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Old May 13th, 2011, 07:06 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi, i just bought samsung galagxy gio and its battery life seems to be the most utter crap iv ever seen.

The battery drains completely in 1 day AND im not even doing anything with it. How is that possible? We bought 2 phones and battery in both phones drains in 1 day.

There is no way that is normal, right?

Anybody else experiencing something like this or do you guys have any solutions to my "little" problem.

Edit: I posted this to two different places, because "samsung galaxy gio" forum section does not seem to have much traffic.

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Old May 13th, 2011, 08:22 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm having the same problem with my Xperia Play.
To be honest my iPhone 3GS discharges in one day with regular use. It would last 2 days if I didn't use it. I love the phone though. But I’m keeping my 3GS on standby just in case.
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I have yet to pick up my Gio, but i would like to ask you about your use patterns, how much texting do you do in one day, internet usage, 3G? Those are the big factors for battery life, monitor your running tasks to see what is eating your battery life. Talk time and standby time will vary depending usage.
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Well the thing is, i did not use 3g, wlan, bluetooth, did not do anything else than sent 4 messages. No programs were running (checked in the task manager).

Im just baffled. No idea whats going on. Im just going to keep recharging it and see if it goes any better. If not, im going to send it to maintance.
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Try to make sure it is a complete charge b/f samsung wastes your time. Run it all the way down, till it threatens to shut down, then shut it off, then let it charge in the off position for 24 hours, if you can afford too, overnight should be sufficient. Then turn it on and use as normal, note any difference, then call customer service.
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My Gio has a similar battery life. I think this is the case with most current smartphones. Gotta live with it I guess
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i need to know is there any app or procedure to increase battery life?
any background app running or something thats eating the battery??
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Hi, i just bought samsung galagxy gio and its battery life seems to be the most utter crap iv ever seen.

The battery drains completely in 1 day AND im not even doing anything with it. How is that possible? We bought 2 phones and battery in both phones drains in 1 day.

There is no way that is normal, right?

Anybody else experiencing something like this or do you guys have any solutions to my "little" problem.

Edit: I posted this to two different places, because "samsung galaxy gio" forum section does not seem to have much traffic.



I love the phone. Simplicity is good BUT...... I am having same issue the battery life is shocking and am a unhappy customer

I want to know how a device smaller than a i-phone with a battery that seems to be similar, can be so FN quick to go flat?
Less than one day, Ran FB for 15 minutes and smsed about 6 times and when i finished a 8 hour shift at work it was flat :|
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After a full charge, use the phone for few hours and then goto

Settings-->About Phone--->Battery Use

Check what is consuming the battery most.

There are certain system apps which keeps working in background. For example. Latitude keeps updating your location, if Sync is enabled, it keeps checking for gmail and syncing your contacts etc.

Also check Settings-->Wirelss and network --->Mobile Network--->Network Mode

It should be in GSM only and not GSM/WCDMA (auto mode)
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sorry for my english
When i've bought Samsung GIO battery was around 36-48h , i've rooted it and installed setcpu and configurate it to decrease CPU speed from 800Mhz to 122Mhz when screen is off, and 400Mhz when on, and now i'm around 4 days with moderate use and 3 days in normal use
400Mhz is enouth for normal use, juste increase it for big games
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sorry for my english
When i've bought Samsung GIO battery was around 36-48h , i've rooted it and installed setcpu and configurate it to decrease CPU speed from 800Mhz to 122Mhz when screen is off, and 400Mhz when on, and now i'm around 4 days with moderate use and 3 days in normal use
400Mhz is enouth for normal use, juste increase it for big games
How we can root the mobile?
what is setcpu?
how configure setcpu?

Please help us with more description about the above terms that you used.
thanks a lot for your kindless regards.
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How we can root the mobile?
what is setcpu?
how configure setcpu?

