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Apple’s iOS 11.4 update is probably draining your battery excessively

Some users are reporting their batteries are draining twice as fast in comparison to previous iOS builds.

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It seems iOS 12 can’t come soon enough. Ten months after it was first released, iOS 11 is still angering some iPhone and iPad users. Things have gotten so bad that BGR recently encouraged its readers to ditch the latest public software version of iOS, iOS 11.4, for the current iOS 12 public beta 2 version.

Recommending a beta version over a public version? Now, that’s bad.

That same publication is now shinning the light on an excessive battery drain issue now affecting many iOS device users.  According to BGR, many folks are complaining how iOS 11.4 is causing battery issues on their devices.

As they explain,

 This thread on Apple’s support forum has reached a whopping 35 pages at the time of this writing, and it’s just one small sampling of all the complaints we’ve seen out there.

In a nutshell, iPhone users have found that the iOS 11.4 update is drastically reducing their battery life. Some users say their iPhones only last half as long on each charge compared to the battery life they had experienced prior to installing the update. Making matters even worse, the reason for the excess drain is completely unknown and some users are even being misled by iOS’s battery tool. For example, one user in the thread linked above said that Personal Hotspot was showing up on his battery page as being responsible for nearly 50% of his battery usage, but he never even enables the iPhone’s Personal Hotspot feature.

If you haven’t yet updated your iPhone or iPad to iOS 11.4, you should probably wait. Apple is likely to launch iOS 11.4.1 in the coming days or weeks, although there are no guarantees the update will fix the battery issue some are experiencing. At this point, your best bet might be to wait until the first public version of iOS 12 arrives this September. Better yet, joining the free Apple Beta Software program and install iOS 12 right now.

This isn’t the first time users have complained about excessive battery drain issues with their devices after installing iOS 11.4. Last month, BGR also highlighted the issue.

Remeber that time Apple crippled older iPhones?

Are you experiencing excessive battery drain issues on your devices with iOS 11.4 installed? Let us know below. 

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Bryan considers himself a well-rounded techie, having written articles for MakeUseOf, KnowTechie, AppAdvice, iDownload Blog. When he's not writing, he's being a single dad and rooting for his alma mater, Penn State, or cheering on the Patriots.

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