Tips Droid X Gets Insane Battery Life if you know how to use it

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  1. nfriend21

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    Allright guys, Im posting this because I have literally tried everything and I found the golden goose for maintaining a strong long battery life on your droid x. Here are the mission critical items:

    1. battery profile options: in the off-peak hours section, make sure you "data timeout" is set to 15 minutes. in peak hours, make sure its at 15 minutes also. This wont even affect your phone use and I use text, email, sports, weather and other apps regularly with no difference.
    2. battery should be in smart mode
    3. Data delivery -> uncheck background data (sometimes this will re-check itself after using certain apps. If it does, dont worry about it. This might not drain your battery so much anyways.
    4. wifi settings -> menu button -> advanced -> wifi sleep policy -> select NEVER (no, im not joking. do an internet search and read how this saves your battery).

    Roll with this and you wont believe how good your battery life is. Yes, turning off wifi, bluetooth, and other things will help but if you do the above things you practically wont even have to worry about it.

    And you definitely dont need task killers or cleaners. worthless.

    If you dont do the above things, you will think you need task killers and other workarounds to save your battery when in reality they are the only problem.

    Follow this and your battery life will absolutely kill any iphone battery on the planet by a longshot.

    good luck.
     

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  2. mwpeck

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    Wednesday I got home with 90% battery life left, that is 9 hours off the charger and 10% battery life drop. By the time I went to bed and put it on the charger it was at 80% life (approx. 15 hours off the charger). It was light usage, a few emails throughout the day and 1 or 2 texts, and a picture or two, but it was damn good battery life.

    Yesterday, I got home with around 70% battery life left on similar usage, but I did have wifi enabled for the first 3 hours.

    Today, I am sitting at 80% and I have 2 hours until I go home, but I did the 2.2 update and played around with the phone for a bit afterwards, wifi on and off throughout the day.

    No clue what is up with the battery life, but 2 days of virtually identical usage, one resulted in 90% life left the other resulted in only 70%. Either way, the phone lasts with over 50% usually right before I go to bed which is more than enough for me, I even forgot to charge it one night and went from 60% to 100% in the time it took me to get ready for work.
     
  3. jbhumph

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    I hadn't had any battery problems until recently. I've been trying to narrow it down to what app or widget could be working against my battery. I did find a couple. Today though I went from 100% to 70% in 8 hours and that was me at work...I used my phone to check e-mail, texted a little...and that was in. Otherwise it was in my pocket. I'm going to try some of these settings and see if it works. Thanks for sharing :)

    Also gotta update to 2.2....woohoo!!!:D
     
  4. chrlswltrs

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    After updating to 2.2 the battery manager is actually useful to see what is draining your battery. It now shows all your apps that are using battery!:D
     
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  5. jbhumph

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    I saw that from other threads....my phone is updating now...it feels like Christmas morning!!! :)
     
  6. fotos

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    Will try suggestions.. I was getting less than a days worth out of the box.
     
  7. deekum1627

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    i had all teh settings the same exept i had data always on so well see if that make a diff or not thanks
     
  8. TonyXL

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    1 and 3 aren't helpful to everyone since people rely on pushed gmail, google voice, etc. and don't want to have to manually refresh.

    4 is quite helpful, as long as you only turn WiFi on when you're sure there is a hotspot, like home.
     
  9. colchiro

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    I use Y5 - Battery Saver to turn on my wifi when I'm in areas where I've turned it on (like home). When I'm away from these areas, it turns wi-fi off.

    FWIW, I got 3-1/2 days (15%) on one charge with light use (couple calls and 15 minutes of phone use per day) and similar settings.
     
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    I use tasker to turn wifi on at home and off when I leave. It also turns background sync off anytime my phone is not plugged in. I love all the automation in tasker.
     
  11. jbhumph

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    Well, I'm running 2.2 and have been using my phone for 2 hours unplugged. Only texting though and playing around with froyo some. I'm down to 80% already.

    Battery Manager shows..

    Display 45% (I have it set to automatic which I know I could change)
    Cell standy 15%
    Android System 11%
    Phone idle 7%
    Launcher Pro 6%
    Beautiful Widgets 3%
    Android OS 3%
    Text Messaging 3%
    com.android.inputmethod 2%
    Market 2%

    Any ideas? I can't believe some people are claiming 24 hours on this phone. I did remove ATK earlier today to test it without....
     
  12. colchiro

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    I have gone for over 3 days (15%) without charging, but only used it for about 1 hour total during those days. My screen is set to about 5% brightness when I'm not out in the sun, battery is set to battery-saver, I always have sync and BT turned off and wi-fi on when at home only. I do use live wallpaper, but set it to use less cpu by slowing the animation.
     
