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17 responses to “Fixing the Battery Problem your Android Smartphone Seems to Have”

  1. Robert

    I had a similar problem with my Nexus One…. When I bought it I plugged it up to a charger for a good 24 hours before it was ever turned on for the first time. The battery seemed like a champ.. With moderate use it lasted almost 36 hours with out needing to be charged. Then it died (or it dropped below 20% and started asking for food) and I plugged it up…. for the next week it barely lasted me from 7:30 in the morning until 9 at night to get to the same 20% feed me level. Which honestly isn’t THAT BAD on smart phone but not great… I had to start some what rationing out my use if I planned to be out late that night or make sure it hit the desk top dock for a few hours during the day. Then I powered it off as I like to do with all electronic devices I have from time to time and let it charge over night. BAM!!! The battery lasted me nearly a day and a half again… So from that point forward I started turning it OFF at night to charge and got easily 50 – 75% better battery life out of the phone. With 3 e-mail accounts, facebook, weather all set at 1/2 hour sync times and GPS turned on. Amazing the difference…. Two weeks ago I dumped the Nexus One threw down a deposit on an EVO and have been living with a Hero on Sprint since… Same issue with the Hero.. Turn it off and charge it and it last longer than leaving it on… Only difference is the Hero (A major step backwards from the Nexus One) isn’t as power hungry and easily last all day and night on a single charge.. Matter of fact I went two full days with out needing to plug it up on the charger but man it’s freaking SLOW and no where near as fluid as the Nexus One was…

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  4. Dennis Moore

    NFN, but I can’t charge with the phone turned off with my Droid. When I power it down, no matter when I plug it in (before powering, during power down, after powering down), if the phone is plugged in it powers itself up …

  5. A. G.

    In my experience with the HTC EVO 4g, the standby battery use is actually pretty small in my apartment. 8 hours of no use other than background syncs with Exchange, Google, and Weather it used less than 10% of the battery. I don’t think that is terrible.

    If you are going to be at home, and assuming you have WIFI, leave WIFI on and turn off 4g. WIFI uses way less battery than 3g.

  6. Paul

    IMO the battery life isn’t the biggest problem, the real problem is, that the phone is sooo good, you keep on grabbing for it, wherever you are, so the battery drains really fast 😉

  7. Doug

    Confirming the above. With Evo Off during charging, the battery lasts noticeably longer (probably 30-40%, maybe more).

    Ironically, I came From a Samsung Epic TO an Evo due to battery life issues. My Epic got no more than a few hours out of routine use (described below), with the display eating up around 60% of my battery use at any given charge level. The store claims I may have received a “bad” Epic, which only raises questions of quality control IMHO.

    To my surprise, the stock Evo (with 2.2) has been comfortably getting me through a full day’s work (7am to 6pm and beyond). When I Power Off and charge overnight, I get easily through a full day, until late at night- my general use includes: streaming Pandora music during my commute (about 30 min each way), email frequently, occasional web browsing, maybe a dozen text messages, bluetooth connection on, and a few phone calls between 5-30 minutes each (total maybe 60 minutes-ish). This is all on 3G, no 4G here yet, and I don’t use my employer’s data connection although that wifi is available.

    As I said, the Sprint store explanation was “you got a really good Evo and a defective Epic”. I’d question that logic, given that the Display (on auto bright) on the Epic used so much of the available charge, and seems the likely culprit.

    I’ll also confirm that “Application Killer” did Not significantly increase my battery life, but Juice Defender DID accomplish that task on my Samsung Epic. As above, I’ve had no use for JD on my Evo, but for Epic owners, you may want to try that free software (no affiliation with me, btw, I’m not a computer guy).

    Happy droiding.

  8. Inforfilia

    Talking Battery is the first Android application that informs you about the amount of available battery energy via voice messaging. don´t fix the problem but helps.

  9. Bruce

    If you are in a 3G area, turn off 4G as it consumes power looking for 4G service.

    Go with either cell internet or wifi, but not both.

  10. AsH

    HTC Evo is my first phone after 7 years of Windows Mobile Devices.. I really like it but the battery is really annoying..

    The process of keep uninstalling does not make any sense at all.. if you are going down this path then you should remove ALL the APPs and leave the phone app only and you will get 2+ days.. at this point this should be called a phone not a smart phone..

    I want to install any app i want and i want to close it when i want.. I hate when i go to the service manager and i see all that sh**t running in the background. seriously this is worse than the old days with M$ phones..

    If Android want to go this path then they have to gurantee at least one day of battery time with all features on..

    I want my Bluetooth to be always ON.. so when i get to my car it should pick the hands free feature immediately .. Same apply to 4G if you wanna call it the first 4G phone.. Why they do not check for 4g when you use the internet browser???

    I can live without the GPS antenna and the WiFi.. but Bluetooth and 4G must be always on.. and i can can not get more than 10 hours with this setup and average phone use..

  11. Dan The Man

    Put shortcuts on one of the main screens to turn 4g and bluetooth on as you walk to the car. Turn it off when you get out. Even if you just toggle the bluetooth, you should see a pretty big return on battery time. I agree it’s a pain that everytime you use an app, you have to manualy close the app. Hopefully a software upgrade will fix this in the future

  12. Mujahid Khan

    I had the same problem with the new Nexus S Samsung. I tried all tricks. The best trick was to return the phone to best Buy and I replaced it with the Windows Phone 7. It is an awesome phone. Great battery life too.
    The only thing it does not do which Nexus S does is that it does not type while you speak a text message.

    I thing a new update will solve the issue.

    Go with the new Win phone.

    M Khan

  13. Jad Cooper

    What you are all experiencing is the unfortunate symphony or errors plaguing Android powered devices.

    The one common issue with them all is that you have an OS at the core that is fundamentally bloated, why on earth would anyone design a mobile os to run applications on a virtual machine in a layer above?
    Another issue is that of poor hardware choices by the handset manufacturers. I bet you none of your droids are displaying the power lost by heat or resistance in the circuits etc.
    Worse of all is the way the Dalvik VM releases memory. Terrible.

    I love the Android philosophy and the idea, but the implementations on the handsets and in the OS and apps over all feels rushed and unpolished. It really makes me sad that I got an Atrix, yet the battery life, the lags and the screen lags/glitching keyboard etc make it so shit. I have switched to an iPhone because the iPhone has everything neatly and expertly put together. The phones are pretty much all the same and the OS was built around the phone’s hardware and with mobility in mind.

  14. Megan

    With all that in mind from comments and such, why would the Epic get extremly hot, hot to the touch when charging? My epic charges just fine and even better as stated above when its off. But my husbands phone can be either off or on and it massivly overheats and only holds a charge for 4-5 hours. Can this be exlained or fixed?

  15. Zach

    I have a droid charge, and I had a lot of problems with my battery life until I found this site:

    1. Dan

      Thank you, Zach. This is just what I needed

  16. gillz

    Yous must need completerootaccesssuperuseradministrativecontrol of your device to control what apps are notified of phone boot up. How do you expect to control battery usage with only appearance of full control? Haha. Good luck for yous. Carriers and manufacturers don’t want you have root access/great battery life. They would like for you to spend/throw more money at your endless problem/NOT BE ABLE TO MANAGE IT YOURSELF SILLY. Simple .apk will not fix your problem but possibly add more junk to your system. If ROOT is not am option for you, try JuiceDefender from market i guess..