iOS 14.4 Beta 1 Update – Idle Battery Drain Problem SOLVED!


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A majority of the eligible iPhone owners were ranting about idle battery drain problems after the iOS 14 update. It was practically found that before the iOS 14 update, the battery life lasted 6 hours at 58%. Whereas after iOS 14 update it lasted only for 4 hours in 58% left. The figures were for a relatively less than a year device having 100% battery health.

It all started with iPhone 12 series owners reporting serious idle battery drain issues. It was initially logged on the Apple forum on 25 October 2020 and more than 100 pages of grumbling users joined the chorus. Even after 3 major updates, the issue had no solution that got complicated by no support from Apple.

But hopes for a permanent solution has been ignited again for all the 20 different iPhone models that got upgraded to iOS 14. On December 16, Apple released its first iOS 14.4 beta 1 that is reported to bring the solution. The version came out just on the heels of iOS 14.3 where the idle battery drain bug persisted.

iOS 14.4 Beta 1 Update - Idle Battery Drain Problem SOLVED!
Credit: Reddit

Initial reports of 14.4 beta 1 coming in are encouraging. People on Reddit seem to be happy, getting a majority of pertinent issues fixed. Many have found their issues on iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 12 fixed. One Redditor confirmed that he found issues fixed like phone calls using low power core, photos not background on battery, messages not going haywire, and Home Screen acting .. like an idle Home Screen.

MY experience is that you have to “overcharge” to get the full performance of a battery.

What does that mean? If I have it turned OFF (which I could in iOS 13.x and 14.0/14.1), I would get 15-16 hours on my iPhone11 Pro Max.

In 14.2, it magically turned back on upon restart or randomly, which screwed 30% of my battery life.

In 14.3, it was a complete debacle – it said it was off, but behaved as if it was on. And my wireless charger went from “charging” to “fully charged” (= stops charging), confirming that Apple was slimy using this feature WITHOUT our permission. Full stop.

14.4 = fixed.


One of the users has given statistics –But literally I’m at 91% with moderate use after 4 hours today before noon. Two days ago, was at 77% with less usage. And I’ve even reinstalled Chrome. But few found that it is at the expense of Apple prioritizing battery over performance a bit too much.

iOS 14.4 beta 1 has been made available to registered devs and it can be downloaded via an over-the-air update in the Settings app. The build number 18D5030e is assigned to iOS 14.4 beta 1.

Drop in note about your experience with the latest version iOS 14.4 beta 1.

Rashmi is the Editor of PhonesWiki. She launched PhonesWiki back in 2018, turning it into a top spot for phone news and updates by 2019. Now, it's your go-to for leaks and solutions to phone problems. Her first phone was a Nokia 6610, but now she relies on an iPhone 14 Pro as daily driver. Rashmi's a tech enthusiast through and through, always tinkering with gadgets and gizmos. When she's not writing, you'll find Rashmi hanging out with her beloved pet, enjoying some quality playtime. Have a tip or just want to say hello? Contact her at


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