iPhone newcomer - Bluetooth question

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by ThunderRoad, Nov 13, 2012.

  1. macrumors member

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    Bought the iPhone 5 a couple of days ago, really happy with it so far. However, it's my first ever smartphone let alone iPhone so I'm a bit of an amateur in some respects.

    I'd like to keep my battery running as long as I can. With that in mind do I need bluetooth on at all times? I haven't actively used it to do something such as transfer files, but I'm wondering if bluetooth has a bigger importance that I'm not aware of.
     
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    MacDawg

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    You can use bluetooth with a headset, headphones, speakers, hotspot, etc
    But if you aren't using it, just turn it off, no need to have it on
     
  3. thread starter macrumors member

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    That's what I was hoping. Thanks.
     
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    adam044

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    If you aren't using it turn it off simple as that
     
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    MonkeySee....

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    It has minimal effect of my 4S being left on.

    Bluetooth low energy technology features
    Key features of Bluetooth low energy wireless technology include:

    •Ultra-low peak, average and idle mode power consumption
    •Ability to run for years on standard, coin-cell batteries
    •Low cost
    •Multi-vendor interoperability
    •Enhanced range

    I have a Bluetooth headset in my car so I use it all the time :)
     
  6. macrumors 601

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    The iPhone doesn't support using Bluetooth for as many things as other phones, so there really is no need to leave it on unless you use a Bluetooth headset.
     
  7. macrumors member

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    Mine is never turned off, but I always use a bluetooth earset. I'm sure the battery does take a bit of a hit from it being always on.
     

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