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What can I do to increase battery life on my Android device?

What can I do to get better battery life on my Droid? Battery life seems awful. Less than 15 hours or so on normal usage.
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Does constant charging harm my Android cellphone?

I usually disconnect my cellphone from the charger some time after it's fully charged because I'm afraid the battery could lose capacity over time if I don't. However, I believe modern electronics ...
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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 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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Do I have to charge my phone before I use it the first time?

When I got my last phone, a SE k850i, I was recommended to charge it fully once before I even turned it on. Does this apply today as well, for my coming HTC Desire HD? Why was I recommended to do so ...
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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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When should I start charging my Lithium battery?

The comments in this question say that I shouldn't wait until low battery charge level before I charge, because that reduces battery life (this is contrary to my understanding before that the faster ...
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How can I avoid the battery charging when connected via USB?

I'm using my Samsung Galaxy S2 for development so I regularly plug it while it's not fully charged, and my phone starts charging over USB. I think this (charging while in use) can affect battery life ...
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How can I find out what causes “Android OS” to consume battery?

The issue is that I see a high percentage on the "Android OS" item in the Battery Usage, and I want to find out what is causing it. But let me say that I'm interested in diagnostics techniques and ...
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Battery conservation? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What can I do to increase battery life on my Android phone? What are some general ways to improve the battery life of my phone?
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Do bright wallpapers spend more battery than dark ones?

I started wondering about this when I realized most websites I visit have white backgrounds, and I know that the screen is usually responsible for most of the battery usage. Since I can't change the ...
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How can I tell what is really draining my battery?

I know that by going to Settings > About Phone > Battery Use, I can get some idea of the applications that are using up the most of my battery. I see things like "Cell standby", "Phone idle", ...
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2G versus 3G: Does it really save battery?

I often hear the recommendation that fixing your device to 2G saves a lot of juice compared to using 3G. Is that true? Or is it really a myth?
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Is there an efficient way to calibrate the battery than using some apps?

Is there an efficient way to calibrate the battery of my tablet in order to prove or disprove the very low battery backup than using some Apps.? The context is that my tablet is giving a very low ...
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Is there anything similar to APNS on Android?

Is there anything similar to APNS (Apple Push Notification Service) on Android? (APNS uses a single TCP connection between an iOS device and an Apple-controlled server, which issues push ...
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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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How to break in a new cell phone battery?

Whats the best way to break in a new cell phone battery? I just got a replacement battery for my Motorola Droid and so far through 2 cycles it is barely lasting a few hours.
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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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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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What is USB debugging? Can I keep it ON forever?

Sometimes I need to transfer some music from my PC to my Galaxy S2 and must always activate USB debugging. Then I think, can I keep it ON forever? I mean, Keep it ON for ever can give me a problem ...
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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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How can I improve the battery life on my device? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What can I do to increase battery life on my Android device? My Desire is absolutely great, but with my usage the battery life is really a big problem. I have a few ...
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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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Gingerbread has drastically reduced my battery life

I have a Nexus One, and since upgrading to 2.3.3, my phone lasts several hours less compared to 2.2.x. I've swapped out to a new battery, which didn't make a difference. In about 14 hours (of nothing ...
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Is there anything that can show exactly what has awaken my phone?

Recently I had some issues with my phones battery getting drained in 8-10 hours, even though the screen was active for less than 1 hour and wifi/bluetooth/gps was off. My first thought was to check ...
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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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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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How to find android apps occupies RAM memory space?

I wish to know about which app is occupies more memory space in RAM when i use multiple apps Note: i just have RAM capacity of 256MB so that my battery downs soon.
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Android Antivirus Software (solution and battery life relevance)

Is there a security solution for Android that's vastly regarded as "the best" one at the moment or is it like in the PC world where there's 3-4 which are "the best"? Also, what should I expect to ...
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Looking for a consistent answer about battery calibration

This forum is full of questions about battery calibration. The thing is, that either I'm blind or one answers contradicts others. In particular: For example forums says, that battery should be ...
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Is it possible to turn off radio without turning of wifi on Lenovo k900?

I am currently having a look at the power consumption of a lenovo k900 phone and on the hardware side it seems Radio and Screen is using most of the power. I am planning to use wifi but not the ...
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Is there any battery-less Android-based device

I'be been working on some Chinese (bit crappy) device, with own system, that had one wonderful (at least for me) feature. When constantly powered-up (plugged to power adapter) it could work without ...
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Sony Ericsson DISCHARGES when plugged in

I have a Sony Ericsson Live With Walkman (WT19i). About a week ago my phone started discharging when plugged in for charging using either a Samsung wall charger or the USB port on my PC. It charged ...
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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 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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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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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 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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What can cause sudden drop of my battery in Nexus 4?

I have new Nexus 4 phone and I found it dead several times after the night. Obviously it wasn't used during night, screen was turned off. After I plugged it to the charger I had to wait a few minutes ...
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Is there an app that will drain my battery?

Are there any apps that will specifically help to drain a battery down quickly? The scenario I would want to have this is if I want to quickly drain the battery so I can charge it fully again. Some ...
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Does a battery with more capacity last proportionally longer?

I recently bought a Galaxy S2 which came with a 1650mAh battery and in a near future the manufacturer will be offering another one with a 2000mAh. My question is: will it last 21% more than the ...
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How can I prevent my Desire HDs battery from draining overnight?

I've recently got the new HTC Desire HD, which has a poor battery to start with (1230 mAh), but in the last two weeks I've had several nights waking up with a dead battery. The first few nights, I ...
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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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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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Am I overcharging my phone? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Does constant charging harm my Android cellphone? I am using my Xperia Active for application development. Given that scenario, I obviously have the phone connected to ...
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Will rooting my phone improve its battery life?

I've had an HTC Desire HD with HTC Sense for about a year and I'm quite happy, except for the battery life. After upgrading to the latest version, it lasts about 24 hours with moderate/low usage. I ...
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mm-qcamera-daemon causing massive battery drain

Recently, mm-qcamera-daemon has been causing massive battery drain on my Nexus 5, and making it become rather warm. At the same time, the camera appears to be locked, meaning opening the default ...
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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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Can anyone reccomend a 2g / 3g switching widget?

I've just got my new HTC Desire HD and I want to switch 3G on and off as required. I used to do this on my old HTC magic and got quite good battery life compared to some friends with the same phone. ...
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How does the Android OS estimate remaining battery time?

Is it known how the Android OS estimates time to failure / remaining battery charge? I am doing a school project about battery estimation on mobile devices but have not been able to find any ...