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Old May 22nd, 2012, 09:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Need to find what's keeping my phone awake and sucking the life out of it.

So I have my Elite set up pretty much the way I had my V with using the same widgets on my home screens.
I know that widgets can suck battery power to use, but never really had issues with the battery life on the V. I’m noticing poor battery life with the Elite, so I need to change my ways and have some questions.
I use Application Folder to create widgets on my home screen with shortcuts to my apps inside I frequently use. I use Go Launcher, which can create folders on the home screens. My question is this; Do the folders created on the home screen use battery the same as widgets?

On the Elite after 9hrs 31m I have 20% battery left.

The V after unplugging in the morning at 4:30AM till I plugged it in when I went to bed around 11:30PM typically had at least 40% battery left.

I uninstalled the Application Folder app and tried changing some settings, rebooted and so far the phone looks to be sucking the battery just as hard....
I'll be able to tell better tomorrow.


Still using Widget Locker and BW on the phone....


Hows the battery holding up for everyone else?

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Battery is still dropping fast.
A lot of awake time with no screen being on.....

This might make a difference between this phone and the V. Since the V was rooted I ran Droid Wall and blocked access to apps that did not need it.

I hate to do it since I have the apps I want and everything customized on the phone the way I like, but may have to factory reset. Add no apps and see how it does for a day, then start adding 2-4 apps a day and see what happens.

Also had this happen twice to me, once yesterday and once this morning. Hit the power button to turn the screen on and nothing happen. Held it down, still nothing. First time it happened yesterday I thought maybe the battery was exhausted. Pulled the battery and put it back in both times and booted up fine with plenty of power left.

Seems some app must have fubared the phone...
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What does your battery usage say is using your power?
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I did do a factory reset....

They where Cell standby, Phone idle, wi-fi, and display.

From the short time I've reset it looks like the phone is not awake near as much when the screens off.
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Cell standby, Phone idle, wi-fi, and display.
Touch Cell Standby and what does it say for Time without a signal?
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I have noticed every once in a while it will lock at 1ghz and the only way to get it to deep sleep again is to reboot. You will notice when the phone is locked, but the back side, especially near the camera is hot. not sure what causes this, but it really does drain fast.
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Did you check your TWS? I was fine all day long at home with it on Wi-Fi but when I left the house to get the kids, my Elite started getting really hot and was discharging pretty fast. I popped it into airplane mode and back out and it seemed to be okay. When I got home tonight TWS had dropped from 30% to 18%.




From the next picture I noticed that using Y-5 and turning the screen off still allows the connection to WIFI. May just put a widget to toggle WIFI on and off easier and uninstall Y-5.



At lunch time when I read about the TWS bug I place the phone in airplane mode and then off. Then I decided to installed the Toggle AirplaneMode On Boot app and restarted the phone.
This is when the battery curve leveled off more and thought that maybe the problem was corrected. But then you can see the phone decided to take a nose dive again with a lot of awake time and no screen on.....
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Looks like more of a run away app than anything else. My wife has the Elite and is getting better battery life stock than I get on my V running MiRaGe(I'm getting my Elite next month). She can easily go a day and a half between charges
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That’s it.
Had it with the current Elite I have. Something’s screwed with this phone.
Battery still is dropping like a rock.
Only have 2 apps on it to try to get the battery consumption under control. Toggle AirplaneMode On Boot, and Periodic Auto Sync.
3rd time now this happened; once a day; 3 days in a row; when I hit the power button to wake the phone up, nothing. Press and hold power button, nothing. Have to pull the battery and then restart the phone.
Looked at the battery consumption after the lock up and it’s straight down.
I’m going to exchange the phone and try one more time with the Elite….. Hope I have better luck, like the phone a lot….
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ive just gotten the elite and have been using it for a few days.

Seems like the battery on this drains quicker than my optimus v

i dont have any apps installed except some stock things it made me install with that id program thing.

