Battery issue when texting

Discussion in 'iOS 5 and earlier' started by tl01, Nov 12, 2011.

  1. tl01 macrumors 68020

    Jun 20, 2010
    I noticed my battery losing power at about 1% every minute or two while texting. Is that normal? I wouldn't think that texting is that energy intensive, streaming a movie seems to drain the battery more slowly. Both situations are done on wifi connection. I'm using an iPhone 4S with 5.0.1.
  2. tl01 thread starter macrumors 68020

    Jun 20, 2010
  3. xraytech, Nov 13, 2011
    Last edited: Nov 13, 2011

    xraytech macrumors 68030

    Mar 24, 2010
    Not being snarky but sincere here, okay.

    Here's my opinion...

    I think scrutinizing battery drain per text is stepping into OCD territory, IMHO.

    Out of sight out of mind.

    Turn off "Battery Percentage". Your mental health will benefit.
  4. BrunoWill macrumors member

    Nov 3, 2011
    If your battery is wasted in 100 minutes, it's abnormal.
  5. tl01 thread starter macrumors 68020

    Jun 20, 2010
    I guess if you thought I was looking at it once and saw it drop that way... Then yep.. That would be OCD. But if everyday your phone is dead by 1 PM and you are trying to see where the drain is coming from the I think your comment is snarky and presumptuous.

    My phone doesn't drain quickly on stand by and not when streaming movies ect but when texting it tanks very quickly. There are people who do have OCD and it seems strange, immature, and rude to poke fun at their diagnosis.

    I think having to buy an external battery pack for a trip to a place like disneyland where you will be mostly texting to stay in contact with your group is a little much.
  6. urkel macrumors 68030

    Nov 3, 2008
    Exactly. iOS5 has been out for over a month and their first attempt at fixing a HUGE problem has failed for many users. So for someone to say we're being "obsessive" by trying to pinpoint the problem that Apple can't is ridiculous. And "out of sight out of mind" is not a solution.

    My battery dies by 3PM and my iPhone usage is completely handicapped because I am trying to avoid anything that is causing unecessary drain. So of course im monitoring which little tasks may be the culprit. And for me then Text is yet another one of those low-impact tasks that causes the battery meter to fall right before my eyes.
  7. cmeisenzahl macrumors 6502

    Oct 7, 2005
    Wow, that seems to be a bit odd. I haven't seen it, and can't really think of what texting would do to cause that.
  8. viewfly macrumors 65816


    May 1, 2009
    As a rule of thumb, any activity that is using the screen is just as bad a making a phone call via 3G. So a minute of phone use is the same as texting with the screen on.

    If you are using iMessage, it has a connection going with 3G too. So that is worse than plain old SMS texting. Not Apple's fault, but is true of other 'free' texting appls that use the data connection. If you are using iMessage, trying turning it off, and just use sms, for comparisons. Doesn't make a difference if you are imessaging or not, just being on, will suck more battery.

    FYI, I have been getting normal battery from my iP4S, about 7 hours of usage.
  9. tl01, Nov 14, 2011
    Last edited: Nov 14, 2011

    tl01 thread starter macrumors 68020

    Jun 20, 2010
    I would think that makes sense except I see the battery meter fall more quickly with texting than using the phone or surfing the web and streaming.

    Also, as I mentioned in my original post... this occurs on wifi too. I will go back to regular texting to see if it helps though. Thanks!


    Exactly... just turning off my percentage meter isn't going to help and make my battery last longer. When the phone is dead... it's dead. Too bad that the PP thinks I'm still in Kindy and easily fooled my stuff like that. I'm sure my son in Kindy would see that's a ridiculous suggestion.
  10. urkel macrumors 68030

    Nov 3, 2008
    For me it's starting to feel like every text cost 1% Battery Fee, iMessage is 2% and an MMS is 4%. Nickel and Dimed and Drained :)
  11. TonyC28 macrumors 65816


    Aug 15, 2009
    I'm open to hearing any theory at this point. In my personal experience I think I have ruled out something happening when the phone is locked that causes battery drain. That leads me to think that something is happening during "normal" use that drains battery more quickly than it did with iOS 4.x.x.

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