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authenticnow
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Default  Posted: 10:26 AM, December 16th (Monday)

Since SI is my source for anything I was wondering if any of you could help me with this.

I have the iphone 4s and the charge runs down very, very quickly. For example, last night when I went to bed it was on 40% and when I woke up it was down to 1% charge without being used at all.

Got it back up to 100% and have been using it a lot this morning for texts and emails but it's already down to 40%. I have been on it, but should it be that quick to go down?

I feel like I'm constantly charging it. I use my phone for work a lot so it can be a problem.


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ajsmom
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Default  Posted: 10:42 AM, December 16th (Monday)

Sounds like you have aps running in the background.

Make sure you close them when done with them.


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sunandmoon
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Default  Posted: 11:01 AM, December 16th (Monday)

I will add to this. I have a 4s. Nothing running in the background. Email on push and this still happens. Make sure you do not have Bluetooth enabled as that can drain too.

BUT- iPhones essentially have a battery that lasts for 18-24months. They did a diagnostic at the apple store and my two year old battery is working at about 80% of it max ability. It will go down and down and down from there.

Annoying.

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authenticnow
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Default  Posted: 11:01 AM, December 16th (Monday)

Is that when you slide them up to close them? I do that. I close my bluetooth app when I'm not in the car. What else?


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Default  Posted: 11:05 AM, December 16th (Monday)

"location services" was known to cause some battery drain in iOS7 which is what it sounds like you have since you are sliding apps up to quit them.


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authenticnow
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Default  Posted: 11:24 AM, December 16th (Monday)

Thanks sunandmoon. I guess I can look into replacing the battery?

Moo, do you know if it's possible to disable the location services?


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Default  Posted: 11:38 AM, December 16th (Monday)

Sure you can turn off Location services or you can limit it to specific apps like the Maps app.

Goto Settings >> Privacy and then you should see it.


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authenticnow
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Default  Posted: 11:43 AM, December 16th (Monday)

Thanks, I just turned that off. Not even sure what it does anyway so I guess I don't need it.


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Default  Posted: 11:47 AM, December 16th (Monday)

It's your GPS. So turn it on when you need maps or the compass. Those apps will let you know that it isn't on. Facebook app can use it if you let it for the checking in features.


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authenticnow
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Default  Posted: 12:47 PM, December 16th (Monday)

Thanks, Moo.


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Default  Posted: 1:27 PM, December 16th (Monday)

Aside from the aforementioned tricks, such as fetching instead of pushing, I keep my screen pretty dark. Everything that is turned off is turned off. And with that, in my busy season, I start my day with a full charge and I'm plugging in at 11 am. It is the worst feature of the iphone. I have two alternate charging devices I use when I am on the go and with those, I can make it a full day.


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MissesJai
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Default  Posted: 2:00 PM, December 16th (Monday)

AN, the battery alone cannot be replaced. The phone is one unit. The only thing that can be replaced is the phone itself.


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tushnurse
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Default  Posted: 2:07 PM, December 16th (Monday)

This is another reason I hate Iphones. I have had mine coming up on 2 years, and will be happy to be rid of it when my contract is up.

My H uses his phone continuously for work. For our own business and his real job. It started eating through a charge over half a day, and he basically kept it on a charger whenever he could. It literally got to where it would be at 100% in the morning, and by the time he got to work and answered emails it was dead, (no more than 2 hours). He was told by our carrier (sprint) that he had to take it to the I-phone store, which he did then was told he had to have an appointment, and the next available was in 3 hours despite there being many techs standing around.

He said in 3 hours I will have a different phone, and he did. He now has a Galaxy, and has had it for several months. He seems to like it.

I have used my I phone basically as a tethered device unless I am running around, meaning at my desk it's charging, and at home it's usually on a charger. I went and did shopping for half a day no charger in my car (thanks 16 year old). And it was dead in 4 hours. That was with closing all the apps, and just using it to text.


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authenticnow
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Default  Posted: 2:15 PM, December 16th (Monday)

Wow, I had a feeling it was just that iphones are bad with the charge and was hoping it wasn't a defective phone. H's doesn't go down as quickly but he's on it a lot less than I am.

I also heard that if you charge it before it's real low it can kill the battery life, and I've always done that (paranoid it would run out and I'd miss a work call), so I figured I killed it.

I have a car charger so when I'm on the go I don't have to worry.

Not encouraging but thanks for the info.


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MissesJai
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Default  Posted: 2:18 PM, December 16th (Monday)

take it to the Apple store just to be sure it's not defective.


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authenticnow
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Default  Posted: 2:32 PM, December 16th (Monday)

The closest Apple store is about an hour and a half from here. DD's phone is acting funky too. Maybe when she's home for break we'll take a ride.


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MissesJai
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Default  Posted: 2:43 PM, December 16th (Monday)

it may very well be worth the trip.


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Default  Posted: 2:46 PM, December 16th (Monday)

There is an app called Battery Doctor is that is supposed to help. I've used it, but am too flaky to do it consistently.


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karmahappens
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Default  Posted: 11:37 PM, December 16th (Monday)

I have seen a commercial where the guy puts his phone in a bag of rice...try that.

Really, I don't know jack about phones chargers or batteries, I just wanted to say HI

carry on


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authenticnow
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Default  Posted: 5:19 AM, December 17th (Tuesday)

Hi Karma!!!

I saw that commercial, too! I was LOLing!


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Marathonwaseasy
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Default  Posted: 7:19 AM, December 17th (Tuesday)

Ever since the upgrade to the ios the charge in my iphone is rubbish
Apparently it is progress. Not convinced


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authenticnow
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Default  Posted: 7:25 AM, December 17th (Tuesday)

Same here. DS convinced me to do it. But H did it too and he's not having the same problem so who knows.


