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    After failing to secure a Nexus 4 after Google's horrific first launch, I decided to just go to T-Mobile and renew my contract and upgrade to the LG Nexus 4. Wow. The phone is amazing. Blazing fast and a great design. Only problem is...the battery life. I won't say it's the worst battery life I've ever had but being that it's the Nexus 4 (Google's flagship Android device) this thing's battery sucks! I've seen reviewers online showing snapshots of their Nexus getting 14 hours+ with like 3 hour screen time and I have no idea how they do it. I'm not a tech expert and certainly not an Android expert but I know my way and I know the basics and I've tried adjusting settings, removing apps, factory reset, etc. but to no avail.

    Some background info:
    -Before the Nexus 4 I owned a Samsung Galaxy S3 (literally 3 weeks before) on Sprint but I returned it and cancelled my contract for this very same reason.
    -The phone is new, purchased 3 days after the initial release (T-Mobile).
    -I reside in Queens, NY. Service is excellent, around 95% of the time on 4G, full bars.
    -Apps that I installed the first day I got the phone: Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, Handcent, Handcent Emoji Plugin, ESPN, Bank of America, Google Drive, Temple Run, Fruit Ninja. I installed Apex home-launcher.
    -After the first 3 days or so the battery life was so horrible that I decided to factory reset the phone to try and see if that would fix the problem but that was a fail.
    -After resetting it I did not install any 3rd party apps and tested the phone for a day to see if that would help but same result.

    Steps I've taken in order to try and get the amazing battery life that this device is supposed to offer: (After the factory reset)

    • Only 3rd party apps installed Twicca, Tumblr, Instagram, Handcent, and Bank of America. Stock Android keyboard.
    • Vibrate on key press is disabled.
    • Pop-up is disabled on Handcent, notification LED light is solid.
    • Disabled Location Services: Google Now is disabled, GPS, etc.
    • Disabled the Google Now hotword detection so it doesn't activate when I say "Google"
    • NFC is disabled
    • Autosync is disabled for all 3rd party apps.
    • Auto brightness is enabled


    The screen shots below are from today (11/27/12). Instagram, Twicca, Tumblr, e-mail, texting, web browsing here and there, that's it. I unplugged the phone at 10:30 am (Fully charged overnight) and by 7 pm it was at 6%! You can argue that the 3 and a half hour screen time might have had something to do with it but the above list should do more than compensate for it! Besides, the Nexus 4 should be able to handle this screen time and still present way more longevity. And my battery doesn't just die fast, it DRAINS. All apps are closed and I can be using just Handcent and from sending and receiving a couple texts my phone would go from 99% to 95 in literally like 2 minutes! I know that's not normal. I know it can't be the network affecting it because I had the S3 (and on a different carrier) as stated before and it would do the same thing. I doubt I could be so unlucky that this drainage problem would happen two times in a row with two different phones on two different carriers. I'm starting to believe it's just Android and I'm considering getting the iPhone 5 because I've become so frustrated with this problem. I don't want to but I can't afford being stuck with a phone that is supposed to be superb in battery life but fails drastically. So can anyone help me identify the problem and tell me what I can do to try and fix it? And is anyone else having this same issue with the battery drainage or is it just me?
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    Is your signal always that low? That could be a huge cause for your battery loss. The lower the signal the more power the phone uses to try to get a stronger signal.

    Just a thought.
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    No, that was just an unlucky coincidence at the time of the screen shot. Around 95% of the time I have 4G with full bars.
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    Quote Originally Posted by iortiz55 View Post
    No, that was just an unlucky coincidence at the time of the screen shot. Around 95% of the time I have 4G with full bars.
    Seems perfectly normal. U got 3.5 hrs of screen on time where do u see a problem? I've had over 10 android devices and almost every phone has been between 2.5-3.5hrs of screen on time no matter the manufacturer. Unless u get a phone with extended battery I wouldn't expect much more than 3 hours of screen on time if u are on 3g for that period of time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ryanr509 View Post
    Seems perfectly normal. U got 3.5 hrs of screen on time where do u see a problem? I've had over 10 android devices and almost every phone has been between 2.5-3.5hrs of screen on time no matter the manufacturer. Unless u get a phone with extended battery I wouldn't expect much more than 3 hours of screen on time if u are on 3g for that period of time.

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    I disabled so many features, basically dumbing down my device, and 8 hours is all I can get? NO WAY. Even with the 3.5 screen time that's not normal. Chris Chavez reviewed the Nexus 4 on Phandroid and he got 14 hours on the same screen time as mine. And if that was normal, what about my second point, what about the drainage? 5% in less than two minutes from PURE TEXTING? Idk. Nexus 4 and Android overall would be a huge disappointment if this was considered normal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by majiklantrn View Post
    Is your signal always that low? That could be a huge cause for your battery loss. The lower the signal the more power the phone uses to try to get a stronger signal.

