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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by justinnx, Aug 23, 2012.

  1. justinnx

    justinnx Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Been lurking around every since the purchase of the S3 and wanted to share what I did to get longer battery life. I turned off the GPS and modified the sync settings for my Gmail accounts only to sync what i need (Calendar in my case only) and turned off the rest. After doing this my battery life was instantly 75% better. I unplug when I head into the office at 7:15AM. Before when I got home from work at 6-7 my battery was close to 30-40% now it is around 70%. I came from a 4s and couldnt be happier with the S3!!

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  2. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

    Good tip. My s3 lasts all week though. I simply don't turn it on ;)
  3. GoldenDiamond

    GoldenDiamond Well-Known Member

    I've had some problems with the S3 not being able to find GPS. That could be the problem when you have GPS on all day.
  4. ylexot

    ylexot Android Expert

    Only if you are using an app that wants to use GPS. If not, the GPS uses almost no battery.
  5. Serdroid12

    Serdroid12 Newbie

    Yup. Un can have it on all day, it'll only use it when it needs it.
  6. sorka

    sorka Android Enthusiast

    I have everything turned on and no power saving features enabled and I still get a full 1.5 days until it dies if I don't charge. That includes at least 5 hours of browsing, an hour of netflix, and 8 hours of music streamed through BT headphones, oh and about 20 minutes of calls.
  7. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

    To clarify, you're saying you get 1.5 days usage, with at least 6 hours screen on time?


  8. Funnyusername

    Funnyusername Android Enthusiast

    That in no way seems possible.
  9. abevuk

    abevuk Newbie

  10. Hogan773

    Hogan773 Android Enthusiast

    Not really the smartest plan though because you never know which stupid app designers decided they are going to use GPS just because they can. Better to keep it off and then no apps can get at it. Don't worry though because you should have other location services turned ON (cell tower etc) and that will locate you fine for most basic things.
  11. Funnyusername

    Funnyusername Android Enthusiast

    From Urban Dictionary:

    "The art of deliberately, cleverly, and secretly pissing people off, usually via the internet, using dialogue. Trolling does not mean just making rude remarks: Shouting swear words at someone doesn't count as trolling; it's just flaming, and isn't funny. Spam isn't trolling either; it pisses people off, but it's lame.

    The most essential part of trolling is convincing your victim that either a) truly believe in what you are saying, no matter how outrageous, or b) give your victim malicious instructions, under the guise of help.
    Trolling requires decieving; any trolling that doesn't involve decieving someone isn't trolling at all; it's just stupid. As such, your victim must not know that you are trolling; if he does, you are an unsuccesful troll.

    Signs that your trolling is succesful:
    *Your victim screaming in all-caps at you.
    *Personal attacks (Calling you a ******, idiot, etc).
    *Being an Internet Tough Guy.
    *Making a crude remark, before quickly logging off before you can retort.

    Signs that your trolling is unsuccesful:
    *Your victim identifying you as a troll.
    *Identifying yourself as a troll.
    *Your efforts being ignored.
    *Being counter-trolled (See below)"

    I would not call false battery information trolling...its just lying.
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  12. sorka

    sorka Android Enthusiast

    One thing that did kill my battery quickly early on was playing music through bluetooth stereo through a2dp with SBC which is the standard default protocol. Once I switched to aptx headphones, which the S3 is one of the first phones to support it, I can play mp3s all day long and it hardly touches the battery. When I was using headphones that did not support aptX, it killed my battery after 6 hours of music.
  13. mojomojo

    mojomojo Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the tip .I had no idea Gmail was even on my phone,but mine was polling in the background.
    I have all my other email accounts set to never poll.
    I do it manually when I want to read it,and yes its a battery saver.
  14. Rolo42

    Rolo42 Android Enthusiast

  15. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

  16. Rolo42

    Rolo42 Android Enthusiast

    My point was to demonstrate our battery's capacity and give sorka's claim credibility, since he was personally attacked and all...
  17. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

    My point was that I would like to see evidence of 6+ hours screen on and 1.5 days usage. Something your picture of one-off screen only usage does nothing to add credibility to.


    Are NOT personal attacks.

    These are:
    Requests for screenshots
    Statement that it doesn't seem possible
    Question on How it is possible.

    Personal attack would be name calling. This did NOT happen.
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  18. ScoobyWRX

    ScoobyWRX Well-Known Member

    The trolling post was removed by the looks of it, so it did happen :)
  19. Land0

    Land0 Lurker

    Thanks for the tip. Just got my GS3 yesterday. Switched from Iphone 4 and am loving it. The battery life is concerning me although i've been using heavily playing around at work. I have a boring job.

    I've just lowered the screen brightness and stopped my e-mails from syncing, except my work email. I've been it poll only manually (i believe). Just made both peak and non peak hours manual only. Correct?
  20. davidmanvell

    davidmanvell Android Enthusiast

    I turn off the following if I am not using them:
    Mobile Hotspot.
    Wifi Direct.
    DLNA (File Sharing) listed in Nearby Devices.
    Reduce email syncing to a longer interval.
    Turn off any syncing you do not use.
    Turn off any motions you really don't use.

    I also keep power saving on and screen brightness down as much as I can.

    Individually many of these won't do much but collectively they add up.
  21. Hogan773

    Hogan773 Android Enthusiast

    Yes apparently my post which was in jest and not meant as a personal attack was deleted swiftly by the moderators please accept my humble apologies. The moderators here wield a mighty sword and use it quickly!
  22. avf88

    avf88 Lurker

    I get just 5-6 hours of use on this phone without even heavy usage. It needs to be recharged all the time at work, in the car etc. It does not connect to even 2 bluetooth simultaneously. The screen is almost invisible in the sunlight... I would retuen the phone today if I could.
  23. jerry 12

    jerry 12 Lurker

    If you have to turn every thing off then what good is the phone.:D I have been thinking about getting a S3 but i have about changed my mind.
  24. davidmanvell

    davidmanvell Android Enthusiast

    Because most of these things are rarely used. So I keep them off. If I ever have the need for them I can easily turn them on.

    This is standard on every cell phone in existence from every manufacturer and every operating system.

    I only was listing the things for the person above I typically keep off so he/she can see what best to turn off. If you typically use any of these keep it on.
  25. Hogan773

    Hogan773 Android Enthusiast

    I think you are overthinking it.. ..
    This phone is better than many on battery life.

    I would go play with the phone and see if you like it. Don't use stories of bad battery life to scared you.

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