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    Hey all

    So I noticed in some battery usage threads, some people are claiming crazy good battery life IMO, like 12 hours and 50% life still left. Honestly my razr is lasting me about 12 hours with moderate use... Can you guys share what settings you are currently running and tips to maximize battery life?

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    Well there is the obveous (sp?) things to do, like screen brightness to auto, the dim display setting, 4G LTE -> 3G, Battery extender smart action is a good one too. But if you are using your phone a lot, I suggest running the display at 10-20% brightness, or even at 0%. Screen will always be the biggest consumer of battery life.

    On the thunderbolt assisted dialing pulled a lot of juice, so perhaps disable that.
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    I have display brightness widget we'd that's set to zero. here's an idea. Why the hell so you need 4g on 24/7? Use it when you need it. And lastly, this is a phone... treat it as such. don't use the damn every waking moment!
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    Quote Originally Posted by delco714 View Post
    I have display brightness widget we'd that's set to zero. here's an idea. Why the hell so you need 4g on 24/7? Use it when you need it. And lastly, this is a phone... treat it as such. don't use the damn every waking moment!
    To u it might be a phone. To me it's my third arm. I use my cell phone as much add I can. I use it as a computer, mp3 player, tv, social networking, movies, sex, long walks on the beach with a full moon on the horizon while the seagulls crap on my picnic........


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    Only thing I would advise is since LTE is still kinda new to use it when needed. For watching Netflix out n about maybe use it. Downloading apps and whatnot, web browsing, use it.

    For me, I live n work in a bad reception area. That will drain a battery for a 3G phone so you can imagine what it does for 4G. In my case, at home I'm already used to using Wifi from my Droid X1. I suspect folks in a very strong or stronger 4G area will see better battery life than someone like me.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bond32 View Post
    Well there is the obveous (sp?) things to do, like screen brightness to auto, the dim display setting, 4G LTE -> 3G, Battery extender smart action is a good one too. But if you are using your phone a lot, I suggest running the display at 10-20% brightness, or even at 0%. Screen will always be the biggest consumer of battery life.

    On the thunderbolt assisted dialing pulled a lot of juice, so perhaps disable that.

    Yea, brightness down and dim display setting is good. I dont use auto brightness, I just set it manually or I may use a brightness widget. I've read that this type of battery doesnt need this but it seems like its gotten better since Fri, like conditioning the battery/phone for better battery life.
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    I use battery extender, auto brightness, turned off animations, the usual gps/wifi/bluetooth off. 4G been on all the time, I've got 19% left after 23hr 50m.
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    Yea forgot about the animations off. Its something I do on my desktop PC's too.
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    1.The display is for sure a major battery user but you can reduce the amount of drain without setting you brightness to zero. Super amoled display use almost no power when displaying black so if you don't mind having a black background you can save a lot of battery that way.

    2. Set everything that syncs to your phone to the max you can live with. If you don't need your email to sync every 15min set it for 1hr or longer.

    3. Use the smart action feature to turn off cell data when connected to WiFi. ( GPS must be left on for smart action to work)

    4. Use only the widgets you need. Sure having the screen full of all the information you need without having to dig for it is great but if its there for show your just burning up battery.

    5. Never let you battery fully drain. This can cause damage to the battery by reducing its life cycles and its capacity. Try to keep it above 20% and fully charge whenever possible with the home charger.
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    3. Use the smart action feature to turn off cell data when connected to WiFi. ( GPS must be left on for smart action to work)
    This is a great idea, and one I had not thought of. I just created this, and sure enough...the 4G LTE indicator went away. I have to think this will make a big difference. I can't think of any drawback...can anyone else?

    Thanks for sharing!
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    I found one downside. With cellular data disable you can't receive MMS messages.
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    Quote Originally Posted by woodyg8 View Post
    3. Use the smart action feature to turn off cell data when connected to WiFi. ( GPS must be left on for smart action to work)
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    I dont believe this is necessary as the phone will automatically use Wifi for data when it is connected.

    This is how you can tell.

    If the 3G/4G icon is blue then you are using cell data.. however when your phone is connected to WiFi you will notice that the 3G/4G icon is now white. When the icon is white your phone is using WiFi for data and not cell data.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kilofox View Post
    I dont believe this is necessary as the phone will automatically use Wifi for data when it is connected.

    This is how you can tell.

