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Users complain of huge iOS 14.6 battery drain and overheating

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What you need to know

  • Multiple iOS 14 users are complaining of excessive battery drain in iOS 14.6.
  • iPhone users on Reddit, Twitter, and Apple's support forums say their batteries are draining at an alarming rate.
  • Users are also reporting overheating, and problems with excessive power usage whilst idle.

Multiple users are complaining of excessive battery drain in the latest version of iOS 14 that was released to the public last week.

A video released on YouTube by iAppleBytes drew some attention to the issue last week, the video states:

iOS 14.6 Final was released on May 24th. The version released is the same as the RC 2 release. Same build number 18F72THIS VIDEO IS THE SAME AS THE RC 2 VIDEO, JUST REBRANDED TO REFLECT THE FINAL RELEASE, AND UPDATED CONCLUSION.We saw horrific results in battery performance with iOS 14.6 RC and Apple Released RC 2 just 4 days later. Hopefully this new release will improve the battery performance. We will see.

Users have also taken to Reddit, Twitter, and Apple's support forums to note the same issue. One Reddit user asked "iPhone 12 mini - iOS 14.6 battery drain - any suggestions? Had it for less than 3 months", the post has nearly 200 upvotes and over a hundred comments, many of which are users noting similar issues.

Apple's Communities support forums are also littered with complaints (opens in new tab), as is Twitter, one user noting "iOS 14.6 produces significant battery drain, a reduction in battery health, the phone gets very hot. This is very noticeable when listening to podcasts. iPhone 11 Pro Max, 256 GB, iOS 14.6."

It is unclear if there is a specific issue with iOS 14.6 causing the issue, one screenshot shared to Reddit noted an abnormally high level of background activity from the Music App, whilst others have suggested AirTags could be the cause. Other users have said that the Podcasts app and AirPlay have been causing very high battery drain, with at least one user finding "a big difference" in performance after reinstalling the app (opens in new tab).

Have you noticed any decrease in battery performance with the latest version of iOS 14? Let us know in the comments or over on Twitter.

Stephen Warwick
Stephen Warwick

Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design.

Before becoming a writer Stephen studied Ancient History at University and also worked at Apple for more than two years. Stephen is also a host on the iMore show, a weekly podcast recorded live that discusses the latest in breaking Apple news, as well as featuring fun trivia about all things Apple.

5 Comments
  • The day after updating to 14.6 I was listening to a podcast at work for about an hour and I could feel the iPhone burning in my pocket, hot to the touch when I took it out. I immediately shut it off and let it cool down. Since then I've had, knock on wood, no issues!
  • I haven't had any issues. But then, I haven't yet used an iPhone on battery for podcasts, but I have used one as a hotspot(!) on wall power. In fact, my iPads may last a bit longer on battery power, even editing photos.
  • Still on 14.4.2 here. No problems. 12 Pro Max. My 4 iPads are running 14.5.1. Again, no problems. Things like this are why I am NEVER in a hurry to upgrade. Let others find the problems. I am not interested in being an unpaid beta tester.
  • FWIW: No problems here with 14.6 on my iPhone 12 Pro Max.L
  • Go reinstalled the OS already!