iPhone battery suddenly losing charge rapidly

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  • w00t 7 Mar 2011 18:07:00 11,052 posts
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    So, I downloaded a few apps, updated some more, and now my iPhone will lose a full charge without use in about 5 hours >:|

    It's a 3GS, didn't update the OS - any suggestions?

    The day charity died - NEVER FORGET

    (the mic was OK in the end)

  • Deleted user 7 March 2011 18:09:07
    Sounds fucked, I would take it back to an Apple store.
  • Deleted user 7 March 2011 18:09:26
    Happened to my missus but her first phone was verified fucked by Apple. Next time it happened it was a rogue app. She deleted all the shit she had and just downloaded them a couple at a time and didn;t bother with a load of trash.
  • nickthegun 7 Mar 2011 18:17:17 58,851 posts
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    Probably an app running in the background.

    I downloaded the google latitude app and it fucked my battery in a few hours.

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  • w00t 7 Mar 2011 18:19:32 11,052 posts
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    How can I check if an app is running in the background, and more importantly, end it?

    Edit: Battery dropped from 19% to 9% since I started this thread!

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  • Deleted user 7 March 2011 18:28:49
    double press the home button.
  • w00t 7 Mar 2011 18:30:15 11,052 posts
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    Yep, just googled the answer.

    It would appear that Infinity blade was the main culprit (along with the roughly 25 other things!)

    Thanks all, hopefully this'll fix it.

    Edit: Of course, it's just powered down now.

    The day charity died - NEVER FORGET

    (the mic was OK in the end)

  • Deleted user 7 March 2011 18:31:46
    CrispyXUK64 wrote:
    double press the home button.

    Doesn;t that show you the last apps you used?
  • w00t 7 Mar 2011 18:34:26 11,052 posts
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    link in case anyone is interested

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  • Deleted user 7 March 2011 18:34:53
    You can force quit 'em.
  • Deleted user 7 March 2011 18:35:45
    Boab wrote:
    CrispyXUK64 wrote:
    double press the home button.

    Doesn;t that show you the last apps you used?
    They're running, hold your finger on an icon and the force quit icons will appear.
  • KayJay 7 Mar 2011 18:39:35 5,287 posts
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    CrispyXUK64 wrote:
    You can force quit 'em.

    OMG crispy...
    I didn't know you could do that. Fuck. That's why my touch gets run down so quickly.

    /closes everything

    Thank you.
  • Deleted user 7 March 2011 18:40:39
    kj66246 wrote:
    CrispyXUK64 wrote:
    You can force quit 'em.

    OMG crispy...
    I didn't know you could do that. Fuck. That's why my touch gets run down so quickly.

    /closes everything

    Thank you.
    Typical apple user :D
  • KayJay 7 Mar 2011 18:41:48 5,287 posts
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    Wot Eva... :)

    You are going to be my go to guy when I get my iPad... :/
  • harriselhoff 7 Mar 2011 18:42:45 140 posts
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    I had the same thing and it was someone had sent me a picture message but my incoming data was set to off-ironically to save battery life! When I next turned it on the picture came through, and hey presto the battery was back to normal.
  • Deleted user 7 March 2011 18:43:20
    Shouldn't be an issue considering it's just a large iphone.

    I wouldn't bother with it, tablets are pointless.
  • KayJay 7 Mar 2011 18:46:21 5,287 posts
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    :)

    /puts fingers in ears

    StillGettingOneStillGettingOneStillGettingOne
  • Khanivor 7 Mar 2011 18:55:46 40,401 posts
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    Mine is losing its charge luck like a sailor's money in a port. 100% this morning, quick look at a news app, quick go of Trade Nations, nothing else and it's down to 63%. Wiped the phone and restored it over the weekend.

    Pain in the arse.
  • UncleLou Moderator 7 Mar 2011 18:56:02 35,428 posts
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    You normally really should not have to force-quit apps though, they don't really run in the background do they, they just get "frozen". I've played Infinity Blade excessively, and never noted anything about the battery once I've closed the app.

    Bluetooth, location services, constant email checking, iPod equalizer and that "play everything at the same volume" (that one really is a killer) can be quite a burden, make sure to check them. Not sure about notification services, think they fixed that.
  • gamingdave 7 Mar 2011 18:59:31 4,187 posts
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    My 3GS is starting to do that now, no matter if I force quit a load of stuff or not. Sometimes I can go to bed with over 30% charge and wake up to a flat phone. Its getting a lot worse at deciding just not to bother ringing for a call anymore as well.
  • dylman 7 Mar 2011 19:18:32 276 posts
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    I always blame the Twitter app when I notice my battery draining faster than usual. Close it and all is well again.
  • morriss 7 Mar 2011 20:18:24 70,911 posts
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    Does force-quitting save battery life? On Android the opposite happened as some apps were dependent on each other so closing them down meant the system had to reboot them thus using more battery power.
  • morriss 7 Mar 2011 20:21:46 70,911 posts
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    UncleLou wrote:
    "play everything at the same volume" (that one really is a killer)
    Where's that?
  • Tricky 7 Mar 2011 21:11:03 4,362 posts
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    My original 3G starting doing this - turned out it was fucked and needed to be repaired.
  • Kay 7 Mar 2011 21:16:11 17,762 posts
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    morriss wrote:
    UncleLou wrote:
    "play everything at the same volume" (that one really is a killer)
    Where's that?

    That's the Sound Check option in settings, but you need to enable it in iTunes first afaik.
  • spindizzy 8 Mar 2011 09:19:32 6,427 posts
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    morriss wrote:
    Does force-quitting save battery life? On Android the opposite happened as some apps were dependent on each other so closing them down meant the system had to reboot them thus using more battery power.

    No, as others have said in general you shouldn't need to force-quit apps as many times the system has suspended them automatically (I can't believe Infinity Blade was actually draining battery for example). The exceptions are things like navigation apps, and maybe things that constantly check the network (I guess Twitter could do this, though I'd have thought it'd make use of push notifications).

    Honestly I guess it's a battery which is dying in most cases. Perhaps there are rogue apps which can drain the battery and not get killed cleanly, but I've not come across them.
  • Deleted user 8 March 2011 09:22:53
    The facebook app used to rape my battery at one point.
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