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spond
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Default  Posted: 1:09 PM, December 17th (Tuesday)

I have seen multiple 4's and 4S' in our company not handle IOS 7 very well. I actually had a few people say at IOS 6 because of it.

There is also an Exchange email bug that will drain the battery in under a few hours. To fix it, do the following

- Remove the exchange email account
- go to Settings, General, Reset and choose "Reset Network Settings"
- Phone will restart
- Add Exchange mail account back.

This has resolved countless iphone 4,4s,5 battery draining issues.


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Default  Posted: 11:06 AM, December 18th (Wednesday)

BTW - not true that the battery can't be replaced. It can. It just isn't easy like it is with most phones.

Most techies can do it, though the right equipment is needed. If the phone is still under warranty - go to the Apple Store! If not, tools and instructions (and I think the batteries too) can be found at ifixit.com. But - replacement is at least somewhat difficult, and if not done right can mess up the phone, so if you aren't sure about doing it, take it to the Apple store anyway. There will be a charge if it is no longer under warranty.

Having said all that - depending on how old the phone is (I know it's a 4s, but don't know if you got it as soon as it came out, if it's a recent purchase, etc.), what kind of use you put it through, and how "abused" the battery is (leaving it in extreme temperatures, such as a hot car, for example, can really do a number on the battery), the problem may not be the battery at all.

This:

http://gizmodo.com/how-to-take-care-of-your-smartphone-battery-the-right-w-513217256/1416982678

is the best article I've seen on helping with battery life for iOS devices. You don't have to follow everything in the article - if some of the settings are things you REALLY use, keep them. But using the recommendations there to turn off as much "power sucking" as possible should help.

And as someone else said, do make sure to quit your apps once in a while (double-clicking the home button, then flicking the apps up to quit them). I try to quit any apps I'm not actively using - and some are worse about sucking power than others.

A big one: definitely turn off fetch for your mail if at all possible, or at least set it to check a lot less frequently. If fetch is turned off altogether, it will still check for new mail any time you bring up the mail app. Since most people rely on texting for messages they want a quick response to, turning off fetch on mail is usually not a big deal.

If you scroll down on that page, there should be a second article about caring for your battery. That's a good thing to read and follow as much as you can too. You may want to do a couple of full charge/complete drain cycles.

Finally, if you haven't done a full reboot recently, that can help too - especially if you haven't done one since the last time you updated iOS. To do a full reboot, hold down both the power button (top) and the home button (front) at the same time. Keep holding them down until the Apple symbol appears on the screen. Before that happens, you will see the "turn off the device" slider. Ignore it, and keep holding down both buttons at that point. Turning it off with just the power button or with that slider does not do a full reboot of the device.


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authenticnow
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Default  Posted: 6:03 PM, December 18th (Wednesday)

Thank you, that was all very helpful.

I'm noticing a difference already with just turning off the location device.


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Default  Posted: 8:38 AM, December 19th (Thursday)

With iOS7 came Parallax. It's what makes your apps look like they're moving in a 3D space when you move your phone. Totally useless except a slight "that looks cool" factor IMO.

It uses battery power.

You can turn it off. I was going to post how, then searching for the name of that "feature" I found an article that tells you how- as well as giving other tips. So here you go:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/30/ios-7-battery-life_n_4016255.html


1. Change Your Spotlight Settings

With iOS 7, you can now search for anything on your iPhone using Spotlight. All you have to do is pull down on your Home screen and you can search pretty much every part of your phone, from notes to music, to mail.

It's convenient, but it also takes a lot of battery power to index all of your stuff. You can change exactly what Spotlight looks in when you use it for search by going to Settings, General then Spotlight search. From there you can choose what you want to index and search.

2. Turn Off AirDrop When Possible

iOS 7 now allows you to quickly and easily share files with your friends' iPhones. This is only available for iPhone 5 and newer. It's a great new feature, but it doesn't need to be on when you're not using it. To turn it off, go to your control center by pushing up from the bottom of any screen. From there you can disable AirDrop until you want to use it.

3. Turn Your Brightness Down

This is a classic way to save battery life, and it's been made even easier with iOS 7. Instead of going through Settings to get to your brightness, you can change your screen's brightness from the Control Center. Just pull up from the bottom of any screen.

4. Turn Off Parallax

Remember how people are getting motion sickness from iOS 7? This is one of the reasons why. The aspect of iOS 7 that makes everything look a little bit 3D and makes your background move around behind your apps. It also drains your battery. To turn it off, go to Settings, General, then Accessibility, then Reduce Motion. Turn Reduce Motion on to stop the parallax effect.

5. Turn Off Bluetooth And WiFi

This is another old one, but remember that if you're moving around and not using your WiFi or Bluetooth, these things are using up your battery. You can keep these features off until you want to use them to save some battery. You can turn these on and off in the Control Center.

6. Disable Auto Downloads

Your iPhone now downloads app updates from the App Store automatically, draining your battery. This feature also automatically downloads purchases from iTunes and the App Store you've made on different devices to your iPhone, which you may not want. To stop this and just update your apps and music manually, go to Settings, iTunes & App Store, and scroll to Automatic Downloads. There you can turn Automatic Downloads off for music, apps and books.

7. Turn Off Frequent Locations

Your iPhone wants to learn the places you often visit to give you "provide useful location-related information." This is takes up a lot of battery life and may also make you feel uncomfortable privacy-wise. To disable it go to Settings, Privacy, then Location Services. There, scroll all the way to the bottom and hit System Services. There you can also turn off Location Based iAds (ads from Apple based on your frequent locations). Then go to Frequent Locations and turn that off, too.


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