How To Fix Bad iPhone XS Battery Life

If you’re starting to notice the battery draining fast on your iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max, there are a few things you can try before contacting Apple support.

While most iPhone XS users enjoy exceptional battery life, some find that the battery drains strangely while using the phone and when the device is in standby mode.

This is a common problem that affects all iPhone models and sometimes it means there is a hardware related problem. However, most of the time the problem is with a fake app or just bad habits.

If your phone can barely hold a charge, your battery may be faulty. In this case, you need to contact Apple.

The device is under warranty and the company should replace the battery or phone free of charge if it detects a technical problem.

If you can still use your phone but your phone is draining a little faster than usual, you should be able to fix the problem within minutes from your home or office.

In this guide, we will show you if the battery of your iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max starts working and when to take action. We will also provide some tips that can help prevent the battery drain issue from coming back.

Restart your phone

If you start noticing battery life issues on your iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max, the first thing to do is a simple reboot. Turn off your phone, leave it off for a minute, and then turn it back on. This will usually fix the problem.

Update Your Phone

If you’re behind on software updates, try updating to the latest version of iOS 12.

Use Low Power Mode

When your device drops to 20%, it will ask you to turn on Low Power Mode. Low Power Mode turns off functions like Hey Siri, automatic downloads and mail retrieval to save battery life.

You don’t have to wait for your device to drop to 20% to use Low Power Mode. You can enable it anytime from your Settings or Control Center.

If you start noticing a strange discharge or just want to save battery, here’s how to enable it:

We recommend leaving a shortcut to Low Power Mode in your device’s Control Center. Control Center is the menu that appears when you swipe down from the top-right corner of the screen.

To add Low Power Mode to your Control Center:

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You can now go back to Control Center and turn Low Power Mode on or off whenever you want.

Manage Your Screen

The iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max have gorgeous OLED displays. They’re two of the best displays on the market right now, but they can hurt battery life if not managed properly.

If your screen is bright for no reason, your device may be draining its battery faster than it should. Auto brightness is usually correct, but there are times when it can misread the media.

If your iPhone XS screen is generally too bright for your needs, you’ll want to manually adjust the screen to better suit your lighting conditions. To do this, you need to turn off auto-brightness.

When you turn off the auto-brightness function of your device, you have to manually adjust the screen brightness. Fortunately, this is extremely easy on an iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max.

Simply pull up the Control Center (swipe down from the top-right corner of the screen) and adjust your screen as needed. If you go to Display & Brightness, you can also adjust the brightness from the Settings app.

Use Grayscale

If you want to get a lot of battery life out of your iPhone XS and don’t mind seeing everything in black and white, you can try using Grayscale. Here’s what you need to do.

To enable Grayscale:

After doing that, you will now need to invert the colors of your screen. While at Teshir Accommodations:

Most of you won’t want to use the black and white version of iOS 12, but if you’re struggling and need to conserve battery life at all costs, there’s something to keep in mind.

Control Your Apps

Most of the time, it is a fake app that causes strange battery drain. Apps like Facebook can drain your battery life if you’re not careful. That’s why it’s important to research your apps before contacting Apple’s customer service.

This is very easy to do on the iPhone XS as the software will give you a readout of the apps on your phone that are using the most battery life.

You should now see a list of apps that are hurting the battery life of your iPhone XS the most. It’s clear that if you use an app a lot, it will consume more of your battery than an app you never use. However, if you see an app that you don’t normally use and that is consuming tons of power, you will want to take action.

If something seems wrong, try deleting the app to see if it gets your battery life back to normal.

If you can’t go without the app, you’ll want to check the App Store for an update. Developers are releasing support updates for iPhone XS and iOS 12, and the latest version can help the app perform much better. Be sure to read reviews from iOS 12 users before installing.

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use wifi

Using cellular data (LTE, 4G) can drain battery life, so use Wi-Fi whenever possible.

Try Airplane Mode

If you start to notice excessive battery drain, you will want to turn on Airplane Mode.

Accessible via your Settings app or your device’s Control Center, Airplane Mode kills Bluetooth, cellular data, and Wi-Fi.

If you’re currently in an area with poor cellular service, your iPhone will work hard to cut off a signal. If your phone is working hard, it is consuming its power.

Turn off Lift to Wake

Your iPhone XS comes with a handy Raise to Wake feature that automatically turns on your screen when you pick up the phone. It’s a nifty feature, but it can drain unnecessary battery.

Turn off Raise to Wake if your screen doesn’t need to turn on automatically every time you turn on your phone. It can help you save battery. Here’s how to do this:

If you don’t see any improvement, you can always turn Raise to Wake back on.

Stop Using Dynamic Backgrounds

Animated wallpapers look great on your OLED screen, but they can drain your battery life.

If you want to save some power, stick to static wallpapers. Your iPhone XS comes with tons of ready-made wallpapers, and there are thousands more available online.

Using a black background with your OLED screen can help you save additional battery life.

Turn Off Fitness Tracking

iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max come with an M12 motion coprocessor that can track your steps and other activities. If you don’t need your phone to track all your movements, try turning this feature off to save battery life.

You may also want to turn off the apps (Health, Waze, etc.) listed under Fitness Tracking in that menu.

Network Settings Reset

You can also try resetting your network settings to see if that helps. Resetting these settings only takes a few minutes, but can have a significant impact on your phone’s battery life. Here’s how to do this:

reset all settings

You can also try resetting your settings to factory defaults. This will cause your device to forget all known Wi-Fi networks and Bluetooth devices, so make sure you have passwords and names on hand.

Restore/Factory Reset

If you can’t find anything that works and you don’t want to take your phone to Apple, you can restore from a backup or wipe your phone and start over.

Assuming you have backed up the data on your device, you can try restoring from an iTunes or iCloud backup. You can also try starting from scratch.

Returning your iPhone XS to factory defaults may take some time, but it’s an option. If you want to start fresh:

Be sure to back up all your irreplaceable photos and videos before going this route.