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10-30-2011, 08:31 PM #1
Setting Time Zone Feature Claimed To Be Culprit For iPhone 4S Battery Draining Issues
If you are one of the many people that have upgraded to the iPhone 4S, you may have been experiencing some issues with your battery. Since the release of the iPhone 4S, many users have been complaining and trying to look for a way to resolve the issue while others have contemplated switching back to an older iOS device until Apple resolves the issue. It appears that a fix has been found though, all you have to do is: turn your “Setting Time Zone” switch to OFF in the Settings > Location Services > System Services (at the bottom of the page).
What has been noticed by many is that when you switch this feature OFF, the standby time has gone up significantly. After testing this on an iPhone 4S, the new iPhone only lost 5% of its total battery life. The tip originally stems from Oliver Haslam, who noted that the bug likely lives inside iOS 5 and not necessarily within the iPhone 4S hardware. The “Setting Time Zone” ends up tracking constantly instead of periodically, causing the battery time to be severely cut down. According to Haslam, the folks over at iDownloadblog ran some tests as well and saw the same result:
We have tested this method on 4 different iPhone 4s handsets, including an iPhone 4 and an iPhone 3GS. All have reported drastically improved battery life after switching ‘Setting Time Zone’ off.
If you have tried it already, what has your experience been with it so far? If you haven’t give it a shot, come back, and let us know afterward!
Source: The Guardian via iDownloadBlog
Last edited by Akshay Masand; 10-30-2011 at 08:35 PM.
10-30-2011, 08:38 PM #2
Awesome thanks also turn off Location-Based iAds in the same location
10-30-2011, 08:52 PM #3
Is it random? Or does it affect everyone? I just now turned it off, but my battery lasts at least one day, sometimes two if I don't use it much. I would be so happy if it did increase my battery.
10-30-2011, 09:08 PM #4
This will increase battery life on all iDevices running iOS 5.
10-30-2011, 09:09 PM #5
I'm trying this now, I had been told to kill location services all together and it would help. Hopefully this does it. I have a iPhone 4 with iOS 5. When I upgraded the battery started dying faster.
10-30-2011, 09:43 PM #6
Mine doesn't even have a gray or purple arrow next to it, meaning it hasn't used my location in over 24 hours. This won't help my battery.
10-30-2011, 09:49 PM #7
I found my battery was draining hard one day and then I opened my reminders and found I had left it on a new reminder where I was setting the location so it was constantly scanning for "current location". I think turning off location settings for each app when ever possible will be a huge help, as using my TomTom app smashes my battery.
10-30-2011, 09:51 PM #8
Thanks for the info
10-30-2011, 09:52 PM #9Starlight Computer Wizardry
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10-30-2011, 10:24 PM #10
I was on the phone today with apple tech support about this issue, and they couldn't give me any answers as to why this might be happening. They said if I disable the following services / features it will help;
- push email (fetch manually)
- location service for apps
- passcode lock
- wifi (when not at a hotspot)
- brightness (keep it low as possible)
- photo stream
I told them I bought the new iPhone 4s to use these features and that I didn't have this issue on my other devices running 4.3.3.
I'm happy to learn a solution has been found, hopefully this will be fixed with an update. Funny how Apple couldn't figure this out given they created iOS 5.
Oddly enough my clock was 3 hours fast as of yesterday on my devices.
Last edited by Striknine; 10-30-2011 at 10:31 PM.
10-30-2011, 10:25 PM #11
You iPhone users have no idea how good you've got it. Samsung galaxy s2: 2-3 charges a DAY! Man i miss my iPhone 4! Do not, i repeat DO NOT jump ship for android! Not if you value battery life and overall usability! For the love of god!...Don't do it! You have a sweet thing going with the iPhone.
10-30-2011, 10:28 PM #12
I don't see a difference yet. O.o
10-30-2011, 10:35 PM #13
Damn it! I could have been famous for discovering this bug! I found it the day after I got my 4[S]!
10-30-2011, 10:47 PM #14
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Just checked and also noticed that "compass calibration" had a grey arrow along with "location based I-ads" and "setting time zone". I have had my 4S for about a week and have yet to use the compass in maps or by itself. I turned that off as well. I'll update tomorrow how much it helps, thanks.
10-30-2011, 11:49 PM #15
10-31-2011, 12:25 AM #16
Thanks for the info.
Just below setting time zones is one called "Traffic". Anybody know what "Traffic" is?
10-31-2011, 12:28 AM #17
Already had this option turned off (from day 1) and my 4S's battery life is still terrible. My iPhone 4 with push email, iMessage, Bluetooth, Wi-fi, notifications, reminders and just about everything else turned on fairs very well on the battery, but the 4S's battery life goes down more than twice as quickly with all the same settings. Perhaps the time zone setting did cause some battery drain, but there's still an issue elsewhere. I can only imagine that it's related to Siri or another difference in the iOS 5 software for the 4S versus the 4, because my 4 has a super battery in comparison. I'd normally suspect that I just got a dud 4S, but a lot of people seem to be having battery issues with it so I'm betting that's not the case.
10-31-2011, 03:25 AM #18
10-31-2011, 03:31 AM #19
Hahaha, too much android data here, let's move on to other comments ^_^
10-31-2011, 04:07 AM #20I agree
Last edited by kokowawa; 10-31-2011 at 04:10 AM.