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iPhone 4s Battery Life?

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  • EdiMC Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 22, 2012 5:19 AM (in response to boateng)

    Don't like to talk in advance, but yesterday I decided to do a full restore (again!) and did a couple of things differently. It seems to be working!

    Don't remember what I did 100% sure (since I'm trying EVERYTHING now - going nuts! lol), but it seems to have made an impact on my phone!!

    Yesterday, went to sleep and today saw this: 

    - 8hours of waiting time;

    - 7minutes of usage time;

    - 100% battery level!!

     

    WHAT A DIFFERENCE!!

    Starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel here...

     

     

    First of all, I returned to the 9A405 Build, instead of using the 406.

     

    Until yesterday, after performing a restore, in iTunes I always chose to "Set Phone as New" (always do!), and then selected only "Sync Contacts". Refering to the other options I selected "None" (Sync Calendars, Notes, etc).

    I already had noticed that even after doing this, everytime I clicked "Sync", iTunes showed information in the status bar that suggested that it was trying to sync the options I said I didn't want it to sync with. But, because I had checked "None", I thought it was iTunes normal/standard procedure...

     

    Yesterday, when looking with (even) further depth, in iTunes - iPhone - "Summary", I realised that the options that I previously set to "None", were ON!! That's why iTunes tried to sync them again and again!!

    So, I unchecked them all, except the Contacts (I use Windows Contacts), and now, when I click "Sync", the only info that appears, is the one about Contacts. A bit newbie thing, I know, but it's just one of those things I've never noticed......

    Could this be causing a sync loop, sending corrupted data to the cell phone??? Who nows?!

     

    Although I had turned off Local Weather, I also removed all the Cities that I had on my Weather list and also the Stock List (thanks Anthony K. for the reminder ).

     

    BEWARE: I'm still using the same list of changes I've made (see my post above) - made no sense changing them because then I wouldn't be able to do a "Then & Now" comparison.

     

     

    What I know is that, to this point, the behaviour of my iPhone has changed DRAMATICALLY!!

     

    Right now, I have an iPod with phone capabilites lol but that's just for testing purposes.

    If it stays like this, I'll soon be turning ON the various features of the phone.

     

     

    NOTE: This will not help much those who, like me, are after a "magic recipe"...sorry! I just can't understand/identify what changes made what...just keep trying because, after seeing this massive difference, I'm pretty sure it's software related!

     

    Will be reporting here.

    Cheers!

     

     

    P.S. - Sorry for any bad english...not my native language

  • rphunte42 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Jan 22, 2012 5:54 AM (in response to Emma31178)

    Emma31178 wrote:

     

    I have had two new iPhone 4s's in the space of 4 weeks, they won't charge above 97%, have to take charger out and plug it back in for it to go to 100%, or it charges to 100 and as soon as you plug charger out, without even using the phone, it drops to 97!!! What is going in? Apple said it could be an app causing the problem being as its happened to both phones now, or extremely bad luck!!!!

    This may be a calibration issue.  Try running the battery down until the phone cuts off, then recharge overnight.

  • rphunte42 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Jan 22, 2012 6:02 AM (in response to EdiMC)

    I think you have the right idea.  My 4S has worked fine from the beginning.  I got it new, and had only contacts from my 4 moved over.  Then I went home and connected to to the computer, made sure I had most recent iTunes version, then did a sync, NOT A RESTORE.  At first I didn't have my music files since I didn't normally sync them every time as I rarely change them.  I redid the sync with music files checked, and it put them on the phone.  Then I went through the settings turning off things I didn't need, or wouldn't use.  From time to time I find something here that I haven't turned off, or is not the best setting, and change that. 

    There are some issues with 'Raise to Speak', which seems to need a reset after setting it to off, and doesn't work reliably on my phone.  Other than that, my phone works very well, and seems to get as much battery life as the 4 did.

    I would also recommend that users who are switching from the 3GS or 4 to the 4S redownload all their apps to make sure they don't get one that is incompatible with the IOS5.01 version of the OS, or the dual processors. 

    If you have already done a restore from your old iTunes backup, and you have battery issues, you need to reset all settings and data, and start over.

  • Appleshxt757 Calculating status...
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    Jan 22, 2012 6:54 AM (in response to Scarface.)

