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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by kenzgrayx, Jul 28, 2013.

  1. kenzgrayx

    kenzgrayx Newbie
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    I love my new s4 as I recently switched from an iphone. the best phone I have ever owned, good one Samsung! however, the battery life is rubbish. My iphone 4 lasted a hell of a lot longer than this. I can understand it might not last AS long as the screen is bigger and the phone is a lot more powerful and needs more battery power, however, I lose percentage ever 2-3 minutes and I don't think that's normal for such a great phone. can anyone give me ideas on how to improve the battery life? ( I've already drained the battery and recharged fully)

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  2. kenzgrayx

    kenzgrayx Newbie
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    this is my battery usage.. 13750389068882.jpg
  3. Rxpert83

    Rxpert83 Dr. Feelgood

    Can you tap the screen entry from that photo and show us what the screen on time is?

    What brightness setting are you on?

    Screen is always going to be your biggest battery eater. Lowering the brightness can help that tremendously.

    Since the screen is larger than the iPhones, it takes a lot more power.
  4. kenzgrayx

    kenzgrayx Newbie
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    13750403264881.jpg . my brightness is on less than a half..
  5. oleb84

    oleb84 Android Enthusiast

    Coming from an iphone to android, i think you will always notice such a huge difference. I done exactly the same.

    Dare i say it but ios is a lot more power friendly as it only has to work on 3 different phones whereas android has to be a lot broader in its approach.

    There are multiple different things you can do to conserve power like make sure your brightness is as low as possible. Switch the screen off manually when not using it instead of waiting for it to sleep.

    Facebook is a notorious battery drainer, it might be worthwhile deleting the app and creating a shortcut on your home screen to the website if you use it a lot.

    All in all though, what you are experiencing is perfectly normal. You'll get used to it eventually though! On the plus side though, you can swap out you S4 battery, couldnt do that with an iphone!
  6. itsallgood

    itsallgood Android Expert

    I'd like to add, make sure you have all the S features off if your not using them. Tell us what your own screen time is as well. If you play a lot of games, that will drain the battery pretty fast as well. For me using around 3+ hrs of on screen time using auto brightness, I get 12 to 14 hrs with around 20% battery left. All my S features are office except Smart Stay.
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  7. CrimsonPride

    CrimsonPride Android Expert

    I always got good battery life, running the Google Edition ROM it is even better. But I havent used my phone much over this battery cycle, a few calls and texts, checked facebook a few times, but I just got a new tablet I've been playing with.

  8. astroboi82

    astroboi82 Lurker

    I went from an iPhone to the Galaxy S4 and I find I get at least double the battery life out of the GS4, I also have brightness on max and I don't use any power saving apps
  9. smitty543

    smitty543 Android Enthusiast

    Wife's S4 battery was at 66% last night (unplugged about 14 hrs) and my HTC EVO LTE was 52% (unplugged about 14 hrs). The difference, however, is that my wife's S4 had been used much more!
  10. jayjay1122

    jayjay1122 Android Expert

    Have my S4 less than a week so I will reserve judgement for a while.

    That said, this is my 6th Android phone and my work issued iPhone 5 (and 4S before it) just lasts much longer with heavier use. I wouldn't buy an iPhone with my own money, but the battery life is simply superior.
  11. Colchicine

    Colchicine Android Expert

    I have never gotten better battery life than with this S4, coming from a DInc and a Rezound. I have most of Sam's air gestures and moves and such turned on. Of course I'm a light to moderate user when I'm home, having 50% of my battery left at the end of the day. When I'm travelling and using it heavily, I still have enough to do what I want through day and have 30% left.
  12. Goodspike

    Goodspike Android Expert

    I seldom get below 50%, and when I do it's typically because I didn't charge it the night before. I do, however, almost always connect the phone to power while in a car, but at the same time, I am also typically using Navigation and AmazonMP3 at the same time, with the screen on, so charging isn't that rapid while in the car.
  13. Veritas4420

    Veritas4420 Android Enthusiast

    I use the Zerolemon extended battery, so I usually get 2 days out of my phone. The stock battery with all the extra samsung features lasts me 12-14 hours of moderate use which is fine.
  14. kenzgrayx

    kenzgrayx Newbie
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    well I have my battery usage for a day here 73d1e681-6d98-438d-ac21-a1f7359c2991.jpg does anyone think I should get a new battery? I never let it die out when I first got the phone..
  15. Podivin

    Podivin Android Expert

    17.5 hours on battery, that sounds like a full day to me (you HAVE to sleep sometime... :) ). *I* would say that's acceptable. To me, if I get through the day without having to recharge then everything is fine.

    Your phone was awake a lot during that time, if you weren't actively using it you might check to see what's keeping it awake.
  16. kenzgrayx

    kenzgrayx Newbie
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    I turned my phone off allot during that 17.5 hours so.. and how do I check what things are keeping it awake?
  17. Podivin

    Podivin Android Expert

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  18. Quasimodem

    Quasimodem Guest


    My best was 2d, 19hrs, 3hrs screen
  19. JE78

    JE78 Android Enthusiast

    Best thing to do is don't worry about it and charge it when you can. When I first left the iPhone I was stressing about the same thing. Finally I just gave up. You have to understand how much more resources the Android OS uses compared to iOS. Widgets, larger screens, and more bells and whistles than iOS could dream of is running in Android. iOS will always have better battery life than an Android phone unless you have the RAZR HD MAXX.
  20. kenzgrayx

    kenzgrayx Newbie
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    how on earth did you get 2 days!?
  21. kenzgrayx

    kenzgrayx Newbie
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    some people have told me because I'm that used to being on the apple platform that I can't get used to the battery on android so I guess that's why haha, but hey at least I don't have a dreaded iPhone anymore.
  22. joesixpack

    joesixpack Android Enthusiast

    I can't believe nobody has told you this, but the biggest reason your iPhone 4 had better battery life is because it is a 3G phone. Since your S4 is 4G, it will use more battery due to radio switching and the sheer power demands of the 4G environment! That is the nature of the beast. That extra inch of screen size will have a big effect as well.

    I'm a light to moderate user and usually have at least 60% left by day's end! So, as was stated before, buy yourself a spare battery and swap out if/when you run low (can't do that, Apple!).

    Fire up that S4 and don't look back!
  23. tytlyf

    tytlyf Member

    Here's some screenshots of my phone. I don't use it much and have all the novelties off. I use auto brightness and a battery saver that allows you to set a night schedule for mobile network connectivity.
  24. TheHoodedClaw

    TheHoodedClaw Well-Known Member

    Coming from a RAZR MAXX, the shorter battery life is a shock, even though I expected it. I have chosen to order a couple of extra batteries and get an Otterbox Reflex case, primarily because it will be easy to remove the case for battery switching.

    Sent from my Galaxy S4 using Tapatalk
  25. itsallgood

    itsallgood Android Expert

    Their screen time was only like 3 hrs or so for two days. I think the minimal screen on time is 2 to 4 hrs for the average user. (Mine is 3 hrs.) I have found that the screen and playing high intense games drains the battery the fastest. There are a lot of other features you can turn off to save battery as well.

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