iPhone 5 battery life....Horrible!

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  1. blacktape242 macrumors 65816

    blacktape242

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    Here is the situation, and it has been getting worse.

    I wake up after charging my phone all nite and its now 830am and my phone is already at ONLY 75%. my battery is horrible! I have only been texting this morning and checking email and reading a few new apps.

    I have looked on lots of different threads and can't really find out why this is happening.

    I have done all the so called tricks to preserve the better life. Is there something wrong with my phone? :mad:
     
  2. joshkhaos1 macrumors 6502

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    Depends. How long have you been up and using the phone? An hour or hour and a half of straight usage like that and I could see it going down to 80% or even 75%.
     
  3. Z8beema macrumors 6502

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    Problem is it's 2 years old and probably has gone through a lot of charge cycles
     
  4. madsci954 macrumors 68030

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    Possible reasons
    - rogue app running in the background
    - low cellular signal
    - brightness setting
    - just a bad battery
     
  5. eyoungren macrumors Core

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    Are you using WiFi at all, or do you just have your phone hanging out on cellular?

    I'm on WiFi most of the time and I go to be with about 50-60% of battery, depending on what I did during the day (7am to 12pm or so).

    However, if I leave my phone on LTE, because Sprint's network is such crap right now, I can easily use my phone like normal and require one or two recharges to get through the day. All because the LTE radios are working too damn hard to pick up a weak LTE signal.

    I have the iPhone 5 by the way.
     
  6. blacktape242 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    just on and off, no major use.

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    nope
    cell signal is fine
    brighness is lower....
    ya its probably a crappy battery :(

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    I'm on and off wifi, mostly its been 4g on ATT this morning.
    man i need a NEW PHONE! come on Iphone6!!!!!
     
  7. bobright macrumors 601

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    How much is it to replace the battery via Apple?
     
  8. sunking101 macrumors 604

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    My iPhone5 battery life is dreadful too, and has been ever since I installed iOS7 many months ago. Web browsing over 3G will kill it in a few hours. No app issues and my battery checks out fine.
     
  9. Newtons Apple macrumors P6

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    No one here can tell you what is wrong without more information.

    Take it to the APple store and they can tell you if the battery is bad or you are expecting too much. It will only take a few minutes for them to test it.
     
  10. blacktape242 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    is there a cost for that?
     
  11. Z8beema macrumors 6502

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    I think Apple replaces batteries for $79
     
  12. madsci954 macrumors 68030

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    No cost to test it, only if something is wrong and they replace it. I think it's like $80. But you have to agree to the replacement.
     
  13. Newtons Apple macrumors P6

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    No cost at the Apple store to have your battery checked. Might want to make an appointment but they have the equipment and know how to diagnose your battery on the spot.:apple:
     
  14. eelw macrumors 6502a

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    Install app called Battery Doc. It will tell you charge cycles and current max battery capacity.
     
  15. bobright macrumors 601

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    That is not bad at all no charge for the labor?
     
  16. Z8beema macrumors 6502

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    The site says 79 + 6.95 for shipping. Not sure if that's shipping from your house or from the apple store
     
  17. Kissaragi macrumors 68020

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    Theres an app for the mac that shows your iphone battery health too, I cant remember the name now tho sorry, hopefully someone else can.
     
  18. mcspeakeasy macrumors newbie

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    Had the Same Problem

    The first thing I would check is the "Background App Refresh" settings (under Settings > General). I had a bunch on that also used location services, which drains the battery even further. If this is already under control try the following.

    Download iBackupBot:

    http://www.icopybot.com/itunes-backup-manager.htm

    Once it's loaded up, connect your iPhone 5 to the laptop using the Lightning cable. A description window for your iPhone will appear and there will be a link for "More Info" in the bottom left of the description window. Just wait for the information to be gathered. You will then be able to see the Cycle Count of your device, the normal capacity, the current full charge capacity. I do not work for them. The Full Charge Capacity will be a function of how many battery cycles you have been through. When I checked mine i was over 400+ cycles and my full charge capacity was completely downed to 330. Awful!

    So instead of going to Apple Genius bar to replace the battery for $70-100 bucks. I went to iFixit and ordered a Battery Kit, and did it myself here:

    https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/iPhone+5+Battery+Replacement/10587

    Hope this helps. My phone's been working a lot better now.
     
  19. cynics macrumors G4

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    You can use iBackupBot to check it at home from your computer. It's a free program.

    Once you have it, open it, plug in the iPhone, click on your phone, then click more information. Battery stats will be top of the list. This is the same thing Apple will do except using proprietary software to get the battery stats.
     
  20. blacktape242 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Great.....here is what it says... any idea on what that means?

    Cycle Count: 479
    Design Capacity: 1430
    Full Charge Capacity: 784
    Status: Success

    Battery Current Capacity: 60
    Battery is charging: true
    External charge capable: false
    External connected: false
    fully charged: false
    gas gauge capacity: true.
     
  21. sunking101 macrumors 604

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    Your battery is pretty shot.
     
  22. mofunk macrumors 68020

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    After charging it - turn the iPhone off - then turn back on.. See if that gives you more juice. And then occasionally turn it off at night.
     
  23. mrsketch macrumors member

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    Your battery is at 55% of its original capacity.

    (Full Charge Capacity / Design Capacity) X 100

    Also, when your battery drops to that level of full charge capacity it could exhibit all kinds of weird symptoms. Usually like sudden shutdown condition or the battery not charging to 100%.

    If you go to your local apple store, a Genius will run iOS Diagnostics and see that the battery is bad and offer you a replacement battery for $79 plus tax.

    Backup your data and make an appointment before going.
     
  24. lokster macrumors 6502

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    wow thats bad, my iphone 5s has almost 500 cycles, and its still 87% battery health!
     
  25. pure-rockstar macrumors regular

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    It's like that on the iPhone 5s too.

    Guess they're just a little bit too thin
     

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