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iPhone 5 battery draining very fast

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  • molham Calculating status...
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    Jan 18, 2013 4:38 AM (in response to abonfietti)

    i agree with you 100%

  • 3greythounds Calculating status...
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    Jan 18, 2013 5:23 AM (in response to abonfietti)

    Funny, I have been posting literally the same thing.  Now, I set mine up as a new phone because it was, but did back up some things from iCloud because i have an iPad.  I never thought of that.  In one of my posts, I was saying that this was not a smartphone anymore once you turn everything off and can only receive calls or manually run apps or get your email.  But, after a little more thought, maybe it is smart - I mean maybe the whole thing is about seeing how many of us will pay a stupid amount of money for having a pretty devise that is virtually useless unless connected to a power cord.  Just so disappointing.

  • 3greythounds Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 18, 2013 5:29 AM (in response to avril225)

    These recent conversations have been going on now for some time with no one from Apple commenting.  At least not to any of my posts and I haven't seen a reply from them to others' posts.  I hope they are looking at this. 

  • canemh Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 18, 2013 6:10 AM (in response to 3greythounds)

    these posts arent going to stop. apple isnt going todo anything until sales numbers go down. the only thing todo is for someone to write an Executive Email Carpet Bomb and just bombard them. the only way to get their attention

     

    http://consumerist.com/2007/05/11/how-to-launch-an-executive-email-carpet-bomb/

  • Wackyjackie Calculating status...
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    Jan 18, 2013 8:50 PM (in response to mhabashy)

    One thing I recently discovered is that apps run in the background and suck battery life. It's too bad that Apple doesn't have a way to close them right from the app itself, but it's actually very easy to close the apps you don't need. Here's a link to how to do this. Once I started closing unneeded apps, my iphone stays charged MUCH longer! Hope this helps--I have an iphone 4.

     

    http://imacify.com/2011/10/how-to-close-iphone-apps-running-in-the-background/

  • Wackyjackie Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 18, 2013 8:59 PM (in response to mhabashy)

    Oh! I just read some of the posts here and am glad that I have an earlier model! Apple seems to be sliding since Steve Jobs passed.

     

    The IOS 6 really f**ed by my iphone 4. Well, not  that bad but it has made sending pictures by text impossible! I am quite irked that these "upgrades" mess with features that formerly worked just fine.

     

    I think it behooves all of us to refrain from purchasing the latest iteration of ANY product until the general public has used it.  Case in point, I bought a logitech bluetooth speaker based on web reviews. It was GREAT until it started turning off within a minute of turning it on! I have been checking other forums and apparently this is a common problem. Luckily, I can still return it through Amazon. Had I just waited a minute before throwing my dollars away, I could have saved myself some time, money, and aggravation.

     

    I feel for you 5 users!

  • bhupi2012 Calculating status...
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    Jan 21, 2013 12:45 PM (in response to Wackyjackie)

    Iphone 5

    IOS 6.0.2

    wifi - OFF

    bluetooth - Off

    LTE - Off

    Push Notification - Off

    still my battery draining very very fast

     

    iPhone 5 Battery.PNG

  • PandaA1983 Calculating status...
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    Jan 21, 2013 1:10 PM (in response to abonfietti)

    So its fixed at the moment...I wiped the phone back to factory settings, then loaded the backup I made.  Had to re-organize all my apps which was a headache, but my battery is back to normal!  I leave Wifi, Bluetooth, and LTE on all the time and can go all day without charging.  This includes watching a TV show at lunch :-)

     

    Hope it stays this way!

  • maristefa Calculating status...
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    Jan 23, 2013 2:20 AM (in response to mhabashy)

    I had the same problem and got it fixed. Maybe the same works for others, too. Thanks to this article: http://tidbits.com/article/13303 I just tried to turn off Safari iCloud sync... And well, the battery works perfectly now!! 

     

    Before, my battery drained when using mobile network very very quickly, went from like 80% to 20% in 1.5 hours. Not using the phone at all and just keeping it in my bag! The first time this happend was 2 days after I got the brand new iPhone. The crucial thing must have been turning on the iCloud sync then. Maybe there are broken Safari bookmarks which just keep the iPhone syncing and syncing, so that the battery drains that quickly.

  • abonfietti Calculating status...
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    Jan 24, 2013 12:31 PM (in response to 3greythounds)

    I agree 100%

     

    The good news (or bad to a point of view) is that I seem to have worked around the drain.

    As I said, I had reset all network settings before with no luck. Also restored from previous backup. Also made no good.

     

    So, this time, I went down. Downloaded a few battery apps (useless).

    Erased all phone. Set up as new phone and restored from backup. I have then ensured a few apps I always had open were closed (Viber, Whatsapp and Facebook)

     

    My battery now lasts easy 20 hours. I certainly hope it works the same to you all. I'm not sure what has really made a difference, but now I keep open only email, phone and msg. That's it

     

    Good luck !