    If the 3G/4G icon is blue then you are using cell data.. however when your phone is connected to WiFi you will notice that the 3G/4G icon is now white. When the icon is white your phone is using WiFi for data and not cell data.
    I've noticed that when the wifi icon is blue, sometimes the 3G or 4G icon pops up. When it does, it's blue as well. I would think wifi would automatically turn off cellular data, but maybe it's just running in the background or something, not so sure. And I'm wondering if the phone should deep cycle once a month by letting the battery run all the way out before fully charging. As it is now, I've been charging the phone once it's gets around 30%. I'm not big on letting it charge overnight because it stays on the charger longer than it needs to and that's not great for the battery. I'm waiting to see how the battery settles after this first week.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dontlookatme View Post
    To u it might be a phone. To me it's my third arm. I use my cell phone as much add I can. I use it as a computer, mp3 player, tv, social networking, movies, sex, long walks on the beach with a full moon on the horizon while the seagulls crap on my picnic........


    Sent from my SCH-I800 using Tapatalk
    I apologize. I also use it for sex.
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    Quote Originally Posted by delco714 View Post
    I apologize. I also use it for sex.
    Hahaha.

    But seriously, I think its strange smart actions require wifi. I want to turn wifi on and off when I come and leave from home...

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    If smart actions used GPS instead of WiFi, you would need the GPS ALWAYS active and that would more than negate any battery savings smart actions can provide.
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    I'm just going to stick to the nighttime settings in smart actions since wifi is required for the location based stuff. Have to admit it's a little disappointing, but I still like the fact that I can set times to conserve battery life when I'm asleep. It helps out.
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    My battery has been ABYSMAL. I've had to practically re-charge the RAZR twice TODAY.

    -Wifi OFF
    -Brightness OFF
    -4G OFF
    -No USE (I teach during the day)
    -2 email accounts at 30 min. fetch
    -No widgets
    -ADW Launcer

    From 6 am to 10 am -- went from 100%-75%. I was at 17% by 12:30 pm.

    I'm stunned...
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    Yeah, I find myself reaching for the charger a couple times a day as well when it get's down to like 30% or so. It doesn't take long, and I'm not even close to being a power user either. I would be lying if I said I didn't see this coming though. I knew I was going to be babysitting the phone alot. I mean, smart actions was a focal point for selling the phone at the announcement. That told me that battery life was not going to be good. I can live with it, honestly. I like the phone too much to return it and charging it isn't a big problem. It would be great if the battery settled in within the next few days, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by paul-c View Post
    Yeah, I find myself reaching for the charger a couple times a day as well when it get's down to like 30% or so. It doesn't take long, and I'm not even close to being a power user either. I would be lying if I said I didn't see this coming though. I knew I was going to be babysitting the phone alot. I mean, smart actions was a focal point for selling the phone at the announcement. That told me that battery life was not going to be good. I can live with it, honestly. I like the phone too much to return it and charging it isn't a big problem. It would be great if the battery settled in within the next few days, though.
    Hope your words ring true! If its not SOMEWHAT normal by the end of the week, I might have to return or exchange. 30% in 2 hours for an IDLE phone is uncalled for.
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    I hope it gets better quickly for you. The way you're talking about losing that much battery while it's idle, I would swear we were talking about my old Palm Pre 2.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gags1892 View Post
    Hope your words ring true! If its not SOMEWHAT normal by the end of the week, I might have to return or exchange. 30% in 2 hours for an IDLE phone is uncalled for.
    What apps do you have installed? Try disabling background data and see what happens.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gags1892 View Post
    My battery has been ABYSMAL. I've had to practically re-charge the RAZR twice TODAY.

    -Wifi OFF
    -Brightness OFF
    -4G OFF
    -No USE (I teach during the day)
    -2 email accounts at 30 min. fetch
    -No widgets
    -ADW Launcer

    From 6 am to 10 am -- went from 100%-75%. I was at 17% by 12:30 pm.

    I'm stunned...
    That was me for some of the day. Then on wifi for the majority rest. I have 18% left after almost 17 hr. Lots of texts, emails, Facebook, some phone calls, and tapatalk a plenty. I am loving this battery personally.
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    Freezing some apps can help too, just make sure you freeze the right ones. I have the IM app as well as slacker/lastfm, and all the verizon video/ringtone apps frozen. Even if it doesnt help, at least you get rid of some of that app drawer clutter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DanH View Post
    What apps do you have installed? Try disabling background data and see what happens.
    But I NEED my background data? School emails are extremely important...

    I'm hoping, again, that by Friday this changes!
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    I have installed CPU Usage Plus to see what has been slowing my phone down, and killing my battery in the past. I tested my Razr overnight and found that in 10 hours of being on, wifi, background data enabled it only dropped 20%. However, if I actually use it, 6-12 hours at best on a charge.
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