IOS6 - 4S Battery Drain - My fix

Discussion in 'iOS 6' started by tbarney, Sep 21, 2012.

  1. tbarney macrumors member

    Feb 17, 2012
    This topic is being discussed in multiple threads but thought I’d post what I’ve done to remedy it on both mine and my wife’s 4S. Some items may have not done anything but the overall result has been extremely positive.

    Notifications only have these running:

    Weather Widget
    NBC News
    Stock widget
    ESPN score center
    The Weather channel

    Government alerts are both ON

    Use cellular Data for: Only iCloud documents is ON, all others OFF

    Location Services: All ON except Camera, Chrome, safari

    iCloud: All OFF except Contacts, Calendars, find my iPhone, my photo stream, documents & data and use cellular data

    Storage & backup: iCloud backup is OFF

    Facetime: use cellular data is OFF

    iTunes and App Store: all OFF

    Music: iTunes match is OFF

    Mail: All mail accounts set to fetch – 15 minutes.

    Photos and camera: My photo stream is ON. Shared photo streams is OFF

    Facebook: calendar and contacts are OFF, Facebook ON

    After these parameters were set I full charged the phone. Once fully charged with the phone still attached to the charger, preformed a hardware reset. Battery performance is the same if not better than 5.1.1.

    Hope this helps others.
  2. stickboy2k macrumors member

    Jan 6, 2012
    Thanks for these suggestions, I probably would have gotten around to all of them eventually but it was nice to have a good list.

    I hope it helps because I am not a happy camper. Battery life is down I think about 25-30% which is very bad.
  3. King Bowser macrumors regular

    Aug 2, 2010
    I've HAD all this done except the notifications. I just turned off just abut everything on notifications.. see if that helps.

    Right now i'm currently

    Usage : 1 hrs 49 minutes

    Standby : 5 hours 58 minutes

    at 69 %
  4. mykelala01 macrumors 6502


    May 17, 2009
    I tried all that, got to admit there is a bug on battery performance. Even my trustworthy Ipad 2 is seing a drastic battery drain. Apple please release a fix now
  5. Wilson1313 macrumors member

    Nov 29, 2008
    I have the 4S, and on iOS5 the battery life was ok, but never still impressed (I'd just plug it in at night and it would be around 36%). I upgraded to iOS6 and battery seemed roughly the same (clean install). However once I did a recharge cycle (charge to 100%, drain fully until the phone wouldn't turn on, then 9hr charge until full) the battery has been AMAZING! At 86% after 1hr of usage and 6 hrs of standby. Still will take a few more days to really see how it usually is, and I'll try out some of those tips too!
  6. risc macrumors 68030


    Jul 23, 2004
    Melbourne, Australia
    When I first upgraded my 4S the battery life was shocking, I could actually watch it tick down in front of me. I lost over 30% during my lunch hour.

    In desperation I did a full factory restore using iTunes and then re-installed my apps. From then on I've had no issues with battery life, it's exactly the same as iOS 5.1.1. The only thing I turned off was bluetooth because I don't use it.

    It worked for me but YMMV.
  7. King Bowser macrumors regular

    Aug 2, 2010

    i'm doing this tonight thanks for the tip.
  8. Tech198 macrumors G5

    Mar 21, 2011
    Australia, Perth
    Will there be an "iPhone 5 Battery drain" thread ?

    Not mocking anyone, its just every update to the iPhone/IOS, theres always been a consistent battery drain issues, or improvement, but then the update after, Apple breaks it again

    When was the last "stable" iPhone/IOS (regardless of which version) ? :apple:
  9. AAPLinc macrumors 65816

    Jul 27, 2012
    Hollywood, CA
    Battery life seems IMPROVED since upgrading to iOS6 on my 4S


    Standby: 13 hours, 8 minutes
    Usage: 2 hours, 45 minutes
    66% left.

    Been on wifi all day, made some phone calls, web browsing through out day, a lot of texting..

    This is good, no? Considering the standby time..
  10. Wilson1313 macrumors member

    Nov 29, 2008
    Just an update on my battery:
    Usage: 2hrs 10 min
    Standby: 11 hours 9 min
    Battery still at 66% :D
  11. risc, Sep 21, 2012
    Last edited: Sep 21, 2012

    risc macrumors 68030


    Jul 23, 2004
    Melbourne, Australia
    Just because you don't have issues doesn't mean others haven't. Some apps may not work properly with iOS 6 causing battery drain, there may be a bug in the OS (like 5.0). There are many reasons things may go wrong for people, and all they want is for their device to work correctly not have to justify themselves to a bunch of Apple fanboys. :rolleyes:
  12. funkytwn macrumors newbie

    Nov 5, 2012
    ios6 battery fix fo realz

    Goto settings and click on icloud. Scroll down to safari and stop icloud from syncing safari and tell it to delete any information stored on your phone. Once that is done slide it back if you want. Poof battery problem fixed. With the upgrade of iOS6 there is an errorlog between safari and icloud that gets stuck in a loop...this causes it to constantly run and stream between your phone and the cloud...hence draining your battery like you are constantly downloading and uploading non-stop. By deleting the safari files you clear the log and fix the takes literally 1.5 minutes to fix.

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