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Is iOS 6 draining iPhone 4 battery faster?

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  • Anton GG Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 2, 2012 11:22 AM (in response to Vito1964)

    Just can't use my iPhone 4 with iOS 6 now. It drops from 100% to 20% in just 3-4 hours of normal use.

     

    I turned off geolocation, push and 3G and it doesnt help at all. My batterys draining ridiculously fast even when I dont use my phone.

     

    iPhone with such battery draining is useless sh*t, apple must do something about this in the next update.

  • jgrinager Calculating status...
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    Oct 2, 2012 11:32 AM (in response to Ted5612)

    Thanks Ted5612. Good to know others think I'm being thorough enough, which is obviously important with the wide range of "fixes" people are finding for their particular phones, it would be nice to figure out which one will suit mine.

     

    I looked at the diagnostic report like you said, but not much luck unfortunately. There were things in there, but only 5 instances after September 30th when I installed iOS 6, compared to the 30 or so it was showing from before then, and none of them were tagged with Webbookmarkad. Greatly appreciate the suggestion though, and the article, especially since it seems to have helped so many other people. Definitely worth a look to others if they haven't tried yet.

     

    I just again charged my phone up to 100%, because it drained around 11am, and unplugged it at 1:05pm. Turned off location services for all but Find My iPhone, and turned off the notifications for everything except phone calls, texts, and Facebook (Facebook only notifies me when someone writes on my wall or responds to a direct message, so this won't do much if it does notify me). I don't suspect this will help much as it was saying only 4 apps (Maps, NFL Mobile, Battery Watch, and Weather) had even accessed it within 24 hours, but systemetically giving things a try here.

     

    Just as something else to note, in the battery logger I have, it says I currently have 54 processes running since 10/1/2012. I know this number wouldn't be abnormal for a CPU, but am unsure what the norm is for a smart phone as I've never checked before today on my phone. Currently says my battery will be dead at 8:04pm tonight, so if that's true it's helpful to know when the phone will die.

  • Ted5612 Calculating status...
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    Oct 2, 2012 2:54 PM (in response to jgrinager)

    JGrinager -

     

    You mentioned keeping your Facebook app running, which stuck in my mind, as it is one of the new features for iOS 6 that I don't use.  The following article, just out today, has two mentions about disabling/deleting the Facebook app, which I thought would be of interest to you.

     

    "iPhone, iPad users howl over battery drain after iOS 6 upgrade":

    http://www.networkworld.com/news/2012/100212-iphone-battery-262963.html?hpg1=bn

     

    So, give the Facebook fix a try, as it seems to be one of the few things left on your list!

  • Cyberformance Calculating status...
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    Oct 2, 2012 3:15 PM (in response to Vito1964)

    Spoke to Apple today they deny any knowledge of the problem but got me to back up my phone and restore it but this did not fix my phone I will have to ring them back to see what other ideas they may have.

     

    Has every one reported this to Apple or just checked out the forum and tried to sort it them selfes as I did?

     

    doing a soft reset and not using anything that connects to the map app ie Find Friends app does help but is still not as good as 5.1.1

  • ITProgrammer Calculating status...
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    Oct 2, 2012 4:56 PM (in response to Cyberformance)

    I don't know how they can deny it. This thread has over 44,000 views and the are other similar threads. I solved it by turning off traffic. However this is not a solution since it is a feature Apple is promoting.

     

    I honestly think they are denying it because they have already received enough bad press about removing google maps and replacing it with an unfinished map app of their own. I am sure they are aware of the issue and will be releasing a fix along with the maps fix. I just wish they would be honest with their customers like they use too.

  • FlyBoyDC10AA Calculating status...
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    Oct 2, 2012 5:04 PM (in response to ITProgrammer)

    not sure but I can tell you the battery issue not only involves the iPhone 5 but also the 4s and the 4 and anything else that is running the IOS 6 software. I am on iPhone number 5 as I was tired of having no battery this new one is doing better but not by much.

  • thecommando Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    Oct 2, 2012 5:07 PM (in response to Vito1964)

    wwwooo, ios 6 is pretty much devolped for the iphone 5, ipod 5, and ipad 3 (AKA "new ipad") https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IOS_version_history

    ANYONE WITHOUT AN IPHONE/IPOD 5/ IPAD 3, DO NOT UPDATE

  • belswick67 Calculating status...
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    Oct 2, 2012 5:10 PM (in response to FlyBoyDC10AA)

    Okay guys, so I have literally EVERYTHING turned off. Location Services, WI-FI, Bluetooth, iCloud, EVERYTHING. & I unplugged my iPhone 4 from the charger like 5 minutes ago, and Its already went from 100% to 97% , APPLE NEEDS TO SIGN IOS 5.1.1 AGAIN SO I CAN DOWNGRADE, SCREW IOS 6 AND ALL ITS FEATURES! I just want a Phone that is actually usable! This thing barely lasts 10 Hours, when on iOS 5, it lasted from 24-36 hours with the usage i give it. Im about done with iOS 6, they either need to let me Downgrade, or Coome out with a battery fix, like fast.

