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Old June 21st, 2010, 06:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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For the first week I turned my phone off every night to charge and back on in the morning. The last several days or so I have left it on, charging while on for only a few hours as needed (I have been getting great battery life 24-48 hours, albeit with light use so I was doing it in part to test that). I had an old flip phone before this that I hardly ever turned off, but I was wondering if there is any harm in always leaving a smart phone on? I wouldn't do that to my laptop, so is it okay to do this or should I let it power down and "rest" more to conserve the electronics and the battery?
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Old June 21st, 2010, 06:52 PM   #2 (permalink)
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charging it while off is the best way to charge it...ive had much better battery life doing that
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Old June 21st, 2010, 06:55 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I run my phone for 5 or 6 days charging at night only and pulling the phone off of the charger when I get up at 5:00 A.M. My phone is doing great with general web surfing, texting, e-mailing and other uses all day long I generally have 70-75% charge at 4:30 P.M. and 45-50% by 10 P.M.
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Old June 21st, 2010, 06:57 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I never turn my phone off. I've had quite a few smartphones through the years and never turned them off and have never had a problem. Interesting about the battery life though but I'm afraid to turn mine off in case there's a family emergency and I get a call.
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Old June 21st, 2010, 06:59 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Turn mine off every night, although I never charge it during the night while asleep....not after finding out about the weird battery charging problems.
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Same, I never do. Just plug it in the charger over night. Don't have any battery problems.
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Do you guys(gals) think that it might be a good idea to shut if off for a few mins and turn it back on occationaly? I was just thinking this may "clear" the RAM. Just a thought, any input is appreciated. Thanks.
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Do you guys(gals) think that it might be a good idea to shut if off for a few mins and turn it back on occationaly? I was just thinking this may "clear" the RAM. Just a thought, any input is appreciated. Thanks.

I personally think that is a good idea. Plus, I believe this is the way it is with all cell phone companies, unless you turn it off and then back on, you never get "over the air" updates (the automatic ones). This could be a load of crap, but AT&T always harped at me about doing that if I wanted to make sure I got all of the OTA updates their network had to provide. I have no idea if it's actually true, nor if it is, whether all cell phone companies require the same thing.
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Do you guys(gals) think that it might be a good idea to shut if off for a few mins and turn it back on occationaly? I was just thinking this may "clear" the RAM. Just a thought, any input is appreciated. Thanks.
I do this every few days when I notice my gmail not pushing immediately and it seems to clear things up. I also do it when I install/uninstall apps to give them a fresh start. I noticed when I installed something the other day, it didn't show up until I rebooted it.
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I personally think that is a good idea. Plus, I believe this is the way it is with all cell phone companies, unless you turn it off and then back on, you never get "over the air" updates (the automatic ones). This could be a load of crap, but AT&T always harped at me about doing that if I wanted to make sure I got all of the OTA updates their network had to provide. I have no idea if it's actually true, nor if it is, whether all cell phone companies require the same thing.
You can always go in periodically and check for OTA updates
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I reset my phone at least once a day and usually turn it off wile charging
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Turn mine off every night, although I never charge it during the night while asleep....not after finding out about the weird battery charging problems.
It's not a problem, it's a feature. ...and I'm not being sarcastic.
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i turn it off about once a week, try not to do it too often because unrevoked and the cdma auto trick doesnt stick
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i just got a sony ericson xperia arc s and i was wondering if leaving it on all night and day... or never turning it off could damage it, ive been looking into some further research and cant seem to find anythin giving me a straight answer.
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You can leave phones on. There isnt an issue doing it.
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You don't want to leave your phone on a charger all night turned off, the phone needs to be on to regulate how much voltage it gets. I don't leave my phone on the charger all night regardless. I charge of till it hits 100 then I reboot it on the charger and when it powers back on I pull it off. That way I don't over charge it, but I run SBC mod. I don't have any actual proof of any of this its just How I feel about it.

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I only shut mine off on the plane, just cause I use my tablet. Otherwise I reboot once a week.
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I turn mine off every night at bed time and leave it on charge it all night. My battery does not seem to charge fully unless it is turned off. Also if I do not turn it off on a regular basis, it tends to freeze on me.
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I restart my phone and take my battery out every 48 to 72 hours. It seems to fix any errors that are occuring and wipes the HTC white screen. It sucks to do all the time but really is the only thing that works for me.
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I only re-boot it if it seems something isn't right or it seems a little slow, maybe once every 2 or 3 days.

