How I Helped My Battery Life (A Lot)

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  1. Bernie-Mac macrumors 65816

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    Ok, so i was one of those people bashing the iphone battery a day or so ago because yesterday my battery was at 20% with only 2 hours of usage and 8 hours standby. I had everything off except 3G and Location Services. Today (after the 3 full drain then charge cycles) my battery is at probably 85% with 2 hours usage and about 6 hours standby. All i did was turn off Location Services. I guess it always stays connected or something but after turning that off when i dont need it my battery has improved dramatically, even with 3G on all the time. If this is old news then forget this post lol but i found it very helpful and maybe someone else will too
     
  2. cambridge1807 macrumors member

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    Thanks for the heads up, I have yet to read about this technique on battery saving. Therefore this was not a wasted thread because you helped a fellow member out. :D
     
  3. iCantwait macrumors 65816

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    here here
     
  4. AppleFan360 macrumors 68020

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    I agree. Turning off location services made all the difference. I can now leave 3G and push turned on and the battery lasts almost as long as my 2G iPhone.
     
  5. Cyroceon macrumors 6502a

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    Is location services GPS included? So what happens if I go to Google Maps and click the "target" button? Exactly what are the location services?
     
  6. Ryanhdd macrumors regular

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    settings-general, toggle switch on/off
     
  8. Ryanhdd macrumors regular

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    Thanks, duh! i cannot believe i did not see that.
     
  9. higgalls macrumors regular

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    But what does Location Services actually do? Is it just GPS, or does it do something else too?
     
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  11. notsofatjames macrumors 6502a

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    It finds your location, via GPS, Cellular Triangulation, Skyhook (WiFi), whatever the phone can use to find your location. Its in 2.0 on 1st get phones too, so it's not just GPS.
     
  12. netdog macrumors 603

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    Actually that's "Hear! Hear!" as in hear what this man or woman is saying.

    Great tip by the way. I will try it now!

    Hear ye! Hear ye!
     
  13. Ryanhdd macrumors regular

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    a little late. but i got ya.
     
  14. jamesarm97 macrumors 65816

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    What they need is an ON / OFF / STANDBY setting where if it is in standby and you click on locate me in maps, it turns on and starts with the triangulation, then narrows in via gps after it has locked on. Then maybe after a time period, turns back off.

    - James
     
  15. notsofatjames macrumors 6502a

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    I would hope this standby is the standard way it works. Unless you want tracking in Maps, why would it need to be on all the time?? And if its always connected, why does it take a few seconds to locate you when you ask it to.
     
  16. HaroldC macrumors regular

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    +1

    Reverts back to 'standby' when you leave the application.
     
  17. ScottFitz macrumors 6502a

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    I had an HTC TyTN2 (same as ATT Tilt). I had battery issues with it. Basically I had to charge it every night or every chance I got into my truck. No biggie, but there are tricks to saving it.

    TUrn off the auto dim feature on your brightness, set your brightness down to the lowest level you like.

    In my old Windows mobile phone, I had to be sure I turned off applications completely. Otherwise, they'd continue to run and draw power.

    I'm unclear on the push versus fetch email. I thought push used more power, but now I'm hearing that fetch uses more power. I'll need to test it now.

    Also, I only turn on 3G when I want to surf or have a big file to download. Otherwise, my call quality if the same either way.
     
  18. brvheart macrumors 6502

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    I think that this has been mentioned or I think that I read it elsewhere but paid no attention to it...I will give it shot and see what happens...
     
  19. tiggery2k3 macrumors member

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    will also have to give this a try and see what happens.
     
  20. djwobble macrumors regular

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    I have noticed that it helps.

    My phone lasted all day with EVERY option on.. :) I talked for a good 2 hours, played a few games. It does indeed get better..
     
  21. tacomahunter macrumors regular

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    Let's give this a try, I will report back tonight after a day of use. Thanks for the tip!
     
  22. elbirth macrumors 65816

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    yeah, I thought I read or heard somewhere that Steve said that the GPS was turned off unless an app requested access to it- i.e., Google Maps with the location finder. If it's constantly running all the time, then I wonder if maybe that's a bug? I really like the idea of my location-based apps and having my GPS data embedded into my photos, but for the sake of vastly improved battery life, it may be worth disabling most of the time...
     
  23. SheryarYO macrumors newbie

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    so do you have to turn the location back on to use google maps gps or any other gps?
     
  24. WhySoSerious macrumors 65816

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    how i helped MY battery life (a lot) was......i bought a car charger.

    that's all it took amazingly. no need to disable features or cut back on features or stop using certain apps. nope, not here. i use 100% of my iphone 3g, 100% of the time and the battery never drops below 60%.

    sweet!
     
  25. nanvinnie macrumors regular

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    i haven't noticed a huge drop in my battery life with location services on, but i just turned it off after reading this thread. i'm curious to see what happens.
     

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