Incredible 2 Battery Saving tips threadGeneral

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  1. bik2101

    bik2101 Well-Known Member

    quick question - enable or disable always on mobile data? have people here who are seeing such good battery life left it on or is it off?

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  2. wangjrming

    wangjrming New Member

    My new HTC DINC 2 doesn't seem to hold a charge longer than a day, with only minimal use. If I use the Internet or play games it runs down faster. I have checked the battery usage and the Display seems to be the biggest user -- currently it is using 86% of the battery, and I have it set really low, at the far left end of the scale. It is so low I can barely see the screen! But this does not seem to have any effect on the battery usage. Any ideas?
  3. nate.kelmes

    nate.kelmes Well-Known Member

    What is your screen timeout set to?
  4. mountaineerndixie

    mountaineerndixie Well-Known Member

    My always on mobile is turned off. It's the first thing I did when I got mine. I think it turns the radios off when the phone is asleep. I can wait until I wake up to sync my information.
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  5. PhilosoRaptor

    PhilosoRaptor Well-Known Member

    One thing you all have to keep in mind is that the percentages you see in the battery usage menu isn't the percentage of the total battery capacity used, it's the percentage of what's used up the battery so far. So no matter what, all the percentages have to add up to ~100%. Usually the display is what takes up half/most of the battery unless you use a data intensive app (such as a audio/video streaming app) with the screen off a lot. So don't fret if you see that the display is taking up 80%+ of your battery, that just means that no other apps have really been running to use it up or that you've actually had the screen on for a while doing other things.
  6. wangjrming

    wangjrming New Member

    Thanks T4rd! Today, after several days in the 80 percent range, it is down below 50% all say so far! Maybe it got afraid I was going to take it back to Verizon?
  7. wangjrming

    wangjrming New Member


    My screen time-out is set to 2 minutes.
  8. wangjrming

    wangjrming New Member

    mountaineerdixie -- how do you disable always on mobile data?
  9. pyshah

    pyshah New Member

    I just got this phone couple of days ago after dumping the droid 2 global cos of its lousy bttery. Today was first full day of normal use - not really impressed. After 14 hours I am almost out of juice completely. Didn't have any widgets or WiFi/GPS/bluetooth on at all. Brightness is at auto. Stuff I did - checked BBC, played Sudoku for 10-15 mins, browsed a bit and 5-6 emails.
    Here's the detailed consumption break:

    14h 0 m 3s since unplugged
    Display: 68%
    (2hr 25m on)
    Cell Standby: 13%
    (14h: time without Signal 12%)
    Voice Calls: 8%
    (10 m)
    Phone Idle: 5%
    (11h 35m)
    Android System: 4%
    Plugin Sample: 2%

    The last two-I don't really understand - but they dont seem to be the offenders.
    What peeves me is that based on these numbers - it seems I have a talk time of max 125 mins (I am in New York - so the reception is decent except when in subway)- the phone is rated for something ridiculous like 6hrs +. The total display on time
    is little over 3.5 hrs!

    Want to know if people are getting similar use out of their battery or somethings is wrong with mine.
  10. HeartWired

    HeartWired New Member

    I too am having this problem. I will try doing the block buster deal cuz my battery life is in the can and i just bought the phone. Will report
  11. chknhwk

    chknhwk Well-Known Member

    2hrs unplugged and I'm down to 79%. It is my second day of use so far. I do not have that PVMtpServiceStart thing running that some other people have been describing.
    How is everybody getting the screen shots? I saw something about SDKandroid and hooking it up to a laptop?
  12. fascinated

    fascinated Well-Known Member

    I had to updated the blockbuster app and then that pmtwhatever service quit chewing through the battery. No I can make it a full day with phones calls, push corporate email and yahoo polling every 15 mins. I'm light on apps though. Mostly just use the browser throughout the day.

    One other thing you may want to confirm with Verizon level 2 tech support is that your CDMA programming is correct. Mine was not and my home tower was set incorrectly. They had me manually change and the phone has performed better ever since then.
  13. HeartWired

    HeartWired New Member

    i downloaded the blockbuster app which i assume updated the version of the already installed blockbuster app that's causing the "pmtwhatever" to overload the system. it did nothing. I tried to go into the app and update it there, but it still did nothing.
  14. fascinated

    fascinated Well-Known Member

    Do you see "pmtwhatever" running under whats using the battery?
  15. chknhwk

    chknhwk Well-Known Member

    Ugh. My battery life still blows, contemplating a factory reset as a few people have reported better battery life after. Has anybody else done this?
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  16. chknhwk

    chknhwk Well-Known Member

    Well I did the factory reset and battery life still sucks - guess I'll just have to leave chargers and cables in every car and at work. :-/
  17. John Adams

    John Adams Active Member

    When you have a wireless signal available for data, use that instead and turn mobile networking OFF, That is a HUGE battery saver!
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  18. chknhwk

    chknhwk Well-Known Member

    I've been doing that since day 1. Any other tips?
  19. seejoshplay

    seejoshplay Well-Known Member

    Things have been solid for me still, I am going to try the phone with always on mobile data turned off, and see. I have been in the 15-18 hour range.

    Cheers to everyone for the tips!
  20. chknhwk

    chknhwk Well-Known Member

    What all have you done to be able to get that and how heavy a user are you?
  21. seejoshplay

    seejoshplay Well-Known Member

    OK, I have always on background data off. I am still not entirely sure of what that does, but it seems to help with the battery and makes no difference to me.

    Data off when not in use (switch widget pro), which makes a huge difference. So easy to flick the widget on and check it as compulsively as you like.

    When using phone indoors I use a low brightness setting, when outdoors I crank it up, but really try to turn it back down.

    Always go wifi when available (training myself for the one day when Verizon finds some way to **** me and un-grandfather me), but this does help.

    I am not using a task killer, the phandroid video was pretty interesting and worth checking out.

    I use the phone a lot, email and twitter especially. I will say that I update via text message when not uploading a photo (and without turning data on).

    I think the key is using your 3g sparingly, not because you need to, but because you can. This thing has a b/g/n wifi card, which is impressive for a phone. It's really a best practice to funnel as much of your data use through that as possible. It is faster and less battery taxing.

    Other than that, I don't think I am doing anything special.
  22. spatenfloot

    spatenfloot Member

    A factory reset does help. I had to do it twice before seeing an improvement though
  23. seejoshplay

    seejoshplay Well-Known Member

    I realize that I AM doing something different, I am bump charging. I charge the phone overnight powered off, do a quick boot (the phone wakes at 95-96% charged), turn it off again and it charges for another 30 min or so.

    Doing that gets me an extra couple of hours on standby (cell only, no data, no use) easy.

    How do you take a screenshot of your phone to show off battery use statistics?
  24. ryanerb

    ryanerb Member

    screenshot only with root. sounds like there is a way to do it by connecting your phone to the computer... but once you do that, battery stats might change... you might have a quick second to snap it though... maybe check on google or someone
  25. robertj298

    robertj298 Well-Known Member

    I've curiously read this thread and something has me wondering. With all the screen shots of battery usage none shows dialer using any battery? Mine always shows dialer using my battery. Not a lot but 5 or 6%. Why is this?

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