Why is My iPhone 6 Battery Suddenly Draining Fast All of a Sudden: Here’s The Real Fix!

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iPhone 6 Battery Suddenly Draining Fast
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Are you a long time iPhone 6 user, facing battery issues lately?

Is your phone showing battery percentage in the 40s and 50s, yet it drains to zero within minutes or few hours? Are you expecting an important call, but not sure how long your phone will last? These are some of the common issues faced by iPhone 6 users.

How about we tell you some of the easiest hacks to improve your iPhone’s battery life without going to the service center? This article covers all the possible reasons that may be affecting your iPhone’s battery. We will also cover the solutions for each of these reasons. Don’t worry, your phone is probably good enough till the next model launches. Most of the battery issues are software related. We will help you in making your phone last longer on a single charge. Let us begin.

My iPhone 6 Battery Suddenly Draining Fast All of a Sudden: Here’s The Real Fix!

1. Close Apps when not in use

Apps are ideally supposed to be suspended in the background. But some apps will still require being closed when not in use. To do this, the easier way is:

  1. Double-click the Home Button.
  2. iPhone app switcher screen is displayed.
  3. Swipe left or right to browse through the apps.
  4. Swipe the app upwards, and flick it off the screen to close it.
Close Apps when not in use
Close Apps when not in use

2. Manage Location and Location-based Services

Some apps require location services, for example, maps, or e-commerce apps. Most apps take blanket permission, and sometimes have location access even if it is not required. Turn off location access for such apps unless required.

  1. Go to Settings -> Privacy -> Location Services. Turn off the Share My Location option.
  2. Scroll to the bottom and select System Services. Only allow Emergency SOS, turn everything else off. Optionally, you can leave Find My iPhone and Motion Calibration and Distance active.
  3. Turn the Status Bar Icon for Navigation. This will help you know when navigation is being used.
  4. Turn off Location Services for apps that don’t need location information.

Manage Location and Location based Services

3. Background App Refresh

Some apps have permission to use cellular data or Wi-Fi in the background. By restricting this, you can save a lot of battery.

  1. Go to Settings -> General -> Background App Refresh.
  2. Scroll through the apps listed, and turn off background refresh for apps that do not have to download information when you are not actively using them.
  3. You can turn off background refresh completely by using the toggle switch at the top.

4. Turn off unwanted notifications

Notifications are one of the main features that make your phone smart. They help you take care of actions immediately. For instance, a messaging app must show you notifications so that they can be acknowledged. However some apps can be stopped from displaying push notifications.

  1. Go to Settings -> Notifications.
  2. Scroll through the list of apps.
  3. Focus on apps that do not have the text Off listed below their name.
  4. These are the apps that are allowed to send you notifications in some form or the other.
  5. Select an app, and turn the switch off to stop notifications.

5. Push Mail Service

Keeping push mail service active is useful for getting emails as soon as they arrive. However, this means, the phone is constantly connected to the internet and communicating. This service can be completely turned off. You can synchronize emails only when you want, or after a specific time interval.

  1. Go to Settings -> Accounts & Passwords -> Fetch New Data.
  2. Turn off Push at the top.
  3. Under the Fetch section, choose Every 15 Minutes.
  4. Check all your mail accounts. Keep it as Fetch, and for high priority email options, set time interval as above.

Under the Fetch section choose Every 15 Minutes new

6. Limit Analytics Data

Apple collects data on how you use the iPhone. This helps them in further optimizing and refining the phone. This can be easily turned off.

  1. Go to Settings -> Privacy.
  2. Scroll to the bottom, and choose Analytics.
  3. Turn off the switch next to Share iPhone Analytics and Share iCloud Analytics

7. Turn Off Unused Widgets

Widgets are a great new addition to the iPhones. They give quick information from our favorite apps without having to launch them. Although these small elements use little battery, over a time the saving will be significant.

  1. Swipe left to right from the Home Screen.
  2. On the widgets screen, scroll down to see the Edit button.
  3. Use the red minus button to remove a widget.                             

8. Disable Visual Effects

Visual effects are dependent on the GPU. For more intricate visual effects, higher GPU will be utilized. The GPU is very power hungry and higher usage means lower battery. To turn the Visual Effects

  1. Go to Settings -> General -> Accessibility -> Reduce Motion
  2. Toggle Switch to turn it off.

9. Set a lock screen, brightness, and timeout

The iPhone screen is the biggest battery consumer. The longer the screen stays awake, more is the battery consumption. Keep the battery brightness at medium to low. Keep the screen to lock automatically. This avoids unnecessary battery usage.

  1. Go to Settings -> Display & Brightness -> Auto-Lock.
  2. Choose 30 seconds or 1-minute option.
  3. Do not use the Never option unless you need it specifically some time.

 10. The Last Resort

If you tried all the above methods and nothing works then try to factory reset your iPhone. First, ensure you have a backup of all the data that you have on your phone.

  1. Go to Settings -> General -> Reset -> Erase All Content and Settings.
  2. Enter passcode.
  3. Choose Erase iPhone to confirm.
  4. Again download all your apps, set up Wi-Fi etc. The iPhone at this moment is as good as new when you bought it.

11. Hardware Issue

If none of the solutions work, then it is likely that the problem is at the hardware level. You may have a faulty battery. Or worse, a faulty component on the motherboard of your iPhone. Take the phone to an authorized Apple service center and let the experts do the testing.

In conclusion

The iPhone battery issue can be handled with the tips mentioned above. Most of these solutions are applicable even if you have a brand new iPhone. Based on the age of your iPhone, it is possible that the battery drains faster than usual. The primary reason is the speed at which technology is growing. Newer apps and updates are faster and require more battery. This eventually affects the iPhone’s battery life.

A very simple task is to turn the iPhone off once every week. This will help the system to restart fresh. Any stuck tasks, frozen apps, and other issues with the iPhone will easily be resolved with a restart. We hope this article was informative enough. If your iPhone 6 battery is suddenly draining, then we do have a real fix. Try it out and let us know how it helped.

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