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It seems like almost every firmware iteration I write an article regarding battery life issues. Yesterday, TheNextWeb wrote a large piece on the amount of Apple support threads claiming issues with battery life on iOS 6.1. I have heard mixed stories from comments and Twitter about whether battery life has been effected on iOS 6.1. Personally, I haven’t noticed any significant battery drain on my device since updating to iOS 6.1, in some ways I would actually say my battery life is better.
Regardless this doesn’t divert from the fact that there is a large amount of individuals experiencing battery life troubles on iOS 6.1. TNW reports that users have been claiming battery life issues since first upgrading, and points to numerous threads on Apple’s support forums that have amounted hundreds of replies.
A quick search on the Apple Support Communities forum for iOS 6.1 battery shows this is not an isolated problem.
The earliest report we could find was created on January 28 and actually comes from a user reporting great battery life on his iPhone 5. Yet the first reply is from another iPhone 5 user who is “seeing the exact opposite” and the thread goes down from there. It goes on for 11 pages, and at the time of writing has 157 replies.
There’s another 16-page thread started on January 29 (239 replies at the time of writing) and a third started on February 4 with just three replies. All these threads have the majority of their replies coming in today, on February 8.
Unfortunately it is hard to point to a specific problem associated with battery life issues because everyone has different settings on their devices. Regardless there is a couple things to do if you are experiencing battery life issues on iOS 6.1 that we have outlined below…
- Microsoft Exchange: If you have Microsoft Exchange enabled on your device, it is worth noting there has been some reports that iOS 6.1 does not play nice with Microsoft’s service and a manual patch is require as outlined here.
- Turn Off LTE:Why would you want to turn off LTE? Well, if you live in an area where you only get 1 or 2 bars of LTE connectivity and your connection constantly switches between LTE and 3G then this means your device is using a lot of battery power trying to maintain its LTE connection. This was the situation with myself and when I turned LTE off my battery life increased dramatically and my data connection is actually more stable.
- Remove Applications From The Multitasking Tray: There has been mixed reports whether removing applications from the multitasking tray actually has any effect on your battery life, but I know a lot of people swear by this and who knows, it might work for you.
- Reset Your Network Settings: Resetting your network settings can be done by launching the Settings app, going into the General tab, followed by Reset and then tapping the Reset Network Settings button. Doing this will indeed reset all your network settings including including passwords, VPN, and APN, but has said to have a positive effect on battery life for those experiencing troubles.
- Turn Off Unused Features: Not using Bluetooth? Turn it off! Not using Wi-Fi? Turn it off. You get the drift… look through your Settings app and try to pin-point any functionality you don’t use on a regular basis (like Location Services for Diagnostics & Usage, Location Based iAds, Setting Time Zone, Push notifications etc.) and turn it off.
- Restore Your Device: Although restoring your device is never ideal it has actually been the number one thing that a lot of people have had success with in fixing their battery life issues.
Have you experienced battery life issues on iOS 6.1? Let us know if you have discovered anything that fixed them in the comments section.