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  1. lewisbfield

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    Ok so im thinking about rooting my s3 (i9300) , right now i just have nova launcher prime running over the top but its killing my battery and i dont like the idea of having two UI's running at once.

    is it possible to root the phone and then only have nova running with no touchwizz at all. (except the smart stay features etc)

    any help would be great
     

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    Touchwiz does not run when you use Nova. If anything, Nova is killing your battery and if that is the case, you need a better launcher, or simply start monitoring battery use and learn what REALLY kills your batteyr.
     
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    You would get more people to look at the thread if you put actual information in the title rather than have the "teaser title" you wrote.
     
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    just super helpful there mate. any real info??
     
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    Descriptive titles are better.

    "is it possible"

    Would have been better as:

    "Is it possible to root and only run Nova?"

    Then we can see what the thread is about without coming into it.


    If you're not getting drain just using touchwiz, it's not going to mean you get massive drain when using a replacement launcher.

    Unfortunately touchwiz home does still run when using an alternative launcher (if you go into applications manager > All > Touchwiz home, You will see "Force Stop" is available as an option). If touchwiz is in RAM that doesn't mean it's using power. However, if you have lots of widgets that update on your touchwiz homescreen, it would be worth removing them as they will still be updating so effectively you could have twice the amount of widget updates than necessary.

    With root, you can freeze system apps using Titanium backup pro. I wouldn't recommend deleting it though because if you factgory reset you'll have NO launcher and that is no good.

    Rooting for thios is overkill though. If Touchwiz homescreens are clear of Widgets, you will not be using any additional juice.

    Step 1 - Clear your touchwiz homescreens of all widgets
    Step 2 - As already mentioned, install battery monitoring software like GSAM or Better Battery Stats
     
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    OP, how do you know that Nova Launcher is killing your battery? Got some screenshots of battery usage?
     
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    SUroot - thank you for the help i went back to touchwizz and cleared everything from the home screens and force stopped touchwizz, i didnt clear data because it warned me of possible data loss.
    ill post back in a day or two and see how it goes.
     

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