HOW TO: Fix The iPhone 4S Battery Problem Everyone Is Complaining About

iphone battery life

The complaints about horrible battery life on the iPhone 4S continue to roll in.

After reporting about it last week, we had a ton of commenters complain. Then we found this thread in Apple’s help forums. It’s packed with at least 157 pages of comments with iPhone 4S owners complaining about poor battery life.

There doesn’t seem to be a simple solution yet, and commenters in the thread have had varying levels of success tweaking their iPhone’s settings to help conserve power.

Until Apple figures out what’s wrong — they’re not commenting on the issue now — we have some tips for keeping your iPhone 4S battery going.

We know you probably love Siri, but it does use up a lot of processing power. And that uses up a lot of your battery. Switch Siri off until you absolutely need it.

Turn off Ping. Ping continues to talk to iTunes, using up battery life. We bet you don't use Ping anyway, so turn it off under Settings > General > Restrictions

iOS 5 lets you sync purchased music and apps between your iDevices. You can turn this off to save some battery life.

Apps running in the background can be a drain on your battery life. Close them by double tapping your home button, then hold your finger down on an app for a second. When the icons start wiggling, tap the red circle to close each one.

Your screen can suck a lot of power. Turn off Auto-Brightness and adjust the screen manually with this slider.

Turning off push notifications can drain your battery too. Go to Settings > Notifications to manage which apps are allowed to send you push updates.

From Settings > Location Services, you can turn off all features and apps on your phone that transmit your location. Over time, this could save a lot of battery life.

If all else fails, try resetting your phone. Sometimes there are processes running in the background that you can't control. Resetting your phone back to factory settings should fix that. Just don't forget to back up first!

More on the iPhone 4S...

NOW WATCH: Tech Insider videos

Want to read a more in-depth view on the trends influencing Australian business and the global economy? BI / Research is designed to help executives and industry leaders understand the major challenges and opportunities for industry, technology, strategy and the economy in the future. Sign up for free at