Motorola Atrix Battery Life


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  1. techandroid5

    techandroid5 Active Member

    On day 5 I am seeing marked battery improvement. Several text, emails, screen brightness all the way up, auto sync and wifi on all day and after almost nine hours I still have 60% battery. Just FYI I was very underimpressed with the battery in the first couple of days. I have not done a factory reset, but do run the battery below 20% daily and turnthe phone off to charge through the night.

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  2. Willy Willy

    Willy Willy Well-Known Member

    Right now I am still at 70% and yesterday I would have been around 50% or lower stop I am Very impressed!!!!
  3. artmann

    artmann Member

    Thanks. Will do a factory reset using the boot menu.

    One more question, do you do the reset after you fully charge the battery or it doesn't matter?
  4. nowise

    nowise Member

    My battery is back to being craptastic about a week after the factory reset. The phone keeps heating up around the bottom where the cpu and stuff is. Removing applications I have installed recently isn't helping either.
  5. falafel

    falafel Active Member

    My phone also warms up when playing games, etc. Are others noticing the phone warming up. I get intermittent re-starts, probably 10 times in the last week. Are others getting that. Is it a SW issue or should i swap phones. Battery is average, I get about 20 hours of moderate use.
  6. MosIncredible

    MosIncredible Well-Known Member

    I'm not 100% positive about it but I've noticed if you game or browse continuously for a long period of time, it'll drain the battery faster than if you did it for that same time but in small sessions due to the heat. In small sessions, your battery will not heat up like crazy but with continuous use, you will notice the burn. I played Angry Birds for 3 hours one day and then ran Neocore for 2+ hrs and my phone was dead in 5hr 20 mins. I haven't tried to play Angry Birds in small sessions for 3 hrs simply because I'm sure I'm doing something else with the phone and it wouldn't be a legitimate test. No restarts though. Don't know what that's about.
  7. tatiana320

    tatiana320 Active Member

    Whats really strange is how this phones battery is suppose to last a really long time, and many are complaning how it hasn't. Once you touch the brower for a few yout battery goes down fast and other small amounts of use causes it to go down as well. I have done the factory reset and have noticed some improvement but at the sametime believe that it should last a little longer. That is what the big hype was about, this large battery,
    to make it last longer. I've heard battery is better on the iphone 4
    What do you guys think about bugging motorola on releasing a small OS update that will help battery life? If we have enough people to agree with this, things could happen. Because this is so wrong all this hype on the phone an the battery is not exactly living up to its hype.
  8. oFUNGUSo

    oFUNGUSo Well-Known Member

    my battery life has been great. the first 2 days not so much, about 15 to 17 hours, 3rd day i hit 20, 4th about 25. right now im getting at least 30 hours out of a charge with 3 ish hours of display being on. my longest so far is just over 40 hours with 3 hours of screen time, 20ish minutes of phone calls, a handfull of texts.....id call myslef a light to moderate user.
  9. vlnvedala

    vlnvedala New Member


    Circle battery widget is pretty kool in this case.
  10. DT

    DT Well-Known Member

    We were down in Orlando at Universal Fri-Sun and doing things like taking pics, video, SMS back and forth, made a few calls, ran HD video out. Had _outstanding_ battery life.
  11. ebolamonkey3

    ebolamonkey3 Well-Known Member

    So does anyone actually know the difference between factory reset and hard reset, and why one seem to benefit battery life?

    I did a factory reset on my phone through settings (under privacy I think), and did see my battery meter jump from 70% to 90% after the reset (w/o charging at all), which led me to believe all it does it recalibrate the battery read out.
  12. mehsdomi

    mehsdomi Member

    The hard reset fixed my battery problem...thanks!
  13. nowise

    nowise Member

    So this seems kind of weird. Sometimes my battery life starts sucking really bad and the phone gets really warm even when not really in use. There is no data being pushed or anything.

    What I did the last two times to fix it was disable the fingerprint unlock method and set it back up with a new profile and new finger swipes. YMMV.
  14. Roze

    Roze Hiding behind a mystery VIP Member

    So reading some really old Nexus One threads, I found a post where a member was helping me with battery issue I was having:
    Not sure if this is an issue people saw with their Atrix but thought I'd just post it anyways, lol. Battery life improved greatly after this.
    ebolamonkey3 likes this.
  15. vinay427

    vinay427 Well-Known Member

    I just tried a hard factory reset from the boot menu and am re-installing most of my apps. By most I mean the ones that are made by Google or some other well-known developer, to try and avoid the possibility of re-downloading a rogue app. I also didn't download a third-party task manager this time around because of all the bad things I've heard about them on these forums. Previously my battery life was quite bad. Each time I used it to check a new e-mail or similar I lost about 2%. This was after 3 complete cycle charges. I'll report back on what this hard reset does to my battery life!
  16. sabesh

    sabesh Well-Known Member

    Thx. Mine's already set to GSM auto (prl). I get about 14 hours with all push services, push email, BT & WiFi enabled with moderate usage. Pretty good compared to the same usage pattern on my other phones, except for the Samsung Focus, which has outstanding battery life (due to lack of background tasking). Cheers.
  17. EZMorris31

