How long does your iPhone 6s battery last on average?


Until the iPhone 6 Plus, Apple used to be getting a lot of flak about the comparatively small capacity of the batteries they put in their most popular smartphone model. Granted, the iPhones usually don't need large batteries, as the synergy of the custom power-sipping Apple chipset, the latest generation displays, and the proprietary iOS optimized for the homemade hardware meant that even with sub-2000 mAh batteries, Apple's handsets manage to get you through the day.

Nowadays, however, where even midrangers are equipped with 3000+ mAh batteries in comparatively slim and light chassis, the proverbial daily charge may not cut it. Enter the iPhone 6s, and its first battery life tests - it managed to nail an "excellent" score during our own, surviving more than 8 hours of screen-on time while displaying our proprietary imagery mashup that aims to emulate real-world usage. Given that the iPhone usually has no issues with power draw while on standby, eight hours and change of screen-on time typically mean at least a day and a half of real-life usage.

Battery life (hours) Higher is better
HTC 10 7h 10 min (Good)
Apple iPhone 6 5h 22 min (Poor)
Samsung Galaxy S7 6h 37 min (Average)
Apple iPhone 6s 8h 15 min (Excellent)
Charging time (minutes) Lower is better
HTC 10 100
Apple iPhone 6 147
Samsung Galaxy S7 88
Apple iPhone 6s 150

That is why we wanted to ask you how long does your iPhone 6s last on average according to your unscientific observations. Does it have to be charged at the end of the typical workday, does it last you the evening out? Maybe it's good till noon the next day if you charge it in the morning, or, hey, it might even last you throughout the weekend! Granted, everybody has different usage types, but, after all, the handset has been around for almost ten months now, and owners should have a pretty good overview if battery life has gotten better with the latest iPhone edition. Take your pick in the poll below, and tell us your experience with the iPhone 6s' longevity with normal everyday usage.

How long does your iPhone 6s battery last on average?

Less than 12 hours (gets me through the workday)
48.45%
About 12 hours (gets me through the day)
24.43%
About 24 hours (it's done by the next morning)
14.16%
About 36 hours (gets me till noon the next day)
6.78%
About 48 hours (gets me through the weekend)
2.59%
More than two days
3.59%

Related phones

iPhone 6s
  • Display 4.7" 750 x 1334 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Apple A9 APL0898, Dual-core, 1840 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 1715 mAh(14h 3G talk time)

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77 Comments

1. LeSerpentVincent

Posts: 66; Member since: May 30, 2016

Where is the option "more than a weeks" ? :)

2. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

That does not exist for current smartphones!

6. LeSerpentVincent

Posts: 66; Member since: May 30, 2016

My iphone 6s last 7 days and 6s plus last 9 days so my option is this :)

9. lamseunyau

Posts: 38; Member since: Apr 27, 2015

I hear your sarcasm. at least i hope it is

11. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

No he's bring real, he just doesn't use his iPhone... Must really hate it or something.

14. sebbellic01

Posts: 305; Member since: May 03, 2016

The lies....

15. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Yea whatever, you only know BS. Don't you always selfie and edit your disgusting body every time? Selfie won't drain your battery too much?

25. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

And when you turn them on?

44. dimas

Posts: 3363; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

He won't dare. He's afraid he'll lose 1% if he does something to his phone.

18. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

take a look at oukitel k10000 (but it have horrid hardware, lol)

34. IronTech

Posts: 153; Member since: May 27, 2016

Dude, my iPad lasts a month as I only use my Android phone and PC laptop as my daily driver.

59. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

Lol... I hope it's some kind of sarcasm, that's resembles my usage a lot. My iPad 4 last 3 weeks cuz i rarely use it. If you are using it for gaming it will last up to 3 days. Still a great battery life though.

38. dirtydirty00

Posts: 428; Member since: Jan 21, 2011

Where is the "less than 12 hours" option for those who recharge every couple of hours

3. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

:) My older iPhone 6, with a degrading battery (500 cycles) usually gets me through a day with no problems, around the 20% mark the next morning when I put it on charge again... Decent if not amazing, nowhere near as bad as what I hear on sites like this! :)

20. WPX00

Posts: 511; Member since: Aug 15, 2015

My sister uses a 6 and she says the battery is almost always around 55 to 60 percent on the morning of day 2, but she always charges it before she goes to work for she has "no confidence going to work with a half full iPhone"

47. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

My wife's 6 months old iphone 6 needs to get into the charger every afternoon......So I guess you really can't measure the stamina of a phone by 1 person.......It depends on how people use it.....

5. Android_Lollipop

Posts: 155; Member since: May 05, 2015

PA. How do you know whether the person voted own an iPhone? How do you account this?

24. AmashAziz

Posts: 2927; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Well it depends entirely on the honesty of the voter then. Its not Phonearena's fault if we vote high just to make people believe that the iPhone is the best.......

