iPhone XS New iPhone Xs terrible battery life

johny328i

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Is it normal to be at 60% battery with just 1:30 hours SoT? I've bought the phone yesterday, new, and this is just ridiculous...it's currently at ios 13.1.3, with 13.3 waiting for download..
 

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Is it normal to be at 60% battery with just 1:30 hours SoT? I've bought the phone yesterday, new, and this is just ridiculous...it's currently at ios 13.1.3, with 13.3 waiting for download..
You should update, and if you only used for one day, it’s normal, all your apps are working because it’s new, you have to wait more or less more than 48 hours to see a normal use. But I have to say you that battery on iPhone XS it’s not so well
 
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Well, I don't remember having a phone with a battery so bad for the last 4-5 years...
Background app refresh is turned off, and location as well.

In afraid of updating, because I read many people have worse battery life with 13.3 opposed to 13.1..
 

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XS had a smaller battery than the X. I don't think I would've upgraded to the 11 Pro Max if the XS battery wasn't so bad honestly. It also brand new so its taking a hit there, but it will get slightly better after a few days most likely.
 
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I've just updated to the latest update, hoping it will get better.

It barely did 3 hours SoT with 8 hours standby... In all seriousness, my 6s with a 2200mah Baseus battery, lasted just as much.
 

LordJabun

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Had the X and then after the XS and both just have terrible battery life. With the 11 series you'll get night and day results.
 
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Sorry man, the Xs just has bad battery life in general. It was a key reason I prematurely retired mine and upgraded to an 11 Pro where I’ve been more than happy with it.

The fact that it actually has a smaller sized battery than the X before it just said from the start, which I wish I knew before I bought mine back then - this thing isn’t futureproofed at all and with newer iOS releases that aren’t designed/optimised for it, it’ll just get worse with time.

Only thing I can recommend is turn on low power mode at like 65%, it helped a little bit with my Xs, to compare with my 11 Pro, I don’t turn that on until 30%.
 

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Well here unlocked Xs 64GB is 700$, while the 11 Pro 64gb is 1200$... So I couldn't justify the price difference.

My previous phone was a Xiaomi MI 9t pro (SD855 + 4000MAH), and it did between 5 and 6 hours SoT outside in the sun on mobile data. Imagine the frustration now. I knew it won't be that good, but didn't expect at all it would be SO BAD.
 

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Well here unlocked Xs 64GB is 700$, while the 11 Pro 64gb is 1200$... So I couldn't justify the price difference.

My previous phone was a Xiaomi MI 9t pro (SD855 + 4000MAH), and it did between 5 and 6 hours SoT outside in the sun on mobile data. Imagine the frustration now. I knew it won't be that good, but didn't expect at all it would be SO BAD.
You're the perfect candidate for an apple smart battery case. Or even a different brand. My wife loved her zero lemon on her X.
 

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If I wanted a big phone, I would've bought a Xs Plus and get a better battery. I don't use protective cases because the bulk they add to the phone.

I'm starting to regret not buying another phone like a Galaxy S10 or Pixel 3/4.. I'm outside all day long and a dependent battery is crucial for me.
 

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Is it normal to be at 60% battery with just 1:30 hours SoT? I've bought the phone yesterday, new, and this is just ridiculous...it's currently at ios 13.1.3, with 13.3 waiting for download..
Depending on the usage, with my former iPhone XS I could reach between 4h30 and 6h SoT (most of the time it was around 5h30min).
Definitely something wrong with yours, but check it again after a few days of usage.
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If I wanted a big phone, I would've bought a Xs Plus and get a better battery. I don't use protective cases because the bulk they add to the phone.

I'm starting to regret not buying another phone like a Galaxy S10 or Pixel 3/4.. I'm outside all day long and a dependent battery is crucial for me.
S10 and Pixel 3 are not better than an iPhone XS, battery wise.
 

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I hope since it's still 2 days old, the battery will "break in" and get better. Overall I like the phone, the battery is my only gripe.
 

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Sorry man, the Xs just has bad battery life in general. It was a key reason I prematurely retired mine and upgraded to an 11 Pro where I’ve been more than happy with it.

The fact that it actually has a smaller sized battery than the X before it just said from the start, which I wish I knew before I bought mine back then - this thing isn’t futureproofed at all and with newer iOS releases that aren’t designed/optimised for it, it’ll just get worse with time.

Only thing I can recommend is turn on low power mode at like 65%, it helped a little bit with my Xs, to compare with my 11 Pro, I don’t turn that on until 30%.
That's just plain false.

iPhone XS battery life is not as good as the new 11 Pro, but it is good.

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I hope since it's still 2 days old, the battery will "break in" and get better. Overall I like the phone, the battery is my only gripe.
Let it "settle" for a couple of days and then check again.
It could even be a defective unit...
 

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I bought a new XS before Christmas as well and I haven't had a change to fully set it up (I always install new phones manually and from scratch) where I have only implemented iCloud and a few important apps. The phone is on iOS 13.3, is running 24/7 and actually hasn't been charged since Sunday (screenshot take 11:46 Wednesday)…

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Granted it's not being used at all with next to no screen on time but the phone in of itself is using an incredibly low amount of battery. I'm actually hugely surprised by this as all of my previous iPhones under the same conditions would be well dead by now let alone being well above 50%.

I would be a little patient and wait for your phone to fully set itself up and settle down (I'm presuming you transition from a previous iPhone).
 

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I hope since it's still 2 days old, the battery will "break in" and get better. Overall I like the phone, the battery is my only gripe.

Yikes! Yeah the XS has poor battery life, in that generation the XS Max and XR are the ones with great battery life.

Are you using Low Power Mode? You may as well turn it on from the get go at 100%.

Otherwise I would recommend swapping it out to a Xr, Xs Max or 11.
 

Tsepz

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We can't swap here

Still, the three phones you mentioned are too big for my liking.
That’s a shame, at least you can put it in Low Power Mode.

I told a mate of mine to avoid the XS due to its poor battery life and rather get an 11, and he’s glad he did so.

I will never understand why Apple put a smaller battery in the XS.
 

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I hope since it's still 2 days old, the battery will "break in" and get better. Overall I like the phone, the battery is my only gripe.
My 2 year old X with battery capacity showing 92% gets over 5hrs SOT consistently.. I'm definitely not a heavy power user so I rarely need to charge my phone more often than every two days.. What does the battery stats show as the using the most battery power? Maybe you have an app misbehaving in the background?
 

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Without knowing your usage nobody can really tell you anything. But depending on the type of usage, but with typical usage it’s likely you‘ll get 1.5-3 hrs SOT with 60% left and over an hour of so of additional calling with screen off in the same period.

With typical usage the MAX only lasts 1-2 hrs more than the XS. And the XS and X are fairly close with the XS being slightly better.

So if your XS does 5 hrs, the XS Max will do 6. If the XS does 8 hrs of light use, the Max might do up to 10.
 

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My typical usage is outdoors on mobile data. Today it did 3 hours SoT with 25% left, on ios 13.3
 

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An interesting thread for me because I have within the last hour ordered an XS from Amazon, should arrive tomorrow. Of course I did my research, so I knew the XS isn’t a battery life champ. But the size, screen, and price appealed, and I’m a light user when past the new toy stage.
So right now I’m really hoping for a better experience than the OP, and I’ll add my first impressions to this thread.
 
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