Discussion in 'Android Lounge' started by mun35, Dec 13, 2011.
Do you leave your bluetooth on? Does it actually hurt battery life?
on a desire anything you leave turned on will cause your battery to drain faster,just switch on you bluetooth,wifi and mobile data when in use then turn it off again.
I think the battery consumption on standby is tiny, like <1mA, and it doesn't go into discovery unless you explicitly tell it to scan, right? So it shouldn't have an affect.
No real need to leave it on, same with GPS. WiFi, on the other hand, as long as I'm at my home, is turned on all day long.
I turn it on only when driving. If I leave it on, when I start my Jeep in the winter to warm it up (Canadian winters) I cannot make or receive calls because the bluetooth in my Jeep picks it up. It has a LONG range. Verdict: VERY ANNOYING.
MOST ANNOYING was the night I witnessed a car accident and jumped out to check on the driver and call 911. I stood on the side of the road screaming into my phone HELLO HELLO? while my daughter was inside my vehicle listening to the 911 operator also saying HELLO, 911 HELLO? She was yelling at me out the window MOM!! YOUR PHONE IS ON BLUETOOTH. It was the stuff nightmares are made of.
I now have made it a habit to turn it on when I get in to drive (new laws prohibit cell phone use while driving) and try to remember to turn it off when I get out. I still make the mistake sometimes of running in a store or the bank with it in my pocket when my hubby is waiting in the Jeep and then we have that same problem if I try to use it or take a call.
I leave it on all day. I only use it for my headset. I don't see any drain from having it on. Wifi and GPS are the same, on all the time. The phone turns them on & off as needed.
I leave it on. Being an old man it's less thing to try to remember.
I may have misunderstood the question. I leave the bluetooth on my phone on all the time except when I am at work (as it is my personal phone only). I switch airplane mode on once I arrive at work and switch to my work phone.
As for my bluetooth headset, I turn it on only when I get in my car. No sense leaving my BT headset on when I'm not in my car. I turn my headset off when I leave the car.
phone - no
tablet - yes
tablet lasts long enough with it on, and the BT keyboard not needing that extra step to be useful is nice. with my phone, i don't use often enough in situations where BT would be useful (read: driving) where it's a hassle to toggle it when i do need it. of course, if i'm going to be driving, and i KNOW i'm going to get a call soon, i'll flip it on and connect the ear piece, but that's just good sense. now, if i could get a decent pair of inexpensive BT headphones, we might be having another discussion entirely.