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Device Steadily Discharging While Plugged Into AC?

Question: My device (Galaxy Note 2 running the stable CyanogenMod release) is charging extremely slowly and discharges while it's plugged into AC power. What happened to cause this and what's ...
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USB connection issues with Nexus 4

I've installed some app from Google Play called "franco.Kernel updater", which had an option to enable "fast charging" (the app claims it provides a custom kernel that saves battery life). After I ...
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will gaming destroy my phone battery?

I think games probably destroyed my Note 2 battery. I often play games for hours straight while charging. Last Sunday it was dead with horrible heat. Then I borrowed friend's mpj backup battery, ...
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How do I stop “USB debugging” mode auto-enabling and default to just charging in android 4.2.2?

I have an HTC one, running Android 4.2.2 overlaid with HTC Sense 5. I am trying to plug it into my car stereo. All I want to do is play audio from spotify via my car stereo (which wasn't a problem ...
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Samsung tab charging

Tab gt7500 battery went flat while downloading and now does not want to charge with supplied charger or via computer
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Strange Behaviour of HTC One X battery

maybe someone recognizes my problem or has had it himself. My problem is as follows: Normally I turn my phone of over night. Battery Monday evening 50%, Tuesday morning 23% Battery Tuesday evening ...
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Nexus 7 refuses to boot unless plugged into outlet

I've looked around the internet for this problem ad/or solution for hours and have found absolutely nothing on this problem. My tablet is brand new, straight from the box. When i have it plugged in ...
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Android battery mucking up

I have an unusual problem with my galaxy s4 battery. Screenshot (click for larger variant) Sometimes when the battery level is 85% it can shut off and when I turn it back on it can go straight to ...
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Why battery “sags” on my device and how to fix/workaround it?

Sometimes my device shows "No SIM card" status and "0%" battery and soon powers off (even if I manage to quicky connect it to USB). After powering back on it works more or less as expected. Why ...
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Why the battery attributes are missing in android phones?

on the android shell, when I executed following >ls /sys/class/power_supply/battery was expecting, current_now, power_now, charge_now or energy_now but I didn't find any *_now attribute other ...
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Android software runs differently based on different battery chargers?

I have a Samsung Galaxy Nexus and a Samsung Galaxy Mini2. In mid-August I lost my GNex battery charger; then I started charging the GNex with the Mini2 battery charger. Their specifications are: ...
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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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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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S3 battery not work after water damage [closed]

I dropped my S3 in water and the stock battery stopped working. I didn't know how to fix it (I tried drying it with a hair dryer but it did not work) so after comparing prices and discounts I bought a ...
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Power problems with Droid Incredible 2

My daughter's Droid Incredible 2 is mostly dead. Symptoms: If we can manage to turn it on, it only stays on for a minute or so after it completes all of its start-up tasks. Then turns off and acts ...
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What would cause a sudden spike in the battery charge level?

Today I spotted something this on the battery chart : graph of battery history showing a massive spike (click for larger variant) What is the reason of such erection ? Hardware problem ? Or maybe a ...
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SGS3 was hot while using it

My Samsung Galaxy S3 gets overheating easily but I don't know whether this problem is causing by the processor, battery, software or other part of the device. Then I troubleshooted the GS3 myself, and ...
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Nexus 4 won't charge through laptop on low power

When my Nexus 4's battery is less than 5%, it won't charge while connected to my PC, but I can charge by plugging my Nexus 4 the wall adapter. I believe it is a hardware problem. Can you help me?
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What kind of hardware problems is a cheap Android phone likely to have?

For development and application purposes an organisation I am with is considering buying a cheap Android handset here in India (this is the handset). But what kind of problems can one anticipate in ...
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Battery Drains out Suddenly

So here is what happened! I was simply going though my phone (Canvas HD running Jellybean) when suddenly it hangs and then shuts down. I try booting it. It turns on but goes off again. I try it yet ...
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Nexus 4 wont hold charge after screen and battery replacement

I've just replaced my broken screen and put a new battery into my nexus 4 following this you tube vid: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZDAIgwbXk4. When I first plugged in the charger (1A generic usb ...
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short battery life

I have a gs3 running slim bean, and the battery life seems horrible to me. I woke up this morning at 8:00am with 100% battery life and by 1:30pm it has gone down to 23% I have been I barely use the ...
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Can chinese tablet be used without a battery?

