iPhone serious battery problems, Apple confirms

Apple recently confirmed two severe problems with iPhones and iPads, and now there’s another. Reports say iPhones experience battery-draining background activity in iOS 13.5.1.

Since Apple’s recent confirmation, millions of iPhone users have been hit by severe problems with many of the most popular iOS apps. Spotify, Tinder, Pinterest, TikTok, and Venmo are just some of the apps that are said to crash when opened repeatedly.

iPhones experience battery-draining background activity

iPhone Serious Battery Problems, Apple Confirms

According to Forbes, it stems from a bug in Facebook’s SDK, which allows Spotify, Tinder, Pinterest, TikTok, Venmo, and other apps to integrate Login functionality that would still be affected simply because the feature is part of the app.

This problem is the second time Facebook’s SDK has gone down this year, exposing a fundamental weakness in its collaboration with other iOS apps. Facebook has now fixed the problem. However, there is still work to be done as the number of affected users is increasing. 

If you are one of the large numbers experiencing this problem, MacRumors suggests a few things you can try:

  • Force quit the app causing the problem.
  • Restart your iPhone.
  • Delete the app and reinstall it by downloading it from the App Store.
  • Turn off automatic downloads for updates for that specific app.
  • Turn off background updates for the apps that are running. Go to Settings > General > Background App Refresh.
  • Turn off your iPhone’s WiFi or Mobile Data.
  • Cancel all downloads.

Another technique you can do to solve this battery-draining issue is by logging out of iCloud, restarting your iPhone, and logging in again.

Other issues with iOS 13.5.1

Apple has confirmed that they are aware of the problem and are now investigating. While we expected iOS 13.6 and iPadOS 13.6 to launch last week, so it is unclear whether they are trying to make last-minute changes and fixes to the update.

Other issues reported under the iOS 13.5.1 include the following:

  • iPhone unable to connect to WiFi.
  • iPhone showing a 4G connection, but apps are not loading continuously.
  • iPhone is running slowly.

Whether your iPhone is affected or not, it’s still better to always check the battery health of your mobile device. You can check the status as well as the power consumption in Settings > Battery. Look especially at the Screen Off figure, which should typically be quite low. 

Close any applications that are not in use to prolong the battery life of your iPhone. If you have installed applications that are rarely used, you can turn off its background refresh so that you can also save your mobile data.


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