iOS 14 introduced a load of new features to iPhones. However, one feature that certainly wasn't advertised was poorer battery life.
Complaints from users started about the increased battery drain almost as soon as iOS 14 was released. However, as it stands, Apple hasn't issued a proper fix for the problems, instead choosing to fix other bugs, such as maintaining a users' preferred browser, in the iOS 14.0.1 update.
Still, the company has managed to rustle together a brief support page to help users fix the problems with their newly updated iPhones. Let's take a look at the fix, plus what caused the situation in the first place.
How to Fix the iOS 14 Battery Drain Issue
So, if you've updated to iOS 14 and/or watchOS 7 and are experiencing two or more of the following issues, you should be concerned:
- Your workout route maps are missing in the Fitness app on iPhone for previous GPS-enabled workouts from your Apple Watch.
- The Activity, Heart Rate, or other health-related apps fail to launch or load data on your Apple Watch.
- The Fitness app or Health app fail to launch or load data on your iPhone.
- The Health app or Fitness app is reporting an inaccurate amount of data storage on your iPhone.
- The Activity app is reporting an inaccurate amount of data storage on your Apple Watch.
- Your environmental sound levels data or headphone audio levels data from Apple Watch is missing in the Health app on iPhone.
- Increased battery drain on your iPhone or Apple Watch.
To fix the problems, you'll need to:
- Unpair your Apple Watch from your phone
- Backup all of your data to iCloud (which, in turn, will probably mean you have to pay the $0.79 for an upgraded storage plan)
- Erase all the content and settings from your iPhone
- Restore the iPhone and Apple Watch from your new backup.
Yep, it's really not a good look for Apple.
What Caused the iOS14 Battery Life Issue?
We don't know, to be honest. However, it is obvious that something has gone pretty badly wrong with the GPS and health tracking functions on iPhones and Apple Watches.
As you can probably imagine, these could be pretty big problems indeed, certainly if there are issues storing the data.
We also don't know whether Apple will be able to issue a fix for the problem in upcoming versions of iOS 14. But, then again, perhaps the problem will just go away as everyone upgrades to iPhone 12 series phones next week.