Skip navigation

iPhone 5 battery life is way worse than iPhone 4

757707 Views 3,606 Replies Latest reply: Apr 15, 2014 7:51 AM by w3dzignMX RSS Branched to a new discussion.
  • MikeSil Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Oct 2, 2012 7:08 AM (in response to holdrege)

    I charged my iPhone 5 last night a good 8 hours total charge time.  Came to work this morning (about 3 hours after taking it off the charger) and my battery is down to 88% with minimal usage (check email, no calls) something doesn't seem right I hope Apple fixes this soon.  I will try turning off my WiFi as suggested in a previous post and see if that helps.

     

    UPDATE: After rebooting my phone (turning off and on) the battery percentage jumped up to 91% still low but not as bad as the 88% it was showing prior to the reboot.  Sounds like a serious software fix is needed.

     

    Message was edited by: MikeSil

  • yong ginn Calculating status...
    Currently Being Moderated
    Oct 2, 2012 7:35 AM (in response to holdrege)

    I just changed the setting of the email app from push to manually download. Battery seems much better. at 6pm it's at 60%. Yesterday would be about 20% left.

    image.png

  • marcusfromfalls church Calculating status...
    Currently Being Moderated
    Oct 2, 2012 7:39 AM (in response to yurijw)

    I think I have confirmed what yurijw has found out, completely by accident.  I reset my settings and used wifi at home where I had a constant severe drain down on the battery.  I DFU restored and it did absolutely no good (after resigning into home wifi).  I then came to work I  forgot to sign back into work wifi, so it has been just on the cell signal.  Now today I am experiencing the same usual and acceptable standby and usage drain I did with my iphone 4.  End of problem.  Obviously there is a serious bug causing power drain WHILE ON WIFI in IOS6! Apple please fix this!! 

  • Andy Goundry Calculating status...

    My issue is definitely different. i've kept wifi off and still have significant issues. Seems there are multiple potential causes.

  • marcusfromfalls church Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Must be different reasons. By the way, I have also completely disabled icloud syncing based on the experience of others.  But that and DFU restore did not seem to make any difference to me, unlike disabling wifi.  Not a great solution but at least I can wait until they fix with a ios6 upgrade, which is obviously necessary to make normal use of the phone.  

  • Andy Goundry Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I've disabled everything and dfu restored. nothing works. calling applecare. if apple would just acknowledge the issue, that'd help

  • Blakeanator Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I've done everything. Restored with and without backup from DFU. Even got the phone replaced. Still dropping a percent a minute. Very frustrating. The weird thing is that when I do a restore I get great battery life (1% drop every 15 minutes of use). But as soon as I power cycle the phone it goes back to its draining incredibly fast. It's got to be an iOS bug but I'm still gonna get another replacement. Knowing Apple, they won't say a word about this problem an probably won't release a patch for a while...

  • Andy Goundry Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Just spoke to apple care and they were useless. told me i could wait on the line half an hour to speak to the supervisor, but that all the supervisor could do is take down more details. bizzare - 1st line tech support couldn't write down the details of the issue! rather strange. they offered a replacement, but what's the point.

     

    what a waste of time. apple make too many avoidable mistakes. can't believe i'm thinking it, but the galaxy s3 is looking very tempting at this time

  • ebrown711 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Oct 2, 2012 9:00 AM (in response to holdrege)

    I must admit. I'm upset about this battery thing just as much as everyone else but I know that apple will fix this sooner than later so I will stick this out because I love the iPhone. There is no way in **** that I will move over to the Samsung galaxy!!!!

  • Hmackey1 Calculating status...
    Currently Being Moderated
    Oct 2, 2012 9:37 AM (in response to holdrege)

    In the same boat!  Why isn't anyone from Apple posting. Ugh! Apple hello.

  • Andy Goundry Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Oct 2, 2012 10:44 AM (in response to Hmackey1)

    Do apple post here?

  • JonathanMac Calculating status...
    Currently Being Moderated
    Oct 2, 2012 11:49 AM (in response to holdrege)

    I set up my iphone 5 as a new phone, notification and location services off, brightness at 10%, emails set to fetch, most functionality off, and have a strong 4G LTE signal and airport express wifi router.

     

    I get 4-5 hours usage before it dies from 100% and i have conditioned the battery from 100% to 0 since the day it was launched.

     

    Is my best option to go to a genius bar and have them exchange? Does anyone know if the NYC locations have replacement phones? Has anyone had AppleCare over the phone mail them a replacement and if so how does that process differ from in store?

  • Andy Goundry Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Oct 2, 2012 11:54 AM (in response to JonathanMac)

    I have had 2 replacements, both from a local Apple Store. The process there is simple. I was offered one by AppleCare but said no - if you're close to a store, it's easy to pop in.

     

    That said, replacements don't help. The issue is either a software one, or a common hardware one.

  • JonathanMac Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Andy did you achieve more than ~5 hours battery life usage from 100% on any of your models?

    My worst usage is ~4 hours 20 minutes and best is ~5 hours 30 minutes.

     

    One thing I did note was that my battery came with a 100% charge supposedly. It was direct shipped from AT&T perhaps mine is faulty I am just afraid to pull the trigger on getting a new phone and setting it up as new (again) and having the same subpar battery life due to a unclear hardware or software issue.

     

    Did all of your 3 iphones 5 have the same battery life?

  • Andy Goundry Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Oct 2, 2012 12:30 PM (in response to JonathanMac)

    Hi Jonathan


    I'm just starting to trial the 3rd one now. It's be DFU'd and not restored from any backup. So, it's as clean as it could possibly be, although i do have all my apps installed. It's now charged to 100%, so I'll let you know how it gets on. The other 2 were identical - pretty much consistently lost 1% every 2 mins with extremely light use. I'll screenshot the usage screen just before the new phone hits 0%.

     

    As a note, Apple (if you're listening) - It's a huge shame not to restore from backup, as I've lost my message history, which was handy. Pain really (at least message history can be viewed on the mac using http://mobilesyncbrowser.com).

     

    I'll let you know how number 3 goes.

     

    Andy

1 ... 39 40 41 42 43 ... 241 Previous Next

Actions

More Like This

  • Retrieving data ...

Bookmarked By (60)

Legend

  • This solved my question - 10 points
  • This helped me - 5 points
This site contains user submitted content, comments and opinions and is for informational purposes only. Apple disclaims any and all liability for the acts, omissions and conduct of any third parties in connection with or related to your use of the site. All postings and use of the content on this site are subject to the Apple Support Communities Terms of Use.