Tips for improving your iPhone 4S & iOS 5 battery life … battery-gate?
Share your Experience: Have you experienced battery sucking issues as a result of upgrading to the new iOS 5 or iPhone 4S?
- Yes, I have an iPhone 4S with iOS 5 and have noticed decreased battery life. (44%, 271 Votes)
- Yes, I have an iPhone 4 with iOS 5 and have noticed decreased battery life. (27%, 167 Votes)
- No, I have an iPhone 4 with iOS 5 and have no battery issues. (16%, 99 Votes)
- No, I have an iPhone 4S with iOS 5 and have no battery issues. (12%, 73 Votes)
Total Voters: 610
Talk time: Up to 8 hours on 3G, up to 14 hours on 2G (GSM) Standby time: Up to 200 hours Internet use: Up to 6 hours on 3G, up to 9 hours on Wi-Fi Video playback: Up to 10 hours Audio playback: Up to 40 hours
- Monitor your usage – General > Usage > Time since last full charge. Keep an eye on these durations and you will be able to track exactly how long your iPhone battery is lasting over time.
- Power cycle the battery – Fully drain your battery empty and charge it to 100% at least once a month
- Restart your device – Tap and Hold the Power button
- Cool it off – The iPhone needs to be kept at a 32° to 95° F tempreture at all times. Remove the iPhone from cases that generate excessive heat
Reset Accounts and Settings
- Network – Settings > Reset > Reset Network Settings
- Remove and Add the following Accounts
- Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Account Name > Delete Account
- Settings > iCloud > Delete Account
- Shut down and turn on the iPhone
- Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Add Account
- Settings > iCloud > Add Account
Location Services Issue and Fix
There appears to be a weird bug in iOS 5 where the location services for some apps get stuck which can be spotted from the GPS icon in the menu bar even after you’ve closed the app. You might even notice overheating with the iPhone 4S when this occurs. The best fix is to disable location services. If you don’t want to do that, since you’ll need it for Maps, be sure to at least enable the icon to appear in the menu bar as described below. This way at least you’ll know when there is an issue.
- Location Services – Settings > Location Services > System Services > Off for any unneeded features. We reccommend turning off Compass Calibration, Diagnostics & Usage, and Setting Time Zone in this section. You can also turn off the other options in this page including Location-Based iAds, Traffic, and Cell Network Search if you wish.
- Location Services Icon – Now enable the status bar icon for location services so you know when the iPhone’s GPS is active and is being used: Settings > Location Services > System Services > Status Bar Icon > On
- Location Based Reminders – If you’ve associated a location to a reminder, make sure you mark the task as complete in the Reminders app as soon possible to turn off its GPS feature.
Be frugal with services you enable
Disable, turn off or minimize all or some of the following settings and services if you don’t need them. Location Services mentioned above, iCloud, and Notifications are the biggest battery hogs. In a perfect world, with a bug free iOS, you should not have to disable anything. So, keep in mind that these tips are temporary, and you should not have to do any of these things once Apple has released or announced a fix for the iOS 5 battery issues.
- iCloud – Settings > General > iCloud > Off for any unneeded features (Mail, Contacts, Calendars, Reminders, Bookmarks, Notes, Photo Stream, Documents & Data, Find My iPhone
- Notification Center – Settings > Notifications > Off for any unneeded apps > Alert Style None
- Bluetooth – Settings > General > Bluetooth > Off
- Ping – Settings > General > Restrictions > Enable Restrictions > Ping > Off
- Diagnostic Reports – Settings > General > About > Diagnostic & Usage > Don’t Send
- Fetch – Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Account Name > Fetch New Data > Push > Off
- Facebook Push – Settings > Facebook > Push Notifications > Turn off unwanted push notifications
- Searching for Wireless Networks – Settings > WiFi > Ask to Join Networks > Off
- WiFi – Settings > WiFi > Off
- Siri Raise to Speak – Settings > Siri > Raise to Speak > Off
- Siri – Settings > General > Siri > Off
- Equalizer – Settings > Music > EQ > Off
- Cellular Data – Settings > General > Network > Cellular Data > Off
- Vibrations – Settings > Sounds > Vibrate > Off
- Keyboard Clicks – Settings > Sounds > Keyboard Clicks > Off
- Update your apps – Make sure you have the latest app updates installed via the App Store app
- Update your iOS – Upgrade to the latest version of iOS
- Close Background Apps – Double Tap Home Button > Tap and Hold App Icons > Tap Red Minus buttons
- Enable Auto Brightness – Settings > Brightness > Auto-Brightness
- Brightness – Settings > Brightness > Drag brightness slider to a lower setting
- Auto-Lock time – Settings > General > Auto-Lock > 1 Minute
- Use an Activity Monitoring iPhone app to track down trouble processes and apps.
