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Battery drain since upgrading to 2.2

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kozb Calculating status...
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Nov 21, 2008 8:18 AM
Yesterday, I went all day (12 hours that is) without recharging. Last night I upgraded to 2.2. Today, after being off the charger for 4 hours, it is down to 20%. Anyone else seeing a decrease in battery life since going to 2.2?
IPhone 3G, Other OS
  • modular747 Level 6 Level 6 (15,680 points)
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    Nov 21, 2008 9:08 AM (in response to kozb)
    No.
    MacPro Quad Core, Mac OS X (10.5.5), iPhone 3G 16GB (2.1)
  • Twaites Calculating status...
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    Nov 22, 2008 1:53 AM (in response to kozb)
    Yeah, I've noticed a total decrease in battery life. I had to keep a charger handy all day today, seems like it has cut my battery life by like 30%
  • vahan1 Calculating status...
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    Nov 22, 2008 10:28 AM (in response to kozb)
    I'm experiencing the same issue. Phone stays warm too...

    If not a lot of people experiencing this, I guess I'll have to restore/start fresh and see what happens. Hate doing that..

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  • archivist08 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Nov 22, 2008 10:37 AM (in response to kozb)
    Yes, happens with both iPhones we have after 2.2 upgrade. When we went to bed, iPhones were fully charged, and in the morning, 10% of the battery was left.

    Phone 1: 3G, mobile me calendar sync, 4 gmail accounts on 1h fetch.
    Phone 2. 3G, mobile me calendar sync, 1 gmail account on 1h fetch.
    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.4)
  • icebike Level 3 Level 3 (740 points)
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    Nov 22, 2008 12:49 PM (in response to archivist08)
    Phone 1: 3G, mobile me calendar sync, 4 gmail accounts on 1h fetch.
    Phone 2. 3G, mobile me calendar sync, 1 gmail account on 1h fetch.


    That's a lot of syncing, and now that Fetch is working properly, you will see those accounts trying to sync more frequently than they did under 2.1.

    If sync gets hung up for any reason, it will retry endlessly, keeping the radios on all night. Several people report problems with Exchange servers getting into this state, and I suppose its possible with Mobile Me (its had a pretty checkered past).

    I rather suspect it might be your Gmail accounts, since they use Fetch, and Fetch was the big fix in 2.2, it just didn't work before.

    But turn the phones all the way off to see if its just a problem caused by the update itself.
  • Andrew T. Level 4 Level 4 (3,210 points)
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    Nov 22, 2008 1:01 PM (in response to kozb)
    I know you state this occurred after 2.2 update.


    But if you have not done so check out the Battery tips page, and use any tips that may assist with longer battery life.


    Example: If you have no 3G in the area you can turn off 3G on the iPhone and increase battery life

    If you do not mind checking email manually, you can set Fetch Data to Manual check everything. Thus allowing better battery life. Cater it to your actual needs and usage

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

    Make sure when you are ready to take iPhone off the charger, that there is a socket plug inside the battery on top right hand corner of iphone


    You may also want to try a basic reboot of the iphone and then full charge and test, ensure the PC/Mac does not go into sleep mode if you use it to charge, as this does power down the USB ports in most cases.


    If needed as a last option you can restore iPhone.

    Backing Up, updating, and restoring your iPhone and iPod touch software
    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1414


    iPhone and iPod touch: Minimum system requirements
    http://support.apple.com/kb/TS1323
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  • venom93corba Calculating status...
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    Nov 22, 2008 3:04 PM (in response to Andrew T.)
    yeah i've noticed the same thing on the drain. I woke at 8am took it off the charger sent a couple txt played with a few apps and 10 hrs later less then 20%. On 2.1 I could go all day and do a **** of alot more. Is there away to go back to 2.1 ?
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  • icebike Level 3 Level 3 (740 points)
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    Nov 22, 2008 3:15 PM (in response to venom93corba)
    Is there away to go back to 2.1 ?

    http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=1799045&tstart=0

    However, why not just turn off fetch if you are using it? The biggest battery related thing I can see about this update is that fetch works now, where it didn't before.

    So turn that off as a test to see if your prior battery runtimes return.
    You could also drop to Edge (especially at night, since you don't care how fast the mail arrives while you are asleep, and the edge radio takes less battery than the 3G radio.

    Sadly, I predicted this rash of battery problems prior to 2.2 being released due solely to the fact that Fetch was solved, which keeps the phone radios awake more than 2.1 did, using more power. Somehow this obvious statement of fact was pounced upon by the mods and deleted.
  • vahan1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 22, 2008 3:24 PM (in response to kozb)
    Ok, so it looks like my issue is gone, although not sure what exactly fixed it.

    Restored Phone and Backup on iTunes 8.2 (vs 8.1 before)
    Deleted an Exchange account that wasn't working

    now it seems to be fine. Could've been the bad mail account...

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  • Perry Gershon Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)
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    Nov 22, 2008 8:59 PM (in response to kozb)
    Same problems here. I have one me.com account and one exchange account - both set to push. Power drain after about 6 hours. This is not good for a mobile device. Blackberry went days without recharge. Apple really ought to get you 12 hours or more without phone use.

    Definitely a 2.2 issue, though phone did not fetch at all in 2.1
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  • icebike Level 3 Level 3 (740 points)
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    Nov 22, 2008 9:06 PM (in response to Perry Gershon)
    Ok, so with two accounts, you have the perfect test bed. Set one or the other to Manual, and see if it improves.
  • JHeadphones Calculating status...
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    Nov 23, 2008 8:14 AM (in response to kozb)
    This is happening for me as well. I have no FETCH accounts, and one Exchange account using ActiveSync. If I simply leave the phone on after a full charge, it takes about 4 hours to drain down completely. If I use it at all, it takes about 3. Prior to 2.2, I could often go 2 full days. Nothing else has changed except the update to 2.2.

    This is an original iPhone, not a 3G.
    Macbook (late) 2008, Mac OS X (10.5.5)
  • deggie Level 8 Level 8 (44,840 points)
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    Nov 23, 2008 8:53 AM (in response to JHeadphones)
    As with the other poster here, this is probably a problem with your Exchange account. Check with your IT staff about deleting and restoring the account, or try that on your iPhone.
    MacPro Dual Core 2.66 Ghz, MacBook Pro 15", iPhone 3G, Mac OS X (10.5.5), AEXs, Red 2G Nano, Red Shuffle, 16GB Touch, 160 GB Classic, White 60GB 5G
  • amrabdoun Calculating status...
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    Nov 23, 2008 9:03 AM (in response to kozb)
    Same thing happened with me, the battery life has become much shorter, wihtout any extra wi-fi or 3G usage, even less than usual.

    If anyone is suffering the same, please advise.

    Amr
    Dell Inspiron 1525, Windows XP Pro
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