How often do you usually have to charge your phone?

How often do you usually have to charge your phone?
Your display has more pixels than your enormous TV, more processing power than your old laptop, and a better camera than your previous DSLR. The smartphone has truly become an incredible little computing machine. And yet, battery life is nowhere near satisfactory even almost 10 years after the iPhone was first released.

Turns out—and this shouldn't be a surprise—energy is a tough nut to crack. And so even as every variable of the equation gets more and more efficient, we're still firmly stuck in the day-per-charge era for the most part. Or are we? Let's find out.

Take a moment and think about your charging habits (or, more appropriately, needs). How often do you think you charge your phone on average? Once a day or worse? Or are you a happy owner of a device that can make it over the 2-day threshold? Vote below and let's find out!

How often do you usually have to charge your phone? (2016)

I charge it more than once a day
35.66%
I charge it once a day
47.74%
I charge it every other day
12.64%
I charge it every three days or more
3.96%

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94 Comments

1. donrox

Posts: 201; Member since: Jul 18, 2014

Once a day. Overnight. Z3 compact user. i put my phone on charger around 11:45 p.m with around 20% battery left after heavy usage.

62. maherk

Posts: 6876; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Same. Before it was twice a day, usually 3-4 hours before I go to bed. Not the case now with the S7E, I can easily get 7 hrs of sot and still have around 15% of juice left in my phone.

75. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

After using 4G SIM with unlimited data, i charge my phone atleast twice a day...

72. acme64

Posts: 124; Member since: Jul 13, 2015

same phone, i charge every other day or so. i consider myself a light user

2. sebbellic01

Posts: 305; Member since: May 03, 2016

S5, goes through whole day. If using lightly it will last two days.

5. FluffyBled unregistered

Same here!

9. sebbellic01

Posts: 305; Member since: May 03, 2016

Has great SOT with the 6.0 update. Can get 4 hours with it

35. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

you called 4 hours of SOT "great"? I thought "normal" is about 5 hours at least xD

41. Clars123

Posts: 1078; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

4 hours per his usage pattern...rude much?

64. xocomaox

Posts: 200; Member since: Dec 14, 2015

For the S5 it's great.

69. maherk

Posts: 6876; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

For 2+ years old device, it is indeed great.

92. FluffyBled unregistered

Damn ... when did you get 6.0.1? ... I'm not even expecting it till the next 2 months!

93. sebbellic01

Posts: 305; Member since: May 03, 2016

T-Mobile released it for my model (G900T) a couple of weeks ago.

68. iLovesarcasm

Posts: 589; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

Yes Galaxy S5 every other day charging, not worth upgrading to S6.

77. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

How about S7?

94. gsv619

Posts: 54; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

worth it! Using the S7Edge, easily gets me thru the day with moderate usage and at end of the day around 30-40% of charge left. For comparison, i owned a OnePlus 2 before this, it hardly got the thru half a day with the same usage pattern. I use a 4g network btw, if using 3g or 2g, the battery life extends by a nominal margin.

3. EyeSea

Posts: 43; Member since: Jun 04, 2016

The iPhone 6s features battery life that doesn’t quite measure up to rival Android phones, and the same can be said of the iPhone 6s Plus when compared to similarly sized phablets." My S7 lasts longer......

18. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Was that the question in the article? Experiences vary for sure, I've found the opposite - with iP6 vs S6 Edge at least.

19. SenorThrottles

Posts: 284; Member since: Dec 23, 2015

The S6's battery life is pretty poor so not too surprising

65. talon95

Posts: 998; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

Flew back from the San Jose last week and got 6.5h of SOT over the 10h off the charger on my S7e. (which included an hour of games and 2.5h of wifi streaming video) I thought that was pretty decent. That is the only reason I every have to charge more than once a day, traveling.

78. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Well the question was, how often do you charge your phone. Based on the dismal battery-life of the iPhone, not only do you have to charge it everyday, you have to charge it during the day. My phone habits are very low. Things like phone calls or location services use the most power. It takes me 2 days to get 4 hours of onscreen usage from my phone. So I only charge it every other day, unless I use it when I get home which is rare. But phones with less features should last longer than those that don't. I just don't understand how an iPhone goes through its battery so quickly.

30. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 966; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

I go 2 days on my 6S Plus, same as I did with my Note 4 and Note 5. Those all happen to be similarly sized, so I don't see the connection here.

4. mahima

Posts: 729; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

with heavy usage once a day on my redmi note 3. used to be three times a day with lumia 1020.

6. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

I charge it several times a day. Not that it's needed, but it's better for the battery. When I'm behind my desk at work, it's on the charging pad. Unless it's already almost full.

8. phonearenarocks

Posts: 606; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

Really want to know who voted for "I charge it every other day" "I charge it every three days or more" and what phones are they using. They must be making minimal use of their phones. Heavy users will surely need to charge their phone "Everyday" or "More than once a day" Reply to this post Guys!!!!

10. sebbellic01

Posts: 305; Member since: May 03, 2016

I'm pretty sure anyone with a Redmi Note 3 would put that

11. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

8 people with a nokia 3310 ;) But it is possible with a smartphone. My dad uses a LG G2 with no mobile data connection (only wifi). He uses it for calling, texting and a little bit of Whatsapp. And he does 4 days on a full charge.

13. Bankz

Posts: 2543; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

The G2 was a beastly battery monster though

15. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

True and he doesn't use 3/4g which are battery hogs.

46. phonearenarocks

Posts: 606; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

Depends upon usage pattern but is still quite a good performance though. You know what! Most of the people don't even try and give few phones a shot in spite of how good they are. They buy only those they know about due to which many good phones dont sell as much as they deserve to be. On the other hand, iPhones sell in hundreds of millions each year even thought there are many in the market which are lot lot better. #LifeIsSoUnfair.

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