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Old February 22nd, 2011, 06:53 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi wanted to see if anyone has noticed the battery life decreases fast, even though everyone says that its suppose to last long.

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It may take a few complete charging cycles before the operating time "normalizes".
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Mine seems very, very good so far. I pulled it off with a full charge last night ~8pm, used it quite a bit till about midnight or so, this morning it was showing 70%.
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Agreed, I am getting great battery life. I was playing from 1pm until 11pm using wifi/4g/playing 720p videos, etc. before it died. IMO lasted very long.
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IDK maybe I may have a lemon or just the battery needs to be changed, I unplugged it at seven this morning and and its 10:53am its already at 60% grrr.
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Getting great battery life out of mine.
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Is anyone "seasoning" their battery? (Running it all but dry from the "out of the box charge" and THEN giving it a full charge)? I have heard this is the best way to get the most out of any rechargeable device.
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IDK maybe I may have a lemon or just the battery needs to be changed, I unplugged it at seven this morning and and its 10:53am its already at 60% grrr.
How much have you used it during that time?
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How much have you used it during that time?
I was bouncing back an forth using the browser and the android market and that was it. Not even watching any videos as others have said and it has gone down in incraments of ten fast in my opinion. I even changed the battery manager to maximum battery saver and downloaded advance task killer.

I was looking back at a post by MacMaiden said this ,


"Ok so I have some time to kill now so here we go (pictures will be posted when I get home) Some of the stuff might be stuff we already know but was news to me to bare with me:

First off,

The battery life is impressive. The rep played 1080p trailers through hmdi out (not the dock, the actual port on the phone) and downloaded apps, showed up a ton of stuff, and after an hour of use the phone was still at full charge which is a good sign. He uses the phone as a personal phone and said he makes it through an entire day of heavy use (he hasnt gotten to low battery yet) (this is also partly because of the laptop dock but we will talk about that in a little bit)
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I was bouncing back an forth using the browser and the android market and that was it. Not even watching any videos as others have said and it has gone down in incraments of ten fast in my opinion. I even changed the battery manager to maximum battery saver and downloaded advance task killer.
Please uninstall ATK. You do not need it. Here's a good post with all the links to why task killers aren't needed (unless you have a rouge app): Task Killer -- Do I need one?

Really strange about your battery life since all of the reviews raved on this.

These are just trouble shooting steps for when you have battery issues:
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2) If you are unable to detect what app is at fault, do a factory reset and use the phone with no apps install for a day to see how the battery is. If you have good battery by the end of the day with 'normal' use, then it was a rouge app you downloaded. Uninstall each of your apps one at a time and test each one to see what app is giving you the bad battery life. If your battery life is still bad
3) Take the phone back to the AT&T store and get a replacement battery. If even with the replacement battery, the phone battery's life is still bad then it might be a stock app.
4) Take the phone back to AT&T and get a replacement phone.

Hope this helps and that you get this battery issue fix

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great battery life for me 100% at 8am used through out today checking email, 5 phone calls, some texting, and internet browsing , market installing apps and playing with them and its 3:36 pm and at 60% its on par with what my Droid X would do
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Mine is at 30% and its been off charger for 8 hours you may need to turn down the idle time for screen shut off. My phone says 70% was used from screen and I have been on the thing all day.
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Mine's at 80% after 9 hrs off the charger! (I've made several calls, checked e-mail a few times, been online for 15-20 min, and played Fruit Ninja/Angry Birds for around 30 min.) I did let it run down almost all the way before charging last night and then let it charge to 100%, because like Shalemail said, I've always heard that if you "break it in" like that you'll get the best service from it in the long run.
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my phone has great battery life w/o wi-fi. And i don't know if this is a feature for all android phones, but my phone let me know google voice was running and using battery and gave me the option to kill it.
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Off the charger at 7a, dead by 3. A few calls, some browsing, some wifi but overall not a ton of use . . . like the phone, but not happy with the battery life. Coming of a Blackberry Torch it is not impressive so far. Will disable a few things and look for rogue apps, but suspect maybe the battery is bad.
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Off the charger at 7a, dead by 3. A few calls, some browsing, some wifi but overall not a ton of use . . . like the phone, but not happy with the battery life. Coming of a Blackberry Torch it is not impressive so far. Will disable a few things and look for rogue apps, but suspect maybe the battery is bad.
Hmm that's weird! Maybe your battery is fubar'd. I took mine off the charger @ 9am and was using wi-fi up until 1, few social networking apps running and my battery is @ 30%
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Off the charger at 6am and still showing 30% at 940pm. Used it for 15 calls, light web browsing, handful of market downloads, about 15 emails, 30 minutes of maps and played games for about 45 minutes.
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Off the charger at 6am and still showing 30% at 940pm. Used it for 15 calls, light web browsing, handful of market downloads, about 15 emails, 30 minutes of maps and played games for about 45 minutes.
Wow now that's crazy. That's the kind of battery life I'm looking for.
I honestly think their's something going on internally with our phones it can't be the battery alone. Who knows, I think I'm just gonna go to the store tomorrow an tell them to give me a new one because it gets to hot and go's from 100% to 90 in like a half hour. Not good.
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Hmm that's weird! Maybe your battery is fubar'd. I took mine off the charger @ 9am and was using wi-fi up until 1, few social networking apps running and my battery is @ 30%
My battery just crapped out due to extensive words with friends ownage
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It may take a few complete charging cycles before the operating time "normalizes".
This. My VZN iPhone 4 would only last like 5 hours when I just got it, but after 2 weeks I was getting 24+ hours of battery life!
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Wow now that's crazy. That's the kind of battery life I'm looking for.
I honestly think their's something going on internally with our phones it can't be the battery alone. Who knows, I think I'm just gonna go to the store tomorrow an tell them to give me a new one because it gets to hot and go's from 100% to 90 in like a half hour. Not good.

