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iPhone 5 battery life is way worse than iPhone 4

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  • AlwaysLookin4Answers Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Nov 17, 2012 8:47 PM (in response to holdrege)

    Basically, like I said earlier.. There is a LOT going on in the backround that is eating our batteries.  I am more and more convinced that this is all software related. 

     

    Webbookmarksd* is a sneaky process. When you open safari, it starts running in the backround and does not STOP until you restart your phone. It will find a way to run in the backround without you even using safari at all. It creeps up when you switch from wifi to lte.  Even with Safari restricted/disabled.  Huge battery drainer.

     

    Geod* is sneaky, as well. I am not 100% sure what that is but it's finding a way to run even with all of your location services (and i mean ALL INCLUDING ALL SYSTEM SERVICES) turned off.  It seems to run when you bump into an app that ASKS for your location - It looks like it turns it on anyway!  This is what is making the phone hot!

     

    and Dataaccessd* always running there in the backround....

     

    I downloaded this app... https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/battery-doctor-pro-max-your/id340171033?mt=8

    it's 99 cents ... but I am so so so glad that I did.  I am monitoring my phone making sure that these processes don't kick in! It's COMPLETELY changing battery life............... I can't believe APPLE hasn't fixed this.  If I can sit here and tell you whats happening,... how could THEY not have it fixed already?  Unreal.

  • justanut Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Nov 17, 2012 9:32 PM (in response to holdrege)

    I don't understand how Usage keeps chalking up even when I'm not using my phone... and all this time it's draining my battery sitting there. Not noticeable when i'm on WIFI, but on cellular network its unbelieveable... Every privacy setting has been tweaked, all location services off, no push mail services, phone restored from fresh...

     

    The usage timing is unreliable. I've been keeping track using my stopwatch, and my actual usage is around half of what the phone says my usage is. I don't care if the phone has to talk to the server for whatever reason. It should allow me to spend a reasonable amount of time surfing on the go! I'm forcing myself to be limited to 2hours of actual surfing per day just so my phone can last through the day. I wish I had my old SIM card so I can go back to my iPhone 4 w/ 5.1.1!

  • AlwaysLookin4Answers Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Nov 17, 2012 10:11 PM (in response to justanut)

    I'm telling you... Download that app I just posted, go to monitor and If dataacessd, geod, and webbookmarksd are running in the background the entire time... There's your answer. I completely modified my phone to get rid of those processes. Can't believe I had to but I need my battery to last! Urgh

  • mattathias76 Calculating status...
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    Nov 17, 2012 10:33 PM (in response to holdrege)

    I just trasitioned from a 3GS to an iPhone 5 and as far as the battery life goes I am EXTREMELY disappointed.  There is no way I'm going to be locked in to a 3 year contract with a phone that has a battery that drains in less than 4 hours.  I really would like for Apple to do something about this as I am NOT happy.

  • justanut Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    I'm using Carat which is free. Can't do much modification to the iPhone 5 till its jailbroken. Having to reboot my phone everytime I using the browser is unacceptable in any case. I paid good money for a working phone... If I wanted to tweak my phone to make it work like it should, I would have gotten an Android phone >..<

     

    By the way I'm using some cheap Huawei Android phone on ICS, using Ultimate Battery Defender I get a full day of usage with lots of surfing. Kinda disappointed my iPhone can't compare with a chinese phone I got for free...

  • Bellatone Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 18, 2012 12:11 AM (in response to gamechanger)

    Gamechanger,

     

    I can tell you that there is no fix coming.  My friend has installed both the betas for 6.1 beta 1 and 6.1 beta 2 releases.  Neither helps his power.  His has also got much worse since the 6.0.1 upgrade, unlike mine which has been a heaping pile of garbage since day 1 with OS6.

     

    My problems are not merely limited to battery drainage.  It takes between 15 - 90 seconds for me to send a single text message to another iPhone, emails mostly never go through unless I reboot the phone, FaceTime never works always showing "Reconnecting" error messages, and about 50 other problems.

     

    This will be my last Apple purchase ever and I am thrilled to see that their stock has dropped from $705 on iPhone 5 release day to $528 now.  They deserve to be losing their ***.

     

    When my contract is up for renewal in October I will surely be getting the top Android phone at the time, as I paid full price ($980 with tax) for the piece of trash.  Biggest mistake I ever made.

  • MR_WIN_0880 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 18, 2012 1:01 AM (in response to holdrege)

    Ok guys, I read through many pages of this thread and honestly I think the majority of iphone5 users have unrealistic expectations for battery life.  I myself have an Iphone 5 , I have had every previosu iphone model as well.   There are defintely some who may actually have real battery drainage issues, such as the ones who experience terrible drainage during standby or if the phone gets hot during usage.  But for those who are complainning about the 1% drop for every 2-3 minutes, I believe thats gonna be standard for all iphone 5 usage.

