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  1. Blackout720

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    Didn't see it posted so I though I be the first, If it was sorry.

    How to Increase Battery Life on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 or Simply how to make it last longer though out the day. Have another Tip? Leave a comment and let me know, Ill add them.


    My Top 10 Tips for saving Battery Life.

    1- Enable power saver
    2- Disable unnecessary features & gestures
    3- Turn off WiFi & Bluetooth when not needed
    4- Delete unused widgets
    5- Close applications that you are not using
    6- Toggle From 4G to 2G
    7- Disabling Background Data:
    8- Changing Application Sync Settings:
    9- Set Brightness to
     

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    Nice list, but,such measures render the smartphone experience gimped @ best, why bother?

    This might have applied to older phones, but, these measures are hardly needed anymore, unless you're in some sort of endurance competition........
     
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    Great list Blackout, thanks!

    In general it's probably good to disable the features you don't use regularly, and when away from a charger for a long time you can temporarily disable others to make the battery stretch even longer.
     
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    Yep, great list. I did all that stuff when I first got the original EVO and if anything it trained me to plug the phone in every evening.

    Present day, I turn off Wifi and Mobile Data and turn them on when I want to surf not when the device wants to do something in the background. Wish there was a Notification Panel Icon for Mobile Data (heard it was on some international models).

    :hmpf:
     
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    I'm curious - are Note 3 users finding there is an actual need to conserve battery power? With a 3200 mah battery I would expect all but the heaviest users to get a full day's usage from their Note 3's.

    I'm still on a Razr Maxx HD which has a 3300 mah battery. I initially did a bunch of batter conservation things (shutting off wifi, gps, bt, etc.) but quickly realized I didn't need to. The one thing that was a requirement was not running an unnecessarily bright screen.

    Anyway, I'm seriously thinking of going over to the Note 3 but I am a power user so want to make sure the Note 3 isn't suffering from poor battery performance, so thought I'd ask.
     
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    No need for me and I have all but two gestures turned on, wifi, gps, and all other bells and whistles! I surf, stream music at works for hours, play games in the evening.. although I do not talk on the phone alot but I do use if for everything else. The first day the battery was bad, but I downloaded almost 100 apps, it was updating google stuff and of course the us tmo version has lookout, which uses a lot of resources while scanning all those apps that were being installed. After day one it's been amazing!!
     
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    You dont need to do everything on the list, But if you find your self needing more battery power then following a few of these steps would help. or if your on a long plain ride, stuck at work with no outlets or charger, or just need it. Theres always someone who would like a almost endless battery.
     
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    For the phone of this much caliber, you don't need to do all of this to conserve battery. Maybe 2~3 of these as necessary.

    Leaving WiFi on doesn't harm battery from what I see. Leaving GPS on does more hit to battery.

    And there is very important one missing from this list. Getting location service under control. Usual suspects for abusing it are google now, map, google+, facebook. they all have location sharing setting and it can drain battery a lot if you let them track, report location all the time. So turn it off in those apps if you feel like.
     
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    This is an excellent list for saving some battery. I applied #'s 1, 2, 4, 8 and 10 on my note 2. I didn't use this guide, just things I had already done that have extended the battery life of a phone with already excellent life. I would expect the same good results on the note 3 also. I plan on getting a developer edition of the note 3 when it is available.
     
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    Exactly.
     
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    Having come from the GNX, I feel as if I am in heaven. I do NONE of those things: I now live with WiFi on, BT on, GPS on, Brightness up, all listening and monitoring options on, and every widget I care to use active.

    I go the entire day and don't even get below 60%.

    To repeat: I'm in heaven...
     
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    I don't have great signal in the building where i work, but I do get much better reception than with any other phone i have had. battery still takes a hit.

    I do use it an awful lot though, and it is nice! :)
     
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    After doing have of the things on this list, my longest batter life was a little over 3 days. Just wanted to share that.
     
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    Excellent! I usually get two full days now, and it's very nice not to have to worry and plan ahead about the next charging opportunity.
     
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    What are you thinking shutting down your device like that?
    I am on my FIRST charge. I am closing in on 3 days with 23% left.
    I am running wide open throttle with 53% screen time, and getting 4 times the battery life as I got with ANY of my iphones. (4 times !!!)

    Charging my N3 is one of the last things that will come to my mind, what a killer device!
    Don't shut it down unless your going on one of them "survivor" shows, (and need 1 month of standby) !!!
     
