iOS 7.0.6 iPhone or iPad battery drain? Here’s the fix

“Some iPhone and iPad users, myself included, have experienced an unusual level of battery drain after updating devices to iOS 7.0.6,” OS X Daily reports. “This is typically accompanied by an iPhone (or other device) feeling abnormally warm to the touch.”

OS X Daily reports, “For such a small security update to cause excessive loss to battery life and to a limited group of devices is a bit odd, but fortunately it’s also easily corrected with a 2-step procedure.”

1. Quit every open app on the iPhone by going to the multitasking screen (double-tap on the Home button) and swiping up on every app to close it
2. Forcibly reboot the iPhone by holding down the Home and Power button until the device restarts

Read more in the full article here.

[Attribution: Fairer Platform. Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]

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35 Comments

    1. Sorry mate. As a developer, I hate that Apple forces this on us. But Apple wants everyone on iOS 7, so there’s no other choice for devices that are capable of running it, and that goes all the way back to the iPhone 4.

      1. Yep, it’s a great way to reduce the dreaded ‘fragmentation’ and keep posting those ‘amazing’ user upgraded percentages.. Those would actually mean more if people were given a choice to what OS level they want to upgrade/downgrade to.

    2. If my experience is any indication, we CANNOT upgrade iOS 6.1.2/6.1.3 to iOS 6.1.6 . . . at least not on an iPhone or iPad. The iPod Touch? Yes, but as for ALL OTHER Apple devices, go suck an egg, they tell me in tech support.

      This is the first time in my memory and experience with Apple Inc. that we users have been TOLD what operating system we MUST use on our beloved devices (barring hardware incompatibilities, of course). There is no recourse to this abominable policy, as far as I know; so if you don’t like iOS 7’s marvelous features (like not being able to add a ripped movie to the video app and actually see its TITLE!), then you’re fresh out of luck. Want to manage your book collection, calendars, contacts, and the like WITHOUT going through the iCloud? Pshaw. What are you, a Luddite or something?

      iOS 7 Rules! (No matter what some of you/us might think.)

      1. On the other hand, iOS 7 has finally freed us from AT&T’s blocking fees, wherein the charged you $3 per month for blocking UP TO 10 numbers. True number blocking has always been disabled in iOS up ’til now in order to allow AT&T to charge for it. Now, in iOS 7 you simply select a number in “Recents” by tapping the “i” icon next to it, scroll down and select “Block this caller”. This alone makes iOS 7 worth it.

        1. Are you telling us that it took till iOS7 for a phone function available on Android to be implemented? I thought the carriers didn’t have much power over iOS features.. Much surprised..

          1. I don’t know the details, but there was no number blocking function in iOS prior to iOS 7 that I know of, and believe me, I looked. I finally jailbroke my iPhone so I could install a number blocking app. The only reason that makes sense is that with AT&T offering that feature for $3 per month, I’m sure they demanded a long term agreement that Apple would not implement it, or allow it in their app store. I would guess that agreement ran out finally about the time iOS 7 was released.

            1. I don’t know, but originally AT&T was the only iPhone carrier, and I think SJ & Apple had to jump through some flaming hoops to get the iPhone on their system. I’m pretty sure this was one of those hoops, and it was probably something like a 5 year agreement.

            2. Thanks for the blocking tip, somehow I had missed that one.

              Today I had lunch with two other women and told them all about it — they were delighted. It seems spam calls are rampant. Why isn’t blocking better advertised?

              Amusingly enough, after I explained your reasoning about its delayed implementation, they stopped me and pointedly demanded, “Who’s Zeke?”

      2. Apple knows it can not continue to support every device forever, particularly with new technologies being introduced and security being a high priority around OSs.

        Well, I guess you can always move over to Android and Microsoft!

        The alternative is to do exactly what a college friend of mine did. He owns no computer controlled devices. Radio and TV are the most complicated electronics he has.

    3. Yep I figured I was SOL with the iPhone 4S but I’d figured I’d ask just in case anyone knew. Thanks for the responses.

