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Why won't my iPhone 3GS hold a charge?

it dies super quickly even if I don't use it

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Throughout the day...or as often as possible..when all your icons are showing..double click on your round circle at the bottom of the phone. All the programs you have running will appear. Hold down on one of them until they start to jiggle. As they jiggle a red circle w/ a white minus sign will appear. Touch the circle (w/ the minus sign) and it will shut down the programs. (you will not lose anything if you are in the middle of something). then, click the ph off at the top. My battery will last for two days by doing this and i use my ph A LOT.

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Cool thanks helped me out!!! Did not know this!
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Wow learn someting new everyday!!! Every single app or program I have came up on the bottome?? If I had done that in the past I would have thought it might delete them and been afraid to press the red- button, lol! But I did what you suggested and will see how my next charge lasts.....thanks alot!! I am charging it right now ;0)
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Go to the store where you purchased the phone and ask for their recommendations

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You may have burnt up the internal battery. You should take it in to where you bought it.

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You probably need a new phone or a new charger, the prongs are probably loose in either devices

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Mine does that too -_-

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Return to original purchase site & have them check your main/internal battery for a problem there.

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battery is burned out. my phones is it turns off all the time

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I have a 3GS also, and initially I was having
battery problems and other equally irritating issues.
For myself, I always go to the Apple Community Blog and
read the issues that our fellow "Apple Owners" are facing. It
doesn't matter if the answer comes from a guy in Ireland or
a dude from " down under", they will have the same issue
that I am having - and they have worked out the solution.
Often "Apple" needs to cover their butt, so any responses
from their lines, or Apple warranty has been a waste of their
time, and mine. One thing that I would do is get a good battery
charger and protector from I Tunes. For .99 cents you can purchase
a great app that not only has wise information, but also protects your
battery.
I believe that when my battery issue came up, I was advised to do
3 things. 1. Transfer my non essential apps to my laptop. 2. Do the small things that they advise everyone to do when you initially purchased your phone ( like -change your message time from push,
to manual. It is not a big deal, but when you add all the small suggestions together= it may save your phone and your mind.
Last but certainly not least, I am certain you have noticed that
since the I-4 phones hit the market, we have had a ton of " updates"
from Apple and ATT. Go back and make certain that you DID take the time to do the updates. I found that just missing 1 small update
caused my battery to charge slow, run out quickly and was a over-all
pain. But, once I did the down-load, my phone is really fast, and has
almost all the qualities of the I -4's except the Face to Face capacity.
Don't give up, Apple is the best product on the market, but at times they are pressured to release new items before all the bugs have been addressed. Good Luck, Lannie


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Depends on battery and usage.

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I have the same problem and when I went to the place I bought it from they just told me I need to let the phone die completely before I charge it so it can reboot. Stuff I had already tried and already knew. The posts here were more helpful than AT&T. Thanks!

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It's a sign, it's telling you that you should get an iPhone 4(;

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OK, so I restored everything to my husband's 3G, and that was a nightmare. In the process, all of his photos were lost, even though I was sure I backed them up. When I restored, all of my old info reloaded (my hand me down phone). Any idea how to get the pics back, or are they just lost? Thanks all.

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