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5 myths about improving your smartphone battery life

0. phoneArena posted on 25 Aug 2012, 03:00

Ah, battery life! The one thing your friends with a feature phone can still ridicule your brand new iPhone, Galaxy S III, or whatever shiny smartphone you have there…

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posted on 25 Aug 2012, 08:01 1

23. Supermanz28 (Posts: 17; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)

You no with working customer service for Verizon i hear these ?s asked to me all the time customers complaining about battery life saying they need a new battery or a phone and they tell me they shut these features off and expect it to make a diff, my favorite is when they tell me they put it in airplane mode often to save battery, ya it might save you a bit but then u might as well have an ipod bc its not a phone anymore.

posted on 25 Aug 2012, 08:28 2

24. ajac09 (Posts: 1482; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)

wow dont do much research phone areana or you just use to being stupid? wifi and blue tooth and gps do use power.. your wifi is on its constantly searching. When bluetooth is on its waiting on a signal. What proof? Turn them all on a day your battery life will be halfed been there done that. Live wallpapers do drain your battery inconjunction with screen time on. More your screen is on the more you drain your battery with the screen and the live wallpaper. Sorry one of the worst uneducated articles I've read and I am counting your boyfriends at gizmodo in that to.

posted on 25 Aug 2012, 09:16 2

27. nedooo (Posts: 62; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)

What is this??? Noob got opportunity to write article and he is in "Myth busters" clouds.
Turning off wifi and bluetooth and gps will prolong battery life that's a fact, hard as the writer of this article head...second clearing RAM after some time will do the same...could not read what is three and beyond. And forgetting to turn on wifi when you want to download big files...hahahahahaha...that make me laugh.
This article is made for some mental institution I presume???
Phone Arena get a grip, and don't let some smarta.s ruin your reputation...this could be true article in some other dimension from where the writer is...

posted on 25 Aug 2012, 10:29

28. nicholassss (Posts: 368; Member since: 10 May 2012)

For me switching form the stock motoblur experience to aokp or cm9 and i got an extra couple hours a day out of my droid 3. maybe its just a placebo or coincidence.

posted on 25 Aug 2012, 11:39

29. johnbftl (Posts: 281; Member since: 09 Jun 2012)

I am a stickler for conserving as much battery as i can. I keep my brightness at a minimum, turn off any radios (GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi) that I'm not using, I even bought an extended life battery for my Galaxy Nexus when I first got my phone. My phone was still dying in like 5 or 6 hours and it was pissing me off. It turned out I had a defective phone that kept dropping signal every half hour or so and all that searching for signal was killing my battery. Verizon replaced the phone for me and now I can go like a day and a half, sometimes 2 days before I have to charge my phone.

posted on 25 Aug 2012, 12:18 1

30. mas11 (Posts: 1034; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)

Wow this article should be all over FB and Reddit!

posted on 25 Aug 2012, 12:30

31. mas11 (Posts: 1034; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)

Btw wouldn't a live wallpaper drain your battery because the screen is constantly refreshing.

posted on 25 Aug 2012, 12:44

32. Supermanz28 (Posts: 17; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)

Ok i have a ?, who the heck hired this persona nd allowed them to write articles i mean reall will they just let anyone with a keyboard do this im just dumbfounded i have been working for verizon for over 3 years and have seen phones start with 1st Droid from motorola up to the S3 and its always been said and proven that turning off those settings will conserve ur battery life and widget either it be built in or preinstalled will show that having that on will drain the battery its all part of the Android OS when looking at it, i have the One S and it has 4.0 which has built in battery widget and i still get like 11 hrs of life but it still shows my highest battery usage is either the screen when not on auto bright or Android OS i do notice a huge diff

posted on 25 Aug 2012, 12:46

33. shotine (Posts: 26; Member since: 11 Jan 2010)

There are two here that are wrong first off having bluetooth, wifi and gps on dose drain the battery quicker when they are scanning and live wallpapers do drain the battery much quicker. If you doubt me try it for yourself and you will notice it for yourself.

posted on 25 Aug 2012, 14:02

35. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)

Points wrt bluetooth/wifi/live wallpapers is in complete negation of what sony recommends on their forums and all those who went by the recommendation found better battery life.

posted on 25 Aug 2012, 14:02

36. tedkord (Posts: 13872; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

WiFi certainly does use power. When it's in and not connected, it scans at regular intervals for an access point. This has the same effect as your cellular radio trying to connect - it drains battery.

posted on 25 Aug 2012, 14:59

38. cheeseycheeser (Posts: 413; Member since: 24 Mar 2011)

I call bull on number 1. When your phone is searching for wifi, Bluetooth, and connected to GPS it with out a doubt sucks up battery life! If I only turn on mobile data when I'm using my phone will last all day! Otherwise it'll die by noon.

posted on 25 Aug 2012, 15:33

39. rob5150 (Posts: 173; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)

correct... wifi gps and bluetooth. will tax your battery. like others said, it constantly polls every few minutes or so to find a connection. gps on the other hand will suck you downin no time in this scenario. using maps to drive to a store or mall .... then walking inside the buioding. your maps is running in battery and yoir gps works feverishly to get a signal.

if you live and travel in a poor coverage area . your lte or 3g uses more power to try and keep a connection behind the scenes even when not in a phone call.
on a amoled screen like galaxy s3 .infuse 4g and others. change your wallpaper to just black.
your screen on amoled screens do not use any power to show black

posted on 25 Aug 2012, 20:10

41. JGuinan007 (Posts: 692; Member since: 19 May 2011)

I will bookmark this article and constantly refer people to it to read, no one listens to me when I tell them but an article might change their mind

posted on 26 Aug 2012, 14:35

44. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

fail PA. This time you failed. You don't have to use the bt or wifi all the time. what for. You can set up intervals.
GPS doesn't drain battery? That's my favourite one. Are you high Victor?? I mean, come on. How can you say such a thing. Turn on your gps and use a navigation or geotagging and you will see you're wrong.
I can see than my battery is squized harder even if I switch from 2g to 3g.
Yes, live wallpaper drains more battery. What's the purpose of it? To slow down your androphone? or to show off?
Automatic brightness helps..but just a little bit.
I hasten to add that If I cut off all those modules I can get almost 70-90 hours of normal usage (texting, calling, take a few photos and listen to music).
When I turn them on (even if they are set up on intervals) I hardly get 30 - 40 hours.
phone: Nokia N8.

Before fanboys criticize me. I know what "smartphone" term means. The thing is that some users are not smart enough to use a smartphone. They turn on every possible function and end up with a dead phone in the middle of the day. Then get back home and write stupid comments how dreadful the battery in their phone is. Be smart.

posted on 26 Aug 2012, 16:56

46. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 871; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)

If you want to improve your battery life on an Android phone TURN OFF SYNC!! That's it! Every Android phone I've had that I've done this on instantly had another 5 hours of battery life added to it.

posted on 26 Aug 2012, 21:14

47. Zorin (Posts: 152; Member since: 26 Jul 2010)

Great story...Love the Lead. Short and Sweet...and bulls-eye shot to the user.

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 22:51

48. BattleBrat (Posts: 1476; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)

I've gotten THREE DAYS of battery life, and routinely 2-2 1/2 days with my DROID RAZR with JUICE DEFENDER, Yes shutting off bluetooth and WIFI does help with the battery life, a device with Bluetooth 4.0 (RAZR, SGSIII) should be able to take running bluetooth 24/7 without a serious battery hit however, that's one of the strengths of bluetooth 4.0....

posted on 14 Jun 2013, 02:57

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