1. TLD1's Avatar
    I just bought another iPhone 4s after mine was stolen from my workplace, and I am shocked by the shortness of battery life in the new one! Actually, it's my new replacement since my local AT&T corporate store manager was kind enough to allow me to exchange my first one in-store since my nearest Apple store is close to 200-miles away. And, I exchanged the first one because the battery life sucked so bad. It is MUCH worse than any other iPhone I've ever had.

    Before you tell me all the ways to conserve battery life, let me tell you I have:

    *Turned off Siri (why should I have to?)
    *Turned off Location services ( why should I have to?)
    *Turned off most notifications (why should I have to?)
    *Turned screen brightness down to 50%
    *Turned off auto dim on screen
    *Turned off WiFi (why should I have to?)
    *Been diligent about keeping all apps turned off that run in the background

    Still, after pulling the phone off of an overnight charge at 100% at 7am...I am down to 20% by 2pm!! And, I am far from a "power user". I will never play a game or listen to much music.

    The phone is running the 5.1.1 OS out of the box, and the phone shows it is using AT&T 4G network for data.

    So...is it 5.1.1 or the AT&T 4S that's drinking my battery power?
    07-02-2012 03:17 PM
  2. Garz's Avatar
    It's all fine and dandy listing everything you did to conserve power but the only things that really tells us how your battery really is by listing the "usage time" from your phone.
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    07-02-2012 03:51 PM
  3. pkcable's Avatar
    Get a spare battery and battery charger and always keep a spare battery ready to be swapped. Oh wait you can't do that! j/k HOWEVER, you can get an extra charger or two and keep then at your different locations. Keep one at home, one at the office and one in the laptop bag, this way you will ALWAY have a charger handy. Charge it on the fly, and don't worry so much about using the phone's features. It's what I do!
    07-02-2012 04:32 PM
  4. Peligro911's Avatar
    It's all fine and dandy listing everything you did to conserve power but the only things that really tells us how your battery really is by listing the "usage time" from your phone.
    Agreed


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    07-02-2012 06:09 PM
  5. Bugeyeblue's Avatar
    It's all fine and dandy listing everything you did to conserve power but the only things that really tells us how your battery really is by listing the "usage time" from your phone.
    Yep. I use mine normally and usually get home from an 8 hour work day with about 75-85% battery left. I could probably go 2.5 days on the same charge. Most people, including me, seem to gt around 5-7 hours actual "screen on" usage time. I wouldn't hope for much more.
    07-03-2012 01:03 AM
  6. _heatherly's Avatar
    Going into Settings > General > Usage and looking at the Usage and Standby will tell you how much time you really spend on your phone and how much time it's been on total regardless of being used.

    Personally, Twitter and Instagram drain my battery the most versus sending messages and listening to music. I am up by 6am and usually by the time I get home at 6:30 or 7pm I still have at least 30% left, depending on if I got to use my phone much during the work day.

    I keep Siri on, location services are on for two, maybe three apps, my brightness is at around 75%, etc. I charge my phone at night while I sleep and haven't had any issues. When traveling, I keep a charger in my purse.


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    07-03-2012 07:24 AM
  7. ThePinkChameleon's Avatar
    Yep. I use mine normally and usually get home from an 8 hour work day with about 75-85% battery left. I could probably go 2.5 days on the same charge. Most people, including me, seem to gt around 5-7 hours actual "screen on" usage time. I wouldn't hope for much more.
    I'm in about where you are as well. The other day I was at 2days 20hrs standby just shy of 7hrs usage, but there are days that i use my phone alot - up to 6hrs in one day and only get 1day 16hrs standby on those days.

    If you use your phone alot in one day, then yes, your battery is going to reflect that - so if your a "power user" be sure to have a charger available in all places your are for just in case, OR you could invest in a case that supplies additional battery like a Mophie Juice Pack, either the Plus or Air.
    07-03-2012 08:28 AM
  8. Sharma15's Avatar
    Seems like the problem may be your carrier. If you do not get good signal near your location your phone may be constantly looking for it. Also, if you set this phone up through a backup corrupt files may be the cause. Restore and set up a new phone and set up your phone through iCloud.
    07-03-2012 09:18 AM
  9. LaDon08's Avatar
    Is auto brightness better or worse for battery life? I had previously heard that keeping it on is better which partially makes sense, but that also means that a sensor is always on.

    Genius guy told me that off is the way to go.

    Clarification would be nice. I keep my brightness around 30 percent. I wish I could keep it higher but refuse to sacrifice the battery.
    07-03-2012 10:27 AM
  10. TLD1's Avatar
    It's all fine and dandy listing everything you did to conserve power but the only things that really tells us how your battery really is by listing the "usage time" from your phone.


    Well...? Is that unusual battery drain?
    07-03-2012 12:38 PM
  11. TLD1's Avatar
    Here it is at 4:50pm...

    Am I crying the blues about nothing, or do I have an issue? I'd appreciate some help.

    07-03-2012 05:49 PM
  12. jobosumm's Avatar
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    Not sure if this helps... My battery life usually stinks too. Today was an unusually light usage day for me.... I invested in a mophie juice pack plus case and now i never worry about running out of battery. My kid's both have the iphone 4 and they get better battery life than my 4s.
    07-03-2012 06:40 PM
  13. Hyster1a's Avatar
    Did u try Carat?

    App Store - Carat To be honest didnt see any reports of my phone.

