As we enter 2022, we will continue to receive feedback from iPhone SE2 users. While much of the feedback is good, some users are complaining about abnormal battery draining, a common issue that affects all versions of iPhone.
We’ve heard about a series of issues with Apple’s second-generation iPhone SE. Some issues are minor bugs. Others, such as abnormal battery drain, are much more problematic.
Again, iPhone battery life issues are very common. They usually appear after every iOS update, so these complaints don’t come as a surprise.
Some battery issues may be hardware related but most likely have something to do with the iOS 15 software that powers the phone.
If you find your battery is seriously draining, take matters into your own hands before contacting Apple customer service.
In this guide, we will walk you through some solutions that can help you fix iPhone SE 2 bad battery life. These are solutions that have worked for us over the years and there is a chance they will work for you too.
Restart your phone
If you suddenly notice abnormal battery consumption, you can try restarting your device. Turn it off, wait a minute, then turn it back on. This sometimes works especially if you haven’t restarted your phone in a while.
Update your phone
If your device is currently running an older version of iOS 15, try updating to the latest version.
iOS 15 updates usually don’t come with specific battery fixes, but installing new software can help stabilize your iPhone SE’s performance.
Before installing a new version of iOS 15 on your phone, read reviews and get feedback before downloading.
Check your apps
More often than not, it’s an application that drains your battery fast. Apps, especially third-party applications, sometimes occur after Apple releases new iOS 15 firmware.
Checking the performance of an app is extremely easy and you should be able to isolate the culprit within minutes. Here’s how to do that:
- First, go to the Settings app.
- Tap Battery.
In this menu you can see which apps are consuming the battery life of your iPhone SE and when they do so. If you use an app a lot, this naturally puts a strain on your device’s battery.
That said, if it’s draining an absurd amount of battery or draining an app you rarely use, you’ll definitely want to look into this.
If something is not right, try updating the application to the latest version. App developers are constantly rolling out support updates and these releases can help.
If updating the app(s) doesn’t work, try uninstalling them (permanently or temporarily) and see if the battery life returns to normal. If the problem persists, contact the developer.
Reset all settings
If you find that your apps have no error, try resetting your iPhone SE settings. This will reset your settings to factory defaults (so make sure you have your Wi-Fi passwords handy), but it can fix the battery life issues. Here’s how to do that:
- Go to Settings.
- Tap General.
- Tap Transfer or Reset iPhone.
- Tap Reset.
- Tap Reset all settings.
- Enter your passcode if you have one enabled.
Using Screen Time
Your iPhone SE 2 comes with a Screen Time feature that can help you save battery and eliminate bad habits.
Screen Time provides you with a series of controls that can help you keep your addictive behavior in check. If you don’t use your applications on your phone, the battery life won’t last long.
Screen Time allows you to set limits on how long you can use a particular app on a given day. As you approach the threshold, he will warn you.
Using Energy Saving Mode
Your phone also has a feature called Low Power Mode that allows you to extend battery life by temporarily turning off background activity, including Hey Siri, automatic downloads, and email retrieval.
You can turn the power saving mode on and off whenever you want. Your iPhone will also ask you to turn it on when the battery power reaches 20%.
We always recommend adding Low Power Mode to the Control Center for easy access. Here’s how to do that:
- Go to the Settings app.
- Tap Control Center.
- Tap Customize Controls.
- Tap the green plus sign next to Power Saving Mode.
The next time you open the Control Center on your device, you will see a battery icon and you can tap it to enable or disable the power saving mode.
If you prefer to enable power saving mode through your settings, you can do that too. Here’s how to do that:
- Go to the Settings app.
- Tap Battery.
- Tap Power Saving Mode.
- Turn it on.
Stop background refresh
Background app refresh is a feature that refreshes apps in the background to show you the latest data when you open them. It’s useful, but it can also reduce battery life because your phone works in the background. Turning it off can save battery.
Here’s how to disable Background App Refresh for your apps if you don’t think you need it:
- Go to Settings.
- Tap General.
- Tap Refresh App Background.
- Disable it for any applications you are not using.
You can also turn it off completely.
