iOS 6 problems incorporate iPhone battery

By Daniel Chubb - Sep 22, 2012

When we first got hands-on with the iPhone 4S last year we noted some major changes right away, which the most prominent had been battery life that made thousands of users turn off all the new features to try and improve how long the juice lasted. Now that iOS 6 has arrived we’re seeing similar problems but on a much smaller scale.

It is always hard to gauge how many people are running into issues, especially considering you have to take into account the amount of iPhone 5’s sold when there’s an issue with new hardware. When it comes to iOS 6 problems there are millions of iPhone owners on a range of models updating, so any glitches will be on a much larger scale than just the new iPhone 5. Over the last few days we’ve seen numerous problems reported with iOS 6, which most notably included the new maps feature that seemed to be a big fail for thousands of people.

Apple’s iOS 6 problems incorporate iPhone 4S battery life – we’ve been contacted by a number of our readers, and also had numerous comments left on PR detailing problems with battery life after installing iOS 6 on the iPhone 4S/4. Some people find the battery life “ridiculous” after updating, and the moment they rebooted the battery “drained like crazy“. Apple’s support community also has hundreds of complaints, which explain different amounts of battery drain and some people note a fully charged battery dropping to below 15% within a couple of hours. This is on a device that worked perfectly before updating to iOS 6, so the problem has to lie with the new software.

When thousands of users experienced battery life problems with iOS 5 and the 4S some people wondered what they were talking about, which seems to be the same this year, and again proves this is a software glitch that can be fixed with a firmware update. We’ve heard from a few people losing well over 20% of battery life per hour, and one PR reader claimed a drop from 45% to 8% in under an hour. This is not normal and certainly not an experience shared by the majority of users running iOS 6, so if you have problems please let us know in the comments.

We’ve been hands-on with iPhone 5 and also iOS 6 running on the 4S model, and over the last 24 hours our first impression is a positive one. It is true that the Apple maps need working on, and for users like us that have had every iPhone it’s well known that bugs arise with new software every year. This now includes iOS 6, but Apple has a good track record for getting things fixed and you should expect most of the Apple maps problems to be fixed in the coming weeks and months. Do you think Apple should have titled the new maps application a “beta” just like they did with Siri?

How is iOS 6 for you, and do you have any major problems? We’ve found issues with the new maps but battery is just fine on our test models, although this doesn’t mean thousands of people are not having major battery life issues, so leave a comment below explaining your problem and what model of iPhone, or iPad, you are using.

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  • jasmine

    When my iPad get to 7% it turns completely off. Why?

  • jerry

    i charged my wife’s phone which is about 3 months old iPhone 4S to 89%. In one hour it went down to 32% just sitting on the table…Scary and disappointing. I’m going to the apple store to express my feeling towards this…

  • Billy jean

    My iPhone 4 has started dying at 30%.

  • I still am using my 3GS and my husband has the iPhone 4, mine won’t load games , other apps keep crashing , my wifi doesnt work either, i have hade to disable my wifi completly . and I really miss my google maps , my husbands 4 is running really slow wifi isn’t working all the time and his battery is draining faster than normal, for $200 a month I am extreamly annoyed, i loved our iphones but now for that kind of money a droid that works better and is way cheaper a month than iphone is looking better an better everyday .

  • lauri

    I waited to download iOS 6 until I could use goggle maps. Yesterday I downloaded iOS6 and my battery will not stay charged at all. I am losing about 20% an hour without using the phone at all. This is ridiculous.

  • Battery👎

    Battery life is ridiculous. Even if I’m at work all day not using my iPhone at all it drains like crazy. I usually charge it before I go to bed and over night it loses 20%. Something’s wrong here apple.

  • i have had a problem recently my iphone 4gs appears to crash but shows a low battery icon and freezes, it has happened twice now once using the itorch the other using the micoach app, the strange thing is when the issues happened just before the battery was saying around 70% full !! when i get home and pluc it into the mains the phone immedietly comes back to life showing the it is still 70% charged, is this a known glitch ??

