One Thing about all the "fix for me" messages here:
Just shutting down things that usually use power like Bluetooth or Push mail is not a "fix" for the battery drain problem. It's just a method of saving power but has nothing to do with solving the extraordinary power usage problem.
Also people who suggest to disable "most of" the notifications are wrong: Apple has only one single comm channel for all notifications. As long as you don't shut off notifications completely (or if you disable it for a special App that sends you 50 alerts per day) there's NO difference.
I have push email for multiple accounts on since iOS3 and never had any problems with it. And after my reinstalltion as new iPhone without restoring the backup I'm still good with my current consumption (and yes, I have push and notifications and Bluetooth and everything switched on as always).
Apple just has to finally fix the mess they made with 6.0 and 6.0.1,
Follow up #3 of my odyssee to get rid of the battery drain and a cooler phone: Restored as new phone, went through painful setup of all my apps again and finally added my company's Exchange Account to the eMail settings. iCloud is active. And it looks like the phone stays cool and keeps the battery charge. But I am only one charge and one day in. I'll keep you posted.
I do very strongly agree with mollahg that switching off anything or everything can't be the solution. I also went to my local AT&T store for a different matter and I had a chance to chat with the guy a bit. He says it's a desaster. They have people pouring in with battery issues, eMail issues and upgrade/update issues. Maybe Scott Forstall should take his hat immediately. Steve (RIP) is gone and so is the quality. Scary.
If Apple had anything about them and valued their high reputation they would put an announcement out, make iOS5.1 available immediately and work on getting the new version fixed. Quite why they haven't yet done that is baffling.
These people who have taken their phones back and demanded replacements, it is nothing to do with the hardware. iOS6/6.1 hasn't broken your phone or eaten your battery. The fault lies with the software. By reinstalling as a new phone and switching off much of the functionality, the phone can be used in a decent way. Apple really do need to fix this SOON though and the cellular data leak & battery drain aren't the only problems. The assistive touch feature is bug-ridden and websites are occasionally slow to load or fail to load with safari. iOS6 and 6.1 has been an absolute nightmare for Apple and more to the point for me also. How many loyal Apple customers are seriously considering jumping ship to Samsung, HTC or Nokia now?? Prior to iOS6 this was unthinkable!
Apple just has to finally fix the mess they made with 6.0 and 6.0.1
Bottom line it. Agreed.
I see the stock falling and I cant help wonder if 6.0/6.01 is a 'partial' factor in this. I certainly hope so. What really needs to happen is one of the front line tech sites needs to get on board and take the lead in throwing this more in the spotlight. Seems like very few sites out there are willing to do so.
I'm happily still on iOS 5 and will remain on it until this issue with battery life and the chewing up of data in the middle of the night are resolved.
C'mon Tim - get a handle on this mess - PLEASE.
Well they are not acknowledging there is an issue because it's not 'widespread' enough.. the majority of users (whether they realise it is another issue) are not complaining. I'd say the battery problem is on all iOS6 devices but people dont use them that much to notice.
I had FOUR iPhone 4S units sent to me and they all had battery life issues.
I am now about to receive my THIRD iPhone 5 because of poor build quality.
My wife now has my 4S - and her usage is amazing.. she comes back from work on 92% but then she's only used it for 10mins during the day.
As soon as she's home and she even just texts - the battery drops..
This is a hopeless situation. Apple wont fix something they will not accept is happening.
I'm having the same issue since the IOS 6.01 update.
I just noticed my usage stats are also very messed up. I charged it overnight and took it off the charger about 7 AM EST. It is now 9:30 EST and I'm down to 90%. I have used it to send one text message and check the time a couple times since.
For my usage it is showing:
Usage: 2 Hours, 3 Minutes
Standby: 2 Hours, 25 Minutes
So does this mean the OS thinks I have been activly using my phone for 2 hours? Is standby supposed to be when the screen is off but still capable of receiving calls & messages? Also its only been 2 1/2 hours since I pulled it off the charger so I'm confused on how they get these numbers.
I've just recieved my 1st iPhone (4S) from my Boss.
When he gave it to me it was so full of apps that I formatted it and I restored (while restoring through iTunes, iOs 6.0.1 was downloaded and installed).
