6s plus users - what are your settings for battery life optimization?

Bugeyeblue

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Seems like most people are getting 10-12 hours ON SCREEN time each charge. I'd like to know what your major battery savings settings are. I'm getting 5-6 hours screen on time with 50-75% screen brightness, texting, phone calls, Safari use, and maps. Probably my gps killing my battery so fast but want to see what you guys are using for your settings.
 

digitard

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I haven't gotten mine yet, but in the past I always do a few things.

#1. Disable background data on any apps you don't care if they sync constantly in the background
#2. Disable GPS for any apps you don't need to coincide w/ your location
#3. Check your battery usage when you've gone through quite a bit, and see what apps are using your battery the most. Determine if they have any settings, and/or web options.
-- Facebook is a big offender of that, and the web page seems to help a lot.
 

sumiregusa

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Never had a problem with Facebook but I also don't use GPS as much since I don't currently have a car so that might be a big drain for you.

A few things I do have already been listed, just adding these few:
  • Enable auto-brightness for the screen
  • Turn off Wifi Assist (under Cellular)
  • Disable Paralax and animations
I don't have Paralax or animations disabled but you can always try it out.
 

Bugeyeblue

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Thanks everyone. I already do most of this so I guess I'll just be in the lower capacity group because of how I use it. I'll delete Facebook though. It's always a top user of the battery even when I haven't opened it all day.
 

Bugeyeblue

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Didn't charge my phone last night so I can try to get 2 full days usage from one charge. So far so good, 55% at the beginning of day 2. I'll post usage screen shots if it gets close to dying or if I make it the full 48 hours. I've had power saving mode on the whole time.
 

metsjetsfan

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Delete the Facebook app and you will get the apple quoted times

Ignore all the other battery saving tips. They basically turn your phone into a Nokia 6110.
Dont forget to put the clock icon into a folder so the live icon doesnt use GPU cycles

But seriously i think 6-8 hour on screen on LTE for 6S+ is good and about what I get closer to 8 if no gaming. Wifi I get 9-11 hrs.

Apple quoted times are not pure 100% on screen usage but just using it here and there with standby mixed in. I think there is a detailed link they have on this. But could be wrong
 
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jtrue28

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Just curious, but what are the reasons against charging your phone? I understand wanting it to last through 1 day, but what are you achieving by seeing if it can make it through 2 days?

I usually charge my phone while I'm sleeping at night. It's amazing. I wake up and the phone has 100%. It truly is remarkable.

#friendsofcoal
 

Bugeyeblue

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Just curious, but what are the reasons against charging your phone? I understand wanting it to last through 1 day, but what are you achieving by seeing if it can make it through 2 days?

I usually charge my phone while I'm sleeping at night. It's amazing. I wake up and the phone has 100%. It truly is remarkable.

#friendsofcoal
Just a test brosef. Thanks for the sarcasm. Like wanting to see how far you can go on a tank of gas.
 

Serickmetz

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Seems like most people are getting 10-12 hours ON SCREEN time each charge. I'd like to know what your major battery savings settings are. I'm getting 5-6 hours screen on time with 50-75% screen brightness, texting, phone calls, Safari use, and maps. Probably my gps killing my battery so fast but want to see what you guys are using for your settings.
My setting: TSMC

:cool:
 
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clankfu

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#1. Disable background data on any apps you don't care if they sync constantly in the background
Anyone know if navigation apps like Google Maps and Waze need background app refresh to function properly? Same question about chat apps like Whatsapp.
 

metsjetsfan

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Anyone know if navigation apps like Google Maps and Waze need background app refresh to function properly? Same question about chat apps like Whatsapp.
If you see that bar on the top and its already disabled then no
 

Truefan31

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I normally don't see Facebook as a high battery usage. Is it hidden or something?
 

Bugeyeblue

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I normally don't see Facebook as a high battery usage. Is it hidden or something?
No it's usually at the top for me, but that was before I disabled it in the background refresh settings. Do you have it disabled there already?
 

fanta88

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Facebook and instagram are the primary offenders for me too. Even after I turned off backgroud refresh, I still saw background activity logged.