Maybe it has something to do with my TWS because i do have alot of that.
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Just got done switching over to the new Elite phone.
Failed when downloading Essentials which is a bunch of crap apps anyway.
I hope this one works.

Need to find out fast. If this one drops like a rock gotta switch back to the V.
I have to check if I can switch on the 27th or if that means I would have to go to the $35.00 plan. If so I have one day to find out...

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How quickly does your battery drain?
Mine would be down to 20% in 8- 9hrs.
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Just got done switching over to the new Elite phone.
Failed when downloading Essentials which is a bunch of crap apps anyway.
I hope this one works.

Need to find out fast. If this one drops like a rock gotta switch back to the V.
I have to check if I can switch on the 27th or if that means I would have to go to the $35.00 plan. If so I have one day to find out...

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How quickly does your battery drain?
Mine would be down to 20% in 8- 9hrs.
mine did this today as well. at 40% by noon, running very hot. Google maps at 70% battery useage, but killing it doesn't help. TWS is 1%
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I'm at 41% after 13 hrs of the phone being mostly idle with moderate data usage via WiFi, no calls. I'm using Juice Defender so hopefully that is helping. Seems like it will be a charge every night phone though.
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From the next picture I noticed that using Y-5 and turning the screen off still allows the connection to WIFI. May just put a widget to toggle WIFI on and off easier and uninstall Y-5.



At lunch time when I read about the TWS bug I place the phone in airplane mode and then off. Then I decided to installed the Toggle AirplaneMode On Boot app and restarted the phone.
This is when the battery curve leveled off more and thought that maybe the problem was corrected. But then you can see the phone decided to take a nose dive again with a lot of awake time and no screen on.....
Off-topic, but elgecko, how did you take those screen caps?
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First you need an screen shot app, You could try Screenshot UX Trial until you find one you really like.
You need to use a app like photo bucket to upload and save the image to it's web site. It will give them 4 different URL's. The one to use is the img url. Select the image url and save it to your clipboard. Then just past it into the post.
If you ever delete it from photo bucket it will not show in the post though.

I use clipbot which will allow me to save multiple url's to the clipboard and past them all at the same time. This works great if you want to show all the different types of screens for a theme you have made or like. You can show the home screen, telephone screen, settings screen, pull down and past them all at once.

EDIT: Nija'd by elgecko. I think i"m going to have to check out the software you mentioned after taking a peak at it. It looks pretty darn good.
Ok I've seen them in the market, duh!
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First you need an screen shot app, You could try Screenshot UX Trial until you find one you really like.
You need to use a app like photo bucket to upload and save the image to it's web site. It will give them 4 different URL's. The one to use is the img url. Select the image url and save it to your clipboard. Then just past it into the post.
If you ever delete it from photo bucket it will not show in the post though.

I use clipbot which will allow me to save multiple url's to the clipboard and past them all at the same time. This works great if you want to show all the different types of screens for a theme you have made or like. You can show the home screen, telephone screen, settings screen, pull down and past them all at once.
If you find a screen capture app that works on a non rooted phone, let me know. I tried a few different ones that said may work on an unrooted phone, but they did not.
Tried Screenshot UX and it did not work on my phone. When I tried it I did not reboot it, if that would make a difference....
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Man, this battery life is killing me. All I'm trying to run is my weather widget, Evernote widget, and the Go Launcher theme. My battery on the back is running hot and after a full charge it will be at %20 in like 6 hours. I tried uninstalling all the crap it comes with. Then if I stop a program that autostarts it will just restart. Wi-fi and blutooth helps but not at the rate I'm experiencing.
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i havent actually measured time on/battery % exactly yet, ive just been charging it bit by bit throughout the day.

the first day i had it i was checking out gmaps to see how much faster the processor was and was glad to see it worked a lot faster over wifi. later on though, my battery was tanking like crazy and i saw batt usage by maps was like 70% even tho i exited the app and even force stopped it. restarted it later that evening and it stopped that from happening.

now ive just been noticing that i have to charge it periodically more often than my OV but ill have to check tomorrow to see waht the uptime vs batt % is.