    CHECK OUT MY EASY WAY OUT FIX ON MY NEW POST

     

    https://discussions.apple.com/thread/3675252

  • sbailey4 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Jan 22, 2012 7:53 AM (in response to EdiMC)

    That seems really low with everything turned off. At this point  if you have not restored your backups after the restore (you cant do that or you but the problem right back) I would suspect its a hardware issue. If in fact you have done all that and turned off all those items.It definitly should do better. I would call Apple or drop by store for an exchange.

  • sbailey4 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Jan 22, 2012 7:57 AM (in response to bilbo_baggins)

    Known issue restoring older device backup to new iPhone of different model. Try the "reset all settings" process outlines by Davidch. That has helped a lot of folks getting their phone working after an old data restore. Otherwise restore as fresh and let iTunes re sync  your contacts and such not restore from old device.

    bilbo_baggins wrote:

     

    I bought mine about 10 days ago and stupidly assumed this problem had been solved. I restored everything I had on my iPhone 4, didn't change any settings or how I use the phone. I get about half the battery life that I got with the iPhone 4.

     

    It's regularly needing to be fully charged twice a day, plus charging in my car.

  • Appleshxt757 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 22, 2012 7:58 AM (in response to Scarface.)

    Im telling you guys do what I have done my iPhone! It's def. feeling like it'll last for days with no problem and that is with EVERYTHING ON!! Raise to speak included!

     

    https://discussions.apple.com/thread/3675252

  • Appleshxt757 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 22, 2012 8:00 AM (in response to Appleshxt757)

    Also push is enabled and I subscribed to this busy post and no drainage. Just a useful smartphone.

  • sbailey4 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Jan 22, 2012 8:10 AM (in response to Emma31178)

    Sounds like you need to calibrate the battery first. Let it drain until the star spins and it cuts off. Then charge it to 100% preferably overnight. Apple recommends this procedure once a month.  This will help with the never getting to 100% or it thinking you have 10% left and cuts off all of a sudden or  displaying 1% and it runs another hour.

     

    Also this is sorta normal for it to reach 100%  when charging then start dropping. Some say until maybe 94% then  starts chargeing again. Similar to the info here on another Apple system. http://support.apple.com/kb/TS1909 . Cant really find anything stating this specifically for iPhone. Some also agree the battery percent meter is just not totally accurate either.

     

    I do the unplug then replug in themorning hop in shower then its back to 100% by the time I start the day.

     

    Emma31178 wrote:

     

    I have had two new iPhone 4s's in the space of 4 weeks, they won't charge above 97%, have to take charger out and plug it back in for it to go to 100%, or it charges to 100 and as soon as you plug charger out, without even using the phone, it drops to 97!!! What is going in? Apple said it could be an app causing the problem being as its happened to both phones now, or extremely bad luck!!!!

  • sbailey4 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Jan 22, 2012 8:11 AM (in response to boateng)

    You have 30 days typically to return it.

  • Appleshxt757 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 22, 2012 8:13 AM (in response to Scarface.)

    Also I must add my phone feels so much faster. The phone has never been slow but it was just a tad bit faster than my iPhone 4 but now I feel a huge difference for some reason even pushing emails come through almost instantly when I test it out.

  • sbailey4 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Jan 22, 2012 8:23 AM (in response to EdiMC)

    Glad it sorta working now. You are on the right track.  Restore old backup is known to create issues. On your weather, you dont have to remove cities, just turning off local stops the GPS from looking where you are every time you launch the weather app. Not huge deal but if you are pretty much stationary all day and  dont travel it just makes since to put in the city you are in and turn off local just to stop the GPS check unneccessarily. Having cities in there doent do anything as it only updates when you fire it off.

     

    Keep us posted as you turn items back on. Notifications and locations, just select what you need/want not all. System settings turn off diangostics,time zone and iAds. Those seem to be pretty common ones that are not needed and seem to help most folks.  Hopefully you can get stuff turned back on and be good to go! Good Luck.

    EdiMC wrote:

     

    Don't like to talk in advance, but yesterday I decided to do a full restore (again!) and did a couple of things differently. It seems to be working!

    Don't remember what I did 100% sure (since I'm trying EVERYTHING now - going nuts! lol), but it seems to have made an impact on my phone!!

    Yesterday, went to sleep and today saw this: 

    - 8hours of waiting time;

    - 7minutes of usage time;

    - 100% battery level!!

     

    WHAT A DIFFERENCE!!

    Starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel here...

     

     

    First of all, I returned to the 9A405 Build, instead of using the 406.