    Just a thought.
    No, that was just an unlucky coincidence at the time of the screen shot. Around 95% of the time I have 4G with full bars.
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    Quote Originally Posted by iortiz55 View Post
    I disabled so many features, basically dumbing down my device, and 8 hours is all I can get? NO WAY. Even with the 3.5 screen time that's not normal. Chris Chavez reviewed the Nexus 4 on Phandroid and he got 14 hours on the same screen time as mine. And if that was normal, what about my second point, what about the drainage? 5% in less than two minutes from PURE TEXTING? Idk. Nexus 4 and Android overall would be a huge disappointment if this was considered normal.
    I could make my phone look like it gets amazing battery life to. Go to sleep lose what maybe 10% over 8-10 hours then use it another 10 hours when I get up get 3 hours of screen on time and bam looks like I got 20 hours with 3 hours screen on time. Personally I've noticed disabling things other than GPS has very small effects on battery. I used to keep auto sync off no Facebook or email syncing no GPS wifi BT and screen on lowest brightness setting and would get maybe another 30 minutes screen on time. U really won't get much better than 3.5 hours screen on time while on 3g with any phone unless u get extended battery or a razr maxx.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ryanr509 View Post
    I could make my phone look like it gets amazing battery life to. Go to sleep lose what maybe 10% over 8-10 hours then use it another 10 hours when I get up get 3 hours of screen on time and bam looks like I got 20 hours with 3 hours screen on time. Personally I've noticed disabling things other than GPS has very small effects on battery. I used to keep auto sync off no Facebook or email syncing no GPS wifi BT and screen on lowest brightness setting and would get maybe another 30 minutes screen on time. U really won't get much better than 3.5 hours screen on time while on 3g with any phone unless u get extended battery or a razr maxx.

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I717 using Android Central Forums
    Yeah that makes sense. I understand how that's true. But again, what about the drainage? why do I lose 3-5% in less than 5 min when all I'm doing is texting?
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    you know it takes a good 2 weeks for you batt life to get better, make sure your conditioning the battery right... you havent had it that long and your probably still using it more than you normally would
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    Quote Originally Posted by iortiz55 View Post
    Yeah that makes sense. I understand how that's true. But again, what about the drainage? why do I lose 3-5% in less than 5 min when all I'm doing is texting?
    I lost 3% just typing out that message on my phone. Just wait a week or 2 for ur battery to get conditioned and I wouldn't worry about losing that battery percentage if u are still getting 3-3.5 hrs screen on time. For me I use a medium brightness setting GPS wifi BT off unless I'm using them and my Gmail isn't on auto sync. Facebook syncs every 30 minutes I believe and that's about it. I've had that on all my androids and havent noticed much difference with all of those things turned down or off

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dramer77 View Post
    you know it takes a good 2 weeks for you batt life to get better, make sure your conditioning the battery right... you havent had it that long and your probably still using it more than you normally would
    Can you elaborate? What do you mean by conditioning the battery right?
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    If 3.5 hours screen on time is typical then it won't get any better than that. You'll just have to manage when you use that screen on time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dragonsamus View Post
    If 3.5 hours screen on time is typical then it won't get any better than that. You'll just have to manage when you use that screen on time.

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    That's disappointing...
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    Quote Originally Posted by iortiz55 View Post
    That's disappointing...
    What were u expecting? This is a powerful smartphone with an average battery capacity maybe a little above average. I'd say 3hrs screen on time is a good average out of most of the android phones out. What phones did u have before this?

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    well when you first get the phone you want to use it till it almost dies then fully charge it, and try not to do alot of short charges here and there after that.. it will help with long term batt life if the first few charge cycles you drain it down and fully charge it..
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    The only time I was dissapointed with battery life was coming from the iPhone 4 where I'd get 4-5 hrs screen on time to my razr where I'd get 2.5. And when we got 4g lte. But I've come to realize most of my androids get around 3hrs. I've had the note,gs2,razr,Droid x,incredible,galaxy nexus,evo 4g, evo 3d. And all of those phones were between 2-3hrs screen on time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ryanr509 View Post
    What were u expecting? This is a powerful smartphone with an average battery capacity maybe a little above average. I'd say 3hrs screen on time is a good average out of most of the android phones out. What phones did u have before this?

