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Old November 19th, 2013, 03:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok, I know the "screen" thing is usual. . no issues.

Noticed that the Android OS/kernel is being the top notch source for eating my battery. left it at 80% upon sleeping.. phone locked. upon waking up its now 63%!!!

4.3 update was completed months back.. and i am not sure if this is the culprit..
using GSAM battery monitor.. and yes, it shows that Android OS being the top consumer. . .

using Battery doctor.. not sure if this really helps.. any similar experiences??

btw, I am just after SMS for the entire day.. a bit of facebook for 10 minutes at night..

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If the phone is doing nothing, the OS is going to be using most of the battery. That doesn't mean that the OS is using a lot of battery, it just means that most of what IS being used is being used by the OS. Even a phone that would last 2 weeks would show that most of the battery use is the OS if the phone isn't doing anything else.

17% after 8 hours (that's how long you slept?) means more than 40 hours of standby. That sounds as if you have a weak signal and wifi/GPS/Bluetooth/some other things enabled. Phones are like cars - you get the rated mileage going downhill with a tail wind.
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If the phone is doing nothing, the OS is going to be using most of the battery. That doesn't mean that the OS is using a lot of battery, it just means that most of what IS being used is being used by the OS. Even a phone that would last 2 weeks would show that most of the battery use is the OS if the phone isn't doing anything else.

17% after 8 hours (that's how long you slept?) means more than 40 hours of standby. That sounds as if you have a weak signal and wifi/GPS/Bluetooth/some other things enabled. Phones are like cars - you get the rated mileage going downhill with a tail wind.
in short.. are you saying that this is normal??
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Try putting it into Airplane Mode tonight and see if that makes a big difference.
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Try putting it into Airplane Mode tonight and see if that makes a big difference.
I can't. .. my mobile provider will be shut off then..
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I can't. .. my mobile provider will be shut off then..
And that is a problem because.....?

Alternatively, leave it on charge while you sleep. No worries about the battery. You can always replace it, unlike an iPhone, Nexus, or HTC One.
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And that is a problem because.....?
because I cannot receive any SMS or calls. . .


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Alternatively, leave it on charge while you sleep. No worries about the battery. You can always replace it, unlike an iPhone, Nexus, or HTC One.
not all can just buy a battery replacement.. as an owner i need to be practical as well . ..
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Why do people not like leaving their phones on charge over night? I've been doing that for years and never had a single issue.
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Why do people not like leaving their phones on charge over night? I've been doing that for years and never had a single issue.
what's the benefit of charging it over night?

is your battery life prolonged?

I believe once the battery is at 100%, even if you leave it plugged in.. it will not charge anymore.. -----> I MAYBE WRONG HERE.. but I read some write ups on this thing. . .
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Try running PowerTutor to assess what's eating your battery.
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I am using GSAM battery stats. .

as per checking Android OS being on top.. 35.9 % screen is 2nd. . .

take note that all of the UNNECESSARY tools/apps/features are OFF. . .
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what's the benefit of charging it over night?

is your battery life prolonged?

I believe once the battery is at 100%, even if you leave it plugged in.. it will not charge anymore.. -----> I MAYBE WRONG HERE.. but I read some write ups on this thing. . .
The main benefit is convenience as you dont have to worry about taking it off charge when charging is complete. Also,you'll have a full battery to start the day. Can't say I've noticed any negatives to leaving any of my phones or devices on charge overnight
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I've always kept all my phones on a charger all night, every night, both smart phone and otherwise. I like knowing I will have a full charge out the door every day. I've never seen any degradation of battery capacity or life in many years. I use my S4 as my bedside clock and alarm every night with https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gadgetjuice.dockclock
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not all can just buy a battery replacement.. as an owner i need to be practical as well . ..
Well, at Amazon, you can get a replacement Anker GS4 battery for under $20 shipped... for two of them...should you ever need to do so. I would hope that as a top-tier smart phone owner that expense would not put you in dire financial straits.