My OV was able to go about 3 days with minimal usage but with my OE it lasts only about 12 hours. i guess its still pretty long but i dont have wifi/bluetooth/gps/sync on and i just guess i thought it'd last longer.
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The TWS is killing me, I am going to try and swap my Elite for another tomorrow if Best Buy has any. I got the last one and their website still shows them not being available at that location.
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I've been very pleased with mine so far. Today it has been unplugged for nearly 16 hours now. Battery is at 37% with moderate use - about 6 minutes of phone calls, numerous texts, maybe an hour each of game playing and web surfing. I have wifi and 3g enabled at all times. GPS only when needed. Virgin service in my area is pretty iffy with generally slow 3g rates, but pretty good voice coverage. I have to laugh at the terms of service statement that data rates will be limited to 256 kbps after using more than 2.5GB of data. I usually get around that at "full" speed. I was sorely tempted to wait for the EVO since there is WiMAX coverage here, but in the end I went with the less expensive phone and my grandfathered $25 plan. I've lost 3g service completely once or twice, but that happened with the V now and then, too. Toggling airplane mode for a few seconds or rebooting the phone fixes it every time. Other than that no issues to report. Maybe I've just been fortunate. I never had any major issues with the V, either. I am jealous of the download speeds my wife gets on her AT&T iphone on HSPA+, but not jealous enough to pay $90 a month plus $200 for the phone. My battery life beats hers, too - and Siri is annoying.
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It looks like the new phone may be behaving better. I have not placed any apps on it yet.
Started out with around 89% battery and has been on for 6 1/2 hrs and down to 64% battery left. Thats about 25% drop. So if that continues after 18 hrs should have around 25% battery at the end of the day. I will be very happy with performance like that.
Time to go to sleep and fully charge it and see how it does tomorrow. The only problem where I plan on kayaking tomorrow does not look to have cell service.....

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First phone must have been a dud.
- After 11 hrs with the old phone I had 20% battery left, consistently. Even with no apps installed.


The new phone's battery performance, I'm extremely happy with. Have several apps installed.
- New phone after 11 hrs have 56% battery left.




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63% at 11.5 hours. Using JD Ultimate

Only widget is BW. A lot of Pulse and News&Weather this AM though..

TWOS @ 1%
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My phone got a workout today. Up at 3 am. On the road at 4. Drove 200 miles. Went for a 3 mile hike in the mountains with my son. Used GPS essentials to map our hike (about 2 hours). A couple of phone calls and a few texts. Unplugged now for 16.5 hours. Battery is at 37% Maps is the biggest user at 38%, GPS Essentials second at 20%, Cell Standby 16%, Phone Idle 14, WiFi 10, Display 3.

Left GPS on all day. Not half bad.
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My phone if I use it for texting and phonecalls and tapatalk all day long goes to about 40% after about 20 hours. Not too shabby.
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I think it also charges faster than the OV. Didn't time it, but from 0 to 100, it "seemed" faster.
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Now my Elite is sucking power as well. Unplugged from charger yesterday, and ever since, has been dropping like a rock. Up to 8% an hour.

Using log viewer, I'm seeing a constantly recurring block of entries with this string in them... DUN_EVENT_USB_UNPLUG...repeating over and over and over..

Rebooting doesn't help. Juice Defender helps some but the drain is still much more than it was two days ago.

I'm not knowledgeable on Android..but this seems odd. Either way, something changed between my first full discharge cycle and this 2nd cycle...

If anyone has any ideas as to what to try, it would be greatly appreciated

TIA

*EDIT 1* - Just noticed that my battery graph has a line for "GPS ON"... except that my GPS is NOT on... rebooted and still there... TWOS is under 5%.

*EDIT 2* - Ok. Just got weirder. I pulled the battery and left it out for a few minutes. When I pulled the battery it was reading at 38%. Now, 30+ minutes later. It's reading at 42%!! Battery graph still shows GPS ON ..and it ain't.

