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iPhone 4s Battery Life?

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  • RandalllFlagg Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 10, 2011 11:56 AM (in response to tonypich)

    Please keep us updated as to how it's working. Thanks.

  • K. Mark Calculating status...
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    Nov 10, 2011 11:57 AM (in response to bleepingApple)

    bleepingApple wrote:

     

    KristoffDeJonghe, how are you managing this:

     

     

    KristoffDeJonghe wrote:

     


         3g off (will rapidly drain your battery!) 


     

    As far as I've found snooping in every menu and sub-menu, and from what many others are saying, you cannot turn 3g off on the 4s. I asume you still can on the 4, even on iOS5.0 but I don't own one so i can't comment.

     

    Are you telling us about a 4 or a 4s? It makes a big difference. If it is a 4s how are you managing this feat?

     

    Please kindly confirm.

     

    Many thanks.

     

    He clearly states that he has a 4S, as well as Siri.

     

    There is a setting to turn off all Cellular Data, which turns off both 3G and Edge.  It's in Settings > General > Network > Cellular Data.  This would make sense to me... turn it on only to use the phone or to check voicemail/text messages... turn it off and use Wifi for data only (which would still deliver email).

  • BlueSeas25 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Nov 10, 2011 12:04 PM (in response to K. Mark)

    That doesn't actually turn 3G off. There is no way to turn 3G off unless you turn on Airplane mode.

     

    Anyway, I updated to 5.1 and have so far seen an improvement in battery life in the short time I have used it since. Hopefully this solved the issue, time will tell.

  • flibbertygibbet Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    Nov 10, 2011 12:08 PM (in response to tt92618)

    tt92618 wrote:

     

    I'm just waiting for Apple to post some videos on their website about how other manufacturers phones get really hot and consume 10%-30% battery per hour just trying to connect to 3G. Oh, but they can't because no-one else's phones do that...

     

    Why don't you just install the update and see how you feel after using it a few days.  Or, are you not actually an owner, and merely here to troll?

     

    That depends on how you define "troll"...

     

    I'm an iPad owner, but not an iPhone owner. As it stands, Apple are making a real mess of things. The 4S battery life saga is a bit of a disaster, and trying to update our iPad to iOS5 was a total nightmare, much worse than any of Apple's earlier updates, which have always worked first time. So, I'd give Apple about 3/10 at the moment...

  • tt92618 Calculating status...
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    Nov 10, 2011 12:05 PM (in response to K. Mark)
    This would make sense to me... turn it on only to use the phone or to check voicemail/text messages... turn it off and use Wifi for data only (which would still deliver email).

     

    Or you could install 5.0.1 and be done with the whole thing.

  • apple4s nige Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 10, 2011 12:08 PM (in response to tt92618)

    a wouldnt bother.. usage is on mine is 1%-3% a min after update, going get my  money back. usless this is ....

  • ChrisDB Calculating status...
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    Nov 10, 2011 12:30 PM (in response to Scarface.)

    Installed the new IOS 5.0.1 two hours ago.  I started a test at 1:30 CT today.  5% battery drain in 45 minutes with WIFI and location services turned on and me not touching the Iphone 4S.  The new update doesn't seem to help much.

  • tt92618 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 10, 2011 12:16 PM (in response to apple4s nige)
    a wouldnt bother.. usage is on mine is 1%-3% a min after update, going get my  money back. usless this is ....

     

    I've been using it since it was released in beta, and I am certain it addresses many if not all of the issues people are complaining about.  And not to be unkind, but I really don't believe you when you say you get 1 - 3% discharge per minute.  If that were true, you would run out of power after between 34 and 100 minutes on a full charge, and I have never seen anyone make that claim.  Be honest - are you perhaps exaggerating a bit (or a lot, as the case may be)... or do you actually own one of these phones?

     

    If you are truly seeing those sorts of declines, then  you should take the phone back because you have a faulty battery.

  • K. Mark Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 10, 2011 12:25 PM (in response to BlueSeas25)

    BlueSeas25 wrote:

     

    That doesn't actually turn 3G off. There is no way to turn 3G off unless you turn on Airplane mode.

     

    Anyway, I updated to 5.1 and have so far seen an improvement in battery life in the short time I have used it since. Hopefully this solved the issue, time will tell.

     

    Hmm..... cellular signal remains, but cellular data is off.  Try it out on your 4S.  Go to Settings > Gneral > Network > Cellular Data and turn it off.  Note that the '3G' indicator no longer appears in the top left of your home screen.

     

    I just ran a series of tests on my phone, and these are my findings:

     

    • I can send and receive text messages.  I used a web browser client to send my phone a text message, thus eliminating any confusion as to where the text message was coming from.
    • With WiFi on, I can surf the net and receive email.  I don't get new Visual Voicemail notifications with just WiFi.
    • I used my work phone to call my phone.  I even see it appear on the 'recent' list.

     

    Based on these findings, turning off Cellular Data turns off both 3G and EDGE data, but I still maintain some kind of cellular signal link.  So, what I think Kris actually meant by '3G Network' is '3G data', not necessarily the cellular signal.  Which would make sense if he was saying that he turns it on only to check mail, turning it off afterwards.

  • dmbfrompv Calculating status...
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    Nov 10, 2011 12:25 PM (in response to tt92618)

    I am on my second 4s (now 2 days old).  Wife's 4s is fine, but new one went from 100% to 11% in less than 4 hours.  Have not yet downloaded new OS (can't from office) but concerned that reports say it does not help.  Any tips?  thx

  • firsttimeiphone4suser Calculating status...
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    Nov 10, 2011 12:29 PM (in response to Scarface.)

    updated to 5.0.1... so far so good...

  • BlueSeas25 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Nov 10, 2011 12:39 PM (in response to K. Mark)

    Your are confusing the issue. You're either connected to 3G or not. The phone can decide what to use this connection for, but there is no "sort of" connection to 3G. The phone is always connected to 3G or Edge, unless you are in Airplane mode.

     

    From Apples own words..

     

     

    "iPhone 4S: The option to enable or disable 3G is not available."

     

    http://support.apple.com/kb/ht4203

  • Thom_D Level 3 Level 3 (970 points)
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    Nov 10, 2011 12:39 PM (in response to Scarface.)

    I have terrible luck so I think I'll wait till I get home to update.  It would make me crazy if I did the OTA update and got the OK now hook your phone up to iTunes to complete your OTA update message.

     

    In fact I may wait a day or two to see if the fixes actually work.  Although it looks like from the beta reviews it has helped some people.

  • 1AppleADayNoWay Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 10, 2011 12:54 PM (in response to Scarface.)

    Please people use minimal logic i.e. install the update and revert the phone settings to their default/factory reset, restore from your backups, configure your mail as you did prior, and have your normal set of apps, go through a full charge cycle and pay attention to usage and standby afterwards.

     

    Always laughable to see the guy commenting after 17 mins of use - "ok, things are looking good" lollll.

     

    Hopefully it all works, as I'm running out of things to say!

     

    Good luck to all!

  • geezerdave Calculating status...
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    Nov 10, 2011 12:53 PM (in response to Scarface.)

    5.0.1 is a bust! I was one of the lucky ones getting two days out of a charge, albeit with a lot shut off.  After updating I am seeing my power drain at a much quicker rate. Nice.

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