Skype on Verizon iPhone and battery drain

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by dieselm, Feb 26, 2011.

  1. dieselm macrumors newbie

    Jun 9, 2009
    I replaced my AT&T iPhone with a Verizon iPhone.
    Bought the new phone and restored my old AT&T iPhone backup.

    I noticed that it was just chewing through batteries (10% an hour on standby).
    In the phone usage statistics, usage time equaled standby time.
    Overnight, 6-8 hours, the phone would lose almost 50% of its charge.

    I took it to the Apple store and they swapped it out thinking it might be
    a battery issue. The new phone had the same issue.

    Turns out the issue was Skype running in the background.
    When I removed the app, the problem completely went away.
    Now, it loses 5-7% charge overnight.

    Wanted to let folks know and see if anyone else had this same problem.

  2. decafjava macrumors 68030


    Feb 7, 2011
    How did you know skype was in the background? Can't you log in and out like most of these kinds of apps??
  3. dieselm thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 9, 2009

    Skype runs in the backgrounds so you can receive skype calls when using other apps on the phone.

    You can log in and out, that's one way to avoid the problem.

    You can see that skype is running by downloading an app that shows you running processes, like "free memory" and "memory doctor".
  4. RaMaz07 macrumors member

    Dec 20, 2008
    Skype is such a hog on the iPhone to the point where it can be unusable.
  5. Heb1228 macrumors 68020


    Feb 3, 2004
    Virginia Beach, VA
    I leave Skype running and logged in in the background but don't have any problems with battery drain. Verizon iPhone easily lasts a day unless I'm using it heavily - and that's in an area with very poor coverage which makes the battery on any phone drain more quickly.
  6. Calidude macrumors 68000


    Jun 22, 2010
    I can't stand Skype on iPhone. I cringed whenever I had to load it up. I stopped using it in favor of Fring for Wifi calling overseas.
  7. AppleFanatic10 macrumors 68030


    Nov 2, 2010
    Encino, CA
    I think you double click the home button and all the apps that are running in the background are listed on your phone.
  8. aldo82 macrumors regular

    Feb 8, 2011
    No. Thats a list of the apps you used in the order you used them. The vast majority of them will not be running
  9. viewfly macrumors 65816


    May 1, 2009
    I don't have a problem. However go to 'Settings' > Skype and turn off background Skype if you wish to.

    Sent from my iPhone 4

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