iPhone How much does Virtual Home 'Quick Unlock' feature drain the battery?

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  1. easy-peasy, Jan 31, 2014
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    easy-peasy macrumors regular

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    Virtual Home has a 'Quick Unlock' feature that allows you to wake your device by simply touching the touch ID sensor, thus saving wear-and-tear on my home/power buttons (since you don't have to press anything).

    But I was wondering how bad the battery drain was if you keep 'Quick Unlock' always enabled?

    Does anyone with a 5s already do this? How bad is your battery drain?
     
  2. darricksailo macrumors 601

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    I'd imagine the battery drain would be noticeably higher if it's always on checking

    and a small brush against the touch id ring in your pocket or whatever would turn the screen on
     
  3. Mihindu macrumors newbie

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    Having quick unlock enabled does reduce the battery life but as a whole it's not actually that much. I never turn quick unlock off and I don't have any problems with my battery life.
     
  4. Trevornewell macrumors member

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    Same here I have been using it for 2-3 weeks now and noticed no difference in my battery life whatsoever. It might ba a very low percentage and I don't use the wake on touch option. I image having that on would be a battery drainer.
     
  5. chrf097 macrumors 68040

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    Isn't the ring capacitive?
     
  6. darricksailo macrumors 601

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    The sensor is capacitive, I don't think the ring is capacitive
     
  7. Iripa macrumors newbie

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    Hello. I've been testing VirtualHome in my 5s. I started to notice the same battery usage in both "standby" & "used time". I believed at first that it was probably "push", nothing, then turned off everything (wifi-edge-3G-location-etc-etc) that could have been turned off.
    Finally the last one guilty would be the "Quick Unlock" option. IT WAS IT. It was draining my battery. Keeping the phone in a constant "ON" state.
    For you to make an idea. My phone, when fully charged goes from 100% to 99% in 10h (2h/Use - 8h/Standby). With this option on, the battery goes from that same % in Max 3h (2:30h/Standby - 30h/Use).
    So i believe that the battery drain is not small, anyway is a Great feature. For me it worth the little less battery for the functionality. I use it all the time on, and even when offcourse i notice the difference in the battery time i still can manage to get my phone to hold on for the day, at least 24h going with no problem.
     
  8. bigjnyc macrumors 601

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    I've had this feature turned on since virtualhome was released and I havent noticed any significant battery drain. I usually charge my phone overnight then use it all day, when I go to bed around 11-12ish I usually have 10% still left. I havent noticed a difference with quick unlock..... And even if i did I dont think I could get rid of it, its so awesome and convinient. Faster than unlocking your phone without password even.
     
  9. nwmtnbiker macrumors 68000

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    I've been using Activator and it has a virtual home button setting. Is there any advantages between the two?
     
  10. pocketdoc macrumors 6502a

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    This is by far my favorite JB tweak. I have it on all the time and the battery drain is not that significant. I am not sure if the recent updates have helped, but it does seem to have less of a drain recently.

    It is funny, I am so accustomed to just laying my finger on the home button, if I pick up my wife's phone, I forget to actually press the button.

    I will take the lower battery life for this and will NOT lose my JB until I am forced to.
     
  11. bigjnyc macrumors 601

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    haha same thing happens to me. When I am using my girlfriends iPhone 5 I keep just laying my finger on the home button to switch between apps, go back to the home screen and unlock it. It usually takes me a few seconds to figure it out :D
     

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