Has Battery Life Improved After Upgrading To iOS 6.1?

iPhone Battery Life

When Apple released iOS 6.0.2 for iPhone 5 and iPad mini to fix some Wi-Fi related issues, a number of people reported that they were facing battery life issues after upgrading to it.

While Apple did not mention anything about iOS 6.1 improving battery life in the release notes, we’ve seen a few scattered reports which suggest that Apple may have fixed some of the bugs that was affecting battery life.

I have personally not seen any major improvements, but one of our readers commented that he was seeing improved battery life on his iPhone 4 after upgrading to iOS 6.1.

great battery improvement …. 100% to 99% for 4 hours in standby with wifi enabled … really great performance than ios 6.0.1 …..

Folks at EVDOinfo are also claiming that they’re seeing improved battery life after upgrading to iOS 6.1.

With an iPhone 5 running iOS 6.0.2, the above screenshot would show battery life around 93 – 94%.  After installing iOS 6.1, the battery indicator is still at 100%.  In fact, this screen show was take 15 minutes ago and the iPhone 5 still shows 100%.  This is insane battery life.


Have you upgraded to iOS 6.1? What has been your experience? Are you seeing improved battery life? Let us know in the comments below.


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  • Mike121989

    Since instslling ios 6.1 to my iphone 4 my battery life has been a lot better. So yes i think they fixed it.

  • Ed

    Apple can have the battery indicator anything they want. A test based on time needs to be done to rule out they haven’t just fudged the battery indicator numbers.

    • me

      Right Ed, remember when they did the jocky thing with the antenna meter a few updates back. Nothing is true.

  • Jordie

    Yes, I think apple solved the problem. My battery went to 99% after an 50mins or so.. I used it alot that time for texting and email. So good job Apple!

  • http://www.unitedworx.com Paris Paraskeva

    hmm upgrade my iPad last night to iOS 6., haven’t used it for today yet but battery is still at 100% . iPhone 5 will surely show if battery is improved. Updating my iPhone now. Although i figured out that having my 3G off doubles my battery life from 1 day to 2 days! Am mostly under wifi anyway but while not edge is fast enough for emails or some quick browsing.

  • http://twitter.com/djhak Hakim

    My iPhone 5 has not noticed an improvement yet (only upgraded late last night), but doesn’t seem worse than 6.0.1 either

    • iphone 4 user

      rest all setting …then drain the battery to 0% and charge it full ….. i did that and its help my iphone 4 to get good battery performance …..
      hope its work with you

      • duh

        Post hoc ergo propter hoc

  • iphone 4 user

    yes its very good update … good battery life improvement …… this is a screen shot for my iphone with wifi enabled in standby …. really great

  • snipey36

    While overcharge always feels nice, it could still all be artificial, and the percentage decay could be not continous… Same like the last 10 percent always burn down faster than the 10 before that

  • joker

    so from my personal testing on 6.0.2 iphone 5 i could burn my battery quite quickly in a 5 hour day of moderate use (checking messages/replying, emails,twitter etc…) i could get my battery down to 3-5% and then i would hit youtube just to attempt to burn it faster via LTE connection what i tend to notice each time i did this was once the battery hit 2% – 1% it would actually stay and hang on for a good 10-20 minutes meaning it wasn’t displaying an actual 1-2% life span.. anyways on to 6.1 i left a youtube video running 30mins on LTE and seen only a slight change of 3-5% drainage from 100% bringing it to 95-97% life so in my testing i’ve seen a drastic change in the life span (or maybe they just messed with the indicator to make us all so much more happy.) only time will tell…. i’m planning on doing a full timed test between my iphone 4s and 5 on same OS doing the same thing constantly to see how battery life has changed between the phones and the OS update. *i will also test on an iphone 5 and 4s still on 6.0.1/2* and i will post out my findings once i make time to do this.

    • Chuck Emoth

      If u do get time. Thanks for scoring one for the team!!! I will really appreciate it.

    • surfin4hot

      (or maybe they just messed with the indicator to make us all so much more happy.) – quite possible. good point. what im thinking is app developers should also take into consideration the amount of battery usage an app should take.

  • Nicholas Oldroyd

    Lol, this is not good battery life. This is just uncalibrated battery life. You lost all your battery calibration when you updated your OS.

    A new firmware version can’t magically make battery life better. All it can do is improve battery life if it was abnormally low due to some battery draining bug. There were no problematic battery draining bugs in 6.0.2. The only one somewhat recently was iOS 5 and getting location services stuck on.

    • Zangpakto

      6.0.2 wasn’t a battery draining bug, but the wifi bga was set in aggressive mode due to wifi issues which in turn drained battery faster than was normal, it was an indirect response to a bug that affected the iOS 6 and 6.0.1.

      Almost a bug to fix a bug… Was likely put in place as 6.1 was almost finished and would keep the people happy till the update.

  • Eric

    You need to do a total charge (overnight) followed by a timed total power exhaustion. That’s the only meaningful number.

  • http://twitter.com/ktsk88 ken

    Yes i do experiencing better battery life on my 3GS, 4S and New Ipad

  • Gghost9

    IOS 6.1 KILLING BATTERY!!! Phone 5 was fine until I just upgraded. PISSED:(

    • Dee

      Reset settings then wear it down to 1-2% and fully charge it in one go. It helped mine and I got about 10 hours of usage :)

  • http://twitter.com/HiTekkSteff Stephaughn Alston

    I will admit the 1st time I used my i5 after updating to 6.1 I was on 100% for about 30mins (of heavy use on Safari and switching to Tweetbot) but I realized that at the end of the day I was at the normal percentage I’m usually at when I’m ending my day. I say this to say that I think apple may have tweaked the code a little bit too make it look like your getting better battery life but in reality… well you know.

  • raiderz

    My iPhone 5 last charged Monday 10pm, its now Wednesday 10:35am, down to 43%, usually couldn’t get a full day out of a charge on 6.0.2.

  • iphone 4 user

    very good battery performance than ios 6.0.1

  • http://www.facebook.com/THExREALxTACO Jeremy Taco Patterson

    Just in casual observation, it does seem to be noticeably better. And… I noticed it before I saw any posts or discussion about it, so I know it wasn’t conditioning to expect it.

    Always welcome some more battery life!

  • Andy

    I just woke up and noticed that my battery still showed 9% left. When I went to bed 8 hrs ago it read 15%. I thought for sure it would’ve been dead this morning. The new update has helped my iphone5 :)

  • Max

    iOS 6.1 on my iPad 4 with WiFi its kiling my battery and its hotter….

  • Ron

    After I upgrade my Iphone 4 to OS 6.1, My Battery now drains in under 6 hours of normal ussage… I used to get almost 2 days….. no improvement at all… This sucks

  • MF

    6.1 killing iPhone4

    • Fiona

      and iphone 4s! My battery went from 40% to 9% in 10 minutes, then i rebooted and it was at 29%

  • Marc

    Battery life drastically improved on my iPhone5 after upgrading to 6.1, or at least the indicator would have me believe so. After six hours light usage still reading 90%. Would have been 80 or less before. Maybe I won’t have to go everywhere with the charger in my pocket in future,

  • Michel

    Iphone 4 with ios 6.1is too slow and battery life = 3 hours :-(