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    The screen settings seem to make the biggest difference. I have Brightness and Screen Tone on Auto, 30" timeout, and use the stock Samsung blue wallpaper --- I'm able to get two days consistently, and I'm on GPS and Maps quite a bit. Very happy with the 3!
     
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    After taking delivery of my Note 3, I loaded my usual apps, made my usual preference choices and proceeded to use and enjoy it. Setting screen brightness to 75% and avoiding unnecessary battery saving apps, I get 14+ hours of usage each day. It's the best smartphone I've owned to date.

    Considering I only buy top of the line models, and have owned every significant model to date, that's saying a lot about the Note 3.
     
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    3 days! HOW? Mine is at 20% max but 9.30 pm. I generally use it for interent calls and text only. I don't have regular updates of anything....I think email is every 30 mins weather is 8 hours and flip board and FB is manual refreshes, 4g is off, screen about 35%. I don't get how you get 3 days at all. :thinking:
     
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    Keeping data off is a must. I know a lot of times I turn off GPS as well. I turn off a lot of the extra features that come with the device as well because I hardly ever use them.

    GPS off is really important because Google Services uses location settings randomly throughout the day to check your location.
     
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    Just activated my new N3 yesterday. Loving the phone but noticing that it is draining pretty fast this morning. I charged it all night, and the battery has drained 30% in the last 3 hours. I will admit that I had all the bells and whistles turned on at the beginning of the morning because I was playing with it last night, figuring stuff out, but I de-activated everything I didn't think I was going to use and it still seems to be draining fast.

    Has anyone else noticed their battery life was not great the first couple of cycles? Should I expect it to get better or will I have to turn off some of my syncing. I use my phone a lot for emailing so I have it set to push emails during work hours, so maybe that is the culprit?

    Anyone else noticed these issues?

    Thanks!

    edit: just noticed this is an old thread.. newbie.
     
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    At least once a day I turn off and reboot...
    Also in task manager I kill all running apps occasionally..
    I recharge every 24 hrs with about 40% still remaining..
     
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    Thanks, maybe it will get better.
     
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    I'm sure it will..
    Just try some of the suggestions in this thread..
     
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    I've had mine for a few months now. Battery life was as awesome as my note 2 until last week.
    Before this I was still at 50-60% by midnight.
    Now I am down to 20% by 9pm.
    Dont know what I am doing wrong.
    By coincidence my wife's galaxy S3 has become equally as rubbish.
    First bad experience from samsung and I don't like it!!!!
     
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    Here are the three most important tips I have for good battery on the GN3:

    Reboot daily, and do it when the phone is fully charged AND STILL ON THE CHARGER! Let it sit on the charger for a good five minutes so it goes through the whole boot process without taking any battery usage. Rebooting cleans out caches, closes down programs, apps and widgets that might be running that you don't know about.

    Screen brightness - find the best (lowest) screen brightness you can live with and set that as your fixed screen brightness. Using Auto-brightness is NOT a good battery saver and can be annoying as it changes your screen brightness as it feels like it with often annoying results. I use a free app called Brightness Level Disc that comes with a free widget that I put on my front screen. I run my screen at around 49% and get great battery results with that. If I need brighter or dimmer depending on ambient light, the disc has a neat four button switch to select brighter or dimmer with the press of a button on the front screen (or wherever you want it).

    Last, but not least, your GN3 came with a neat little widget called Active Apps Manager. I also put this right on the front screen. It's a little number inside a circle. The number is for how many apps are currently running in your phone's memory. The circle around the number turns colors from green to orange to red. If it's red then at least one of your running apps is using the cpu and therefore battery. If it's green then the apps are idle and not using much battery. You can press the button and it will show you what apps are open and what percentage of cpu is being used.

    This little widget is invaluable in telling you which apps are notorious for using the cpu (and battery) even though you are not actively using them. It helps you understand which apps you need to kill off each time you use them. For instance I have found that almost all my news apps that have notifications activated will continued to run and eat battery. Also, my chess app, Chess.com. So now I just know to kill them off after I'm done using them.

    I do not turn off any of the other things suggested at the beginning of this thread. I leave on wifi, bluetooth, gps, 4G, syncing - you name it. I do not use live wallpapers as they do eat battery and I find them silly anyway!

    Try these three things and you will be surprised how much better your batter life will be. If you do all three and your battery is still eating then you likely have a bad battery. I use my phone ALL day, texting, skype, phone calls, stream music for hours, chess moves, facebook, and I still have usually 20%, give or take 10%, at the end of each full day.
     

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