Once I have it just as new I download some apps (FB, Twt, Skype, 4SQ, Instagram, Dropbox, some Games, etc) but not so many and only paid for Whatsapp because I have a big group with my friends. I also added iCloud and 3 mail accounts (then I delete 1 and handle it via Gmail app). From Monday till now my battery never kept for more than 1 day, I always had to charge at the afternoons in the office and leave it all night charging while sleeping.
Yesterday I read lots of posts here and info in Internet, I made recommended changes of Location, I logged out of FB (still having it asociated with iOs 6), I had brightness at minimum, I close all apps i'm not using, I had only 13 minutes of Call Time (Lifetime!) and I'm only using Wi-Fi almost constantly because my carrier is not so good.
I really thought my battery drop was because of my Wi-Fi on or my Whatsapp group but I'm not sure. So I went to sleep and checked my battery that was on 70% (at 23.45 hs yesterday) and when I woke up today my battery was 59%, is this normal?? Before going to sleep I closed all apps and "Do Not Disturb" mode started from 1 am to 7 am so I believed my battery shouldn't drop that much!
I hope this is a software problem that will be solved in future iOs but I changed to iPhone because I was tired of having a BlackBerry in 2G to keep battery all day and to have problems of performance. But if I turn off all iPhone apps and cool things it will be just like my last BB =(.
I received a brand new iphone 4s yesterday from Verizon. They replaced my phone. So far it's much better. I think the problem is entirely the software version 6.0.1 It has version 6.0 on it now and immediately wanted me to upgrade to the new software. I'm convinced that the new 6.0.1 software shouldn't have been relased to iphone 4s users at all. It's designed to fix bugs in the iphone 5, but they sent it to everyone. It's also affecting ipads, so I'd be cautious about installing it on your ipad until they fix it.
My wife's iPhone 4s had severe battery drain since iOS 6 came out. iOS 6.0.1 didn't help at all here, either. After logging out and back in from iCloud, removing, and eventually reinstalling Facebook, it still had drain issues.
I did two things last night.. 1) Imported all the photos off my phone to my computer. I do this weekly, and have still had drain issues in the past, so don't think this did anything. 2) I went to Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings. Then just reconnected to my Wi-Fi and re-entered my wifi password.
Before that, she could barely get 6 hours on standby, let alone using it. Last night at 11pm I did this, the phone was at 77 percent (minutes after a fresh charge), and without charging the phone, at 12:45pm it is at 55% (almost all standby time). So over 13 hours standby time used 22%.
So at least for me, the bottom line was Reset Network Settings. Hope this works for someone else!
After thoroughly testing, I think I am sure the "Dell Voice" app is the culprit of causing serious battery drain to my iPhone. Note I don't mean this is solely the problem from this app, what I'm saying is the ios6 + Dell Voice combined will cause this problem.
Device: iPhone 5 - (same problem in iOS 6.0 and iOS 6.01)
- at end, I have even 'erase all contents and settings' to make sure it is at manufacturing state.
- Siri off
- 'Location Services' is off
- 'Notifications Center' only have 'phone','messages',and 'dell voice' turn-on
- wifi off
- deleted iCloud account on the phone and then re sign-in
- data is on, turning off LTE
- Bluetooth is off
- clear all apps sitting in the memory (bring up the list by double tapping the home button)
- fully charged
Test#1: with the above setting, without any kind of usage (idle), from 9am to 5pm , it only uses 8% of battery. But with the same setting + having dell voice running at the background (simply turn on the app, back to home screen, then turn off the phone, for 8 hours it used 45% of battery...shocking fact giving this is only in idle for 8 hours with 0 usage...
If you encounter the same problem like me, for testing making sure to remove any social networking app from the background to see if it would make a different.
I just came back from the iphone store and they just replaced my daughter's iphone (2 months old) for the same battery issue. It came with IOS 6.0, but wants to be upgraded to 6.0.1. For the time being, I'm not upgrading either of my phones to the 6.0.1 software. I activated my other phone last night and so far it's holding its charge ok. I'm not sure if it's as good as before, but it's better. No need to turn off all the other stuff.