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Why is my iPhone5 battery draining so fast, worse than my iphone4?

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Sep 22, 2012 10:56 AM

My phone seems to be loosing battery really quickly. It came only slightly charged but I have since fully charged it and notice it drains much faster than my iPhone 4. Is anyone having similar issues?  Frustrating!

iPhone 5, iOS 6
  • lll Level 4 Level 4 (1,690 points)

    seems to be a problem for a lot of people...

  • terrorgear Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    Can confirm seeing fast drain as well.

    Today my phone was at 93%. I took a call that lasted 36 minutes and my battery dropped to 48%

    The only thing syncing on my phone are Photos (iCloud is still restoring photo albums). all other background apps are closed and push for mail is disabled.

  • Bellatone Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Yes, mine is terrible too.  Loses 1% every two minutes literally while in use.  Dropped 16% in standby for 5 hours with no use.  My iPhone 4S would lose only 2-3% a day on standby and I never had any problems with it.

     

    Also I notice that processor performance is sporadic.  The more its charged the faster it operates, but not always.  Last night the OS was blazing fast and today it's slower than the iPhone 4S on a full charge while being plugged in.

     

    Both my iPhone 4S 64GB and my new iPad 32GB came with 80-90% charge.  My friend's new iPhone 5 32GB from AT&T came with an 80% charge.  My new iPhone 5 64GB for Sprint came with a 50% charge.

     

    The battery charges rapidly but also loses power just as rapidly.  I've had all apps closed, Bluetooth and location services turned off, etc.  I have done a restore from my 4S backup as well as a fresh wipe and same issues.  I am not on LTE because Sprint doesn't have it turned on in my area yet, so only 3G from them but I'm on Wi-Fi mainly anyway.

     

    Are there a bad batch of phones out there?

  • luimeme Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Well guys.  My new iphone5 was at 100% at 8:00am.  I made three phone calls for a total of 26 minutes.  at 21:00, the battery was down to 61%.  I spend less than half an hour on the web, sent three texte messages and ask Siri a few things.  It's now 20:00 and my battery is...dead. 8%.  I' m done with Apple, see ya iMac, iPods, ipad, iphone 4 and iphone5. 

  • Swtsolutions2 Calculating status...

    C'mon Apple !!!! You'd think someone would have noticed this before selling 2 million units!!!! Battery life is disgusting!!!! I'm watching it tick away as I type this :-(

  • JCrew7384 Calculating status...

    Experiencing the same issue. Battery dropped 5% on an hour car ride, using just Siri a few times to dicate some messages. No maps or music or web or email...

     

    Come on...

  • wjksea Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    How many Samsung Galaxy plants are in these forums?

  • Rohan KR Calculating status...

    Hey everyone,

     

    I am having the same problem with the battery as you guys mentioned earlier... I bought the iphone 32gb white one on Friday from Chadstone apple store at melbourne. And the same night, I felt something wrong with the battery so went to the store next day and got a new white 32gb..I think its the same with this one..If I use the phone, keeping 3g or wifi or bluetooth off, and listen to music then the battery drains quickly...a 5 min call on facetime lost me 10 % battery..i did all the tweaks like switching off location services, removing push mails...it didnt work on the old phone..

     

    also on using facetime for 5-10 min, phone's backside was literally hot..this is my 1st iphone...always dreamed of it...and now its turning into a terrible experience.. How can we make apple listen...??

  • st4lker Calculating status...

    half hour ago, I was just listening the music with 100% charged.

    Now my iphone 5 battery is dropping to 88% which currently displayed on my phone.

    This is really frustrating and annoying. Just got a new phone and now it's giving a trouble.

    Can apple do something about this ASAP?

  • Sumanth7777 Calculating status...

    Hearing so many issues with ips like battery prblMs..but when i upgraded my ipad2 to ios6 it was rockng..after 9hours stanby i lost just 2% of battery and i get 10hrs+ while using wifi. :) simply superb

  • gvilledh Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    My phone arrived yesterday afternoon with close to 100% charge. With all the use it had from 3:00 until 11 or so last night, it only dropped to 75%. Today, after a full day of normal use, surfing, talking and messaging, using wi-if and 3G or 4G, I still have 43%. I wonder if the phones that are having problems were already showing trouble by having a low charge when they were first opened. When I said something at the Apple store today about being surprised to see a full charge when I got my phone, the guy said that is how it is supposed to be. If mine keeps staying like it is now, I will be happy with it.

  • lostindc Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    i am a mixed bag on the battery life.  I will need to give it a few more days before I believe it is a problem.  I will say that I went to a football game with a full charge and when I left it was half down.  I only made maybe 5 mins of phones and took 10 pics and used safari for 2 mins.  So to lose this much battery is ridiculous.

  • Rohan KR Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    the battery was around 60 % wwhen i received it in the box..was it more than that for all you guys ??

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