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iPhone 5 battery life is way worse than iPhone 4

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  • Jangeles323 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 17, 2013 9:09 AM (in response to IL mac)

    You don't need to reset all settings but just reset the phone only.. Turn it off then turn it back on would do the same results.. And for some reason it does help with the battery, when i turn off the phone and turn it back on after each charge.. Or maybe its just me

  • HwyHawk1976 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 17, 2013 9:15 AM (in response to holdrege)

    In an earlier post i said that i don't think that this battery issue cld b fixed with software updates... I retract that statement.

     

    I was just experimenting with the phone and turned cellular data off. I made a phone call and the call lasted 17min and my battery didn't drop a single percent. What makes this interesting to me is that during the entire conversation i was using a bluetooth ear piece..

     

    There might b some hope after all..

  • Jangeles323 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 17, 2013 9:28 AM (in response to HwyHawk1976)

    Well duh, the battery will drain slowly when cellular data is off.. It does the same thing to all smart phones. Data = battery drain. If you notice, being on wifi drains battery slower then being on 4g/lte

  • Jameson! Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
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    Jan 17, 2013 9:53 AM (in response to Jangeles323)

    Seriously.....   This thread has become nothing more than hysterical people trying to grasp onto some last bit of hope that this is a software problem!   iOS 6.1 should be released in the next few weeks.   When everyone sees that it offers no improvment for this situation, MAYBE they will resolve themselves to the fact that the battery simply does not have the capacity to meet the power needs of the phone.

     

    Instead of hand wringing and spending many hours tinkering with settings, take $30 and buy a bloody car charger.   Carry that and your usb cable around with you, then charge whenever possible.

     

    HOPEFULLY, iPhone 5s or iPhone 6 will be released with a larger capacity battery and this problem will be instantly solved.   I'm sure APPLE is regretting their thinner design decision at this point, but it is what it is and they will NEVER admit it.

     

    1. Deal with it

    2. Trade your iPhone for something else

     

    Best wishes...........

    Jangeles323 wrote:

     

    Well duh, the battery will drain slowly when cellular data is off.. It does the same thing to all smart phones. Data = battery drain. If you notice, being on wifi drains battery slower then being on 4g/lte

  • HwyHawk1976 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 17, 2013 12:25 PM (in response to Jangeles323)

    No i didn't know because i never tried it Mr iphone/battery expert.. It was u that was saying the fix was as simple as downgrading to 6.0.1 right?? So whats all this on pg 217 with the "let the battery run down to 20%, plug it up and if it gains 3% real quick then uplug it and try again. If it does it the 2nd time, repeat the process". I guess one has to try all that jibberish while standing on one foot and chanting in Latin..

     

    Seems to me, ur guessing at solutions like the rest of us.. #StandDown

  • Jangeles323 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 17, 2013 3:55 PM (in response to HwyHawk1976)

    I didn't say i was an expert or anything. Just stating that what i did worked out for me. Didn't say you have to try it or anything.. And anyone would know that having data off or even a cellular signal will provide good battery. A good example is my atrix 2 is lasting a whole week without charge.. Downgrading to 6.0.1 was just a suggesting since some people were getting good batt on it and then some ppl got ****** batt when upgraded to 6.0.2  

  • amitkapila2 Calculating status...
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    Jan 17, 2013 7:59 PM (in response to Jangeles323)

    I do this after every charge. I press the the off button. Slide to power off.

    Switch back on. Get good battery life all day.

    At midnight I have approx 50% after 18+ hours standby and 4+ hours usage.

     

    I started to do this after I one day saw the battery at 99% after all night charging.

     

    I do this with iPhone 5, iPhone 4 and the iPad mini. They all showed this 99% problem.

     

    The 99% issue doesn't happen every morning.  But I power off and on again anyway.

     

    My iPhone 5 is manufactured in week 51.

    I had one before that was a week 45 unit.  The older one was definitely defective.

    Both on battery life and battery.

  • joegod Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 19, 2013 1:06 AM (in response to holdrege)

    The draining issues came with IOS 6.0.2 as everybody is reporting... so COME ON Apple!!!

