iPhone 5 poor battery life? (SOLVED, READ!)

XboxMySocks

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I unplugged my phone at 7 this morning and atm its 11:17= 3 and a bit hours. It's at 45%. I feel this is abnormal and I should call Apple and see about a replacement. I have full cycled the battery 2 times now with no improvement. Help? location services, fetch, most push notifs, etc. LTE off. brightness at half. Still terrible battery life
 
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mattopotamus

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I unplugged my phone at 7 this morning and atm its 11:17= 3 and a bit hours. It's at 45%. I feel this is abnormal and I should call Apple and see about a replacement. I have full cycled the battery 2 times now with no improvement. Help? location services, fetch, most push notifs, etc. LTE off. brightness at half. Still terrible battery life
definitely not normal. I currently have 5 hours, 51 minutes of usuage.....1 day, 5 hours of standby time, and am at 55%
 

XboxMySocks

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definitely not normal. I currently have 5 hours, 51 minutes of usuage.....1 day, 5 hours of standby time, and am at 55%
4 hours of usage and 4 hours of standby... donno how that's possible
 

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jls1986

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Thats really bad. Mine says 6 hours 22 minutes usage, and 18 hours 37 minutes standby, since the last full charge and battery is at 44%
 

BFizzzle

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4 hours of usage and 4 hours of standby... donno how that's possible
from my understanding ( i didnt get it either) users on here told me that stand by includes the total time since unpluged. not sure i assumed standby would only be time its not being used.
 

netnothing

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4 hours of usage and 4 hours of standby... donno how that's possible
Whenever I see stats that show usage is almost equal to standby AND you haven't been using the phone the whole time....it's usually a bad app that's still running.

Kill all your apps and restart the phone just to be sure.

-Kevin
 

BFizzzle

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Whenever I see stats that show usage is almost equal to standby AND you haven't been using the phone the whole time....it's usually a bad app that's still running.

Kill all your apps and restart the phone just to be sure.

-Kevin

that makes since. thanks!
 

XboxMySocks

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Whenever I see stats that show usage is almost equal to standby AND you haven't been using the phone the whole time....it's usually a bad app that's still running.

Kill all your apps and restart the phone just to be sure.

-Kevin
I appreciate this info, but I only have 2 applications running, messages and safari+wifi. Occasinally music but I quit it when I'm not using it! Do you not think this is an issue or should I call?
 

d123

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Battery life on my iPhone 5 is awful, don't know I'm going to manage ;).

 

jmxp69

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I thought I was doing well until I saw Dave's. I'm happy with this though. Not much in terms of usage, but the OP cited standby concerns and I'm fortunate enough not to have the same issue. Solid LTE here though.
 

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spazma7ik

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That's awful. This is how my battery has been faring this morning, and this is very typical results for me. Get a replacement.
 

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netnothing

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I appreciate this info, but I only have 2 applications running, messages and safari+wifi. Occasinally music but I quit it when I'm not using it! Do you not think this is an issue or should I call?
If you charge the phone to 100%.....take it off the charger......but don't use the phone....if the Usage and Standby go up together, then you definitely have some kind of process running all the time.

If that happens, and a hard reset doesn't fix it....then yes, I would go to Apple.

-Kevin

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That's awful. This is how my battery has been faring this morning, and this is very typical results for me. Get a replacement.
Battery life on my iPhone 5 is awful, don't know I'm going to manage ;).

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Curious...did you guys restore from an iCloud backup or start as new?

-Kevin
 

netnothing

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That's awful. This is how my battery has been faring this morning, and this is very typical results for me. Get a replacement.
Yeah...this seems a little too good.

I notice from the shot you likely don't have iCloud setup? Is that true?

-Kevin
 

TruckdriverSean

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Definitely not normal. Battery life on my iPhone five has definitely been better than it was on my iPhone 4S. But sometimes, things can get a little wonky. Here's the solutions that I have found:

1) Reset all settings. Had to do this several times over the years after upgrading iOS versions or restoring from older backup.

If that doesn't fix it.....

2) Restore as New. This is the nuclear option, but I've personally never had it not work at fixing battery life issues. You will lose app data, but contacts stored in iCloud will still be there. (Before I did this I would make sure I have contacts backed up to gmail or on my Mac. I don't totally trust anybody's cloud)
 

XboxMySocks

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Definitely not normal. Battery life on my iPhone five has definitely been better than it was on my iPhone 4S. But sometimes, things can get a little wonky. Here's the solutions that I have found:

1) Reset all settings. Had to do this several times over the years after upgrading iOS versions or restoring from older backup.

If that doesn't fix it.....

2) Restore as New. This is the nuclear option, but I've personally never had it not work at fixing battery life issues. You will lose app data, but contacts stored in iCloud will still be there. (Before I did this I would make sure I have contacts backed up to gmail or on my Mac. I don't totally trust anybody's cloud)
I feel like its a jailbreak process that's dicked it. I restored from a jailbroken iCloud backup. Going to restore and try and report back. Thank you all VERY much <3
 

d123

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Yeah I'm really jealous at this point. What exactly is your setup?
Interested in the exact set-up as well.
Nothing special, I don't do anything out the ordinary (probably biggest deviation from normal is I don't allow most 3rd party apps to use notification centre or push).

Brightness set to just under half (turned down lower manually when it's dark).

I might be lucky, but I never lose 3G signal, so the phone never has to search for a lost signal.

Other than that, pretty stock, I don't switch anything off because its supposed to help battery life, always seems worse when you start fiddling with all the normal settings.

photoshop?
LOL, No, for what purpose? There is no competition or prize for this sort of thing.
 

SunnyStudioNeo

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Did you have location or Bluetooth turned on? My iPhone 5 battery is pretty good, almost tripled from my old iPhone 4.
 

JonMPLS

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the Apple store can check your battery stats via a test they have. They link to your phone in the store. I did this with my iPhone 4.

Just a few BIG variables include:
How much music do you listen to? Music has very low drain, so the usage is high and battery change in minimal.

How strong is your signal? Weak signal strength means higher battery drain.

And, of course, the ones mentioned like GPS/location, screen brightness, etc.

I never have had the high numbers you see on the forums unless I use it as in iPod or something. I spend a lot of time on safari, and typically get 5-7 hours of use.
 

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