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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by wedgemoose, Jun 19, 2017.

  1. wedgemoose

    wedgemoose Android Enthusiast
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    I haven't changed a thing. I use the phone as I always have. Maybe some days more than others but I'm usually pretty the much the same usage. The last month or so my batt life has diminished more than bad. I would get home and before putting on charger each night have at least 50 to 60% left. Now if it's at higher than 20% it's a miracle. It just happened. Don't know when. but i went from decent life to bad life. anyone else having this problem?

    In my batt stats it look like "Phone Idle" is as high if not higher than SOT. is that right? is that Normal?

    does anyone know of anything causing this or is it only me? I'm not good with trouble shooting this type thing so I'm hoping other have ran into this and or fixed somehow?

    I went from one day of usage without having to worry about charging(for a few months) to now having to charge during the day to get through till night time.

    thanks in advance

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  2. today

    today Android Expert

    Sounds like inconsistent carrier reception.
  3. lunatic59

    lunatic59 Moderati ergo sum

    I'd have to agree it's something wacky with the radios. They can be notorious for unidentified battery drain. Have you changed your habits or installed any new apps around the time this started happening?

    Silly question, have you rebooted your phone?
  4. dontpanicbobby

    dontpanicbobby 100% That Guy
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    Which carrier subsidies your phone Wedgemoose?
  5. wedgemoose

    wedgemoose Android Enthusiast
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    Thanks all. Already thought of this but again "nothing changed'. Same place as i got decent batt life from before. I have Verizon DontPanic. Never been great here but decent reception. And I have my Pixel still and that thing lasts all day plus some. Yes i have rebooted Lunatic but great suggestion because i NEVER do (i did it recently for something at home). And nothing changed,

    the "phone idle" thing is whats killing me. I never looked at it back when my life was decent and wish i did. Also what battery moniter tells me what is keeping the phone idle so high? I downloaded GSMBattery Monitor but it told me nothing. Is there an app we can narrow this down with??? How is you guys "phone Idle". Is it close to SOT like mine or only a few percent(like i think it should be)

    or does anyone know what else makes up the "Phone idle" reading?

    If you guys arn't telling me your running into the same thing it tells me that i have a problem. which is good i guess as long as it can be fixed. if not i have to go back to my Pixel(which i love but i'll miss the LG features i seen to no be able to live without)
  6. lunatic59

    lunatic59 Moderati ergo sum

    Sorry, I charged my phone before I got to see this so my current stats were wiped out. I'll try to remember to check the phone idle use tomorrow before I put it back on the charger.
  7. Phalon4

    Phalon4 Android Enthusiast

    Please provide the type of the phone you have and the date that you activate it because in some cases cell phone batteries will start to diminish within two years of purchase depending on your charging habits. Remember the battery in the device is only programmed to take only so many charging Cycles within it's life span.
  8. wedgemoose

    wedgemoose Android Enthusiast
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    I have G6. I am in correct forum aren't I? Got it day it came out. Don't remember when that was but it was only few months ago
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  9. lunatic59

    lunatic59 Moderati ergo sum

    You are indeed in the correct place, but don't fault @Phalon4. We get hundreds of posts about battery life and 95% of the time it's the same scenario ... stuck process, bad reception or a faulty battery. In the few instances (like yours) where it falls outside of the obvious it's very easy to miss the nuances and fall back to what, in most cases, is the correct answer.

    That said, even new batteries fail sometimes, but that's usually marked by either a sudden drop, not a continuous steady drain, or bootlooping. It's been my experience that when the idle state is consuming a great deal of juice, it's from the radio struggling to maintain a connection in a weak area (or a stuck process, but you should see that in the battery stats.)
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  10. wedgemoose

    wedgemoose Android Enthusiast
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    oh course. Wasn't faulting. Making sure idiot me wasn't posting in wrong place. Haven't been here in a while because i haven't had a problem in a long while!!!!!!!!!!! and this is driving me nuts. Don't think it's the battery. Could be, but from experience i would say no. Maybe it is the radio. maybe Verizon changed something. I'm going to swap over to my Pixel for a couple weeks and see what that does now. if that thing still get me good batt then we know it's not the Signal from VZ(but maybe it is that)
  11. wedgemoose

    wedgemoose Android Enthusiast
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    I'm not good at this stuff guys. I know my way around a phone but not pro's like you guys are. with tha t being said i mean i'm not good at explaining the situation.

    i tried something last night(to see what happens today). I changed my email from "as they come in" to checking every ten minutes instead. and it seems better. I have battery left that i had before right now. But nothing changed on that either from before. We use Exchange 365 and i get about 300 a day!!! so it kind of hurts to not have it sync push. But it did seem to help. either that or today was just coincidence. I also notice my SOT is low today. s maybe it wasn't my new e-mail setting and that i just haven't used it as much today

    even though my Screen time only drained 7%, my Phone Idle is still higher at 10%

    so i don't think me changing my e-mail is the fix
  12. lunatic59

    lunatic59 Moderati ergo sum

    My daily use is pretty much a few phone calls, a little texting, light browsing and TONS of email. 300 sounds about right. :eek: could be more because it's across 6 accounts. Mind you, I use the gmail app to get ALL my email. I like that I can look at each account or get a unified inbox view if I want.

    I do watch the odd video but not today and there wasn't any GPS usage as Wednesday is my day to work from my home office. Here's what my power usage looks like:



    From 100% to 77% in 10 hours is pretty typical, but since I have a Qi charger both at home and at work, i rarely ever let it off a charge source for 10 hours at a time. Not sure if that helps you.
  13. wedgemoose

    wedgemoose Android Enthusiast
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    Another lite day for me. I don't even do as much as you do Lunatic. close but not even that much. My million e-mails i do on my desktop but need to be able to see/use on phone when needed.

    look at mine. what are your thoughts. Not ten hours and I'm lower than you. I just know it was much better before but want to see what you think about this.

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  14. lunatic59

    lunatic59 Moderati ergo sum

    The first thing I see is that you have more screen on time than I do, and screens being a big power draw, it could account for the difference in power consumption. Still, being at 64% after 10 hours is pretty decent. Everything else looks normal.

    I will say that signal strength in LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS etc can make the all difference. The weaker the signal to you , the more power the phone has to dump into the radios to maintain it.
  15. wedgemoose

    wedgemoose Android Enthusiast
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    first of thanks!!!!!!!!!!!

    maybe it's just me. Maybe it is the same. Or maybe it is me changing to e-mail sync setting. I'll switch back and test

    thanks again
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