I have a Chinese tablet xpad xpod 7" tablet, bought it 2 months ago, I am already having problem with battery, it is discharging too quickly, so I want to operate my tablet without battery, simply by ...
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Phone's battery is damaged

My phone's battery is very weak. It can't operate without a charger. My phone is doing a lot vibration, which it never did before. Now, I'm afraid if I buy a new battery, it would destroy the new ...
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Battery meter went crazy and now stays at 0%

I have a Samsung Galaxy Discover that worked fairly well until the last week or so. I ran the device down down to 0% - at which point the device shut off. I performed a full recharge and then ...
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About WI-FI battery usage

I keep reading about how much battery does WI-FI use, but when I look in settings > battery, WI-FI shows with < 5% usage when I barely use the phone. And when I use it, the screen takes most of the ...
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Battery Status Indicator Error?

Okay so I have a very interesting story to tell.... Here is what happens... I charge my phone at night, wake up in the morning, pull it off the charger, about 9-10pm it drops to about 15%, which ...
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unable to charge Google Nexus I9250

I am unable to charge my phone most of the times. When I connect my phone to the USB cable which is in turn connected to the computer or charger, most of the times (about 90 percent), I am unable to ...
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Samsung Galaxy s3 Battery life

How long should a Galaxy S3 battery last? My phone is brand new and today it was on standby for most of the day (it dropped 10% while being on standby for 3hrs), I only used the internet for about an ...
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How to switch the GSM/3G module off?

I only use my smartphone (Samsung Galaxy Chat) as a "pocket computer" (with WiFi) and don't use it to make telephone calls (I use a dual-SIM "dumbphone" for this). All the time it shows a cellular ...
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Battery charging indicator and USB has, sort of, stopped working on my Samsung Google Nexus I9250

I know the battery is still being charged because 1) when I power off the phone while the phone is plugged into a USB connector the screen shows the battery symbol with a lightning bolt and then a ...
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Is it better to detach a charger when my Android device gets fully charged? [duplicate]

When using my Android device at my desk, is it better to (from a battery health point of view) detach a charger as soon as the device gets fully charged, or is it ok to keep it on the charger? I like ...
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Frequently changing battery from mobile

Is is bad for a device to change battery frequently from mobile? I have one extra battery when my first battery got dry I removed it from mobile and put the second charged battery. Is it bad for the ...
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What does a red battery icon indicate?

While charging my Jellybean 4.1 device at my PCs' USB, I see the following red battery icon in the notification bar: What does the red color indicate?
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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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What is the difference between “Screen On” and “Awake”?

I can possibly understand why the phone can be Awake without having the screen on (background stuff), but how can the screen be on without it being awake? If relevant my device is the Nexus 4 ...
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Closely monitoring charging (with bike charger)

I bought a bike charger for my Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro sk17i . When I cycle, the phone says that it is being charged, but apparently it is not because the battery percentage doesn't increase. ...
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Apps uninstalling on battery death

I have an HTC Incredible smartphone. Every time the battery dies during normal usage, my applications uninstall. Why does this happen, and how can I prevent it from happening in the future?
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Exotic case of Galaxy Nexus not booting

Symptoms : Put battery into Galaxy Nexus (tried with two different including a brand new one) Plug cord to USB host or charger Large battery charge indicator icon appears in the middle of the screen ...
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Upload battery status to a website

I would like to maintain a central list of the battery status of my devices. For my Linux laptops, I will write a small shell script that reads the battery information from the kernel and uploads it ...
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Are there any issues in storing an Android battery?

I want to buy a 2nd battery for my i9100 because the phone is getting old and I don't know if parts will be easily available a couple of years on (don't want to upgrade, I like it too much), but I've ...
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Android stuck in downloading mode

So what happened is that my mobile (Galaxy S4 - GT-9500) ran out of charge. When I plugged in the charger and tried to turn it on, it went directly to what I think is the recovery mode (Android logo ...
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Battery percentage going down while charging! [duplicate]

(device: Samsung Galaxy S 3) I've just witnessed something rather strange: while tethering to my laptop, with the phone being plugged in a power source (the charger I got with the device) - the ...
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Samsung Galaxy Nexus doesn't detect charger

This happened yesterday night first. My phone's battery was very slow, so I decided to charge it. It didn't start charging after plugging in the charger. Frustrated, I kept trying with different USB ...
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Android power Usage - How to monitor

TL;DR: Is there some reasonably time-efficient way to find out what programs cause Android OS Services to drain battery? On a regular basis I find that some app causes my phone to run hot and drain ...
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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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Why are some USB chargers slower than others?

It seems with USB chargers for my android phone, not all are created equal. The first pic is the official charger which came with my phone (galaxy nexus). It charges quickly, from 0 to 100% in a ...
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Turn off cell standby?

I have a Droid Charge, but I live overseas and it's not an international phone so I can only use it for wifi. It is constantly searching for a signal that doesn't exist and it's eating my battery up! ...
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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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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 ...