Several readers have told me of their concern that the latest version of iOS, iOS 14.6, has turned their iPhones into portable pocket warmers.
The story is still the same. IPhone is physically warm to the touch, and the battery drains within hours of little or no use. It’s been talked about a lot on social media and on Apple’s support forum.
Without needing to physically see or touch the iPhone, I can tell them what’s going on. Either iOS goes haywire and consumes a lot of battery, causing the device to overheat, or an app has gotten out of hand and is doing the same.
So far, it seems to be roughly 50-50 as to the cause of the problem.
But before you do anything, here’s the first thing you need to do. Cool the iPhone!
Don’t go into a competition to see what temperature you can heat your iPhone to. You will incur inevitable property damage. A hot and stressed battery is an unhappy battery, which can lead to premature wear and performance issues.
So if it overheats, move it away from a hot area, like behind a window in the sun, and don’t leave it in a car outside. I also recommend that you temporarily take it out of the case it is in.
You can then start working on the problem.
If it’s an app that’s causing the problem, you can use the tools built into iOS to determine which one is causing the problem.
Press on Settings and go to Drums. Scroll down a little further and you will see the data Battery usage. Click on Show activity, which will give you an overview of which apps are running in the background. If you have a background app that you don’t use (and it’s not a running music or audiobook app, or, like I did here , I accidentally left Google Maps running overnight …), this could be the culprit.
You can also click on the graph Activity to see how long an app has been running in a one hour period.
Coming back to View battery usage (tap on Show activity to display it), you will see how much battery an app has consumed during a given period. So if you have an app that’s constantly running and consuming a lot of battery, you’ve found the culprit. I recommend that you delete the app and reinstall it, then keep an eye on things.
Can’t see an app that’s eating your battery? So what you have my friend is an iOS bug. Sometimes restarting iPhone works, but if it doesn’t, you’re going to have to wait for Apple to fix it.
If Apple takes care of it …