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My phone thinks it's charging

After upgrading my Galaxy Nexus to 4.0.4, it keeps thinking the cable is being plugged in and out all the time. The battery discharges at a normal rate, even though the screen keeps lighting up as a ...
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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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How does the Android estimate the battery level without a current sensor?

The BatteryManager class doesn't have the metric for current: http://developer.android.com/reference/android/os/BatteryManager.html And then I have found this post: ...
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Is battery calibration important for Android phones?

I heard that battery needs to be calibrated for a first few usages. I heard that battery needs to be calibrated every 40 charge cycles. I heard that i must not let battery get too low and not ...
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Why my phone battery has four terminal? what is the use of the fourth?

I have a LG Optimus One (P500). For sometime I am wondering why my phone's battery has four terminals. I am aware that two terminals are for the positive and negative points and the the third connects ...
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How do I fully charge my emulator battery?

It bothers me to see half charged battery. Anyone knows how I can fully charge it?
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Is it OK to swap batteries while phone is connected to wall charger?

It takes a few minutes to shut down and restart the phone, it would sometimes be handy to be able to swap batteries without shutting down (i.e. swap in a fully charged battery before going out). ...
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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 ...
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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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How to debug a battery issue?

I have HTC Sensation 4G. I have a very peculiar issue with the battery. I've been using the phone for just over one year now. There are some periods (about 7 to 15 days) when battery performance is ...
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“Charging paused. Battery temperature too high” while connected to car charger

I have a Galaxy S2 with ICS. When I use it in my car, while it is charging from a car charger, I occasionally get this popup: "Charging paused. Battery temperature too high" Also Waze is running ...
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Cell standby and Phone idle

On the battery use screen, what are the differences between Cell standby and Phone idle items?
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Why is a suspicious program draining my battery with GPS usage?

Phone : nexus 5 version 2013 Android version : 6.0 Kernel version : 3.4.0-g2aa165e Build number : MRA58N For the last few days, 10118 has been draining my phone's battery. It drains battery by ...
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Nexus 5 crashes, battery down to 0% on Android 5.1.1

I'm currently running Android 5.1.1 (Chroma custom ROM) on my Nexus 5 and recently have been experiencing some weird issues with my battery, which have appeared more frequently in the last few days. ...
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Computing when on charger - long term effects on battery life

Donating your computational power for scientific projects is, in some cases, available for Android. One of them, the World Community Grid, states that "Using the application will not significantly ...
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my samsung galaxy 2 battery is draining to fast!

I have an Samsung Galaxy S2 GT i9100. I have had it for quite a time, but today I noticed something strange: First my battery had not been charging while I was sleeping: when I woke up I had only ...
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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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How do I set battery charge min-max range to make it degrade with time less?

As far as I know, LiIon batteries should be kept in about 40%-80% range in order to degrade more slowly. On my laptop I use the following commands to make it change battery conditionally, only when ...
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How to calibrate a new Nexus 5 battery that's higher capacity than original?

Just got a KBTEL battery that's 3800 mAh compared to the original 2300 mAh nexus battery. I charged it dead overnight, and now its been running for more than 7 hours and the capacity shows below 5% ...
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Nexus 5 whole battery drained in a single night

I charged my phone to 100% before going to sleep. I used it for only few minutes and found out my phone was off in the morning because all the battery was drained. I charged it and saw battery stat ...
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How can I turn off the “low battery” noise?

I've started getting a loud beep notification when my battery hits 15%. Possibly this happened after an Audio Manager update but I don't see any settings in the app to change it. Previously the ...
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How to connect Samsung J7 via USB but disable charging?

I would like to know if is it possible to connect my smartphone to a pc via USB without charging it? It would be very useful to be able to disable charging (but still allow USB tethering, ADB ...
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How does charging battery in normal, speed and trickle affect battery life?

Battery doctor uses different stages of charging: speed; continuous and trickle (keep charging when the battery is full for some time) does this really extend battery life? and can an app change ...
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Stuck at battery animation…erroneously

So my LG l86c goes only to the screen with the animation of a battery charging, and only when plugged in, occasionally saying it needs to charge further in order to turn on. If I unplug it, it turns ...
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how to read batterystats.bin file

How can I read the batterystats.bin file in /data/system?? I want to view some battery anomalies, but I get the junk when the file is opened (assuming encoding is associated)
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Which consumes less battery: Wi-Fi or 2G data?

I just want to know what consumes less battery Wi-Fi or 2G Data. My battery last long for 12- 16 hours only. I know there are lots of application which continually running and fetching data from ...
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How can I take a photo when battery <20%?

How can I take photo when battery level is less than 20%? My Samsung Galaxy S always says "battery low" and then closes the camera application when I try to. Is there a way to get around this? Or is ...
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How to set gmail sync frequency?

