iPhone newcomer - Bluetooth question

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by ThunderRoad, Nov 13, 2012.

  1. ThunderRoad macrumors member

    Sep 25, 2010
    Bought the iPhone 5 a couple of days ago, really happy with it so far. However, it's my first ever smartphone let alone iPhone so I'm a bit of an amateur in some respects.

    I'd like to keep my battery running as long as I can. With that in mind do I need bluetooth on at all times? I haven't actively used it to do something such as transfer files, but I'm wondering if bluetooth has a bigger importance that I'm not aware of.
  2. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    You can use bluetooth with a headset, headphones, speakers, hotspot, etc
    But if you aren't using it, just turn it off, no need to have it on
  3. ThunderRoad thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 25, 2010
  4. adam044 macrumors 65816


    Jan 24, 2012
    If you aren't using it turn it off simple as that
  5. MonkeySee.... macrumors 68040


    Sep 24, 2010
    It has minimal effect of my 4S being left on.

    Bluetooth low energy technology features
    Key features of Bluetooth low energy wireless technology include:

    •Ultra-low peak, average and idle mode power consumption
    •Ability to run for years on standard, coin-cell batteries
    •Low cost
    •Multi-vendor interoperability
    •Enhanced range

    I have a Bluetooth headset in my car so I use it all the time :)
  6. Daveoc64 macrumors 601

    Jan 16, 2008
    Bristol, UK
    The iPhone doesn't support using Bluetooth for as many things as other phones, so there really is no need to leave it on unless you use a Bluetooth headset.
  7. stock28 macrumors member

    Sep 29, 2012
    Mine is never turned off, but I always use a bluetooth earset. I'm sure the battery does take a bit of a hit from it being always on.

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