How to Fix Battery Draining Fast After iOS 17.4.1 Update

Experiencing rapid battery drain after updating to iOS 17.4.1 can be frustrating. Here are practical solutions to fix this issue and extend your iPhone's battery life.

How to Reduce Battery Draining after iOS 17.4.1 Update:​

1. Force Restart Your iPhone​

  • Press and immediately release the Volume Up button.
  • Press and immediately release the Volume Down button.
  • Press and hold the Side button until you see the Apple logo, then release.
  • Wait for your iPhone to restart.
A force restart can refresh your system and potentially fix battery drain issues.

2. Disable Bluetooth (if you aren’t using it)​

  • Open the Settings app.
  • Select Bluetooth.
  • Toggle Bluetooth to Off.

Turning off Bluetooth can save battery life by stopping your iPhone from constantly searching for devices.

3. Update All Apps​

  • Open the App Store.
  • Tap on your profile icon at the top-right corner.
  • Select Update All.

Updating apps ensures they run efficiently and can help reduce battery usage.

4. Disable Alerts and Shortcuts Automation​

  • Go to Settings > Privacy & Security > Location Services.
  • Scroll and select System Services.
  • Toggle Off for Alerts and Shortcuts Automation.

This disables unnecessary location-based actions, saving battery life.

5. Turn Off Journaling Suggestions​

  • Open Settings and navigate to Privacy & Security.
  • Scroll and tap on Journaling Suggestions.
  • Choose Turn Off All.

Disabling this prevents your iPhone from using resources to suggest journal entries.

6. Disable the App Privacy Report​

  • Go to Settings > Privacy & Security.
  • Find and select App Privacy Report.
  • Tap on Turn Off App Privacy Report.

Turning this off can save battery as it stops tracking app activity.

7. Enable Low Power Mode​

  • Go to Settings > Battery.
  • Toggle on Low Power Mode.

Low Power Mode reduces background activity and extends battery life.

8. Enable Auto-Lock​

  • Open Settings and go to Display & Brightness.
  • Tap on Auto-Lock.
  • Choose a time duration, for instance, 30 seconds.

A shorter auto-lock duration prevents the screen from staying on too long, conserving battery.

9. Disable Background App Refresh​

  • Navigate to Settings > General > Background App Refresh.
  • Disable it entirely at the top or select specific apps to disable.

Stopping apps from refreshing in the background conserves battery life.

10. Turn Off Keyboard Haptics​

  • Go to Settings > Sound & Haptics.
  • Scroll to Keyboard Feedback.
  • Disable Sound and Haptics.

Disabling haptic feedback on the keyboard saves battery each time you type.

11. Close Your Apps​

  • Swipe up from the bottom of the screen and pause in the middle (or double-click the home button for iPhones with a Home button).
  • Swipe up on the app previews to close them.
Closing unused apps can help reduce battery drain by stopping them from running in the background.

Additional Notes​

Combining these strategies can significantly improve your iPhone's battery life post the iOS 17.4.1 update. Remember, using features like Low Power Mode might limit some functionalities, so adjust settings based on your usage. Regularly check for battery-consuming apps and keep your iPhone's software updated to prevent future battery issues.
Last edited:
Apr 27, 2024
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i cannot recall if i added the map widget, but that was consuming a consistently high amount of power without any particular activity. upon removal, power consumption returned to almost flat

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