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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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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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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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Can I save my htc desire if the battery is dead?

I ran my HTC Desire on a 0% charged battery - and it shut it self down. Now it won't charge anymore and wont start even when plugged in. What are my options?
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Has anyone found out why some BIONICs won't charge fully on non-BIONIC wall chargers?

This seems to be a fairly common issue. Upon attempting to charge my Motorola DROID BIONIC with two non-Motorola microUSB wall chargers, I couldn't get the phone past 40%. With the Moto charger, it ...
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When to know it's time to replace the Nexus One battery?

As we all know, battery consumption rate (i.e. "per hour") is not very standardized and its highly dependent on actual use, per user. This makes it very difficult for me to know whether I need a new ...
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How to automatically shutdown below certain battery level

Is there a way to make my phone turn off when the battery level is below 50%? At the moment it does this when the battery level (or voltage) is critically low, but I want it to do it when there is ...
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Battery indicator increase when not charging

Basically, two hours ago my battery level is at 8%, then an hour ago, it was at 9%. Now it's at 10%. Why is it going up even though it is not plugged in? Would I need to calibrate my battery? Note: ...
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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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Don't charge to 100% when always-on wall-plugged-in

I want to use a Google Nexus phone for an always-on wall-plugged-in WiFi tethering access station. It occurred to me that if I just do it like this, then I'm risking ruining the battery within a ...
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is there a reliable source of charging current?

I am testing several chargers and cables to find the optimal combinations for a fast charge. I was so far using CurrentWidget and was getting just a few values, (independently of how much the battery ...
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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 to check how much battery the data network is using?

How do I check how much battery the data network is using? When I enter Settings->About phone->Battery usage I get the following: Voice calls Android OS Display Android System Dialer Cell ...
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how does battery calibration work?

There are several posts on how to calibrate android batteries but none describe its working. How is it that the system can determine at what voltage the battery is considered to be charged (100% or ...
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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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Reset battery history after unplugging charger?

As far as I can tell, the stats on the Battery page of Settings records the time from when the battery is booted up onwards. What I'd rather want it to do, is to reset that counter whenever I ...
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Display turns on at midnight?

Every day at midnight the display on my tablet (Asus Transforer TF101 ICS) turns on for a few seconds. Ordinarily, this wouldn't be a big deal, but I am using the Screebl application, which keeps the ...
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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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Download Manager causes high CPU usage on Motorola Razr with stock Android 4.0

My Razr (Stock ROM 4.0) is very very hot. After some research I found com.android.providers.downloads is responsible, since it's using about 60% of CPU. I have tried killing it, and it respawns, ...
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Leaving wi-fi on all the time

Does it highly affect the stand-by time to leave wi-fi open all the time on my phone?
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Can the Droid Eris be charged on a PowerPlate Wireless Induction Charging Base?

Can the Droid Eris be charged on a PowerPlate Wireless Induction Charging Base?
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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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Why does my phone automatically power off when there is still 2% battery?

My Moto X Play on Android 6.0 would automatically power off when the battery displays 2% remaining. When I try to turn it back on, I would get a "low battery" symbol, which means my phone didn't ...
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Do phones have a power supply?

This is definitely a noob question, I'm not an engineer but as far as my knowledge goes, the power supply on a phone would be its battery. However, my Nexus One stopped turning on recently, the ...
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power consumption by application?

Since cellphone application software requires extra power for processing. Is there any application software that indicate power consumption by particular application?
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Disable updates when at work?

How can I disable various social apps from updating while I'm at work (where I work with my laptop anyway)? The main point is conserving battery. (I have HTC Desire HD) I don't want to turn off wifi ...
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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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Possible to charge one phone off another?

What's stopping the ability of charging a cell phone from another cell phone? If I were to create a crossover/patch USB cable and connect it between two phones or tablets, would there by any way to ...
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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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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 to find pid of Battery Service?

I am able to find the pid of System server using ps. And I can find info about the system server process through /proc/pidof system_server. But I dont see (or unable to find) the pid of the other ...
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How can I tell if I need to replace my battery?

I have a refurbished Galaxy S3. Sometimes it charges to 100% while powered off, but reports 51% as soon as I start it up. Lately, it goes down to 50% or lower even right after charging. I haven't ...
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How to determine maximum capacity of a battery in mAh? - received fake battery

Is it an increasable value ? I think its not. I just bought an extended 3890 mAh battery for my Galaxy S4 GT I9500. The original Samsung battery is 2600 mAh. This is my second purchase from a ...
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Is slow charging bad for the battery?

I know that charging the battery too fast can overheat the battery and shorten battery life. But is charging it slowly, e.g. from a USB 2.0 cable plugged to a laptop, also harmful for the battery? I ...
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Is there an equivalent for coconutBattery (Mac) on the Android?

My G2 android used to last an entire day without charge for the past year, now it appears that it gets to very low energy at about halfway through the day, is there something like coconutBattery (Mac) ...
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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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Can I use Asus Transformer power supply and dock as with regular laptop?

I couldn't find this information in all reviews, so I am asking here about it -- I would like to get such experience with Assus Transformer: I put everything together -- I plug power supply into the ...
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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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Battery level on Asus eee pad Transformer with dock

I'm wondering if anybody knows how the battery level is measured on the Transformer when the dock is connected. I fully charged the other day, and after few hours of use the battery level was still ...
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Where are the battery capacity files located?

Background My current device Huawei Honor 6 comes with a 3100 mAh battery. I was therefore surprised to see 3C Toolbox Pro report the capacity as 4000 mAh. I mailed the developer of the app and his ...
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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 using ...
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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 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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The battery is discharged suddenly on Galaxy S2

Sometimes after I fully charge the phone, and disconnecting it from the power, the battery suddenly drops to 97%, it is normal? I already made a battery calibration past week. Well, this happened only ...
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Does my Android phone uses battery or outlet power to operate while being charged?

I am curious about knowing which power source does my android uses up, while it is being charged while switched on.. I know i can test it by keeping it in charging and pulling the battery.. but i am ...
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Why does my Milestone Droid erroneously report a drained battery once every few weeks?

Every so often, my phone (Motorola Milestone, firmware 2.1-update1) decides that the battery is almost drained and that I have to turn the phone off. This may happen just a few hours after charging ...
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Why doesn't my phone charge?

Okay, so I already ordered a new battery, but in the mean time. Why won't my phone charge? I have tried every charger/cable in my house and car (over 10 chargers and around 15 cables). Double checked ...
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500 charge limit on wireless charger for Nexus 4 / 5 (QI)

I recently bought a QI compatible charger for my Nexus 5. On the box it states, that the "wireless charges up to 500 times". I don't understand why the charger is only able to charge my phone 500 ...
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Verizon Galaxy Nexus Discharging When Plugged In Even After USB Replacement

I've got a Verizon Samsung Galaxy Nexus that as of a few weeks ago quit charging - in fact it quickly drains the battery (discharges 2% / minute if not more) while plugged in. I tried different ...
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Can I buy the Samsung official extended battery for the UK Galaxy Nexus?

Samsung have released an extended battery for the US Galaxy Nexus. I know the US and EU versions have a slightly different shape, so was wondering if this extended battery would fit my UK Galaxy ...