How long does your smartphone battery last?

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  1. DavidLuvLB

    DavidLuvLB Member

    I hear people smart phone last about 2 days before needing to charge. That's approximately 48 hours of phone staying on. Lets be realistic here. How many hours do you get if you browse/stream online videos for about 2 hours, play games for 2 hours and 20 minute of calling a couple of text and email. How long does your phone actually last? Mines last only 4/5 hours and this is using it very heavy. If your phone really do last more than a day, does that mean you barely touch it? This is just something I always have in mind.. I have the Optimus slider from virgin mobile, and the battery sucks but if I barely touch it, I can get about maybe 11 hours.. Lol, I know that's laughable.

  2. Covart

    Covart Well-Known Member

    Depends largely if you have the display brightness cranked up. The display on my S2 Skyrocket is one of the biggest juice suckers, since I have it set at about 60% brightness. With on and off use throught the day, I can get about 10 hours. But I don't do many videos. Moatly web surfing, email and games. I also have a live wallpaper. That said, I am not concerned with my battery life. I have another battery, 'just in case'.
  3. DavidLuvLB

    DavidLuvLB Member

    Purchasing an extended battery is not a problem, and I wouldn't mind switching the battery day by day.. The problem is I have a cover and screen protector for my phone which covers the back and the front. For everytime I switch battery, I need to take out the cover from the back and then take out the battery cover and then switch the battery. That's just too many steps for everyday cellphone assemble. I wouldn't mind if I had not bought the cover for my phone.. But I think the reason my phone takes up too many juice is because of my heavy usage and because I leave "use wireless network" on every day. I've been researching about if checking use wireless network drains battery at all but there's not many thread dedicated to it.
  4. alextop30

    alextop30 Well-Known Member

    Well I have the Samsung Galaxy S2 by Tmobile and if the phone is not on its period (I call it that when it decides that the dialer has to use 50% of my battery so it dies in like 4 hours). It will last 1 and a half days on time with pretty heavy use on cell network - otherwise it can last 3 days with heavy use over wifi :)

    Also I have auto screen brightness it is not rooted so stock speed and no mobile hotspot active.

    By the way what is your device? How much does your last and what are your settings? Are you timing it on wifi or on cell network and which network are you on?
  5. chanchan05

    chanchan05 The Doctor Guide

    Depends on how I use it. I ranges from between 15-17hrs when its not used a lot, to 6hrs when getting used heavily.
  6. prianca

    prianca New Member

    Hey guys i can neone help me.... The photo art on my music transfered to my phone via bluetooth has picked up some pick from my bluetooth folder now i deleted da pic but its still der on da songs as thumbnail... Wat do i do..
  7. !on

    !on Well-Known Member

    put .nomedia.txt file in the place where you don't want to show pics (or sounds).

    I get about 6 - 8 hours "normal" use (3g internet + music player or youtube). That's with setcpu, 3g toggle & brightness toggle. Compare that to my old orange SPV of about 2 hours music + gprs internet.

    Close but no cigar. Extended battery may help, but I think I'll just get a spare.

    KENNECTED Well-Known Member

    Every and I mean every android device is different and the use for each of those devices is different.

    It depends on the device is used and the settings.

    For me luckily I can charge my phone during the day while in the office so I usually keep it plugged in.
  9. jaypeecee

    jaypeecee Well-Known Member


    Suggest you use Badass Battery Monitor to let you know what is using your battery. You will be able to drill down to individual apps as well as get a more global picture showing WiFi, screen usage, etc.

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  10. MSUgEEk

    MSUgEEk Well-Known Member

    Unless you are having problems with apps keeping your phone in wakelock, more than likely your screen is your biggest drain. With most phones, I've seen an average of about 2 hours of screen on time before your battery dies. That can be heavily affected by your cellular signal though. If you live/work in a poor service area, your phone will drain really quickly searching for a data connection in order to keep all of your accounts synced.

