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Apple Shares Fix For iPhone And Apple Watch Battery Drain

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Apple Shares Fix For iPhone And Apple Watch Battery Drain

Apple has shared new advice on how to fix a device's increased battery drain, as reported by many users after updating their iPhone to iOS 14 and Apple Watch to watchOS 7.

In a new support guide released yesterday, Apple advises that users should factory reset their Apple Watch AND iPhone, ensuring to back up your phone to iCloud before fully resetting it.

Tech Radar reports that Apple's new guide details a series of problems that have been raised by users, including missing health data and routines, broken fitness apps that won't open and 'increased battery drain on your iPhone or Apple Watch'.

Well, for the latter, it would appear that the only fix involves unpairing your iPhone, backing up both your phone and watch to iCloud, and then running a factory reset on both devices.


If you don't pay for iCloud services, you'll have to free up enough space to back up your data, before importing back onto your devices once they've been reset.

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Credit: PA

Many users reported the iOS 14 update was draining their iPhone's battery, with an expert suggesting this was because it triggers a great deal of background activity.

Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, a researcher at ZDNet, explained in a new article that he was not shocked as 'this always happens'.


"With a quick Twitter search, it's clear that for many, the most prominent iOS 14 feature is aggressive battery drain," Kingsley-Hughes said, before going into why this could be.

He continued: "First off, installing a new OS on an iPhone triggers a lot of stuff to go on in the background, from indexing to recalibrating the battery, and this can go on for hours or even days.

"Not only does this consume power, but the battery recalibration can give the impression that the battery is draining more rapidly when in fact it isn't.

"Add to this the dual factor of a lot of app updates happening following a new release, combined with a lot of new features available that may put more drain on an older handset."

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Credit: PA

Kingsley-Hughes also said you needn't worry about the battery power 'for a week or so after installing a new iOS', as it 'takes time for things to normalise'.

Apple has previously advised that another thing you can do to improve length of battery power for iPhones is using Low Power mode.

This mode reduces the amount of power your phone uses, and can be switched on by going to Settings > Battery.


"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," Apple says.

"Also, some tasks might not work until you turn off Low Power Mode, or until you charge your iPhone to 80 percent or higher."

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Topics: News, Technology, Apple, iPhone

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