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    I wanted to be able to get around 3 to 5 hour screen time with the phone on battery from around 8 am to around 11 pm when I go to bed.
    -Galaxy S3
    -BlackBerry Storm
    -G1
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    Quote Originally Posted by ryanr509 View Post
    The only time I was dissapointed with battery life was coming from the iPhone 4 where I'd get 4-5 hrs screen on time to my razr where I'd get 2.5. And when we got 4g lte. But I've come to realize most of my androids get around 3hrs. I've had the note,gs2,razr,Droid x,incredible,galaxy nexus,evo 4g, evo 3d. And all of those phones were between 2-3hrs screen on time.

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    So I'm thinking about getting the iPhone 5 then. But I'm still skeptical, heard it's not that much better in terms of battery life. Cause having a long-lasting battery is the number one thing I look for in a smart phone. I would get the RAZR but I don't want Verizon and their prices haha
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    Quote Originally Posted by iortiz55 View Post
    I wanted to be able to get around 3 to 5 hour screen time with the phone on battery from around 8 am to around 11 pm when I go to bed.
    -Galaxy S3
    -BlackBerry Storm
    -G1
    So 15 hours with 3-5 screen on tine is do able. But not if use all your screen on tine within the first 7 hours of the phone being unplugged.if I let my phone sit for 10 hours at work almost untouched with maybe 10 texts I can leave work with about 80% battery and still go home and get 2.5 or so hours of screen on time. But most of the time I'm constantly on my phone and get that 2.5-3hrs within the first 6 hours of being unplugged. Just depends on how u use ur phone. Just goes to show how fast the screen drains the battery. Also if u have access to wifi that helps save a lot of battery. On my note I average about 2.5-3hrs screen on time on hspa+. When at home on wifi I can get around 4 hours screen on time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iortiz55 View Post
    So I'm thinking about getting the iPhone 5 then. But I'm still skeptical, heard it's not that much better in terms of battery life. Cause having a long-lasting battery is the number one thing I look for in a smart phone. I would get the RAZR but I don't want Verizon and their prices haha
    Ya my iPhone 4 had the best battery in a phone I've had. Not sure if it was the small screen software or hardware or a combination. Also u can look into the mophie juice packs and there is also another brand that is a case/battery which would be nice. Extra 1500mah plus protection. 1500 mah would probably give u another 2 hours of screen on time.power skin is the other one. I've thought about getting a razr but can justify leaving straight talk for $50 a month to go pay $120 and charge my phone 1 time less per day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ryanr509 View Post
    Ya my iPhone 4 had the best battery in a phone I've had. Not sure if it was the small screen software or hardware or a combination. Also u can look into the mophie juice packs and there is also another brand that is a case/battery which would be nice. Extra 1500mah plus protection. 1500 mah would probably give u another 2 hours of screen on time.power skin is the other one. I've thought about getting a razr but can justify leaving straight talk for $50 a month to go pay $120 and charge my phone 1 time less per day.

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    That's a large chunk of change to drop haha All I can do is hope the battery gets better after time Yeah. My friend has an iPhone 4 too and she regularly gets 5+ hrs screen time with a single charge. That's incredible. I considered getting Sprint but I've read that the 5 on Sprint is horrific. And don't get me wrong I LOVE my Nexus 4 but I was really expecting the same numbers as the iphone 4 in terms of battery life.
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    That reminds me, are there any special procedures you need to do with the Nexus 4 to prolong battery life? As in, do you have to do any of that "charge for like 10 hours and then drain completely" stuff?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cookiesui View Post
    That reminds me, are there any special procedures you need to do with the Nexus 4 to prolong battery life? As in, do you have to do any of that "charge for like 10 hours and then drain completely" stuff?
    U haven't had to do that for a while.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iortiz55 View Post
    That's a large chunk of change to drop haha All I can do is hope the battery gets better after time Yeah. My friend has an iPhone 4 too and she regularly gets 5+ hrs screen time with a single charge. That's incredible. I considered getting Sprint but I've read that the 5 on Sprint is horrific. And don't get me wrong I LOVE my Nexus 4 but I was really expecting the same numbers as the iphone 4 in terms of battery life.
    Ya I was hoping the sake thing. I'm hoping they make one of the mophie juice pack or powerskin battery cases for the nexus 4 because that would be great

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    42% of your total battery life was consumed by your screen...

    I don't know about you, but when I have a new phone I tend to play with it a lot for the first week or so which results in far more "on" time than I have once I settle down and integrate the device into my life. In a day or two the newness will wear off and you will likely see some improvement in battery life.

    You might also consider changing your display setting from automatic to somewhere in the 20% range and see how that works out for you - I think you will find that even when turned down that low, it is still surprisingly bright (and usable) in nearly all circumstances.
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