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iPhone 4S: 4 Fastest Ways To Drain Battery

As Apple continues to investigate the iOS 5.0.1 battery life problems, learn about the four things that will kill your iPhone's battery as quickly as possible.

On Friday, Apple admitted that perhaps iOS 5.0.1 didn't resolve the battery life issues as intended. In fact, many iPhone users took to Apple's support forums to vent about how the software update actually made things worse. The comments are quite colorful--and not exactly positive.

"The recent iOS software update addressed many of the battery issues that some customers experienced on their iOS 5 devices. We continue to investigate a few remaining issues," said the company in a statement provided to AllThingsD.

Based on the pages upon pages of complaints published on Apple's support web site, one might disagree with Apple's claim that there are "a few" problems still in the code. While we wait on Apple to figure things out, these are four things that will suck the life out of your iPhone's battery.

1. Dastardly Display: The display is the one component on any phone that uses the most power. With iOS 5.0.1, you have plenty of control over the display and fine-tuning the settings can help extend--or destroy--the battery. You want to kill your iPhone fast? Set the display to the maximum brightness setting, and set the autolock feature to "never." This ensures that your iPhone's display will shine as bright as possible, always remain on, and kill your battery ASAP.

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2. Nettlesome Notifications: One of iOS 5.0.1's best features is the new notification center. It delivers notifications to the home screen in a less-obtrusive way than before. It can also wreck your battery. Here's how. In the Notifications' setting menu, turn Notifications to "On" for every single app on your phone. Second, for those that allow it, set the "View on Lock Screen" setting to on. This ensures that every time a notification arrives, it will turn on the iPhone's display. Third, set the "Repeat Notification" tool to 10 times. This means the iPhone will turn the display on to remind you of this same alert 10 times.

3. Ridiculous Radios: Aside from the display, the wireless radios in any cell phone rank second in terms of draining the battery. Want to ensure minimum battery life? Turn on the 3G, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth radios, and be sure to set Location Services (a.k.a., GPS) to on. Then go into all the apps that support location services and make sure they are switched to on. This ensures that all of your location apps will be pinging away at 3G, Wi-Fi, and GPS networks to determine location--and thus draining the battery as quickly as possible. (Want to score some bonus points? Go out into the middle of nowhere with all the radios on and watch the iPhone desperately try to find something with which to connect.)

4. Irksome iCloud: Another key feature in iOS 5.0.1 is Apple's new iCloud service. It is used to backup the device's data and settings to Apple's servers and cross-populate that data across iOS and other Apple devices. In order to do that, it has to talk to the network and upload/download data. Make sure iCloud is turned on to boost your device's time spent talking to the network. Second, load up as many separate email accounts on the phone as possible. Have Gmail? Turn it on and set it to "Push."

Have a crusty Yahoo account from back in the day? Why not check it out, too. What, you have ancient Hotmail and AOL email accounts from the 90s, too? What the hell, turn 'em all on and see how large your spam folder is. Don't forget to turn on PhotoStream on, too, so that every picture you take with your iPhone is automatically uploaded to the cloud.

On the Flip Side: Of course, if you need your iPhone to actually last through an entire day, we recommend you do the exact opposite of all the above suggestions. However, if you have some time to kill and don't mind having a little bit of fun, go ahead and try everything above and see how fast your iPhone dies. Then be sure to tell us how it works out in the comments below.

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YevhenV504
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6/4/2013 | 8:22:38 PM
re: iPhone 4S: 4 Fastest Ways To Drain Battery
There is a new app which also can help G SynergiOS smart battery manager

https://itunes.apple.com/us/ap...
YMOM100
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YMOM100,
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4/24/2012 | 10:09:42 PM
re: iPhone 4S: 4 Fastest Ways To Drain Battery
It is also a good idea to keep track of the remaining charge. That way you will not be out of juice at a crucial moment. Follow these 4 easy steps to get that going. http://iphonetipsandtricks.loo...
Greenindian
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Greenindian,
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12/29/2011 | 7:58:02 PM
re: iPhone 4S: 4 Fastest Ways To Drain Battery
Hello Z-man,

Can you please tell me where you have downloaded the patch for the battery issue?

thank you very much!!
ANON1250085458535
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ANON1250085458535,
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11/15/2011 | 9:06:29 PM
re: iPhone 4S: 4 Fastest Ways To Drain Battery
>> Have Gmail? Turn it on and set it to "Push."

