5s battery life: what do you get?

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  1. JerTheGeek macrumors 68000

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    I'm curious what kind of battery life people are getting on their 5s with iOS 8.
    I seem to be getting around 4-6 hours on a charge, doing email, messaging, phone calls, web, music, and other standard phone tasks. Is this about normal, or is there something messed up?
    Thanks,
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  2. MattMJB0188 macrumors 68000

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    I get about double that, but of course I wasn't foolish enough to update it past iOS 7.1.2.
     
  3. JerTheGeek thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Yeah but it's now on 8.1, so any battery issue bugs should be fixed by now, and iOS 8 was designed for newer models.
     
  4. MattMJB0188 macrumors 68000

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    Which is why you have to deal with the crappy battery life. Maybe sell it for an iPhone 5S with iOS 7.1.2.
     
  5. JerTheGeek thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Naaa I can deal with it for the aweosme iOS 8 features.
     
  6. MattMJB0188 macrumors 68000

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    Yea what good are they when your phone dies prematurely? I'll pass on the mess that iOS 8 IS and enjoy a fluid consistent experience for as long as I can on my 5S.
     
  7. Count Blah macrumors 68040

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    After getting burnt with < 66.67% less battery life taking my 4s to iOS 7, my 5s is staying on 7.1.2 as long as possible. Insane battery life on my 5s, and I'm not giving that up.
     
  8. Woochifer, Dec 17, 2014
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    5-7 hours is my typical battery life (presuming that the indicator is somewhat linear, since I don't normally drain the battery all the way). Of course, if I was playing certain games, then it could go as low as 2 hours. If I switch off the cellular antenna, then I can go closer to 8 or 9 hours. And in Airplane Mode, I can push 10 hours if I'm just reading e-books or listening to music files. And the brightness, background modes, location services, and other settings all factor into the battery life as well.

    I haven't noticed any change in the battery life with any iteration of iOS 8 on my 5s. The only time I did notice a change to the battery life was when iOS 7.1 came out, and switched the location services on in the background. Changing some of the settings helped restore some of the battery life after that update.

    FWIW, my phone's at 78% with 1 1/2 hours usage and 11 hours standby. No different than how it's always been.

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    You mean you're getting 8-10 hours on iOS 7.1.2? Interesting ... what was your battery life before iOS 7.1?
     
  9. JerTheGeek thread starter macrumors 68000

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    So I guess my battery is around average?
    Here is a screenshot of battery usage:
     

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  10. lakaiordie macrumors 65816

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    you're using safari and using youtube mostly. that sucks up a lot. your phone might last the day. but not if you keep watching youtube vids.
     
  11. JerTheGeek thread starter macrumors 68000

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    YouTube usage isn't always watching. Often I check my view counts or reply to comments, since I run a channel. I watch the occasional video but not too often on my phone; I usually watch on my iPad instead.

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    That seems to be about what I'm getting; 1-2 hours per 20%, which equates to 5-7 hours. I guess this really isn't that bad; I mean 5 hours of actually having the screen on is quite a lot of time to be using my iPhone throughout the day
     
  12. Woochifer macrumors 6502a

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    The screen brightness makes a huge difference, as does your cellular coverage. When traveling into an area with weak cell service, the battery life on my phone goes way down.
     
  13. JerTheGeek thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Anyone else have suggestions? Or do others also have the same 4-5 hour battery life?
     
  14. phositadc macrumors 6502

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    Fyi "usage" is not the same as "screen on time." Google it.
     
  15. IpadSC400 macrumors 6502a

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    How's this? ;)
     

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  16. JerTheGeek thread starter macrumors 68000

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    It was plugged in since the last full charge :)
     
  17. IpadSC400 macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah but it was the computer...real quick. It was at 1% for literally 6 hours or so. Average battery life for me is 5 and a 1/2 hours of usage. Where I live T-Mobile is always at 3 bars or less.
     
  18. T5BRICK macrumors G3

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    That looks pretty normal for a 5s. I never really got any better or worse than 4-6 hours of usage and maybe 16 hours of standby.
     
  19. JerTheGeek thread starter macrumors 68000

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    So Apple's claim of 10 hours of LTE web use is false?
     
  20. T5BRICK macrumors G3

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    I'm sure it's possible, but just like other manufacturers, the battery claims are pretty optimistic.
     
  21. mofunk macrumors 68020

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    I can go about all day on a full charge. But like someone else said about Safari and Youtube… those aren't heavily used because for the most part I can use a third party app. For news and stuff Flipboard works fine. Youtube videos I will watch on my Mac or just limit my time on the youtube app to 10min.

    Some days I will turn off my phone just so it can rest.

    There are some apps I don't need to use on Cellular so I turn those off. Notifications are limited to a few apps. When I'm done with the apps I closed them. Brightness on the screen is turned down.
     
  22. JerTheGeek thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I heard that closing apps can actually reduce battery life; cause every time you open an app, it uses more battery.
     
  23. mofunk macrumors 68020

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    Nope. That doesn't make sense. If you close an App its not running so how would it run down the battery. Why would it use more battery? It uses the same battery based on how long it takes to connect and how you are using it. Oh and how much processing the app is using.

    You just need to play around with it. Check your settings and make sure some of the stuff is turned off or not running. Like Refreshing some apps that don't need to. I have Maps Refresh turned on just in case I need to make a u-turn or something.
     
  24. Berbatov, Dec 28, 2014
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  25. JerTheGeek thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Read this: http://www.scottyloveless.com/blog/2014/the-ultimate-guide-to-solving-ios-battery-drain

    it goes more in depth about why closing apps uses battery.

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    Also, I noticed just now my battery went from 31% to like 23% in literally 3 minutes. Something seems to be abnormal here
     

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