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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 ...
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what could cause a sudden drop in battery life?

According to my battery graph the phone went from 85% to 0 in an instant. I wanted to add a screenshot, but I do not have enough reputation. The last time I checked it was nearly full, and 7 hours ...
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Google Services battery usage

I recently updated to the 10.1 M snapshot of CyanogenMod for my Sprint Galaxy S3 (d2spr). Ever since I did the update, I have been seeing crazy high battery usage from Google Services. I have tried ...
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Getting a list of applications with SMS permission

I installed many applications, and some of them have specific permissions. How do I get a list of all applications with a specific permission? I'm interested in SMS permissions. I do not want to write ...
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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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Is there any study on how which services/sensors consume the battery?

I am looking for some study/comparison on how battery-consuming are specific services/sensors (3G, Wifi, GPS, Bluetooth, accelerometer) in Android devices. I know that the exact answer might differ ...
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Samsung Galaxy S2 battery gets hot

My Galaxy S2 is less than a year old. The battery sucks! I have to charge it more than once a day. Tonight, while on the charger, the battery life is actually going down. It's also way too hot to ...
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What's the meaning of signal strength colors in battery usage screens?

The battery usage screen has an indicator for "Signal strength" that, instead of being blue/black like WiFi, has many colors: green, gray, yellow. What's their meaning?
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Can you actually determine the mAh of a battery?

You can skip the story part but for better reference, please read it: A Little Story My phone claims it has a battery of 4000 mAh that lasts for 3 days. I got the phone, really psyched because of ...
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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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Saving battery life: pressing home button or back button

My friend said when using an app, pressing the home button saves battery life instead of pressing the back button. He thought by pressing the home button, the app stays in RAM so that when you reopen ...
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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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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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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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HTC Evo - Can Wi-Fi Radio Sleep?

I've noticed that when actively downloading a lot of data, the Wi-Fi radio uses much less power than the 3G radio. However, when the phone is not being used much, the 3G radio will sleep but the ...
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How do I set Wi-Fi sleep policy to Never on Froyo 2.2 Droid X without Advanced Wi-Fi Settings menu?

I've encountered the following instructions on a forum about battery drain Set Wi-Fi sleep to Never in the Settings > Wireless & Networks > Wi-Fi Settings > Advanced >Wi-Fi Sleep ...
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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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Number of Wi-Fi channels to be used?

Under advanced wifi settings one can change number of Wi-Fi channels to be used (11, 13, 14). Does anyone have a clue on how does this property affect battery drain? I know it should be configured ...
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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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Does CM7.1 give a “low battery” alert?

I've been using CyanogenMod 7.1 since it became stable, and one feature I miss is the Low Battery alert. I've often come home from work, thrown my phone on the desk and forgotten to plug it in. When I ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Samsung Galaxy S2 on Sprint sudden Drop in Battery Life

Since I got this device in mid November to now, I have had great battery life usually lasting almost two full days and never having a problem for one day unless I'd been using it excessively. Suddenly ...
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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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Why did my battery usage on 3G grow with the Android 2.3 update?

There were different nice features followed by the official update of Xperia X10 to Android 2.3 like the sound stuttering, but the most annoying is the following. I live in the Netherlands and here ...
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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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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 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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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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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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Will constantly having Bluetooth on drain my battery too fast?

I'm thinking about making an app which will require Bluetooth to be available at all times. However, if this reduces battery charge life significantly, then that's kind of a show stopper. Can anyone ...
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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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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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How much does an LCD's backlight drain the battery?

The screen tends to be one of the biggest consumers of electricity. How much of this is for the backlight vs the actual screen, particularly in the case of an LCD?
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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?
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Battery Sony Ericsson XPeria Mini Pro

I've a Sony Ericsson XPeria Mini Pro with Android 2.3.3. I noted that the battery ends really fast. I don't have enable GPS service, Mobile data, Bluetooth. Only phone and wifi. In less than two days ...
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Is there a reason Google Reader drains this much battery?

It doesn't strike me as normal that Google Reader should drain more battery than even my screen. Is this a known bug, or is it a settings issue? I'm using 4.1.1
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Is there any equivalent of Tegra 3's “-1” low-power core in Qualicomm's S4?

One of the reasons I greatly desired my next phone to be a Tegra 3 "4+1 cores" device was the (somewhat less advertized) 5th low-power core designed to prolong battery life by running low-power ...
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Latest Motorola update burns more battery on RAZR phone idle?

I had my Droid Razr tuned pretty well to give me 10-12 hours of use without going below 70-80% of battery life. Since the update to 6.12.181.XT912Verizon.en.US (GB 2.3.6), I'm now down to 40% in the ...
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Why are individual apps not listed in my battery usage statistics?

I'm using an Asus Transformer TF300 running Ice Cream Sandwich. When I check Settings->Battery the only things listed are Screen, Tablet Idle and Wifi. Why aren't apps that I use being shown in ...