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Old April 7th, 2011, 07:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Anyone try this? Seems to be a good trade off so far as opposed to keeping it in 3G and switching to LTE as needed. Definite improvement in battery life.

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When my 3g was not working properly I used LTE only for two days. Posted an average battery life of 12-16 hours. I'm in a good 4g area so it rarely is out of service. Definitely an option if you're in a good 4g area.
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I've only been trying it today after seeing a thread on another forum but so far it seems close to 3g mode. I'm in the middle of a big 4G area.
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Just a quick question, I am about to purchase the TB in a month, and have been checking this forum fairly religiously (thanks). I was wondering if I'm at a place where there is WIFI, can I turn off the 4g? And will that make it any better/worse for the battery if I use WIFI the majority of the time?

Thanks for the help guys, really is useful.
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Yes definitely use wifi. It increased my battery life substantially to where I still had 40% before bed time. Plus the speed I find to be just as quick if not faster.
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Thanks! So I can switch off the 4g when using WIFI so it's not constantly searching for it?
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Can someone explain how to force it into lte only? I can't find instructions.
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Dial *#*#4636#*#* then select "phone information" then scroll down to "set preferred network type" and change it from "CDMA + LTE/EvDo auto" to "LTE mode" then back out of the menu. There's also a couple of apps in the Market that dial the number for you. I'm using Phone Info right now.
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Thanks! So I can switch off the 4g when using WIFI so it's not constantly searching for it?
Mine does it automatically. When it connects to wifi it shuts off all mobile data and goes into phone only mode - all data then runs through the wifi connection. At least that is my understanding.
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I just did this today, my office has a WiFi router, and it's a cinder block building so my service sucks in here...I'm at 66% (also, for an hour today I was somewhere with zero service and I know that sucks battery too, trying to find the signal) but it's been way better then when I left the LTE on, because it would go in and out...I would recommend using WiFi...

Now...should I leave the WiFi switch always on though? Just curious
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I just did this today, my office has a WiFi router, and it's a cinder block building so my service sucks in here...I'm at 66% (also, for an hour today I was somewhere with zero service and I know that sucks battery too, trying to find the signal) but it's been way better then when I left the LTE on, because it would go in and out...I would recommend using WiFi...

Now...should I leave the WiFi switch always on though? Just curious

that's a negative there good buddy. turn off WiFi (and even Bluetooth) when you're not using it.
if WiFi is left on, it will constantly search for a WiFi signal (just like your 4g radio searching for an LTE signal in a no-LTE area) and will therefore drain your battery moreso than leaving it off.
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Something I've always liked about using an Android phone is how strongly it automatically prefers wifi. I thought about leaving wifi on all the time briefly, but p.i.p is all over the reasons to not.

The first person to come up with a way to switch to wifi when their code is sure via all location data available that a wifi connection is available retires. Fart app makers keep working for insurance companies.
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Something I've always liked about using an Android phone is how strongly it automatically prefers wifi. I thought about leaving wifi on all the time briefly, but p.i.p is all over the reasons to not.

The first person to come up with a way to switch to wifi when their code is sure via all location data available that a wifi connection is available retires. Fart app makers keep working for insurance companies.
using an application like Tasker, you can set up your WiFi to scan for available networks based on your location or at time intervals.

for instance, i setup a Tasker profile to scan for WiFi networks when i was in a certain location (home) determined by my cell tower strength. At that pre-determined location (home), Tasker would automatically enable WiFi. it would then connect to my pre-set home WiFi. When i left that location, Tasker automatically shut off my WiFi connection.

OR

i also set up another profile, based on the day of the week & time of day when i knew i would be at home instead of at work. During those periods of time during those days specified, i told Tasker to enable WiFi.

You could combine these two profiles so that Wifi is enabled contingent on the time & day of the week, or the location of your cell phone.
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use y5 battery saver...it turns your wifi on and off for you automatically, its free and simple
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So am I understanding this correctly; If you are not in a 4G area or your 4G signal is weak, switch the TBolt to LTE only mode, as this will aid in saving the battery by not allowing the phone to continually search for a 4G signal?

Is that correct or do I have the concept complete reversed?
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So am I understanding this correctly; If you are not in a 4G area or your 4G signal is weak, switch the TBolt to LTE only mode, as this will aid in saving the battery by not allowing the phone to continually search for a 4G signal?

Is that correct or do I have the concept complete reversed?
Disregard my question... I had it completely backwards

For those who are not in a 4G area like me the ThunderBolt wiki on XDA explains a great deal of what is being discussed in this thread

Bottom of the page:
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right its mentioned on any battery thread there is practically. no lte, switch to 3g only then
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