Restore as new from iTunes helped greatly until I added two POP3 accounts, and the drain started again. IMAP and iCloud accounts were not an issue, nor was WiFi, BT, iTunes Match or Photostream. Even set to manual fetch, I lost 5% in 40 minutes with the POP accounts - without the POP accounts I maintained 99% battery life for 5 hours with light text and email usage.
Providing a connection thru Apple's own discussion groups would be very helpful if for no other reason than letting an unhappy customer base know that they are aware of the issues and a progress report of where they are in fixing them.
I've been an amateur radio operator for nearly 40 years now and watched the decline/demise of the American manufacturers (Collins, Drake, Hallicrafters, Hammerlund etc.) in the face of foreign competition. In the last decade two American firms have surged because of equal or better technology and vastly superior customer relations. They are actively involved on forums such as this one and give updates regarding bug fixes and anticipated new features. These are not your grandfather's radios but computers which are upgraded with new firmware downloaded over the net.
Looks like I just posted to one of the smaller threads on this issue, but wanted to add +3 to the number of users affected by this nasty battery drain bug.
I upgraded my 4S to IOS 6 on release day but didn't start seeing the problem for about a week or so. My wife upgraded her 4S and started seeing the issue immediately. I tried the total restore on my phone (setting it up as a new phone) and things went back to normal for several days, but it just started dropping charges like a rock again for no apparent reason.
Just found out that my daughter had upgraded her 3GS to IOS 6 and strangely didn't have the battery drain issue until she just downloaded the additional Apple apps that pop up when you open the App Store (iBooks, Find My Friends, Podcasts, Find My iPhone, etc.).
C'mon Apple...need to release a fix for this nasty bug so our phones can at least make it through a normal day without draining to zero!
I was at Apple yesterday and the explanation they gave me was: the phone is operating with the new soft ware but the apps aren't. All the apps need to be updated. That's why you will notice a lot of updated via the App Store. So with that being said our phones are working harder to run apps that arent updated therefore draining our batteries. Or another way it was explained our phones are speaking one language, our apps another, in order to run efficiently everything needs to be running with the new update.
I deleted apps and changed some settings as directed... However no change.
Apple it's all on you.
I've been reading these forums for a while trying to figure out my battery issue. Here is my humble offering/experience.
Not wanting to tink around with turning off bookmarks, change email accounts, etc.. I went for the nuke option. ;-)
I backed up everything to iTunes - then I put the phone in DFU mode and restored the iPhone with my backup.
I was concerned that whatever was causing the power drain would be restored as well, but that has turned out to not be the case. I've defninitely seen a vast improvement. At noon I was 100% and now at 9pm its at 63%.
-That I can live with. It all took about an hour to wipe it and restore.
Good luck everyone.
So, like many people here, I've read every suggestion in this thread on how to fix my battery life (after updating to iOS 6, I was getting 3 hours usage time... if I was lucky).
I've tried shutting off iCloud sync (which seems like a waste of having an iPhone), I've tried a wipe and restore, I've tried a wipe and new install... I've tried shutting off location services, notifications, battery indicator, you name it...
So, clearly I'm just throwing out another suggestion... and like everyone else, this solution worked for me, but it may not work for everyone. Over the course of the past 5 days, I've used my iPhone 4S from 100% battery life until it got to 0% and shut off... I plugged it in (to the wall, if that makes any difference), and when it got enough power to turn on, I immediately shut it off again and let it charge to 100%.
Clearly, you're not able to tell when it hits 100%, so I let it charge overnight (which is a pain in the butt when you use your iPhone as an alarm clock... heh). I've been doing this for the past 5 days, and it's gone from 3 hours usage to 4 hours, 6 hours, and just tonight, I reached over 8 hours usage and 11.5 hours standby. I don't know about everyone else, but for me, that's the magic number. 8 hours and I'm happy... and that's with notifications on (mind you, just for about 8 or 9 applications), location services on (except for System Services), everything in iCloud on, and brightness on "Auto".
It's been a pain in the butt trying to get this battery life back to normal, but that's what worked for me. If you've tried everything else with no success, I'd give it a shot. Good luck
1. Bought an iPhone
2. Worked perfecly with IOS6.
3. Did a hard reset via iTunes, shoud not have done this, from this point the draining began.
4. Draining continious even with a Hard reset + NO restore and NO apps.
Today I will receive my new iPhone. I will make a new apple ID, and do no reset at all.
I will let you guys know if there is still a draining.
I'm having the exact problem.
my battery is draining every minute, not making it until the end of day.
the part which is disturbing me is that I hardly use it.
it also gets over heated quite a lot for no reason
I've tried different solutions, but none seem to work.
I was thinking of resetting my settings, but wondering whether that's a waste of time.
I was wondering if you have figured something out ?
somebody help ?!
Thanks all for your insight - I tried many of the things you suggested before I simply gave-up and called Apple Support. By the time I did that, my head hurt from banging it against the wall and none of my attempts to resolve the matter showed any promise.
Bottom line is I demanded a replacement phone and they gave me one. iOS5.1.1 was installed on the new device so it worked immediately and after two hours of use, it still showed a battery level of 98%.
I'm not going to attempot another install of iOS6.x until a later version (with the many bugs fixed) is available. iOS6.0 is terribly flawed.
I recommend replacing your phone like I did if you cannot get any of the suggested actions fail to resolve your problem.
Best wishes to you all. I hope Apple acts promptly to regain their prior reputation of excellence.