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How does power usage for data over WiFi compare to data over 3G? (Ignore LTE for now)

If you have unlimited data over 3G so that cost is no option, which is more power efficient? Using the WiFi or 3G connection for data usage? Extending battery life being the goal
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Can any Android device be set to not auto power-off?

If I buy any no-name Android tablet from ebay etc, is there a chance it will not allow me to force it to stay on all the time? In other words, is "never auto sleep" a universal feature of any android ...
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Should I disable mobile data while I'm connected to WiFi?

If WiFi is activated, the phone expends energy trying to find WiFi connections, even if I'm not using the internet. Is the same true for mobile data? Does the phone expend any energy trying to keep a ...
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Prevent runaway threads and ultimately physical overheating and battery drain on Android

I was wondering if there is a system monitor app that will raise (audible) alerts and offer app closure if it detects runaway threads on Android that cause physical overheating and battery drain. ...
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Power management on Android — is app CPU correlated to power usage?

2 questions: Is application CPU usage on Android correlated and how highly to battery usage? In other words, are apps that suck a lot of CPU also draining the battery or not necessarily? Is there a ...
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How to keep CPU off when charging?

When I connect the USB power source, it makes CPU to stay on (even though "Development->Stay awake" is off). When charging from a weak power source if makes battery to drain even faster than is case ...
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Easiest way to reduce power consumption to phone only

Sometimes I'm in a situation where I can't charge and want to have phone service as long as possible. I won't care if nothing else is enabled. What's the easiest way eliminate as much other power ...
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Turn off Wi-Fi Power Saving?

Is there a way to turn off wi-fi power saving mode on Android, i.e. have the wi-fi radio stay on at all times? I'd rather have a stable, low-latency wi-fi connection and slightly less battery life ...
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How can I return from power-saving mode in Android 2.3?

I'm using a Samsung Galaxy S II Epic (with Android version 2.3.6 installed), and whenever my phone reaches 10% battery life it prompts me to turn on power-saving mode (and I do). However, once my ...
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How To Prevent Uploading From Interrupting When Screen Is Off?

When screen goes off, uploads get interrupted especially YouTube uploads and everytime i have to resume phone to continue uploads. The problem is that in case of YouTube, videos stutter which i assume ...
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Power saving tips for Galaxy S2 that don't involve turning it into a dumbphone

My Galaxy S2 has always shown not more than 8 hours of battery life. This is with the stock ROM, as well as the recent 2.3.5 update and a rooted kernel. All the battery saving tips I've seen ...
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Power saver turns display brighter. Shouldn't it be darker?

When my battery is running low, the power saver turns on. When that happens, my display gets brighter. Shouldn't it be turning darker to reduce the power consumption? Is it normal to get brighter or ...
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Auto sync only when connected to a specific wifi network

I am getting rather low battery life when using auto-sync on 3G. I have wifi in college and at home, so I'm looking for a way to enable auto sync only when connected to those 2 specific wifi networks. ...
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WiFi tether without losing battery

So, as everyone already knows, when tethering data over WiFi your battery may overheat/lose battery/etc. What I want to do is while in my car: Stream internet over WiFi to >1 person Navigate with ...
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Battery - do they last longer if recharged when empty?

I'm about to buy a Samsung Galaxy Ace (it's not much expensive and I think it's a pretty good phone), however everyone has been complaining with the battery life but admitting that isn't bad compared ...
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Service that syncs pictures only when charging

I've been using Dropbox camera upload to automatically sync my pictures to my PC using my data plan (this part is important, I can't use a wifi). However, this autosync eats up the battery like ...
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How do you change the screen background on Nexus S?

Just bought a Samsung Nexus S. No manual came with it. Apparently the moving default screensaver eats up heaps of battery life and I am not getting much battery life out of this new phone and I am ...
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What is preventing my Android phone from going to sleep? It is eating through the battery quickly

My phone is the Motorola Droid 1, rooted and modded with CyanogenMod 7. This problem did not occur before I modded it. When I check the battery stats, the awake bar is always solid, so something is ...
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Battery usage for keeping apps open

How much of an effect does it have on the phones battery life to keep applications such as the contacts application open. I ask because that app sometimes takes long to open the first time depending ...
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Battery drain with in no time in Samsung Galaxy Ace

I have Samsung Galaxy Ace for almost an year now. The battery of my phone get discharged now with-in no time of charging. The battery status in Setting -> About Phone - > Battery use shown the ...
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Get rid of 'battery-low' popup after some delay?

I'm using an Android phone (a Motorola Defy+ running CM9) with OsmAnd as a map solution mounted on my motorcycle (it just shows the map and a gpx-track as a driving hint). It's not connected to a ...
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My phone keeps slowing down and burning battery. How can I debug performance and cpu consumption? (DHD 2.2)

I know there are already a lot of threads about suggestions on how to improve performance and, strongly related, save battery life on your android. I also have tried most of the tools to diagnose ...
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Why does my myTouch 4G lose battery so fast?

So I formatted my phone today. I have not used it, and it was at 100% this morning. No apps installed, the screen was only on for about 10 minutes. Yet when I go to check it now, about 12 hours later, ...
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Why does my EVO Android phone screen keep turning on?

I have an HTC EVO and I can be sitting around doing nothing, when all of a sudden the screen comes on and stays on. I try to turn it off, but it keeps turning back on - sometimes after a second, ...
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How do I determine which process woke up the screen?

