iPhone 5 battery life still lousy on 7.1.1

sunking101

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Sadly I'm still only experiencing 2/3 of the battery life I used to get with iOS6, despite having all the new iOS7 features toggled off.
Disappointing.

I know that some iPhone 5 handsets are fine, perhaps it depends on the frequency that the carrier operates.
 

Tyler23

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Sadly I'm still only experiencing 2/3 of the battery life I used to get with iOS6, despite having all the new iOS7 features toggled off.
Disappointing.

I know that some iPhone 5 handsets are fine, perhaps it depends on the frequency that the carrier operates.
Are you frequently in an area with poor cellular reception? (how many dots are usually filled?)

That could be a cause. I know some that have all features off and have bad battery life, and some that have all features on and have good battery life - more of the latter than the former.

Who knows.
 

sunking101

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Are you frequently in an area with poor cellular reception? (how many dots are usually filled?)

That could be a cause. I know some that have all features off and have bad battery life, and some that have all features on and have good battery life - more of the latter than the former.

Who knows.
All I know is that I operate my phone in the exact same areas I always used to operate it when running iOS6, ie nothing has changed other than the operating system.
I get 2/3 of the battery life and yet have 3G switched off (a battery drain), reduce motion on, background app refresh off, location services limited to my sat nav only (and all system location services toggled off), my email accounts on a manual hourly fetch, notification centre limited to SMS/phone/calendar, cellular data off, and my screen on a dim setting. So basically I'm running on very minimal settings.
Most guys get longer than 6 hours of runtime with all these settings ON.
 

Tyler23

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All I know is that I operate my phone in the exact same areas I always used to operate it when running iOS6, ie nothing has changed other than the operating system.
I get 2/3 of the battery life and yet have 3G switched off (a battery drain), reduce motion on, background app refresh off, location services limited to my sat nav only (and all system location services toggled off), my email accounts on a manual hourly fetch, notification centre limited to SMS/phone/calendar, cellular data off, and my screen on a dim setting. So basically I'm running on very minimal settings.
Most guys get longer than 6 hours of runtime with all these settings ON.
You haven't moved or started work in a different place, have you? As I mentioned, getting worse reception will drain a lot of battery, it's often one of the biggest causes of battery drain.

Myself and many others have no issue with battery on iOS 7 (I know some do), so there's something specific going on with the individuals experiencing battery drain, as it's not widespread on iOS 7.
 

mich070

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You haven't moved or started work in a different place, have you? As I mentioned, getting worse reception will drain a lot of battery, it's often one of the biggest causes of battery drain.

Myself and many others have no issue with battery on iOS 7 (I know some do), so there's something specific going on with the individuals experiencing battery drain, as it's not widespread on iOS 7.
Can you please tell me the usage of ur phone? i am really interest now to know how much u get under ios 7. do you really have a good battery life under ios7? as on ios6?
 

Casiotone

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All I know is that I operate my phone in the exact same areas I always used to operate it when running iOS6, ie nothing has changed other than the operating system.
I get 2/3 of the battery life and yet have 3G switched off (a battery drain), reduce motion on, background app refresh off, location services limited to my sat nav only (and all system location services toggled off), my email accounts on a manual hourly fetch, notification centre limited to SMS/phone/calendar, cellular data off, and my screen on a dim setting. So basically I'm running on very minimal settings.
Most guys get longer than 6 hours of runtime with all these settings ON.
Maybe turning off 3G is resulting in a battery drain because your carrier is phasing out Edge support which means spottier reception (and a battery drain as a result)?
 

sunking101

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Maybe turning off 3G is resulting in a battery drain because your carrier is phasing out Edge support which means spottier reception (and a battery drain as a result)?
I get around an hour less on 3G, and either way I have mobile data switched off. Everyone gets longer battery with 3G switched off, it's just more of an 'essential' thing when your battery life is so poor anyway.
 

C DM

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Well, so far, battery life on my iPhone 5 has been about the same as it was on iOS 7.1, 7.0.x, and 6.x.
 

C DM

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You're so lucky.
Well, I think this is the case for a lot of people based on various threads. Sure, there are definitely those who have some degradation, and even some who have larger issues (you probably fall into that category unfortunately). Unfortunately based on everything so far there's not much more that you can probably try to help things out beyond perhaps actually changing the battery and/or the phone itself somehow.
 

Armen

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Sadly I'm still only experiencing 2/3 of the battery life I used to get with iOS6, despite having all the new iOS7 features toggled off.
Disappointing.

