Is my 6+ Battery Usage Normal @ 80% Brightness?

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  1. docprego macrumors 65816

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    I'm getting 6-7 hours of screen on time on my 6+. I see people posting astronomical usage figures, nearly double mine. Are these people keeping their brightness at 0? I keep mine at 80% or higher all the time. If 6-7 hours is normal for my brightness setting I could live with that. Just want to see if my phone is performing as expected.
     
  2. Allthings-I macrumors 6502

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    I get about 12-16hours of usage with 40-45% Brightness...so I think at 80% Brightness, you are getting pretty good...?


    I have my brightness to manual, I set it accordingly when needed. As I am mostly indoor, I do not need it to be super bright.
     
  3. docprego thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thank you. I guess I didn't realize just how much of a dent in the battery life the brightness makes.

    I'd like to hear a few more comments from people getting these extraordinary usage numbers. What's your brightness set to?
     
  4. richgirl macrumors member

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    At 25% brightness, I can barely get 10.


    To the OP, there are a lot of different factors contributing to battery life. You have to consider what apps are these people using who get astronomical battery life. Is it mainly music / streaming apps that use zilch? Stock apps? Third party apps that suck up a lot of juice? Even the way they use these apps.

    While using IG isn't a big battery drain for me...b/c I get 200-500 likes on IG per pic, I know if I post a pic on IG that that alone trumps my battery to where I only get 7 hrs a day. The average overall seems to be as long as you're within 8-10 with heavy usage you're good.
     
  5. Allthings-I macrumors 6502

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    I have everything set in a way that it works for me so I get the most use.

    I limit what apps get access to location services and also limit background app refresh.
     
  6. richgirl macrumors member

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    I have location services and background refresh off. I still havent surpassed 10 hours.
     
  7. Allthings-I macrumors 6502

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    Hows your reception? I am on WiFi lots. with 3-4bars of AT&T service at all times.

    I also have 5 email accounts (50-100 emails daily), do few hundred texts daily, browse the web, listen to preloaded music for almost 2 hours daily, make about an hour worth of calls daily and thats about all i do.

    I dont stream music or watch youtube videos on my phone as while at my desk I have my laptop at work or home.
     
  8. docprego thread starter macrumors 65816

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    My reception is often 2-3 bars because the signal at my house is poor. When I am at home I turn wifi on. Does wifi eat up more juice than 4G with a bad signal? I have background app refresh off and location services off or set to when using the app.
     
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    why are you running 80% brightness? the plus is extremely bright so i run it lower than my 5s. about 33% vs. 50% on my 5s.
     
  11. docprego thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I'm used to keeping my screen bright. Anything lower than 80% starts to seem dull to me. I paid a lot for this beautiful screen. I don't want to look at it and think how much better it actually is if I only had the brightness up.

    For the record I used to keep my 5 at 90-100%, more often that not 100%.
     
  12. richgirl macrumors member

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    My reception is actually not that great. 1 or 2 bars for the most part. I'm lucky if I'm at 3. I do use a lot of wifi but you're right--if your reception is bad even with wifi it will drain your battery.

    Other than that, my main battery drain is IG. I can see the percentages come down when 30 likes start coming in all at once and keeps going for 3 hrs. #
     
  13. bjb.butler macrumors 6502a

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    How are you calculating screen on time?
     
  14. docprego thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I guess I'm assuming usage is the same as screen on time since I use my phone 99% for tasks that require the screen to be on.
     
  15. roland.g macrumors 603

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    I ran mine down to 1% yesterday from a full charge.

    Brightness around 40% I think. Auto-brightness turned on.

    I didn't use it as much over that 2 day span.

    Usage was 12 hours 23 min of actual usage.
    Standby time was a total of 2 days 3 hours.

    So just over 2 full days with more than 12 hours of usage across those 2 days.

    I charged it last night but really didn't use it much today. Quite low usage.

    2 hours 35 minutes usage.
    Standby at 20 hours 30 minutes.
    Remaining battery is 82%.

    I'll be very busy tomorrow and don't expect to be on it that much, so I may get three days on this charge cycle.
     
  16. IFRIT macrumors 6502a

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    You do realise that the Usage statistic is not screen on time right?
     
  17. docprego thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Well yes but I only use my phone with the screen on so isn't it the same then?
     
  18. IFRIT macrumors 6502a

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    For you yes but someone else might might of just played music for their entire usage some comparing usage with other people is a bit pointless.
     
  19. kappaknight macrumors 68000

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    You could always turn the alerts off if you want to save on battery.
     
  20. HelloMikee macrumors 6502a

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    Agreed. 100% all the time for me unless in the dark or desperately need to conserve battery, which rarely happens as I'm charged up when I start my day.

    You don't pay big bucks for a nice quality tv and then turn down the brightness lol. Same goes for any display imo

    But your usage seems fine. I'm about 7 hours in with anywhere from 20-30% battery life left.
     
  21. bjb.butler macrumors 6502a

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    Okay, just asking. But remember, when you're talking on the phone, or when your phone is receiving push emails/messages/any other notification in the background it counts as usage.
     
  22. docprego, Oct 13, 2014
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    docprego thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Update:

    Decided to use the phone at 50% brightness today to see what effect it would have on my battery life. To say it was huge would be an understatement.

    I took the phone off the charger at 5:00AM this morning, it was at 100%. I didn't use it a ton today but I did accumulate 1 hr and 31 minutes of usage, all with the screen on. In that 91 minutes my battery depleted by only 10%. By that math I would expect to get over 15 hours of usage! That is more than double what I was getting at 80% brightness, I was amazed.

    That said I don't like using the phone as much at 50% brightness. I'm going to pump it up to about 70% tomorrow to see if the 10% reduction equates to measurable increases in battery life from what I was getting at 80% brightness. If I can increase my usage to about 7-8 hours at a brightness I am comfortable with I would be totally content. As a reminder I was getting 6-7 hours at 80% brightness so it might be doable at 70% brightness.

    Now I see how people are getting these insane usage numbers. They're real you just have to be willing to accept a less bright screen.
     
  23. FoxD macrumors 6502

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    Mine is around 80% or 85% brightness and I got a it same as you. I like a nice bright screen so could never go under 80% brightness. I'm going 100% tomorrow and see see what I get.

    Pic soon
    4% left then it died
    Usage 6 hours 11 minutes
    Standby 11 hours 11 minutes
     
  24. BD1 macrumors 6502

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    Mine is at 70-75% which is the minimum brightness I like to use. I get 8-9 hours with normal use on my 6. But the other day I got 12 hours when using a lot of streaming radio and gps with the screen off.
     
  25. zbarvian macrumors 68010

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    These are bright screens. I think 50% is a good compromise between longevity and brightness.
     

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