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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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Is my phone liable to explode if I charge it with a charger that came with a different phone?

My friend and I both have droids and we often user each other's wall chargers out of convenience. I was told that it's possible that my phone might explode if it's charged with a charger that wasn't ...
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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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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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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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How can I find app name by UID?

In "battery history" I have found that the app with UID 10058 is using a lot of battery. How can I find the name of the app with UID equal to 10058?
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Bought a new battery, do I need to calibrate it?

My original battery is bloated and is dying quickly after a full charge so I now bought a replacement. Do I need to calibrate this new battery using a calibration app?
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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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What can cause “Android OS” process to use high percentage of battery?

I've read a bunch of forum posts about the Android OS battery drain bug. This is where the 'Android OS' process is showing large percentages in the battery statistics. For me, I'm running 2.3 ...
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What causes battery to drain faster than it can charge?

I have a Moto DROID (v1). On a trip from Tyler, TX to DFW airport I had my phone in the car dock and charging. I was using Navigation for directions to the airport and also had Listen running to ...
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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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Is power consumed from battery to run the phone when charging?

I want to download torrents while keeping the device plugged to charge. My device is made by Samsung. Is the power consumed from charger, or battery, to power the device when charging? Will my ...
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How to disable battery full notification sound?

When battery has been charged full, my Galaxy S phone gives the same notification sound that is used when I receive SMS. Is there a way to disable the sound without also disabling sound from SMS? It ...
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Why is charging from computer using USB slower than using an outlet?

And what is roughly the ratio of the charging speed in USB vs charger? My phone is Samsung Galaxy S, if that matters.
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How to allow auto-update of apps in Play Store only when plugged in?

I would like apps to be updated automatically when my phone is plugged in (charging) and on wifi. I can easily allow auto-update only when wifi is on with the appropriate option in the Play Store ...
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How does fast-charge work?

How does Fast Charge work? Does it actually charge your device faster, and if so, Is there a downside to using it?
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Charging paused. Battery temperature too high or too low

I have a Samsung Galaxy player that has been giving me the message "Charging paused. Battery temperature too high or too low". I left it unplugged and powered down all night, and it still gave me the ...
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Fast Charging by Qualcomm 3.0- impact on battery?

I am thinking of buying HTC one A9 My only concern is with fast charging . I have read this thread How does fast charging work? and understood the downside is mainly on battery life. Accepted answer ...
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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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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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How can profile (log the charging and discharging current for some time period) my battery?

As the question reads, I want to log the current in milliAmpere or Ampere (both charging and discharging) over a period of time. Please note I am not asking about charging or discharging rate, but ...
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How to choose micro USB cable for my device?

The plug sure looks like any old micro USB plug. Will another cable (like the one from my digital camera) work to charge the battery, or do I need one specifically designed for my phone (incredible)
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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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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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Is there a quick-fix for the Galaxy Nexus when it signals “charging” without beeing connected via USB?

My Galaxy Nexus goes into charging mode but when it isn't plugged in. The battery symbol then indicates a charging and when in suspend mode, the display turns on which drains battery rapidly. I am ...
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How do I turn on battery percentage in Android Lollipop?

I haven't been able to find a menu option for this setting in Android Lollipop (previously known as Android-L).
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Is recalibrating the battery after flashing a new ROM really neccessary, and if yes, why?

The description of the app, Battery Calibration, claims that after changing ROMs you should recalibrate your battery gauge. It has good reviews so it seems like the general concept is sound and trying ...
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How do I turn off the cellular radio without disabling bluetooth?

I have an old Motorola Droid that is no longer subscribed on any Verizon service. I still use it for things like web browsing, ebooks, and along with some wireless stereo headphones, music. I've ...
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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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Why is Google Maps always running in the background?

I'm running on JB. The Google Maps application always seems to have 2 instances running in the background inspite of turning the GPS off. Is there a clean solution to prevent it from ever running in ...
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Wearing down battery as fast as possible

I am trying an experiment and I need to wear down my Droid Incredible's battery as fast as possible. What apps are known battery hogs? I've already beaten Angry Birds so that one is off the list for ...
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Why does my Nexus One power off with 15% power remaining?

Once my Nexus One's remaining power drops to 15%, it automatically powers off. On turning it back on again, it reports that it's now on 0% power. Do all Nexus Ones behave like this, or is it just ...
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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 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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Android dies at 20% battery?

It all started about three months ago when my HTC One (M8)'s USB charging port died. At first the port would sometimes not work, you just have to move the cable around a bit for it to charge, then you ...
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Why do “android system” and “androd os” take 30% battery

in the battery stats "android os" takes 16%, "android system" takes 14%. How can i know why?
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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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Cut power to a phone without a removable battery?

Well just as the title says, if you have a phone without a removable battery (HTC One X) and it freezes while modding it, how do you cut the power if you can't pop out the battery? I could see non ...
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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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How to troubleshoot overheating and high battery drain in an Android Device?

Device info: Model : Micromax Canvas Nitro A310 Android Version : 4.4.2 Kernel Version : 3.4.67 Device Status : Rooted, Philz touch recovery, Xposed Framework installed Issue: My(relative's) ...
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Why is my WIFI always on?

I have turned off WIFI in the settings, but it's still always running. Doesn't this graph indicate that WIFI is really on all the time? How can this be when it's definitely "off" in Settings? I'm ...
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Resettng an android device with non-removable battery

I'm planning to buy my first android phone which has non-removable battery. But in case the phone hangs what to do ? As in general case we remove the battery from the device and plug it in after a few ...
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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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Galaxy S 2 battery won't charge while being on

First of all, LOVE the Galaxy s2, even though it has some problems - which phone doesnt, right? I've had the Samsung Galaxy S2 for 2 months. It worked fine. Since a week my phone won't charge 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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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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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 does Android calculate battery consumption by apps?

How does Android measure energy used by individual hardware component? How does Android measure energy used by each individual process?
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Battery - do they last longer if recharged when empty?

I'm about to buy a Samsung Galaxy Ace (it's not much expensive and I think it's a pretty good phone), however everyone has been complaining with the battery life but admitting that isn't bad compared ...