Please help us with more description about the above terms that you used.
thanks a lot for your kindless regards.

sorry my links will be in french, to root i've made this : [Tutoriel] Root - rooter Samsung Galaxy Gio S5660 : Smartphone Android Samsung
(2 possibilities depending on your OS : froyo or gingerbread, for me it was the first part of tutorial : froyo)

and next, here is a tutorial for setcpu [Guide] Installer & Configurer SetCPU (Page 1) / Tutoriaux en général / Androix - Communauté francophone Android

i think you can find equivalent in english, many people have rooted their phone, in fack when it's rooted, you become super user and acess to others settings (like cpu speed and others) in specified applications
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I have had a gio for 4 months and with average use on with wifi on a daily basis the battery will last 1 1/2 days
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I have had a gio for 4 months and with average use on with wifi on a daily basis the battery will last 1 1/2 days
45 min wifi & 30min call & average 10sms / days but no 3G
and battery last 3 days (with setcpu to reduce 80% CPU speed when screen is off and 50% when I'm not playing like i've said before)

i've noticed that battery of GIO decrease very fast even if we are not doing anything so it's a good solution, of course 3G take a lot of battery too
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is there any way to change the battery with a powerfull one? i mean 1500mAh or 1850 maybe?

i'm not an expert in batteries and i accept any arguments...
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Funny thing happened today. I was able to drop the battery level by 10% in around 10 seconds. Phone was in flight mode with every setting set to extend battery life (screen brightness was 0, auto-sync off, background data on, BT off, GPS off). Only wireless was turned on. I have not been able to reproduce the event.

1. auto rotation on.
2. *#*#4636#*#*
3. battery information
4. rotate the screen back and forth

each time I did this, I would lose around 2-3% of battery life. After losing 10%, I exited to the homescreen, not wanting to further lose power. I don't know if I had continued, maybe it would have continued dropping. Out of curiousity I tried the procedure again a few minutes later and it would not drop anymore.

It happened accidently when the screen rotated while viewing the battery information screen and I noticed the battery drop by 3%. Was amazed to see it drop again by rotating the screen over and over.

I am trying to figure out why this happened and what the explanation is. Any ideas? Did this in some way calibrate my battery or something? Some people seem to get great battery life from their GIO but many of us, including myself, have had terrible battery life.

I am now charging my GIO and hope this event has calibrated my battery and I will now get better battery life.
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I got my Galaxy Gio yesterday, and sofar very happy.
However I'm searching for a battery status indicator (not the one in the top) or at least a menu that shows the remaining battery life either in hrs or % - does any one know where to find that with Android 2.3.3

I know theres a battery use indicator that shows the percentage of battery used for e.g screen, idle etc
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I am surprised to see these battery issues...have had the phone about a month now...I get probably 5 days before i am told to plug the phone in...usually 3 days it hits 1/2 on the battery indicator so I plug it in then...but forgot for 5 days once...probably limited use compared to most people..2 or 3 short calls a day, 1 or 2 texts, a few minutes of wifi use per day...3g always on. phone came with 2.3.4 preloaded (bell and virgin)...had an old galaxy i7500 and this thing runs circles around it....for $100 with no contract I can't think of a better unit.
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I got my Galaxy Gio yesterday, and sofar very happy.
However I'm searching for a battery status indicator (not the one in the top) or at least a menu that shows the remaining battery life either in hrs or % - does any one know where to find that with Android 2.3.3

I know theres a battery use indicator that shows the percentage of battery used for e.g screen, idle etc

Get the battery widget from Android Market
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you can type *#*#4636#*#* in the dialer and press battery information

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However I'm searching for a battery status indicator (not the one in the top) or at least a menu that shows the remaining battery life either in hrs or % - does any one know where to find that with Android 2.3.3

I know theres a battery use indicator that shows the percentage of battery used for e.g screen, idle etc
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BTW to be honest, all smartphones are probably like this, with some having slightly better life. What Ive observed, following steps can help reduce consumption if you are using Gio too frequently:

- Turn off wifi when not surfing
- Turn off screen brightness
- Disable auto-rotation of screen
- Dont use live wallpapers
- Always check if there are any apps running in background which you might have presumably closed but haven't shut down yet

With standby and few texts, the battery generally lasts from 1.5-2 days else with wifi on, only half a day at best
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Also, my friends have the same issue too. I came across a youtube video that suggested an extended battery. Problem solved. That is all you neeed.

