iPhone 4S Battery Life Drain Caused By Bug In Location Services

by Landon Lockhart on October 30, 2011

As of yesterday we were told that there were no major suspects in the case of the iPhone 4S battery drain. Today a possibly candidate is beginning to come forth. A bug in the Location Services, more specifically the “Setting Time Zone” option, is causing the iPhone to attempt to obtain your location at unnecessary times.

Location Services use many different aspects of the device, hence the reason for such battery drain from this bug. What should you do to temporarily fix the problem?

Navigate your iPhone 4S to Settings, Location Services, System Services, and simply switch off then”Setting Time Zone” option. Users have reported significant increases in battery life after doing so.

Obviously the downside to using this option as a fix for your battery draining issues is that your phone will no longer set it’s own time zone when you travel, at lest until Apple patches the bug. In this case, however, the increase in battery life you will gain by turning “Setting Time Zone” off is a trade worth making. You will simply have to adjust your time manually if necessary.

Apple has not given any official statements on the matter.

(Via TheGurdian)

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  • Sharmuta

    Wow 30% increase In battery, thank you for this post!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1544417323 John Bennett

    the time should go by the network not location.

  • บิวคับ เมย์ค่ะ

    i think ipone 4 too Setting Time Zone away on.

  • Kerem

    I noticed when turning this setting off on all of my idevices it was using the service at that time. So I’m guessing it really was constently running in the background. Hope this works. Thanks for the post!

  • Afdenmead

    This fix sorted the battery issue I had on my iPhone 4. Now can someone find a way to fix the massive amount of data my phone is using. Even when my phone is just sat there on the side it burning through my data allowance like theres no tomorrow. I’ve now turned off iCloud lets see if that works?

  • Vladpayne

    It was kind of obvious. I turned off the option from the start.

  • Teaman90983

    +1 This did help and I noticed a difference. Thanks!

  • http://hostpapacoupon.co/ John

    At least it’s not a bigger bug it’s just the time zone function after all.

  • Hudson55

    It works for me! I did this 3 days ago and I see the difference in battery usage.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=645156854 Nick Barnes

    I know people have been having problems with Location Services but my issue was that my battery was drained within 6 hours with location services switched off with minimum usage. I turned off Network Data Services and it used only 5% in 6 hours, can this be right?

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