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Old Sep 22, 2012, 09:17 AM   #1
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iPhone 5 Battery Life/Usage Screens [MERGED]

I can't tell if my iPhone 5 is dying faster than it should or if I am just using it far more. I am sort of thinking the former, but I'd like to see how others are faring.

It's odd, some periods it drains fast and than others it drains slow.
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Old Sep 22, 2012, 09:18 AM   #2
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It a new phone, your probably using it non stop and doing some pretty intensive stuff. Wait about a week and see how if it improves a bit.
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Old Sep 22, 2012, 09:50 AM   #3
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Right, but I'd still like to assure myself that this is normal battery life.
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Old Sep 22, 2012, 09:52 AM   #4
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Sorry I can't post a screen because I forgot to take one last night before I plugged it in... It was something of around ~7 hours usage, 13.5 hours standby or something. That's from 100% to 0. I think it was pretty decent. I'm expecting better today though.
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Old Sep 22, 2012, 09:53 AM   #5
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Sorry I can't post a screen because I forgot to take one last night before I plugged it in... It was something of around ~7 hours usage, 13.5 hours standby or something. That's from 100% to 0. I think it was pretty decent. I'm expecting better today though.
That's quite better.
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Old Sep 22, 2012, 09:54 AM   #6
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With LTE 4G is a new beast to deal with...Driod users have been dealing with this problem for long time...PHone will search more often for this signal thus draining the battery quicker
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Old Sep 22, 2012, 09:58 AM   #7
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Can you force it to stay on 3G? Sucks but my city has flaky 4g as of now. I think the city I work in has excellent 4g though.
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Old Sep 22, 2012, 10:02 AM   #8
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Can you force it to stay on 3G? Sucks but my city has flaky 4g as of now. I think the city I work in has excellent 4g though.
There's a disable LTE option in the cellular menu.

I also noticed my battery draining quickly yesterday...went from 90% out of the box at 2:30pm to shutting off at 9 pm. I charged it uninterrupted overnight, so we'll see how it does today.
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Old Sep 22, 2012, 10:05 AM   #9
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This included a fair amount of gaming too (Asphalt 7). Was at 77% with 2 hours 20 minutes of mostly web browsing.
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Old Sep 22, 2012, 10:11 AM   #10
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Yeah that's like twice as good as mine right now. Mine is at 68% but the usage is only 1 hr 25 min...

I might take this to the Apple store if this doesn't improve, because this isn't going to last me a day at college. I also seem to be guzzling data, 200 mb after 1 day, and I really haven't done much browsing at all...

Something's not right here.
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Old Sep 22, 2012, 10:13 AM   #11
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My battery seems to be draining a bit quickly today. But it's a brand new phone and takes a while to get to full battery performance so I'm not worried.
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Old Sep 22, 2012, 10:13 AM   #12
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Try turning on wifi and test your battery then. I'm having issues with cellular. It gets hot and battery goes down. Doesn't happen when I'm on wifi.
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Old Sep 22, 2012, 10:15 AM   #13
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All of your guys are using 4G?
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Old Sep 22, 2012, 10:18 AM   #14
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All of your guys are using 4G?
I'm in the UK. No 4G.

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I'm in the UK. No 4G.
Yet I'm losing ten percent an hour without doing anything on the phone. Anything at all .Bluetooth off. No downloads. Nothing.
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Old Sep 22, 2012, 10:18 AM   #15
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Try turning on wifi and test your battery then. I'm having issues with cellular. It gets hot and battery goes down. Doesn't happen when I'm on wifi.
I second this.
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Old Sep 22, 2012, 10:21 AM   #16
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My iphone5's battery is doing much better than my 4s, so far....
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Old Sep 22, 2012, 10:25 AM   #17
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Sorry I can't post a screen because I forgot to take one last night before I plugged it in... It was something of around ~7 hours usage, 13.5 hours standby or something. That's from 100% to 0. I think it was pretty decent. I'm expecting better today though.
Oh I forgot to mention: I was on a mix of Verizon LTE & campus Wifi. I think mostly LTE because I was "O_O-ing" at the speeds and being happy of my unlimited. And you know... lack of good signal deep inside college buildings.

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Try turning on wifi and test your battery then. I'm having issues with cellular. It gets hot and battery goes down. Doesn't happen when I'm on wifi.
Really? Not happening for me. THis is definitely the coolest phone, in terms of temperature, I've had. Even when playing games it doesn't get what I would call hot... maybe warm, but usually not even enough to cause my hands to sweat.
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lol I haven't charged it since I unboxed it yesterday so I have no usage information.
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Old Sep 22, 2012, 10:27 AM   #19
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If some of us are having these issues and others aren't it's probably software. Something happening to make the processor loop.

Try resetting all settings in the system prefs.
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Old Sep 22, 2012, 10:40 AM   #20
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If some of us are having these issues and others aren't it's probably software. Something happening to make the processor loop.

Try resetting all settings in the system prefs.
Or those who have battery drainage because they restore everything from backup?
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Old Sep 22, 2012, 10:40 AM   #21
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If some of us are having these issues and others aren't it's probably software. Something happening to make the processor loop.

Try resetting all settings in the system prefs.
I'm sure it must be software. Good idea, I just reset all the settings. If this doesn't fix it I'm gonna need to take it in, because ill be tethered to the wall with this thing.

I set it up as a new phone and did a full charge cycle. LTE is off, Bluetooth is off, etc. something just seems wrong. I'm at 55% with 1 hr 50 mins of usage.
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Old Sep 22, 2012, 10:45 AM   #22
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Did you cut your own sim?
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Old Sep 22, 2012, 10:47 AM   #23
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Did you cut your own sim?
Or which carrier are you using?
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Old Sep 22, 2012, 10:49 AM   #24
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The trick is to run down your battery 100% before charging it and only charge the battery when it has powered down from low battery.

If need be run a youtube video and kill the battery. Then charge it up.
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Old Sep 22, 2012, 11:02 AM   #25
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There's a disable LTE option in the cellular menu.

I also noticed my battery draining quickly yesterday...went from 90% out of the box at 2:30pm to shutting off at 9 pm. I charged it uninterrupted overnight, so we'll see how it does today.

I know disabling the LTE would help like disabling the 3G on the other iPhones. But what's the point of having a LTE phone if your going to constantly be turning it on and off? That defeats the purpose. Why buy the phone then. I'm willing to bet the new iPhone will still have mediocre battery life


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