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iPhone 5 battery draining very fast

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  • Monty1945 Level 3 Level 3 (690 points)
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    Sep 28, 2012 1:05 PM (in response to mhabashy)

    Hi,

     

    I don't know what you problem is, but mine is performing as advertised. I kept track of the time I was doing each function until the battery was dead, according to the meter. The totals closely added up to the specifications on Apple's site.

     

    After I drained the new phone, the meter was calibrated more closely, and I got more run time, overall. This test took three days to complete, but I don't expect most people to have the maturity, and patience to do this.

     

    As with every version of the phones, and software/firmware version, we go through this on these forums. In nearly all cases he actual issue has been misbehaving apps, difficulty in staying connected to WiFi hardware that is out of date, or very old, even though it worked with previous versions. It may have marginal. Constantly trying to reconnect just wears the battery and system out.

     

    The same thing applies to 3G, or 4G - the system uses tons of power to keep connected, if one is at the edge of a cell towers range, and there is a weak signal. Don't go by those stupid signal bars on your phone - they are rarely accurate and are affected by all kinds of interference. Ow phone could show 3 bars, and one could show 5 and the actual signal is he same.

     

    I would check your apps, and network equipment for possible. A complete reset will solve nearly all iPhone issues - look in the online user guide for instructions.

     

    If there is a global problem, Apple will fix it, but I doubt that there is a global problem. They may make adjustments to make the network software less exact. They tend to make their software exactly compliant with the current specifications, therefore some equipment aren't totally compliant.

     

    I, personally, have never had a problem with my batteries, or any kind of serious issue - I've had one, or more, of each version of the iPhone, as well as the iPads. I also have 35 iPhones at the clinic, all updated iPhone 5s, and have no issues from the doctors and nurses.

     

    You need to do a little research to resolve your problems, or maybe visit an Apple Store. Hopefully this issue will be resolved with instructions, or a software patch to fix what's draining the batteries.

     

    Cheers,

    M.

  • dyeylet Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 28, 2012 1:05 PM (in response to ninjaeclipse)

    APPLE YOU NEED TO DO A RECALL FIX YOUR SH--T AND GIVE US OUR MONEY BACK WHEN YOU HAVE A PRODUCT THAT WORKS AS ADVERTISED SELL IT  YOU HAVE

    14096 Views   164 Replies on this topic and growing obviously its not a one person issue!!!

  • edge0329 Calculating status...
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    Sep 28, 2012 1:08 PM (in response to ninjaeclipse)

    I tested the theory from the iLounge review indicating it was related to signal strength and the phone trying to amplify a low signal. For me at least, that appears to be the issue. I don't have a strong signal at my home or work. I put the phone in airplane mode and connected to wifi - saw very little drain while browsing.  Took the phone out of airplane mode and the bleeding began.  When I contacted Apple Care, I was told a few others had reported this and the problem had been submitted to the engineers.  Was told I would get a call when they discovered a workaround or had a patch.  We will see what happens.

  • Traptors Calculating status...
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    Sep 28, 2012 1:33 PM (in response to mhabashy)

    Apple seriously needs to address this, I took my phone off charge at 11 am and it is now 4:30 pm and I'm at 42 percent.

  • dean14 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 28, 2012 1:36 PM (in response to mhabashy)

    I am having the same issue.  Took off charger this morning at 8:35 am and by 3:30 pm I'm out of battery.  I have had 3 short calls today as I am on vacation.  I bought this phone for business.  I need it to work and I cannot recharge it 2 times a day to get through the day.   My wife has 4s and she is at 52% and has been texting all day.  There is something very wrong with iPhone 5.  

  • John Miller Calculating status...
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    Sep 28, 2012 2:06 PM (in response to mhabashy)

    I am having similar battery issues with both the iphone 5 and the iphone4s. Just curious what ios6 build everyone has. My iphone 5 (32gb) has ios 6 build 10A405. Is everyones' the same build or are there different builds on identical iphone models?

  • ACECORP Calculating status...
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    Sep 28, 2012 2:24 PM (in response to ACECORP)

    Update..

     

    Here are my stats for today's usage. Yesterday was 11hrs usage time and 14hrs standby time. Today was 8 hrs, 46 min usage and almost 25 hrs of standby time.

     

    This battery life is in-line with the published specifications.

     

    BUT it took alot of work to get here from the default IPHone 5 out of the box config.

     

    Much more effort and work than a consumer should have to exert.

     

    My previous posts list what I did in a step by step manner as I did them.

    ACECORP_IPhone5_BatteryStatus.jpg

  • gmori7 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 28, 2012 2:34 PM (in response to John Miller)

    Same build for me!

  • 23Chrism23 Calculating status...
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    Sep 28, 2012 2:35 PM (in response to mhabashy)

    I have managed no more than 5 hours usage exactly, coupled with ~22-26 hrs standby. This is web surfing and email only, no text no videos, no phone calls, with LTE off, WiFi off, Icloud off, notifications off, location services off, brightness set to 25% and auto,and after 3 full charges from shutdown to hour or more past 100% reading. This is actually my 2nd iphone 5, a replacement for the phone I got on opening day, which had exactly the same lifespan- 5 hours actual usage on the nose to shutdown.. I do not have high hopes for the reset, because although I did later sync to an iphone 4 backup, before I even got home with my replacement the battery dropped even faster than it does currently or on the unit replaced. Turning off all power-hungry features that make this a desireable device in the first place did not increase my battery life in the slightest, so I might as well turn it all back on and at least get full useability, however short-lived it may be. It got about 4.5 hrs without taking power conservation steps. I will attempt the resets in a few days when I'm off and post my results, but the ilounge review plainly called the cell data for what is actually is: ~5.5 hours at its very best. I hope apple can fix this this, as it is is really dismal. Better just make room in your pockets for a lightning cable to carry at all times and hope for a fix eventually!

