1. Are you ready for the Galaxy S20? Here is everything we know so far!

Galaxy S battery life - hows yours?

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by ashatron, Oct 30, 2010.

  1. ashatron

    ashatron Lurker
    Thread Starter

    Im almost set on buying it, im just worried about some of the negative mentions of the battery life. Like it needing charging after 6 hours of average use etc

    But as usual you can always find negative information about technology on the internet.

    So i ask the experts with the phone!

    Hows the battery life on your samsung Galaxy S?
    How often does it need charging?

    1. Download the Forums for Android™ app!


  2. andy-roid

    andy-roid Android Enthusiast

    mine lasts about a day so charge it up over night
  3. GalaxyTDM

    GalaxyTDM Well-Known Member

    Depends on what you call average use really,
    I read for about 3 hours, listen to about 1 hour of music send a couple of texts and use the phone for about 140 minutes in a day and still have 40% battery life left when I go to bed.
    The biggest drain I found was apps permanently on (auto kill required) and 3G permanently on with apps running background data (Quick settings app can cure this).
  4. caesey

    caesey Member

    same here, I'm averaging 18-20 hrs.
  5. Shocky

    Shocky Android Expert

    Seems to vary, but it it needs charging everyday.

    With heavy use 6-8 hours.
  6. kasper_h

    kasper_h Lurker

    It depends a lot on what running. Having 3G+push email = like 10%/hour, so you have "just" 10 hours of battery life....
    On the other hand, I often use it relatively lightly (1.5 hour internet/mail, 30min calling, 30 min other stuff), and it lasts 2 days on a charge....Over the weekend I use it even less, and it lasts for 4 days easily (now at 69%, 51 hours since last charge).
  7. snapper.fishes

    snapper.fishes Android Expert

    On Eclair you can get up to almost 3 days of usage.

    On Froyo, you can barely get one day of usage. And it's Samsung's fault.
  8. Shocky

    Shocky Android Expert

    Three days if you barely use the phone at all, I only got one day out of 2.1 and everyone I know who uses this phone on 2.1 is having exactly the same experience, you are seriously exaggerating the difference.

  9. ashatron

    ashatron Lurker
    Thread Starter

    Thanks for the replies guys.

    Hmmm, it is a bit disappointing, but it seems like a powerhouse of a phone.

    Anyone know of any large batteries available?

    Would you lot care to recommend any other handsets that i should look at?

    Thanks again :)
  10. Halk

    Halk Newbie

    What's different, and is that the final Froyo that we'll all get eventually?

    Personally I find the display uses almost all the power that's used, and it'll sit in standby if I'm not using it for days, and last much less than a day if I use it heavily.
  11. Gabster

    Gabster Lurker

    If I turn 3G off I can easily get over 2 days of phone usage, the same usage with 3G on seems to last less than 20 hours
  12. TheSippler

    TheSippler Newbie

    Same, I can turn off the bluetooth, gps, wifi, sync and push it over 2 days and that's not even trying not to use it. I'll send and receive my texts and phone calls and it will still get the best part of 2 days. Probably 3 if I don't use it at all.

    And I hope Froyo is an improvement in batter life, and not a step backwards.
  13. taffman99bass

    taffman99bass Lurker

    My battery is terrible... LOVE the phone but with heavy use i have to charge it a couple of times a day.
    Luckily since i have had it my main use is at home & work so had a charger handy, not lookig foward to full days out etc.

    I heard that people have had a new battery sent out from Samsung if they moan LOTS... Might give it a go.

    I have found if i play games/browse/listen to music solid, i get a few hours max.
  14. GalaxyTDM

    GalaxyTDM Well-Known Member

    I'd take it back to the shop and complain.
    I had this issue with my Omnia and they gave me a new battery when I complained about it.
  15. caesey

    caesey Member

    If you look at the battery usage stats, the super AMOLED display is the main hogger of battery juice, so there isn't much you can do about it, I guess that's the price you pay.
  16. EarlZ

    EarlZ Android Enthusiast

    Battery really aint that bad compared to others, its just people are expecting too much out of a 1500mAH and on a 4" screen.
  17. kenh

    kenh Lurker

    How can you turn the 3G off? And does turning the 3G off disable all cellular?
  18. taffman99bass

    taffman99bass Lurker

    Don't get me wrong I'm loving the phone and don't regret getting it.
    I'll get on to O2 this week and see if I have any luck, hope they don't want the whole phone back.
  19. kasper_h

    kasper_h Lurker

    I use the app "APN OnOff" - a widget on the main screen allows me to turn 3G on/off whenever I need it...made a huge change - now I can use it for multiple days, whereas with 3G on all the time it is limited to 1 day.
  20. kenh

    kenh Lurker

    Unless I am missing something, my Samsung Captivate does not have that widget. I double checked the manual and its not listed there either. Is the widget you are referring to a download?
  21. GalaxyTDM

    GalaxyTDM Well-Known Member

  22. mksee_60

    mksee_60 Lurker

    guys you should try doing the following things to conserve battery life:

    1. turn off wifi/gprs when not in use
    2. close constantly running applications by installing advanced task killer
    3. close animations by going to settings, sound and displays.
    4. adjust screen timeout to 15 or 30 seconds to conserve energy.

    By doing the following you can dramatically increase the battery life.
  23. bobtodd

    bobtodd Newbie

    I get about 2 days use out of a full charge, running a custom Froyo ROM on my Galaxy S. I keep 3G turned off and only activate it when I have a specific need - I've found that helps battery life enormously.
  24. Leopardson

    Leopardson Lurker

    There's so--BEBOOP--mething wrong with my bat -- Dun dun dun dun dun.

    Actually, I get 6-16 hours, depending on whether or not I'm using the battery to power a spaceship.
  25. NZtechfreak

    NZtechfreak Android Expert

    My battery life is fine.

    Did this question really need a new thread though? There are others on battery life already...

Samsung Galaxy S Forum

Features and specs are not yet known.

Release Date

Share This Page