    Two things that will greatly help would be to keep your screen brightness as low as possible and give Juice Defender a try. It especially helps when you are in a poor service area for prolonged periods of time like I am. I don't use Juice Defender any more due to some built in options on the ROM I run, but you can do more in Juice Defender....I allow my phone to turn data on once per hour for 5 minutes to sync and then turn the data back off. That keeps my battery life at a very acceptable level while I'm at work.
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  11. skeeterca

    skeeterca Active Member

    The first few days i had my Infuse it sucked the battery dry in about 12hrs of heavy use. Even when i was'nt using it, every time i checked the phone it would be another 5% lower. After i installed Juice Defender i can still use it heavily but when not using it the battery does not drain down hardly at all. The other day i made a point to not use the phone except for texting and phone calls. By the end of the day i still had 84% battery left. Juice Defender really made a big difference and i have it set on the "aggressive" setting.

  12. Rush

    Rush {<>}~{<>}

    I refuse to limit my phone capabilities and performance by turning off this and lowering that. I'm using my phone the way it was intented to.

    With that being said... I get around 4hrs max. And that's if I'm doing my guide duties here on the forum - plus playing games, watching videos, listening to Pandora, etc. I just love these batteries. <sarcasm> [​IMG]
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  13. pool_shark

    pool_shark Well-Known Member

    I have no idea how long my battery would last if I didn't charge it, because I charge it.
    I charge it in the car, at the office, while I'm at home.
    I refuse to turn of the features that makes it a smartphone just to save battery.

    I know not everyone has that option.
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  14. Rush

    Rush {<>}~{<>}

    ^ Exactly. At one time i found myself doing everything I read on the internet just to save battery power. I didn't see any significant difference, so i stop doing that - and now I'm enjoying my phone even better.

    Example: now I can actually see when I'm typing; the screen finally looks awesome; emails and notifications in general can now be sync correctly; etc.

    I didn't know how cool my phone was (evo 3d) until i stop worry about battery life.
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  15. jefboyardee

    jefboyardee Well-Known Member

    Mine used to drop way down every afternoon. That got me trying too many things and I wound up with four that seem to get me through the day:

    1. JuiceDefender Plus turns off stuff that I&#8217;m to lazy to do myself.
    2. Brightness Widget lets me quickly choose the brightness, I&#8217;m usually at 40%.
    3. Connection Manager is a 3G data on/off green/red widget, surprisingly helpful.
    4. Stop goofing with the damn thing, put it back in my pocket and get a life.

    I have no link for the fourth item, but it&#8217;s the most effective.
  16. B2L

    B2L Well-Known Member

    That's definitely the way to go. I definitely enjoy packing my home screens with widgets and typically always use live wallpapers. I keep the brightness at around 75% (which is perfect for me.)

    On days like today with heavy usage, I got 14 hours with 3 hours of screen on time. Usually I have to switch to my spare when I get home from work. I don't know what I would do without a removable battery. :)
  17. itsallgood

    itsallgood Well-Known Member

    I have an Atrix 4G stock, no root. I get around 12 to 14 hrs before hitting the 20% mark. My screen brightness on average, is no higher then 15%. I have 7 home screens with over 25 widgets. On average, my on screen time is between 2 to 3 hrs everyday. I stream mostly music for a few hours a day on wifi. Since I have wifi at home and work, I'm mostly about 80% on wifi. (If I use a live wallpaper, its around 12 hrs.) My phone stays charged though, since I use my lapdock everyday for a few hours and it charges my phone when docked in it. I surf the web and do a lot of reading of news, checking e-mails, some texting, exercise app., GPS, etc. I do everything with my phone, it is my computer, MP3 player, camera, video camera, GPS. So I use it pretty heavily everyday.

    If I don't really use my phone, I can get 16 to 18 hrs at around 40% battery left. I charge my phone veryday, even if its at 50% battery left.
  18. karlgrimm

    karlgrimm New Member

    I have an HTC Velocity 4G. It's battery life is PATHETIC. I cannot get a whole day on standby, only about 12-14 hours. This is with: screen blank ; WiFi OFF ; Mobile Data service OFF ; GPS OFF ; no calls whatsoever. HTC say it will last 10 days on Standby - this is bullxxxx. HTC say it will last 5 hours on call - this is also crap. It will not last 45 mins from full charge. And I have 10 of them, not just one, so it is not just a faulty phone.

