How to Fix iPhone 13 Bad Battery Life
We haven’t seen widespread complaints about the iPhone 13’s battery life, but some users are saying their phone’s battery is draining faster than it should.
iPhone battery life issues are common, especially after Apple released new iOS software. We also know that 5G connectivity can drain batteries faster than LTE, so complaints about battery drain aren’t surprising to see.
If you start noticing severe battery drain on your iPhone 13, you’ll obviously want to try fixing the problem right away. In this guide, we will walk you through some fixes that might help you fix iPhone 13 bad battery life.
These are fixes that have worked for us over the years, and they could help you fix your battery issues in minutes and avoid a chat with customer service or a visit to an Apple Store.
Restart your phone
If your phone battery is starting to drain faster than you think, we always recommend restarting the phone before doing anything else.
Turn off your iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13 Pro, or iPhone 13 Pro Max, wait a minute, then turn it back on. If it still drains quickly, continue with the steps below.
Update your iPhone
Apple periodically releases new software updates for the iPhone. Point-in-time (xxx) updates usually focus on fixing bugs, while stage (xx) upgrades usually provide a mix of features and fixes.
The company may not call battery life fixes into the changelog of an iOS 15 update, but new firmware still has the potential to help alleviate battery issues.
To learn more about the latest version of iOS 15, check out our guide.
The iPhone 13 series supports 5G connectivity. Although fast, it could, again, drain your battery much faster than LTE. If you don’t need to use 5G or if you don’t need to use it all the time, go to your iPhone 13 settings.
iOS 15 has a few 5G settings that you’ll want to commit to your memory bank. To find these, you’ll need to head to Settings, then Cellular, then Cellular Data Options, then Voice and Data.
If you are in the right place, you will notice three options:
5G on means your iPhone will use 5G whenever it’s available, even though it might kill your device’s battery life.
The 5G Auto option only uses 5G when it won’t significantly drain your phone’s battery. 5G Auto is the default and the option most people should select.
Check your apps
Apps can sometimes negatively impact your phone’s battery life, and you’ll want to investigate them if you notice abnormal discharge.
Checking app performance is super easy on the iPhone 13 series. Here’s how:
- Go to your Settings app.
- Select Battery.
- Scroll down to the battery usage tool.
This battery usage tool shows you which apps are draining your iPhone 13 battery and when.
If you use an app a lot, it will obviously drain more battery than apps you never use. If you see an app you rarely use sucking up a ton of power, you’ll want to investigate further.
If you see an app using a ton of battery life, try deleting the app from your device and see if things are approved. If the app is essential in your daily routine, we recommend downloading the latest developer update.
If that doesn’t help, you may need to downgrade to a previous version of iOS 15 if the option is available.
Reset all settings
If you’re sure it’s not a problem with one or more of your apps, try resetting all settings on your iPhone 13.
Before doing this, note that your device will forget known Wi-Fi networks. So make sure your passwords are written down or stored somewhere before proceeding to this step.
- Go to Settings.
- Tap General.
- Tap Reset.
- Tap Reset Transfer or Reset iPhone.
- Tap Reset.
- Tap Reset all settings.
- Enter your password if you have one enabled.
Once the process is complete, you will need to reconnect your iPhone to your Wi-Fi network(s) and Bluetooth devices.
Use low power mode
Low Power Mode helps you save battery power by shutting down services that might be draining your battery.
You can turn Low Power Mode on and off at any time, and the operating system also prompts you to turn it on whenever your iPhone reaches 20% battery.
If you haven’t already, add Low Power Mode to your Control Center. Control Center is the menu that appears when you swipe up from the bottom or, if you’re using a newer iPhone model, from the top right of the screen. Here’s how:
- Head to Settings.
- Tap Control Center.
- Tap Customize Commands.
- Tap the green plus sign next to Low Power Mode.
The next time you open Control Center on your phone, you’ll see a battery icon. Tap it to enable or disable low power mode on your device.
You can also enable low power mode through your settings. Here’s how:
- Go to settings.
- Tap Battery.
- Tap Low Power Mode.
- Activate it.
Stop Background App Refresh
Background app refresh refreshes apps in the background to show you the latest data when you open them. It’s a useful feature, but it can reduce battery life. If you don’t need it, try disabling it. Here’s how:
- Go to settings.
- Tap General.
- Tap Background app refresh.
- Disable it for any apps you don’t use.
You can also turn it off completely if you don’t want to go through your apps one by one.
Downgrade your iPhone 13 software
If you can’t find a solution to your problem and/or don’t want to wait for Apple’s next iOS 15 update, you can try downgrading your iPhone 13 software if, again, the option is available.
To learn more about the downgrade process, see our walkthrough.
4 reasons not to install iOS 15.5 and 11 reasons why you should
Install iOS 15.5 for better security
If security is important to you, consider installing Apple’s iOS 15.5 update immediately.
iOS 15.5 brings 27 new security patches to iPhone and they are essential if you want to protect your device and its data. You can read more about these patches at Apple Security Site.
If you missed iOS 15.4.1, there was only one new security patch on board. You can read more about it on Apple’s website.
If you missed the iOS 15.4 update, it had 36 new security fixes. If you want to know more about these fixes, go to Apple security site for details.
If you missed iOS 15.3.1, there was a security patch on board. To find out more, visit Apple’s security page.
If you missed iOS 15.3, you will also get its fixes with your upgrade. iOS 15.3 brought 10 new security fixes for iPhone users. If you are interested in details, you can read more about them here.
If you missed iOS 15.2.1, you’ll get its security patch with your upgrade. You can read more about the change at Apple website.
If you missed Apple’s iOS 15.2 update, you’ll get over 30 security fixes with your upgrade. You can read all about them on the corporate security site.
iOS 15.2 also included significant privacy improvements. The software brought the company’s app privacy report into the settings. This lets you see how often your apps accessed your location, photos, camera, microphone, contacts, and more in the last seven days. You can also see their activity on the network.
Additionally, iOS 15.2 brought Apple Communications Security Features for kids. You’ll find these features in the Messages app, Siri, Spotlight, and Search.
If you missed iOS 15.1, iOS 15.5 will bring its security fixes to your iPhone. You can find out more about them at Apple website.
If you missed iOS 15.0.2, you will also get its security patch with your upgrade. You can find out more here.
iOS 15.0 also brought many security fixes to your iPhone. If you’re going to upgrade from iOS 14 and are interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can read more at Apple Security Website.
Apple has updated its website with new information about the iOS 15 security patch bundle. The company now claims the software fixed an issue that could have exposed a user’s private Apple credentials. and in-app search history. It also says iOS 15 fixed an issue that allowed apps to override privacy preferences.
If you skipped iOS 14.8 or any earlier version of iOS, you will also get the security fixes from these updates with your iOS 15.5 update.
In addition to these fixes, iOS 15 comes with security and privacy upgrades, including Siri improvements. Requests to Siri are now processed on the device itself using Neural Engine. This makes it safer.
If you’re an Apple Card user, you’ll now get a regularly changing security code to use when making online transactions.
Apple has also included a built-in authenticator similar to Google Authenticator. This will allow you to generate verification codes for enhanced login security under your passwords.
There is also a Mail feature that hides your IP address.