Apparently, the author is working with a model from an alternate universe, since Gmail can only be "Fetched" - there's no support for Gmail push notifications at all!
Z-Man
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Z-Man,
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11/14/2011 | 7:08:51 PM
re: iPhone 4S: 4 Fastest Ways To Drain Battery
I had a blackberry storm before this I Phone 4S. No comparison. The blackberry was sluggish, always shut down by itself and dropped calls continuously. The new I Phone is faster, gets better reception and I don't have to plug it in to my computer to sync it. I did have the battery problem but downloaded the patch and after a hard re-set of my phone it is fine. I can get a whole day out of my battery now. Very please with this phone and would recommend it to anyone.
JCLAY000
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11/14/2011 | 1:41:17 AM
re: iPhone 4S: 4 Fastest Ways To Drain Battery
I recently bought the iphone 4s, and I must say I am very displeased! Not only does the battery
drains very quickly, I am having trouble receiving Emails. I get the emails on my computer not my phone, and Siri never seems to be able to help me. I just read the 4 tips for a longer battery life if I have to do all of that why have this expensive phone? I have been to Verizon concerning my email, it worked that particular day. I try downloading the battery update with no luck, I will be visiting Verizon tommorow to return this phone- too much trouble!! I will stick with the blackberry!
tomgnc
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tomgnc,
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11/13/2011 | 12:13:39 PM
re: iPhone 4S: 4 Fastest Ways To Drain Battery
I use an Android HTC EVO4G and a Blackberry Bold 9930 and have no problems with battery life. I have 40 some apps and 3 email accounts. I enjoy all of the benefits of having a smart phone, BUT one has be as smart as your phone is. Through using an app,?, then make sure that you close it. My screen is set on 3/4 bright and turns off in 10 seconds. When I am through using it, I put it to sleep. Turn off the apps you are not using and enjoy your phone.
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CMACLACHLAN000,
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11/13/2011 | 12:01:44 PM
re: iPhone 4S: 4 Fastest Ways To Drain Battery
Android fanboy here to answer your question. My phone is a LG P999, (which I bought sub-$300 off contract) is similar to the Galaxy S II. 8 megapixel rear facing that takes 1080p video, has a 1.2 ghz dual core processor and a 4 in screen (which is admittedly not as nice as the iphone's, but i'll take the extra real estate) oh yeah, and 4g too. I don't do any battery optimization, and it usually runs fine under normal use for two days. I do usually plug it in every night though. No matter what I use it for, it never runs out of battery within one day. And no, it isn't that apple has superior hardware here - my phone, which is getting on a year old, actually has a slightly bigger battery than the 4s. If battery life ever did become a problem, I could buy a new battery for sub-$20 online, and just pop off the back cover and install it. It blows my mind why apple didn't put a bigger battery into a device they knew would be drawing much more power. Oh yeah and the processor is bigger too, but there is a lot of intelligent CPU control that goes on behind the scenes in Android phones, not sure if Apple phones have that yet. And my phone is definitely not a brick. Never had any of those problems. But you will remember that the original iphone did have it's own plethora of issues. Lay off on the first generation. The bottom line is that apple is, for the first time, behind in the phone game. Like over a year, since phones which were released a year ago like mine can roundly beat the iphone on a technical level. Apple is used to being behind on a technical level though, and from a price standpoint. They can overcome it to some degree with cool features like Siri, but I believe that they are destined to fall from a position of innovator to niche underdog, just like they did in the PC market. I also believe that the Barnes and Noble Nook Tablet and the Fire will lead to a change in the way Android tablets are done, and the lower price point will spell doom for Apple, in the same way that netbooks became popular after the macbook air.
RenoBilly
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11/13/2011 | 6:41:33 AM
re: iPhone 4S: 4 Fastest Ways To Drain Battery
My battery life is great. Then again, I switched from a HTC Thunderbolt which lasted 4 hours max.
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11/13/2011 | 6:28:22 AM
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I used several Android phones from about the time the very first one was introduced. My first was the Motorola Droid 1. I've replaced every Droid i've owned under warranty. I've fought the same battery battles. One thing I can say for Android, it gives you a very nice widget to put on your home screen to turn the various radios (wiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, etc) on/off with the flick of a finger. That makes it easier to make your battery last longer. Having now owned an iPhone 4 for a while, and incidentally I'm still using my first one instead of being on my second or third like with my android based hardware, I find the over all user experience superior. Android is catching up, in in a few ways better (i.e. google maps/navigation. Overall the iPhone is a better platform. Why? Simple: everything works consistently and together. In the year or so I've had my iPhone 4, I think I've had one app quit unexpectedly. On android apps quit or force-closed multiple times a day. Not just 'cheap' apps, but built in apps like e-mail or calendar. I liked my android devices. I like my iPhone. I'm VERY glad we have both. With both Android and iPhone, they will force each other to get better...
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