The most battery draining apps?

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  1. appleguy123 macrumors 603

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    I take my iPhone to the Genius Bar and they tell me that 4 hours usuage (ipod and backlight) is fine with 5 hours stand-by. So I know the battery is shot and Apple doesn't believe that it is. So i ask you what are somethings that would give me the worst usage times?
     
  2. DenniZ macrumors 6502a

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    GPS navigation software would be quite bad, people on youtube saying it only lasts for a hour or 2.
     
  3. michael.lauden macrumors 68020

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    it doesn't matter with applications if they aren't open.

    games and other processor intensive applications will draw the battery down.


    for now, turn off bluetooth, wifi and use EDGE if you can. that helps a bunch. you can also try dimming the brightness a bit and see if that helps too. if you don't have service. turn the phone off.

    with this being said, i just drove 8 hours in the car listening to music and tethering to my MacBook for ~2 hours, i spoke on the phone for roughly an hour and have checked facebook, twitter, etc and i still have more than 20% battery via SBSettings
     
  4. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    Apple is FOS. Honestly, I would try to have that case reopened.

    Location services may be a culprit but only if you're using an app that uses them I think. GPS of course. Maps for sure, that always sucked me dry. The obvious videos including YouTube™. Streaming just about anything.

    I also heard (don't know if it is true) that having mail open on screen and then locking the screen will drain the battery. I can't say I get why but it is a possibility.

    GPU intensive apps.

    Really the answer is everything. It's Apple, battery draining anything is sort of standard. :)
     
  5. blurb23 macrumors 6502a

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    Try and hit the Home button (to close down any app that you're using) then locking.
     
  6. aphexacid macrumors 6502a

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    Meh, i use the hell out of mine, 3G always on, location services, on, screen brightness up pretty high with auto dim off. text a lot, talk moderately, im always surfing the net, playing games, etc.

    i get 5+ hours usage. if i were to reduce screen brightness just a tad, i can get an extra 40 minutes from what i've tested on average, but i dont want to.

    if you start turning this off, that off, dont use this, that and the other thing.....whats the point??
     
  7. appleguy123 thread starter macrumors 603

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    This "usage" that I am doing is listening to music with the backlight on. Tethering the battery lasts two hours. A ten minute phone call eats twelve percent battery. I need an absolutly horrible usuage to get a replacment. And the genius is so rude to everyone.
     
  8. willjax macrumors member

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    sweeet, so basically dont use any of the functions of the phone...

    not having a go at you, just seems crazy thats all ;)

    My iphone is terrible on battery life, wont even last 1 day and i dont even make phone calls on it (work phone for email etc) whereas my nokia with exchange will last almost 3 days.
     
  9. -aggie- macrumors P6

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    The problem is there so much wrong information about how to save on battery life (like turning off wifi, for example). Wifi should be turned off, if you don't have a hotspot, but should actually be on, if you're at a hotspot or at home. I can go all weekend w/o charging while at home.

    See this thread, which does a good job of explaining what you should and should not be on to conserve battery life:

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=525741
     
  10. willjax macrumors member

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    I know what u mean and that thread is very helpful, but who wants to be constantly turning #G / Wi-fi on/off all day?
     
  11. madmak macrumors member

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    I bought this off ebay and it arrived yesterday

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=190307756922&ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT


    I used it today and it works great. Ignore the 1900mAH size - it probably works out to about 1000mAH so it completely charges an iPhone one time. You can charge this battery using the same iPhone charging cable. Makes for a great backup source when you travel (and want to use the battery draining apps like GPS, streaming data, etc).

    P.S. i am not the ebay seller, just a customer.
     
  12. bboucher790 macrumors 65816

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    Personally, I don't use many of the things mentioned in the thread. But there are some people who need to maximize their battery life and that thread helps demonstrate different ways to save on everyday usage, and more importantly, explains how to properly maintain your battery.

    I never turn off 3G since I am on the road browsing constantly, but if I used my iPhone to talk / text / games...I would keep it on EDGE most of the time.

    The point is, each person needs different things out of their iPhone and a lot of people enable things that don't benefit them.
     
  13. Ingster macrumors 6502

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    Tomtom Eats Batteries For Breakfast Lol!!!!:d
     
  14. HowEver macrumors 6502a

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    The Genius Bar suggested I turn off Push.

    I said, so I won't need MobileMe then, since I want to buy it (mainly) for the Find My iPhone feature.

    Push is a huge drain; Find My iPhone is a great feature; how will you find your iPhone though if the battery is completely drained?
     
  15. cpnotebook80 macrumors 6502a

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    I thought fetch me was a huge drain for most part.
    Since push only works when you get an email at that instant
    I have mobile me on push n battery is good unless something is not right somewhere.
     
  16. HowEver macrumors 6502a

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    http://www.ehphone.ca/2009/07/apple...s-and-recommendations-turn-it-on-turn-it-off/

    http://www.apple.com/batteries/iphone.html

    (The Coles notes version of the following: have no fun.)

     
  17. Kepesk macrumors member

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    Two of my favorite apps are also two of the most battery-draining:
    RSSPlayer (when it's downloading)
    Parallel Kingdom
     
  18. fredf macrumors 6502

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    Couple of questions based on recommendations

    1. if wifi is turned off, then how can your phone connect to wifi when it's available. I thought that since wifi uses less battery (and doesn't count as 'air time') we want to use it as much as possible.
    If it's turned 'off' in 'settings' then it won't connect unless you remember to re-set it in 'settings'.

    That would mean remembering to go to 'settings' whenever I get home, etc.
    But most importantly, when I'm out and about how would I know if there is an available wifi connection that I could be logged into if I've got wifi turned off?

    2. can someone elaborate on 'push' vs 'fetch' for email. Push pushes email instantly with some kind of beep? But, if I'm in no rush I can just have the phone 'fetch' at an interval and it will show a badge on mail icon if there is mail?

    Every 15 minutes is fine for me to be notified of email so I should turn off 'push' and turn on 'fetch' and set to 15 minutes?

    And that will save battery life?

    thanks
     
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    I have a 3G and get 5 hours usage everyday and standby times of a day. If you have a 3GS you should expect almost double those values. You don't have to NOT use your phone. If you're not getting that kind of battery life, then you should do what you can to make sure it's not software-related and if it's not then take it back.
     
  21. cenetti macrumors 6502

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    Turn everything off and use your old flip phone instead... that way you'll save battery.....:rolleyes:

    Everytime I hear someone say "Turn this off, turn that off" I get very :mad:
    Spend half your day playing with your damn phone... turning on, turning off its features.... :rolleyes:
     
  22. OneMike macrumors 601

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    Bluetooth is about the only feature I turn off since I never use it. No point in disabling all the features of phone. That's why I have like 3 chargers are home, one in car and work.
     
  23. Wicked1 macrumors 68040

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    I agree totally, I use Wifi when I am at home, Brightness down to 25% bc I like thi setting, I browse the internet, read mail although i have mail set to manual, not Push, but i charge it once and sometimes twice a day, but for the most part texting is bad for the battery, but most games and lots of wifi use will kill it more. I also run off 3G when I am on WIFI, doesnt pay to have both running.
     

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