Poor battery life after installing iOS 7.1? Try these simple tips

Poor battery life after installing iOS 7.1? Try these simple tips

Summary: Does it feel like your battery life has taken a hit after you installed the iOS 7.1 update onto your iPhone or iPad? If it does you're not alone. However, before you resign yourself to having to have your iDevice permanently hooked up to a power source, here are some things you can try.

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Does it feel like your battery life has taken a hit after you installed the iOS 7.1 update onto your iPhone or iPad? If it does you're not alone. However, before you resign yourself to having to have your iDevice permanently hooked up to a power source, here are some things you can try.

Put your iOS device through several charge/discharge cycles.

See also: iOS 7.1 grabs 21 percent usage share in 3 days 

When updates are installed onto iOS device it seems that the battery calibration data is wiped, and this is partly to blame for the rash of battery complaints following update. Not only does this make it seem like the device is discharging fast, but it can also make recharging seem a lot faster too.

This battery recalibration data will be rebuilt over a few charge/discharge cycles, so the best thing that you can do is to simply use your device.

Personally, I tend to find battery life to be all over the place during the first week following an iOS update.

Reset, reset, reset

If waiting doesn't work, you can try resetting the iDevice. There are two options here – a minor reset where you only delete the settings, and a more major settings that removes the settings and user data (so make sure you have a backup!).

I suggest starting by nuking your settings, and if that doesn't work, go the whole hog and nuke the settings and data.

Here's how:

  • Tap Settings > General > Reset
  • Tape either Reset All Settings (I recommend starting with this one) or Erase All Content and Settings
  • Pop your passcode in when requested
  • That's it.

Reinstall iOS 7.1 using iTunes

Finally, the nuclear option.

Some users are claiming that reinstalling iOS 7.1 through iTunes using the full iOS 7.1 update package as opposed to using the OTA (over-the-air) package helps.

Here's how to do this:

First, you need the download package:

Once you've got the package in you need to do the following:

  • Back up your iDevice, either locally or to iCloud.
  • Plug in your iOS device to your PC using the USB cable.
  • Launch iTunes and wait until it detects your iDevice.
  • Tap the device button (which is located to the left of iTunes Store button in the top right hand corner in iTunes).
  • Press and hold the shift key (Windows) or option key (Mac) and click "Check for Update" button. Locate the IPSW file you downloaded.
  • Do not unplug your device from computer until iTunes has finished installing the update.
  • Reload your apps and data from the backup.

Wait for Apple to swat the battery bug

If none of these suggestions help, then you're affected by a bug in iOS 7.1 (or possibly with an app you use) and will need to wait either for Apple to fix the bug or an updated app to be pushed to you.

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  • iOS 7.1 = no personal hotspot

    The internet is also flaming about another problem caused by iOS 7.1. The APN settings for a personal hotspot are not saved. So personal hotspot is not working.
    Rub2014
    • iOS 7.1 Personal Hotspot APN settings won't save on iPhone 4

      I forgot to add the link:

      https://discussions.apple.com/message/25149324#25149324
      Rub2014
    • I just checked my 4s and there are no problems with hotspot.

      I hope that your problem is soon resolved.
      1,2,3
      • Me too

        No problems on att 5s vz 5
        Johnpford
  • It's fine here

    The only thing I noticed is that it stopped charging at 97%, but its all good now.

    I have no issue at all with the personal hotspot, works fine (iPhone 4S updated to iOS 7.1 over wifi).
    root12
    • My iPad Air seems fine..

      So far I seem to have good battery life -- no issues to report at this home.
      mytake4this
  • Subject shouldn't be a required field for a comment.

    I'm too afraid of losing flappy bird to wipe anything.
    bsmartt
    • Technically, it's not! ;)
      .DeusExMachina.
  • iOS 7.1 Enables Bluetooth

    This update also re-enables Bluetooth without asking. (aka behind your back). This is so stores and retail outfits can track your movements better for their "marketing" demographics. In some circles this is known as Spying. Another unnecessary battery drain.
    zanzibar27@...
    • I have bluetooth enabled all the time anyways

      As I use wireless speakers and a wireless headset daily.
      otaddy
    • It's worse

      We track you based off of your cell signal.
      Johnpford
      • Plus your ISP is probably collecting your info

        Probably with help from the govt
        otaddy
    • Did you think

      That maybe - just maybe - that bluetooth being on is is default setting?
      athynz
      • No of course not!

        .DeusExMachina.
  • iphone

    iphones finger print scanner is secured http://techismyzone.com/iphones-fingerprint-scanner-is-secured/
    uminhas93@...
  • Typically it's...

    A misbehaving app that doesn't let go if a background update. Example is when ios7 came out. The weather app on a lot of the phones was having a issue pulling info from yahoo weather. And to make matters worse it wasn't letting go. You could see it in the iPhones logs.
    Johnpford
  • Best tip.

    Switch to a Windows Phone....nothing beats WP8.1 OS( unleashed soon)
    Owl:Net
    • Nothing beats Windows Phone,

      in fact, using nothing at all is a lot better.
      Tony Burzio
    • Make some sense dude

      HOW can WP 8.1 be unbeatable when it hasn't been released (or rather inflicted upon it's users) yet?
      athynz
      • Makes sense!!

        WP 8.1 is unbeatable... until it is released! LOL
        Aristarco Palacios