Turn off fitness tracking
Your iPhone SE 2 comes with a co-processor that tracks your steps and other movements. If you use your phone for fitness-related activities, leave this feature turned on. If you don’t, try turning it off as it can help you save battery life. Here’s how to do this:
- Go to your Settings app.
- Tap Privacy.
- Select Training & Fitness and turn off the Fitness Tracking feature.
You may also want to disable the apps listed under Fitness Tracking in the menu.
Downgrade the software
If you can’t fix the problem yourself, can’t wait for the next iOS 15 update, and don’t want to contact Apple customer service, you can try downgrading back to an earlier version of iOS 15 if the option is available.
If you have good battery life on an older version of iOS 15, downgrading can help. If you don’t know how to downgrade an iPhone, check out our walkthrough.
Restore like new
You can also try to restore your device from a backup from your computer or via iCloud.
If you are really ambitious, you can try to restore the device as new. You can do this via Finder, iTunes or iCloud.
Buy a Battery Case or Battery Bank
If you can’t find a solution or you’re just a heavy user, you may want to invest in a battery case or battery bank.
If you don’t know where to look, check out our list of the best iPhone SE 2 cases. It is a good starting point for those not following the accessory market.
If you don’t want to use a bulky battery case with your iPhone, you may want to buy a battery bank. They are useful in emergencies where your phone’s battery life is quickly running out.
Battery banks are small, portable power sources that can charge your iPhone multiple times. For example, the RAVPower battery pack can deliver six full iPhone charges before you need to recharge it.
There are many options available to you, but the RAVPower, Mophie’s Power Station, and the Anchor PowerCore Slim are some of our favorites.
4 reasons not to install iOS 15.5 and 11 reasons why you should
Install iOS 15.5 for better security
If security is important to you, you’ll definitely want to consider installing Apple’s iOS 15.5 update right away.
iOS 15.5 brings 27 new security patches to iPhone and they are essential if you want to protect your device and its data. You can find more information about these patches on Apple’s security site.
If you missed iOS 15.4.1, it only had one new security patch on board. You can read more about it on Apple’s website.
If you missed the iOS 15.4 update, it had a whopping 36 new security patches on board. For more information about these patches, please visit: Apple’s security site for more information.
If you missed iOS 15.3.1, it had one security patch on board. For more information, visit Apple’s security page.
If you missed iOS 15.3, you will also get the corresponding patches with your upgrade. iOS 15.3 brought 10 new security patches for iPhone users. If you are interested in the details, you can read more about it here.
If you missed iOS 15.2.1, you will get the security patch with your upgrade. You can find more information about the change on Apple’s website.
If you missed Apple’s iOS 15.2 update, you’ll get the 30+ security patches with your upgrade. You can read all about it on the company’s security site.
iOS 15.2 also included some significant privacy upgrades. The software brought the company’s app privacy report to Settings. This lets you see how many times in the past seven days your apps accessed your location, photos, camera, microphone, contacts, and more. You can also see their network activity.
In addition, iOS 15.2 Apple’s communication security features for children. You’ll find these features in the Messages app, Siri, Spotlight, and Search.
If you missed iOS 15.1, iOS 15.5 brings its security patches to your iPhone. You can read more about it on Apple’s website.
If you missed iOS 15.0.2, you will also get the security patch with your upgrade. You can learn more about it here.
iOS 15.0 also brought numerous security patches to your iPhone. If you’re moving from iOS 14 and you’re interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can read more about them on Apple’s security website.
Apple has updated its website with new information about iOS 15’s suite of security patches. The company now says the software has resolved an issue that could have exposed a user’s personal Apple ID information and in-app search history. It also states that iOS 15 fixed an issue that allowed apps to ignore privacy preferences.
If you skipped iOS 14.8 or an older version of iOS, you will also receive the security patches from those updates with your iOS 15.5 update.
In addition to these patches, iOS 15 comes with some security and privacy upgrades, including improvements to Siri. Requests to Siri are now processed on the device itself with Neural Engine. This makes it safer.
If you’re an Apple Card user, you now get a security code that changes regularly to use when you transact online.
Apple has also added a built-in authenticator, similar to Google Authenticator. Allows you to generate verification codes for enhanced login security under your passwords.
There is also a Mail feature that hides your IP address.