    EZMorris31 Member

    So I just did a hard factory reset yesterday and my battery life today is MUCH BETTER so far! It has been off the charger for 4 hrs and @ 90% (with streaming internet radio for 3 hrs, some light browsing, downloaded 3 apps). I also noticed that on several occasions, the battery would get very warm. I am eager to see if the reset will eliminate this issue.
  18. mehsdomi

    mehsdomi Member

    Mine did improve but still kind of sucks. Did 15-20 texts in 2-3 hours and at 80%. :confused:
  19. razholio

    razholio Well-Known Member

    I did a factory reset and saw batt go from 50% to 70%, frowned at that (makes no sense to me), drained that night and recharged over night. The next day I got the worst battery performance I've had yet. I remember in the past having apps freshly installed but not configured can sometimes run the batt down faster because they keep waking up to check stuff. I think that may have been happening that day. I did notice an improvement after doing a full discharge/recharge cycle twice, though. I've stopped some apps, uninstalled others and configured the ones I'm going to keep, and installed 'circle battery widget' to give me single-percent battery charge resolution. So far, the discharge rate looks much better, but that assumes the gauge on this battery has a direct linear relationship with the actual battery state.
  20. s.m.knipe

    s.m.knipe Well-Known Member

    I hate to break to everyone in here, but even burning through 10%/hour battery is great battery life on battery-hungry Android, historically speaking. As someone hinted at above, this is not an iPhone or Blackberry, which only have to really worry about doing at most 3 (Phone/SMS/Notifications, Display, & Current App) things really well, and "pausing" some other things to be accessed later. There are multiple threads/processes running constantly in the background, widgets, live wallpapers, etc. that are all running as long as there is processor speed and RAM to support them, these things all take battery resources. My original G1 had about 4 hr battery life, and it was a joyous day when I rooted and installed CyanogenMod on my phone and read up a little about battery life and was able to milk about 6 from it. My N1 could get around 5-7 hours of normal use, about 4 with heavy use, and my Captivate could get me about 6-9 hours, but never beyond 9. Now, with my Atrix I consider anything over 10 hours (which it regularly does) excellent. Using tricks like few widgets/push services, a static wallpaper, and using the task manager to halt unnecessary threads/processes, many have been able to push battery life to beyond a day, but I don't consider it enough of an issue to alter my usage patterns.
    I don't mean to sound harsh about it or anything, but anyone with any previous Android devices (from the Captivate and definitely the Inspire back to the first-generations) would love to have the battery life we unwittingly enjoy with this phone. and the good news is, as the dual-cores get utilized in the future, our battery life will get even better...
  21. ebolamonkey3

    ebolamonkey3 Well-Known Member

    Hmm... set radio to GSM auto from GSM/CDMA auto. Don't know why it would be set to that since ATT is only GSM lol.

    Also, looking through partial wake usage it seems Google Voice is the biggest battery user. Might get a task killer to just kill this, or program tasker to do it automatically lol.
  22. vinay427

    vinay427 Well-Known Member

    My experience exactly. I did a factory reset yesterday and today my battery life is terrible compared to yesterday. I think it might also have reset the battery calibration (?) so I'll try some complete cycle charges over the next few days and see how everything works out.
  23. toyssan1

    toyssan1 Active Member

    Worst battery usage ever. Have to charge twice a day or more. Been through many cycles, and it isn't getting any better. I am at Nighttime saver ever since I got the phone.
  24. JEF81

    JEF81 Active Member

    Not sure if this helpful advice to everyone with a new Atrix, but before I turned my phone on for the first time I let it charge to 100% as the activation instruction from AT&T suggested. Then I left it charged while activating and setting up motoblur acct. Battery life for my first full day was pretty excellent I must say, especially compared to the Captivate (my old phone).

    I am down to 15% after about 27 hours without charge and moderate usage including GPS use and apps download. Hope this helps new owners!
  25. ebolamonkey3

    ebolamonkey3 Well-Known Member

    So after I made the change to the radio, I unplugged the phone at ~12am. It's been sleeping most of the time since then (gps/data on) but 12hrs later I'm at 80%.

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