Let me guess, your precious iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus isn’t living up to your
battery life expectations. For all you know, this might be easily solvable. Let’s see what we can do to set it right. Follow these troubleshooting steps and it should help in restoring the battery health of iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.
So, first off, leave your phone aside for about thirty minutes. Check the battery percentage shown on the screen. After thirty minutes, check the battery percentage again. If the drop isn’t significant, then you probably don’t have anything to worry about. Certain apps or inbuilt features like, iCloud Photo Sharing can cause the battery to drain.
If you notice a significant drop in the battery level, then read on.
Step 1. Apps running in the background
You’ll have several apps for doing various things, like, social media, camera, maps etc. When you have finished, you’d just press the Home button to go back to the Home screen but, that doesn’t quit the app. You have minimized it, which is like minimizing applications on your computer and not closing them. They still hog power.
So, this is what you do:
- Double click the Home button to open the App Switcher.
- Swipe to the apps that you don’t need and aren’t using at the moment.
- Swipe them up to force quit them.
Step 2. Hard restart
This troubleshooting technique works more often than not. Try this before going onto anything else. Sometimes, a hard-restart helps in settling everything down.
To restart your iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus:
- Press the Sleep/Wake button (on the right hand side) and the Home Button simultaneously.
- Keep them pressed until you see the Apple logo appear on the screen.
- Now, you can release the buttons.
Awesome! This should help in restoring the battery health of iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. Let’s do another test to see if this shook things into place. Once again, leave your phone aside. Before you do, note the battery percentage. After thirty minutes, check the battery percentage again. Is the drop in battery percentage significant?
Usually, a hard-restart should help with any minor glitches. Did the battery percentage dropped significantly? Okay, do not worry. Let’s move on to the next step.
Step 3. Check how much energy your apps are using
I’m guessing the hard restart didn’t work. Fear not because I have another trick up my sleeve.
For this, we’ll go to the Battery Usage option under Settings>Battery.
- Tap the Settings app on your iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus.
- Tap on the Battery option.
- Allow the Battery Usage area to show how your apps have been using energy.
- Click on the ‘clock’ on the right side. This shows you a breakdown of foreground and background app usage.
Let’s analyze that data now. If you see that some app has been consuming energy in the background that usually shouldn’t, for example, WhatsApp Messenger shows that 10% power consumption on screen and 30% in background, that isn’t natural. Your best bet would be to force quit that app (Step 1).
If force quitting still doesn’t solve your problem, then I advice you to delete the app and reinstall it. That should usually solve the problem.
So, your problem still isn’t solved? Okay, let’s try one last thing before it’s time to give up and take it to the Apple Service Centre and get them to take a look at it.
Step 4. Reinstall the iOS to restore battery health of iPhone
We are running out of troubleshooting options here. This is the last one. Let’s see if this solves it. Reinstalling the iOS is last and often times the-most-effective option. Restoring an old backup in such cases is less than ideal because the iOS version may be old or it might be corrupted. There will be no way to tell.
Your do-it-yourself option is setting up your iPhone as new. I agree it is a bane and not so much a boon. You will most certainly lose all your data. You’ll have to set your phone up once again, from scratch, which is less than ideal.
Go for this option if all else fails and you don’t want to give up just yet and take it to the Apple Service Center. I’m not including a how-to guide in this article as that’s a another topic for a different article. I’ll definitely link it, once I publish that article. For now, you can see this support article on the Apple website.
Step 5. Contact Apple Support
If you’re reading this step, that can only mean one thing. The battery health of iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus isn’t restored. Your last option is to contact Apple Support. Your battery could be dying and that’s probably why it’s losing charge.
Things can go wrong, just like with any electronics item. You can book a Genius Bar appointment or telephone Apple Support at 1-800-MY-APPLE. They will help you solve your problem.
Hope this article is helpful. If you liked this article, please let me know in the comments below. If you have any other ideas that I haven’t mentioned here, please let me know about that too! Cheers!