So I just deleted the app and use the mobile website.
 

clankfu

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Facebook and instagram are the primary offenders for me too. Even after I turned off backgroud refresh, I still saw background activity logged.

So I just deleted the app and use the mobile website.
I hear Paper for Facebook is a good substitute.
 

Truefan31

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No it's usually at the top for me, but that was before I disabled it in the background refresh settings. Do you have it disabled there already?
Yeah it's disabled. I didn't know if it was still doing something though in the background.
 

rocketkev

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Yeah it's disabled. I didn't know if it was still doing something though in the background.
I have the same thing. I used Facebook on screen for 20 mins and 3.45 hours in the background for 14% of battery use. I have Background app refresh turned off too. I just disabled location services on Facebook and we'll see if it makes a difference.
 

wchigo

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- I have auto-brightness on and it generally doesn't go above 30-40%. I find it fairly uncomfortable if it goes brighter than that for me personally.
- notifications were trimmed so that I only get alerted for important things like messages and WeChat. I don't need Twitter or Instagram updates personally
- handoff is off on my iPhone since I barely use that
- background app refresh is off for everything aside from Weather
- phone is on silent thanks to Apple Watch (so Bluetooth is always on)
- Don't send diagnostics & usage, limit ad tracking is on
- locations services for most apps are either 'never' or 'while using' except for Weather is on 'always'
- system services are all off except for 'Cell Network Search', 'Find my iPhone' and 'Setting Time Zone'
- aside from iCloud set to Manual, my other 3 email accounts are set to fetch hourly instead of push
- content blockers installed on Safari

My first rundown of my 6S Plus (on 9.0.2) was 12h 32m of usage with 21h 39m standby to get to 1%.

It's currently 12:08 here; phone is at 88% with 1h 50m usage (all on-screen time) with 3h 16m standby. That's amazing considering that I used to get around 1h of on-screen time usage per 10% of battery on my 6 Plus. I know that battery doesn't go down linearly but that's about in line with what I've been getting for the past week or so that I've been using the phone (I was getting about 1h 30m of usage per 10% of battery up until now) and so far I've been estatic about the battery life.
 

Bugeyeblue

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I have the same thing. I used Facebook on screen for 20 mins and 3.45 hours in the background for 14% of battery use. I have Background app refresh turned off too. I just disabled location services on Facebook and we'll see if it makes a difference.
Curious what that gets for you. Let us know.
 

Bugeyeblue

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- I have auto-brightness on and it generally doesn't go above 30-40%. I find it fairly uncomfortable if it goes brighter than that for me personally.
- notifications were trimmed so that I only get alerted for important things like messages and WeChat. I don't need Twitter or Instagram updates personally
- handoff is off on my iPhone since I barely use that
- background app refresh is off for everything aside from Weather
- phone is on silent thanks to Apple Watch (so Bluetooth is always on)
- Don't send diagnostics & usage, limit ad tracking is on
- locations services for most apps are either 'never' or 'while using' except for Weather is on 'always'
- system services are all off except for 'Cell Network Search', 'Find my iPhone' and 'Setting Time Zone'
- aside from iCloud set to Manual, my other 3 email accounts are set to fetch hourly instead of push
- content blockers installed on Safari

My first rundown of my 6S Plus (on 9.0.2) was 12h 32m of usage with 21h 39m standby to get to 1%.

It's currently 12:08 here; phone is at 88% with 1h 50m usage (all on-screen time) with 3h 16m standby. That's amazing considering that I used to get around 1h of on-screen time usage per 10% of battery on my 6 Plus. I know that battery doesn't go down linearly but that's about in line with what I've been getting for the past week or so that I've been using the phone (I was getting about 1h 30m of usage per 10% of battery up until now) and so far I've been estatic about the battery life.
That's insane. I can get 10% per hour of usage only with low power mode on. You're getting 1.5x's that?
 
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