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Tips Fix for fast battery draining

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by icemanjs4, Sep 5, 2010.

  1. icemanjs4

    icemanjs4 Well-Known Member
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    I'd like to thank the people over at XDA. I think they may have found the culprit for the horrible battery performance some of us are seeing. There are two threads of interest over there:
    [Q] Time without signal > 50% - xda-developers
    Wow battery from 100 to 10 in 3 hours - xda-developers

    The short of it is that the 3G signals don't stay locked and the phone keeps hunting. If you go under the battery life settings and click on "Cell Standby" there's a field for "Time Without Service". Mine and many others were hover around 50%. This is constantly draining battery even while you do nothing.

    So the temporary quick fix is to turn on Airplane mode, then turn it right back off. This fixes some incorrect setting. On my phone, Time Without Service dropped from 52% last night to 0% today. And my battery only dropped about 9-10% idling over night. This is MUCH better than the 30% draining overnight I was seeing over the past few days.

    So if your battery life is really bad, try this trick. This also explains why some people are getting better battery life using 4G than 3G.

    Good luck everyone!
     

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  2. <=U=L=T=R=A=>

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    Will try it out..thanks for sharing this tip!!
     
  3. BigD562

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    Thanks... Battery issue wasn't that bad, but 21% drain for hunting for a signal.
     
  4. Bakrauf

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    Ity actually says this on the phone. It says "switch to Airplane mode in areas without service". I had this happen yesterday. sucks allthe life out searching for service.
     
  5. icemanjs4

    icemanjs4 Well-Known Member
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    The problem is that it's happening in areas WITH service too.
     
  6. Kelmar

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    Noooooo......!

    This is one of the reasons I switched from the Hero and Evo. This thread was posted while I was out picking up the Epic.
     
  7. Bmerz

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    Did this too, showed 21%, then dropped down to 5%. Actually 21% is not bad as some are sowing at 50% or more. Good tip, thx for sharing. :)
     
  8. Shane112358

    Shane112358 Well-Known Member
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    I was at 50%...I tried the hint and and will report back if it helps. Edit: It did help quite a bit, thanks OP!
     
  9. DILands

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    St00pid N00b Question - Where's battery Life Settings?

    thanks
     
  10. Legato1983

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    I can confirm also that this works, as my wife's phone was draining juice terribly and now works like a charm without going drain crazy.

    All you have to do is hold in your power button, turn on airplane mode, and then do the same thing only turning it off the second time. As long as you don't reboot your phone, it should stay corrected forever.

    If you need to reboot your phone for whatever reason, you'll have to do this again. It's a simple and quick temporary fix until Samsung/Sprint does something to fix it permanently.
     
  11. DILands

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    I actually figured out the airplane mode - I wanted to see the "before number".
     
  12. DILands

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    wow - only 17% - now - time for the "after!
     
  13. NIUJager

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    Wow, where do you all live? I am at 4% :D
     
  14. Blaznlow

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  15. Kelmar

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    Menu > Settings > About Phone > Battery Use

    CLICK on Cell Standby to see Time without signal
     
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  16. pablo.station

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    im only at 9%
     
  17. gme109

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    Mine was at 50%. Will see what happens. How long before it drops?

    Thanks
     
  18. DILands

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    UMM - you rock. I was looking at Cell Standby - which is now @ 15%. Time without a signal 0%
     
  19. pflol

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    Right on, I'm already down to 10% from 81% lol. Thanks :)
     
  20. ratchetjaw

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    Mine was at 53% will try this out
     
  21. Mr. Ed

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    You guys might also try updating your prl and data profile if you have not already
     
  22. pflol

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    3 hours later I'm at 90% still, this is nice :).

    1.5 hours of texting/browsing and a couple phone calls.
    1.5 hours of GBA emulator games.
     
  23. neomedic

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    How do I go about doing that? Thanks.
     
  24. pflol

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    Settings -> About Phone -> System Updates -> Update Profile / PRL
     
  25. jsanta11

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    I was at 48% and dropped to 35% quick .. Thanks for the tip ....
     

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