iOS 14 is draining iPhone batteries and consumers aren’t happy

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Apple recently rolled out the latest version of its flagship operating system, iOS 14. Although most of the conversation has been centered on the release’s nifty new widgets, consumers are also worried about what appears to be a major flaw.

Many people have reported that iOS 14 is draining their iPhone’s battery faster than normal. That could be due to a variety of reasons. However, it seems to be a widespread issue that originated with the rollout of the latest OS.

Fortunately, there is a way to fix the iOS 14 battery drain issue. Consumers should know that it does take some time and patience. Hopefully, Apple will release a better fix with an update in the coming days.

How to Fix iOS 14 Battery Drain

Consumers who own Apple products know that battery issues can be common—especially when the next generation of that device is released. The same can be said of new iOS rollouts.

Typically, however, Apple doesn’t claim that its software updates cause hardware problems. That made it a surprise when the tech giant released a support document highlighting the issue. It says, “After updating to iOS 14.0 and watchOS 7.0, you might notice… Increased battery drain on your iPhone or Apple Watch.”

The document also mentions several other issues that users are experiencing. For instance, many people have reported problems with their Apple Watch GPS data and exercise activities not being synced to the iPhone’s health-related apps.

Obviously, these issues can be significant for users who rely on their phones both for daily tasks and for health and wellness.

Apple suggested a fix for users who are experiencing two or more of the problems listed in its support document. Unfortunately, it isn’t quick, easy, or convenient.

Essentially, you will need to unpair their Apple Watch from your iPhone. Then, create a backup of each device before resetting them and restoring your settings from the backup. Apple has a step-by-step guide for those who don’t feel comfortable with the process. If you’ve never had to reset and restore your phone, it might be worth following.

Will Apple Step In?

The fact that Apple has already released a support document on this issue means that it is aware of it. Given the widespread nature of the iOS 14 battery drain problem, people aren’t exactly happy with the do-it-yourself nature of the fix.

Since this appears to be a software issue, Apple could theoretically release an update to fix the bug. As of now, it remains unclear when or if that will occur. It’s a bad look on Apple’s part to force users to fix the issue on their own. While an update is likely on the horizon there is no guarantee.

In the meantime, users who aren’t experiencing battery drain after upgrading to iOS 14 should cherish their phone’s all-day longevity. Those who haven’t yet updated might want to wait until Apple addresses this issue more thoroughly.


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