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iPhone 4s Battery Life?

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  • in2sound Calculating status...
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    Nov 1, 2011 9:53 PM (in response to Scarface.)

    My battery life is still pretty bad.  I have done everything under the sun to improve it.  Today I did the full wipe and setup as new again.  Reloaded everything.  At 4pm my phone was at 100%.  Now at 9:37pm it is down to 74% with very little usage.  All location services are off except Find my Phone and Siri.  Very little in the way of Notifications are on.  I do keep WiFi and Bluetooth on at all times.  On my iPhone 4 I would have been at around 90%+ battery life.  I think that this a software issue as when I put iOS5 GM on my iPhone 4, my battery life got worse.  Apple, please find out what it is in the operating system that is causing the issue.

  • Zapshot Calculating status...
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    Nov 1, 2011 10:06 PM (in response to in2sound)

    Apple must be working to fix this issue ASAP.

    So stay tuned for their words.

    In meantime you can save battery with few simple tips at http://supportany.com/2011/10/ways-to-increase-iphone-4s-battery-life/

  • antoneta Calculating status...
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    Nov 1, 2011 10:11 PM (in response to Zapshot)

    I really hope they can figure this out... Maybe a software issue.  Honestly, with all the "tips" in saving the battery life... Whats the point of having the 4s when everything has to be shut off anyway.  Sorry just a bit frustrated. :(

  • deepeshsk Calculating status...
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    Nov 1, 2011 10:27 PM (in response to Scarface.)

    Tried the tips mentioned on this forum, along with the ones on cnet, 9to5mac but no luck... battery still drains pretty fast.... is anyone in apple listening and working on a fix?

  • LocalBus Calculating status...
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    Nov 1, 2011 10:39 PM (in response to markbusinsky)

    Ya.. i did the same thing too... watch movie for 30min.. with bluetooth...

     

    did the same previously on my 3gs and 4... even on the bad galaxy s2... the S2 still perform better battery life than this.. !

  • Marc Posner Level 4 Level 4 (1,150 points)
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    Nov 1, 2011 10:42 PM (in response to Marc Posner)

    Marc Posner wrote:

     

    Usage 7 Hours, 0 Minutes

    Standby 1 Day, 13 Hours

     

    Battery 11%

     

    After more than 90 minutes of phone calls, surfing the web, watching videos and flying on X-Plane, I finally got the phone to power down by draining the battery completely. Here's to a full and healthy re-charge!

     

    Last I saw, usage was over 7 Hours, 45 Minutes. I would extrapolate that standby was on the order of 1 Day, 15 Hours.

  • snookiefromtheblock Calculating status...
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    Nov 1, 2011 11:30 PM (in response to Scarface.)

    I took my phone to the apple store, they plugged it in and the apple rep talked in circles and gave me a whole bunch of bs which didn't really help me- his tips were --

    option 1

    - switch from exchange to gmail. I've done this and I don't like it. Neither do I think it works. I can no longer have my gmail pushed to me which I prefer.

    option 2

    - do a restore to original and then from backup (haven't tried this yet)

    option 3

    - restore and set up as a new phone. Thats just stupid ! The rep tried to convince me that it could be a bug in the backup from my 3GS. I don't think so ! And I am NOT setting up my phone as NEW phone.. if I was going to do that.. I would have bought a samsung galaxy instead. The reason I bought a 4S is so that I could have everything brought over from my 3GS!

     

    NOT HAPPY ! Apple fix the problem so that I don't have to charge my phone 2-3 times a day !

  • snookiefromtheblock Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 1, 2011 11:32 PM (in response to Scarface.)

    Oh and if I turn of all the lovely features on the 4S as recommended by many ... then its turning my very expensive smartphone into a very expensive white brick !!

  • Air88 Calculating status...
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    Nov 1, 2011 11:52 PM (in response to Scarface.)

    Anyone tried the following?

    The calendar bug is still somewhat unclear, but has been reported in Apple forums. Basically, when your calendar app is turned on in the Notifications Center, events are “re-ordering themselves near-constantly,” which ***** the life straight out of the phone. The only fix as of now, unfortunately, seems to be disabling the calendar app within the Notifications center.

    The Time Zone bug, however, seems to be solved (although again, by disabling things). Oliver Haslam over at iDownloadBlog noticed, like many of us, that iOS 5 was sucking his iPhone 4 battery dry. He realized that by going into Settings > Location Services > System Services (all the way at the bottom) > Setting Time Zone, and toggling off the location services, his battery life nearly doubled. According to Haslam, iOS 5 probably has a bug that constantly pings the servers to update location, and thus update time zone settings.

     

    original from:

    http://techcrunch.com/2011/10/31/iphone-4s-battery-life-bugs-got-you-down-try-th is/

  • gfromlos angeles Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 1, 2011 11:55 PM (in response to Marc Posner)

    Marc,

     

     

    Marc Posner wrote:

     

    Marc Posner wrote:

     

    Usage 7 Hours, 0 Minutes

    Standby 1 Day, 13 Hours

     

    Battery 11%

     

    After more than 90 minutes of phone calls, surfing the web, watching videos and flying on X-Plane, I finally got the phone to power down by draining the battery completely. Here's to a full and healthy re-charge!

