Scotty Loveless, a former Apple Genius, has posted the best guide we’ve seen to solving iOS battery drain. Unlike many guides that tell you to turn off every feature, Loveless offers a more targeted approach, including instructions on how to test battery drain and specific suggestions that are likely to improve battery life. Two surprises: the Facebook app is a huge battery hog and quitting apps may hurt battery life. follow link
Arrange Icons on the iPhone/iPod touch Home Screens
Unhappy with the arrangement of your icons? You can move them around as follows: First, hold down on any Home screen icon until all the icons wiggle. Now, drag the icons to their desired locations (drag left or right to get to other screens). Finally, press the physical Home button on your device. (Unlike earlier releases, iPhone Software 2.1 doesn't move just-updated apps to the end of your Home screens, so your icons should be more stationary once you've installed the update.)
Remember that you can replace Apple's default icons in the four persistent spots at the bottom of the screen with your four most-used apps!
The Ultimate Guide to iPhone Battery Drain
I could see that my wife's iPhone 4S was never sleeping (Usage and Standby times were equal). GREAT! I finally had a diagnosis of the problem.
How come this advice is not better known?
But, Apple offers no insight nor tools to help fix this.
Force quit every app - nope. Restarts - nope. Upgrade to iOS 7 - nope. More Restarts - nope. Turn off Location Services - nope. Turn off Background App Refresh - nope. More force quits - nope. Install Battery Performance Monitor apps - nope.
So now what?
Installing System Activity Monitor app helped, but the savings finally came from deleting an old Mail account which obviously was caught in a loop.
Surely Apple could give tools to identify issues like this earlier?