Is iOS 7 on iPhone 5 terrible on the battery life?

Discussion in 'iOS 7' started by DBZmusicboy01, Sep 21, 2013.

  1. macrumors 6502

    Sep 30, 2011
    Is it normal that with power saving settings I can only get around 7-8 hours ?
  2. macrumors member

    Oct 4, 2012
    My battery life is worse since the update. I've had enough of the animated wallpaper, though, so we'll see if turning that off helps. I think with the new UI I can also live with less brightness. WiFi, however, seems to have become a major drain.
  3. macrumors regular


    Aug 3, 2013
    Is that usage or standby? Because that's the most I've ever got with usage. I think my battery life has gotten better with ios 7, it's only when I use LTE that my battery suffers.
  4. macrumors newbie

    Oct 20, 2011
    Should't we be able to get at least 8 hrs of mix use on iPhone? Isn't that what apple advertised? From my understanding the battery life is suppose to be better with ios7. When conserving my battery by shutting off most features I only get less than 6hs. I think thats pretty bad for a phone that is almost a year old.
  5. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 30, 2011
    Is anyone experiencing terrible battery life with iPhone 5

    I used to get 10 hours with ios 6
    But with 7
    I only get around 6 hours
  6. macrumors 68020


    May 16, 2013
    Kansas, USA
    Yeah my battery life had gone down during weekend usage. It seemed normal during the week.
  7. macrumors 68030


    Apr 30, 2012
    We already have a bunch of these threads already. And yes, battery life on 7 sucks.
  8. macrumors 65816

    Dec 16, 2010
    No difference on my end iPhone 5 but funny my signal in some places seems a tad better on AT&T or that could just be me.
  9. macrumors regular

    Aug 13, 2011
    Battery life is so crap on the iPhone 5
  10. macrumors 65816

    Drunken Master

    Jul 19, 2011
    Yes, but I turned off some of the background app updating and it's been fine since.
  11. macrumors newbie

    Aug 18, 2013
    I thought that iOS 7 was made to be light and power efficient.....but its so terrible battery sucking...i restored to factory default, and turn off background updates seems it helps a bit
  12. macrumors G4

    Oct 23, 2010
    The same thing happened last year. A bug fix made it better. I notice that the 5s seems to be holding up better than the 5 (both running on AT&T).
  13. macrumors 65816


    Feb 7, 2011
    Yea my iphone 5 is suffering with this update. But I love love love ios 7 though.
  14. macrumors regular

    Mar 9, 2011
    My battery life was fine for two days after the upgrade, but yesterday, I went from 60-something% down to 20-something% within an hour. I don't know what's going on! It's not like my phone is overheating!
  15. macrumors member

    Mar 17, 2011
    I had the same problem right after I upgraded my 5. I turned off all the obvious things like parallax effect, push email, location services, etc. but still had noticeably worse battery life than ios6. I would see 10% drops in battery life after only 30 minutes of use.

    So I finally drained my battery completely - until phone dies and won't turn on, then recharged fully and that fixed the issue for me. I'm now at 2 days and 1 hour of standby with 2 1/2 hour usage and still at 51%. This is with wifi and bluetooth on as well.
  16. macrumors 603


    Dec 8, 2009
    The same on every new iOS iteration: people noting worse battery life.
    The problem in my opinion is people just playing around with new os features.

    Said that, iOS 7 uses a new multitasking and a few new features that could affect battery life.
  17. macrumors 6502

    Jul 4, 2012
    on my 4s so far is at least as good as on 6. I always have turned off a lot of lettings but run bluetooth all the time and live in a lousy carrier coverage area.

    Who knows why some are fine and some are really bad.
  18. macrumors 6502

    Jun 8, 2011
    I'm getting much better battery life. Around 7, 8h of usage and 1 day of standby. This is 4G and WiFi browsing, Youtube and stuff.

    I don't have app background refreshes on, though.
  19. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 11, 2010
    Parts Unknown
    I have a Verizon iPhone 5 and am actually getting battery life that is just as good or better.
  20. macrumors 68020


    Nov 22, 2011
    East Coast USA
    i have not noticed a drop in battery performance running gm ios7.
  21. macrumors demi-god


    Jun 10, 2006
    My Ip4 gets a lot worse battery life in standby, but it did have some much needed bug fixes.
  22. macrumors regular

    Mar 9, 2011
    I've done a reset and the battery is STILL draining quickly - and I've disabled all "unnecessary" features, too.
  23. luminouslight, Sep 22, 2013
    Last edited: Sep 22, 2013

    macrumors regular


    Nov 29, 2012
    Orlando FL
    Battery life seems to be good for me so far. Usually 7-8 hours usage. Thats with some light LTE use as well.
  24. macrumors member

    Jan 19, 2009
    Battery life honestly seems better for me. On the full charge, I've so far had:

    2 Hours, 48 Minutes usage with
    8 hours, 21 minutes standby
  25. macrumors 68000


    Feb 28, 2009
    2nd cycle on iOS7 from a clean install.

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