     

    Depending on how I use my phone, standby and usage times will vary.  There have been times during lite usage that I have gone 2 days on stanby and maybe 9-10 hours of usage displayed by the phone ( which may not be as accurate compared to actual usage, but i think the phone calculates usae as not being on stanby mode.) Then there are times with heavy usage, including, calls, music, texting, etc.. the phone may only last 4-5 hours which is far from what apple advertises.  Remember that all of the battery specs that apple advertises states, UP TO a certain amount of hours, so it all varys depending on how you are actually using the phone.  Mind that I have mostly all the features on, except bluetooth, and limit the ntificaton to a couple of apps.

     

    Initally I was also not happy with the ip5 battery, I felt like it drained too fast during usage.  My standby time seems ok, not losing much over night, but I did see the usage drop 1% every 2-3 minutes or so, give or take. Like everyone else, I tried all the resets, restore as new etc... deleteing certain things and toggling with the settings to optimise battery.  But what made me notice that this is probably the standard for iphone 5 is, I played with many of the iphone 5's in the stores.  I been to 3 different apple stores.  They all have the same drainage during usage.  They all drop the 1% every 2,3, 4 minutes.  So you can't tell me all these stores have defecting batteries in their iphones as well.

     

    After reading up a bit more and observing my battery usage as well, I just think many people here just have unrealistic expectations for battery life.  Do you really need the 225 hours of stanby that apples claims and remember, its UP TO 225 hours, which doesnt guarantee the actual 225 hours.  I don't think most iphone 5 users would actually see 10 hours or browsing and 8 hours of talk time, its pretty much impossible at the rate the battery drains, but again, I think we are just using the phone a bit more since its a new device.  You might not be actually watching movies or playing more games, but I can guarantee you that most are picking up the phone and pressing the home button, to look at the phone.  Either to check the battery or whatever else in addition to the normal usage..

     

    It may be different for those who are experiencing drainage during standby or phone getting extremely hot, then you have an actual hardware issue, so simply just excahnge your phone.  But fo those who are ok during standby but claim to have bad drainage during usage, its more likely you than the phone.  I am speaking though experience because when i first recieved the phone, I was stuck with the specs that apple gave us, the 225hr standby, 8 hours talk, 40 hours play back.  None of the previous iphones matched up with the battery specs nor will the the iphne 5.  AS long as you can last the whole day with moderate usage and have no draiange during standby, you should be ok.  For those of you that are constantly worried about battery life, go play with the iphone 5's in the store yourself, i guarantee you it will be the same.  I just think most of us are being a bit OCD about the battery life.  Honestly do any of you really ned the 225 hours on stanby or 40 hours of music play back???  Do you really need to spend 8 hours on the phone in a day... all on a single charge.  Lets me real and fair... I think iphone 5 battery is more than adequate.

  • LEECK78 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 18, 2012 1:06 AM (in response to holdrege)

    not sure if u guys aware of this 'mobilemail' that constantly runs on background, i actually discovered this on my battery doctor app.

     

    This is weird as I had no mail account setup on my handset, no icloud, all notification off except 'phone' &amp; 'message'.

    Guess it's one of the possibility that keeps draining out battery.

     

    Anyone out there knows how to stop this mobilemail service?

  • iPhone4Lyf Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 18, 2012 1:10 AM (in response to MR_WIN_0880)

    MR_WIN_0880 wrote:

     

     

    After reading up a bit more and observing my battery usage as well, I just think many people here just have unrealistic expectations for battery life.  Do you really need the 225 hours of stanby that apples claims and remember, its UP TO 225 hours, which doesnt guarantee the actual 225 hours.  I don't think most iphone 5 users would actually see 10 hours or browsing and 8 hours of talk time, its pretty much impossible at the rate the battery drains, but again, I think we are just using the phone a bit more since its a new device.  You might not be actually watching movies or playing more games, but I can guarantee you that most are picking up the phone and pressing the home button, to look at the phone.  Either to check the battery or whatever else in addition to the normal usage..

     

    It may be different for those who are experiencing drainage during standby or phone getting extremely hot, then you have an actual hardware issue, so simply just excahnge your phone.  But fo those who are ok during standby but claim to have bad drainage during usage, its more likely you than the phone.  I am speaking though experience because when i first recieved the phone, I was stuck with the specs that apple gave us, the 225hr standby, 8 hours talk, 40 hours play back.  None of the previous iphones matched up with the battery specs nor will the the iphne 5.  AS long as you can last the whole day with moderate usage and have no draiange during standby, you should be ok.  For those of you that are constantly worried about battery life, go play with the iphone 5's in the store yourself, i guarantee you it will be the same.  I just think most of us are being a bit OCD about the battery life.  Honestly do any of you really ned the 225 hours on stanby or 40 hours of music play back???  Do you really need to spend 8 hours on the phone in a day... all on a single charge.  Lets me real and fair... I think iphone 5 battery is more than adequate.