  • gail from maine Level 6 Level 6 (10,180 points)
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    Oct 2, 2012 5:27 PM (in response to jgrinager)

    Hi jgrinager,

     

    Didn't go back through all the postings, but in your summary of what you turned off above, you did not mention Traffic. Have you turned that off yet? I turned it off day 1, and have not had any issues with my battery.....

     

    Hoping you have not tried that yet, and that it will work for you!

     

    Cheers,

     

    GB

  • Kimster62 Calculating status...
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    Oct 2, 2012 6:14 PM (in response to Vito1964)

    I'm having the same problem with the battery on my 4s. I've went to use my phone on two different occasions and it's been dead.  This is SO not acceptable!  I'm willing to give Apple a little time to fix this, but it needs to happen sooner rather than later. I love my Apple products (iPod, iPhone and iPad), but I need to be able to use them!  Please don't make me have to switch to a droid!

  • morrisroe Calculating status...
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    Oct 2, 2012 7:26 PM (in response to Ted5612)

    I double checked on traffic and thats off too. I shut down facebook and elimated 'push' on my email all to no avail, my battery drained in 4 hours. So now I pretty much have a door stop that eats energy.

  • Cyberformance Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 2, 2012 10:46 PM (in response to Vito1964)

    Used my phone this morning and it dropped to 95% in about 15 mins from a an 8 hour charge did a reboot holding power and home buttons when phone turned back on I had 100% charge and It has stayed on 100% for the past half hour I did use maps last night before charging but have not used it since reboot this points to the map app on my phone.

     

    In the Diagnostics & Usage I have nothing since the update all are prior to update.

  • Ted5612 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 3, 2012 12:00 AM (in response to morrisroe)

    Morrisroe -

     

    Sounds like you're at the end of things to try for switching things off.  If you have the time, you might want to consider trying a restore.  Be forewarned, however, if you have a lot of apps, it can take hours just to see if the method of restoration you've tried even takes care of the problem.

     

    You can do a restore from a backup, a restore as a New Phone and then use a backup, or you can use the DFU restore as a New Phone and then sync in your apps (which is least desirable, as you lose your folders, and I'm assuming have to restore some app databases).  Each successive method takes more time, but the first two recreate your phone with all of its folders.

     

    Right now I'm doing the DFU restoration, as I was only doing a workaround for the Webbookmarksd problem by not using Safari, and if/when I migrate to an iPhone 5 I didn't want to bring the problem along with me, and I'm not convinced that Apple will be able to solve my particular problem very easily with a fix.

     

    This whole battery drain problem and the numerous potential causes strike me as being more than just a simple fix on Apples' part.  Based on my readings, it seems that the upgrade had a different impact on different camps of people, probably based on what they used and how they were configured.  Because of my usage of Reading List and Bookmarks, that wasn't converted properly and the database became corrupt.  For you, it sounds like it was something else.  And for JGrinager, it may have been Facebook or some linkage to it.

     

    So, I'm biting the bullet and following the path that Adam Engst wrote about in his TidBITS article, and hopefully I'll be done with this.

     

    Best wishes, and I'll keep looking around for answers!

     

    - Ted5612

  • jgrinager Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 3, 2012 6:47 AM (in response to Ted5612)

    Eureka!

     

    It seems like I found out the issue (with my phone anyways.) I had everything individually turned off in iCloud, but I then went to "storage & backup" and turned off "iCloud Backup." This could be premature happiness, as I just took it off the charger @ 77% @ 6:50 this morning, but it's now 8:21, I've been using it for email for about 5 minutes, and the battery is @ 75%. Previously, actually using the phone drains it ~1% per minute. For those curious it's in: Setting/iCloud/Storage & Backup (scroll down to the bottom)/iCloud Backup, and switch to off. 

     

    Ted1562: Tried the Facebook thing last night right before bed. Still drained by morning with 100% battery, so that wasn't the issue in my case.

     

    gail from maine: I never had traffic on, though I have read from other posts that was the issue for quite a few people.

     

    Since then, I've been slowly turning things back on. I'll keep updating as the day goes on.

     

    It *****, in fact it ***** a lot that this happened to so many people and Apple seems to be denying that it happened, but it obviously doesn't seem to be one singular issue within iOS 6, so you just have to be patient and try new things as you can throughout the day. When all else fails, people have been trying the reboot and it seems to fix the issue, though understandably I was trying to avoid that as well.

     

    As I said, I'll see what I can add back and update later. Good luck everyone.

  • belswick67 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 3, 2012 7:24 AM (in response to jgrinager)

    Well in my case, iCloud is already turned off, including the backup, and i'm still getting the battery drain. /: I just wish they would fix it already. Lol

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