    Also I always read that using wifi improve the battery life, and in my case is true. My battery drain faster using data. You are a heavy user of twitter, facebook, web navegation?
    07-03-2012 10:21 PM
  14. Tanbam's Avatar
    Based on what I've observed, the most power draw from "casual" use is when you actually touch the screen. I suspect that in order for Apple to provide that silky-smooth user interface, the CPU must go all of the way up to eleven every time your fingers make contact with the digitizer.

    It isn't an obvious thing, but consider how slow the battery runs down while watching a movie or reading a book vs. web browsing. You'd think that the wifi or celluar data is the killer, but if you stream video over a radio but don't touch the screen, the battery doesn't drain nearly as fast. When you're browsing, you're usually constantly touching, swiping, hitting the keyboard, zooming in and out.

    If you want your battery to last longer, stop touching it all of the time!
    07-04-2012 04:30 AM
  15. DJLILM's Avatar
    It's seems like every iPhone's got different battery life
    07-04-2012 08:51 AM
  16. Bugeyeblue's Avatar
    I don't think the screen shots provided should be using the battery that fast. But it also depends on what you're doing with the phone during the usage time. If you're on phone calls the whole time, that might be normal.
    07-04-2012 10:55 AM
  17. iEd's Avatar
    I didn't know the 4s did 4G on AT&T. Can it be switched to 3G ? Last Sunday at home sprint must have had a problem with a tower or maybe they working on one in my area. For most of the day I was roaming on a extended network and itwas killing my batt. When it went back to Sprint batt life returned to normal.
    07-04-2012 03:35 PM
  18. TLD1's Avatar
    Did u try Carat?

    App Store - Carat To be honest didnt see any reports of my phone.

    Also I always read that using wifi improve the battery life, and in my case is true. My battery drain faster using data. You are a heavy user of twitter, facebook, web navegation?
    I have been using the Carat app for a couple of days now...and I don't know if it's really legit or not. It tells me to "reopen" and "kill" certain apps I have running. I pretty much know that Facebook and Craigslist apps are big energy hogs.

    It also tells me to "Upgrade OS Version"...but I'm already on 5.1.1 out of the box. There is not a more current OS version, and what good would it do me to restore the phone "as a new pho ne"?
    07-05-2012 11:34 AM
  19. taylorz_412's Avatar
    I have been using the Carat app for a couple of days now...and I don't know if it's really legit or not. It tells me to "reopen" and "kill" certain apps I have running. I pretty much know that Facebook and Craigslist apps are big energy hogs.

    It also tells me to "Upgrade OS Version"...but I'm already on 5.1.1 out of the box. There is not a more current OS version, and what good would it do me to restore the phone "as a new pho ne"?
    I used that app for about a week or so and it never gave me any results at all
    07-05-2012 01:07 PM
  20. iEd's Avatar
    This is what I get on my Sprint 4S. This based on one phone call about 30 min long. Hundreds of texts, played Fight Night Champion for about 20 min, Played Paper Toss for about 15 min and checking email constantly. I have push email turned off, All location services off, Screen brightness varies based on being outdoors. Siri is on. Wifi stays on. I'm not a power user by any means. Last full charge was around 1:30 PM July 4 this snapshot July 5 12:22pm

    07-05-2012 02:04 PM
  21. TLD1's Avatar
    I'm beginning to think AT&T's new 4S network maybe the culprit.
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    07-05-2012 03:45 PM
  22. iEd's Avatar
    I'm beginning to think AT&T's new 4S network maybe the culprit.
    The fact that the AT&T iPhone is the only iPhone at this time that can do cellular data and phone calls at the same time maybe a factor also. I'm thinking this will change with the release of the iPhone 5 because the 5 year exclusivity deal AT&T had with Apple will be over. Even though other carriers have the iPhone AT&T is still exclusive being able to do data and calls simultaneously.
    07-05-2012 05:26 PM
  23. Allyson Kazmucha's Avatar
    If it's still wearing down after a few normal charge cycles make them replace it.
    07-05-2012 05:54 PM
  24. TLD1's Avatar
    If it's still wearing down after a few normal charge cycles make them replace it.
    This one's actually a replacement my local AT&T store gave me out of the kindness of their managers heart...since my nearest Apple store is a 3-hour+ drive for me in St. Louis. That, and it's a bloody PITA to set up a new phone as a new one.

    I'm really hoping this one decides to fix itself before long.

    Heck, I might just accept it and invest in a Mophie Juicepack Plus!
    07-05-2012 11:28 PM
  25. LCW's Avatar
    I just bought another iPhone 4s after mine was stolen from my workplace, and I am shocked by the shortness of battery life in the new one! Actually, it's my new replacement since my local AT&T corporate store manager was kind enough to allow me to exchange my first one in-store since my nearest Apple store is close to 200-miles away. And, I exchanged the first one because the battery life sucked so bad. It is MUCH worse than any other iPhone I've ever had.

    Before you tell me all the ways to conserve battery life, let me tell you I have:

    *Turned off Siri (why should I have to?)
    *Turned off Location services ( why should I have to?)
    *Turned off most notifications (why should I have to?)
    *Turned screen brightness down to 50%
    *Turned off auto dim on screen
    *Turned off WiFi (why should I have to?)
    *Been diligent about keeping all apps turned off that run in the background

    Still, after pulling the phone off of an overnight charge at 100% at 7am...I am down to 20% by 2pm!! And, I am far from a "power user". I will never play a game or listen to much music.

    The phone is running the 5.1.1 OS out of the box, and the phone shows it is using AT&T 4G network for data.

    So...is it 5.1.1 or the AT&T 4S that's drinking my battery power?

    maybe you got a refurb, or simply a dud. return to apple store or at&t.
    07-18-2012 12:18 PM
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