     

    Until yesterday, after performing a restore, in iTunes I always chose to "Set Phone as New" (always do!), and then selected only "Sync Contacts". Refering to the other options I selected "None" (Sync Calendars, Notes, etc).

    I already had noticed that even after doing this, everytime I clicked "Sync", iTunes showed information in the status bar that suggested that it was trying to sync the options I said I didn't want it to sync with. But, because I had checked "None", I thought it was iTunes normal/standard procedure...

     

    Yesterday, when looking with (even) further depth, in iTunes - iPhone - "Summary", I realised that the options that I previously set to "None", were ON!! That's why iTunes tried to sync them again and again!!

    So, I unchecked them all, except the Contacts (I use Windows Contacts), and now, when I click "Sync", the only info that appears, is the one about Contacts. A bit newbie thing, I know, but it's just one of those things I've never noticed......

    Could this be causing a sync loop, sending corrupted data to the cell phone??? Who nows?!

     

    Although I had turned off Local Weather, I also removed all the Cities that I had on my Weather list and also the Stock List (thanks Anthony K. for the reminder ).

     

    BEWARE: I'm still using the same list of changes I've made (see my post above) - made no sense changing them because then I wouldn't be able to do a "Then & Now" comparison.

     

     

    What I know is that, to this point, the behaviour of my iPhone has changed DRAMATICALLY!!

     

    Right now, I have an iPod with phone capabilites lol but that's just for testing purposes.

    If it stays like this, I'll soon be turning ON the various features of the phone.

     

     

    NOTE: This will not help much those who, like me, are after a "magic recipe"...sorry! I just can't understand/identify what changes made what...just keep trying because, after seeing this massive difference, I'm pretty sure it's software related!

     

    Will be reporting here.

    Cheers!

     

     

    P.S. - Sorry for any bad english...not my native language

  • rphunte42 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Jan 22, 2012 8:38 AM (in response to UzAkLArDaN)

    UzAkLArDaN wrote:

     

    They should give a car battery with this phone I cannot believe a phone made me come here i don't know what I'm doing here is there any chance i can get my money back and give the device back??

    That depends on the laws where you bought it.  In the US, you have 30 days to change your mind, no questions asked if you buy on a 2 year plan, at least.  Some places aren't so generous with the time limit. 

    However, if you read a few pages of suggestions here, you may find a solution to your problem, and actually like the phone.

  • rphunte42 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Jan 22, 2012 8:42 AM (in response to sbailey4)

    sbailey4 wrote:

     

    Sounds like you need to calibrate the battery first. Let it drain until the star spins and it cuts off. Then charge it to 100% preferably overnight. Apple recommends this procedure once a month.  This will help with the never getting to 100% or it thinking you have 10% left and cuts off all of a sudden or  displaying 1% and it runs another hour.

     

    Also this is sorta normal for it to reach 100%  when charging then start dropping. Some say until maybe 94% then  starts chargeing again. Similar to the info here on another Apple system. http://support.apple.com/kb/TS1909 . Cant really find anything stating this specifically for iPhone. Some also agree the battery percent meter is just not totally accurate either.

     

    I do the unplug then replug in themorning hop in shower then its back to 100% by the time I start the day.

     

     

    Not sure if it matters, but how are your recharging?  I use the USB port on my laptop, which is plugged in, and on (no sleep mode) all the time, and only once have I seen the phone with anything other than 100% in the morning.

  • Dogman24701 Calculating status...
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    Jan 22, 2012 8:54 AM (in response to rphunte42)

    I have yet to hear from the Apple God that everyone seems to worship as to when they are going to take care of the consumer concerning these problems. I have had 3 4s phone first would loose about 1'4 of charge per hour be dead after 6 hours. When it was charged hot as **** you could not hod it, Second one same battery issue then 3rd day it just started searching for signal and could not find one, third one was as bad as the rest  kept is 4 days and battery was horrible. Thankfully I got my money back at ATT and purchased another brand and no issues.  The major concern is not these Apple worshipers on here who play Apple engineer and want you to turn everything off that the phone was meant to do , but Apple itself and its total lack of care and concern about the issue.......Apple has made no national apology or recalls or any statement and if the new software updates they released do not fix it which they haven't then there is a major internal problem. I still am amazed and find it so hilarious that all these people on here sing the Apple praises even thought their phones do not perform as they were designed. None are as blind as those who can not see due to the huge apple hanging in their eyes.I smell a class action to get apple to fix the problem

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