  13. jbhumph

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    I tried turning the brightness WAY down and am fine with it there until I'm out in the sunlight...but honestly I didn't see a big change in performance for me from the automatic setting...so I kept it there

    I don't run any live wallpapers because I know these drain

    I have wi-fi off and never use wi-fi...I never use my phone online at home and never have wi-fi access outside of my place

    I have GPS turned off

    I do have background data on because I do want to be able to utilize that. I do have my e-mail set to check every hour instead of getting pushed

    The widgets I have running update every 3 hours

    Honestly I'm not sure. I re-installed ATK because I do see better performance when I do have it on there....and yes, I do know that's a touchy topic for many :p

    I have a car charger and my charger at home so it's not like my phone is dying on me...but I don't understand how I hear people talking about making it through the entire day and still having 70% of their battery left with my phone is down to 70% after 5-6 hours off the charger, typically :(

    With 2.2, there are a few new battery manager features. I have mine set to default at the moment (the "nightime" option since "smart mode" doesn't exist any longer) and have everything else still set the way I mentioned

    Help me, Androidforums, you're my only hope! :( :thinking:
     
  14. mxsjw

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    #3 causes the market not to work...fyi
     
  15. BigCiX

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    You guys are lucky you have 2.2 already. My captivate won't get it til September. And that's if AT&T pushes it through in time. How's battery life when using live wallpapers with you X users?
     
  16. colchiro

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    In the Dinc forum they recommended using wifi when it's available. I suspect it's nice to have the additional speed and it appears to help battery life, maybe b/c it's a stronger signal?

    I use the SwitchPro Widget to control my services.

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    It has a few things I like, like flashlight using the camera leds, screen always on button, quick toggle of vibrate (which I use for work).

    My BT, GPS and sync are always off unless I'm actually using BT or GPS. I don't have trouble with email sync, but my battery life drops a lot quicker in my vehicle with BT enabled and display brightness on auto. My battery life is good when I'm at work when BT is off and display at 5%.
     
  17. jbhumph

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    Yes..wi fi will connect to the wireless internet connection which won't use as much battery power as the 3g network...but my issue unfortunately isn't running or not running wifi
     
  18. john0821

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    The people who have more than 70% by the end of the day just don't really use their phones outside of web browsing and time wasting (games, shopping, etc) for no more than an hour with maybe less than 10 minutes of talk time/day. I do think I am a moderate user (50 min to 1.25 hrs of talk time and browsing/time wasting/mp3 player for about 2 to 3 hrs daily) and usually make it to about 30% to 50% by the time I go to bed (around 11pm, unplug at 7am). The only reason my phone is on for so long is because my commute is about an hour and 20 minutes round trip when my DX acts as an MP3 player, and my cigarette charger doesn't work. I am absolutely happy with my battery given I can make the day and not have to baby my battery. I know on the weekends when my phone usage drops, I can do the same 70% by the end of the day.. but that's because I don't really mess with the phone during that time.
     
  19. colchiro

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    My point is you would want some kind of power widget to see what services were running and might need to turn some off to see where your power is going. If I charge before going to bed, I'll have about 90% when I get up 8 hours later.

    I believe you already have Power Control installed, which looks similar to SwitchPro in my screenshot above.
     
  20. jbhumph

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    Sorry I misunderstood. I see what you're saying now.

    I re-installed ATK last night. I used my phone for online use a little bit, wrote a few e-mails, sent out some text messages, and was talking to a friend on google talk...

    I'm 13 hours and 41 minutes unplugged...still at 90%. I suppose we will see what happens from here over the next few days but I can live with this :D lol
     
  21. colchiro

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    My more recent post was more informative so I'll take half that blame. ;)

    90% is good. I'd like to see you do it w/o ATK tho (but whatever works).
     
  22. labeledbass

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    I like that power strip, I use two different since each one doesn't have all that I need - thanks, will be giving this a shot!

    To the OP, yeah battery manager is one of the best things about 2.2 imho - every phone should have that panel of settings.
     
  23. colchiro

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    I also have it on my lock screen so very quick to get to.

    There are so many features, it could be added as two widgets.
     
  24. yawdapaah

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    I'm at 60% with the extended battery and in 3 hrs, i'll hit 48hrs.

    Generally light to moderate use. Made some calls, watch videos on youtube, watched some avi vids (one piece), listened to music, browsing...

    I'm almost pissed, the thing just won't die. Maybe its FroYo cos it seems the phone is using NO power when idle.
     
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  25. mahers

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    Why'd you buy it if you aren't going to use it?

    How is this possible? You said a few posts earlier that your battery life was fluctuating and now you lose only 10% after half a day? I lose 10% after an hour and that's just sitting on my desk!?!?!

    What the hell are you people doing with your phones to make them last this long?
     

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