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Hi, i just bought samsung galagxy gio and its battery life seems to be the most utter crap iv ever seen.

The battery drains completely in 1 day AND im not even doing anything with it. How is that possible? We bought 2 phones and battery in both phones drains in 1 day.

There is no way that is normal, right?

Anybody else experiencing something like this or do you guys have any solutions to my "little" problem.

Edit: I posted this to two different places, because "samsung galaxy gio" forum section does not seem to have much traffic.
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Yea, i changed from the 1500 to the 3300. The only thing is that the 3300 is thicker, so you need a differnt case. Go get it, its worth it.

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i'm not an expert in batteries and i accept any arguments...
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I fully recharged my new Gio Thursday evening and it was done at 23pm.
Today there's still around 25% battery lifetime left.

I can't complain with around 5days of battery time... but ok, I'm not a hughe mobile phone user - a few calls and sms' a day.

I have "live wallpaper" enabled but screen time out after 30sec, and I disabled wifi, bluetooth and mobile network internet services. I also have fairly low screen brightness - it think it's clear enough at around 20%.
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I found this thread because I was searching for battery troubles with samsung gio. I just got that phone for my wife.

I disabled gps, bluetooth, synchronisation. Only wi-fi is active. I show her how to stop all process with the task manager.

And we NEVER get alive more than 24 hours since we got it last week. The battery is always down. Very crappy battery life.
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I found this thread because I was searching for battery troubles with samsung gio. I just got that phone for my wife.

I disabled gps, bluetooth, synchronisation. Only wi-fi is active. I show her how to stop all process with the task manager.

And we NEVER get alive more than 24 hours since we got it last week. The battery is always down. Very crappy battery life.
WiFi enabled takes a hughe amount off the battery life time.

As said mine keeps battery for 5 days before new recharge, but I'm not a heavy smartphone user. I only activate the other stuff when needed and then disable it.

I used Android 2.3.3 (gingerbread) which should be a bit more battery friendly... at least thats what i'm told.
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WiFi enabled takes a hughe amount off the battery life time.

As said mine keeps battery for 5 days before new recharge, but I'm not a heavy smartphone user. I only activate the other stuff when needed and then disable it.

I used Android 2.3.3 (gingerbread) which should be a bit more battery friendly... at least thats what i'm told.
I disabled wi-fi too, and now it seems that I can get 3-4 days of battery life, that is much better. We'll keep it like that. The android version installed is 2.3.4.
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Buy a new battery like $10 on ebay. Mine lasts 2 days if I do nothing much.
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I did get 9+ days on a battery charge

Phone was used mainly as phone, with very small amount of internet browsing, a few pictures, and some small games. Tab "Ecran activ" show the status of the display - so it was used during the 9 days (so you can't say that I kept the phone untouched).
Tricks:

1. used SetCpu to
- reduce maximum speed from 800 to 400MHz (not so important if you don't use big apps); note: at 400 MHz phone will not get hot, no matter what app/game you run (unlike 800 MHz where even browsing internet will heat the battery)
- reduce minimum frequency from 224 MHz to 122 MHz (this will lower the stand-by power usage almost by half)
- change CPU scaling to "ondemand" with 40% "Up threshold" - this will make CPU to go to 225 MHz when playing music (at 122MHz some cracking noise is produced on every 122->224 transition)

2. set the display brightness to 32/64/128 from max 255, depending on the ambient light (there are apps on market to help with this)

3. used AutoAirplane mode to put the phone on airplane mode from 23 to 06 hours. (this produced the holes in "Semnal de telefon" tab)

From my experience, battery eater are (in this order):
- phone camera
- gps with active navigation app
- wifi + active traffic (browsing webpages with lots of pictures, youtube, etc)
- crashed apps in background that will keep the CPU at maximum frequency
- CPU/GPU intensive games
- backlight of display

Hope it helped!
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I tried to grab setcpu but its not free, any free alternatives...
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ya our battery does the same thing, brand new.
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I did get 9+ days on a battery charge
Absolutely Impossible

I can take a screen shot which will show 30 days on battery.(No photo-shopping)

Don't discharge the battery below 50-60% and then charge is upto 80-85%

Android OS will not overwrite the battery stats.

