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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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How much battery savings to expect from SetCPU? [closed]

Has anybody done any serious measurements as to effects of SetCPU (or a similar power-saving app)? I mean, are Google and Linux developers really that stupid not to properly implement power ...
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Mediaserver using excessive CPU time and battery

I've got a Nexus 4 on OS version 4.2.1 that suddenly started to drain it's battery very quickly. When looking in the battery usage I see "Mediaserver"eating 60% of the battery over time, with several ...
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How to deal with (orphaned) WakeLocks?

I guess most of you at least have heard about WakeLocks. Many of you will have experienced them already -- wether knowingly or not. Some may know how to deal with them in general -- but only few know ...
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Google Services is killing my battery by keeping phone awake

In the last few days my Galaxy S3 has gone from lasting 12-13 hours to about 6 hours. On checking the battery monitor it seems to suggest that the phone is constantly staying awake and that Google ...
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Is using chargers of phone not meant for it harmful to the battery? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is my phone liable to explode if I charge it with a charger that came with a different phone? Are Android chargers universal in terms of power (Voltage, amperage)? As ...
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Samsung Skyrocket - Maximize Battery?

I have tried a few alternative ROMs, and underclock using SetCPU, but I can't seem to find a truly effective way to have my Samsung Skyrocket's battery last for more than a day. My average usage time ...
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Unexpected battery discharge on Samsung Galaxy S2

I charged my smartphone yesterday to full 100%. When I woke up today, I saw that battery was 40%. Android OS has used 90% of the battery. My Android version is 4.0.3. What is the cause of the problem? ...
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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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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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Using a fully charged Galaxy Note

Is it safe to use a Galaxy Note that is fully charged and at the same time it is plugged in to the wall socket? I'm worried that the battery might be charging and discharging at the same time and it ...
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MS Exchange with Default Email App is Randomly Draining Battery!

I'm using my Exchange email account for work with the default Email app on my Nexus S running Jellybean... usually everything works just fine, but within a week or so it'll start consuming massive ...
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Android ROM, RAM, Internal storage, External storage and Battery utilization [closed]

I would like to know how the Android OS manages memory for Applications. When are the various memory hardware components like ROM, RAM, Internal storage and External storage used during an ...
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How frequently is it okay to let the battery discharge fully or as low as possible?

I know that atleast once or twice a month a full battery drain and then a 100% charge helps increase the battery life and also gives more accurate battery readings. I was wondering, how frequently is ...
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How to properly close running apps while avast! Mobile Security is installed/ running in the background?

I've just installed avast! Mobile Security on my Samsung Galaxy SIII. Runs perfect so far, but I can't close my programs running in the background anymore. I used to do this by pressing the button ...
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Why has my GSIII's battery life dropped from 50-60 hours to 16 hours?

I have a GSIII (Sprint) running Android 4.0.4. In the last three days, I have not made any changes or installed any new software that I know of, but my battery life has dropped such that my phone, ...
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Why android is power hungry? [closed]

When every android phone is released, all the reviews discuss about battery life of the device, since, they say, battery life in android phones is a critical issue. Question is : Why battery life ...
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msm_otg kernel wakelock preventing deep sleep

Ever since upgrading my stock Sprint Galaxy S3 to the official Jelly Bean release, my phone won't go in deep sleep at all, it's constantly at 384MHz. It's because of msm_otg kernel wakelock. Anyone ...
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Android battery usage (3G, HSDPA and Edge)

In order to reduce battery usage I checked the Use only 2G networks from Settings > Wireless & networks > Mobile networks on my Android. Then I noticed the E icon appeared instead of H on ...
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Beside shut down the phone, are there ways to prevent battery usage for Call Standby?

Beside shutting down the phone so that the battery will not be used for Call Standby or/and Phone Idle, are there other ways that can prevent the battery from being wasted? (Would the use of ...
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Battery level indicators: Do they consume more battery?

I have a Samsung Galaxy Y phone, the battery level indicator that comes pre-installed in the status bar, shows only a graphical representation of the battery level and does not gives a number ...
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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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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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How can I tell why my sleeping phone occasionally gets warm (and battery is draining abnormally)?

My two Android phones are doing the same thing, Motorola Milestone and Samsung GS3. From time to time, it is sleeping in my pocket and it will start to get warm and the battery is then draining quite ...
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Why is the com.android.browser process draining my battery?

