Please don't laugh at my ridiculous iPhone 4S 32 GB (unlocked) battery life

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Daikyouju, Jan 27, 2012.

  1. Daikyouju, Jan 27, 2012
    Last edited: Jan 27, 2012

    Daikyouju macrumors member


    Aug 29, 2010
    Is this normal? I feel ripped off having paid so much for this battery eater:


    Time since last full charge:
    Usage: 4 hours 58 minutes
    Standby: 1 day 11 hours

    I'm on iOS 5.0.1, stock firmware.
    4 hours 58 minutes of chatting on FB messenger (on wifi) while playing music from my library, some maps, a little foursquare (with radar on) on 3G and just four phone calls (each one less than 5 minutes)

    Right now it's 1% as you can see in the screenshot. Is this normal?

    Feel free to post yours if you want to. Thank you.
  2. Rcflex macrumors member


    Oct 10, 2011
    Palm Springs, CA
    check your settings, disable stuff you don't need, as there's things that run all the time and eat the battery
  3. Daikyouju, Jan 27, 2012
    Last edited: Jan 27, 2012

    Daikyouju thread starter macrumors member


    Aug 29, 2010
    Yes, thanks for advice. However that is an unfair solution because I don't have to disable that "stuff I don't need" on my other iOS devices (iPad 2 has almost the same hardware and it really saves battery while in standby)

    Definitely this is a problem with the iPhone 4S software.

    Another suggestion? Or this is how iPhone 4s's battery performs?

    (Because it is not nice having an advanced smartphone with all settings disabled just because the software doesn't work properly during standby... right?)
  4. Rampant.A.I. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 25, 2009
    Wirelessly posted (iPhone 4s: Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_2_1 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.2 Mobile/8C148 Safari/6533.18.5)

    Yes, try disabling the settings you don't need, like Bluetooth and any location services you don't use. All phones, from all makers, come from the factory with every power-hungry feature turned on, even ones you won't use daily or at all.

    Streaming music via wifi you have a constant input/output going, it takes more juice than you'd think. GPS location services take more power than you'd think.

    How many times have you charged the phone? You should start to notice a difference in charge by running it below 20% and charging it all the way back up a few times.
  5. Daikyouju thread starter macrumors member


    Aug 29, 2010
    I wasn't playing music on wifi. I was chatting on Facebook Messenger on wifi while playing my music from the iPhone's library.

    So this is how iPhone 4s battery performs? I feel really disappointed.
  6. Rcflex macrumors member


    Oct 10, 2011
    Palm Springs, CA

    I don't understand how long you expect this small and slim phone's battery is supposed to last... So you where chatting on facebook (using wifi) and playing music as well for 4 hours and 58 min... Then you also had 1 day and 11 min on stanby... I also see you have Icloud running and who knows what else... This is not a nuclear powered device ;)

  7. Phil A. Moderator

    Phil A.

    Staff Member

    Apr 2, 2006
    Shropshire, UK
    I don't see a problem at all with it - 1 1/2 days of standby and 5 hours of usage is pretty good for any smartphone.
    The iPad lasts longer because the battery is huge ;)
  8. gladoscc macrumors 6502

    Jul 13, 2011
    Step 1: Wait one week for your battery to settle in. The calibration of your battery is probably not accurate, what you're seeing (1%) might be actually 15%, just the software doesn't know..

    Use the device till it shuts off by itself.

    Step 2: Come to the apple store. They have battery diagnostic software, and you most likely will get a refurb with new battery.
  9. SuperSnake2012 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 11, 2005
    I get similar battery life and I'm happy with that. It more than makes it through the day... I guess some people only want to charge their phone twice a week. :rolleyes:
  10. bigjnyc macrumors 603


    Apr 10, 2008
    You were multi tasking for 5 hours with wi-fi and probably everything else on and you had a whole day and 11 minutes of standby.... I dont think you're going to find any phone on the market that can do all that and last any longer to be honest with you.
  11. Arnezie macrumors 65816


    Oct 10, 2011
    That's pretty good battery life , what are you expecting ?
    And what phone are you coming from ?
  12. macbookman83 macrumors 6502

    Jan 23, 2011
    New York
    I'm actually in the process of running a battery test. My gf's 64GB 4s was at 90% battery when we went to bed last night around 1am and by the morning it was completely dead no background apps running.

    I noticed the same thing last weekend. I'm going to disable nearly everything but I still don't understand the logic for all this battery drain.
  13. elistan macrumors 6502a

    Jun 30, 2007
    Denver/Boulder, CO

    Yep, pretty normal. You went from, say, 08:00 Monday to 19:00 Tuesday with five hours of use, including running the GPS some? That's pretty darn good for such a small, mobile device IMO. Just charge the sucker overnight each night and you'll probably get all the usage you need during the day.
  14. PaulyD macrumors 6502


    Nov 16, 2010
    I don't see an issue with the battery life either on that.

    The way I see it is 6 hours usage with 24 hours standby is good.

    If he was to post in the batterygate thread the majority of people would not see an issue with it
  15. sweetbrat macrumors 65816


    Jun 17, 2009
    Redford, MI
    I don't see anything wrong with your battery life. The iPhone is not an iPad. It doesn't have the same size battery. You were able to play music, chat, make phone calls, use the GPS...and using the GPS does take a lot of battery. Plus you had a day and a half of standby. I consider that to be perfectly reasonable. Did you think you'd only have to charge your phone every 3-4 days or something?
  16. Beezzy macrumors 6502

    Apr 23, 2011
    Are you seriously mad that your battery is lasting 35 hours? Wow...just wow.
  17. sentinelsx macrumors 68010

    Feb 28, 2011
    That's very good. No android phone i have used or know of can get past 4 hours of actual screen on time. Unless you put after market batteries in them.
  18. map1978 macrumors 68020


    Feb 9, 2006
    Jacksonville, FL
    everyone should just make a thread showing there battery performance :rolleyes:

    your phone is on standby for a day and a half lol

    don't know why anyone would need to keep a phone off a charger for that long

    actually i don't even know why i'm responding to this thread :confused:
  19. mrsir2009 macrumors 604


    Sep 17, 2009
    Melbourne, Australia
    Thats better battery life than I get on my 4S ;)
  20. maril1111 macrumors 68000


    Mar 14, 2010
    Why laugh if your battery life is average to pretty good depending on what you compare it to.
  21. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    That's better than what I get. I usually have to charge my iPhone by lunch and another time by dinner.
  22. wickerman1893 macrumors 6502


    Dec 16, 2008
    Maps and messenger can take up quite a bit of battery...especially with 3G

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