Do it daily 3-5 times (as and when required) and get a 30 Days on Battery screenshot.
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Absolutely Impossible

I can take a screen shot which will show 30 days on battery.(No photo-shopping)

Don't discharge the battery below 50-60% and then charge is upto 80-85%

Android OS will not overwrite the battery stats.

Do it daily 3-5 times (as and when required) and get a 30 Days on Battery screenshot.
Sorry, you are wrong.
It did last 9+ days. Actually it's about 10% discharge per day!
See attached images - 38 hours with no USB connections (or charger) and 13% discharge (from 100% to 87%)


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Don't discharge the battery below 50-60% and then charge is upto 80-85%.
You may see on the original picture that charger (usb cable in my case) was connected to the phone 3 times ("Se incarca" tab), for an insignifinat amount of time - so no: the picture is not falsified by any meanings.
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I got this phone a few days ago and I was using just for calls + wifi browsing and the battery drain seemed reasonable. It would last maybe 2 days with GPS off. Now I have added 3G browsing and the battery drain seems higher even when I am connected to wifi (I believe when the phone sleeps it turns off wi-fi but leaves 3g browsing on?). It only got 12 hours on the last charge even though it idling for 99% of the time. Just by looking at the battery graph I can see that it is draining much faster when idling now that browsing has been added.

Is this normal to get much higher drain with 3g browsing? Is there a menu option to turn mobile browsing on and off? Is there an app to do this easily?

Also, has anyone seen any extended batteries available for this phone?
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Now I can confirm that the battery on this phone is somewhat not so good, it drains so quickly even if everything is turned off and the screen brightness at lowest setting, if I use the phone for other things than calls, I can't have more than 2 days of battery life, I can't believe a phone can drain a battery so fast, this phone would be so amazing if the battery was better made, I would love to use the GPS and wifi on it to surf on the Internet, but it drains the battery so fast that thoses features aren't going to be used often until I can find something to charge the battery safely on the go without risking the battery life to be short (if you charge the battery all the time it shorten the life of the battery so much)
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Yea, i changed from the 1500 to the 3300. The only thing is that the 3300 is thicker, so you need a differnt case. Go get it, its worth it.
Can you provide a link? I can't find these extended batteries online for the Gio.
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Registered just to chime in as another unhappy user. I recently bought this phone under the assumption that the specs were somewhat close to the truth. Nope!

With minimal use the battery drains in a day, 1.5 days max (very rarely wifi, calls and texts). I have NO idea how they got the battery life estimates on GSMArena but they must've just added 2 weeks to the actual standby time and called it a day. And don't even bother turning on Wifi and GPS at the same time to say use the tripadvisor app or something. Your phone will be dead in an hour. This phone is complete, utter garbage. And this is a BRAND NEW phone. I can't even imagine how fast this thing is going to die when the battery starts getting old.

And why should someone even have to use SetCPU and turn off orientation just to get acceptable battery life?

Oh and the camera application loves crashing the entire phone so it has to restart.

NEVER AGAIN SAMSUNG. You push the specs/price ratio but in the end it means jack because the user experience is still trash.
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You just got a bad one, it happens with all the phones, mine will keep a charge for around 90-159hrs or 3,5-6 days, I don't use the wifi too often and use txt message a lot and talk time is around 15-30minutes each day, I play with some games but not very often (I'm not a phone game maniac anyway, a phone for me is a phone mostly)
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I've got the same here. I noticed that if I have got Wifi or 3G on my battery drains within 12 hours or so. I charged my battery in the morning: 100%, within 2 minutes: 91%. The galaxy gio has a horrible battery. You can download battery defender or root your phone and install a CPU control were you can save your battery life very easily with. Like for example I did: I made a profile that ensures the battery runs on its slowest when the screen is off. This way my battery last a couple of hours more. But still, it's a fact that the battery of the samsung galaxy gio is crap.

