1. _heatherly's Avatar
    One of the best things I did was turn the Battery Percentage off. The drainage seems way worse when you're watching the numbers dwindle. My battery seems to be doing great. It just needs to be charged once a day, which seems to be pretty average for moderate/heavy use.
    10-25-2011 08:45 PM
  2. Harvey54's Avatar
    There is a great app in the App store Iphone tips and tricks...
    It shows you how to close all apps running in the background and eating up battery life along with other stuff for us new iphone users.
    10-25-2011 09:00 PM
  3. badler's Avatar
    My iPhone 4S does the same thing: The battery's charge gets to 100 percent and then starts dropping down.

    Should I replace it or will an iOS upgrade fix the problem?

    I woke up this morning and I was at 100%. My phone is still on charger and I have been watching it slowly go down, now i'm at 94%?
    Last edited by inthegroove44; 10-25-2011 at 10:04 PM.
    10-25-2011 09:56 PM
  4. ktrent#CB's Avatar
    Looks like the restore did the trick.
    I did a new set up so if any settings or configs was the problem they would be gone. I have everything on but cloud and Bluetooth.

    Note about 5 hours of use was pandora radio. And lots or Siri use for hands free.
    10-25-2011 09:58 PM
  5. johnraggio's Avatar
    Did a full restore as new phone last night, things are much better today. Battery stayed @ 100% for 2 hours with a few texts and emails. Before it would drop to 98% as soon as I took it off the charger. All locations, wifi, bluetooth, and notifications are turned on. I am sitting at 96% right now, about the same as my previous Iphone 4.
    When you guys say "full restore" or "restore as new" am I to understand that you completely wipe the phone with a new OS install and then do not restore from a backup? You then install apps and setup email etc. from scratch? I would guess that if you restore as new and then restore from a backup you'd be back where you started, or am I missing something?

    Thanks,
    John
    10-25-2011 09:59 PM
  6. BiG BaLLA 923's Avatar
    Well I actually seem to be having slightly better battery life today. Not really used phone, couple texts and a little tiny wings. Usage 6 hours and 14 minutes and stand by 12 hours and 32 minutes and sitting at 12%. I really can't complain anymore as I can get through the day now. That's all I really cared about anyways.
    10-25-2011 10:58 PM
  7. smileyboy's Avatar
    Left my house at 6am , downloaded 4 podcast through icatcher, listened to the Steve jobs biography for about 6 hrs while working, responded to about 50 texts, 10 emails, 10 min of phone calls and my phone was at 28% at 430pm. I'm happy.


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    10-25-2011 11:18 PM
  8. nycfly's Avatar
    i am definitely getting poor battery life and i tweaked settings and everything to try to help the issue.

    how would i do this restore? how would i back everything up so it can get put back on the phone after everything is done?

    sorry, i am coming from a blackberry and i have no idea what i am doing quite yet. i just want decent battery life! i am playing words with friends and watching my battery percentage drop 1% every couple of turns
    10-25-2011 11:22 PM
  9. iPhoneXGS's Avatar
    From 100% full charge drop to 83% after 15-20 minute of face time. Is it normal?
    10-26-2011 04:04 AM
  10. Freiteez's Avatar
    My battery is terrible. Might do a full restore since people are saying thats helping. But I can take my phone off the charger and just see it plummet just by using twitter for a few minutes on low brightness.
    10-26-2011 04:56 AM
  11. Freiteez's Avatar
    There is a great app in the App store Iphone tips and tricks...
    It shows you how to close all apps running in the background and eating up battery life along with other stuff for us new iphone users.
    Sure hope you didn't pay for that app. Thats why apple took so long to come out with multitasking, so they could do it right and not kill your battery. So there are no "apps running in the background eating up battery life"
    10-26-2011 05:00 AM
  12. robclif4d's Avatar
    From 100% full charge drop to 83% after 15-20 minute of face time. Is it normal?
    Do you have Facebook set for push notifications? I turned Facebook pushes off and saw an immediate gain in battery life.
    10-26-2011 07:24 AM
  13. ktrent#CB's Avatar
    My suggestion would be not to restore with backup. I would start new. You will just have to reload apps from iTunes and set up emails manually. If you contacts and calendars are the same as on your computer you'll be fine. I use gmail for that stuff so it was super easy for me.
    10-26-2011 09:43 AM
  14. nycfly's Avatar
    i set up my phone as new, but i am looking into wiping everything and starting new.

    to answer my question above, would i just have to plug the phone into my computer and hit restore from itunes? or do i have to go somewhere to download ios5
    10-26-2011 09:47 AM
  15. haxrnick's Avatar
    Just got 2 4s' last night. One white one black and both 32 gig. White one was fine overnight but my black one had 30% left when I went to bed at 11:30 and at 7 this morning when I checked my phone was dead. I'm sure as I use it the battery will get better.
    10-26-2011 12:21 PM
  16. Fausty82's Avatar
    I iPhone 4S Usage Manifesto:

    My battery life is "ok", but I am taking a stand and drawing a line in the sand. No longer will I turn off features only to increase battery life. Certainly I will turn them off if I have no need to use them (bluetooth, for example). And I have adjusted things like push mail and screen brightness... but enough is enough. I work from home and have access to a wall charger, car charger and external battery charger (Richard Solo), so I say "screw it", and I am going to use my phone, and all of it's neat, useful and awesome features. If I need to charge it more often, so be it.