WTH??
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When I pulled the battery it was reading at 38%. Now, 30+ minutes later. It's reading at 42%!
The battery % is the OS's best guess as to how much juice remains. It is based upon use and voodoo (probably just an algorithm but we'll call it voodoo) and it can be wrong. And a 4% jump isn't that much at all really.
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on a full charge with very light use my battery seems to last for about 25 hours. my optimus v used to last for about 3 days on the same usage stock, i kinda miss not having to charge it every night =\
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Well, my log activity is just scrolling like a madman, and whatever is active is assassinating my battery. Since I had USB connection issues on Day 1, I'm thinking this one is going back to Best Buy.
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Well, my log activity is just scrolling like a madman, and whatever is active is assassinating my battery. Since I had USB connection issues on Day 1, I'm thinking this one is going back to Best Buy.
If you are having issues with the USB connection and acting strange now, I'd return it and try another. Especially the USB. That starts to act flaky, how are you going to charge the phone.
I installed BetterBatteryStats on the first phone I had that was sucking the battery, but had not looked into how to read it properly as I returned the phone after the third freeze I experienced.

My new phone has great battery life compared to the first phone and have not experienced the freeze I had with the other phone.

I have read mixed reviews of Juice Defender, but I decided to try it.
It's helping to save battery even more. I says it has increased my battery life by x2.17.
At 12 1/2 hrs and at 72% battery left. The earlier screenshot posted above was a little over 11 hrs and I had 56% with about the same amount of use.
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Thanks for the feedback! I used JD on my OV and frequently got 4 days with my limited use.

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I'm having similar issues with the short battery life. The last time I charged, I only used the phone for a short time and the next morning I get a warning saying I was below 15% battery. I tried to kill background activity as much as I could, but isn't helping.

The OE battery is overheating badly and emanating a smell. This exact thing happened with a T-Mobile phone years ago and the problem wasn't present when I returned it for a second phone.

Is it possible to contact VM for an exchange instead of the retailer where it was purchased or is there a risk of receiving a refurb? If I returned mine to the online retailer, by the time I got it back I would be out a phone for at least a week. I suppose I could get a second one and later return the first one.
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1. You using JuiceDefender™? From what I've seen today...I'm deleting from my OE until I can root the thing. It just eats battery. I've deleted it many times today and watched my CPU (on System Tuner Pro) drop from 1.0Ghz to something less. If I leave it enabled, it never drops below 1Ghz. But that is also if I have switched JD profiles (Balance to Agressive to Balanced, etc). But once uninstalled and battery pulled, the phone stops sucking juice like a ....

2. If not, pull the battery and see if that doesn't help. I've had runaway CPU use (and can't figure out what it is) that is solved with a battery pull. Shutting down is key. Just Shutting Down doesn't seem to "reset" the phone enough. ElGecko had something similar and he exchanged his phone and got a "better" one that doesn't have the problem. YMMV.

I've "seem" to have worked around my battery issues by enabling WiFi, GPS, Sync and the Display Icon on the Power widget. (And what DOES that Display button do ANYWAY????)

Using this config after a battery pull and restart, I'm holding steady without battery use going vertical downwards.

OTOH, don't wait too long before returning your device and getting another. I'm waiting one more day and if I can't get battery consumption under control...it's exchange time.

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1. You using JuiceDefender™? From what I've seen today...I'm deleting from my OE until I can root the thing. It just eats battery. I've deleted it many times today and watched my CPU (on System Tuner Pro) drop from 1.0Ghz to something less. If I leave it enabled, it never drops below 1Ghz. But that is also if I have switched JD profiles (Balance to Agressive to Balanced, etc). But once uninstalled and battery pulled, the phone stops sucking juice like a ....

2. If not, pull the battery and see if that doesn't help. I've had runaway CPU use (and can't figure out what it is) that is solved with a battery pull. Shutting down is key. Just Shutting Down doesn't seem to "reset" the phone enough. ElGecko had something similar and he exchanged his phone and got a "better" one that doesn't have the problem. YMMV.