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Big tip: seal your battery so no water can reach it, and place it in the freezer for a night or so. It will work better than.
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New to android, samsung and smartphones. I accidentally discovered that a pre-installed app called "voice dialer" gave me access to many phone settings I could not find in the user manual, including battery info and wifi settings. I tried to test it for "dialing" it misheard what I said and gave me a list of phone config menus. Say "battery info" and you get the battery info. I see a bug in it because it says the battery voltage is 4mV. Uhhh, no. I'm from a hardware background and it ain't 4mV. I looked at the battery and it says 3.7V, 5 Watt-hours. Maybe they meant 3.4V? 3.7V - 4mv? Who knows what they meant. But it does give more battery info.
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New to android, samsung and smartphones. I accidentally discovered that a pre-installed app called "voice dialer" gave me access to many phone settings I could not find in the user manual, including battery info and wifi settings. I tried to test it for "dialing" it misheard what I said and gave me a list of phone config menus. Say "battery info" and you get the battery info. I see a bug in it because it says the battery voltage is 4mV. Uhhh, no. I'm from a hardware background and it ain't 4mV. I looked at the battery and it says 3.7V, 5 Watt-hours. Maybe they meant 3.4V? 3.7V - 4mv? Who knows what they meant. But it does give more battery info.
It's a bug somewhere in kernel or android libs. Battery voltage is reported in volts, without decimals, but "mV" is added after the value. So "4mV" means between 4.00V and 4.30V, and "3mV" is 3.60V to 3.99V (These are proper voltages for Li-ion battery).
But strangely enough, battery percentage is reported correctly by system!
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I just had to chime in seeing there is nothing wrong with this battery. Mine will run for days on one charge without issue.

Everyone complaining needs to download a battery saver app which will almost double your battery life. Easy Battery Saver is the best.

People also need to know how to condition their battery when it is new. You need to discharge it down to 5% or lower for the first three charges to condition the proper charge length for a lithium battery.
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Hey guys i am having the same case that has been mentioned here, i am not very sure if it is some kind of issue but then i have not yet found an answer that i can trust, is there anyone who has an idea about the same??
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Are you saying you think it is an issue when you unplug the phone and it drops to 99%?

That's completely normal.
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I experience the very same issues. I have a Galaxy Gio and I hardly do anything, call-wise. My average is 1~2 calls a day. However, I do some tweeting and reading e-mails through the built in Gmail client (Android Gingerbread v2.3.4). I also listen to some music, using the built in player. Sometimes I disable Wi-fi when I go out, sometimes I don't. However, now down to battery, it sucks. Never more than a day. I'm starting to think I have a crappy battery. My wife has a Galaxy Mini (GT-S5770) and it's battery is almost full at the end of the first day of charge. Mine is at ~15% after 10h. Since our phones uses the same batteries, I've thought about switching batteries, just to see if there's any difference.
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There is nothing wrong with the battery. You need to install a battery app which manages the network and wifi settings and turns things off when not in use. It also depends on the apps you have installed which are calling on the wifi for updates and such.

I suggest you install a battery app and see the drastic improvement. Also you should see what apps are autostarting and trying to use the wifi.
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Big tip: seal your battery so no water can reach it, and place it in the freezer for a night or so. It will work better than.
How will it improve the battery performance by putting it in a freezer?
What did you notice after you put it in freezer?

Has anyone experiences in using a 2500 mAH battery in Gio?
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For the battery in the freezer for whatever reason sometimes it works, be sure to use a double ziploc bag for it so it can't get any water and make sure to let the battery warm up on a counter for at least 2-3hrs after removing it from the freezer and not put it back directly into the phone cause the phone will make the battery heat quickly and that could kill the battery (will get humidity in the battery which isn't recommended...) its a hit or miss, my cousin Galaxy Q got a lot better battery life after the freezer trick, but for my other cousin with her gio, she didn't get anything better.
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