7. ahmadkun

Posts: 586; Member since: May 02, 2016

a year as AVERAGE .. you know note 4 :)

8. dimas

Posts: 3363; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Got 6s, waking up at 5am, starts work at 7am, do lots of email, calls with bluetooth music playing in the office and little internet with youtube on breaktime, never made it 'til 2pm and gave it to mom after one week. Got s7 edge, same routine and lasted me a full day with 30% remaining. Always on display disabled, that remaining 30% can still keep the phone up 'til 11am of heavy email with music playing at the second day.

27. AmashAziz

Posts: 2927; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Everyone has different times depending on their usage. Whether you are giving false statements, or got an iphone with a 3rd party battery, only these two reasons come into my mind!

28. dimas

Posts: 3363; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

You already said it, everyone have different time usage. I use my phones between moderate to heavy use. My personal moderate means always checking email and answering calls from managers to regular employees through the day. Your last sentence does not conform with your first one. Translation: I respect your time usage but I'm so butthurt with it that I'm quite accusing you of just being a liar.

37. AmashAziz

Posts: 2927; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Ok its my mistake, the two statements are really diff. The only way they are connected is this: Even if your galaxy outperforms the iPhone, how does it happen with the genuine hardware and exactly same usage on both phones? My own judgement, several original utube videos, and many sites have claimed the iPhone to be the winner. How does it not imply to ur iphone. Thats why I asked whether it had a non stock battery, or you did not use them with exactly same uage times?

42. dimas

Posts: 3363; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

"Even if your galaxy outperforms the iPhone, how does it happen with the genuine hardware and exactly same usage on both phones?" Because physically, s7 edge have the bigger battery and quite optimized as well? Never used always on display, disabled curved edge swipe & pre-installed unused apps, no facebook app even in my iphone 6s because that demon egg app sucks, kept brightness at 45% because it's still so damn bright. No extra background apps when I'm working aside from asphalt 8, gmail, skype and yahoo messenger (yes I am ancient). I don't use non-stock battery from monday to friday, I only use zero lemon when I'm on vacation during weekends just to make sure that I can take pictures and videos of the family on special moments without worrying of getting lowbat. Exact same usage times. That's my daily work routine from iphone 6s to s7 edge. You can use youtube review as guides but at the end of the day, it's your usage that will judge if you're satisfied with your phone. There were reviews about htc a9 saying that it sucks but man, that phone is awesome if not for the price and small battery. And I can give you a small personal review: Xiaomi's Mi 5? It sucks for power users. Multitasking and battery endurance is a s**t for my standard. Xperia X's front bezels and corners are fugly in real life. Don't believe everything the internet media tell you. Try them test them on showrooms. Borrow from your friends if you can ask someone before buying a phone, it's all worth it.

45. dimas

Posts: 3363; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Oh s**t, I've gone techiexp. Sorry for the 5 paragraphs PA community, won't happen again.

66. AmashAziz

Posts: 2927; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

We all need to understand one thing here: Dont bash techiexp because there isn't a limit as to how long you can write. What we need to know is that whatever we write, it should just be sensible enough. That's it friend!

69. AmashAziz

Posts: 2927; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Well I guess we need to finalise our discussion. Because if you are saying the truth, then you could really have much better battery life on the S7 instead of iPhone with exactly same usage routine. I cannot argue with you, as I have no reason to do so. My judgements have seen the iPhone to win, but I must not force you to accept the iphone as better amongst the two. There could be reasons why our tests are largely different. But since we cannot prove each other wrong, it's better to end it here! But one last thing, larger battery doesn't always mean more battery life. It mostly depends upon the software optimizations. Note 5 has better life than s7 edge even with 500 mAh lesser. So there we go, on our ways. Nice arguments though :-)

50. AlikMalix unregistered

Dumas I had an opposite experience. I try android every two years and so far in 2012 I tried an s4. That phone died laying on table while not used, I loose 10% in two hours while NOT using the phone. My 5s lasted a day and sometimes a day and a morning with moderate use (I only charge it the first day of I'm playing games like RR3 and AfterPulse). No my 6s lasts they the day and onto next day - late morning. The note 4 I tried before purchasing the 6s also kept loosing juice while not in use. Although while using it it's the same as my 6s. I liked to draw a lot on note4. Their spen was much better than my 3rd party styluses for iDevices. So comparing screen time for screen time note 4 with a much larger battery lasted me same as 6s with smaller battery. Average use both needed to be charged either when I go to sleep or in the morning. Problem with android phones (from my experience) they don't hold charge when the phone isn't used like iPhones - I can leave my iPhone with 3% and it will wake me up in the morning with 2% left. If I left my 4s at 20-25% it will be dead in the morning. If I left my note 4 with 15-18% it will be dead in the morning. This is anecdotal to you, I know. But I'm saying the truth.

76. DerryAhmad

Posts: 296; Member since: May 05, 2012

Things changed quite a bit in the Android world since 2015, and impoved alot in battery life since the Marshmallow update. I've been an Android and IOS users since 2008 and I can confirm prior to 2015, Android battery life was bad. Now, I'm very happy with my S7 Edge battery life. It has the best battery life from a smartphone that I've ever had.

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 31045; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Mine comes off the charger at 4am, and goes back on around 7:30-8:00pm with around 20% left. Easily gets me thru my work day (8.5 hrs), and a whole lot more.

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