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[Fixed] The Most Common iPhone Battery Problems

Have you ever experienced an iPhone sudden shutdown, fast draining battery? Or iPhone feels like it's on fire while charging? This article covers all the common iPhone battery problems and guides you to fix them easily.

By Rico Rodriguez to iPhone Battery | Last Updated on Aug 26, 2023

Is your iPhone slowing down with age? One of the most obvious signs is that the battery starting to go wrong. For example, the battery doesn't hold a charge as long as it once did, or iPhone shut off all of a sudden. Of course, there might be some odd battery behaviors on a relatively new iPhone, where the battery dies before the meter hits zero. Have you ever had to deal with a bad iPhone battery? What's that? And how did you fix it? Here are all the major iPhone battery problems you can run into, and quick tips to fix them without any more ado.

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5 Common iPhone Battery Problems & Solutions

1. iPhone Battery Drains Fast

Are you familiar with the scenario: you're heading out for the day with your 100% charged iPhone, as you're on the bus, you check the news and you can see your battery percentage stays at 98%, then all of a sudden it drops to 75%? throughout the day, you find your iPhone battery drops in chunks for a couple of times, finally your iPhone shuts off before you go home.

There could be various reasons for iPhone battery draining quickly than usual. The first thing you could do is to identity which app drains the battery mostly. If you can live without a battery-hungry app, just delete it. Though iOS takes care of suspending apps in the background, it's likely that some apps wake up in the background, which will also drop your battery. So you're also suggested to force close apps like VoIP, navigation and streaming audio/video apps if you're not using them since they are known to drain battery life. On the other hand, if you have to use the battery-hungry app, you should consider disabling location services, background app refresh, raise to wake, or using dark mode, low power mode to improve your iPhone battery life. In short, if your iPhone battery drains fast even when not in use, try the following tips:

Delete the not commonly used yet battery-hungry apps. Go to Settings > Battery to find the apps which kill battery greatly. Back to the home screen to locate on the specific app, tap on it until a red X icon appears, click on the red X to delete it.

Disable the Location Services. Go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services to turn off the location services. You can disable the location globally on your iPhone or just for apps that are overusing the feature.

Disable Background App Refresh. Go to Settings > General > Background App Refresh, and turn it off for apps like Facebook or other apps that don't need to be updated all the time.

Use Dark Mode in iPhone Apps. Go to Settings > Display & Brightness > Night Shift. From here you can set up a schedule to enable Night Shift at sunset, then turn it off again at sunrise. BTW, you can also reduce screen brightness under Display & Brightness

Use Low Power Mode. Go to Settings > Battery and tapping on the toggle. Apple says that iPhone in Low Power Mode mode can improve battery life by an additional 3 hours.

Other Tips: Place iPhone Facedown, turn off Raise to Wake, turn off dynamic wallpapers, update to the latest iOS version etc.

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2. iPhone Won't Charge

You plug your iPhone in for charging, leave it for a few hours, and finally find that you've only gone up 15% or less. It's really annoying that your iPhone won't charge. Sometimes you plug your iPhone in, you see the lightning bolt in the top right corner showing that your phone is charging. While you put it down, the lightning bolt disappears. To be frank, it might be a matter of charging port, USB cable or battery itself. So you can try the following steps to check the specific cause.

Clean the charging port. Use a long, thin object like a toothpick to carefully scrape the insides of the charging port. Then you might work out a surprising amount of debris.

Check your USB cable. Make sure it's not damaged and it's an Apple charger instead of any ones you picked from one dollar store.

Replace a new battery. If you still can't get charged, there might be something wrong with your battery. You can go Apple Store to get a battery replacement.

3. iPhone Gets Hot While Charging

Some users have reported an issue in which users feel their iPhone are overheated while charging. And they are really afraid that it's gonna blow up. In 99% of cases, when your iPhone is hot because the CPU is revved up to 100% even when the screen is off. For example, playing games, using data usage apps like Facebook or Emails, fetching/pushing data can contribute to an increase in CPU usage. Besides, the bad connection and iPhone case also can also cause iPhone overheating while charging. To diagnose and fix an iPhone that gets hot, you can:

Try disabling the CPU-overused app. Go to Settings > General > Restrictions to disable apps of Multiplayer Games, Ping, App Store, iTunes Store etc. Then reboot.

Do a network connection reset. Go to Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Setting, then reboot and reconnect your Wi-Fi connection. How to Fix iPhone WiFi Not Working Problem >>

Take your iPhone out of its case while charging. Your case may be preventing your iPhone from cooling properly by not allowing the heat to dissipate. Your iPhone won't get hot that easily when it's took out from the case.

4. iPhone Shuts Down Suddenly

If your iPhone performs normally 99% of the time, it can be really frustrated if it suddenly shuts down. This situation happens a lot on extreme weather conditions, when the temperature drops below 0°C or goes above 35°C. Anyway, if your iPhone happens to turn off with battery remaining, you're suggested to follow the steps to address an iPhone suddenly shutdown issue.

Keep your iPhone toasty warm in your pocket, or somewhere with appropriate temperature.

Check for a software update. Perhaps there's a new version of iOS (iOS 17.1 now) that will boost a better performance on your iPhone and its battery. update to iOS 17 to Improve the Performance >>

Restore from backup or factory reset. You can restore your iPhone to the latest backup from iCloud or iTunes. If it doesn't work, you can perform a factory reset.

Go to a Genius Bar. If your iPhone battery problem still exists after a factory rest, you're suggested to visit your local Genius Bar or mail your iPhone in for repair. You can read the Apple's battery warranty and ask for a repair.

5. iPhone Won't Turn On

After your iPhone shuts off, the worse situation is that you cannot turn back on at all. Some users may think that they need to buy a new iPhone or replace the battery. That's true if the situation is bad enough, but there still some ways you can try to fix iPhone won't turn on problem before deciding it's dead. Here you go to try these tips to bring your iPhone back to life.

Restart iPhone. Hold down the power on/off button of your iPhone for a few seconds. Slide to turn it off and then turn it back on to reboot your iPhone. [Fixed] iPhone Keeps Restarting after iOS 17 update >>

Hard Reset the iPhone. Take iPhone 8 or later as an example, press and quickly release the Volume Up and Down button. Then press and hold the Side button until the Apple logo appears on the screen. Please note that a hard reset is like a restart that clears more of the device's memory.

Restore iPhone to Factory Settings. Go to Settings > General > Reset and then tap Erase All Content and Settings.

Put iPhone into DFU Mode. Plug your iPhone into your computer, make sure iTunes is running and your iPhone is powered off. Hold down the on/off button for 3 seconds, press and hold down the volume down button while still holding down the On/Off button for about 10 seconds, release the on/off button, but keep holding the volume down button for about 5 seconds. If there is nothing appears on the screen and it still stays black, you're in DFU Mode. How to Reset Your iPhone (Soft, Hard, DFU Mode) >>

Final Words

If none of the above applies to you, but your iPhone battery problem still persists, such as iPhone battery draining at an alarming rate, unexpected shutdowns, or failing to charge etc., it might finally be time to get your battery replaced. If you have an iPhone 6 or newer, it's a good idea to take advantage of Apple's cheaper battery replacement plan which cost you $35 only.

Still have any problem on iPhone battery draining fast or other iPhone battery problems, just email us >>
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