Fix Poor Battery Life Problem in iOS 7.1 on iPhone or iPad

by on March 16th, 2014


After updating iOS to the latest version iOS 7.1 on iDevices, few users have complained that they have experienced poor battery performance and it drains quickly than before. Did you also feel that your iDevice battery is performing poorly after you installed the iOS 7.1 update onto your iPhone or iPad? Here are few tips that can be tried to solve this issue.

Make sure you turn off unnecessary services that you are not using, e.g. ‘Background App Refresh’, location tracking apps, parallax, automatic updates, AirDrop etc. You can always turn these services on when you need these. More tips on battery power saving are here. After you have tried those and there still is a problem then proceed further below for fixes.

Charge and Discharge Battery Couple of Times

After the update it seems that the battery calibration data is wiped. After that discharging of device becomes fast but recharging seem a lot faster. The battery recalibration data will be automatically rebuilt over a few charge/discharge cycles of the device. The best thing that you can do is to simply use your device. Use apps that drain battery and recharge battery again. Do this couple of times and the problem should be fixed.

Reset The Device Settings

If discharging/recharging does not solve the problem, reset the device settings. You can do a minor reset to only delete the settings, or a major settings reset that removes the settings and user data. First try to reset settings. If that does not work, reset the settings and data.

Tap Settings > General > Reset
Tape ‘Reset All Settings’
If that does not solve the problem then, choose ‘Erase All Content and Settings’

Reinstall iOS 7.1 by Using iTunes

For some users reinstalling iOS 7.1 through iTunes by using the full iOS 7.1 update package (instead of ‘over-the-air’ package) solved the problem.

Download the latest iOS 7.1 package for your device and do the following:

  • Back up your iDevice, either locally or to iCloud.
  • Plug in your iOS device to PC by using the USB cable.
  • Launch iTunes and wait until it detects your iDevice.
  • Tap the device button in iTunes.
  • Press and hold the shift key (Windows) or option key (Mac) and click “Check for Update” button. Locate the IPSW file you downloaded.
  • Do not unplug your device from computer until iTunes has finished installing the update.
  • Reload your apps and data from the backup.

If everything mentioned above fails then you can always wait for Apple to release an iOS update to solve the battery issue or there might be an installed app in your device that is causing the problem. In the later case update that app as soon as possible to solve the issue.