im experiencing same problem im going to give it a couple days andvsee where im at, but i have had to recharge 2x a day. left charger at 430 pm then @15% by 11. and mine also gets hot too
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BAtt life sucks 3pm and ehre it is 10:30 and its at 20%
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im experiencing same problem im going to give it a couple days andvsee where im at, but i have had to recharge 2x a day. left charger at 430 pm then @15% by 11. and mine also gets hot too
They get hot. It's normal. Not as bad as my Captivate though.
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Please uninstall ATK. You do not need it. Here's a good post with all the links to why task killers aren't needed (unless you have a rouge app): Task Killer -- Do I need one?

Really strange about your battery life since all of the reviews raved on this.

These are just trouble shooting steps for when you have battery issues:
1) What apps have you downloaded so far, it might be that you have a 'rouge' app. Look at manage application and show which apps are constantly 'running'. Dial #*#*4636*#*# to get more detailed on your battery life and to see what app is active and for how long. Narrow the 'bad app down' and uninstall them. Test to see if your battery's life has improved.
2) If you are unable to detect what app is at fault, do a factory reset and use the phone with no apps install for a day to see how the battery is. If you have good battery by the end of the day with 'normal' use, then it was a rouge app you downloaded. Uninstall each of your apps one at a time and test each one to see what app is giving you the bad battery life. If your battery life is still bad
3) Take the phone back to the AT&T store and get a replacement battery. If even with the replacement battery, the phone battery's life is still bad then it might be a stock app.
4) Take the phone back to AT&T and get a replacement phone.

Hope this helps and that you get this battery issue fix

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I will have to try this. I downloaded a few apps but nothing that I think would cause these problems. I bought the phone last night and used it for a while then left it alone on the charger until it was fully charged. I unplugged it before I went to bed and set an alarm. The screen was off all night and then when I woke up this morning to the alarm, the phone was DEAD I am pretty confused by this.
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This. My VZN iPhone 4 would only last like 5 hours when I just got it, but after 2 weeks I was getting 24+ hours of battery life!

This is my 6th smartphone...all of which have had backup OEM and/or extended 3rd party batteries, and this has always been my experience.
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I will have to try this. I downloaded a few apps but nothing that I think would cause these problems. I bought the phone last night and used it for a while then left it alone on the charger until it was fully charged. I unplugged it before I went to bed and set an alarm. The screen was off all night and then when I woke up this morning to the alarm, the phone was DEAD I am pretty confused by this.
I had this problem last night, almost made me late for work. I was using nighttime battery saver mode too.
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I will have to try this. I downloaded a few apps but nothing that I think would cause these problems. I bought the phone last night and used it for a while then left it alone on the charger until it was fully charged. I unplugged it before I went to bed and set an alarm. The screen was off all night and then when I woke up this morning to the alarm, the phone was DEAD I am pretty confused by this.
Ah damn. Something is definitely draining your battery. Idle time on the phone at night should drain the battery no more than 15%. Only thing I can think of is something was running in the background all night or you have your apps to constantly synching? You might want to do the dial in *#*#4636#*#*. The info in there is very detailed and helpful if you have time to look through everything. I believe there's an option to check battery usage since last restarted since usage. Battery usage since last unplug is useless if your phone dies. If you want to do a test, after you charge your battery 100% at night, restart your phone and see what happen when you wake up. I think this is a great way to find what apps have been running since there's no human variable that is affecting the battery usage.
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Please uninstall ATK. You do not need it. Here's a good post with all the links to why task killers aren't needed (unless you have a rouge app): Task Killer -- Do I need one?

Really strange about your battery life since all of the reviews raved on this.

These are just trouble shooting steps for when you have battery issues:
1) What apps have you downloaded so far, it might be that you have a 'rouge' app. Look at manage application and show which apps are constantly 'running'. Dial #*#*4636*#*# to get more detailed on your battery life and to see what app is active and for how long. Narrow the 'bad app down' and uninstall them. Test to see if your battery's life has improved.
2) If you are unable to detect what app is at fault, do a factory reset and use the phone with no apps install for a day to see how the battery is. If you have good battery by the end of the day with 'normal' use, then it was a rouge app you downloaded. Uninstall each of your apps one at a time and test each one to see what app is giving you the bad battery life. If your battery life is still bad
3) Take the phone back to the AT&T store and get a replacement battery. If even with the replacement battery, the phone battery's life is still bad then it might be a stock app.
4) Take the phone back to AT&T and get a replacement phone.

