iPhone's battery life has gotten much worse since iOS 6.1

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Boob, Feb 10, 2013.

  1. macrumors member

    Sep 3, 2012
    I updated through OTA

    I even backed it up to iTunes, erased and restored it but the battery still drains fast. I also uninstalled all the apps I had and GPS is always off.

    Is there any way to fix this? Same thing happened with my iPad on iOS 6.1. I have a 4S btw.
  2. macrumors 65816

    Nov 15, 2010
    Sounds like you might have to restore and set up as new. I'm getting great battery life on 6.1 on my 4S although I disabled 3G and am on EDGE + Wi-Fi.
  3. macrumors 6502


    Dec 12, 2012
    Winnipeg,Canada/New Delhi India
    I agree,both with my 5 and my dad's 4S.However,I kinda got a workaround,when am home I jsut switch off the cellular data,and it surprisingly increased the battery life by significant amount.

    Just need to remember to turn it on before leaving house.
  4. macrumors 6502a


    Mar 1, 2012
    My iPhone 5 got much better battery with iOS 6.1. My battery life didn't decrease till I installed intelliscreenX.
  5. thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 3, 2012
    Set up as new? Wouldn't that mean I'd lose all my saved text messages, pics, data, etc?

    Or do you mean set up as new > erase > restore from iTunes?
  6. macrumors 68020


    Nov 2, 2010
    Los Angeles but missing San Diego </3
    I always thought it was best to update via iTunes because OTA causes a bunch of problems?

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  7. macrumors 65816

    Nov 15, 2010
    Full restore in iTunes without a restore from backup. There are ways to get your texts back without restoring a full backup, however. :)
  8. thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 3, 2012
    Do you mean erase my phone then when I get to the set up screen I choose restore from iTunes? That's what I did initially.
  9. macrumors 65816

    Jan 3, 2010
    There seems to be a big bug with Exchange accounts in 6.1. Can you revert to IMAP until they fix the bug?
  10. macrumors 6502


    Dec 31, 2012
    They should've went with my idea Wi-Fi charging, you can only try. ¯\(°_o)/¯
  11. macrumors 6502

    Oct 10, 2010
    Mine improved significantly with 6.1. I had to do an OTA update since it wouldn't update on iTunes. I was just going to restore my phone since the battery life on 6.0.1 was horrendous. My battery life has increased 2.5 fold. I was barely getting 3 hrs before and now I'm at 7 hours.
  12. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 24, 2010
    Do people cycle their battery a couple of times after an OS update as with a new phone?

    If the power management software needs cycling from power down to full charge to improve battery life as seems to be the case from new (I guess for the management system to know the full amount of battery available - I'm no expert on this as you can tell!) then this would be the case with a fresh OS too I'd expect. I always do this and never experience the battery life problems that people complain about with my iPhone or iPad.
  13. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 21, 2007

    "We have started seeing an increase in iPhone issues related to battery life and overheating. All of them seem to be related to users upgrading their devices to iOS 6.1. Furthermore, Vodafone UK today began sending out text messages to iPhone 4S owners on its network, warning them not to upgrade to iOS 6.1 due to issues with 3G performance. The text reads, 'If you've not already downloaded iOS 6.1 for your iPhone 4s, please hold off for the next version while Apple fixes 3G performance issues. Thanks.'"

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