I've "seem" to have worked around my battery issues by enabling WiFi, GPS, Sync and the Display Icon on the Power widget. (And what DOES that Display button do ANYWAY????)

Using this config after a battery pull and restart, I'm holding steady without battery use going vertical downwards.

OTOH, don't wait too long before returning your device and getting another. I'm waiting one more day and if I can't get battery consumption under control...it's exchange time.

Best of luck.
Thanks, Deke60.

I'm not using JuiceDefender. I will try the battery pull, thanks.

For some reason, it's doing a little better today. I will give it over the weekend to decide for a return. From all the posts I see on the OE battery life, I'm starting to wonder if this is a bug/first batch of phones issue.

I haven't use the Google Wallet credit yet/it's under 7 days. I guess I would lose the $25 if I returned the phone.
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I don't know about Google Wallet bro. Same boat as yourself if I turn in.

My Batt has stablized since I Uninstalled JD...hoping, as you, that I don't have to do a return with all it's hassle.

Remember to Reset Google Wallet BEFORE you reset your phone though! There is some kind of "bad mojo" if you do it otherwise. See this thread - IMPORTANT! Google Wallet and resetting Optimus Elite

Best of luck to you and hope you get it settled.
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Anyone else's OE heating up after a short time on the internet? This is also contributing to the battery drain.

I think I've narrowed it down to that - would be helpful if this is typical or not(?)

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Mine does not heat up while on the internet, it heats up while attempting to connect to 3G and the battery takes a nose dive. Some days I can be on 3G with no problem (4square, email, various wikis and a few games with data requirements) and it is fast, way faster than my Optimus V. Then other days I step outside of my wifi range and the device overheats and the battery dies tout suite.
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So, can an exchange for a new unit be done with VM or should it be with the online retailer the phone was purchased?

If I bought a second phone and then returned the first one when I got it, are there any issues with VM in changing the account over to a new phone? Thanks for any info.

I would prefer to not contact LG, only because I once bought a new monitor (different company), initiated the warranty and got a refurb replacement after barely owning it as new.
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I am also experiencing these battery issues. I bought my phone on the 15th and had it activated right away. Here are some observations I’ve made.
When at home all day & connected to Wi-Fi the whole time I end up with about 70% battery after about 14 hours.
When out and about (approximately 10 hours with Wi-Fi off), I end up with about 30% battery after about 14 hours.
Shouldn’t the battery drain faster with Wi-Fi on? I do get a 3G signal when out & about and my TWS is about 4%...
I also notice that the MobileID app is constantly running when off of Wi-Fi and (Using about 2MB of RAM). Once I turn Wi-Fi on it appears to stop running and usage goes down to 0 MB of RAM.
Could MobileID be the issue? There are no settings to disable and killing it in Running Services does no good as it comes right back on…
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I'm on Elite #2 now (with Virgin Mobile). My first Elite was draining the battery pretty rapidly quickly--I think I could have eked out 12-18 hours of life with minimal usage. I partially "solved" it by turning off most of the comms: WiFi, GPS, bluetooth, and sync. Then it started freezing up periodically, as I posted in the freezing thread.

So, I exchanged it at Best Buy for Elite #2 last night. Elite #2 is barely sipping the battery. Since unplugging this morning, I've gone ~6 hours, done a little texting, powered cycled it (to mount an SD card), messed with settings, and done a little web browsing. Battery is at 88%. All radios are on.

To summarize: I think my battery-eating, self-bricking Elite #1 was a lemon. I'm cautiously optimistic that Elite #2 is a good one. Time will tell.

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I think "MobileID" is the devil. After it hijacked my phone and downloaded a bunch of apps I didn't want, I tried to kill it. But it wouldn't go away. So I installed a plain-vanilla Gingerbread launcher and set it to default. Now MobileID is just sitting there in the background doing Richard-Branson-only-knows-what, but at least I don't have to think about it. I may end up rooting this phone just to delete that app!
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So, can an exchange for a new unit be done with VM or should it be with the online retailer the phone was purchased?
I had no trouble at all exchanging my Elite at Best Buy. I just told them it was defective and we did a swap. Easy.

