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iPhone Battery Draining Even When Not in Use (Causes and How to Fix)

As an iPhone user, I have been incredibly frustrated by my battery draining even when I wasn’t using it. After doing some research and testing, I’m here to share with you what I’ve learned about what causes this issue and how to fix it.

In this blog post, I’ll be going over the most common causes of this issue and how to address them. Hopefully, after reading this post, you’ll be able to take the steps necessary to get your battery life back on track.

There are a few reasons why an iPhone battery seems to drain quickly. One is Raise to Wake, which turns on the screen as soon as you pick up the phone. Another is old versions of apps that need updates, and another is the background app refresh feature. 

Constant Connection to Wi-FiPhone tries to connect to Wi-Fi networksLimit Wi-Fi usage or disconnect when not needed
Various Active FeaturesBackground App Refresh or Raise-to-Wake featureDisable Raise to Wake and turn off Background App Refresh
Old AppsOutdated apps draining batteryUpdate all apps to the latest version
Check Battery Health SuggestionsInsights on battery usage and energy consumptionFollow suggestions provided by iPhone to lower energy consumption and improve battery life

3 Reasons Why Your iPhone Battery Is Draining

There’s a common misconception that phones drain faster only when they’re actively used. However, there are many things happening in the background that can cause your battery to drain faster than usual. 

Let’s explore some of those things!

  1. The Constant Connection to Wi-Fi

Many users leave their phones connected to Wi-Fi all day long so they never have to pay for data (and who wants to do that?)

This means that when they’re out and about, their phone will try to connect to any Wi-Fi networks it can find—which can drain the battery faster than usual.

  1. Various Active Features

There are certain features on your phone that can drain the battery without your noticing, like Background App Refresh or the Raise-to-Wake feature. The Raise to-Wake feature simply wakes your phone by detecting the movement of your hand as you raise it.

Unfortunately, there’s a downside to it. If you’re walking around with your phone in your hands, or if it’s in your pocket, it’ll still pick up movements. 

As a result, your screen is constantly turned on and off without you even realizing it, which can drain the battery life.

  1. Old Apps

When Apple releases a new software update for your phone, some of the apps on it may need to be updated. This means that developers will have to make some adjustments to ensure the apps function properly.

This means that any app that isn’t updated may drain your phone’s battery quicker just to keep up with the new update. It might even glitch sometimes!

How to Fix iPhone Draining Battery

If you have an iPhone and are experiencing battery drain, you’re not alone. It’s a common problem and, thankfully, there are a few things you can do to try and fix it.

  1. Disable Raise to Wake

As we mentioned earlier, the Raise-to-Wake feature can have some effects on your battery life.

Here’s how to turn it off:

  • Go to “Settings”
  • Select “Display & Brightness”
  • Flip the switch next to “Raise to Wake” to deactivate it
  1. Turn Off Background App Refresh

Background App Refresh is a feature that allows your iPhone to run apps in the background and refresh for updated content. 

This means that even if you’ve closed an app, it can still be running in the background and using resources on your phone. This feature can help reduce your loading time when using any app.

However, it comes at the cost of your battery’s power. Here’s how to disable this feature:

  • Head to “Settings”
  • Tap on “General”
  • Choose “Background App Refresh”
  • Tap on  “Background App Refresh” again once inside the first tab
  • Choose “Off”
  1. Check the Battery Health Suggestion

One of the iPhone’s many great features is its battery settings. Once you open this setting option, you’ll see things like “Last Charged,” “Activity Graph,” and “Battery Usage by App.”

Most importantly, you’ll see the “Insights and Suggestions.” You can check this tab to see how you’re using your iPhone and what’s causing it to consume energy. 

Sometimes, there could even be suggestions for lowering energy consumption!

Here’s how to check on your battery’s health:

  • Open “Settings”
  • Scroll to “Battery” and tap on it
  • Select “Battery Health”

You can view the inner workings of your battery whenever you like. Plus, you don’t actually have to follow these suggestions, though. They’re called “suggestions” for a reason! 

You can just stay informed on what’s consuming more energy than others and choose whatever course of action pleases you.

  1. Update Old Apps

Updating your old apps can help you save battery. That’s because when you update those apps, it helps them run more efficiently and use less battery life. 

Here’s how to update them:

  • Go to the App Store
  • Tap on your picture in the upper right corner

There, you can choose from two options: to update all apps or to update only a few. It’s best to update everything.


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So there you have it! If you’re frustrated by the battery loss on your device, just remember to turn off all unnecessary features and check on the battery’s health every so often.

Plus, don’t forget to follow the suggestion your phone makes to improve the battery life!

In the end, we hope that this article has informed you of the problems associated with iPhone battery draining even when not in use.

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