The newest iPhone update is reportedly draining batteries - this is how to fix it

Monday, 5th October 2020, 12:19 pm
Updated Monday, 5th October 2020, 12:19 pm
Are you experiencing issues with your battery after the iOS 14 update? (Photo: Shutterstock)
Are you experiencing issues with your battery after the iOS 14 update? (Photo: Shutterstock)

New operating systems and updates can sometimes be affected by unwanted glitches, and it appears that the new iOS 14 update for iPhones is no exception.

On social media, iPhone users expressed their frustration that the newest update appeared to totally drain their battery.

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One person wrote, “iOS 14 literally killed my battery.”

Another tweeted, “My battery has worsened ever since I updated to iOS 14.”

“I find iOS 14 is killing my battery quick,” complained someone else.

Another warned, “If you haven’t done the iOS 14 update; DON’T DO IT. The battery drain is unbelievable. From 90% to 3% in one hour.”

Other iOS 14 issues

It appears battery loss isn’t the only issue users are experiencing following the update.

Apple states that after updating to iOS 14 or watchOS 7, you might notice:

  • Your workout route maps are missing in the Fitness app on iPhone for previous GPS-enabled workouts from your Apple Watch
  • The Activity, Heart Rate, or other health-related apps fail to launch or load data on your Apple Watch
  • The Fitness app or Health app fail to launch on load data on your iPhone
  • The Health app or Fitness app is reporting an inaccurate amount of data storage on your iPhone
  • The Activity app is reporting an inaccurate amount of data storage on your Apple Watch
  • Your environmental sound levels data or headphone audio levels date from Apple Watch is missing in the Health app on iPhone
  • Increased battery drain on your iPhone or Apple Watch

Apple released a way to resolve these problems, if you’re experiencing “two or more” of the previously listed issues.

How to fix it

The fix advertised by Apple is quite a drastic one, and involves erasing all the content from your device.

Unpair Apple Watch and iPhone

If you have an Apple Watch, you’ll need to unpair the two from each other.

You can do this by first opening the Watch app on your phone, tap the ‘My Watch’ option and then ‘All Watches’.

Then tap the info button next to the watch you want to unpair, then select ‘Unpair Apple Watch’.

Verify iCloud settings and create a backup

Before you create a backup, make sure that you’ve got enough storage in your iCloud. You can free up storage by deleting content that you no longer need.

Open your settings on your iPhone and tap your name, then tap iCloud.

Verify that Health is turned on, or tap it to turn it on.

Tap iCloud Backup and then verify that iCloud Backup is turned on, or tap to turn it on.

Tap Back Up Now to create a backup and wait for it to complete.

Erase all content

To erase all the content from your iPhone, open your settings, then tap General and then Reset.

Tap Erase All Content and Settings.

Restore your iPhone from backup

Lastly, you can restore your content onto your phone from backup.

Turn on your iPhone and restore it from your iCloud backup. Follow all the on screen steps until you reach the Apps & Data screen, then select Restore from iCloud Backup.

Sign into your iCloud with your Apple ID and choose a backup - look at the date and size of each and pick the one you want.

Once everything is restored, if you have an Apple Watch, you can pair your two devices again.