Gotcha - Excessive battery drain culprit

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by Spa, Oct 27, 2011.

  1. Spa macrumors newbie

    Oct 27, 2011
    Well hello fellow iPhone 4S users, I'm not usually a 'good person' by posting threads or replies :rolleyes: but guess this shall help many who have been annoyed by the 'battery gate' of the new handset. ;) Sorry for long essay post...

    I have been using Apple products for over 10yrs now and used all iPhone models and more importantly experienced same excessive battery drain since getting my iPhone 4S, my iPhone 4 with iOS 5 didn't experience as bad as the 4S so here's what I found:

    I restore the 4S from iTunes and noticed a battery drain around 15% per 7hrs standby with all App in 'background' closed by double click home buttom. I had notification on, localization on, Siri on, iCloud off, WiFi sync on and mail check hourly. Basically all the goodies from Apple latest offer on, I agree with people, if switch off them what is the point having the new handset?! :mad:

    Having been annoyed by the poor battery performance, like many of you then I googled this and read a lot feedbacks and after trial and error I believe I finally catch the culprit. I did a full setting only reset, i.e. Keep all contents.

    Last night after full charge to 100% I managed to leave it untouched for 10hrs, with notification on, localization on, system feedback on, Siri on, WiFi on, mail fetch hourly. Usage indicated 10hr standby 15mins use(guess mail?) and 96% remaining!! :cool:
    Now what's off: WiFi sync (didn't test it but believe even leave it on shouldn't affect battery that much), iCloud off (read someone had sync issue with it which drains excessive battery), Ping off in restriction, Cellar data OFF.

    Look at the last item which I set it as off - cellar network data. From previous experience I knew in my house I got poor 3G connection (live in a village outside London), with my blackberry and all iPhones. :(

    There you go, I think, the poor, or say not very stable 3G connection causing the handset to constantly trying to maintain connectivity result in excessive battery drain. I did in the past switch off 3G in iOS 4 but such option not available in iOS 5 so you have to turn cellar data off. Once I am in central London I manually turn it back on and battery usage remains acceptable.

    Finally, to sum up, do a setting reset or restore which always helps, check your iCloud sync (I bought the 'system activity monitor' from App store), WiFi sync, disconnect cellar data if you are in a poor 3G coverage area and then sit back relax enjoying your iPhone :D

    Disclaimer, I'm a normal Apple user not a clever engineer or scientist I'm not responsible for any mis-leading and/or finding/directions suggested from this post, nor for inconclusive findings on the poor battery performance. Any further doubt check with your local Apple Store specialist. :eek::D:cool:
  2. Ori macrumors 6502

    Jun 18, 2008
    I can't turn cellular data as I need it when I'm out and about.

    The drain is amazing. If I browse the web I can see the battery drop.
    On idle it shows (in activity monitor), fluctuates 2-6% idle.
  3. EvilShenaniganZ macrumors 6502


    Jul 9, 2009
    This is why I thought the battery on my Evo was great. I had almost no signal at work so I always turned off 3g. Now I can’t do that... Apple really needs to add the 3g toggle off button.
  4. Spa thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 27, 2011
    Yep, Apple really need to add the 3G toggle option back. Also need to look into the battery consumption when using 3G network.

    Just to report back, I haven't had 3G on since last full charge, now standby time 1day 12hrs with usage 3hrs 7mins, minimum usage during these time only a couple of very short calls and listening to music when traveling. Still have 62% left!

    For my case, easily last 3days without a charge but shall also easily last one full day with heavy usage even using 3G browsing net. I'm satisfied now:D


    Turn off cellar data works the same but the handset needs connect to wifi if you need Internet connection.
  5. stevebubble macrumors member

    Aug 5, 2011
    Another thing I found that helped with my battery was if you go into location services > System Services > setting time zone, you should turn this option to off unless you really need the phone to automatically update the time when you cross into a new timezone.

    You can test if this is using your battery as at the bottom of system services is the option to show the location services icon in the status bar when in use. If you then turn setting time zone back on the icon will most probably appear, to show that "setting timezone" is constantly using your battery.

    I've turned that option off and now have my phone on 3G, with location services on all day and I'm getting a full days battery from my phone.
  6. AZREOSpecialist macrumors 68020


    Mar 15, 2009
    Something also changed in iOS 5 with regard to the types of wireless networks to which it can connect. I had TKIP+AES enabled on my router and as soon as I upgraded to iOS 5 my battery drained like a mofo. I reset the network settings and then I was no longer able to log into my wifi. I changed to AES only, which is what it should be, and my login and battery problems disappeared!

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