The screen woke up at 4am or 5am at night, and had been on ever since. How can I find out the process that was responsible for screen-wake ups? The device is Galaxy S III running Android Jellybean ...
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Is there a way to tell when the battery is actually at 100%

I recently acquired an HTC Desire Z / G2, and installed Cyanogenmod 7 onto it. Something I've noticed though is that sometimes the battery drains very quickly, and sometimes it does not. Since I have ...
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How to prevent Nexus 7 of charging the battery every time when connected to a USB?

Hello fellow Android enthusasts, I recently bought a Nexus7 that I want to use for development. The thing is, every time I connect it to my USB, in order to test some apps on it, it starts charging. ...
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charging from power outlet or computer? to save battery lifetime

I realized that charging my HTC Desire (Android 2.1) takes longer if connected to computer compare to power outlet. Does it matter which method I use to charge in terms of battery life time?
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How to properly charge a Lithium Polymer battery [closed]

My battery is Lithium Polymer. I want to ask the following: Is a Li-Po battery essentially the same as a Li-Ion battery? Can I use my phone while it's charging? I've read that you have to calibrate ...
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Power being eaten by screen usage

This morning, when I woke up my phone was out of battery power. So when I checked the battery usage I see the message Display had been used 90%. This kind of situation had never happened to me ...
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Is there any reason not lock the CPU frequency to the minimum while the screen is off?

To save battery, I have created a "screen off" profile with SetCPU that locks the CPU frequency to the minimum while the screen is turned off. Could this have any negative side effects on apps that ...
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Which method of wireless tether uses the least amount of power? Bluetooth or Wifi?

If I'm going to wireless tehter to my Android phone what method drains the battery the least? Wifi or Bluetooth?
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Android clearing recent applications list

After exiting the applications on my Galaxy nexus, they appear on the recent applications list. Do they still use CPU/battery? Do I have to remove them from recent applications list in order to save ...
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Enabling GPS flag on android preferences: what is the battery impact?

Even if there are many questions regarding Android and GPS my doubt is really specific to the user level location settings. Supposing I've enabled the GPS settings, say from the Power Control widget, ...
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How much battery does using live wallpapers drain?

I know they are unnecessary, but they look so cool!
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Can anyone explain to me what the % really refers to in the Android system, battery usage?

I am wondering what the different percentages really refer to in the battery usage section. I mean...in total I see more than a 100%. So it is easy to presume that it doest mean a certain percent out ...
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Galaxy S3 cell standby is eating my battery

My battery on my new S3 seems to be being eaten up by the cell standby using more than 50%. I appear to get a decent signal on the phone. Does anyone have any idea why this figure would be so high?
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How can battery usage of Android be at 79%?

Till last night everything was kinda balanced.....most of the different parts of the usage were in between 20-35 %, but this morning after having activated the internet from my network provider, it ...
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Ways to improve battery life on Droid Incredible?

Out of the box, I noticed my Incredible has a lot of stuff running/turned on by default. Besides the basics of turning off WiFi, GPS, and BlueTooth when I'm not using them, are there more steps I can ...
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Faster CPU means higher battery consumption?

A friend of mine and I have the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. His tab is flashed with a custom kernel giving 1.2Ghz instead of the 1Ghz I have by default. Using antutu benchmark, we saw what we expected, ...
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Poor battery after update to Android 4.0.3

I updated my non-rooted Samsung Galaxy S2 from 2.3.5 to 4.0.3. Now, I recognize a significant decrease in battery lifetime. Any idea what may cause it and how to get around it?
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Wi-fi disabled during lock still partly active? Or do I mis-interpret the battery graph?

On my Google Nexus 7 I noticed that it would consume around 1% of battery each hour that it was just being idle. I suspected that battery-usage during idle time could be improved. So the next night (7 ...
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What determines power management policies in Android?

I am just approaching to the Smart Phone and Android world and have a couple of doubts: Which modules (and SW or FW?) decide the policies with which power is given to any component of the Smart ...
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What does “awake” mean?

I obsessively check the battery info on my ICS phone, and I've noticed that I get the best battery life when the phone hasn't been "awake" much. But I realized I don't really know what "awake" means. ...
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What is my phone doing at 1 o'clock in the morning?

I have recently installed JuiceDefender (JD) and along with it JuicePlotter (JP). JP gives me a nice graph about my energy consumption over time. I noticed that around 1 A.M. my phone uses up more ...
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Settings -> About phone -> Battery use bug?

When I open the "Battery use" screen it says that the phone is on battery for 14663d 4h 34m 53s, which is clearly wrong. The graph shows a linearly descending line. What is the problem? Why does the ...
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When did my phone power off due to low battery? Is the information recorded somewhere?

I'd like to know when my Android phone powered down due to low battery. Is there a log or way to see this? I am running a new program that makes use of BlueTooth and I suspect that's the problem. I ...
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Optimizing battery life via colour schemes

I have been looking for a way to change everything on my phone to black (and pure green), since the screen is the main power consumer. "the Green OLEDs provide 10 times more Brightness per watt ...
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Battery life indicator has failed

A week or two ago my battery life indicator for my Motorolla Atrix 4G has ceased to working properly. The indicator indicates the battery drains ridiculous fast and it's inaccurate. I'll fully ...
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is there a way to automatically turn off wifi?

I have an LG P990, and I recently upgraded it to ICS. Since that charging is much slower, and energy consumption much faster. I could live with it, I charged it at work and at home too. Yesterday ...