  • Vishnu V Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 28, 2012 2:35 PM (in response to mhabashy)

    Hi All,

       I don't believe in turning off functionality on a beautiful phone as iPhone 5. Here is what I did, and it did make a difference to me (I was a victim of the battery issue).

    1. Go to Settings --> Notifications

    2. 'Not In Notification Center' - Ensure all the new applications installed by each one of you, have not only the notification Center turned off, but also ensure you turn off unwanted apps - (Good to have Alert Style as None)

    a) Badge App Icon

    b) Sounds

    c) View in Lock Screen

     

    I did all this and from earlier, my power was draining out anywhere between 2%-4% every hour. Now it has reduced drastically to 1% maybe in 2-3 hours .

      And I can't take my hands off the phone, which is why even the 1% every 2-3 hours, else that also should increase with time. Plus, feel free to use 'Do Not Disturb' from Settings frequently when you really won't be using the phone (sleeping, driving, meetings).

    Over the air (wifi backup to iclouds also consume a lot of power, turn it off and do it once when you are charging the phone)

        I believe, the new OS is taking time for people to learn about, as it contains 100's of new functions, which we have to get used to in time, and causing all these confusions. It is a great phone people, trust me .

     

    Cheers,

    Vishnu

  • ACECORP Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 28, 2012 2:38 PM (in response to John Miller)

    John Miller,

     

    Same build 10A405 for me also.

  • Vishnu V Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 28, 2012 2:39 PM (in response to mhabashy)

    Hi All,

       I don't believe in turning off functionality on a beautiful phone as iPhone 5. Here is what I did, and it did make a difference to me (I was a victim of the battery issue).

    1. Go to Settings --> Notifications

    2. 'Not In Notification Center' - Ensure all the new applications installed by each one of you, have not only the notification Center turned off, but also ensure you turn off unwanted apps - (Good to have Alert Style as None)

    a) Badge App Icon

    b) Sounds

    c) View in Lock Screen

     

    I did all this and from earlier, my power was draining out anywhere between 2%-4% every hour. Now it has reduced drastically to 1% maybe in 2-3 hours .

      And I can't take my hands off the phone, which is why even the 1% every 2-3 hours, else that also should increase with time. Plus, feel free to use 'Do Not Disturb' from Settings frequently when you really won't be using the phone (sleeping, driving, meetings).

    Over the air (wifi backup to iclouds also consume a lot of power, turn it off and do it once when you are charging the phone)

        I believe, the new OS is taking time for people to learn about, as it contains 100's of new functions, which we have to get used to in time, and causing all these confusions. It is a great phone people, trust me .

     

    Cheers,

    Vishnu

  • Vishnu V Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 28, 2012 2:40 PM (in response to mhabashy)

    Hi All,

       I don't believe in turning off functionality on a beautiful phone as iPhone 5. Here is what I did, and it did make a difference to me (I was a victim of the battery issue).

    1. Go to Settings --> Notifications

    2. 'Not In Notification Center' - Ensure all the new applications installed by each one of you, have not only the notification Center turned off, but also ensure you turn off unwanted apps - (Good to have Alert Style as None)

    a) Badge App Icon

    b) Sounds

    c) View in Lock Screen

     

    I did all this and from earlier, my power was draining out anywhere between 2%-4% every hour. Now it has reduced drastically to 1% maybe in 2-3 hours .

      And I can't take my hands off the phone, which is why even the 1% every 2-3 hours, else that also should increase with time. Plus, feel free to use 'Do Not Disturb' from Settings frequently when you really won't be using the phone (sleeping, driving, meetings).

    Over the air (wifi backup to iclouds also consume a lot of power, turn it off and do it once when you are charging the phone)

        I believe, the new OS is taking time for people to learn about, as it contains 100's of new functions, which we have to get used to in time, and causing all these confusions. It is a great phone people, trust me .

     

    Cheers,

    Vishnu

  • Halopend Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 28, 2012 2:43 PM (in response to mhabashy)

    I haven't tried a DFU restore yet (just a regular one) and Ive seen my battery drop 10% in 20min just surfing the Internet! Usage time was 4 hrs to drain one day and 5 hrs another (some of which was playing music). Wifi, Bluetooth LTE were ALL off. I went to the Apple Store and they said it was almost certainly the firmware and an update would hopefully fix it. He gave me a new phone to alleviate my pain, but said I'd probably have the same problem on the new one since some employees with new phones had the same problem.

     

    I'm on the new one now and I'm still having the same issue. It's definitely the cell antennae that's doing the draining as its only surfing the net that seems to REALLY eat through the battery. Needless to say, I'm not a happy camper trying this that and the other thing to fix the battery on a phone I spent almost a grand on to buy. Apple better fix this ASAP.

  • gmori7 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 28, 2012 2:47 PM (in response to Halopend)

    Trying right now the DFU procedure...

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