  • KC7GNM Level 4 Level 4 (2,720 points)
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    Jan 24, 2013 12:38 PM (in response to 3greythounds)

    3greythounds wrote:

     

    These recent conversations have been going on now for some time with no one from Apple commenting.  At least not to any of my posts and I haven't seen a reply from them to others' posts.  I hope they are looking at this. 

    That is because this is a user forum. Apple does not reply or actually monitor these forums. They are user monitored and administrated for answers.

  • KC7GNM Level 4 Level 4 (2,720 points)
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    Jan 24, 2013 12:51 PM (in response to bhupi2012)

    bhupi2012 wrote:

     

    Iphone 5

    IOS 6.0.2

    wifi - OFF

    bluetooth - Off

    LTE - Off

    Push Notification - Off

    still my battery draining very very fast

     

    iPhone 5 Battery.PNG

    You are getting great battery on your phone. Here is what the battery specs are from the apple iphone spec page. (Bolded added by me to emphasize what you should be getting)

     

    • Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery
    • Charging via USB to computer system or power adapter
    • Talk time: Up to 8 hours on 3G
    • Standby time: Up to 225 hours
    • Internet use: Up to 8 hours on 3G, up to 8 hours on LTE, up to 10 hours on Wi-Fi
    • Video playback: Up to 10 hours
    • Audio playback: Up to 40 hours

     

    These are lab results and you can only use the spec you use mostly. Most people use the Talk time and internet usage. If you look at your stats at 4 hours and 11 mins of usage at 52% you should get about 8.5 hours when it reaches 0%. That means you are actually getting better than what these specs state here.

     

    Oh and one problem with your picture is you have plugged in the phone since the last full recharge so not sure your numbers are correct.

  • DucaConte Calculating status...
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    Jan 24, 2013 7:34 PM (in response to bhupi2012)

    You should call yourself lucky, this is what i get with mine:

     

    phone 5

    IOS 6.0.2

    wifi - ON

    bluetooth - Off

    LTE - Off

    Push Notification - ON

     

    photo.PNG

     

    There is definitely something wrong with my battery, used to be like yours then suddenly started to die extremely fast.

  • Sunderbus Calculating status...
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    Jan 25, 2013 2:06 PM (in response to mhabashy)

    I went through the whole 9 yards with my iPhone 5 after I noticed that the battery suddenly started draining quickly (after being just fine when I received it a couple of months ago). I hadn't done anything to it aside from allowing the iOS upgrades (this one was to 6.0.2). Following the advice on this thread, I restored network settings, restored to factory settings, etc. One thing I noticed that the battery life was fine when I had it on Airplane Mode. The phone was also warmer than normal--even when I hadn't used it for anything. Although the battery drain was better when I had only the Wi-Fi on (no cell), it still wasn't great.

     

    I had that happen only one other time when I was in a rural part of Utah with my iPhone 3GS and the signal in the area went from "No Service" to one bar. As a result, the phone had to pump out a stronger signal to try to mate with any cell tower signals. So I suspected that there was something made the phone power a stronger cell signal (even though coverage is excellent in my area) and that's why the battery was draining.

     

    Just in case, I checked my data usage and there wasn't anything abnormal about it, so I don't think it was an errant app that was surreptitiously using bandwidth.

     

    I finally called Apple Support and went through a diagnostic call with them. Sent the phone in and I just got a new phone today. I started fresh (didn't restore from back-up...just in case). Everything was fine until I did two things at one time : 1) Upgraded to an HD Wallpaper app from another Wallpaper app that I began running and 2) added accounts (and therefore push notifications) to my mail program. Then the phone battery started draining quickly again...maybe about 1% every 3 minutes while the phone was at rest.

     

    About an hour ago, I eliminated my mail accounts (and turned off the "Push" notifications for it) and also deleted the HD Wallpaper app. It's been an hour--during which I've re-downloaded all my Kindle books to the new phone--and, despite all that, the battery life has been rock solid so far.

     

    I'll keep experimenting to see which of the two causes the problem, but others may want to also eliminate  their mail accounts (and turn off "Push" notifications) to see if this resolves the problem.

     

    I hate to think of all those perfectly good phones (like my old one) getting trashed/recycled because of a software issue.

  • iOSgaga Calculating status...
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    Jan 25, 2013 5:17 PM (in response to Sunderbus)

    I've been experiencing the battery draining particularly after I've upgraded to 6.0.2 about a few days back. I'm using the black ip5 32gb and I'm on Celcom, Malaysia. My first initial thoughts based on my previous experience with the 3GS is that I had to reinstall the OS again in order to stop the draining. But it's not the case with my iPhone5. I've even runned it without any apps and the battery is still draining away! My phone batt just dropped by 10% typing this. Gaaaahhh! I'm on a holiday now and I need my phone to take the photos, and the battery life is way disappointing!

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