  • my iphone 4S with ios 6.0.1 is getting hotter when i charged it on a spot where no network signal can be found and it will indicate the “pull plug” in the battery but the percent is only 80% but if i turned on the airplane mode the ” pull plug ” that indicates disappear and it will continue to 100% and my iphone gets warm.. and i also notice since this happened my iphone only last for one day even i often used it.. before it last for two days.. can anyone help me pls thanks

  • winson

    my battery life drop like insane,my 3gs is like a rubbish rite now

  • Foodguy2

    My 4s now shuts off randomly and only restarts by pressing home and power button simultaneously. Occasionally can now be used to fry an egg as well now.

  • Andrew

    I have IPhone 4, I am running. Erosion 5.1.1 because I did not want to switch to the new mapping my phone was working fine, until nov 14 my battery started to die from 100 to 0 in just 5 hours with no use and it was in the off mode, with all apps and location services off.

  • Appled

    i have an iphone 4 since the update to iOS6 and iOS6.1, the phone switches itself off regularly and the battery will not charge past 57%. I took the phone into Apple they said it wasa problem with the firmware and told me to set it up as a new phone. But if anything the problem has got worse. How can i get Apple to sort the problem as i have no warranty left and the people at the genius bar havent really got a clue!

  • Riyad

    My I phone 4s starts draining battery’s since I update to iOS 6. How can I fix this problems and I only have this phone for almost one year now. Any ideas how to fix this?

  • Ryan

    My battery goes from 49 to 8 percent in about a half hour even after charging it all night, this new update is absolutely ridiculous. Definitely go Samsung if you can

  • oskargo

    I have 4s running ios 6.0.1, was 100% charged at 7am and at 2pm was down to 19%, with not very heavy usage!

  • Changed over to ios 6 thinking it was going to be so much better, how wrong I was!! Battery now lasts between 5-6 hours from full charge to the 10% battery warning appearing, which is ridiculous. I’ve turned off all the push notifications, stopped using a lot of Apps, but it doesn’t seem to have improved it at all. Is anyone else experiencing problems turning on Wi-Fi as well now that they are using ios 6?? Even the on-off slider doesn’t illuminate when you select Wi-Fi in the settings. Then when it does appear it takes ages to connect with a Wi-Fi service. Since installing ios 6 I haven’t been able to connect to Maccy D’s cloud Wi-Fi, but it does connect to my home Wi-Fi. SORT IT OUT APPLE!!!!

  • Ducati4me

    I have an iPhone 5 and just update to iOS 6.0.1 and since then the battery goes flat, with little use in under 4 hours. It lasted 12 to 14 hours before the update. I have turned off everything, carried out a reset and reboot twice a number of times but no improvement!

  • Jo Frith

    i have 4s and updated to 6.0.1 since then I can’t use either app store or iTunes. The wifi connection is either slow as treacle or can’t see the network or once connected it drops the connection. Certainly not worth the price I paid for it.

  • asdf

    battery doesn’t in last a whole day, even with the bug updates! ridiculous!

  • Gspears

    Leif your iPhone 4s seems to go thru the battery faster I would purchase a mophie case it protects and is an additional battery all in one . Its worth the 80.00 makes my battery life almost two days.

  • Dissapoonted

    At 730 my phone was full bat 840 it was red ready to die? I thought I was only one having issues! I hate it and its been after 6.01 and it gets real hot

  • sippedOffGirl

    My apps keep crashing all the freaking time!!!! I’ve never been so sipped off in my life, this is jus crazy an ridiculous. FIX IT NOW!!! :@

  • pieRr0Ur

    My iPhone 3GS was purchased way back from 2009. It had exceptional battery life while it was running iOS 3 & 4. But when I upgraded to iOS 5, it seemed to be ridiculously draining faster. It was noticeable. I can’t go on a day without plugging it for like 3-5 times. I was looking for online solutions but none of them was actually worth noting for nothing was working. Last September, I upgraded to iOS 6. Hopeful that it might fix my battery woes, it did not. Even worse, battery life lasts for now only ~4 hours. Any suggestions? Thanks a bunch in advance! BTW, I use my iPhone for college.

  • jobel

    I have the iPhone 4 and my battery life is horrible since iso6… I used to have to charge my phone once every day or I have to charge it 2-3 times per day..I so want to be back on iso5 but tried to no avail…

  • cmann

    draining almost completely everyday within 6 hours with very little use (15 text maybe and a couple 10 minute phone calls) since update of ios6 on my 4s

  • Me

    It’s really hard now to switch security buttons, notifications choices, alarm, etc. from on to off.