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Virgin Mobile makes it really easy to swap phones. Just go their website, login, click on the "Phones, Apps, and More" tab and click "Swap Phone" on the left side of the screen. All you need is the new phone's Serial Number (ESN or MEID) and they walk you through it. This process will auto-magically deactivate your old phone. You'll still probably want to do a factory reset on it to wipe out any personal data, though. (But deactivate your Google Wallet app *before* you do the factory reset!)
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I'm 11 hours since I unplugged and have been using phone pretty heavily and still at 1/2 tank. My V would have been almost dead by now

Be nice when we get root and rid the phone of virgin's junk and it should be better. That mobile id irks the hell out of me.
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I had no trouble at all exchanging my Elite at Best Buy. I just told them it was defective and we did a swap. Easy.


Virgin Mobile makes it really easy to swap phones. Just go their website, login, click on the "Phones, Apps, and More" tab and click "Swap Phone" on the left side of the screen. All you need is the new phone's Serial Number (ESN or MEID) and they walk you through it. This process will auto-magically deactivate your old phone. You'll still probably want to do a factory reset on it to wipe out any personal data, though. (But deactivate your Google Wallet app *before* you do the factory reset!)
Thanks, sheltrk...

Just to clarify, you're saying to wipe the phone before I return it to the store, but is it also recommended to wipe the phone before the VM swap process?

Your last two sentence were together on that, just wanted to make sure. Thanks.
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You don't need to do anything to the old phone for the vm swap. Just wipe it before you return it to the store.

Just go to settings > privacy and reset phone

If you have setup Google wallet, do a reset from withing Google wallet first before resetting phone. This will clear all your info from the secure element which a factory reset alone won't
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Stumbled on this string again and thought I would give an update.

There are times when my phone seemed to use more power, but it always has made it through a day.

I am checking the stats now:

21h 46m
cell standby 25%
bluetooth 25%
wi-fi 25%
phone idle 23%
display 4%

The bluetooth, wi-fi and GPS are on full time and have been that whole 22hr.

I find with heavy display usage, battery life drops, but that is expected.

I am not a heavy user and so I get longer life. If you are a heavy user, then you can expect a need to do something about it.

The one person who was having a problem with GPS usage with it off is sometimes not caused by the GPS, but by a program trying to use the GPS. The constant attempting to talk to the GPS could burn up some juice, like being in a loop, and pointing the finger at the GPS. Might even take less power to turn on the GPS
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Hey all, another OE user here with VM. Moved over to them from Sprint where I had a BB for years. (And just dumb cell phones before that.)

My battery life has been rather good. With the exception of when my TWS values are high. Which sadly can happen with annoying regularity since I often work at the beach in areas where either the signal itself is weak and or if I'm in a building designed to withstand hurricanes.

As to what I have on the phone it is pretty vanilla. I have put a few games on it, an ebook reader (FBreader, a great ebook reader I've been using on my n810 for years), and Opera Mobile. However:

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This I agree was rather annoying. It was odd because as soon as I activated the phone I was inside my condo, also designed to withstand hurricanes, and my signal was spotty. (I've since found spots where I can get a good signal from VM/Sprints towers.) So the download of all the MobileID stuff never happened. However as I was driving to a job one day it did decide to get all that stuff.

When I got a chance I removed all that I could from the download list and was only left with I think 2 or 3 apps that were put on the phone from MobileID that could not be removed.

Overall I'm rather pleased with the unit. I do think it sounds like some of you got some bad units with how bad the battery life has been for some. However as noted that is kinda to be expected with such a new device.
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First phone must have been a dud.
- After 11 hrs with the old phone I had 20% battery left, consistently. Even with no apps installed.


The new phone's battery performance, I'm extremely happy with. Have several apps installed.
- New phone after 11 hrs have 56% battery left.




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