Really loving the iPhone 6 battery

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by ardchoille50, Apr 25, 2015.

  1. ardchoille50 macrumors 68020

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    Twelve straight hours of heavy use. I typically get 30+ hours of moderate use. It's nice knowing that, when the battery is at 10% I still have a few hours of battery life remaining :)
     

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  2. CEmajr macrumors 601

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    That's really impressive for the 6. That looks like what I get with the 6 Plus.
     
  3. ardchoille50 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Thanks. I've been getting similar battery life on all of my iPhones.. since the 4S.
     
  4. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    Is that basically being in one location most of the time (with WiFi mostly)?
     
  5. ardchoille50 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Yes, in my home and on wifi all of the time. There is the odd time that I walk to the convenience store a few blocks away.
     
  6. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    Yeah, on days when I'm just in one location with the same good WiFi connection basically all the time I get much higher usage and standby times. When I'm out and about during the day the numbers are lower and more typical as to what majority of people seem to get (who are also likely generally out and about in different places most of the time).
     
  7. heyyitssusan macrumors 65816

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    I love it too! Probably the best battery of any iPhone I've owned so far. I don't have the 6+, but if I did, I'd probably be even more impressed.
     
  8. sunking101 macrumors 603

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    A few hours left at 10%? Standby yes but web browsing and iMessage? Much less than an hour in that case.
    I get 10 hours of usage every day from my 6+, never any more and rarely much less. Battery life used to be much better for me up to and including 8.1.1 but I lost an hour or more with 8.1.2 onwards.
     
  9. imagineadam macrumors 6502a

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    Wow that's amazing! The most I've ever been able to squeeze out of my 6 on all wifi screen on time is about 7.5 hours. I'm probably considered a "heavy" user since my phone hardly idles when I'm using it. I'm always changing multiple apps and scrolling and loading things. When I'm down to 10% that usually means about 45 minutes left tops for me. Its been like that on my 4 and 5 also.
     
  10. skyperbon macrumors regular

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    After updating to iOS 8.3 on my 6, it wont even last half a day with moderate usage.

    Even a fresh OS install didn't help. :(
     
  11. nmeed macrumors regular

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    that really is impressive...
    what are you location services settings? background app refresh? mail?
    if you could screenshot those settings screens i'd appreciate it
    do you have siri on? how abt parralax? what are you icloud settings?
     
  12. Motionblurrr macrumors 6502

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    Lol, you get better battery performance than my 6 Plus :p
     
  13. imagineadam macrumors 6502a

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    The thing about the usage stats Apple provides too is that you really need to keep an eye on it to make sure it's actually correct. An easy way to do this is to go to the usage page and lock your phone. Remember what you usage time is when you locked it then go back later like and hour or so and see if that number climbed much if at all. Sometimes processes don't go to sleep properly and the usage number will climb along with the standby time and then you have erroneous numbers and people who are thinking they are getting shockingly great battery life! That is probably the case here I'm thinking with 12 hours of usage just doesn't seem feasible of on screen time for a regular 6. Maybe if the brightness was completely lowered and... No it's just not possible! On a 6+ probably though.

    At least once a week I take a screenshot and lock my phone on the usage screen before bed and check it in the morning. Usually it will climb 5-10 minutes (and lose 3-6%) in an 8 hour period overnight with maybe 2-7 notifications that came through and I know my phone was sleeping properly. If it's up 20 minutes or more something weird is going on and you should close out apps or restart your phone because some process is stuck possibly eating your battery and/or giving you the wacky numbers.
     
  14. nmeed macrumors regular

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    I tend to lose 3-4 min an hour and I thought that was good. I only have one push (iCloud) and background refresh is off. I have no other email accounts, I turned off gmail because it would increase the usage time even if I had the fetch set to manual. I find when I am not on wifi especially my idle usage skyrockets. Any ideas?
     
  15. ardchoille50 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Mail is set to push, iCloud is my only mail server. I've never seen the Mail app as a battery hog and I've been on iOS since the iPhone 4.

    Background App Refresh is turned on for the system but toggled off for individual apps. I just don't see the need for background app refresh in third-part apps, I can manually refresh things when I open an app.

    The only apps I allow to use location services are those that actually need it, such as compass, Maps, Siri, and Weather. And then it is set to "when using the app".

    Siri is turned on, I can't live without this feature.

    Parallax is turned off. Seriously, I don't see parallax as anything more than a waste of code and memory. I know eye candy is popular, but it serves only to waste system resources.
     
  16. ardchoille50 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Oh, another thing I have found that contributes a longer battery life. When your phone is charging and you notice it is at 100%, leave it on the charger an additional two hours. For some reason that's always helps increase battery life for me.
     
  17. nmeed, Apr 25, 2015
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    nmeed macrumors regular

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    thanks for the reply, i appreciate it.
    ust to confirm, parallax off means "reduce motion" is toggled on, ya?

    regarding the other icloud services like keychain and photos... do you have those on/off? is your background app refresh on for weather? location services for system like the cell tower and such, on/off? i'm assuming off? thanks again bro.
     
  18. ardchoille50, Apr 25, 2015
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    Yeah, I have Reduce Motion toggled on as well. Keychain and photos are both in use on all of my iOS devices. Background refresh is on for the default weather app - the weather app that shipped with the phone. I don't allow background refresh for 3rd party apps. It's easy enough to manually refresh an app when you open it, I can't see the need to have background refresh enabled for an app that you may not even use during that battery life cycle.

    Regarding the Location Services > System Services, I never touch those. I don't know what those services are for and I don't want to take a chance on causing problems, so I left them alone.
     
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  20. joeblow7777 macrumors 68040

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    I find that signal strength can make a huge difference in battery life. If I'm at home and therefore on a strong wi-fi network and a good LTE signal, I can easily go more than 3 days without charging my phone. When I go to bed at night and the phone is on standby for 7 or so hours, it only uses 0-1%. In contrast, on my desk at work where there's weaker signal strength it seems like it loses a few percent every couple of hours.
     
  21. puma1552 macrumors 601

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    and the usual big elephant in the room with virtually all of these threads...screen brightness?
     
  22. ardchoille50 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Screen brightness is set to half with auto-brightness enabled. This has always been my default screen brightness setting on all of my iOS devices.

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    In revealing stats for better battery life, I think it only fair to state that I never use my iOS devices for entertainment, just for communication and information gathering. I'm not a gamer, I feel that games are a waste of the time that I could be using to learn a new language or take a course in robotics or something. But, that's just me.
     
  23. sunking101 macrumors 603

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    I have my screen dimmer than most and still struggle to get more than 10 hours of usage time with my 6+.

    [​IMG]
     
  24. bushido Suspended

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    wow mine barely lasts 6 hours but mostly 5 and I charge it twice a day with background refresh, push, auto updates and most location services off

    however it appears you have only used like 6 apps
     
  25. Esoom macrumors 6502

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    Mine is getting killed lately, they added more radiation shielding to my work area and the cell signal is terrible, phone is burning lots of battery searching for a signal now :(
     

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