I want to know how often Gmail checks for new emails because I need longer battery life. How can I see/set this? I want to set it so that, for example, it checks for new mail every 10 minutes and ...
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Is it normal for Android System to be the top battery user?

Over the past couple of days, the battery usage of my new phone has been as follows: 34% - Android System 28% - Cell Standby 21% - Phone idle 10% - Display 03% - Google Goggles 02% - ...
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Although I was told to charge my Android device before first use, it was already charged. Have I been given a phone rejected by someone else?

I have just received my 'new' HTC one V. The instructions clearly state to charge the phone up before first use, yet the the phone switched on and showed full charge straight away, before I had chance ...
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Do I have to calibrate my battery after a reinstall?

When I installed Cyanogen Mod 7, I 'accidently' clicked 'Wipe Battery Status' even though my battery wasn't fully charged. Now I have no idea what this exactly does (even more reason I shouldn't have ...
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Can't find low battery threshold setting (Samsung Galaxy S3)

When the phone's battery reaches ~20%, I get the message to connect my charger on the lock screen. Is there a way to lower the threshold for the notification -- similar to the setting for a laptop? ...
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AC-USB Charging Device Makes Sounds when Device Fully Charged

This might not be the right place to ask this question, as it falls under the purview of electronics, however that SE is not about consumer electronics. And this phenomena has only happened with ...
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Why doesn't my device ever show 100% charged?

I have a Samsung Google Nexus S I9020A which showed fully charged @ 92%. 100% charging doesn't seem possible. What is the reason?
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How do I turn on the battery full notification sound?

Similar to this previous question, but I want to enable the battery full notification sound, not the opposite :) My Galaxy S used to make a nice beep and switch the screen on briefly when the battery ...
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Background apps and the battery

Every time I use Google Search, the browser or the music player of my Samsing Galaxy S II (Android 2.3), even if I push the back button until it brings me back to the home screen, the apps keep ...
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Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10 discharging even when connected

My Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10 (SM-T520) will discharge when connected. While the battery icon shows that it's charging, the tablet will still discharge, albeit more slowly than when not connected. This ...
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WiFi drains battery even if it's off

On my Nexus 5, since Android updated to marshmallow, the Wi-Fi is draining the battery way too fast, even when disabled. See the screenshot: (Click image to enlarge) I've seen this question: ...
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What happens when using a cellphone when charging?

What happens when a phone is being used with the charger connected? Will it take power from charger and save the battery usage? OR At one end, the charger keeps charging the battery and at the ...
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Will playing a game in a Android phone while charging damage or cause harm to the battery or the phone?

Will the following situation damage or cause any harm to the battery or/and the phone: The phone is being charging (regardless it is using the electrical outlet or via USB) and .. You are playing a ...
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Battery usage by certain applications

Can I find out how much battery takes running of certain application? The goal is to minimize using applications that take a lot of battery and maximize battery persistence before having to recharge.
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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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How is an “average use” defined in terms of battery life

It is common to see better battery performance being touted as a selling point, when phones are announced and when they but the market. And the claim typically goes like "lasts xx hours on average ...
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Do applications run in user profiles that are not active / run in background profiles?

I configured 3 user profiles with each their own google account on my device (Nexus 5 with Android 5.1). When I switch the user profiles, do the applications keep running in the user profiles that ...
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How to list apps, which have a permission to access the camera?

I am experiencing the problem with the mm-qcamera-daemon on a Nexus 5 with 4.4.4, as described in this question. I would like to know if there is a way to see which apps have a permission to access ...
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Does the phone consume less power when 3G disabled Vs 3G & WiFi Enabled?

I found couple of questions about it but they are two year old. So Is it better to disable (in the top panel) 3G when I have an active WiFi connection and disable WiFi (in the top panel) when I ...
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how long can the battery in my new mobile stay idle till first use

I bought a Samsung Galaxy 6 months ago. Have not used it yet nor have charged the battery atleast once. I am worried about the battery. Can i keep it idle two more months.
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How Doze (marshmallow feature) work during playback?

We know that Doze mode starts the 'ultra power saving' when the device isn't moving. But what happen if we leave the device on a table playing music with the screen off? EDIT: I experienced the ...
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Should I charge phone overnight or let battery down to a minimum?

For many times I found myself in a situation, that my battery charge was about 25-30% when I was going to sleep. Since I was always told to not let battery down below 20% (correct me, if that's wrong) ...
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Asus ME302C tablet charging forever and doesn't start

My Asus ME302C tablet was giving charging problem lately and is completely dead now and not starting up. Around 5 days back, its charging got stuck at 55% and it never went ahead even after charging ...