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iPhone 5 short battery life?

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  • lacope Calculating status...
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    Jan 12, 2013 1:42 PM (in response to timberlnd3)

    I have found that by turning the LTE to off has definitely solved my problem with the quick battery drain on the iPhone 5. Have dropped only 15% in two days of normal use. There is definitely a problem with the iPhone 5 on a LTE network which needs looking into be Apple.

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    Jan 13, 2013 3:04 AM (in response to lacope)

    What is LTE? And how do you switch it off??

  • tjone Calculating status...
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    Jan 13, 2013 3:05 PM (in response to Traveler123)

    LTE is the fast cellular data connection that your iPhone 5 is designed to use.  Turning it off reduces the speed of your internet connection and some other applications on your iPhone.


    There are two ways to turn it off.

    Method 1 is to go to Settings - General - Cellular - Enable LTE and turn it to off.

    Method 2 is to sell your iPhone5 and buy an old iPhone 4.

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    Jan 13, 2013 9:19 PM (in response to Trot Nixon)

    Hi Trot,


    Can you help me understand what you mean when you say don't restore from icloud backup, but instead restore manually from the cloud?  How do I do that?


    Thanks so much,



  • Traveler123 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 14, 2013 2:05 AM (in response to tjone)

    Thank you very much for this information.


    Unfortunately I am already at Turtle speed connection as it is. I cant possibly imagine having to go any slower just to get a few extra minutes out of my Iphone 5 battery.


    It really is sad that we as an Apple community, who have spent upwards of £500 on the latest Iphone 5, have to turn almost every available setting OFF in order for it to work properly. Apple really need to look into this, as I suspect they have lost thousands of customers who would have bought the Iphone 5 already but have opted for competitors phones instead which seem more user friendly and reliable?

  • Handsome Simon Calculating status...
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    Jan 14, 2013 9:27 PM (in response to Kelly Siech)

    I just entered into the SMARTPHONE era, I was using a 2G phone for the last few years and recently (with my wife's persuasion, I changed to Iphone 5.  My wife is using ip4 and her side of the family are using ip4 & 4s. (I wanted an Android phone, but was talked out of it).


    Using IP5 for the last week or so, I love the Iphone 5, slimmer and faster, however, one thing that bug me is the battery compared to the 4 & 4s.


    My thoughts of SMARTPHONE (Iphone 5)


    The purposed of a smartphone is supposed to make us smarter.... better surfing experience, ease of communication....however, it is really laughable that features needed to be disable in order to save battery.  What is the point of having a SMART Phone, when we need to disable features for fear of losing battery power...this is really stupid.


    My last 2G phone.....lasted 2 weeks without a single charged...Of course, it is difficult to compared both, but, 1/4 day (8am - 9pm) of use on IP5 and fearing of dead really mindblogging.


    Worst, I put my Iphone on alarm (my phone was on thoughout the night)....but it went dead. My 8 years old daughter missed her school bus. The battery was at 40% in the evening (before I sleep)...but it did not not last till morning. (P/S:- the phone is on Standby mode).


    How I miss the alarm clock. 


    Anyway, my first Iphone will definitely be last. I WILL NOT BUY ANOTHER IPHONE EVER !!!!!!!

  • elchinelcho Calculating status...
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    Jan 15, 2013 4:51 AM (in response to Kelly Siech)

    I am so used to iphone that i decided to buy the 5 when the other smart phone's sales ratings are going higher and higher everyday but now i am so unhappy wid the short battery, i guess this will be my last iphone.

  • Handsome Simon Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 15, 2013 9:19 PM (in response to Handsome Simon)

    I saw that IOS6.1 is coming soon.....hope the update will resolve the battery problem.  I doubt it....never use Apple products before.


    I had to buy another USB battery pack to charge my phone.  I am travelling in the train and it does help to have one. 


    Come to think about it, I was so close to buying SONY phone....heard their batteries are MUCH better + they are some what cheaper.


    Reason I will stick to !P5, it was a gift from my wife.


    Anyway, lets pray that Apple update can bring some improvement to the battery.....don't know how much better.

  • Simos805 Calculating status...
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    Jan 20, 2013 12:44 PM (in response to Mike Angelichio)

    I have exactly the same problem with my iPhone 5!

  • Angie1012 Calculating status...
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    Jan 20, 2013 1:33 PM (in response to Kelly Siech)

    Some suggestions to keep battery life lasting longer is to 1. Turn off push mail on settings >mail

    2. Don't have it on 100% brightness it can drain a lot of battery life from your iPhone

  • arodriguez10 Calculating status...
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    Jan 21, 2013 12:41 PM (in response to Kelly Siech)

    Simple fix. I can't believe apple hasnt figured this out.


    I returned my phone once already and my battery issue did not go away. I use the podcast app most of the day and not much browing or anything else. I stumbled on another forum saying the podcast app is garbage and should be deleted. So i got rid of the app, and all of a sudden I am getting almost double battery life. If you love your podcasts like i do, just download the downcast app. best $1.99 you will spend.

  • JohnSpasm Calculating status...
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    Jan 21, 2013 5:15 PM (in response to Kelly Siech)

    Same issue here. I just recently bought a iPhone 5 and i was literally seeing the battery droping 1% in 2 to 3 mins.


    After trying ALL fixes here i have to say its a lot better but im not completly happy.


    Now im getting 50 min of usage for -10%


    That sounds ok?

    Pls let me know what you think, i still find it a little weak. I remember when i bought my iPhone 4 the battery felt like never ending, and this one is suppose to be better.


    I really hope Apple do something serious about this for iOS 6.1

  • antoniofromboca raton Calculating status...
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    Jan 21, 2013 8:02 PM (in response to Kelly Siech)



    I just bought the Iphone5 about 3 days ago. I noticed the poor battery life almost immeditely. I went from a 3GS that lasted me all day to a 5 that couldn't make it past lunch without a recharge. Not to mention that I couldn't even connect to my home wifi. I searched frantically for an answer and made all the setting's changes that were recommended on these forums. 


    Long story short, I decided to restore with the older version of the 6.0.1 update (supposed to address wifi issues) and get rid of the new update, iOS 6.0.2. WORKED LIKE A CHARM AND DOUBLED MY BATTERY LIFE!! I'm running with the 6.0.1 update and its humming like a fine tuned machine.


    I just can't believe that Apple hasn't recognized this and done something about it.


    P.S. I have no wireless connection issues like the original complaints were suggesting about the earlier update.

  • Joelloh56 Calculating status...
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    Jan 22, 2013 6:36 PM (in response to antoniofromboca raton)

    Can someone help to analyze my 5 battery behavior now?

    (6 hours and 8 minutes of usage

    17 hours and 30 minutes of standby) I'm now at 30%

    I used the phone for

    2 hours of movie(daily)

    30 mins for watsapp

    And others are web surfing(Fb) and phone,messages and all


    For me I say this is so hard core usingLoL. Compared to androids

    I'm from android and found ios so much better to use, and the battery life on my 5 is SO much better than my Samsung s2!!!!


    Please give some comments

  • Traveler123 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 23, 2013 12:36 AM (in response to Joelloh56)

    Are you operating on IOS 6.0.2??


    If so then you cant possibly get that kind of useage out of your iphone 5 battery, unless you have unticked a box. If that is a case, then which box have you unticked so we can all live as happily as you!!??


    Either that or you work for Apple?

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