    I for one am not being OCD about my battery life. I know someone who constantly gets 8+ hours of usage. Everyday, I try to conserve my iPhone's battery and guess what I get. 4 hours. Give or take 30 mins. As you can see, a lot of us actually have problems with our phone. I switch of everything that would make the iPhone more convienient but am greeted with only 4 hours usage. How can you explain this? Like John Mul, he gets 9 hours usage.

    And yes, having 40 hours of audio playback and 8 hours usage is essential for some people. What if we need to take a 12 hour flight? We get to the other country and its day time so we obviously want our phones to have battery to last the rest of the day? Getting to the airport, taking a 12 hour flight and spending 12 hours awake will easily accumulate to the 8 hours usage.

  • Player8 Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
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    Nov 18, 2012 1:30 AM (in response to LEECK78)

    Lee if you don't have a mail account setup then make sure the "Push" setting within

     

    Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calender > Fetch New Data is set to "Manual". The quote below is from the link below it, turns out this setting is for more than just mail accounts.

     

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    Fetch new data less frequently: Applications such as Mail can be set to fetch data wirelessly at specific intervals. The more frequently email or other data is fetched, the quicker your battery may drain. To fetch new data manually, from the Home screen choose Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Fetch New Data and tap Manually. To increase the fetch interval, go to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Fetch New Data and tap Hourly. Note that this is a global setting and applies to all applications that do not support push services.

    UNQUOTE

     

    http://www.apple.com/batteries/iphone.html

     

    One of your apps must be firing up the process...

     

    Hope this helps.

  • MR_WIN_0880 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 18, 2012 1:32 AM (in response to iPhone4Lyf)

    Have you ever gotten the usage that apple claims on previosu iphones?  Its just no possible.  9 hours of usage, displayed on the phone is not actual 9 hours of constant use.  I can guarantee you that no one gets 9 hours of constant usage.  What I am saying is that, most of us do not have defective phones or software, this is what iphone 5 will be.  This person you know that gets  hours of usage, is it 8 complete hours of usage on the phone?  Like 8 hours on  phone calls, or 8 hours of internet browsing??? OR is his usage display showing, 8 hours of usage.  Because I have had 9-10 hours of displayed usage by the phone, but realistically will never make 9 hours of actual usage, like 9 hours of browsing the net or 9 hours of straight texting or calling.  It really depends on the usage.  Obviously music playback with the screen on standby will take far less battery than browsing the net having the screen on the whole time but both will account for the same usage time. 

     

    Does your battery drain on standby? have you attempeted a reset or restore as new?  You may actually have a battery issue, but most people don't.  Most people are just expecting a bit more than what the phone can deliver.

     

    During a 12 hour flight, you have more than ample time to give the phone a charge at the airport.  No smartphone in this category will give you that kind of batery life.  Up to a certain amounbt of hours is alot different than actually receiving those exact specs.  If you feel your phone is up to par, compare it the the iphone 5's on display in the store.  Spend an hour or 2 there and compare the 2, that should tell you if your actual phone has a problem or if thats just the way all iphone 5 batteries are. Easiest solution.  If your battery drains quicker, exchange your phone, all are still under warranty, if not accept that this is how battery life for iphone 5 will be.  Simple as that.

  • iPhone4Lyf Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 18, 2012 1:36 AM (in response to MR_WIN_0880)

    The person I know has gotten 9 hours of complete web browsing. On wifi, I am able to get 11 over 2 days. My killer is being on 3G and yesterday, the person I know got 5 hours on 3G with 50% remaining.

     

    Unfortunately, I have never come into a situation where I am able to charge my phone at the airport. I would exchange my phone but ive read that 1000s of people have done that with no change. Also, I am not willing to exchange my phone for a refurb.

  • LEECK78 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 18, 2012 1:39 AM (in response to Player8)

    @player8, forgotten to mention that i had my push mail off as well.

    I do not have any additional mail apps on my handset.

  • Player8 Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
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    Nov 18, 2012 1:49 AM (in response to LEECK78)

    You got contacts synchronisation on anywhere?

  • MR_WIN_0880 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 18, 2012 2:01 AM (in response to iPhone4Lyf)

    Why would you get a refurbished.  If you call apple and explain your problem they will schedule an appointment at your nearest apple store to exchange for a brand new phone.  I travel often, not consistent 12 hour flights... But there is always time for me to make sure I have a full charge before the flight and usually some time to get some change in when I arrive.  But everyone's schedule is different. 

     

    9 hours straight browsing is great battery life.  I don't think my phone would ever give me that kind of battery life.  But I just know that my phone is pretty identical in battery drain as all the other ip5's sitting in the apple store for display.  So this person you know literally spent 9 hours straight browsing on the iPhone?  Cause as we speake I am at 86% battery and my usage shows 9 hours 15 min of standby and 2 hr 17 min of usage.  Which some of my usage was listen to my music for about 30 min and everything else light usage. Email, text, browse....

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