      Granted iOS7 does have some nicer functionality, I just can’t stand the look of the color scheme nor the flat design of the icons. I will live with the GOTO flaw (and be extra, extra careful) rather than DOWNGRADE to iOS7.

  1. Apparently you’re new to Apple products. They aren’t perfect now, nor have they ever been in the 35 years I’ve been using them. It’s computer hardware and software. There are bugs sometimes. Get over it.

    1. apparently you’re new to this forum. The evangelists here loudly proclaim Apple to be perfect in all things, and often personally attacking those who point out areas where Apple has really screwed up in the last few years. This is just one more example of how Apple’s software attention to user experience has significantly slipped under Cook’s tepid leadership.

      1. Anybody who spends any time on this site knows nobody around here ‘loudly proclaims Apple is perfect’ – at anything, let alone all things. The general theme is simply that Apple is great, and better than the competition. It’s a tenable position, and for the most part, why the company has devoted fans, and we use its products. Put simply, Apple and it’s products are great. Not perfect. Great.

        The point of my last post (which apparently went right over your head) was precisely that this iOS issue is no example of anything. Apple, like every other company that makes software, occasionally has bugs in that software. Apple II software had bugs, the Mac had bugs in 1984 (and in every version that’s ever shipped since), and so does iOS.

        In summation, to even suggest that this iOS issue is an example of user experience slipping under Cook’s leadership is beyond ignorant; it’s inane.

      2. Here’s a less childish response to your childish response:

        No we don’t – Yes you do… No we don’t – yes you do… No we don’t.

        … guess we don’t.

        In all seriousness we are not fair and balanced, and I hope we never try to be, but when an Apple flaw shows up that messes up my workflow I speak up. So poo poo on you.

  2. This article is incorrect about it’s troubleshooting technique. A Hard reset and a restart are the same. The only difference is a hard reset is like pulling the plug on a computer. It should only be done if the phone becomes unresponsive.

    Doing a hard reset when one is not needed could potentially cause you to lose data as the iPhone doesn’t have time to nicely close and save everything.

    Contact Apple about troubleshooting, not some blog: https://getsupport.apple.com/GetproductgroupList.action

  3. This advice makes no sense. First, removing apps from the recent apps list doesn’t quit anything–they weren’t running anyway. Second, if you thought they were running, rebooting the phone would quit them anyway, making the first step moot.

  4. No computer software is perfect, it’s always been the same, it’s a way of life, ever had to reboot your Sky+ HD box for instance, because it’s gone wrong? I have used both Microsoft, and now using Apple, and have used Apple now, for a few years, and even though there are bugs, I have found Apple to have less bugs than Microsoft.

    1. “It’s a way of life.” True words that must be understood by any users of any software. Although, Apple has made it their mission to mitigate this inconvenient truth as much as humanly possible, it still remains an adult responsibility

  5. Well, actually draining battery is not just issue for 7.0.6. Since iOS 7, it is really terrible to compare with 6.0. It drains down to 20% very easy. So I have been irritating since 7. Don’t say that it is my phone hardware problem. It is software which can’t handle battery life properly. It is really annoying. Apple should fix this big problem.

    1. Just a reminder Edward, after any iOS update — go to Settings to turn off Bluetooth. The update turns it back on as default and it can affect battery

  6. @ test,

    Don’t let the door hit you in the a** on the way out.
    Oh, and have fun trying to put Vista on your phone. 😉

    (sorry, I’m not normally negative to other posters here)

  7. I just updated my 4s to ios 7.0.6 and I’m confused why I can’t see my apps(like fb, games, etc.) on the homescreen but when I search them, they’re still on my device meaning they haven’t been uninstalled or reformatted. Can someone help me?

    1. I have the 4S and updated to iOS 7.0.6. I too missed certain apps, but going to App Store > Updates > Purchased shows the whole historical list of apps you’ve acquired. Tapping the iCloud download icon at the right will bring it back to life.

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