The iPhone has earned a reputation for long battery life in recent years. Indeed, critics recently cited the iPhone 13’s batteries as one of the device’s best new features. If you’re a heavy Spotify user, however, you’d be forgiven for thinking the opposite, as the app appears to eat iPhone batteries for breakfast.
This accusation isn’t just based on user complaints; it’s also made by the king of music streaming. In a blog post, Spotify acknowledged that it is aware of battery drain reports on iPhones running iOS 14.8 and iOS 15. Users have reported losing up to 30% of their battery in just an hour while using the app, according to ZDNet.
How do I get Spotify to stop draining my iPhone’s battery?
Troubleshooting the problem is currently in a delicate state. There are a few workarounds you can try to get Spotify and your iPhone battery to work better together again. However, they might not be able to help you with your problem.
Disabling Background App Refresh is the first thing you should try. This feature allows Spotify to use data in the background, effectively allowing the app to run even when the user isn’t using it. While that setting usually has a minor impact on your battery life, Spotify believes it is currently excessively taxing. To turn it off, go to Settings > General > Background App Refresh and turn off the toggle next to “Spotify.”
If you’re still experiencing significant battery drain while using Spotify, uninstall and reinstall the app. The hope is that reinstalling Spotify on your iPhone will remove whatever bug is causing the battery problem. Long-press the Spotify app on your Home Screen, select “Remove App,” and then “Delete App.” Now go to the App Store and redownload Spotify.
If that doesn’t work, you’ll have to wait for Spotify to issue a patch to fix the problem. Your best bet is to keep an eye on your app updates in the App Store on a regular basis. Pull down on the page to refresh and check for an update after tapping your profile in the top right.
When Spotify releases the new patch, we’ll update this article. Until then, remember to bring your charger with you the next time you go out.