Hope this helps and that you get this battery issue fix

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If you leave the phone charging overnight, will that be detrimental, or does the phone stop charging once it is fully charged?
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I am also having problems with the battery. It seems like it discharges VERY fast. If I keep it plugged in while using it, it doesn't seem to charge very fast at all. Yesterday, I was playing some games on it... but had it plugged in... and it didn't really charge at all.

Not real happy about the battery life.

Even this morning. I had a full charge at 8am... looked at two emails, sent a text, downloaded one app. 90% already in under 45 min.

Is it possible it is a problem with poor reception and it is going from edge --> 3G --> H+ ?
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Is it possible it is a problem with poor reception and it is going from edge --> 3G --> H+ ?
Most definately, as more power is used by the radios to maintain connection.

My fully charged Droid drained at my mom's house in 4 hours, an area where it struggled to maintain "1 bar", where it would typically last 24+ hours of "my normal use".
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#*#*4636*#*# diesbt work it says no network
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Even this morning. I had a full charge at 8am... looked at two emails, sent a text, downloaded one app. 90% already in under 45 min.
The battery only reads in 10% increments btw so while you are seeing 90%, it is actually more.
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Took the phone off the charger at 7:15am with medium to heavy use all morning including straming radio for last 4 hrs. I am currently showing 70%....Very impressed with the battery so far.
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Yeah whats a good battery widget our app this 10% thing sucks
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Not sure this was discussed but my battery seems to get hot when I am on my phone for more than 20 minutes. Anyone has this issue?
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#*#*4636*#*# - gives 'No Network Connection'

What am I doing wrong.

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Battery life on android phones just suck. Its that plain and simple. Of course the fan boys will come in here and talk about how they get great battery life and charged all day and browsed and played videos and still have 40% power after 8 hours. The reality is thats just not the case. You can turn the phone off and cut it back on when you need to use it, if you want great battery life. I've accepted how terrible battery life is on these phones so to me it doesnt even matter any more. I know that i will be at 100% when i leave out the house. By noon, i better start charging or just let it die by 3.
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This is my 6th smartphone...all of which have had backup OEM and/or extended 3rd party batteries, and this has always been my experience.
Hope this is the case. Ive owned nothing but Iphones since they came out, soo, never had a phone w/ a removable battery or anything like that.
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No but it does give an non-modulus 10 battery level. Mine said (in a meeting right at a quiet spot) 'Battery level 25%'. But nothing beyond that.

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Hope this is the case. Ive owned nothing but Iphones since they came out, soo, never had a phone w/ a removable battery or anything like that.
If the phone can't make it through a "day" (YMMV) after completely draining/charging 5-6 times, I'd look at getting a replacement, or "backup" battery. It could always be a case of a weak battery. In either case, I keep a spare in a small zipper pouch, on my key-chain, that used to house an old USB drive.
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Went from 100% charge to 60% in about two hours. Made about 5 text messages, a 5 minute phone call, downloaded an app, played around with some settings. Something isn't right here. Going for a factory reset now.
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I got mine last night at 5, ran the "out of the box" charge down setting up my contacts and reinstalling ALL my apps, (appbrain rules BTW) then charged all night, I am on 70% battery and have been since about noon. (it's just after 3pm here now) LOVE it, my defy would be at 40% or below by this time of day so I think the larger battery and longer life are indeed the case with this phone.
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Dial #*#*4636*#*# to get more detailed on your battery life and to see what app is active and for how long. Narrow the 'bad app down' and uninstall them. Test to see if your battery's life has improved.

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when I dial #*#*4636*#*# I get message "Network Message Not Available"
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when I dial #*#*4636*#*# I get message "Network Message Not Available"
Seems like this feature isn't in the Atrix See post #41
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light use all day and down to 60% spare parts says the phone has not been asleep the whole time. 8h 13m 46s without sleep 100%
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Like somebody stated already be patient. It takes the phone a couple of cycle charges to really work at optimum level. Give it maybe 3 days and you should see battery life to be much better. Same thing with my HTC inspire. Went from barely making it through the day to about 2 days.
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Actually I thought you did it this way *#*#4636#*#*
at least that one works on my two HTC, inspire and aria!
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I will have to try this. I downloaded a few apps but nothing that I think would cause these problems. I bought the phone last night and used it for a while then left it alone on the charger until it was fully charged. I unplugged it before I went to bed and set an alarm. The screen was off all night and then when I woke up this morning to the alarm, the phone was DEAD I am pretty confused by this.
Happened exactly to my Atrix last night. Was fully charged before going to sleep. When I waked up only 10% battery left.

Did a day of research and experiment today and found out the root cause. Yours may differ.

What have kept my Atrix busy, non-sleeping, hot, and battery hungry are several "mkv" movie files I copied to phone storage last night. My theory is: Atrix's (or Android's) media process doesn't know how to decode "mkv" movies. But it keeps (or is asked by other app to keep) trying and trying and trying. After I removed these movie files, my Atrix finally sleeps properly and battery drain problem solved. Not sure it's Moto to blame or Google.
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