iOS 10 and iPhone 7 Battery Life Problems – How to fix the problem

// September 28, 2016

After the release of the latest operating system of Apple, many users started experiencing worse battery lifespan of their devices. This article will show you ways on how to fix the battery life problems on iPhone 7, iPhone 7 plus and other models.

Extend Battery on iOS 10

iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 plus are both loaded with features, enhanced performances and improved cameras. These devices together with the previous models iPhone 6 and 6 plus are providing their users awesome features that can make their daily tasks easier. In spite of the latest devices’ great performances, there are still some issues facing by the users such as the short battery lifespan of iPhone 7 and 7 plus.

Even users of the previous models are experiencing the same issue after updating their operating system to the latest version iOS 10. There is quite a bit of explanation to that, such as the device is doing its best to deliver its best performance so it is just natural for its battery to run low. It takes some time to transfer all the data over. These devices also work behind the scenes so we cannot really blame if they run out of battery faster than before.

Solutions to Fixing iOS 10 Short Battery Lifespan

Aside from getting mad at your phone for draining your battery all the time, there are some ways to fix this problem.

#1 Be Patient and Wait For Few Days

If you just purchased an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 plus, you have probably noticed the fast battery drainage of your device. There is nothing to fret as this is just normal. It may take from few hours to couple of days for your iPhone to settle in.

Battery Life, iPhone 7, iOS 10

This is the same for other devices that installed the latest iOS 10. It can also take from few hours to couple of days before it goes back to normal. However, if the problem still persists after two days, it is already time to jump to other solutions.

#2 Check Stand By Mode


Battery Life, iPhone 7, iOS 10

After installing the latest operating system, we tend to check its new features like the new Message app, new interface of Music app, Memories feature of Photos app and the improved camera. You also probably checked how smart Siri has become while sending doodled messages to your friends via iMessage. While your device is still transferring data in the background, it is hard to check what’s really consuming your battery.

What you can do now is to leave your device on Stand By mode. Check the battery’s percentage and remember it. Just leave it on the table for at least twenty minutes and check the battery percentage again. Just take note of the percentage and leave it again stand by. Check your battery again and if the percentage is not dropping fast or there is not a big change during stand by, it will be normal after few days.

However, if your device keeps on draining even if you were not using it, check other solutions below.

#3 Enable Low Power Mode


Battery Life, iPhone 7, iOS 10

The iPhone 7, like its predecessors, comes with Low Power Mode feature which allows your battery to last longer. This feature disables automatically running apps in the background. It also stops automatic fetching data for mails and other apps which can conserve your battery life span for at least 20%. If your iPhone 7 is experiencing a dramatic battery drain during the first few days you can simply turn on Low Power Mode in the meanwhile to save your battery.

To enable Low Power Mode feature, simply open Settings app and tap Battery. Simply toggle on Low Power Mode to turn it on.

Even if you do not enable Low Power Mode feature, a prompt message will appear once your battery drops to 20% which asks you whether you want to turn the feature on. But if you want to save your battery, you can turn it on even if you still have 100%.

#4 Check Battery Usage

You can easily check what’s consuming your battery in your Settings app. Battery Usage allows you to identify which applications and services are consuming your battery and for how long.


Battery Life, iPhone 7, iOS 10

  1. To check, open Settings
  2. Tap Battery
  3. Battery Usage will appear below Low Power Mode.
  4. Simply tap Show Detailed Usage to see the apps and the corresponding battery percentage they consumed.
  5. You can tap Last 7 Days to see more the consumption breakdown for a week.

#5 Close Running Apps in the Background

Battery Life, iPhone 7, iOS 10

After you have identified the apps that consume a lot of your battery life, there are many things that you can do to conserve your device’s battery without having to delete important apps.

Your device make sure that the apps in the background will keep on running which means that even if you do not see them on your screen, they can still fetch data. This means that they also consume your device’s battery life in the background even if you are not using them. It is very important to keep only one app open at a time since many apps opened can cause your battery life to drop faster. What you can do to solve your iPhone 7 battery life is to close all the apps that you do not really use currently.

  1. To close apps, simply double press Home button.
  2. Your screen will show you all apps that are running.
  3. Simply scroll the apps that you do not currently use by swiping them app.

If you have other apps that you do not really use, it is best to simply delete them.

#6 Disable Background App Refresh

iOS has a feature Background App Refresh which allows apps running in the background to fetch new data. Even if there are many developments by Apple to avoid too much consumption of data, some apps can still drain the battery when this is enabled. Follow these steps to turn off background app refresh.


  1. Go to Settings
  2. Tap General
  3. Scroll and tap Background App Refresh. Simply turn it off to stop apps in the background from fetching new data.

The Background App Refresh feature is actually great since you do not have to refresh your apps all the time to check something new. It can do it on its own. However, if this feature contributes to large percentage of battery loss, you can just turn it off.

#7 Adjust Screen Brightness to Low

The excellent display as well as the effects of your iPhone 7 also contributes to the consumption of your battery life. Another thing that consumes a lot of your battery life is the screen brightness. There is a feature in your iOS device called Auto Brightness which allows your screen to adjust automatically. However, if this fails, it is likely to consume a lot of your battery.


It is easy to adjust your device’s screen brightness. You can simply pull the Control Center up from the bottom of the screen. There, you can see the slider that allows you to adjust screen brightness. If you do not need your device be so bright, you can always adjust it to low. This solution helps a lot in conserving your battery life.

#8 Turn Off Location Services

Another feature that consumes most of your battery life is the Location Services feature. It is indeed important to be on when you are using Waze app or Google Maps. However, if you do not really need it in the moment, it is best to turn it off to conserve the battery life of your device. Keeping it on will keep your device busy of tracking your location which consumes a lot of your battery.

  1. To turn off location services, go to Settings
  2. Tap Privacy and toggle off Location Services.

If you need to use Google Maps, Waze and other apps that require your Location Services to be on, you can simply turn it back on with the same steps above. Once you are done, do not forget to turn it off to fix battery life.

#9 Disable Push


The iOS’ push feature for emails, calendar and notification can consume a lot of your battery life. If you do not need this feature, it is best to simply turn it off and your battery will definitely thank you for this. To disable Push notification:

  1. Open Settings
  2. Tap Notifications and turn off Push notifications for apps that you do not really use as well as to those apps that you do not need Push.

Switch Mail, Contacts and Calendar to fetch instead of Push. Simply open Settings app and tap Mail, Contacts, Calendar. Toggle off Push.

#10 Cellular Signal


If LTE coverage is not supported by your carrier it is best to switch to 3G to prevent higher percentage of battery consumption. Open Settings app, tap General and tap Enable LTE/Enable 4G. Tap Off.

#11 Contact Apple Support



If you are still experiencing problems and you just cannot fix it with the solutions above, you may consider contacting Apple or go to the nearest Apple store to have a check on your device. If there are no Apple Stores near your area, you can contact 1-800-MY-APPLE to have a set up mail-in repair.

If you have other solutions or suggestions, share it with us in the comment section below!

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One thought on “iOS 10 and iPhone 7 Battery Life Problems – How to fix the problem

  1. Ipadhelp says:

    genius article.. how to fix a broken ios release? Cripple your iphone until it has all the features of iOS6. Article done.

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