iOS Device Battery Issues

I don’t know anyone who does not have some type of battery issue with one of their iOS devices. We all want more and more battery power in our iPhones and iPads. However, there are some things we can do to help with our battery issues.

Settings Battery

One thing you can do is go into Settings and scroll down and tap on Battery:

You will see a listing of which of your apps are using the most battery. This is my 10.5” iPad Pro:

iOS shows which apps are using the highest percentage of battery during the last 24 hours. You can also check the last 7 days if you wish.

So, how can you use this information. Well, you could quit some of the major battery hog apps when they are not in use. As a matter of fact it is just a good idea to quit apps that you do not intend to use for a while. Most people will leave Messages open for off and on again texting. Many people will leave an email app open. You know, just stuff you use on a constant basis. Apps that are more “one and done” just shut them off. Your Battery will thank you!

Settings Background App Refresh

Another Battery hog in iOS is the Background App Refresh process. If you go to the General Setting you can tap on Background App Refresh:

You get a list of your apps that have Background App Refresh activated:

What does this mean? Apps like Facebook and Twitter are refreshing themselves in the background while you are doing other things. Apps like Mail and Airmail are going out and fetching new emails, and on and on it goes. Needless to say, apps use battery power to refresh.

Here is the way that I look at this. If one of these apps is something I use and leave on for a while then I would leave Background App Refresh activated. However, if it is just an app I use on an occasional basis, I don’t really need it to refresh. I am going to boot it up, use it, then shut it down. That makes sense to me, YMMV. I have one more thing here. You can completely shut off Background App Refresh if you wish. Maybe that is a good idea to try it for a while to see if you can survive without it being activated. Perhaps some of us would not even notice a difference!

There are other things you can do to save battery on your iOS device. You can turn down your screen brightness. You can manually black out the screen when you are finished with the device instead of letting it go black on its own. Here is a page from Apple’s website on saving battery power on your iOS devices which covers similar ideas.


One of the biggest problem areas with iOS devices is battery longevity. Apple continues to create better batteries. However, there are things we can do to help our batteries along.