I thought the iPhone 6 Plus battery was supposed to last longer than this.

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  1. fel10, Dec 10, 2014
    Last edited by a moderator: Dec 14, 2014

    fel10 macrumors 68000


    Feb 2, 2010
    Woodstock, GA USA
    I got my 6 Plus yesterday, and I thought the battery was supposed to last close to 10 hours. All I've been doing is downloading apps, browsing safari, using Spotify and texting. Does this look right?

  2. lordofthereef macrumors G5


    Nov 29, 2011
    Boston, MA
    Downloading apps can certainly be battery intensive. Since you got it yesterday I imagine you redownloaded everything you had. That can easily chew through your battery. Remember it needs to install those apps which is cpu intensive. And of course you likely have you screen on that whole time due to the phone being new and all.
  3. Daveyote, Dec 10, 2014
    Last edited by a moderator: Dec 14, 2014

    Daveyote macrumors newbie

    Oct 25, 2014
    This is what I normally get, several users have reported much better, closer to 11 hours. [​IMG]

    It depends on a lot. Like how your LTE is in your area. LTE constantly changing signal strength can really mess with your battery. When Apple said "an average of 12 hours use time" they were more than likely assuming people were connecting to wifi or had full LTE in their area when they got those numbers.

    It's still not bad, I have 3 days off a week and during that time I never have to charge my phone. With my 5S even if I didn't use it often during the day I still had to plug it in every night.
  4. thalazy macrumors regular

    Jul 6, 2012
    In a van down by the river.
    As I understand it

    I hear (I could be wrong) that battery should improve after a few cycles. I currently have 62% usage: 4hrs 46min Standby 12 hrs. 18 min. Brightness less than half. I drained my battery down to 0 and charged it up and that is what I got.
  5. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
  6. loveleelatina macrumors member

    Oct 29, 2014
    This is what I get

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  7. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    gotta love that ridiculous usage stat that varies user by user. You obviously have an app that consistently causes usage.
  8. BvizioN macrumors 601


    Mar 16, 2012
    Manchester, UK

    But it does show all the apps that are used, on the case above seems like the most heavy used one is Messages.
  9. sunking101 macrumors 604


    Sep 19, 2013
    'Usage' all varies. For instance iCloud backups and listening to music both involve 'usage' but the screen is off, so usage is minimal. Certain tasks are battery intensive, whilst others aren't so much.
    The iPhone 6 doesn't have as big a battery as the 6+, and with certain intensive usage patterns the 6+ will return around 10 hours of usage time. So for me, anything over 9 hours is very good for the iPhone 6.
  10. sk1wbw Suspended


    May 28, 2011
    Williamsburg, Virginia
    Turn of location services to the apps you rarely use. That will help out a lot.
  11. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    Right, but you did not get 22 hours of actual usage or screen on time. The usage stat is a strange thing.
  12. byrdjr222 macrumors member

    Sep 15, 2010
    The first few charging cycles with mine provided pretty weak battery life, a lot worse than I was expecting. Give it about 5-7 days (letting it die a couple times in there) and you will notice a great upswing in the amount of usage time that you are getting.
  13. Coupz macrumors regular

    Dec 24, 2013

    You should close close Skype. Skype is a huge battery drainer like Facebook.
    Have you enabled background app refresh?
  14. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida

    I find it funny we have a whole thread of battery use posts in this forum which is really useless.:p
  15. Tsuchiya macrumors 68020


    Jun 7, 2008
    Downloading over 4G usually drains my battery quicker, but I'd say a day on standby with close to 10 hours usage is good enough.
  16. Brdl04 macrumors regular


    Jan 22, 2011
    the D
    See that little arrow next to the 23% ?? That is your culprit.

    turn off location services to apps that you aren't using.
  17. Daveyote macrumors newbie

    Oct 25, 2014
    I have it disabled, as soon as I got my 6 Plus I did everything suggested to prolong battery life. I mainly use Skype lately to keep in touch with commissioners and go over work with them. I don't feel comfortable giving out my phone number for that.

    I'm not upset with my battery life, I'll go over things again to see if I can extend it, but right now? It's been so much better than my 5S.
  18. fiveainone macrumors 6502a

    Sep 16, 2011
    Yes that's normal usage especially with LTE. People with 12hrs don't use their phone, or are on wifi the whole time. 7-9hr usage is about the average. Location services are definitely a huge drain too. If you want to go 12+, stay on wifi, do messages, browse safari as much as you want, nothing else, and you should get there easy. You can also "condition" your battery once by going to 0 then back to 100% without interruption. Helps a bit as well.
  19. nepalisherpa macrumors 68020


    Aug 15, 2011
    My phone died at 11 hours and 23 minutes of usage yesterday. I consistently get 10-11 hours of usage.
  20. CEmajr macrumors 601

    Dec 18, 2012
    Charlotte, NC
    It's the first day. You have to give it a few days before you start getting the normal battery life. My iPhone 6 died in about 5 hours the first day that I had it.
  21. mangomind macrumors 6502a


    Mar 15, 2012
    That is not "conditioning." It does nothing to the battery except tack on another battery cycle. Instead, doing this resets / recalibrates the battery status indicator.
  22. joeblow7777 macrumors 603

    Sep 7, 2010
    If you just got your phone yesterday it may take some time for it to get settled, so to speak. I think there may be some extra stuff going on under the hood for the first little bit when the device is new. I don't think you can accurately judge the battery life based on the first day or two.
  23. Surf Monkey macrumors 68030

    Surf Monkey

    Oct 3, 2010
    Portland, OR
    Depends on what you're doing with it. Different apps and different settings result in different power usage profiles.

    Personally I get around 9 hours on average. If I really push the thing I can run it out in 6. If I do a lot of audio with the screen off I can make it do 14.
  24. fiveainone macrumors 6502a

    Sep 16, 2011
    Yeah I didn't know how to call it so I put quotes. But whatever it is, it works.

    My battery was draining much quicker (I timed it), after some heavy gaming weekend (world of tanks), and charging sporadically through USB. Which was actually using more battery than it's charging. Somehow that messed up something. Battery was going down quick. Network reset didn't do anything, no settings were changed. After this "recalibration" it's back to normal.

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