Put Simply it is Awful
Ok look here guys, I’m going to try and keep this article short, sweet and to the point, because time is running out for you if you’ve updated to iOS 11.
I know that there are a lot of you that thought updating was a good idea, I understand, you got all excited and you just couldn’t wait for that all new control centre, the sweet iMessage improvements and that awesome new encoding standard for your photos and videos to free up some gigabytes of space on your iPhone, but if you’ve been following me on Twitter (you really should be) don’t say that I didn’t try to warn you!
Battery life in iOS 11 sucks, it’s so bad that I was frankly shocked that the public release was the same as the golden master edition released to developers and public beta testers last week. Yet another reason why I’m thinking of switching. You’ll be lucky to make it to around 3ish hours of on screen time on an iPhone 7 that has only 6% battery wear, I’m talking from personal experience here.
Five Steps to Fix Battery Drain Issues
Let me run you through the steps I took to try and fix the issue:
- Clear all apps from multitasking tray.
- Clear RAM by holding the power button until shutdown prompt appears then hold the home button until respring.
- Toggling Background App Refresh off/on.
- Toggling privacy and location settings off/on.
- Reset all settings in Settings>General>Reset>Reset all settings.
Only step 5 had any kind of effect for me albeit for a short duration, but after short use, my iPhone 7 would quickly warm up and drain its battery again.
At this point, it is clear to me that iOS 11, even after a record 10 betas is not ready for public consumption and your best course of action if this is something that is affecting you is to restore to iOS 10.3.3 until the problems are addressed in a later update.
Apple will soon stop signing off 10.3.3 and when this happens you will not be able to downgrade from iOS 11.
Here Comes the Bad News
Well, the bad news is that you won’t be able to use a backup from iOS 11 and restore that on iOS 10.3.3 but it’s only been a day since release and what’s more important to you?
The texts, WhatsApp message and the #instafood photo ready to be uploaded, or your sweet sweet battery life?
If it’s the latter than the guys over at Redmond Pie have you covered with a complete rundown on how to downgrade and of course, you’re welcome.