  • skeetersmom

    It’s killing my iphone 4 which had NO battery issues before upgrading

  • Shannon

    My phone is charging super slow since i updated had it charging all night and it didnt get to 100 percent and if i use my phone while its charging the battery still drains! STUPID UPDATE!

  • blueocean777

    I upgraded a perfectly good working 4s to OS6. Now can’t power down the phone, the phone speaker is so quiet I can’t hear the caller without earphones and the WIFi keeps dropping off. This has happened with my phone and my wife’s phone. I have had to revert back to our old 3g phone!! I assume the iphone team is working around the clock just to clear up the iphone 5 problems and our issues are not important.

  • ptoz

    Is it possible for gps/maps to run even after the iphone (4s) is turned off? My phone was off several hours during a movie–I had used mapquest to get to the theatre and it was still running–and battery completed drained when I tried to turn it back on. I have no idea how the battery could have been drained unless mapquest was using it even though the phone was turned off. Any one know/experience this?

  • Anna

    Within 1hour I went from 100% to 47% and my phone got so hot that it said let it cool down. Temperature only emergency calls can be made

  • Oliver B

    I have a 4s and is not charging properly, i though ir Was the charger, the USB cable, ir even the socket. The iPhone is 4 months, and when battery runs out, it only charged to 20%, once gets back on, the battery icon is not showing the electric plug sign. The problem came gradually after the iOS update, first I thought the connector were the problem, I’m pretty sure not. The this morning after my alarm woke me up, I let the phone charging overnight, the screen froze and only got back to normality in the evening when the battery drained out. Now I’m trying to charge it no response. Apple has to fix this problem, I thought they weren’t as inestable as microsoft!!!

  • Guest 69

    My phone was doing fine with new upgrade at firs. Now it jumps from 55% to 9% then cuts off within 10 minutes. help!!

  • Jf

    iOS 6.0 seems to have changed the way the phone responds to aftermarket phone charging cords. My 3GS and 4s iPhones used to accept charge from my Kensington charging cord, but now that I have changed them both to iOS 6.0, they both wont charge at all from the Kensington cord but they both charge fine from the apple cord. I noticed that there are a different number of little connectors from one cord to the other.

  • Nitemare

    Apple better fix the quick drain. A lot of people are completely fumed about this. I hope they fix it in iOS 6.0.1 !!! and soon!!!! My battery was at 100% and with in an hr its at 15%!!!! Get it fixed!!!!!

  • Deb

    Battery drain is crazy…my phone does not even last a half a day!

  • Jennifer Milio

    OMG My battery doesn’t last through lunch!!! It used to last till bedtime and I never use my phone during the day!!!! This is ridiculous– apple better fix of I’m switching

  • Fred

    All Apple products need returning and having cash returned.
    That will get them to sort there probs out.
    They just money making now with NO consern for customers.

  • SellNRepent

    I seem to be having battery issues on my 4S after upgrading to OS6. Battery life is significantly less.

  • Special K

    While waiting in a dr’s waiting room, about 10 minutes, I lost 22% of my battery just by checking in on the time. God forbid me do anything to keep me occupied! I’m the last hold out in my family with the I-phone….still wondering why. I have an appointment with “The Genius” bar AGAIN this Friday so they can tell me “Hey, well we looked at it and if it does it again come back and we’ll see what we can do. We have this visit on record.” If I hear that again I might have to have the I-phone surgically removed from a “Genius Tech’s” body cavity to check’s it’s batttery life.

  • Matt

    Have 4s. Since installing 6 battery drain has been greater, but not too bad. With only a couple of sports update apps running this morning, and one text, it went down 18% in 4 hours. I haven’t gone in and switched anything off. But when I am running apps, like Pandora, the drain is definitely faster than before. Haven’t run into any operational issues yet. Not thrilled, but overall it sounds like I’ve got off easy, at least so far.

  • SayWhat

    I’m glad I switched to the Galaxy S3. I can use my phone for over 24 hours on a single charge.

  • Jeanne

    Been on my IPod Touch for couple of hours-already getting low battery warning. Used to last DAYS!!!!! iOS 6 is definitely the culprit!
    FIX IT!!!!!

