Does SmartThings degrade iPhone battery life


(Brian B) #1

I have started to use my iPhone 5S as a presence sensor. It seems the battery life of my phone is degraded considerably since doing so. Are there any ways to minimize the impact on my phone?


(Ben Edwards) #2

Any apps that use geo-location will use more battery, yes. In the latest version of iOS you can actually see which apps are using the most battery. Settings > General > Usage > Battery Usage


(Brian B) #3

If I block geolocation, will the SmartThings be able to use my phone as a presence sensor based on its connection to the wifi network, or will the presence feature completely disappear?


(Ben Edwards) #4

The phone needs geo-location to utilize presence detection. It is enhanced with w-fi turned on but currently cannot only utilize wi-fi.


(Don Bragg) #5

I have the same problem with the iPhone 5s. Significant batter consumption. It’s the top app on my phone, with 39% battery usage.

Is the SmartThings App geolocation polling smart enough to poll less frequently the farther you are from home? That could significantly cut battery usage.