Have you encountered battery life problems after installing the iOS 11 beta on your idevice? If you’re running iOS 11 beta, remember that you’re running iOS 11 beta. Beta software isn’t finished and polished to power-efficient perfection. It’s also running a lot of diagnostic code to try to find bugs so they can be fixed before release. In other words, if you chose to run the beta, you chose to potentially sacrifice things like battery life for the duration. And this article is to give you some great options to help you fix it though. Check the tips below:
1. Check usage first
iOS contains a terrific battery usage — aka battery shaming — utility that lets you know exactly which apps and services are using your battery and how.
- Launch Settings from your Home screen.
- Tap on Battery. Wait a moment for Battery Usage to populate.
- Tap on the Show Detailed Usage button to get a breakdown of foreground and background power usage.
- Tap on Last 7 Days to get a broader look at power consumption over time.
It can be tricky to understand, but here’s the deal: If you see iCloud Photo Library there, and you’ve just upgraded, it’s a sign you’re downloading thumbnails and things should return to normal when you’re done. If you see Facebook there and it says 4% on screen and 40% in background, it’s a sign something has gone wrong.
If an app appears to be consistently misbehaving, you can try re-installing it or even switching to an alternative app or the web app version of the service for some of your activity.
2. Reset your device
Rebooting, restarting, or resetting is the oldest cliche in troubleshooting. Because it works. Sometimes a good reset is all that’s needed to kick bad bits loose.
- Press and hold down both the Sleep/Wake (on/off) button and the Home button at the same time.
- Keep holding them down as the screen turns off.
- Keep holding them down until you see the Apple logo.
- Let go.
Once your iPad has rebooted, repeat the previous steps and see if battery drain has returned to normal. If not, keep reading!
3. Restore as new
Sometimes restoring from an old backup, especially a backup of a different device like an iPhone, can be less than ideal. Cruft builds up and things just don’t run like they used to. Sometimes your once-fresh setup also goes stale.
If you suspect that’s the case, you can suck it up and set up your iPad as new. Yes, it can be an incredible pain in the apps, but if you have a significant and continual problem, and nothing else can fix it, setting up as new can be a solution.
4. Contact Apple
Every once in a while, you get a problem you just can’t solve. Like any electronics, sometimes things go wrong. If you have AppleCare or AppleCare+, you should absolutely book a Genius Bar appointment and avail yourself of it. If you don’t live close to an Apple Store, you can call 1-800-MY-APPLE in order to set up a mail-in repair.
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