    My old Nokia N958GB lasts for 3-4 days on standby. I can make calls, take videos and photos, browse, and still last 2-3 days easily. THe new "Smart" phones are stylish, browse well, but are actually very ordinary phones. BE CAREFUL.
  19. Spaceprobe

    Spaceprobe Well-Known Member

    No restrictions on my phone, auto brightness and live wallpaper. I put it on charge every night when I go to bed. If I use it a lot I sometimes need a top up at about 4pm. Yesterday when I went to bed it had been on for 17 hours and still had 62% left. Stop worry about batteries and just enjoy these amazing phones.
  20. coldjeanz

    coldjeanz Member

    I use a widget sort of thing that lets me easily turn off 3g/wifi/auto sync/etc all that stuff. So if I'm not using them I turn them off. Always.

    So basically with on and off use of wifi and 3g throughout the day, a lot of texting (on vibrate), 20 minutes of music, and about 30 minutes of gaming my phone usually lasts about 32 hours. By that time it's in the red. However, my last charge was 44 hours ago and I only now plugged it in to charge it.

    The key to long battery life is display brightness (at least on my Evo 4G). Turning it down to nearly the minimum when indoors saves LOADS of battery life. I also have an app that allows me to slide my finger down the edge of the screen to adjust brightness when I go outside. I disable background data as well when I don't need it which I guess saves battery.

    If you want good battery life, turn off things when you aren't using them. It's as simple as that and if you can't be bothered to do that then no one should ever complain the battery sucks.
  21. Demache

    Demache Well-Known Member

    3-4 hours screen on
    20-22 hours standby with 4G LTE on

    Verizon Galaxy Nexus on stock battery
  22. _Android_

    _Android_ New Member

  23. AZgl1500

    AZgl1500 Well-Known Member

    the Samsung Galaxy S5, if the data and WiFi are turned off, it will go about 12-14 days on standby waiting for a phone call.

    From there, use experience is all over the place depending on how much screen time is involved and the type of use.
    it is very difficult to compare battery use, as none of us use our phones precisely the same.
    Standby idle time is about the only thing we can compare reasonably close.
  24. hiredgun

    hiredgun Well-Known Member

    This thread is going to hit the "hotly debated" in no time flat for sure, lol. My take on this is that it's all relative. My Padrino was a shoe repair man, and I'd always go help him down at his shop on the weekends when I was in high school. I can still remember to this day that people would come in to pick up a pair of shoes that he had put on new heals or soles on and the standard question always was "how long will they last now" and the standard reply from my Padrino was "take them home, keep them in the box, put the box under your bed and they will last forever!" He was a big joker, so it wasn't said in a sarcastic way, but his point, which applies to this thread, is that if you use things they are going to get "worn out" or last less. If you are an avid gamer, use video chat often, write a lot of emails, use it for work, big Wi-Fi user, listen to a lot of music, or watch a lot of videos, or are a HEAVY texter, I'd say that your battery is going to last a lot less. If you only use your phone to call, a few What's App messages a day and little more, I'd say you are going to get a lot more mileage out of the battery. I'm somewhere in the middle of both, and if I wanted to stretch it I could probably charge my phone every two days, but I almost always charge it at the end of everyday just to make sure I never run out when I might really need it. One last thing is that it also depends on the amperage your battery has. The more "juice" it has, the longer it SHOULD last!
    Last edited: Aug 5, 2015
  25. Slug

    Slug Check six! Moderator

    Especially when it's suddenly revived after three years. :rolleyes:

    Times (and technology) have changed immensely in that time. Current SOCs are more efficient, Android itself likewise, and many OEMs now incorporate battery-saving modes into their software. However your Padrino was a wise man, and his words still hold true today. :)

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