I don't know what the best charging practice is.
I charge it when the battery gets down to about 20%, during the day so I can unplug it when it tells me it's fully charged.

Question: Is it true that it's good practice to completely drain the battery once a week?
Is it good practice to do a periodic battery pull, and if so, why?

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Question: Is it true that it's good practice to completely drain the battery once a week?
Is it good practice to do a periodic battery pull, and if so, why?

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You don't have to do either of those things.


A battery pull can help clear up issues people are having, but if your not having any issues theres no need to do it.
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A battery pull is only necessary when your phone as locked up, and unnecessary otherwise.
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A battery pull is only necessary when your phone as locked up, and unnecessary otherwise.

Just wanted to say that I completely agree.

Regular battery pulls are only needed for Blackberrys.
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I haven't turned it off in a while. I do "restart" it every blue moon, but shut off no.
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In another forum (AndroidCentral), the general consensus is:
It's okay to use your phone with it on the charger pretty much always without any negative side effects, and it's good to completely drain the battery once a month.
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Wait you can turn them off???










j/k!!! I only turn mine off when it acts up or the battery dies.
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Just am update from me...

As I previously mentioned, I turn my HTC EVO off ever night.
I found the way to disable the Fastboot option, and I have found that my EVO is actually more stable. Granted, it does start-up slower in the morning when I turn it on, but I can live with that.

So, my personal recommendation is disabling the Fastboot, and turning off the phone nightly is best. For me, anyways, it improves the charging and battery life, automaticly clears the cashe and makes the phone more stable.
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I restart my phone and take my battery out every 48 to 72 hours. It seems to fix any errors that are occuring and wipes the HTC white screen. It sucks to do all the time but really is the only thing that works for me.

Just my opinion...I would recommend disabling the Fastboot option. Then turn your phone off regularly. To me, it seems to work similar to a battery pull.
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In another forum (AndroidCentral), the general consensus is:
It's okay to use your phone with it on the charger pretty much always without any negative side effects, and it's good to completely drain the battery once a month.

Not sure, but every time I try to use my EVO while it is connected to the charger it acts up or freezes on me. I have got to making sure I disconnect my phone from the charger when using it.
I must admit, though, that I have never used the charger that came with my HTC EVO, so I have no idea if that makes a difference.
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The only time mine is off is when it dies
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I never turn mine off for extended periods. I'm a salaried manager at work and have to be accessible at all times so it stays on at night. I also use the Sleepy Time app at night while the phone charges. I do cycle the power every 2-3 days as well.
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Military phone needs to be on 24/7. Speaking of that whats up with the long boot time?
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Boot time's irrelevant when it's never expected to be turned off, of course.
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You don't want to leave your phone on a charger all night turned off, the phone needs to be on to regulate how much voltage it gets. I don't leave my phone on the charger all night regardless. I charge of till it hits 100 then I reboot it on the charger and when it powers back on I pull it off. That way I don't over charge it, but I run SBC mod. I don't have any actual proof of any of this its just How I feel about it.

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I have proof, kinda'.
Warranty is replacing my S2 because the entire keyboard is burnt onto the screen.
"Ronnie", from Samsung (I think it was a computer) whom I live-chatted with last night, never heard of this problem.
But, when I pushed for "Ronnie's" supervisor, "Daniel" attributed this to over-charging.

Then today, I called Samsung, and spoke with a "technician". I could tell this was a real person because computers don't have middle-east accents.
Anyway, he said this is the first time he has heard of such a thing. It's not a known issue with Samsung or whoever makes their amoleds.
He said my phone is a fluke, or I am over-charging it. He went into a heavily-accented spiel of technical jargon on why one has to do with the other, of which I understood nil of.

Anyway, that's twice I was told what over-charging CAN do.

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I still say if you shut off the phone and charge it over night, you cannot over charge the phone.
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I still say if you shut off the phone and charge it over night, you cannot over charge the phone.
... and you'd be right. (I'm still trying to figure out what "the entire keyboard is burnt onto the screen" means, too.)
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Old May 5th, 2012, 06:34 PM   #48 (permalink)
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Just my two cents...

I seem to getting better performance on my phone by doing the following...

I have gone into the setting and disabled the 'Fast Boot' option.

At bed time I shut the phone down, connect it to the charger.

By disabling the 'Fast Boot' option, the phone charges better, and the phone runs more stable.
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Too popular to turn off my phone at night.
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Only time I turn my phone off is if I'm flashing a rom. I always keep it on other then that because its my alarm clock plus I'm using a sbc kernel.
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