Horrible battery life!!

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by GenderFi, Sep 26, 2012.

  1. GenderFi macrumors regular

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    This is with a game or two and watched a short 5 minute video. No LTE browsing. Had almost all location services, push services, and notifications off. Wifi and Bluetooth are off. Brightness at lowest setting. Charged fully initially and subsequently a couple times already. I know quite a few others are experiencing this as well. Do you think this has to to with iOS 6? This is truly abysmal!
     

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  2. GenderFi thread starter macrumors regular

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    So, I just got home and I figured I have 4% battery life left I might as well play a video and let it run dead. Well, its been about 20 minutes now and it's still going as I type this! It is stuck at 1% and still going! This is leading me to believe that iOS 6 is accurately telling the correct percentage??
     
  3. GenderFi thread starter macrumors regular

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    Well, it lasted about 35 minutes before shutting off. I was kinda hoping for more. Charging it now, hopefully tomorrow would be different news.
     
  4. iphonetravel macrumors member

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    Same issue here. Also hot phone. 4 hours charge maybe 5 with light usage.

    Left it under my pillow the other night charging and was almost too hot to touch in the morning.

    Something just not right here. Either poor hardware or software or both. First time I'm now seriously considering looking at other phones which is a shame as I love the screen.
     
  5. kds786 macrumors regular

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    I'm having battery issues, too, but why in the world would you think it's ok to charge the phone under a pillow??? Of course it will get hot!
     
  6. iphonetravel macrumors member

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    My 4S never got hot if left in the same state.
     
  7. GenderFi thread starter macrumors regular

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    I'd be careful of charging the phone or any electronic device under a pillow, poor ventilation.

    So I tried conditioning the battery last night. Once it fully drained, I plugged it in and left it overnight. I've been running some tests here at work and here's what I have so far.

    1 hour of standby 94% down to 92%. So it is a little better than yesterday; it is not down 10% in an hour of standby.

    Will keep updating as the day goes on. I'm hungry and breakfast awaits me. :)
     
  8. kevroc macrumors 6502

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    I had horrible battery life day 1 and 2. I'm using LTE only (no wifi) to really test it out. The last couple of days I let it run down all the way to 0, literally powered off by itself, before putting on the charger overnight. After doing that the battery life is much better. Yesterday the phone was off the charger at 7am, all day of LTE which some browsing, navigation, app updating, emails, texts, a short phone call and by 11pm the battery was at 30%.

    I would recommend fully draining it a few cycles...
     
  9. GenderFi thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks kevroc, that's exactly what I did 3 times. I think it helped a little bit, but it could be the placebo effect, not sure. I think the flip-flop of cellular networks here at work is what is draining my battery fast. Also, those tap and wait games left open really drain my battery fast as well. Having those options turned off made a huge difference. I even ran a test at home over the weekend. I had pandora streaming all night, well most of the night and wifi on the entire time. I got something like 1+ day standby and 14+ hours of usage out of it.
     
  10. Hooterville macrumors 6502a

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    My iPhone 5 gets pretty hot when charging and I have in the fat otter box defender case. I'm worried the defender is cooking my iphone 5 during charging. :eek:
     
  11. iphonetravel macrumors member

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    Good news. Went to apple store and reported issues. They issued a new phone to me on the spot. New phone does not suffer from the overheating nor battery draining issues. Much happier.
     
  12. GenderFi thread starter macrumors regular

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    Mine doesn't get hot at all luckily. Congrats on the exchange, hopfully your battery will stay that way. I think I have pretty darn good battery life. Like I said I was able to get 14+ usage and 1 day+ standby (this was at home with full LTE and wifi on). At work, forget about it lol.
     
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    Yeah! Thanks ;) I´ll try to condition my phone later in the evening.
     
  16. RolledUp20s macrumors regular

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    ive found by turning off 3G my battery will last 3days with heavy usage. its the iPhone 5 aswel, don't get LTE where i am in the UK but its the cellular that drains the battery even when the iphone is 'off'. by turning 3G off the percentage just doesn't drop at all when the phone is in standby.
    When your at home on your wifi, the LTE will still be draining battery if left on...this is something jailbrakers can tweek by having '3G' turn off when connected to wifi...to save manually doing it. Apple should really just implement this as standard. ...but..LTE is super fast i imagine and you don't want to turn it off...or just turn it on when you need it do you? ...so, i guess you'll just have to live with poor battery.

    ..just to add, if i leave 3G 'on' then my battery needs charging by i go to bed...so it lasts 1 day. - while the phone is in your pocket it's constantly searching for that '3G' - 'LTE' signal...which kills battery
     
  17. fuzion11 macrumors 65816

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    I heard doing a DFU restore would help combat the batt problems...can anyone confirm this?
     
  18. jon snow macrumors member

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    I was having battery issues with my 5. I restored as a new phone, not using my backup and my battery life improved significantly.
     
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  20. Midwesterner macrumors newbie

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    Done a DFU restore, set up as a new phone, reset settings, toggled every possible thing on the phone and nothing works. Brought phone to apple and they ran hardware test: all ok. Just replaced the sim today and am tracking results.....
     

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