     

    1. When are you going to release the new IOS 6.1 to fix this issue?

    2. How long more do we have to suffer with this for?

     

    Because it is supposed this new 6.1 version WILL FIX  our AMAZING DEVICES, or NOT?

     

    Everybody's getting impatient because of this terrible problem there was not before in the 6.0.1 and the other one is you have to use gloves if you don't want to get burned while you are using the AMAZING IPHONE 5 for a long time thanks to the **** 6.0.2...

     

    All this is completely annoying 

  • BuferaRomena Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 19, 2013 7:00 AM (in response to joegod)

    Today, Who guess why? Un plug at 09:00am and now 04:00pm battery is 71%.

    Yeaterday at 04:00pm was 12%

    Who knows ...

  • niquele Calculating status...
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    Jan 19, 2013 7:13 AM (in response to holdrege)

    I just want to point out that i got the same problem. I got my new iPhone 5 32gb 1 week ago and the battery life was okay with 6.01. After I installed 6.02 my battery was gone after 12 hours not using the iphone at all. I contacted apple care who told me to reset my settings. I hoped that the factory recovery would bring me back 6.01 but it did not and since apple does not recommend a downgrade im stuck with a new incredible beautiful phone, which i dont dare to use because im afraid that my battery wont last the day in 3g mode. After i resetted to factory image the battery lasts well as long as i use wifi (12h usage and 48h standby with flight mode over night)...as soon as i start using my 3g the phone will heat up and the battery drops quite fast. Since im still a student the purchase of the iPhone had quite some impact on my budget and in case apple will take care of the battery issue i would spend the money again since there is no comparable device in points of materials and haptic. Nevertheless i will go back to the apple store and ask for a new device over and over again in case they wont solve this problem soon. So let all of us hope that Apple did not die along with Steve Jobs....

  • IL mac Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 19, 2013 6:02 PM (in response to holdrege)

    I unplugged it after fully charge and then immediately did a restart (off and home button at the same time). Battery dropped to 99% after 4 hours of standby and some light use mostly over 4G LTE. Before this, battery dropped to 98% within one hour even with light use over wifi. Unfortunately, the restart right after full charge wipes out the memory of full charge so the phone cannot not show standby and usage time after last full charge.

  • paulfromhere Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 19, 2013 6:04 PM (in response to niquele)

    I have 2 iphones 5 and just had an opportunity to run a side by side wi-fi web browser run from 100% to zero. The brightness was set at maximum. Apple claims 12 hours of wi-fi, I only got:

     

    phone with version 6.0.1 6 hours 45 minutes

    phone with version 6.0.2 6 hours 25 minutes

     

    So, 6.0.1 only got 5% more time. But, both were way short (about 56%) of the 12 hours wi-fi Apple advertises.

     

    Obviously, the full brightness caused a lot of this reduction. If I get time, I'll try running it again with the minimum brightness.

  • paulfromhere Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    My test on wi-fi with the brightness set on dimmest gives:

     

    phone with version 6.0.1 18 hours 8 minutes

    phone with version 6.0.2 17 hours 53 minutes

     

    The iphone with 6.0.1 only lasted 1% longer.

     

    Both were much longer (50%) than Apple's ads for the iPhone 5 (12 hours).

     

    Now I know why Apple advises dimming the screen to extend battery life.

     

    I guess I'll try shutting off Auto for brightness and set the slider below the B. Seems like that should give a bit more life.

  • molham Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 22, 2013 1:01 AM (in response to holdrege)

    hopefully they fix this issue soooon

  • Nomadpilot 01 Calculating status...
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    Jan 22, 2013 4:34 AM (in response to holdrege)

    I can tell you I tried pretty much every thread on here on "fixing" the problem and none worked for me. What did work was calling Apple, explaining what I'd tried and getting a new phone sent to me. My old one was using about 1% every 2-3 minutes, regardless of what was, or wasn't turned on. So new phone in hand, wifi, Bluetooth, LTE, and a majority of location services, push notifications ect on , and I don't have to charge it every few hours, or even every day. I'm very happy with my new one.

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