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  1. Hunter5

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    Second time posting this question, thanks for any advise.

    I get pretty good battery life but willing to try anything that is free especially if it will make my battery even better. Question is upon initial install of Battery Guru it makes you turn on locations, I clearly understand why but wondering if it is recommended or mustly OK to turn locations off after the 4 or so days of the app "learning your phone"?
     

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    Greetings & Welcome. This is a great forum I'm sure you will enjoy :)

    I turn everything on and let BatteryGuru manage it.

    The result for the Nexus 5 I bought for my wife and my Nexus 5 has been terrific. Most importantly, you must have everything on & leave it on when you install the app. If you make changes of any kind during the first seven days, it defeats the apps ability to do its job.

    The only problem with this app is many people don't have the patience to trust it and leave it alone to do its job. In my experience you won't see any improvements for at least ten days, then suddenly my battery life jumped up and only gets better. Minimum is 35%, it's quite impressive.

    The reason I know this is my wife is impatient.

    She fiddled with both wifi and GPS settings before the ten days had elapsed and experienced very little difference. So I uninstalled the app, restarted the N5, reinstalled the app for a fresh start. This time she left it alone and sure enough on day 12 her battery life jumped up dramatically. It's all about letting it do it's job :D


    http://www.qualcomm.com/snapdragon/features/batteryguru
     
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    Thanks for the advice. I installed BatteryGuru with Bluetooth turned off (as it always has been). Should I uninstall and reinstall with it turned on?
     
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    Yes I would. A fresh install is going to give you great results.
     
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    I disagree with this a little bit (although keep in mind I have only installed BatteryGuru a day or so ago). BG asks you to adjust the location setting. Other than that, it asks for no adjustments and says it is learning how "you" use your phone. Thus, if you use BT a good deal, sure, it should be on. I almost never use BT on my phone, so I have it off. That is how *I* use my phone. My tablet, on the other hand, uses a BT keyboard (but doesn't have a Qualcom CPU, so it doesn't matter ;-) ).

    Be interesting in my case to also see the interaction of BG with Franco. My battery life is already pretty damn good. ;)

    Just my two cents. Not saying Zipred is wrong.
     
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    Thanks fellas. The Bluetooth button was off by default when I got my phone and it's not something I am likely to use anyway, so I think I'll just let things run for a few more days and see how it goes.

    If there's no noticeable difference to battery life, I can always remove Guru and download again I suppose.
     
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    took mine off the charger at 6:40 this morning.

    Had a 20 min phone call, and the rest of the time it's been on standby.

    I'm at 58% battery right now.


    Are there some tricks im not doing or something because these numbers are horrible.
     
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    Without seeing your readings on an app like betterbatterystats or gsam battery monitor there really isn't much we can suggest other than the standard: turn off location when you aren't using it, turn down screen brightness, and only sync things you use
     
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    /\ What RX said.

    There are a WHOLE LOT of tips for improving battery, but you should begin by finding what is eating your battery.

    That being said .....I started HERE .... then the next major change was rooting and using the franco.Kernel. I also have a tendency to disable apps that I don't use. Greenify is also one of my friends. :)

    It may take some work to find your sweet spot, but good battery life is worth the work.
     
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    Tried the BatteryGuru app, chewed through my battery in the days I was using it, was at 40% by the time I'd usually be at about 60%.

    Not saying it's crap but it think I'm that considerate of my battery that I don't need it, may well work fine for power users.
     
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    I can't say I saw much difference using battery management apps.

    I think for the average user results will be minimal.

    As long as you are sensible with your settings and have no rogue apps I don't see a problem.
     
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    I suggest better battery stats not because it manages battery for you, but because it precisely measures what is eating your battery. You can then take steps to reduce the impact of those apps.

    I don't believe in battery management/saver apps myself, but there are some that swear by them, so to each their own
     
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    I only gave it a go due to positive reactions on here, I've never bothered with those kind of apps either to be fair. Was worth a go if it showed an improvement though.

    I'm happy with the battery life on the Nexus 5, I always get a day out of it minimum :)
     
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    I installed Battery Guru a few days ago and am waiting to see what difference it makes.

    A point of interest is that it provides a 'tip' that suggests that you can install additional widgets, such as 'toggle wi-fi on/off' and 'toggle auto sync on/off' (and others), by selecting the 'Widgets menu on your device'.

    Try as I might, I can't find a 'Widgets menu' anywhere on my phone. Is it hidden away somewhere?
     
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    It's a tab in your app drawer.
     
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    On the Google experience launcher you have to hold an empty part of the homescreen to get to widgets
     
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    App drawer? No drawers in my phone; only the SIM card tray!
     
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    Ah, that's it! Thank you.
     
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    It's where all the icons for all your apps (not just the ones you have on your home screen(s)) are. If stock browser, hold your finger down on a blank part of screen and you will see two icons appear, one for apps and one for widgets.
     
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    Thanks. Found it now.
     
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    It's doing a good job of turning data off when in work and at night.

    After 14 hours I'm at 50%. Yesterday at this time the low power save had kicked in (16%) with less usage than today.
     
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    I kind of noticed this too. It may be an artifact of the learning process being battery intensive, I don't know,. However, I realized it was largely pointless for me. First, I'm not sure how it interacts with what alternative kernels are doing, and secondly, with the amount of ROM flashes and updates I do, I don't know how reliable it's learning process would be without starting over.

    Finally being the troublesome combination of a tweaker and a control freak (oh, wait a minute, that's the same thing isn't it :D ), I tend not to want apps that "learn" and decide what I need. I prefer to do the learning and decide for myself what I need. With Dirty Unicorns, with either its native kernel or Franco, I seem to get fantastic battery life.

    That went down with BatteryGuru and it is now gone and once more my battery life is great.

    I guess if it ain't broke...
     
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