How often do you usually have to charge your phone?

How often do you usually have to charge your phone?
While last year marked a vast improvement in phones' battery lives, this year we seemed to have reached a plateau of sorts, just as it happened with screen sizes, which seem to no longer be growing. Most flagships or midrangers announced this year don't log massively better battery endurance compared to their predecessors, and the 2015 emphasis on thinner, more premium builds didn't help with battery capacities either.

The Galaxy S6, for instance, eked out a slightly shorter endurance than the Galaxy S5 on our battery benchmark test, while the S5 scored 50% longer time than the Galaxy S4 before it. The LG G4 also lasted slightly less than the G3, the One M9 scores worse than the One M8, the Droid Turbo 2 does worse than the original Turbo, and so on. Even the battery life champ among the brand-name phone makers, Sony, regressed a bit with the new Z5 trio, compared to its Z3 predecessors, though it still boasts with the "two-day battery" tag. Only the Note 5 managed to beat Note 4 by a tad, and Apple eked out longer battery lives from its new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, compared to their predecessors, which is not a high bar to beat to begin with.

In any case, it seems that the vast majority of smartphones still manage to just survive the day with heavier usage, before they have to be plugged in, while only a handful can take you through a weekend away from the charger, and just those chubbies with humongous 4000+ mAh batteries can brag to last three days on a charge. That is why we wanted to ask you which category your phone falls in, and how often do you usually have to charge it - take your pick in the poll below, and fire your battery life grievances in the comments.

Battery life (hours) Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S5 7h 38 min (Good)
Motorola DROID Turbo 2 8h 1 min (Excellent)
Motorola DROID Turbo 10h 42 min (Excellent)
HTC One M9 6h 25 min (Average)
HTC One (M8) 7h 12 min (Good)
LG G4 6h 6 min (Average)
LG G3 6h 14 min (Average)
Samsung Galaxy S6 7h 14 min (Good)
Apple iPhone 6 5h 22 min (Poor)
Apple iPhone 6s 8h 15 min (Excellent)
Charging time (minutes) Lower is better
Samsung Galaxy S5 122
Motorola DROID Turbo 2 82
Motorola DROID Turbo 126
HTC One M9 106
HTC One (M8) 207
LG G4 127
LG G3 120
Samsung Galaxy S6 78
Apple iPhone 6 147
Apple iPhone 6s 150

How often do you usually have to charge your phone? (2015)

I charge it more than once a day
27.92%
I charge it once a day
53.9%
I charge it every other day
14.35%
I charge it every three days or more
3.84%

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102 Comments

1. qolamreza

Posts: 61; Member since: Jul 01, 2015

I charge it a few times a day (nexus 5)

6. VJo003

Posts: 365; Member since: Mar 11, 2012

Android 6.0 has helped my Nexus 5 a lot Every other day

107. vincelongman

Posts: 5693; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

6.0 + Greenify is amazing (for Nexus 5 standards lol) Greenify allows it to go straight into doze mode when the screen is turned off So now my Nexus 5 can last 2 days with light usage I still haven't rooted or flashed a custom kernel yet

33. sgodsell

Posts: 7365; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Wow, your Nexus 5 has joined the iPhone wall huggers club.

43. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Weird, I charge my iPhone 6 at around 7am and I finish the day with 30-50% yet my friend with a Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge and similar usage usually has to charge again by around 7pm. It's almost like there are biased people without a clue on this site... As if!

48. phonegeek1212

Posts: 58; Member since: Aug 14, 2015

People charging after 3 days or so...Are you using Smartphones???

86. bvalde09

Posts: 191; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Using an Iphone 5 for the moment. The battery just doesnt last

101. EtherealLegend

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 06, 2015

Mine doesn't either, I had to buy a portable battery for it

103. bvalde09

Posts: 191; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

same here bruh. Hoping to switch by EOM

94. chenski

Posts: 768; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Their probably using it without screen on lol

50. FrenchGuy

Posts: 134; Member since: Dec 12, 2014

It's not our fault if you keep your iphone in your pocket all day long without using it... I have an iphone 6 and the battery sucks (except the standy battery which is great). Stop being biased.

51. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

I'm not being biased, just saying what I get and what my friend gets from similar usage, mainly web browsing, Facebook, Whatsapp - actually the pic in my sig was a screencap of my usage not long after I got the phone. I don't play games on it really so can imagine that might hit it harder... I've got no reason to be biased, it's just a phone. I tried a couple of others before I bought it, didn't like them enough to be swayed, maybe next time...

