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Warren T. Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

A few weeks ago I installed iOS 5 on both my (and my GF's) iPhone 3GS. Then I heard that Apple was releasing a special patch to correct the problem with the battery drain, so I eagerly updated both our phones. Now it seems we've gone from bad to worse.

 

We're just about ready to give up on iOS 5. We tried all the battery-saving tips and nothing works. How do we go back to iOS 4.0.3?

 

Thanks!

 

WT


iPhone 3GS, iOS 5
  • wjosten Level 10 Level 10 (93,760 points)

    Sorry, there is no official way to downgrade firmware.

  • roaminggnome Level 10 Level 10 (93,545 points)

    There is no legit way at all to downgrade.

  • Warren T. Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    How about an illegitimate way to downgrade?

     

    Seriously, nothing we do works. Will Apple soon be releasing another update to correct this problem for real this time?

     

    Thanks,

     

    Warren

  • roaminggnome Level 10 Level 10 (93,545 points)

    "How about an illegitimate way to downgrade?"

     

    Obviously that cannot be discussed here.

     

    "Will Apple soon be releasing another update to correct this problem for real this time?"

     

    There is way to know what Apple will do or when they do it, unless they announce it.

     

    Have you tried restoring as new?

     

    That may help.

  • Warren T. Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    I was just joking about the 'illegitimate' downgrade.

     

    If you look at some of the postings regarding this issue, there are several people out there with battery problems affecting either the iPhone 3GS of 4, so I know I'm not alone.

     

    What steps do I need to do to restore the device?

     

    Thank you again.

     

    WT

  • modular747 Level 6 Level 6 (17,870 points)
    How do we go back to iOS 4.0.3?

    iOS 4.0.3 was at least 5 versions before 5.0.  Except for the fact that it was a favored version for jailbreaking, why would you want that particlular iOS?

     

    What steps do I need to do to restore the device?

     

    Plug phone into computer with iTunes open and sync phone.  Then click Restore.  After the initial step of restoring the iOS, you get the option of restoring the backup you previously made.  Do that, but if things aren't improved, repeat without using the backup.  In either case, you still sync the phone to get back your apps and iTunes content.

     

    Note that when you restore, the latest iOS version is installed - currently 5.0.1.

     

    Message was edited by: modular747

  • roaminggnome Level 10 Level 10 (93,545 points)

    Restore is covered in the manual.

     

    iPhone User Guide (For iOS 5.0 Software)

  • Warren T. Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    Hi there -

     

    I don't necessarily want 4.0.3., per se. It's just that the version prior to the release of iOS 5 worked very well for me (I can't recall the version number). The restore won't do the trick for me then.

     

    Guess I'll have to wait for another fix from Apple...

     

    Warren

  • modular747 Level 6 Level 6 (17,870 points)
    The restore won't do the trick for me then.

    Don't know about the "trick", but restoring is likely to fix your problems, which 99+% of phones now running iOS 5 never had in the first place.

     

    http://www.nizkor.org/features/fallacies/post-hoc.html

  • Warren T. Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    Hey, Modular -

     

     

    Thanks for your reply. For the record, I have been an avid fan of Macintosh products for 20 years now. This is perhaps the first experience I ever had with an Apple release that didn't quite live up to its expectations. To their credit, Apple released the 5.0.1 fix in an attempt to remedy the situation, which unfortunately still falls short of its intended results.

     

    Not sure where this comes in http://www.nizkor.org/features/fallacies/post-hoc.html but both 3GS iPhones (along with a 3rd Generation iPod Touch) we have suffered drastic battery drainage with the iOS5 firmware upgrade; the 5.0.1 update did not correct the issue.

     

    If you weren't in denial and attacking the Apple faithful who are trying to look for solutions to known and documented issues, you would already be aware that Apple has plans to release a second update to correct the battery issue--iOS 5.0.2--sometime next week.

     

    Have a nice day!

     

    WT

  • modular747 Level 6 Level 6 (17,870 points)

    If you weren't in denial and attacking the Apple faithful who are trying to look for solutions to known and documented issues, you would already be aware that Apple has plans to release a second update to correct the battery issue--iOS 5.0.2--sometime next week.

    If you weren't "dedicated to the cause", you would understand that the vast, vast majority never had any battery issues, even with 5.0, and many that did fixed them with routine troubleshooting.  You also would realize that 5.0.1 addressed issues in the iP4S only, as will 5.0.2.  A review of this forum shows long threads about "trashed battiery life" after EVERY update since 1.0.1.

     

    The fact that you steadfastly refuse to even try what was suggested (other than downgrading) says it all.  Stick with your cause and keep holding your breath.

  • Warren T. Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    Well, I don't have a cause. I just want my three devices to work they way they did before I upgraded them.

     

    I don't have much faith in doing a Restore because that was one of the suggested remedies for a problem I am experiencing with my iPad2 (the Safari interface); however I am willing to try it and see if it works. I'll keep you posted.

     

    Cheers,

    WT

  • Warren T. Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    Well, I did as you suggested and did the Restore, even though I was loathe to do it as this process took about an hour or so. After the process was complete my battery level was at 100%, and that's how I left it before powering down for the night.

     

    The next morning, as soon as I powered up my 3GS, the battery level dropped to 95%! After about 15 minutes of playing Words With Friends (which had very little effect on the battery charge prior to my updating to 5.0, etc.) the battery level dropped down to 80%. With normal usage after that--which prior to the update did not have quite the same drastic effect--I completely ran out of juice just 5 hours later...

     

     

    modular747 wrote:

     

    If you weren't "dedicated to the cause", you would understand that the vast, vast majority never had any battery issues, even with 5.0, and many that did fixed them with routine troubleshooting.  You also would realize that 5.0.1 addressed issues in the iP4S only, as will 5.0.2.  A review of this forum shows long threads about "trashed battiery life" after EVERY update since 1.0.1.

     

    iOS 5.0.1 Software Update

    This update contains improvements and other bug fixes including:

    • Fixes bugs affecting battery life
    • Adds Multitasking Gestures for original iPad
    • Resolves bugs with Documents in the Cloud
    • Improves voice recognition for Australian users using dictation

    Products compatible with this software update:

    • iPhone 4S
    • iPhone 4
    • iPhone 3GS
    • iPad 2
    • iPad
    • iPod touch (4th generation)
    • iPod touch (3rd generation)

    For information on the security content of this update, please visit this website:
    <http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222>

     

     

     

    Thanks anyway!

  • modular747 Level 6 Level 6 (17,870 points)

    Unless you retoried as a new iPhone, without using your backup which contains the corrupted data and settings, and wouldn't have taken as long, it wouldn't have helped.

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