iOS 9.3 - "Photos" draining battery...

Discussion in 'iOS 9' started by Jimrod, Jan 15, 2016.

  1. Jimrod macrumors 65816

    Jun 24, 2010
    Since installing 9.3 I've noticed my battery draining faster than usual, going into Battery settings it says the main culprit is 39% from Photos! With just 3 mins screen time and 3.2 hours background.

    Is this likely to just be because of the iOS update and backing up something initially or another issue? I don't really want to turn off my iCloud photos which I've had turned on for as long as I can remember but this battery/photos issue is a new one for me...
  2. cmeisenzahl macrumors 6502

    Oct 7, 2005
    Interesting, I'll keep an eye out for that. Thx
  3. sedalbis macrumors newbie

    Jan 15, 2016
    Mine is exactly the same (iPhone 6 64GB). Highest battery usage is photos in the background. Not sure what exactly it's doing in the background as my iCloud Photo Library was up to date before I updated to 9.3 this morning and I haven't added anything to it today so no syncing has needed to take place.

    Interestingly my iPhone won't charge either. I've plugged it in and I get the little lightning symbol by the battery in the top right hand corner but the battery % is not rising at all. It's actually going down when I'm using my phone even though it's plugged in!

    Anyone else having this issue?
  4. grgsiocl macrumors regular

    Dec 13, 2015
    No issue for me on 6S using 9.3.1 at the moment!
  5. stulaw11 Suspended

    Jan 25, 2012
    Not seeing photos on the list in Battery either at all. Must be some sync process stuck.
  6. Tomapple macrumors member

    Sep 9, 2014
    Santiago, Chile
    Look at mine... Photos is draining my battery drastically!! This is on an iPhone 6S. I have already reported this through the feedback app.

  7. dereknas macrumors regular


    Jun 4, 2014
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    I noticed this before in 9.2 beta. I think it is related to icloud photo library.

    I've since disabled this and seems like it stopped the problem.
  8. Jimrod thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jun 24, 2010
    Well it seems that after turning various photo settings on and off the phone eventually uploaded/downloaded all pics and battery life has returned to normal. I'm not sure what setting changed with the update to trigger it but fortunately it was only temporary.
  9. Sirolway macrumors 6502

    Jun 13, 2009
    Yep I'm seeing this too, but assume it's just all the cloud photo sync stuff getting up to date, as I only recently turned that on & have 85,000 photos to sync... So I'm expecting it to flatten off once that's settled down. We shall see
  10. Tomapple macrumors member

    Sep 9, 2014
    Santiago, Chile
    Not directly related but... how much space uses your library on your phone? (I asume you're using the optimise space option). I have around 30k photos and it is using around 5gb... I wonder how this scales for larger libraries.

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