Tips for Extending iPhone Battery Life

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by rockitdog, May 10, 2013.

  1. macrumors 68000

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    Just curious if anyone has any tips they can share with everyone for helping to extend their daily iPhone battery life. I've lost 30% battery in about 2 hours with low-moderate (HSPA+/ non-LTE) useage. Help tips would be greatly appreciate- thanks! :confused:
     
  2. macrumors regular

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    buy another smart phone, razr maxx gives 2 days full use, bb q10 gets nearly 30+ hrs,
     
  3. macrumors 68020

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    And this answers the question how? Smh.

    On topic, going into Privacy > Location Services > System services and then turning off all options except for Cellular has helped me heaps.

    Put your Mail accounts on manual and fetch if possible. Also found that turning Find My iPhone helps, if you don't use that service. Be sure to calibrate your battery at least once a month; run it down to 1-5% and all the way back to 100.

    Looking forward to other tips!
     
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    aDRock1154

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    Have you had any issues with turning all of these off? I only had 2-3 turned off to help...
     
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    If Find my Iphone is off, wouldn't it now work if lets say you lose it? I turned off almost everything and it helps. I turn off data when not using it and it last long. Looking for a widget that makes doing that easier.
     
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    cynics

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    Turn off everything in location services that you don't think needs to know your location.

    Set email to fetch at the longest duration you feel is ok for your work/lifestyle.

    Turn off all notifications you don't want.

    Turn off all widgets (weather, stocks).

    Set brightness to manual and the lowest you are comfortable with.

    Turn things off you don't use like Bluetooth and wifi.

    Siri > raise to speak off

    Location services > system services > all off except cell network search (never had that effect my battery).

    Most of all light usage. Keep the phone charged with a car charger so you don't have to worry about it as much.
     
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    Shockwave78

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    Learn how auto brigthness works..

    You have to initially tailor it to each lighting level

    When your outside in sunlight - set it
    When your outside and cloudy - set it
    When your in your house with lights on - set it
    when your in a dark room - set it

    This is how auto brightness works now, made a huge difference in battery life for me once i started doing this.
     
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    Some tips to save Battery

    Turn off LTE. Battery drainer.

    Check your cell signal.

    If you're in an area of weak signal, or at the edge of LTE or 3G support, your iPhone's radio could be screaming away on full power just trying to stay on the network, or switching between connection types, and wasting a lot of power. If you have bad reception, consider a micro-cell at home or at work. If you're at the edge of LTE, turn it off in Settings and stick with 3G until you get to a place with better coverage.


    SIRI’s

    Turn off Siri's Raise to Speak. Go to Settings, General, Siri. Readers keep telling us this has helped them with battery life due to accelerometer issues.


    Kill power hungry apps.

    Double-click the Home Button to activate the multitasking dock, hold your finger on an app to enter "jiggly" mode, and kill any apps that might be running in the background, especially VoIP (like Skype), streaming audio (like Pandora), or navigation (like TomTom).

    Lower Screen Brightness

    Use WiFi at home. However, turn off WiFi/4G LTE when out > Settings >
    WiFi network > and toggle ON or OFF. WiFi on, but turn off "Ask to
    join networks" part so it just connects when home.

    Turn off anything in "Settings" that you don't use or need. Turn back on if needed

    Do a Google search for any information to save battery on a iPhone 5
     
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    None thus far and I've set it months ago. I don't particularly care for the compass, traffic, genius, etc.
     
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    Sounds like a lot of work. Get a battery pack for furgitaboutit.
     
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    aDRock1154

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    Yeah I have them all set off. Should get better battery..
     
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    Can anyone confirm if this is true? If it is, I just learnt something new today.
     
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    Looon

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    I know this doesn't answer the question but its related: I've had 3 separate iphone 5's and had no issues with my battery even in low service areas
    I actually switched back to it from a s3 because of the better battery and I really don't think that I'm so lucky that I somehow managed to get the only 3 iphone 5 units with great batteries so whats the deal?
     
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    JRoDDz

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    I have had these all turned OFF since iOS 6 came out. Have had no problems whatsoever. Turning anything on here just puts additional drain on your battery and helps Apple's crowd sourced traffic and cell network databases.
     
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    aDRock1154

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    Makes me feel even better. I've had Setting Time Zone, Diagnostics and Usage, Location based iAds, and Genius turned off for a while.

    I'll have to disable the rest on my wife's phone too. I'll do anything to get better usage.
     
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    iNotion

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    If you turn off most of the iPhone5 features, what's the point of getting one in the 1st place?

    I believed the latest firmware iOS 6.1.4 has something to do with my battery draining for no reason...
     
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    aDRock1154

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    Turning off some System Services is hardly most features. Everything else is on for me, although I feel like 6.1.4 made my battery worse also.
     
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    I basically just leave everything on; else what's the point of owning a smartphone?

    If you are experiencing excessive drain, the problem could be some rogue app like Google Now or push notifications being enabled on multiple mail apps (do a hard reset or delete the app) or poor 3G (in which case turn it off or switch telcos).

    I am not sure if calibrating your battery helps (drain to 0%, then charge back to 100%), but you could try that. Or at worse, get a morphie battery case?

    Can't think of anything else that might impact battery life so excessively.
     
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    Turn off Push, 3G, Wifi, Screen Brightness, Location Services etc and you'll last longer. Altough you won't benefit the phone's features.
     
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    cynics

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    Turning LTE off will have little to no effect in an iPhone 5. That is just disabling its use not its hardware. However if you are constantly switching between 3G and LTE or barely hanging onto a very week LTE signal then disabling it can help.

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    Shouldnt really be any rogue apps that iOS won't suspend. If so its something you are purposely running or iOS is messed up and unable to suspend a task.

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    Also I found closing apps from multitasking doesn't make a difference. I haven't closed any in about 2 weeks and there are 30 apps in there and my battery almost seems better then its been. That might be in my head but its certainly not worse.
     
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    JRoDDz

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    Features? How is sending Apple traffic information a feature for you? Or sending them locations of cell sites? These are "features" I can do without and get better battery life.
     
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    adam044

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    I turn them all off. Calls search network does nothing also
     
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    aDRock1154

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    I'll have to try that also.. Thanks.
     

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