Galaxy Nexus battery saving tips..Post em!Tips


  1. Shockwave78

    Shockwave78 Well-Known Member

    What has worked for you so far? I am going on my sEcond charge for the day and when it's done I will probably start tweaking for battery savings. Here is my list off the top of my head..

    1. Enable auto brightness - off by default
    2. Live wallpaper removal
    3. Disable NFC - don't see myself using this anytime soon at all
    4. Disable push notifications for gmail
    5. Disable gps
    6. Disable WIFI when not in use

    What else ya got? I will update the post as others have ideas, recommendations ...

    GO GO GO!

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  2. wyggles

    wyggles Well-Known Member

    6. Disable wifi when not using it?
  3. Shockwave78

    Shockwave78 Well-Known Member

    Dunno how it is with android but with the iPhone it had maybe .5 to 1% difference in battery life.

    I will update the main post though
  4. wyggles

    wyggles Well-Known Member

    Made a huge difference with my Nexus One over the past year and a half. Maybe it isn't the same with newer phones but it is a habit now. I just discovered Y5 which automates the process.
  5. ttaylor0024

    ttaylor0024 Well-Known Member

    I would at leave give Juice Defender a shot. It never worked right on my OG Droid, but I also only used the beta builds of it...
  6. LTek1

    LTek1 Well-Known Member

    If you can remember to turn your wifi on and off, sure. But if you're lazy, leaving it ON will generally yield greater battery life, provided you spend more than half your day somewhere with wifi.. home or at work.

    Wifi data takes way less battery than 4G data.
  7. Nurseferatu

    Nurseferatu Well-Known Member

    On my Samsung Charge (Gingerbread) I use an app called Caffeine. It checks for wifi and turns it on or off depending on whether wifi is available. Simple and dependable.
  8. howarmat

    howarmat Well-Known Member

    i use y5 battery saver for wifi auto on/off...not sure if it works on the gnex though.

    OK it appears the y5 is out. Doesnt work for now
  9. EmotionalNinja

    EmotionalNinja Well-Known Member

    I will be keeping my brightness at 50% because the at when the brightness is lower I can see banding on solid colors and it's just not worth saving the battery if the screen doesn't look gorgeous. I found that 50% gives a gorgeous, band-free picture.
  10. frankkduf2

    frankkduf2 Well-Known Member

    +1 this one makes a huge diff for me i tested it alot over the past with nexus one , s and then galaxy nexus and with the wifi turned off while not using it could save 5-10% battery life a day. For that i would recommend green power, this app will give you alot more jus a day if you are not using your device alot.
  11. foo

    foo Well-Known Member

    so disable everything that makes a smartphone a smartphone? we all knew battery was going to suck when getting this phone (everyone should've anyway). :cool:
  12. ncsustash

    ncsustash Well-Known Member

    Use Tasker (similar to motorola smart actions but way more powerful and has been out forever). You can create scenarios to turn things on and off based on time of day/ day of week, etc.

    As an example, M-T 8:15 to 4:55 when I am at work, it turns off bluetooth, gps, and wifi, because I am sitting at my desk. At 455 it turns them all back on.
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  13. metlcat

    metlcat Well-Known Member

    ^This. Tasker is a forgetful/lazy person's best friend.
  14. fed123

    fed123 Active Member

    I disable auto-sync for Gmail and Twitter.
  15. Sandroidfan

    Sandroidfan Well-Known Member

    Is Tasker able to turn on/off 4G radio as well?
  16. Needz_Android

    Needz_Android Well-Known Member

    never mind....
  17. mistermojorizi

    mistermojorizi Well-Known Member

    in browser settings, under accessability, check the inverted colors box. then most of the screen looks black. it's easier on the eyes and uses less juice
  18. drhill

    drhill Well-Known Member

    Turning off GPS does nothing. If there are no apps running that are using GPS you won't be wasting any battery.

    Live wallpapers only use the battery when they are on screen, so unless you are staring at your home screen for minutes at a time you aren't going to get much out of that one.

    Turn off push GMail? Why even bother with the phone.

    NFC is another thing that is only active while the phone is awake/screen on, but it shouldn't be a big battery drain. If you have no intention of using it though have a ball.

    I have always been a bit sad that leaving wifi/bluetooth on drains as much of the battery as it does. They doesn't seem to efficient at passively scanning for connection.
  19. breadnatty08

    breadnatty08 pain rustique VIP Member

    The only option I can find is for it to be able to toggle 2G/3G so until they can incorporate it, nope (unless I'm not seeing it).
    It's an insanely powerful app but has a HUGE learning curve. (at least for tech lazies like me :eek:)

    Edit: there are some apps/widgets in the Market that can do this. Not sure of them of the top of my head.
  20. captainm27

    captainm27 Well-Known Member

    You forgot the biggest drainer of them all 4G! 3G works fine for me, so I just turned off 4G. How often do I need 10+mbps speeds when checking email or facebook? Maybe if I were downloading or streaming video... but then I would reach my data cap too quick!
  21. quickaudi

    quickaudi Well-Known Member Contributor

    GPS doesn't use battery unless you use maps or google search
  22. Senator!

    Senator! Member

    1.If you are always checking your phone, change the screen timeout to the shortest range (15 sec I think).
    2.Use a dark colored background instead of a light (white) one.
    3. Don't load your homescreens with a bunch of widgets, apps load fast enough.
    4. Be careful of apps that run constantly in the background
    Widgetlocker and Lookout Security are good examples
    5. For the Android noobs in the house, DO NOT USE A TASK KILLER app.
  23. T-Keith

    T-Keith Well-Known Member

    Good advice, for those coming from lcd devices, they may not know that on amoled screens it makes a big difference since there is no constant backlight.

    It would be nice to see a test on wifi vs 4G battery usage.
  24. Jersey Tom

    Jersey Tom Well-Known Member

    Pro tip: Use the device as a smartphone rather than a 24/7 entertainment center.

    Gmail sync frequently... 4G on... wifi on... live wallpaper... auto adjust brightness on... call, text, browse... 14 hours battery life.
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  25. bigeric828

    bigeric828 Member

    So tasker is compatible with ICS?

    I'm really mad i deleted all my profiles/tasks on my OG droid.
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