  • jj

    iphone 4s, i set the alarm at 11 pm to wake me at 6:30 am, there was 74% left on the battery but the alarm never went off as the phone was dead when i woke, this has happened two nights in a row, lost 100% battery life the second night in 7.5 hours. i never had this issue on the iphone 4.

  • dylan

    i was smart and got an S3 instead of a iphone with ios 5 it sounds horrible ha

  • osman fadil

    all that negative comments and still pr defends apple talk about being in their pocket.apples 2 main strengths was suppose to be build quality and solid ios but neither are in the iphone 5.scuffed phones, broken maps but yet pr still loves apple,paid well i guess.

  • Drainsquick

    I love my iPhone but after updating to ios6 my battery drains twice as fast as it used too. Most frustrating! Come on apple… Please issue an update to fix t!!

  • Macguy

    IPhone 5 (64GB), iOS6 (obviously), 4 hours, on WiFi, LTE on, BT off, 15min fb use, 20min emailing, the rest of the time with screen off, down only 2% (I.e. now at 98%). Best battery life ever!!! Have no idea about what people are complaining about…

  • Betoo

    I have an iPhone 4s, after iOs6 the battery is dead in less than 4 hours and the back sometimes runs very, very hot.

  • bill

    Battery life is not great…..switch off siri and it improves a lot. I have noticed that shuffle no longer works on playlists when playing through bluetooth in my mazda cx5. Shuffle is selected, you press play in the car and it deselects it on the phone. It worked fine with IOS5.

  • Barbeeboo

    I updated to IOS 6 a week ago and have had numerous problems with email and battery life on my Iphone 4S. My battery is draining at a much faster rate than mentioned in this article. I just took it off the charger and replied to ane mail. In less than 5 minutes, I was at 50% charge and I already have tons of things turned off as I have never had good battery life on this phone. I also hate the new e-mail features because if I touch part of the screen by accident a photo will be attached that I didn’t even choose or the e-mail disappears into another folder or altogether. Not sure if there is a connection to the update or even possible for this to happen, but I am receiving some (not all) e-mails on my phone and not on my home computer. I checked one day’s incoming messages on my phone against my computer and three were not on the computer. E-mails move to different folders withouot me doing a thing. I was replying to an e-mail this morning, accidentally touched the screen somehow (I guess) a photo attached that I didn’t choose, I couldn’t get rid of the photo. I saved the draft because I didn’t have time to continue and then I found the e-mail in my “Sent” folder. It’s making me crazy and I think I have to make an appt at the apple store. My disabled son has an Ipad. Regretfully I also updated it. Certain apps have disappeared from the home screen including the clock. I haven’t played with it yet, but I bet it has other problems too. Wish I’d ignored the update,.

  • jk

    since updating to the ios6 on my iphone 4
    my batter dies on 50% or 60% or even as high as 80%

    its fucken annoying..
    what can i do?

    • jk

      *my PHONE DIES*

  • ted

    Before the os 6 update, my battery lasted a fully day without ANY problem, Now it last less than 6 hours. This is STUPID!!!! I want my PHONE Fixed. Do they not test this craq BEFORE they release it? By the way my phone is less than 6 months old. Im so disappointed in apple.

  • My iPhone 4 battery lasts more than a day. Usually by the end of the day I still had 30 to 40%. Now with the IOS6 by 14:30 I have 50% witch means that it will not last the day!!!
    I have reduced the number of apps, and localization but no mayor improvement. I am hoping for an update soon… Please Apple!

  • phonesucks

    Never have had to charge so much since the iso update. Spouse, who barely uses his phone also has his on a charger at least onece a day. Seems like anything I do takes the battery down fast. I would guess I have lost at minimum 40% of my usage time. Can’t understand why iso improvements cause so many more issues. Would love to have a solution now. Hard to run a business with a phone that keeps going dead!

  • Andy Energy

    I upgraded my Iphone 4 os from 5 to 6 and now it does not always go to sleep. when it does not sleep it has a huge drain on the battery an the phone gets warm. I would love the hand warmer if i did not live in a warm climate.

  • Bettyboop19

    My battery is lasting literally hours, can’t put up with that its a joke !!