your location.

Restart/Reset Your iPhone: 

Hold down the Sleep/Wake button and the Home button at the same time for at least ten seconds, until the Apple logo appears.

Resetting Network Settings: 

Reset network settings by tapping Settings -> General -> Reset -> Reset Network Settings. This will reset all network settings, including passwords, VPN, and APN settings.

Turn Off LTE:

If you live or work in an area that has poor or no LTE coverage, then turn off LTE (Settings -> General -> Cellular -> Enable LTE).

Some General tips:

  • Set Auto-Lock interval so that your iPhone will turn off more quickly after a period of inactivity. To set the auto-Lock interval, launch the Settings app, tap on General and then Auto-Lock and set the atuo-lock interval to either 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 minutes.
  • You’re probably aware that using Wi-Fi drains iPhone’s battery, but perhaps you didn’t know that one of the most intensive processes that iPhone’s Wi-Fi chip has to do is search for available network. So if this happens in regular intervals, it’s going to have a noticeable impact on your battery. To disable this feature, launch the Settings app, tap on Wi-Fi, and tap on the On/Off toggle for Ask to Join Networks to disable it. Please note that by disabling this feature, your iPhone will join known Wi-Fi networks automatically, but you will have to manually select a network if no known networks are available. Note: It is disabled by default.
  • Dimming the screen helps to extend battery life. You can either lower the default screen brightness based on your preference or turn on Auto-Brightness to allow the screen to adjust its brightness based on current lighting conditions. Launch the Settings app, scroll down and tap on Brightness & Wallpaper and set Auto-Brightness to On. Note: Apple enables it by default.
  • Turn off Location services for the following System System services: Diagnostics & Usage, Setting Time Zone, Location Based iAds (Settings ->  Privacy -> Location Services -> System Services).
  • Turn off Weather and Stock widgets from Notification Center. (Settings -> Notifications -> Weather Widget/Stock Widget -> Notification Center).

Optimize Settings based on your usuage:

Phone 5 offers tons of features, but some of the features comes at the cost of battery life, so it is prudent to turn off things that you’re not using.

  • If you hardly use Bluetooth then turn it off (Settings -> General -> Bluetooth)
  • As I mentioned earlier, review the list of apps that are using Location services, and disable it for apps you think can be used without tracking your location (Settings -> Privacy -> Location Services).
  • If you check multiple email accounts on your iPhone, enable Push for only the most important email account/accounts. For other accounts, fetch emails manually if possible for better battery life.
  • These days most apps use Push Notification service to alert you of new data, which can impact battery life. We tend to blindly say “Yes”, when an app asks us if it can send Push notifications. So it is a good idea to review the apps that have push notifications enabled. Go to Settings -> Notifications and disable notifications for select apps. Please note that it doesn’t prevent new data from being received when the app is opened.
  • Turn off Siri’s Raise to Speak feature if you don’t use it frequently (Settings -> General -> Siri -> Raise to Speak).
  • Turn off Siri if you don’t use it (Settings -> General -> Siri).
  • Turn off Personal Hotspot if you’re not using it (Settings -> Personal Hotspot).
  • Turn off equalizer setting for song playback (Settings -> Music -> EQ).

Restore iPhone as New: 

This is not ideal and the last resort. If you’ve setup your iPhone by restoring from backup then the battery life problems could be due to some issue with the backup. Try to restore your iPhone (Settings -> General -> Reset -> Erase All Content And Settings) and set it up as a new iPhone. But before you erase all the contents and settings, please take a backup of your iPhone using iTunes or iCloud.

Make a Genius Bar reservation: 

If the tips mentioned above doesn’t help then take it to the Apple Store, it could well be a problem with your iPhone, which may need to be replaced.

Let us know if you’ve observed battery life issues on your iPhone after upgrading to iOS 6.1 and if any of these tips helped.

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  • blu

    I have noticed a drop in battery life since 6.1, but more than likely it is because of jailbreaking and more power use from that.
    Nothing significant though.

  • Pacomacman

    My iPhone 4S is now lasting 3-4 days since the update, much improved over iOS6.0! I use around 20-25% battery per day, ensuring background multitasking apps don’t get left open and location services is turned off.

  • Stan

    I have actually turned off the Limit Ad Tracking and battery seems to be good.