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Or even the ZeroLemon 7500mAh battery for $40.

If that's too large, you might consider a 5200mAh Anker for $24.
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Like you, I prefer not to leave it on the charger overnight, but only because I typically have about 1.5 to 2 hours available in the morning and can fully charge my GS4 during that period. But really, I know of no reason not to just leave it on the charger. We have 3 iPhone 5 phones in the family and they typically leave them on the charger overnight... and you can't easily replace the battery in those. No battery issues for them since they got them in April this year (7 months).

Charge it overnight and don't worry about it. At least you have the option to easily replace your battery should you ever need to do so.
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what's the benefit of charging it over night?

is your battery life prolonged?

I believe once the battery is at 100%, even if you leave it plugged in.. it will not charge anymore.. -----> I MAYBE WRONG HERE.. but I read some write ups on this thing. . .
It's just that it's convenient. You start off the day with a full charge, and I don't believe there's any adverse impact on the battery.

You have to charge the phone at some point in the day. Why not do it when you're sleeping--a time that doesn't impact your use of the phone at all.
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got 100% charge before sleeping.. 11pm -- upon waking up by 4am, batttery is down to 86%. . . geez. . . :|
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At night, are you on WiFi or 3G/4G?
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At night, are you on WiFi or 3G/4G?
the tools/apps that are unnecessary are TURNED OFF. . .

the only thing active is my SMS app that i have been using for years since my s2. . . and now it's 79% without even doing a single SMS or browsing
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the tools/apps that are unnecessary are TURNED OFF. . .

the only thing active is my SMS app that i have been using for years since my s2. . . and now it's 79% without even doing a single SMS or browsing
I didn't ask what apps were running, I only asked if you were connecting via Wifi or 3G/4G. If you're capable of receiving/sending SMS, you must be connected. If you're on WiFi and the signal is good all night, you shouldn't be seeing these kinds of power loss.
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I didn't ask what apps were running, I only asked if you were connecting via Wifi or 3G/4G. If you're capable of receiving/sending SMS, you must be connected. If you're on WiFi and the signal is good all night, you shouldn't be seeing these kinds of power loss.
my WIFI is OFF.. but I use it every night just to check facebook.. and i turn if off before sleeping. . .
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Are you turning off your data (3G/4G), too? If not, your phone is going to be trying to access this and eating battery FAR more than if you were on WiFi.
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Are you turning off your data (3G/4G), too? If not, your phone is going to be trying to access this and eating battery FAR more than if you were on WiFi.
yes my mobile data is OFF.. i seldom use this. . my network mode though is set to LTE/WCDMA/GSM by default . . as per checking . .
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Since last 3-4 days i'm also facing battery drain. I did not install any new app as well. Also i put my phone on charge overnight. but after few hours it goes down to 80% without any usage. Few days back around same time it used to be at 90-92 %. I don't know what went wrong. Last thing I want to do is factory reset. I'm on 4.3. Something is wrong but i'm unable to trace it till now.
BTW i always charge my phones and other devices over night and faced no battery issues since last almost 7-8 years.
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I never experienced this on my s2 (used for 2 or 3 years) rooted.

I am not sure if this is because of the 4.3 upgrade.. no idea..

all i know is, something is wrong..
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Try just leaving your wifi on. Why are you turning it off?
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Try just leaving your wifi on. Why are you turning it off?
If you're turning off your data AND your WiFi, why won't you toggle Airplane Mode on at night?
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If you're turning off your data AND your WiFi, why won't you toggle Airplane Mode on at night?
I would not want to miss some SMS or maybe important calls that may happen during that time. . that's the main reason for me not activating plane mode..
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I would not want to miss some SMS or maybe important calls that may happen during that time. . that's the main reason for me not activating plane mode..
Just for giggles, could you try it for a few hours and see if it has a big impact?
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Just for giggles, could you try it for a few hours and see if it has a big impact?
1. tried an overnight charge .. upon waking up 100%
2. upon arriving here at the office (1 hour at most) .. 91%
3. made a phone call.. .90%
4. tried plane mode for an hour.. upon checking. .its now 87%. . .
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Well...it was worth a shot. My SGS4 drops less than 1% in airplane mode after 1 hour.
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I plan to have my unit/battery check in the service center by next week. . damn :|
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It's not exactly clear, but have you tried just leaving wi-fi on?
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Anyone try turning 'Sync' off on the pulldown menu?
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Have you tried taking the battery out for 60 seconds and then putting it back in? It's my understanding that this does a bit more than just a restart.
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nope. i turn OFF wifi when not in use. . .

