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iOS 6 battery drain and overheating while 3G

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Kinst Level 1 Level 1 (75 points)
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Sep 22, 2012 1:58 AM

Does anybody observing than iPhone (mine is 4s) drains battery very fast and became hot after upgrading to iOS 6 when surfing 3G? Any suggestion how to "fix" it?

iPhone 4S, iOS 5.0.1
  • Liongolfer Calculating status...
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    Sep 22, 2012 2:00 AM (in response to Kinst)

    I've noticed the front and back of my 4s gets hot, not noticed the battery issue as I put mine on charge every night.

  • holdrege Calculating status...
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    Sep 22, 2012 2:24 AM (in response to Kinst)

    I think there is something about IOS 6 that is eating the battery way more than 5.1.1 and earlier releases. Even my iPhone 5 has poor battery life compared to my iphone 4 running 5.1.1.

  • special k 3296 Calculating status...
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    Sep 22, 2012 4:13 AM (in response to Kinst)

    Had same problem, would lose 50 % of battery in 4 hours at work. Never an issue with IOS5 on my 4S.  I downloaded IOS6 over wifi. Tried all settings changes and disabling, did the battery reset, no help.


    I backed up my phone to both the cloud and via iTunes. Did the full reset and  then restored from backup.  My problems  went away. Used my phone last night for several  hours last night and only dropped 20 % battery. Went to bed and left turned on, only dropped 5% overnight. I consider mine fixed and running IOS6 fine.

  • Stema001 Level 1 Level 1 (110 points)
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    Sep 23, 2012 10:53 AM (in response to Kinst)

    Well, in my opinion the battery life with iOS 6 on iPhone 4S is now much better!


    1 % left and I have 8 hrs and 17 minutes usage and 1 day 7 hrs standby time. (I browsed the web, sent some E-Mails with pictures & received some text E-Mails, made some calls, used iMessage, Siri, Facebook, iCal, Contacts and other apps like Dropbox. Also I have 2 E-Mail accounts on "Push" and iCloud activated with all its features, except iCloud Mail and iTunes Match!)


    With iOS 5.1.1 I hardly reached 6 hrs usage time.

  • Stephen Schulte1 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Sep 26, 2012 7:31 AM (in response to Kinst)

    How do I do a network reset and is this something I can do on my iPad 3?


    I am experiencing much more rapid battery drainage with iOS six versus 5.1.1.


    Thanks for any comments.


    Best regards,



  • Darthur35 Calculating status...
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    Sep 26, 2012 9:27 PM (in response to Kinst)

    Yes, I'm having to charge my iPhone 4S 2-3 times per day (from fully drained to 100%), and using and charging my phone causes it to get burning hot.


    I've actually taken to wrapping it in a hot/cold rice wrap (placed in the freezer) when charging, but it still gets steaming hot as soon as I start to use it.


    Very disappointed...

  • Stephen Schulte1 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Sep 29, 2012 1:34 AM (in response to Kinst)

    Just wondering if the network reset worked?

  • davis1633 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 29, 2012 5:25 AM (in response to Kinst)

    I can tell you with certainty that the problem with IOS 6 battery drain is due to HIGH CPU utilization.


    I downloaded and used a utility that provide a lot of information on you iPhone the key thing was the CPU utilization. My wife’s 4 was going from 100% charge to a full power off in about four hours just sitting on the table.

    The utility show the CPU usage on her phone was running from 88% - 100%.

    I tried a lot of the suggestions that are out there but the biggest impact came this morning.


    I went into Setting / iCloud and turned off Contacts and Find My iPhone (the only iCloud items I was using) and the CPU is now running around 7-10%.


    Hopefully this will take care of the issue until Apple provides an update because the contact syncing for my wife and I was is a KEY feature we use.

  • MeuProprioAvo Calculating status...
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    Oct 13, 2012 3:53 PM (in response to Kinst)

    Same trouble here. Not only I but also some friends os mine with iPhone 4 and 4s are experiencing battery draining and a lot of overheating while using 3G.


    In fact there are several similar complains with other users (check The regular recommendation is to disable 3G to avoid overheating and preserve the battery.


    This is a disappointing situation, to say the least. Without 3G I think I'm better served with some old small flip phone.

  • Rajputsmurf Calculating status...
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    Oct 19, 2012 8:51 AM (in response to Kinst)

    Similar issue with my iPad 3 LTE and it doesn't appear to be related to graphics as the rapid drain occurs even when the screen is off. My iPad sits on my desk about ten hours a day attached to my PC via USB cable and I am generally streaming Pandora and am connected to wi-fi. Since the iOS 6 update about once a week I'll find that the iPad is getting quite hot, yesterday it actually uncomfortably so by the time I noticed it, and the battery is draining at about 1% every two minutes +/-.


    For a while I thought it had something to do with accessing Netflix at lunch as it was happening primarily in the afternoon so I began clearing Netflix from the "multitasking" bar after use but that didn't do it. Yesterday it happened again so I did a reset and it seemed fine but as soon as I hooked up to my PC this morning it began again so there may or may not be a clue there. I now have it on a regular charger and it seems fine so far so once it's charged I'll hook it back up to the PC and see if it starts the cycle again. As hot as it got yesterday I'm growing concerned that the battery is being damage by the temperatures particularly because I have it in a Snugg folio case which holds the heat in.

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