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FelipeAndre27 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Helow guys. For the first time in months, the battery of my iPhone 3GS 16 GB
started to die way too fast. It was automatically upgraded to the IOS 4 on Monday,
and it was working normal until yesterday, when the battery simply started
to die too fast, out of the blue, there is nothing else that could explain it.
Does anybody have a clue?

iPhone 3GS 16 GB, iOS 4
  • Tamara Level 6 Level 6 (13,730 points)
    What troubleshooting steps from the manual have you done?
  • a7 Level 1 Level 1 (115 points)
    I have had the same problem on my 3gs.

    bluetooth is off, the screen has been dimmed, wifi is off. 3g is on (I've never had a problem with the battery dying fast with 3g on).

    Does the new OS on an older phone brain the battery faster then the new OS on the NEW PHONE?
  • jonlopes Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Yup same problem here too. It is a 32 gig 3Gs and I have maybe half the battery capacity as it did when new. Yes I read all of the things to do to save power but I use Wifi, I use bluetooth, I use 3g that is why I bought it!! Also I used all of that when the phone was new and still had about double the battery life as I do now. The only solution? Lose your cell phone for a week or so so to mail it to apple and know that you are SOL if you break down on the side of the road and need help!!!!!

    I tried calling Apple to get some warranty service since for some unfathomable reason apple decided to make the battery un-servicable and it took over 20 minutes to explain to the person that the battery was dying. She did not try to tell me the silly line "you are holding it wrong" but the tone was essentially the same.

    I was seriously thinging of upgrading my windows laptop to a Mac but now I am seriously reconsidering that decision.
  • FelipeAndre27 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    It's worth remember that I turned 3G off, turned even Cellular Data off, Bluetooth was already off,
    Notifications and Locations Services were also already off, and even so, the battery died way way too fast, that has never happened before. Might be that the new IOS 4 is killing the battery?
    Honest guys, a phone like this it's worthless, you might as well have nothing.
  • FelipeAndre27 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    It's worth remember that I turned 3G off, turned even Cellular Data off, Bluetooth was already off,
    Notifications and Locations Services were also already off, and even so, the battery died way way too fast, that has never happened before. Might be that the new IOS 4 is killing the battery?
    Honest guys, a phone like this it's worthless, you might as well have nothing.
  • Kenn Hughes Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    Bro, you could have A LOT of applications running in the new multitasking feature. That causes the battery to die quite quickly
  • FelipeAndre27 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Wow man, that really makes a lot of sense.
    But then, how do I know which apps are open running in the background multitasking
    thing? And how do I close them for good?
  • FelipeAndre27 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I definitely must have done something like that: let lots of apps running open on the background.
    Now I need to know how to definitively close them and test how the battery goes this way.
  • Kenn Hughes Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    Well, you can't close them for good. But whenever you open a lot of apps, just double tap the home button, hold down the icons until they wiggle, and erase them. Turn your backlight brightness down too. Thats all the advice I have, sorry :/
  • FelipeAndre27 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Are you kidding me man? You were extremely helpful.
    Thank you very much.
  • PharmNerd Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Go to http://support.apple.com/kb/TS3398 using Safari on your device. Download and install the Exchange Profile update. Then reboot your device by holding the power button until you see "Slide to power off". Turn your device back on, and the problem should be fixed.

    Also, if you have the Words With Friends app, turn off it's notifications.
  • WBmacUser Level 2 Level 2 (160 points)
    Remember though that the way Apple designed the multi-tasking feature ... those other programs are NOT really running in the background. they're suspended and shouldnt be using up much battery at all. And they're especially not if you haven't downloaded the latest versions of them that would even support multi-tasking.

    Don't know exactly what's causing it .... but it's not "supposed" to be the multi-tasking.
  • a7 Level 1 Level 1 (115 points)
    I double tapped on the home button and deleted everything down there. I will let you know if it worked. FYI - Turning off the phone and turing it back on didn't work what so ever.
  • Kenn Hughes Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    Turn your location services off, until you need it. And turn the brightness down. And dowloading ANYTHING, ESPECIALLY videos will suck up your battery
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