Support Help me diagnose my battery

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  1. mister_tu

    mister_tu Well-Known Member
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    Yesterday was the first day it really irritated me. I took the phone off the charge around 8am and by 1pm it was dead!

    Texting and moderate web browsing, no phone calls, brightness down to 50%, wifi and bluetooth off.

    Do you think this is a defective battery? I have to carry around a usb cord everywhere I go it dies so much. I am running ATK, but all the primary apps/programs that run are always left on, I have it only killing apps that I open.

    So frustrated. I love this phone, but the battery is killing me. It's like having a supermodel girlfriend with herpes.
     

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  2. jayjay1122

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    I'll be where I'm at!
    It sounds like something is not letting your phone sleep at all!

    The first thing you need to do is to compare your Up Time vs. Awake Time.

    Now if you are like me and you do not power your phone down every night, it may make sense to reboot your phone to get a good reading.

    Once the phone is up and running, put it right to sleep and let it sit for a while (30 minutes maybe). Go ahead and wake it back up and go to

    Settings ->About Phone->Battery

    If you put it right to sleep as soon as it is booted, your Up Time and Awake time should be close to 30 minutes apart.
     
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  3. mister_tu

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    I will try that.

    Also, all vibration and tactile feedback is turned off and has been off since day 1.
     
  4. mister_tu

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    Ok, so I did what you said for 10 minutes and the up time and awake time is identical! GAAHHHH!!

    How can I remedy this?
     
  5. jayjay1122

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    Well there are a couple of things you can do:

    1. Uninstall all your apps and add each one back till you find the culprit. This may or may not yield results and can take a long time.

    2. Install Spare Parts from the market and check to see what is using your battery and get rid of it.
     
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  6. mister_tu

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    Grrr...none of the apps seem out of place. This is really pissing me off.
     
  7. jayjay1122

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    Hmmm...

    Well something is definitely keep your phone awake.

    It might be time to think about a factory reset. How many apps have you installed?
     
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  8. mister_tu

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    Probably a dozen or so. I will have to reset. I will report back.
     
  9. mister_tu

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    I lied, I installed like 30 apps. Haha.
     
  10. jayjay1122

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    WOW!:eek:

    Hey before you wipe it all, install App Brain and sync all your Apps.
    But I think your on the right track...factory reset!

    Good Luck!!
     
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  11. mister_tu

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    LOL...too late. I will jsut dl all of them, it'll give me a good opportunity to filter through the ones I don't want.
     
  12. jayjay1122

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    lol!!
     
  13. izzy35

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    What if there's more than 30 minutes between them? What does that mean?
    I installed this and have no clue what I should be looking for in order to see what's eating battery?

    Thx for any help.
     
  14. necosino

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    Read my thread here and try the battery widget I use. It should help you get a very clear idea of what is using your battery.
     
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  15. jayjay1122

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    The thirty minutes was just a random time I told him to try. Basically, reboot the phone and your Up Time and Awake Time will be 0 (zero), immediately put your phone to sleep (on/off button) and wait a little while (10, 20, 30 minutes as an example)

    Then, you wake up your phone and check Up Time and Awake time and the difference between them should be roughly (within a couple of seconds) the amount of time your phone was sleeping. If they are the same you have something preventing your phone from sleeping and you need to find it cause it is killing your battery.

    So you followed my procedure above and you established that your phone is not sleeping, this is when you run Spare Parts. Look at the usage stats since the last boot and see what the usage is for everything. Something would be "awake" for the duration the phone was booted.

    EDIT: and remember to set Spare Parts to look at time since "last boot"!!!
     
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  16. mister_tu

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    My phone's battery is loving me right now. I reset, reinstalled the apps that I actually use. Installed watchdog, spare parts, and task manager. I've been monitoring my usage and the sleep time and the difference is night and day. I am happy again.
     
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  17. jayjay1122

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    Awesome!!
    Thanks for letting me know and I'm glad it worked!!
     
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    What are the apps that you actually use?
     
  19. mister_tu

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    I had about 30 of them that I downloaded because I just got trigger happy. But, I reduced them down to about 12 of them.

    BOA, dolphin hd browser, ebuddy, mixzing, photobucket, movies, scorecenter, shazaam, the weather channel, and then a few utility ones I mentioned.
     
  20. mister_tu

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    By no means is this thing going to get me 24 hours usage time, but at least it will get me more than 5. If I get 12 then I am happy. I am getting the 2150mah battery, I am such a phone whore that this puny 1300mah battery is not cutting it.
     
  21. mister_tu

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    14 hours up time 1.5 hours awake time - 54%

    Not bad all things considering. I'm at least content my phone sleeps now.
     
  22. izzy35

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    Ok did this and nothing is keeping it awake I guess bc the difference in time was close to accurate :). Another question, if you don't mind..If I get a notification, life a twitter notification or an email notification (the one that stays in the status bar), but I don't read those messages as soon as they come in, does this keep the phone "awake"??

    If nothing is keeping it awake, is having Spare Parts installed, worth it??

    THanks so much for all of your help. Much appreciated.

    It's awesome that you got some resolution right?! Especially when it comes to saving some battery! :D

    U checking that with Spare Parts or the regular battery settings menu??
     
  23. mister_tu

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    Checking with Spare Parts.
     
  24. jayjay1122

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    No, it SHOULD not! ;)
    There is an easy way to check it though, follow the earlier instructions and in the time you are checking to see if your phone is sleeping, have someone email you or txt you and just don't check it for the test period.

    Then you will know for certain.

    Naaah! Unless/until you determine your phone isn't sleeping, I would uninstall.
     

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