    I expect that Apple will release a patch/update to iOS 5 soon to address some of the battery issues, but it is, after all, a device that I bought to use, not just to charge it up and then "nurse" it through the day.
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    10-26-2011 02:42 PM
  17. mellisnj's Avatar
    I am pleasantly surprised with the battery life I got from yesterday to today. I used that thing heavily and 27 hours later it was finally down to 20%. It almost makes me not want to adjust or add any more apps to it. My Evo 4G ran through 3 batteries a day.
    10-26-2011 09:10 PM
  18. johnraggio's Avatar
    When you guys say "full restore" or "restore as new" am I to understand that you completely wipe the phone with a new OS install and then do not restore from a backup? You then install apps and setup email etc. from scratch? I would guess that if you restore as new and then restore from a backup you'd be back where you started, or am I missing something?

    Thanks,
    John
    I'd appreciate a reply to my question above and also thought you'd all enjoy this Siri mockup as we are suffering from battery issues:

    www . cultofmac . com/126143/the-horrible-truth-the-iphone-4s-sucks/

    John
    10-26-2011 10:59 PM
  19. DrewBear's Avatar
    When you guys say "full restore" or "restore as new" am I to understand that you completely wipe the phone with a new OS install and then do not restore from a backup? You then install apps and setup email etc. from scratch?
    Yes. But first have you tried simply turning the phone off, then on again?
    10-27-2011 01:41 AM
  20. Dark_Blu's Avatar
    I am pleasantly surprised with the battery life I got from yesterday to today. I used that thing heavily and 27 hours later it was finally down to 20%. It almost makes me not want to adjust or add any more apps to it. My Evo 4G ran through 3 batteries a day.
    Compared to my EVO, which required an extended battery to make it through a full day, the iPhone 4S battery life is superlative. Whenever I'm in the car, I top off the charge and I'm good. Makes it through a full day and all I've really adjusted is Facebook notifications. I keep the screen brightness to half and that pretty much takes care of it.
    10-27-2011 06:48 AM
  21. MECM's Avatar
    I upgraded from the 4 to the 4s. If I plug in my 4s overnight, I wake up and it's at 94%. Yesterday I let it die and charged it to 100% and took it off the charger around 1pm. Right now I'm at 7%. I have 9:34 of usage and 19:33 of standby. I went to bed and it was at 47%, woke up and it was at 25%. My 4 never did this. I have Bluetooth shut off..but I'm leaving everything else because if the 4 could handle it, why can't the 4s?? I'm lost. When I plugged in my 4 I'd wake up to a phone charged 100%, but the 4s charges down when it's on the charger?
    10-27-2011 08:23 AM
  22. leharris22's Avatar
    This is my first iPhone so I'm new to this. I tried to implement some battery-saving tips I know from BlackBerry. I turned off Bluetooth and Wifi (though I may turn that on when I want to use WiFi). Usually I turn off GPS but I find I want to use apps that need it, so I'm leaving it on. I dimmed the backlight and turned the lock to 1 minute. I'm not sure what else I can aside from not using it. I turned the phone on at 7:30 AM and it's 1 and sitting at 63%. I did play with it a lot at lunch. Is this normal? Usually my BB would be sitting around 65% after 12 hrs of moderate usage. Now, I know this probably has alot to do with a touch screen device.
    10-27-2011 12:58 PM
  23. Dark_Blu's Avatar
    This is my first iPhone too. I installed Battery Doctor since day one. Just wanted a battery utility to monitor battery usage. Ended up buying the paid version. That gave me "quick charge" which allows the phone to charge up at amazing speed whether using the car charger, wall charger, or USB cable. I started out this morning taking it off the charger at 100% at 6am. Normal usage brought that down to 84%. Used the car charger on the way in to work. By the time I arrived at 9am, it was at 96% after the 20 minute trip. It is now 3:14pm and I am at 71%. Will use the car charger on the way home. Did the same yesterday and by the time I went to bed and put it on the charger at 1am, it was at 30%. I think Battery Doctor helps it last longer.
    10-27-2011 03:15 PM
  24. _heatherly's Avatar
    I iPhone 4S Usage Manifesto:

    My battery life is "ok", but I am taking a stand and drawing a line in the sand. No longer will I turn off features only to increase battery life. Certainly I will turn them off if I have no need to use them (bluetooth, for example). And I have adjusted things like push mail and screen brightness... but enough is enough. I work from home and have access to a wall charger, car charger and external battery charger (Richard Solo), so I say "screw it", and I am going to use my phone, and all of it's neat, useful and awesome features. If I need to charge it more often, so be it.

    I expect that Apple will release a patch/update to iOS 5 soon to address some of the battery issues, but it is, after all, a device that I bought to use, not just to charge it up and then "nurse" it through the day.
    Agreed. Turning off all sorts of stuff just to conserve battery life seems a little pointless... what's the point of having a cool phone?

    I still keep location services on because I like to check into Foursquare, enable Find My Phone and like to check the weather. I don't want to have to enable location services every time I want to use an app.

    With car chargers, office chargers, and chargers at home, there is no point in worrying too much about your battery. Stick it on the charger when you're not using it to top it off. You'll be good to go.
    10-27-2011 04:10 PM
  25. DrewBear's Avatar
    Seems like this thread has quieted down recently. Either people have given up or the battery issues have "magically" disappeared.

    I agree with recent sentiments to just use your phone to the fullest. Either carry a charger with you or buy one of those battery cases.

    Review: Eight iPhone 4 battery cases Review | Macworld
    10-27-2011 09:08 PM
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