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My Pixel 2 battery life

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Joe, Oct 20, 2017.

  1. Joe

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    Hey guys, so I've had the Pixel 2 for almost 2 full days now. Just enough time to use it for an average day. I took some screenshots throughout the day to track battery life.
    pixel 2 battery.png
    As you can see, I'm getting pretty impressive results. I used the phone a lot on the first day, too. I'm impressed so far.

    Interested to hear how battery life has been for you! Share your results.
     


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  2. Joker718

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    just got mine and will be doing some extensive testing

    so far it seems to idle very good. I left it on overnight unplugged, and it went from 100% to 98% after about 7 hours of idling, battery saver ON

    have been using it extensively so far after that, and I'm now at 56% ... I would say it's been 6 hours, and the phone reports 3 hours of screen time
     
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  3. pstroke

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    18 hours since last charged, 59% left. 3 hours screen time.
     
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  4. codesplice

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    I've never gotten anywhere close to 5 hours SOT before, and that was with about an hour spent playing Elder Scrolls: Legends.
     

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  5. pstroke

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    Includes half the Dallas game, some Kindle and light browsing.
     

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  6. akiravn412

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    it's really use for 2 days?
     
  7. Hadron

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    That will depend on how you use it and what your coverage is like.
     
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  8. Hadron

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    Currently at 11 hours since unplugged, 4 hours SOT, playing about with headphone adapters, WiFi settings, polishing off the setup, downloading > 1GB of offline maps, & currently showing 25% remaining. Not too bad for the first day.
     
  9. Hadron

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    Day 2 is doing better - indeed very well. Screenshot_20171025-122817.png
     
  10. Hadron

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    Currently at 65% with 3hrs 41 screen on time. More than acceptable for my usage.
     
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  11. Hadron

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    Screenshot_20171025-200019.png
    OK, this is officially getting silly...
     
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  12. Joker718

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    it's usually good at the start.... we need to wait a bit to see how the rapid charging degrades the battery overtime
     
  13. Hadron

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    Even for a new battery it's better than I expected (currently at 33% for 6 hours screen on). Time will tell (though I've not found a setting to tell it not to fast charge so far, which slightly surprises me).
     
  14. Hadron

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    OK, last screenshot (and I won't be doing this tomorrow, don't worry!). For all those people who were worrying about the "small" battery here is where I am on day 2:

    Screenshot_20171026-002547.png
     
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  15. codesplice

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    Holy hell, that's impressive!
     
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  16. Hadron

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    It's not bad. Of course I wasn't streaming video, but a fair bit of browsing, some music (through the HTC headphone adapter), a little light gaming, some playing with the camera and a few messages. Adaptive brightness, set to about 1/3 on the slider but that's still brighter than my previous phone's auto brightness and perfectly readable outdoors - I basically set it to what felt comfortable rather than worrying about battery.

    Right now it's at 56% with a little over 3 hours SoT and 10.5 autonomy. LTE or WiFi at all times. The s835 seems to be a damned efficient SoC.
     
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  17. bkeung88

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    Hey all! Looking at this thread, is amazing the on screen time you're getting. I ,unfortunately, am not getting that kinda battery life . I'm wandering what settings they are setting. Here's my current settings:

    Ambient display off > double tap to enable
    Location > battery saver
    Brightness 33% with ambient brightness
    Bluetooth off
    WiFi on
    Tap sound and vibration off

    Today I watched a 3 minute YouTube
    Facebook messenger
    Web browsing
    Games for about 15 mins

    Can anyone provide some insight? You think it's the phone? I've had it only for two days. Any help would be great!
     

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  18. codesplice

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    Hey @bkeung88 - welcome to Android Forums!

    First let me start by mentioning that battery life tends to vary significantly from one user to another. There are of course minor hardware variations, but a user's applications and usage habits have a much larger impact on battery life. This makes it very difficult to compare metrics like Screen On Time between users and devices.

    For instance, I use my phone to stream music over LTE to a Bluetooth headset all day during the work week. That's a lot of time that the phone isn't able to sleep soundly. As a result, I may struggle to get more than two hours of SOT - but I know that it's simply because I'm asking my phone to do things in the background. On the other hand, if I did nothing but read ebooks on a low brightness setting and with dark page backgrounds I might be able to get 7 hours of SOT - the screen would be on for a long time, but the phone wouldn't really be doing much of anything.

    So comparing metrics isn't really useful unless we know the full context - and even then, environment conditions like Wi-Fi congestion, cellular signal strength, and even the weather might be harder to account for.

    That being said, there are still of course things that you can do to help improve the battery life based on how you use your phone. First, anything from Facebook is pretty well known to be a battery hog. I haven't played in that ecosystem in years, but there may be third-party or even web apps that would keep you connected with friends and family without abusing your battery. I'd wager that simply uninstalling Facebook Messenger would give you some pretty big gains.

    You may know that Android 8.0 brings stricter limits on what and how apps are allowed to run in the background - but did you know that those limits only really apply if the apps have been updated to abide by those limits? Thus legacy apps (which target a version of Android prior to 8.0) might be able to consume more power in the background than they really need to. A fellow TC wrote a quick guide on how you can make those legacy apps fall in line; you might also see a battery benefit from making these changes:
    Improving your Battery Life on Oreo

    A final check just to confirm that the phone itself is working fine would be to reboot into Safe Mode. This would temporarily disable your installed applications. If the battery life improves significantly while in Safe Mode you can know that one (or more) of your apps are contributing to your battery drain.

    Hope that helps!
     
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  19. Hadron

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    Coverage also makes a big difference: phones use more power if the signal is weaker. Also travelling reduces battery life: handing-over between cells uses power. There are a lot of variables like that. I will bet leaving the headphone adapter plugged in will use power even if you aren't playing anything.

    Your screenshot showed almost 3 hours SOT and almost 9 hours off charge with 50% left, which I suspect many people would class as good going. So I'd not worry too much.
     
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  20. codesplice

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    Another example:

    I'm seeing 'only' 3:45 SOT and am at 20%, but that's over the course of 22+ hours - and includes about an hour of gaming.

    I'm quite happy with this performance.
     

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  21. Hadron

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    I've been running 8.1 for a few days now, and the main difference I see is that the battery gauge
    is more reasonably calibrated. Where previously it used to stick at 100% for an absurd amount of time before it began to drop, now it drops more evenly. But I don't think the actual battery life has reduced, for the reason below:

    Screenshot_20171214-001934.png
     
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  23. dontpanicbobby

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    What do you do with the old phones @Joe?
     
  24. bradrowley

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    Having just come from an iPhone 6, I have no complaints about battery life on my Pixel 2. Compared to iOS, I think battery life and speed are well balanced.
     
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  25. park13

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    I switched over from being on team Galaxy (S2, S4, S6, S7) to a Pixel 2 and holy, what a difference. Love the pure Android experience and how snappy the phone is. No lag at all. The battery is super impressive even though the S7 has a bigger battery.

    [​IMG]
     
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