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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by asuprice, Feb 23, 2011.

  1. asuprice

    asuprice Newbie
    Thread Starter

    This is a thread for tips to help save battery life: Tips and programs welcome

    Dim screen brightness
    Turn off auto sync

    What else do you have?
     

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  2. =KLRS=ZERO

    =KLRS=ZERO Android Enthusiast

    make sure facebook and twitter apps are set to not sync in the background.
     
  3. Sparke

    Sparke Newbie

    Let your battery deplete completely! (To the point where it turns itself off), and recharge it to 100%. This is what I did and after I did it my battery is great!
     
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  4. skifreek

    skifreek Newbie

    this worked for me as well. I Let it die completely 2 nights in a row, and battery life has improved tremendously.
     
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  5. nsvball02

    nsvball02 Newbie

    how do you check to see if the facebook app is not syncing ?
     
  6. =KLRS=ZERO

    =KLRS=ZERO Android Enthusiast

    open the facebook app, hit the menu button, settings and you can change the update interval or disable background updating.
     
  7. HyperM3

    HyperM3 Android Enthusiast

    Why wouldnt I want them to sync? Then Id never get updates.
     
  8. chowanec

    chowanec Newbie

    Pick up the Tasker app -- I've set mine to:
    1) Toggle GPS on when apps that need it (maps, navigation, etc) are loaded. Turn it back off when the app closes.
    2) Lower Data Usage at Night: At night I tell tasker to deactivate Bluetooth and Wifi. It then toggles wifi back on every 15 minutes to get emails, etc. At 615am, it turns everything back on for me.
    3) Wifi Near: When I leave the house, it turns my wifi off as soon as it loses connection.

    All these combined go a long way to save my battery.
     
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  9. Duffmaster

    Duffmaster Member

    Any recommendations as far as charging to keep the battery in tip top shape? As in, once it hits 100% should we remove the battery? Assuming the phone works without a battery. Is it ok to leave it charged at 100% on the charger all day while using it? Etc Etc.
     
  10. georgiejr

    georgiejr Lurker

    Tried 4x to have battery drain until it turns off and charge to 100% and very minimal use (Handcent for sms), pandora - about 2 hrs max, live wall paper and the default motorola progs on the different home screens), but between 4-5 hrs shows 15% down and by the 6th hr, my phone turns off due to no more battery.

    Not really happy with the battery life...that is just my concern. will try to get a new battery or a new atrix by this weekend
     
  11. doublee22

    doublee22 Lurker

    How did you set up number 3? did you just invert wifi near based on your home SSID?
     
  12. doublee22

    doublee22 Lurker

    edit* double post woops
     
  13. hondaguy

    hondaguy Member

    This thread is for tips on how to extend the battery life. No getting instant updates extends battery life
     
  14. HyperM3

    HyperM3 Android Enthusiast

    I get that but it defeats the purpose of having apps that update to give you information. Might as well leave the phone off until you need to actually use it. That will save the most battery.
     
  15. hondaguy

    hondaguy Member

    I let facebook send emails to my gmail account which gets pushed to my phone, this way I don't have to let a battery wasting app run in the background. That's my choice as I need my phone to last all day, yours obviously differs
     
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  16. HyperM3

    HyperM3 Android Enthusiast

    Im not trying to get into a pissing match with you. But I dont know what you do with your phone that you need to do these little things that it doesnt last long enough for you. I have wifi, gps and bluetooth on all day along with being a decently heavy user(no music/video streaming though). And I have yet to run out of battery during the day. By the time its ready to go on the charger at night I still have 20-30% left.

    So, apparently, you must have a bad battery or phone if yours cant last as long as mine.
     
  17. winces

    winces Lurker

    JuiceDefender FTW.
     
  18. ujmnz

    ujmnz Newbie

    Is there anything motoblur related that we can freeze safely with titatium backup to help increase battery?
     
  19. sabesh

    sabesh Member

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  20. chowanec

    chowanec Newbie

    I set a GPS point for my house and when GPS is active near my home it re-enables wi-fi. When I dock it to any powersource (car charger, for instance) I have it re-enable GPS at all times.

    Someone PMd me for the XML pref files. I'll get around to that soon.
     
  21. chicknlil

    chicknlil Android Enthusiast

    Yeah, that was me who PM'd. I've got some basic Tasker profiles, but it looks like you've got things set up better than I do. :)

    You should be able to upload them to some place like dropbox ... that should let people grab things straight onto their phone :D
     
  22. tekonus

    tekonus Well-Known Member

    I was actually poking around in the phone looking at things I've never bothered with before. If you go to the Help Center app, go to Tips & Tricks, then under the Performance section there is an entry for "Charge your battery" that says:

    "Modern lithium-ion batteries work best when you recharge them before they discharge completely, unlike nickel-based batteries. So plug the battery charger into your phone and an electrical outlet once a day."

    Thats straight from Motorola themselves... don't fully drain your batteries on purpose.
     
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  23. ECdOc

    ECdOc Member

    Ok I did the standard trick for Li-ion batteries.
    1) Turn your device ON and Charge the device for 8 hours or more

    2) Unplug the device and Turn the phone OFF and charge for 1 hour

    3) Unplug the device Turn ON wait 2 minutes and Turn OFF and charge for another hour

    Then:
    I lowered the brightness setting for the display

    I turned off all automatic fetching of twitter/facebook feeds to manual update

    I have installed the program "Autostarts" to disable several apps from loading into memory on startup

    I installed tasker so that wifi is only running when i want it to.

    I have been getting decent life after doing these things. There are a lot of different things you can do to increase your battery life so just look around and you'll figure out what works best for you.
     
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  24. tekonus

    tekonus Well-Known Member

    This is a standard trick? Standard for who? I've never heard or seen this before and it seems very excessive and unnecessary.
     
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  25. link64dx

    link64dx Lurker

    I feel bad for all of you with these battery issues, I am getting 24 hours on a charge and I use it moderately.

    Stop being OCD on your battery and just use the damn thing!
     
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