I have a Samsung Galaxy Note with stock 4.0.4 ROM. The battery drains very fast and the phone is often warm. Reboot doesn't help. Settings says that com.android.browser (Internet) uses most of the ...
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How to see what applications do some actions when I power on my phone?

I believe there's some set of “hooks”, which get executed when I power on the phone. I want to see it to figure out the reason why my phone sometimes doesn't wake up properly (wakes with black ...
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Neo V with 4.0 ICS update — battery problem

My Sony Xperia Neo V battery performance has gone down very badly after upgrading to ICS. It mainly happens when I have my mobile data/internet turned on. How can I improve the battery performance?
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Handsfree profile sniff mode

I recently connected a bluetooth module (BTM511) to my Android phone (SG2 running android 4.0), using both the handsfree and the headset profiles. I notice that the Bluetooth device never goes into ...
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The battery of my Galaxy S 2 is draining very quickly…including on plane mode

I just got a Galaxy S II which I upgraded to ICS. I really struggle with the battery life. I have been looking around a lot on the forums explaining how to save my precious battery. I have done ...
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Prevent complete charging?

I'm looking for a way to prevent my phone from completely charging every time it is connected to my computer. I want to reduce the battery's capacity loss, as it is non-replaceable, and it seems to me ...
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How do I recalibrate the battery of my phone?

After a year using my phone, I noticed the battery drains too fast, but after shutting down I manage to make it work again for a couple of minutes before it shuts down automatically. I read that to ...
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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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What is *Cell standby* and how can I keep it from eating my battery?

Looking up my battery statistics, I almost always find Cell standby amongst the top consumers: I never thought that "idle" would use so much energy. I saw that other people encounter similar ...
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How does Android obtain battery temperature?

I am curious about the way Android phones obtain the battery temperature. Android has an API called BatteryManager which provides the value of instant battery temperature, but is there an actual ...
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Power Saving Option in Samsung Galaxy S3

I see there is a Power Saving switch in the Galaxy S3. What makes the Galaxy S3 save power when it is turned on? Is there a difference this and using JuiceDefender? Can using JuiceDefender and ...
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What happened to my detailed battery stats on my Asus Transformer Pad?

I have an Asus Transformer Pad tablet (TF300T). As with any other Android device I've owned, when I go to the settings menu and tap "battery", it gives me a detailed break down of which apps and ...
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Will charging a smartphone while it is in a case lead to damage? [closed]

Will it harm my Razr to charge it while in an Otterbox case? I heard that would cause excessive heat which would damage the battery or shorten lifespan. True?
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What way of controlling volume is more battery efficient?

I have a headset with it's own volume control, and I can also control the volume of the music through the android's volume control keys. But which way of controlling is more battery efficient? ...
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Battery Life and First Time Charging on Li-ion Batteries. Myth?

"Ok you bought a brand new mobile phone with brand new battery, after checking its working ok kindly switch it off and charge it fully (100%) then start using it. IT WILL INCREASE YOUR BATTERY LIFE.", ...
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Does 'poor' reception deplete the battery quicker?

In the area where I live I sometimes have trouble with reception. The Internet stops working for me or it takes time to load pages. The phone tries and tries to connect. It seems to me that when this ...
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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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Configure power control in notification pane

I just bought an Alcatel One Touch 995 with Gingerbread 2.3, when I display the notification the notification pane I have some icons I can click to activate GPS, wifi, bluetooth, rotation... I know ...
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How can I monitor the device battery consumption?

I need information about which applications or hardware features discharge the battery. Built-in Android option for this doesn't fit because not all devices have it. Also it would be a great advantage ...
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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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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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How can I boot my Nexus S with a broken power button? Can only boot to “Do not turn off target”

My Nexus S power button has stopped working and Samsung will not honor the warranty. The farthest I've gotten is to the Downloading screen with the yellow work ahead sign, that says "Do not turn off ...
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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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Can I prevent ICS browser from using CPU while in the background (without back-button exiting)?

I'm running ICS 4.0.3, and I notice if I have the Web app (default browser) open, but not in the foreground, it still uses a lot of CPU (25-50%), based upon the built-in Android Task Manager. Other ...
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Battery life cut in half recently - DrReadUsbStatus issue?

My regular uptime on Samsung Galaxy S2 was around 6 days. For the last couple of weeks it is down to less than 3 days. The change was instant, but I was hoping it would come back - it did not. Running ...
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Minimized Apps: Do they consume more battery?

If I keep one or more app minimized in my Android Phone (Samsung Galaxy Y) will my mobile's battery will be consumed faster than if I had not minimized any application at all?