We haven’t seen widespread complaints about iPhone 13 battery life yet, but some users say their phone’s battery is draining faster than it should.
iPhone battery life issues are common, especially after Apple releases new iOS software. We also know that 5G connectivity can drain batteries faster than LTE, so it’s not surprising to see complaints about battery draining.
If you start noticing severe battery drain on your iPhone 13, you will want to try and fix the problem right away. In this guide, we will talk about some fixes that can help you fix bad iPhone 13 battery life.
These are solutions that have worked for us for years and can help you fix your battery problems in minutes and avoid chatting with customer service.
Restart your phone
If your iPhone 13’s battery starts to drain faster than you think, we recommend that you always restart 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 and turn it back on. If it’s still draining quickly, continue with the other steps below.
Update Your iPhone
Apple periodically releases new software updates for the iPhone. Point updates (xxx) typically focus on fixing bugs, while milestone upgrades (xx) often provide a mix of features and fixes.
The company may not disclose battery life fixes in an iOS update’s changelog, but new firmware always has the potential to help alleviate battery issues.
For more information on the latest version of iOS 15, check out our guide.
Turn off 5G
The iPhone 13 series supports 5G connectivity. While it’s fast, it can drain your battery much faster than LTE. If you don’t need or need to use 5G all the time, go to your iPhone 13’s settings.
iOS 15 has a few 5G tweaks you’ll want to add to your memory bank. To find these, you’ll want to go to Settings, then Cellular, then Cellular Data Options, then Voice & Data.
If you are in the right place, you will see three options:
5G On means your iPhone will use 5G when available, even if it may drain your device’s battery life.
The 5G Auto option only uses 5G when it’s not draining your phone’s battery significantly. 5G Auto is the default and is the option most people should choose.
Control Your Apps
Apps can sometimes have a negative impact on your phone’s battery life and if you notice any abnormal battery drain, you’ll want to investigate them.
Controlling app performance on the iPhone 13 series is extremely easy. Here’s how to do this:
This battery usage tool shows you the apps that are draining your iPhone 13’s battery and while it’s doing it.
If you use an app a lot, it will definitely consume more battery than apps you never use. If you see an app you seldom use it sucks a ton of power, you’ll want to investigate further.
If you see an app using a lot of battery life, try deleting the app from your device and see if it’s confirmed. If the application is necessary in your daily routine, we recommend downloading the latest update from the developer.
If that doesn’t work, you may need to revert to a previous version of iOS 15 if the option is available.
reset all settings
If you are sure that there is nothing wrong with one or more of your apps, try resetting all the settings of your iPhone 13.
Before doing this, remember that it will cause your device to forget known Wi-Fi networks; so make sure you write down or save your passwords somewhere before doing this.
Once the process is complete, you should reconnect your iPhone to your Wi-Fi networks and Bluetooth devices.
Use Low Power Mode
iOS 15’s Low Power Mode helps save battery life by turning off services that can drain your battery.
You can turn Low Power Mode on or off at any time; also the operating system prompts you to turn it on when your iPhone reaches 20% battery level.
Add Low Power Mode to your Control Center if you haven’t already. Control Center is the menu that opens from the top right corner of the screen when you swipe up from the bottom or if you’re using a newer iPhone model. Here’s how to do this:
The next time you open Control Center on your phone, you will see a battery icon. Tap this to enable or disable Low Power Mode on your device.
You can also turn on Low Power Mode from Settings. Here’s how to do this:
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 drain battery life. If you don’t need it, try turning it off. Here’s how to do this:
Also, if you don’t want to go through your apps one by one, you can turn them off completely.
Downgrade Your iPhone 13’s Software
If you can’t find a solution for your problem and/or don’t want to wait for Apple’s next iOS 15 update, you can try to downgrade your iPhone 13 if the option is available again.
For more information on the downgrade process, take a look at our step-by-step guides.