  • Marko

    I had this to After installing IntellisxreenX but then i deinstalled it and now Its Perfect again. I now use lockscreen 5
    I Hope it help somebody

    • iPhoneHacks

      Thanks Marko! Yeah, you need to keep on battery life after installing jailbreak tweaks as some of them can cause drain on battery life.

      I will add it to the article.

      • Glenn Hunt

        I also noticed significant battery drain after installing intelliscreenx. I did not notice much of a diffrence after upgrading to 6.1 i just turned off some of the services that I dont use so we will se if thta helps.

  • Luis

    Or get an external battery to get the most out of your smart phone. It turns out to be a regular phone with all of these features turned off.

    • iPhoneHacks

      The point I was trying to make is not to disable all the features, but to disable the ones you don’t need or are not applicable for you.

      External battery is a solution, but you can configure the settings based on your usage to extend your iPhone’s battery life.

  • Jason Burroughs

    You’ve missed a big one – backup and restore. You mention restoring as a new phone, and say something about “if you’ve tried to restore from a backup”, but one of the first things to do is a simple backup and restore from that backup. Even though it’s time consuming, it requires little user interaction and you lose nothing – unlike resetting network settings, for example. This worked great for me, and eliminates the incredible annoyance of having to ask for passwords for all the coffeeshops and public spaces with wifi, or even remembering to turn wifi on.

  • signal

    my battery seems to hold up longer than before, i dont know if its because i use sbsettings alot to turn off some of these things when not it use, but its definetely better.

  • Tre

    I also have seen a drop in battery life since update to 6.1. I just tried these steps but have always made sure to manually close all apps after use so we will see how it goes from here. I should say this happened on my iphone 4 but my iphone 4s & ipod 4th gen are ok after update. Thanks again for the info.


    Apple have 2 resolv for that problem with the batery all Ipnhone have the same problems in years…we by a iPhone than can use because the tecnicks And engenirings canot resolve That problems. .shame on Apple Thaís the true

    • Steve

      Holy typos batman.

  • inapanic

    My phone is TOAST after the upgrade. The apple keeps coming up then blinking off. Reset doesn’t work. Everything is on my phone. Business contacts, calendar, I don’t even know my sons phone no w/o it! I’m in a panic! At&t first thing in the morning. Oh, & I didn’t mention my computer with all business files is toast after upgrading iTunes. My life has ended!

  • zch24

    Fixed my issue (50% charged but icon says FULLY CHARGED) by toggling the lock screen button. Apple should find a fix for this.

  • Abner

    Over the past few days, I’ve noticed a dramatic decrease in battery life on my iphone 5, which is only 3 months old. The phone heats up excessively, and a full battery lasts about 3 hours. I did notice some new glitches with Exchange, over the same time period as the battery issue. I won’t be doing any further updates in the future until they are fully vetted. What a pain in the butt.

  • Lukas

    Wtf ??? There’s more people here that Actualy noticed improvement than those thAt complaining about the drop in battery life…!!! Unfortunately I’m not so lucky I’m using my phone in same way and i noticed about 30-40% drop in its performance. Couple calls in the morning and by 1pm I need to charge it already coz its bellow 20%. Before in newer was an issue. Another fu.k up from apple…

  • ezgoo

    I wish I was like so many of you getting better battery life. I havent changed the way I use my phone since jailbrekaing 6.1 but I could be at 100% brand new charge and within seconds my phone looks like the one in the story post. Totally dead. Blew on it a couple times and sometimes that works. It’s weird though, I havent been able to charge it via wall unit but sometimes plugging into a comp makes it turn back on. It could be dead dead dead all day, when I get a working plug the thing pops on and has 100%. Very unstable!! Staring at a fully charged iphone 4 that refuses to turn on due to drained battery. HELP!!!

  • ezgoo

    Again, let me make this clear if it helps anyone. My phone doesn’t even slowly or quickly loose power over inutes or hours. It just depletes. 100% to completely dead and powered off

    • Daren

      Same thing with me

  • Daren

    Ive been having 5 minutes with my ipod, even though it says that its 100% ? WHATS THE THING !!!???

  • Yoko8 puppies

    My iphone 3 gs battery was lasting 5 days on standby and suddenly began to last 8 hours, I’ve done a factory reset, not installed backup data nor put any apps back on but no improvement, what has happened.