APPLE fans say the latest iPhone update is ruining their battery life.
It's not unusual to experience some battery woes after an iOS update – here's what you need to know.
iPhone iOS 16 update – bad battery life
The brand new iOS 16 update is finally here, and it's packed with seriously cool features.
But Apple fans are already moaning on TikTok – one poster said: "iOS 16 eating up my battery life a snack".
The clip has received over 110,000 likes, so the poster clearly isn't alone.
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They're not wrong either: your iPhone battery life might actually be worse after the iOS 16 update – but only temporarily.
In a previous response to iOS update battery life complaints, Apple has said: "It's normal for your apps and features to need to adjust up to 48 hours after an update."
Your phones files and apps are arranged in indexes, keeping all of your phone's information organised – and, importantly, quickly accessible.
When a major software update happens, lots of the code and systems that make up your phone get changed significantly.
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This means your iPhone has to re-organise and re-index the apps and data on your phone, to make it more searchable.
This puts a heavy demand on your iPhone's processor, which inevitably creates additional drain on your battery.
The good news is that this process only lasts for around 24-48 hours, so your battery life should be back to normal two days after the iOS 16 update.
Of course, there are other reasons your battery life may be struggling too.
As iOS 16 lands, lots of developers suddenly start updating their apps to support the new system and features.
That's why you've probably been seeing many more app updates on your App Store lately.
If you have Automatic App Updates turned on, these updates will be happening in the background throughout the day.
This creates additional processor load and requires an internet connection, both of which will drain your battery more quickly.
Finally, major iPhone updates generally get us using our phones a bit more.
Keen users rush to try out new features, and inevitably spend more time on their handsets each day.
This is also a contributing factor to your phone's battery life.
So ignore the conspiracy theorists: Apple isn't ruining your iPhone experience to get you to upgrade to newer models.
Your battery life will almost certainly improve over the next few days.
How to fix iOS 16 iPhone bad battery life
The simplest solution is simply just to wait.
Make sure you update your apps as soon as possible, and then hang around until normal order resumes.
It usually only takes a couple of days from when you install a new iOS for your iPhone to have normal battery life again.
If it's a very painful issue, here are some tricks to improve iPhone battery life…
Activate the Low Power Mode
Low Power Mode will turn off some power-hungry features on your phone.
Sadly, it may mean that some apps, tools and features on your phone will no longer work – temporarily, anyway.
"When Low Power Mode is on, your iPhone will last longer before you need to charge it, but some features might take longer to update or complete," explains Apple.
"Also, some tasks might not work until you turn off Low Power Mode, or until you charge your iPhone to 80% or higher."
To turn Low Power Mode on, go into Settings > Battery and toggle the switch at the top.
Stop 'quitting' your apps constantly
Closing iPhone apps constantly is a waste of time – and could actually hurt your handset.
Apple says you shouldn't bother unless an app has frozen.
"When your recently used apps appear, the apps aren’t open, but they're in standby mode to help you navigate and multitask," Apple explained.
Part of the problem is that it's tempting to think apps in your "carousel" are running.
But they're actually frozen by your iPhone, so they don't drain resources while you do other things.
Having to restart apps completely after being swiped away sucks up more battery life.
Also, the more strain you put on your battery, the faster it will degrade over time.
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And that app will take longer to restart.
It's like loading a TV from standby, versus having the telly reboot completely.
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