Non-activated Verizon iPhone 5 wifi battery drain

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by CheesyTators, Feb 9, 2013.

  1. CheesyTators macrumors member

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    I have an iPhone 5 that I am using as an "ipod touch" as it is currently not active on my Verizon account. The problem is that after two full restores as a "new" iphone, using wifi only, the battery drains 2% per 10 minutes without ANY use at all.

    Prior to deactivating the phone I was getting awesome battery life, especially on wifi and very good still on 4G LTE. Not sure what happen. I have not added ANY apps, or messed with any settings, it is a full fresh restore. I have narrowed it down using process of elimination.

    Airplane mode = No battery drain
    Cellular on (not even activated) + Wifi off = No battery Drain
    Wifi on + Cellular off = BATTERY DRAIN
    Wifi on + Cellular on = BATTERY DRAIN


    Am I having this problem because I deactivated the phone? I haven't made any other changes whatsoever.

    Thanks.
     
  2. wxman2003 Suspended

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    Yes. Remove your sim card and keep Cellular off. With it on. it's draining your battery looking for a signal. With cell on, you can still diall 911, so it's constantly looking for towers.
     
  3. adcx64 macrumors 65816

    adcx64

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    The above post is correct. The same goes for when you have low service, the harder the phone tries to find a tower, the more battery life is consumed.
     
  4. CheesyTators, Feb 9, 2013
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2013

    CheesyTators thread starter macrumors member

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    *** Update: It's fixed!! *** No drain with SIM card out, Cellular off and Wifi on. I guess even though wifi was on, after the screen went off, wifi went off and it began searching for a cell tower causing the battery drain. Makes sense now.

    Thanks for the help.
     
  5. Demonface macrumors 6502a

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    My iPhone is inactive and it's always on Airplane Mode w/ WiFi On. Doesnt seem to drain the battery .
     

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