Apple explains what to do to fix iOS 15.4 battery life issue; you might not like the answer

Apple explains what to do to fix iOS 15.4 battery life issue;  you might not like the answer

A few days ago we reported to you that several iPhone users started complain that their batteries drain too quickly after installing the latest iOS 15.4 update. Apple does not usually confirm these issues, but according to TechRadar, a tweet released by Apple in response to these complaints, not only took responsibility for the problem, but also told those affected by the update what to do.

Apple Admits iOS 15.4 Could Have Temporarily Reduced iPhone Battery Life

Some iPhone users have reported shocking reductions in battery life after installing iOS 15.4. For example, an iPhone 11 user had a full day’s battery life before the update. Now its battery is empty at noon.

Other comments reflected this one and also included iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 users. Considering that extremely long battery life is a major feature of the iPhone 13 Pro line (especially the iPhone 13 Pro Max), we would expect Apple to address this issue immediately, which it did.

The tweet posted by Apple Support read: “Thanks for contacting us! We’ll be happy to help. It’s normal for your apps and features to need adjusting up to 48 hours after an update. We urge you to contact us in a DM if the problem persists after this date so that we can help you investigate this matter further.”
So that’s Apple’s response. In a nutshell, the company tells you that such drops in battery life are normal and that you should wait up to two days after the update to bring battery life back to previous levels. Just in case you weren’t satisfied with this answer, Apple also posted a link to its battery support page titled “Maximizing battery life and battery life”.

Apple’s battery support page lists some helpful tips to improve battery life

Ironically, this support page lists “Update to the latest software” as the first suggestion. Considering that following this advice has led to reduced iPhone battery life, we have to wonder if the Cupertino gang is paying attention to what they’re doing.

In fact, Apple has some helpful tips if you’re looking to extend your iPhone’s battery life. Apple recommends that you dim the screen or turn on auto-brightness to extend battery life. To dim the screen, access the Control Center by swiping down from the right corner and using the vertical slider with the sun icon to reduce the brightness. With auto-brightness, your screen automatically becomes brighter or darker depending on the lighting conditions. You can enable it by going to Settings > Accessibility. Press on Display and text sizethen activate Auto Brightness.

You’d be surprised how much extra battery life you can get from your phone in general by lowering the brightness level.

Another helpful tip from Apple: Wi-Fi uses less battery power than cellular connectivity. If given a choice, select Wi-Fi to save on battery usage. And finally, you can enable low power mode by going to Settings > Battery and tapping Low Power Mode.

In low power mode, the screen automatically dims, some system animations are disabled, and mail does not load in the background. You will still be able to make and receive phone calls, receive emails and messages, access the internet, and more. Once the battery is charged, low power mode will turn off automatically.

You’ll get a notification giving you the option to turn on Low Power Mode once your iPhone’s battery reaches 20%.

Until you are confident in the ability of the battery powering your iPhone to provide at least a day’s charge, we suggest carrying a power bank. Yes, some are bulky and a PIA to take with you (which might explain why you bought an iPhone 13 Pro Max to begin with). But for now, it’s a handy solution to make sure your phone is always working when you need it.

So here is the big question we want to ask iPhone users who have seen their battery life decrease after installing iOS 15.4. Has your iPhone battery life returned to pre-update levels? If not, how long ago did you update the device to iOS 15.4? Feel free to leave your comments in the box below.