     

    Last I saw, usage was over 7 Hours, 45 Minutes. I would extrapolate that standby was on the order of 1 Day, 15 Hours.

     

    I must commend your efforts in helping folks here, but I think the format of this forum is very poorly structured for sharing information. I feel like I'm standing by a freeway trying to shout directions to drivers whizzing by. I've shared the steps I used to fix my battery to still have 28% after nearly 3 days, without braving the factory reset you did. I guess the "Reset All Settings" step sounds omnious to most, but it hardly affected my phone and really did the trick for me.

     

    https://plus.google.com/u/0/109087467436585685463/posts/Zukh8dFh7Ao

     

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  • TheScot Calculating status...
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    Nov 2, 2011 12:07 AM (in response to Marc Posner)

    Marc,

     

    Thanks for the detail too :-)

     

    You mentioned that you're using Exchange, my battery issue appears to be related (although possibly co-incidental) to a bug that causes jittery calendar reminders on the Notifications Centre (swipe down) page:

     

    https://discussions.apple.com/message/16456738#16456738

     

    I suspect that when I set up my 4s and installed the Exchange functionality my calendar data somehow got corrupted and was causing something to thrash on the unit, resulting in the weird flashing phenomenon on new calendar entries.

     

    To remedy this:

     

    Settings-> Mail,Contacts,Calendars->Click your Exchange account->switch Calendars to Off, wait a few seconds and then switch back on.

     

    Seems to flush/refresh all calendar data and as a result has stopped# the jittery business in Notification Centre (I even tested new entries). This seems to have had a positive impact on my battery drain too. Previously the unit was also getting hot but four hours after doing the above it's still cold to the touch.

     

    It's interesting that a bunch of us at work upgraded to 4s models at roughly the same time yet I'm the only one with the battery and the Notifications Centre issues.

     

    I've now bravely (foolishly?) decided to turn push back on for Exchange :-P

  • acidwords Calculating status...
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    Nov 2, 2011 12:26 AM (in response to TheScot)

    Hey,

     

    (sorry my bad grammar - german

     

    i improved the battery life by disabling/modifying the following things (but i dont know if this has a direct impact):

     

    in location services/system

    - time zone stuff

    - compass calibration

     

    mail:

    - icloud mail disabled, everything else switched on

    - 1 exchange account (work) set push off

    - googlmail still pushes

     

    now in standby the battery drained over night in 6 hours about 5 %, what is actualy ok, i think. so in standby i would reach about 120 hours, with 3g and wifi enabled, push email, etc.

     

    when i use the phone its still terrible. used it on the way to work today, listened to music, read some news - usage time about 40 minutes and lost 11 % battery. thats maybe to much i think...

  • jbonios Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 2, 2011 12:27 AM (in response to Scarface.)

    My wife and I have had horrible battery life on our 4S' as well. We turned off quite a few of the location services as presribed by various sources online. We recived two replacement phones today which I setup and charged. I left the house this afternoon at 97% and I'm now down to 60%. Didn't send or receive a single call or text. Very little FB and websurfing, a little bit of Siri, and used a calculator app for about 2 minutes.

     

    Hoping for a solution. Don't want to ditch iPhone for Andriod - love the phone lots other than this studip battery issue.

  • aderb Calculating status...
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    Nov 2, 2011 12:46 AM (in response to Scarface.)

    Hi,

     

    I too am having battery problems with the iPhone 4S.  I had an iPhone 4 previously, with iOS5.  Once I'd removed calendars from the notifications bar my 4S would only drop about 4-5% overnight (i.e. not doing anything, on standby).  I had an alarm set for the morning - no other apps running.

     

    I restored my 4 backup to the 4S, and with a bit of tweaking in the Settings as far as I can tell all the settings are now the same - Siri is off, Location services are not being used (the system ones are all off, some apps still have it (e.g. Google Maps, Camera) available but the apps are not open and there is no location services icon on at the top of the screen), Exchange and 2 Google email accounts set to push as before on my previous iPhone 4.

     

    Overnight, my 4S loses 40% battery life now - and it's not doing anything (except for an alarm in the morning).   

     

    I'll keep trying to turn things off and see if I can figure what's causing it.  Please fix it Apple.

     

    Ade

  • Lill-Veronica Calculating status...
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    Nov 2, 2011 12:52 AM (in response to Scarface.)

    I got my iPhone 4S two days ago. When I opened it it was already at 64% battery, but didn't think much about it. Then the battery drained during the same day, but seeing as this is my first iPhone, I of course spent loads of time trying things, adding contacts, downloading apps and just enjoying it, so the loss of battery didn't come as a surprise. I let it drain completely before recharging.

     

    Yesterday I only used the phone moderately (checked fb once, shot some pictures using Instagram and sent two texts) due to working and being busy, and still the battery drained like no one's business. After goggling for some answers I've tried restoring all my settings, Siri is turned off, automatic location thingy is only used by the camera, automatic time zone is turned off, cellular data is off. And it's now on 17% 

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