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Why Your iPhone Battery Is Dying and the Super Simple Fix

If you recently upgraded your iPhone to iOS 7, you might suddenly feel like you’re carrying around a useless brick instead of a reliable smartphone. I couldn’t figure out why my phone’s battery died after just a few hours.

Turn Off Background Refresh

Here’s the super simple fix: turn off a new feature called “Background Refresh”. That’s it.

Background Refresh is meant to be a multitasking feature and the default setting is ON. It automatically refreshes apps that are running in the background. Unfortunately, it’s a real battery hog.

IMG_2017This is especially true if, like me, you really wear out your electronics and you have an older model like the iPhone 4 or 4S. I think the iOS 7 operating system might be outpacing the older hardware a bit.

To turn it off, open Settings and click on General > Background App Refresh.

Click the toggle switch indicated here and then click “Disable Background App Refresh” when prompted.

Your battery should behave better now.

Have a great day!


  1. Sarah

    07/24/2014 at 2:54 pm

    Thanks! That was a super helpful tip!

  2. Naomi

    07/29/2014 at 11:31 am

    Just what I needed! Thanks! I was wondering why my phone battery has been draining so quickly.

  3. Samantha

    07/29/2014 at 12:02 pm

    Glad this was helpful. Check out the link I posted above. Background Refresh is the biggest battery hog but the other tips will help some as well.

  4. Lori May

    11/20/2014 at 12:42 pm


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