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Found Fix for iPhone 4 and 4S battery life problem

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  • abe-froman Calculating status...
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    Oct 30, 2011 10:14 AM (in response to kochauf)

    Yep couldn't agree more. Tried everything, restore, all things off, etc. No change at all. Going to just wait for iOS 5.0.1 - hopefully not too long.

  • jeanettefromeureka Calculating status...
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    Oct 30, 2011 10:19 AM (in response to rtln)

    I was having the battery drain too and turned everything off , like suggested, didn't work. Then someone said they deleted their e-mail accounts, then re added them. I deleted my Yahoo account , re added it and Vola! battery good as new. Good thing cause I was really getting frusterated!

  • Don Gun Calculating status...
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    Oct 31, 2011 4:28 AM (in response to JJT2122)

    it's not a real reason for standby time problem, better advice here: https://discussions.apple.com/thread/3443630

  • rtln Level 2 Level 2 (185 points)
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    Oct 31, 2011 9:39 AM (in response to JJT2122)

    I did a hard restart yesterday and it's been fine since. No more waking up to a drained battery anyway.

  • LisaNC Calculating status...
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    Nov 1, 2011 10:08 AM (in response to JJT2122)

    I tried this along with turning off notifications for calendar.  I left on blue tooth & wifi and am at 81% after 6 1/2 hours - most of it standby with probably 10 min usage.  While it's not great, it is so much better than it was.  By now it would have been well below 50% before I made these changes.

  • herbertfromnew castle Calculating status...
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    Nov 1, 2011 12:17 PM (in response to JJT2122)

    Talked to Apple, complete reset of phone, shut off everything that uses location services. My battery has drained 26% during minimal use and died off 10% looking at this page for 10 minutes. Battery getting warm. Went to apple from droid because I thought they had it together!

  • Michael Black Level 6 Level 6 (17,835 points)
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    Nov 1, 2011 12:26 PM (in response to JJT2122)

    JJT2122 wrote:

     

    I found a flaw in the iOS 5

     

    there is a option that constantly uses your location service without you knowing, it dosen't even show the purple arrow next to the battery unless you change that option to see.

     

    go to settings> location services> go to the bottom and go to system services> turn all off except leave cell network search,compass calibration and traffic on, and turn the status bar icon on, so you know when your location is being used

     

    the location based iAds,and setting Time Zone are constantly using the GPS.

     

    I noticed a HUGE battery life difference that is much better

     

    wasnt sure if anyone knew this.

     

     

    You can readily disable those three you mention leaving on - they have nothing to do with how your iPhone or any of its features or apps function.  These are all sending location based data OUT - from your iPhone to Apple.

     

    Cell Tower Search sends your location and the tower ids of the towers within range of your device - it is used to build a location based data base of cell tower usage and loads.

     

    Traffic periodically sends location data when you are detected being on roadways, which is then correlated to traffic congestion information - supposedly used to build up a location based info system putatively for use in a traffic based nav system

     

    Compass calibration - I have no idea what this does, but disabling it does nothing whatsoever to your ability to calibrate your compass app when it prompts you to, so it is not necessary for actually calibrating your compass on your iPhone.

     

    I disabled all of the system services under location settings the day of iOS 5's release and my iPhone 4 has functioned just fine without any of them enabled.

     

    I also disabled the automatic sending of Diagnostic&Usage data.  My iPhone 4 has experienced no change in battery drain compared to before iOS 5.

  • Jersey-Mike Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 2, 2011 12:46 PM (in response to JJT2122)

    I tried all of the so called fixes. Turned off location services. I have no apps on the bottom (on hold) etc...

    and I still am getting a Battery Drain of 10-12% per hr. if i charge my iPhone and leave it unpluged overnight Aprox 6hrs -7hrs it drains down to 50%! Suppose to have 200hrs of standby As Avertised? I dont think So. I hope Apple will have a fix for this soon.

  • Burgee67 Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)
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    Nov 2, 2011 11:08 PM (in response to JJT2122)

    Just heard on the News (In Australia) that Apple are aware of the Battery drain problem, they are at the moment working on a fix which will be in an update in a couple of weeks.

  • DVX100Shooter Level 3 Level 3 (840 points)
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    Nov 2, 2011 11:58 PM (in response to JJT2122)

    There are many apps that want to know your current location I guess for sharing that info with your friends. I am almost certain that will use your GPS on your phone and might drain it down that way as well.

  • yeahjacklim Calculating status...
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    Nov 3, 2011 12:13 AM (in response to JJT2122)

    Hope it Works ~

  • Jersey-Mike Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 3, 2011 8:04 AM (in response to JJT2122)

    Ok,  I got my iPhone 4S to get better battery life.  I did all the suggestions listed above... (AGAIN)

     

    i.e. Turn off Location Services for TimeZone, And Calendar Notifications.

     

    I Also turned off the STOCK widget on the notifications pulldown. Run mybattery down till the phone turned off, then Fully Charged it and then Did a HARD RESET. <--- MOST IMPORTANT {I believe to make changes take effect}

     

    Last night I charged it up and then unplugged it at 8pm then When I woke this morning at 6 I checked it it still has 99% !!! yea! (last time I Unpluged it overnight fully charged and then woke up it was at 55%)

    Also I am using it today normally and I am still at 98%!  (Made 2 Phone calls 3-4 mins each) checked 3 emails, and surfed the web for about 5 mins) and its 11am!  Orginally I would have been Down at around 80% or Less!

     

    So To ReCap:

    I turned off the Stock Widget, Turned off Location Services for TimeZone, Turned Off Calendar Notifications & Run the Battery down to Empty, Did A Hard Reset And Its Dramaticly Improved the Battery Life!

     

    I hope his helps afew iPhone owners till Apple fixes the Bug/Bugs in ios5/iCloud.

     

    Good Luck!

     

    Mike

  • faisalgh Calculating status...
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    Nov 3, 2011 11:46 AM (in response to JJT2122)

    I tried all the suggestions in the article. The battery conrinues to drain at the rate of 5% an hour (when not doing anything with the phone). This is my 3rd iPhone, as I had assumed this was a problem specific to my hardware. It clearly a more generic problem. Hope Apple solves this quickly.

  • Wana10 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Nov 3, 2011 12:58 PM (in response to JJT2122)

    I turned my location services completely off and it still doesn't help. Apple needs to elaborate more on this issue and release and fix sooner than a few weeks.

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