How to fix iPhone XS/XS Max battery draining fast

Battery draining usually happens among symptoms of hardware damage like poor battery life or other components. But most battery issues are attributed to software, so these problems can transpire on new phones as well.

Here are potential solutions and workarounds that can be applied to fix fast battery draining problem on the new iPhone XS/ XS Max. Having purchased a very expensive iPhone with battery life that could not last for two hours is definitely a downer. While you have no choice, you can try something to get it fixed. Before taking your phone to an Apple service center, there are workarounds to rule out issues from the underlying causes. Read on options to try when you are encountering the battery draining problem on your new iPhone XS/XS Max.

Solution 1: Close all background apps and reboot your iPhone

Rogue apps will be the main triggers causing the poor battery life. If apps go rogue, there’s a chance the processor would be triggered to continuously work until the power is drained. Apps going rogue will keep running in the background for longer periods, so clearing all background apps is the first recommended solution you should try. Here’s how to get it done:

  1. From the Home screen of your phone, swipe your finger up from the bottom and then pause a few seconds.
  2. Swipe right or left to navigate through apps preview tabs.
  3. Then swipe up on a tab to quit individual background apps.

Once you clear all background apps on your iPhone XS/XS Max, you should then reboot your device to remove junk files stored as cache on the internal memory. Here’s how to do a quick reboot on the iPhone XS/XS Max:

  1. Press & hold the Power button for a few seconds.
  2. When you see the Slide to Power Off command, release the button.
  3. Drag the slider to the right to power your phone off
  4. After 1 minute, press & hold the Power button again until the phone boots up.

If a quick reboot doesn’t help, then you should force restart your iPhone XS/XS Max. Doing so will clear out rogue apps causing the battery to be overly exhausted. Here’s how to do so:

  1. Press and quickly release the Volume Up button.
  2. Do it the same with the Volume Down button.
  3. Press and hold the Power button until you see the Apple logo.

These processes won’t affect any saved data on your phone, so you don’t have to back up files beforehand.

Solution 2: Review battery usage and manage apps.

From iOS 12 version, there is now a new and easier way to review and manage battery usage. Apart from the important details, it is the battery usage for installed apps on your iPhone in a certain period. You can refer to this information to know whether there is any unusual battery consumption. Here’s how to navigate to this setting:

  1. Launch the Settings app on your phone.
  2. Tap on Battery.
  3. Scroll all the way to the Battery Usage by App section to see a list of app activities as well as battery consumption in the last 24 hours or ten days ago.

If there are certain apps eating up unusual power consumption, then you have to manage those applications to normalize the battery usage on your phone. Updating the app might be a potential solution. However, if that doesn’t help, then you should delete or uninstall the app.

Steps to install pending app update on iPhone XS/XS Max:

  1. Open the App Store on your iPhone
  2. Switch to the Updates section and you will see a list of apps with pending updates.
  3. To update an individual app, tap on the Update button next to each app
  4. Tap on Update All button if you want to update all apps at once. But this button is only visible when there are multiple app updates are available.

Steps to remove apps on your iPhone XS/XS Max

  1. On your Home screen, tap and hold on an app icon until it starts jiggling.
  2. Tap on the Xicon of the app you want to delete.
  3. After reading the warning prompt, tap on Delete to confirm the deletion.

Reboot your iPhone XS/XS Max after removing bad apps to refresh and clear out cached files from your phone internal memory.

Solution 3: Update to the latest iOS version

Updating your phone to the latest iOS version can also be a good solution to get rid of bug-inflicted symptoms. Fast battery drain on your iPhone might be triggered by some bugs, and the system update can fix it. Here’s how you can check for the update and then install it on your iPhone XS/XS Max via over-the-air:

  • Go to Settings-> General-> Software Update section.

You should make sure that you have a stable internet connection and at least 50% battery life to successfully install OTA updates successfully. To avoid power interruptions, you can plug your iPhone and download & install the update while charging it.

Solution 4: Reset all settings on iPhone XS/XS Max

Customized settings might sometimes result to massive battery drain, so you should think about getting rid of them. If the problem occurs after making some changes to your device settings, then you should try this method. Here’s how to get it done:

  1. Launch Settings app on your phone
  2. Tap on General > Reset.
  3. Choose Reset all Settings option
  4. Enter your passcode when you are prompted to proceed.
  5. Tap on the popup to confirm settings reset.

After the reset, your iPhone XS/XS Max will automatically reboot and then loads the default configurations. However, this reset won’t result in data loss and any saved information on your phone will not also be affected.

Also see: How To Fix Apple iPhone XS/XS Max Bluetooth Not Working

Solution 5: Erase everything on your iPhone and restore it to factory settings

A factory reset might be the last option if the battery continues to drain fast on your iPhone even after trying previous solutions. The problem could be a little complex as it requires a full system reset. You should note that this method will erase everything on your iPhone XS/XS Max. So, to prevent permanent data loss, you’d better create a backup through iCloud or iTunes. After you’re all set, simply follow these steps to restore your iPhone XS/XS Max to factory defaults:

  1. Launch Settings app on your iPhone
  2. Tap on General > Reset.
  3. Choose Erase all Content and Settings section
  4. Enter your passcode when you are prompted.
  5. Tap on the popup to confirm the factory reset.

Now, follow the onscreen instructions to start with the initial setup process. It will then lead you to set up your iPhone XS/XS Max as new. Software-related problems inflicting fast battery drain can usually be solved afterwards if the hardware damage is not present on your phone.

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