iPhone XR Personal Hotspot eating battery

Hicksmat1976

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Jul 12, 2016
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hi guys

I use my Xr as a personal hotspot while driving my daughter to nursery so she can run her iPad YouTube videos etc. I've found that I can use 5-10% of my freshly charged iPhone Xr battery doing this. I had no idea a personal hotspot consumed so much battery. Is this normal?

also just to add, is there any tricks to reduce the quality of streaming videos in the youtube and YouTube kids apps over personal hotspot? thanks
 
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konradsa

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Aug 25, 2014
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hi guys

I use my Xr as a personal hotspot while driving my daughter to nursery so she can run her iPad YouTube videos etc. I've found that I can use 5-10% of my freshly charged iPhone Xr battery doing this. I had no idea a personal hotspot consumed so much battery. Is this normal?
Yes, personal hotspot uses quite a bit of battery. May a good excuse to get your daughter unhooked from her device. ;-)
 
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HeadphoneAddict

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I could see it using as much as 10% per hour.

How long is the drive, do you keep your screen on, and why don't you just plug your iPhone into a charger in the car while she's using your hotspot?
 
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akash.nu

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That’s normal usage as mentioned by others. While in hotspot mode your phone constantly utilises at least 2-3 radios and also a constant data flow is going on across all of them. It’s actually pretty intense work on battery To be honest.
 

Larvas

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Yeah, completely normal. I had to use my former 7 plus as a hotspot device for 3 weeks and it was basically connected to the charger half of the day.
 

AppleHaterLover

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I could see it using as much as 10% per hour.

How long is the drive, do you keep your screen on, and why don't you just plug your iPhone into a charger in the car while she's using your hotspot?
There is absolutely no way an iPhone will last 10 hours running personal hotspot
 

SquireSCA

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It's not just an iPhone thing... Hotspot drains the battery fast on any smartphone, Apple or Android...

Luckily my new truck came with it's own hotspot, I pay $20 a month for unlimited LTE hotspot, so my passengers can connect to that as I drive... Even saved me a couple times when the power or internet was out after a storm, and I could just grab my laptop and headset and go work from the truck in my driveway all day... I work from home, so it saved me trips to the local office...