Phantom usage?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by HaroldC, Aug 22, 2010.

  1. HaroldC macrumors regular

    Jun 1, 2006
    I just noticed that my battery was getting more drained throughout the day than normal. I then checked my usage, and it shows almost as much usage time vs. standby time.

    I've checked all the apps and don't have anything running via multitasking. I've also both turned on/off the phone and did a hard reset (home+sleep/wake) and still the phantom usage appears.

    Is there any way to determine what is causing the drain? I don't have it jailbroken and I'm running 9.0.2. (stupidly upgraded to 9.0.1 thinking that might solve the issue)
  2. senc01a macrumors regular

    May 31, 2007
    I had something similar....
    I am looking very carefully at the usage / battery latelly cause I have lots of complaints. Anyway...

    I checked the phone: 3 hours of usage. I put it back to sleep, next time I pick it up after a few hours: 8 hours of usage: 20 % less battery.

  3. pmz macrumors 68000

    Nov 18, 2009
    Oddly my battery drained completely over night with nothing running, from about 60%. Not good.
  4. HaroldC thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 1, 2006
    I just did a full restore, and it seems to have improved the usage. But it's still too early to say that this solved the issue. I'll keep updating as time goes on....
  5. sjinsjca macrumors 68020


    Oct 30, 2008

    Try these steps in order:

    1) Try a hard reset... hold the Home and power buttons down until the "power off" slider appears, then keep holding... the phone will summarily turn off. Wait a beat, then press the power button again. The phone will begin a lengthy reboot process. If you had a rogue process running (it happens), this might kill it. Then go on your way and see if the problem recurs.

    2) If the problem persists, connect to iTunes and do a complete restore-from-backup. Same theory: a corrupt process may be running, and this should kill it and prevent recurrence.

    3) If that still doesn't solve the problem, make an appointment at the Genius Bar and bring the phone in, making it clear to them that you've tried the two steps I just mentioned. They can run some additional diagnostics to see what's up. Could be a hardware issue.

    Something similar happened to my 3G when it was still in warranty over a year ago. A fully-charged battery would run down in a few hours, and the phone was warm. I tried (1) on my own; the Genius had me go home and do (2), and when I came back in they just gave me a new phone.

    Oh, there's one more thing. You may have a power-sucking application that's running because you told it to. If you're running iOS 4.x, do a rapid double-click of the Home button. Up will pop a slide-able list of all the apps you've used recently. Some of these may still be running, and if even one is a power hog (such as a navigation application) then that might explain your issue. Kill unwanted apps by tapping-and-holding their icon in the slide-able list until they wiggle and a little red X-in-a-circle shows. Tap the X-in-a-circle. App killed. ...These are early days in smartphone backgrounding and programmers are still learning how to deal with the power issues, so you might need to be a little bit vigilant about it.
  6. mad-dog-one macrumors 6502

    Aug 14, 2009
    I thin you mean iOS 4.01
  7. HaroldC thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 1, 2006
    Oops! I totally meant 4.0.2. Thanks for the correction.

    I've tried both #1 (hard reset) and #2 (full restore). I originally thought that that had solved it, but there's still something that running. Usage is only 5 minutes behind standby time. :confused:

    I really don't want to bring the phone to the genius bar, but will if that's the only solution.
  8. HaroldC thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 1, 2006
    Ok, seemed to have figure it out - The exchange server went down at work over the weekend and the phone kept trying to connect and login to the network. Deleted that account and all is well again with the usage.

    Guess I should have done a bit more investigating.....:rolleyes:

Share This Page