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mine is OFF since day 1. . .
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In all honesty, you may be over controlling your phone.
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Have you tried taking the battery out for 60 seconds and then putting it back in? It's my understanding that this does a bit more than just a restart.
charged at 90%.. removed the battery for 5 minutes..

same issue . . . this was this morning. . .

now, battery is at 57% .. took some videos this morning . . .

Android OS at 26% being TOP.. followed by the screen. . .
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Can you bring it into a (hopefully knowledgeable) service center?
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In all honesty, you may be over controlling your phone.
can you be more on details here?
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I have no way of knowing how Android-savvy you are so forgive me if I mention something you already know. But I found out on my first Android phone that in my over-zealous attempts to conserve battery power, I was inadvertently creating issues. I used Juice Defender to turn off stuff I didn't think I needed in a vain attempt to preserve battery. I had all sorts of connectivity issues, not realizing at the time that features like MMS require mobile data in order to work.

It just seemed that when I left stuff alone, it worked better.

Now I'd love to leave the screen on full bright all day long, have multiple hours of phone, email and messaging use and still end up the day with 90% power left. However, that ain't gonna happen anytime soon.

I don't even worry about it anymore, especially since I began using Waze where-ever I drive. I just plug the phone in and keep it charged and never have any battery use issues. So what if I end the day with 38% instead of 92% power remaining?

And if at some point in the future my battery decides it doesn't like frequent charges, I'll just buy another battery and go on about my day.
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Strange but true. Today I unplugged my S4 after full charge at 5 AM. Since than till now around 4 PM it still is at 89% with my usual usage. Back to what i was experiencing earlier. Only change i did was i disabled the option "Reading Mode" from the settings. Hope it remains same.
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The battery usage in android phones continues to baffle me. Last week I noticed a big increase in drain during standby and looking at wakelock detector,my phone was awake around 80% of the time. Switched it off and on again and for the past two days it's been awake less than 20% of the time and I've been getting 4hours+ screen time on my s4. Very odd
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brought it to the Samsung service center in our place. . . staff recommends leaving the unit to them for further checking. ..(that's the other customers are doing)

they have no means of just checking the battery at once. .. have no phone/apps backup yet.. I was hoping that this issue of mine is just of the 4.3 update.. and hope to be fixed .. by just the fix

not by leaving my phone
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have no phone/apps backup yet
If you haven't left it with them yet, get Helium on your phone/PC and do a back-up. It's the closest thing to a complete rooted back-up. Helium backs up most app settings/data in addition to your apps.
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update. . . .

i used unlimited mobile data for almost 5 days.. checked the usage, SCREEN on TOP followed by OS at 30% rate OR below. . .my phone was active then for mobile data. .. and now I am back to the OS usage on top at 40% ++
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ISSUE SOLVED. . .thread can be closed
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Just in case someone else who has this issue sees this thread, I'm going to leave it open and ongoing discussion can take place here
If you have any questions, please p.m. me
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I have the same problem on my Sprint S4 after the 4.3 update, along with "WIFI unstable" message and suddenly dropped calls with occasionally bad call quality. This is pre the MK2 fix.

I just got notified of MK2 and am downloading it now. I never had WIFI issues before the initial 4.3 update, and my battery NEVER died, now it seems to die in about half the time even if I hardly use it. Has to be because of the 4.3 update. Hoping MK2 fixes it, I'll keep my fingers crossed!
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