iPhone Hiding Apps (icons) and Battery Life

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by ACardAttack, Sep 2, 2012.

  1. ACardAttack macrumors 6502

    ACardAttack

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    Okay, this might seem like some nut theory, but I think I've run across that hiding apps drains the battery.

    A few weeks ago, I disabled springtomize 2 and noticed a much better battery life. So I uninstalled it, and then installed three tweaks for the major things I did with springtomize, one of which was poof, which hides icons. My battery life now seemed to be about what it was with springtomize, so I start by removing the tweaks (and waiting a day) one by one that I installed after ditching springtomize and I eventually came across that hiding apps with poof (and perhaps that was what was up with springtomize) drains the battery life faster.

    Has anyone come across anything like this? I dont understand why, my phone would lose about 10% when I would wake up, now I've only seen it lose about 2-3% at night depending on how many notifications I get at night. It seems weird that hiding icons could do something like this, but I'm seeing it with my own eyes on my phone.
     
  2. kannesss macrumors 6502a

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    i suppose any app running anything will use some battery. I'm not sure. This would be cool to see someone test out though
     
  3. ACardAttack thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I agree, I never thought hiding icons would need so much battery
     
  4. fizz7283 macrumors 6502a

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    I guess it's possible since it's something running 24/7.

    I hide all of my icons via springtomize except those in my dock and have two activator menus set up to access them. I really don't feel like my battery life suffers from it, but before this I used poof through sbsettings to hide icons like contacts and YouTube and what not, just not ALL of them. So ever since I've been jailbroken I've used one or the other for hiding icons, can't say if it's draining battery since I've never not done it.

    My battery life is pretty dang good though since I removed a lot of pointless tweaks and major ones like winterboard and intelliscreenx.

    I used to struggle to get 5 hours usage and now I can easily hit 7-8 hours usage and 14-18 hours standby. If it does drain battery then it's a small amount, not too noticeable at all.
     
  5. ACardAttack thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I have winterboard installed, so that is my one big battery drainer....at one time I had winterboard, sbsettings and springtomize and I got rid of the last two.
     
  6. fizz7283 macrumors 6502a

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    I know a lot of people say winterboard and sbsettings don't cause a lot of drain, but when I removed those two along with intelliscreenx, my usage shot up a minimum of two hours.

    I used to jailbreak just for winterboard so it was kind of a major decision to remove it lol you might want to give it a shot and see if your battery life gets better. Mine sure did.
     
  7. ACardAttack thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I believe in SBSettings being a drain, I saw a good improvement when I got rid of it.

    I would have a hard time getting rid of winterboard, the phone just looks so yuck without it
     
  8. fizz7283 macrumors 6502a

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    What I didn't like about stock iOS look is the springboard and all the ugly icons. That's why I use activator menus for all my apps so I don't have to see huge ugly icons everywhere. I theme my dock icons manually and my springboard badge that way it's not too much theming manually.

    It took me a week or two to get used to all the blue menus and buttons again, but it's not as ugly as I used to think it was lol

    The extra improved battery was worth it to me for putting up with the stock look.

    If you're fine with charging your phone in the car and at the office then winterboards not a big deal. I like leaving my phone in my pocket in the car and playing music through Bluetooth, so don't want to have to charge it in the car. At work I work with a bunch of people and don't want to risk leaving my phone across the room to charge, so removing winterboard was pretty much a given for me. The two-three hours extra usage makes a huge deal.

    But like I said no point in removing winterboard if you don't mind charging everywhere =)
     

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