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Battery drain after 4.4.4 update on Verizon

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by cth95mustang, Oct 22, 2014.

  1. cth95mustang

    cth95mustang Member
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    Hi. I know I can't be the only one having this issue. It's been a headache for me since the update. My battery would last 24+ hours on normal usage. However, after the 4.4.4 update, my phone will barely last 6-10 hours with the same amount of usage. Has anyone else dealt with this? If so, have you been able to resolve the issue in any way?
     



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  2. AZgl1500

    AZgl1500 Extreme Android User

    1st question, have you restarted your phone again since the update?
    Also, have you disabled/turned off all of the bloatware apps?
     
  3. cth95mustang

    cth95mustang Member
    Thread Starter

    Yes. I restart my phone at least once a week. I have the same bloatware apps disabled that I had before the update.
     
  4. Drunder40

    Drunder40 Well-Known Member

    Before you go and start changing/removing/turning stuff off, Do a Factory Reset..

    I know it sucks and all and most folks have no issues after updates. For those that do, start off with a fresh install by backing up your contacts/files/pics-vids etc.. and doing a factory reset and hold off on installing anything or making any changes.... Give it a day or so..

    If the problem persists, call Verizon. If all looks good start re-installing your apps one at a time giving each install a few hours to see if it has any bad effects. If not, move on to your next app and so on..

    This way if you start seeing problems you can at least narrow it down to an app.

    The fact that all was good before the update tells me there was something screwy with the update.. Hence the factory reset.

    I had no issues with both the updates on my S5 but with my S3 i had issues. I did a factory reset each time and the problem went away.

    Hope this helps..
     
  5. AZgl1500

    AZgl1500 Extreme Android User

    As the quote says, but add two items to the list.

    1. Make darn sure the battery is fully charged

    2. Make darn sure that you have a solid DATA connection

    3. or, use Kies 3.0 to update it with your PC as Kies 3.0 has access to all of the updates even before the carriers get them.



     
  6. cth95mustang

    cth95mustang Member
    Thread Starter

    Yeah, I was really hoping to avoid doing a factory reset. But looks like this would be a solid option. Thanks for the help.
     
  7. Pattie

    Pattie Newbie

    Believe it or not, I deleted Words with Friends and a Kohls app, and my phone has gone back to 1.5 days without needing a charge. I noticed Words with Friends had an recent update, and I happened to catch it when checking battery usage - 20%!

    Hope this helps.
     
  8. cth95mustang

    cth95mustang Member
    Thread Starter

    Yeah, I've tried doing a factory reset. It definitely doesn't seemed to have helped that much though. Maybe it has slightly. But it's not enough to where it's that noticeable for me. Maybe I should just uninstall one app at a time and see what happens. There aren't any apps that are using a lot of my battery though. Such a pain. I was bragging to everyone after getting the S5 about how great the battery was. Then after this 4.4.4 update, everything went downhill.
     
  9. AZgl1500

    AZgl1500 Extreme Android User


    Sorry to hear you are still having bad battery life issues.

    I did the usual turn off all the apps that I will never use, and especially anything with Amazon in the name. That app was really hard on my S5's battery.

    I now control the internet with MacroDroid.
    When the screen is locked, MD turns off WiFi and Data

    When the screen is unlocked, MD turns both back ON.

    I get around 2 to 3 days use all the time. My last cycle was to pull it off the wireless charger at 0500 Friday morning and go to work.

    Then last night, around 6:30 PM I got a call from a friend and I noticed that it was at 17%. Not bad, the end of the 3rd day. We talked a couple hours and then I put it on the wireless charger pad again.

    This morning, it is back at 100% again and ready to go.

    So, if you don't have a real hangup over turning the internet off when the phone is idle, why not give that a try?

    You can do it manually (a PITA, but I did it for a while) or just install MacroDroid and set it up to monitor the screen. It only takes about 2 seconds for the internet to be ready to go when you unlock the screen.

    * MacroDroid - Device Automation - Android Apps on Google Play

    * MacroDroid Internet on/off as needed

    * MacroDroid, setting it up
     
  10. cth95mustang

    cth95mustang Member
    Thread Starter

    Thanks for the tip. I'll check that out.
     
  11. jejb

    jejb Well-Known Member

    MacroDroid is great. I've used it on and off. But a question about turning off all data when the screen is off. Do text messages still come through, or only once you turn the screen on?
     
  12. AZgl1500

    AZgl1500 Extreme Android User


    I USUALLY make that explicitly clear every time I talk about MacroDroid.

    The short answer is YES, because telco calls and SMS are a 1x basic telco service. They do NOT use data period.

    I get SMS messages all the time and never unlock the screen. Textra pops the message up over the lockscreen, I reply to the message and then it disappears from the lockscreen. That means that because the screen has not been unlocked, that MacroDroid did not turn on DATA or WiFi.... and I still get/send SMS messages.

    You get the best of both worlds.
    1) a great phone and SMS device
    2) a super long lasting battery

    all because while the phone is idle, the internet is OFF and therefore none of the apps can call home to moma and ask if ET is home. Social apps are horrible battery eaters.... I don't like that..... yes, I have FB and Twitter installed, but they cannot use up my battery because MacroDroid prevents that.
     
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  13. jejb

    jejb Well-Known Member

    Thanks, and confirmed on the messaging. I'm back using MacroDroid again with just the simple screen off/data off and screen unlocked/data on macros you suggested. I was already happy with my battery life, but it's for sure been better since doing that.
     

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