60. LikeMyself

Posts: 631; Member since: Sep 23, 2013

There's something called brightness which is a major factor for battery life! Might be that the guy with s6 edge using it at maximum brightness. My S6 lasts me 30hrs easily before activating ultra power saving to stretch it, but I use automatic brightness with the brightness level near lowest percentage. I charge on alternate days! And game tuner app by Samsung helps gaming sessions a lot as well. Low resolution(720p)@60fps does a great job!

63. TyrionLannister unregistered

It depends on the type of usage. If you have a light usage(which you do), iPhone will outlast almost any other phone. In the opposite world, if I game or do continuous usage(like mine), S6 will outlast the iPhone 6 by a good margin. My friend has an iPhone 6 and I can attest that the iPhone loses its battery twice as fast while gaming( which is obvious as s6 has a more efficient processor + bigger battery). Also, in heavier use, the OS optimization plays little role and that's why the iPhone loses despite having the more efficient iOS 9. It all depends on the usage. These battery tests by PA are of heavier use as phone is being used continuously. That's why iPhone 6 has poor rating.

110. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Oh I agree on that, no amount of optimisation (as Jony Ive keeps trying) will overcome a larger battery when the CPU is under full load. I wish Apple would stop trying to make "thin" as it's already too thin to use comfortably without a case, the original iPhone 3/3G was the perfect shape and much better despite being thicker. Just add a few mm and some more battery, why not?! What I took disagreement with was the stupid "Apple wall hugger" comment when the only people I know who NEED to charge midway through the day, despite turning off WiFi and Bluetooth (which I never do on the iPhone) are friends with an S6 Edge and HTC M8. When I say I have similar usage I mean it, we're all adults with jobs and don't spend our days gaming, just web-browsing, FB, news and chat apps, Youtube etc. things the iPhone is very good at. If I'm playing games I do so on the PC or XBox One. We've all talked about it because we banter with each other about our respective phone choices but give credit where it's due. I think the S6 Edge looks great but based on what I've seen the battery is pretty terrible and Samsung's repair agents said it was "fine".

59. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

How can you be so ignorant? So you both use your phones exactly the same all day? Look at the battery tests, you're the one that biased.

68. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

How can YOU be so ignorant? How do you know I don't use my phone more? Bias much? She (my friend) has come from an S5 and finds the S6 Edge far worse and has tried everything to optimise it. She even sent it back as a fault but they said it was fine. We work together so we know and have compared usage with each other.

69. T.Law

Posts: 423; Member since: May 10, 2014

Troll harder, your ignorance is showing.

70. T.Law

Posts: 423; Member since: May 10, 2014

Troll harder, your ignorance is showing.

75. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Ahh of course, Androidarena, I forgot only one opinion is allowed here...

92. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

Ignore all haters but some people likeTyrion was quite unbiased, my old Galaxy device was bad when it comes to standby mode my iPad 4 can last 2 or maybe 3 weeks since i rarely use it where my Note 10.1 only last 4-5 days. It all depend on how you use your device my coworker iPhone always connected to his mac because their battery life wasn't good, whenever it hits 20% the device shut down & won't turn on unless it connected to electrical outlet. Faulty device? many of my friends facing the same problem.

112. Fire5

Posts: 315; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

Travel to the moon and back and the answer is the same. iPhone 6 has the worst battery market, now if we talk about the iPhone 6 plus then t say it has a very good battery.

41. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

I charge it one time per 2-3 days ( Sonim XP7 )

64. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1260; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

I am in minority option D.. I am using Lenovo Vibe P1 with 5000mAh battery...

84. kryme

Posts: 469; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

What type of phone is that?? Does it run android or Windows and xda support It?

88. Acer_Predator unregistered

5000? No one sphone has 5000 yet

111. andynaija

Posts: 1259; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

The BLU Studio Energy 2 has a 5,000 mAh battery.

87. Acer_Predator unregistered

Nexus 5 is the worst phone when it co. Es to battery.. I have mate 7 and charge every other day..

2. mawi2013

Posts: 67; Member since: Oct 18, 2014

I charge my G4 to full in the morning and that usually lasts through the day

3. DanishDynamite

Posts: 47; Member since: Feb 28, 2013

Why isn't there an option for twice a day? i think that there are more people, who charge their phone twice a day, than there are people who charge their phone every three days.

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