I know that some iPhone 5 handsets are fine, perhaps it depends on the frequency that the carrier operates.
if you really want to test your battery restore your phone as NEW and do not install any 3rd party apps at all and see how it is for a couple of days and then slowly start installing apps.
 

sunking101

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if you really want to test your battery restore your phone as NEW and do not install any 3rd party apps at all and see how it is for a couple of days and then slowly start installing apps.
I've done all that over the past six months and have found that with or without my iCloud back-up, the battery life is the same. Thanks anyway.
I have given up on ever being able to fix this issue.
 

cynics

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iPhone 5 battery life still lousy on 7.1.1

All I know is that I operate my phone in the exact same areas I always used to operate it when running iOS6, ie nothing has changed other than the operating system.

I get 2/3 of the battery life and yet have 3G switched off (a battery drain), reduce motion on, background app refresh off, location services limited to my sat nav only (and all system location services toggled off), my email accounts on a manual hourly fetch, notification centre limited to SMS/phone/calendar, cellular data off, and my screen on a dim setting. So basically I'm running on very minimal settings.

Most guys get longer than 6 hours of runtime with all these settings ON.

You mentioned it not your phone then mention most guys get longer then 6 hours with iOS 7 settings turned on.

Wouldn't that imply it is the phone?
 
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sunking101

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You mentioned it not your phone then mention most guys get longer then 6 hours with iOS 7 settings turned on.

Wouldn't that imply it is the phone?
Most of the owners with good i5 battery life are in the states. All of my friends have shocking battery runtime since iOS7 arrived and we can't all have knackered hardware....can we? :-/
 

MarcusCarpenter

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Just buy a genuine replacement battery usually around £20, and replace it yourself, it's pretty easy and there's plenty of videos on YouTube.

Unfortunately I got the gold 5s with a faulty battery and to save time and having no phone for a couple of days (live too far from an Apple Store) and that's exactly what I did and it's been perfect mostly better than everyone else's phones because it's a NEW battery.
 

sunking101

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Just buy a genuine replacement battery usually around £20, and replace it yourself, it's pretty easy and there's plenty of videos on YouTube.

Unfortunately I got the gold 5s with a faulty battery and to save time and having no phone for a couple of days (live too far from an Apple Store) and that's exactly what I did and it's been perfect mostly better than everyone else's phones because it's a NEW battery.
Where did you get your battery from?
I replaced the one in my old i4 but was always dubious about the 'OEM' battery.
 

MarcusCarpenter

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Where did you get your battery from?
I replaced the one in my old i4 but was always dubious about the 'OEM' battery.
Just on eBay dude, it's tricky to find the genuine ones but you can just look for the sony serial and the year stamp on the back. heres one for you with both pictures. non cheap batteries don't have this and sometimes don't show a picture of the back. thats just what I've noticed and i've replaced so many iPhone batters not just for me but for friends etc. just be cautious and everything will be perfect :)


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Genuine-A...K_Replacement_Parts_Tools&hash=item1c3e989973
 
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bkends35

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Unbelievably, I'm getting the best battery life since 7.0.4. I'm currently at 58% with 3 hours and 40 min usage with no music listening.
 

sunking101

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Just on eBay dude, it's tricky to find the genuine ones but you can just look for the sony serial and the year stamp on the back. heres one for you with both pictures. non cheap batteries don't have this and sometimes don't show a picture of the back. thats just what I've noticed and i've replaced so many iPhone batters not just for me but for friends etc. just be cautious and everything will be perfect :)


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Genuine-A...K_Replacement_Parts_Tools&hash=item1c3e989973
How do you know they aren't fakes though, even if they do have the correct writing on? They seem very cheap for what they are. I wish Apple sold them to the public, I would happily pay £30 for a genuine one. I did replace an iPhone 4 battery once, but the phone was 18 months old and I had nothing to lose.
 

sunking101

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I'm just curious, but how much runtime do you guys usually get from your first 10% of battery life? I get a seemingly reasonable hour-or-so, today it was one hour and six minutes. I always get at least an hour from the first 10% and yet by the time my battery is fully depleted, I have only just managed to break the six hour mark.

This is purely for WiFi browsing and the occasional SMS/call. I have the same usage patterns practically every day and get near enough the same battery life every day.

I know that the battery meter isn't linear, but is there any reason why it should deplete faster and faster the more drained my battery gets? Is this indicative of a faulty battery?
 

MarcusCarpenter

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How do you know they aren't fakes though, even if they do have the correct writing on? They seem very cheap for what they are. I wish Apple sold them to the public, I would happily pay £30 for a genuine one. I did replace an iPhone 4 battery once, but the phone was 18 months old and I had nothing to lose.
Because they have that print from the factory ?
Plus you will know because it will be exactly the same as your battery you will be able to compare them side by side once it arrives
 

adminaaah

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I'm having the exact same issue. I have literally no apps installed but my battery drains like 3 crazy after using safari for like 10 minutes by 4 percent. It has much better on 7.1. The signing windows is still open so i'm going to downgrade.
 
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