- Read Diagnostics data – General > About > Diagnostics & Usage > Diagnostic and Usage Data
- Use headphones instead of the speaker phone
- Turn off the vibration setting in games
- Plug in your device more often
- Delete unwanted Apps
- Turn on Airplane Mode
- Restore from iTunes
- Start with a fresh new clean install – Settings > General > Reset > Reset All Content And Settings
- Post your problem on the Apple Support Community pages
- Call Apple Support – 1-800-MY-IPHONE
- Buy an extended battery case for your iPhone
I don’t think it is problem of settings, i think it is a bug in iOS, or even worse – problem with iPhone 4s hardware!Posted on October 26th, 2011 at 2:03 am by Slyv
I have now both iPhone 4 and 4s. I upgraded old iPhone 4 to ios5, restored all thedata, and battery is OK (however i removed SIM card from it)
I also bought 4s with preinstalled ios5, I restored all the data from the iPhone 4. And it turns out that battery life in iPhone 4s (with installed SIM card) is 4-5 shorter that on iPhone 4 (without SIM)!
After number of tests I found a battery problem in my iPhone 4, after upgrading to iOS 5. It was Setting Time Zone System Service, which uses a GPS continuously. You can see it in Settings>Location Services>System Services. In the same place you can switch on Status Bar Icon to see when and how iPhone using/used location service. On my phone this icon (an arrow in the right side of the Status Bar) was in a gray color ALL TIME until I switched off the Time Zone Service. After that I can’t see any battery problem and my iPhone battery works better than in iOS 4. I think this is a bug in iOS 5, but not a hardware problem.Posted on October 26th, 2011 at 11:42 am by Leonid
I use my iPhone 4s all the time and get over two days on a charge. I think not sending diagnostic reports and turning off Facebook push are huge. Also searching wireless networks has to be off and no Bluetooth helps a lot. But there is no “battery-gate” for sure, Apple just likes everything to be in the on position. Turn them off and you’re all good!Posted on October 26th, 2011 at 11:43 am by Peter
Yesterday I removed SIM card from my 4s (with draining battery problem), and inserted it to my iPhone 4 (no problem with battery so far), and:Posted on October 26th, 2011 at 11:41 pm by Slyv
– battery problem in 4s is gone!!!
– battery on iPhone 4 is still ok.
So it seems that short battery-life on iPhone 4s appear only if SIM card is inserted. I will make more researches today.
After I inserted SIM card to 4s, but not typed pin code, everything was ok, no problem with battery. But after I typed pin code, iPhone started to daring battery very quickly (about 4% per hour), I disabled all possible options, like localization services, iCloud, Bluetooth etc.
I think we can only wait for iOS 5.0.1 to fix this.Posted on October 27th, 2011 at 7:08 am by Slyv
This is the worst helpful tips advice ever basically if you do everything they said you should go to Apple bring your receipt and return your iPhone cause if you do all the crap listed above you don’t have an iPhone anymore you turned a smart into and idiot phone….if you follow this direction you should shoot yourself in the face for paying your provider for a data package that can’t do anything smart cause you are worried about consuming too much battery power…come on you can basically have a charger anywhere nowadays one at home, an extra charger at work, car charger, shit they even make case with a battery in it now!!!!!!! This is what I refer to as a quality effing problem, welcome to have a phone that can do more that just make phone calls and txt, you don’t like having to charge it then maybe your dumbasses should have a dumb phone to match…Posted on October 29th, 2011 at 1:02 am by That guy
Upgrade to iOS 5.0.1 and see if your battery life improvesPosted on November 11th, 2011 at 10:36 am by Joe Seifi
I have noticed a considerable improvement since up grading to 5.01 – instead of the battery totally draining overnight I haven’t had to charge for more than two whole days and it is still at 48%, lunchtime day 3 – admittedly I haven’t used it much but it used to go down as quick on standby as in use and I’d be lucky to have enough battery left to ring home an eta at the end of a day in London after starting my journey on 100% battery.Posted on March 13th, 2012 at 6:48 am by Helen
Hi Battery appsaffari.com ! Can you till me win somebody is Using my iPhone 4S apps Thanks ?Posted on September 25th, 2013 at 7:40 am by Daniel Thiessen
I Am unable to deleted unwanted apps running in the background as I used to before I installed ios7 please could you advise me how to? I tried pressing them as we used to until they wriggled, but this doesn’t happen anymore.Posted on October 10th, 2013 at 3:28 pm by Alexis Slade
there isn’t good way to save the power,but if you install the bad app,then,the power will down very soon,iphone is the good mobile,but some app not so good,so plz leave far away the bad app!Posted on January 16th, 2015 at 12:20 am by iphones1955