iPhone 4S is really a dumb phone

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by MultiMediaWill, Oct 24, 2011.

  1. MultiMediaWill macrumors 68000

    Aug 1, 2010
    Ever since I have got my 4S, the battery life has been terrible. I have been lucky to get 2 hours of battery life a day. The only way to squeeze a few extra hours are to do all of this:

    • Disable Weather and Stock widgets in Notifications.
    • Disable Location Services for Reminders.
    • Go to Settings - Location Services - System Services and set Setting Time Zone, Location-Based iAds, Diagnostics & Usage to OFF.
    • Disable spotlight search.
    • Check your locations services settings.
    • Ping used to cause battery drains
    • Diagnostics & usage and select Don't send.
    • Use fetch rather than push for you email accounts.
    • Turn off bluetooth
    • Turning "Raise to speak" for Siri off.

    After doing all the above I finally got some normal battery range. However, doing all those steps turns the phone from being a smart phone to being a dumb phone. The iPhone 4S has some serious issues and a full scale recall is the only option I can think of. It's not like the can give away free batteries...
  2. Abyssgh0st macrumors 68000


    Jan 12, 2009
    Tough luck. Doesn't really have anything to do with the phone, though.

    My battery life was bad, but went from horrific to better than my iPhone 4 overnight.
  3. jgalan14 macrumors 6502

    Oct 11, 2011
    I don't have problems with the iPhone 4S so far sure I got some of the stuff off like stocks and ping cause I never use them , spotlight search is on and so Siri , push email for 2 accounts and Manuel for other too accounts , and still get thru a whole day, maybe your using the phone more then 4 hours a day ? Who knows I'm happy with my phone so far and I check twitter ever half and hour or less
  4. jbachandouris macrumors 601


    Aug 18, 2009
    Upstate NY
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; CPU iPhone OS 5_0 like Mac OS X) AppleWebKit/534.46 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.1 Mobile/9A334 Safari/7534.48.3)

    A full scale recall? What planet are you from?
  5. DblHelix macrumors 6502

    Mar 19, 2009
    I am getting 14 hours a day with only disabling the weather and stocks from the notification pane and the diagnostics and usage, location based iAds and traffic in location services.

    Everything else is on including bluetooth.
  6. Moyank24 macrumors 601


    Aug 31, 2009
    in a New York State of mind
    He's from the planet of Never Going To Happen.
  7. loon3y macrumors 65816


    Oct 21, 2011
    they rushed this out and put a dual processer on this one, doubling the power from the original one, what'd u expect?

    still bought it anyways, my 3gs was breaking apart. still a better done than the original 4, besides the dual processor, 1080p camera, 64 gigs, and bout 4-5 mb slower speed than 4g.

    once u have it for a while, i doubt that ill be using it a lot. unless ur waiting around or doing nothing for long periods of time during the day
  8. phaggard macrumors regular

    Sep 28, 2007
    Try turning your brightness down past half way.
  9. gillybean macrumors 6502a

    Jul 21, 2008
    Seattle, WA
    My battery has no problem lasting the full day on normal usage.

    With heavy usage (e.g., gps + streaming video + more), it seems to give me about 4-5 hours.
  10. jgalan14 macrumors 6502

    Oct 11, 2011
    Lmao yes I do. I kid I kid... ha ha damn auto- correction lol
  11. swester macrumors regular

    Jul 26, 2010
  12. Jonk1183 macrumors regular

    May 31, 2011
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    I have every feature on cept blutooth. Brightness bout 65%. Use it non stop all day music web browsing games youtube and i get a day and a half easily with my 4s.
  13. juswest macrumors regular

    Jul 30, 2008
    As usual when somebody complains about an Apple product, it must be the user .
  14. Alaerian Guest


    Jan 6, 2005
    A barstool, Innis & Gunn in hand
    People like this come out after EVERY SINGLE RELEASE.

    His tune will change shortly.
  15. jamald macrumors newbie

    Jul 28, 2011
    Maybe something is wrong with yours? I have almost everything at the defaults, and push email for 2 accounts, and it lasts the whole day under moderate use.
  16. Advil macrumors 6502a

    Oct 4, 2008
    i'm happy with mine as is..i turned off ping and push but that was just to be safe, i had no issues with them on, but i figured why not since i don't use either service.

    lifes too short to be so picky and easily disappointed. just be happy man.
  17. whiskeyvol macrumors regular

    Mar 14, 2011
    almost 17hrs of standby, 3.5hrs of use, and i've got over 50% battery
  18. zign macrumors 6502


    Apr 9, 2006
    None of these are related to 4S directly. The battery issues are iOS 5 related. Location based reminders are the worst. Set one up and your phone will be dead in a few hours.

    If you turned something off that you actually need to use, then turn it back on :) If you need spotlight search for example, turn it back on, but maybe go through the list of things to index. Same for notifications and locations. i.e. I don't want all my games to use locations or notifications, then why not turn them off.

    This guide is not about making your iPhone dumber, but to outline the things that affect battery most. You can hand pick the features you don't need and turn them off. I turned off locations for reminders, for example. I will turn them back on if the issue is fixed in the future, but I haven't really used the feature enough to miss it, so I am not losing anything and gaining battery life.
  19. dojoman macrumors 65816

    Apr 8, 2010
    You didn't have to turn off all that stuff to get good battery life but the only thing that needed turning off is the battery percentage toggle. Look who's dumb???
  20. ScottW1 macrumors regular

    Aug 27, 2010
    Sorry you are having a problem, but a "full scale recall"?

    Mine works just fine. I have everything enabled (bluetooth, wifi, push email with 3 accounts, fetch email with 4 accounts, location services, search - etc.), and my battery life is excellent.

    I usually end the day with 40%.

    I suggest you try resetting and "setup as new", that frequently solves battery problems. If that doesn't do it, take it to an Apple store for replacement.
  21. jd009 macrumors newbie

    Oct 24, 2011
    I have had no problems with battery life here. I can easily get two days out of a charge with casual use: an hour of phone calls, facebook, web browsing, ebook reading...etc. I haven't bothered turning anything off. It is really curious to see how many people are getting poor usage out of the battery. Guess I got lucky.
  22. Obscurelight macrumors 6502

    Jul 22, 2011
    2 hours only? I can stream video longer than that on mine.
  23. xraytech macrumors 68030

    Mar 24, 2010
    I'm going with the latter.
  24. Manzanas macrumors member

    Oct 24, 2011
    Have everything turned on. Phone battery lasts pretty much all day with lots of texting and moderate safari use.

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