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    Default Galaxy S4 major battery drain issues.

    Hello. I have an galaxy s4 for about 1 week and the Gsam Battery Monitor show that my battery is draining 28.5%/hour . I left the phone in IDLE with everything off: Wifi/Sync/Screen on the lowest setting , etc.. And still my battery can't stay on more than 4 hours in idle..
    Please help if you can with and advice or something.. I have android 4.4.2. Idle temp is around 30-32 Celsius. When playing games is 36-40.
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    Perhaps you should look for apps that use location services, those are battery hogs.

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    Yeah ivev got same problem had my galaxy s4 now for about 2 weeks and battery life was amazing until 2 days ago when I woke up and my phone had switched itself off from a 100% charge it's driving me nuts that it can't get thru the night I've done 2 factory resets but still the android system drains my battery. I called my carrier explained the problem and they are sending me a new battery although I doubt that will change anything as the battery I've got is brand new and nothing wrong with it.yeah it just happened I didn't change any settings or download any apps any help/advice greatly appreciated

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    Are you all on KitKat?

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    Yup, I suck too. Verizon running 4.4.2, or as I like to call it, Android's worst update ever.

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    I have changed the battery with a new one but nothing... i don't have any SYNC OR LOCATION apps running in backround.. my battery drains very fast on any situation. I want to send the phone back to get my money and buy a new one. Or i don't know ... i read all the forums but no resolve for me Please help if you can.
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    Yeah running on kit kat but it's not like I updated to kit kat it was like this out of the box and like a said battery life was excellent until recently it won't even get me thru the night off a full charge each morning I wake my phone is drained and turned off

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    I've been on 4.4.2. since it came out, and I'm not seeing the drainage issues others are reporting here. I still go 2 days with heavy use, lots of wi-fi and browsing, reddit, and close to 4 or 4.5 hours of screen time. When I read books on my device, I can even extend it to 5 or 5.5 hours sometimes. I have no battery saving apps and I'm not rooted. I don't know why I'm not seeing the discrepancy, but KitKat gives me the best battery life I've had for this device.
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    Same issues, Calin. Have hard reset and it still drains in 4 hours. Randomly restarts due to overheating as well. Horrible update.
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    Its something that we can do ? Downgrade or idk .. ?
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    I don't have your phone, I have a Galaxy Nexus, but I upgraded to KitKat and started seeing problems then. This was after using all the normal methods to get excellent battery life back on Jellybean. System monitoring, Google Location services off, removal of apps. But once I upgraded, nothing out of the ordinary showed up. I even ran the phone in safe mode and had the same problem which is a true indicator that it is something in the system. Plus my Nexus tablet does the same thing.

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    So you are suggest a downgrade ?
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    No. I'm hopping someone figures out what is causing it so it can be disabled, just like Google App Location Services in Jellybean.

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    I hope this cross posts. It's another G4 thread and if you click the "originally posted by" link, it should take you to it. Other suggestions include uninstalling RAM monitors like Clean Master.

    Quote Originally Posted by JLTEEXO View Post
    OKOKOK GUYS. I THINK I KNOW WHY IT KEEPS BUGGING THAT WAY. After 2 months, I finally might figured out what went wrong with the lockscreen, the warm up problem and the fast battery drain!

    So, I did try to reset my device before already and the problem would still occur, but this time it was different. I reset it again without backing up anything or downloading anything (just to test it) and my s4 survived!

    1. Google map / GPS or any application that reads your location are what cause the fast battery drain and the warming up issue.

    What I suggest you to do is : go to
    settings > more tab > application manager > look for Google Map > clear cache and clear data. Do this everytime after you're done using Google Map only!

    If you don't need your GPS, keep it off and try to not allow applications to read your location as it keeps making your device running all the time...

    2. Device cleaners apps, battery savers apps and antivirus are what making the screen stays black (won't wake up)

    I don't know why but just uninstall it.. Jelly Bean used to support it but I do not know why it's acting up with Kit Kat. And yes, I did the test! Since the last reset, I tired to install only phew applications day by day until I installed AVG antivirus, DU Battery Booster, DU Speed Booster and the "stuck on black screen" came back and I had to reset my phone all over aaagain.

    It's been 2 weeks now and I got no more problems! ; Much better battery life (only lose around 1-3% per hour now when idle) , no more excessive warming up and no more blackout! Happy me!!

    You don't have to make a hard reset like me! Just make sure everything that has to do with your location utilisation remains off and unistall any cleaners apps or antivirus! Then restart your device for a last time and it should be fine.

    Feel free to tell us if that worked for you or not!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cali Calin View Post
    I have changed the battery with a new one but nothing... i don't have any SYNC OR LOCATION apps running in backround.. my battery drains very fast on any situation. I want to send the phone back to get my money and buy a new one. Or i don't know ... i read all the forums but no resolve for me Please help if you can.
    Cali, install "app ops starter" from the play store which which give you access to the permissions used by your apps. Once you do this you can switch off permissions like location, keep awake etc for many of your apps. This will help your battery. By using app ops starter I think I may have found the problem, at least on my S4. Once the camera is used, despite being closed, it continues to run in the background. The only way to stop it is a reboot. In saying that, even by doing all of the above, my battery is still draining quicker than it was on 4.3, maybe time to root !
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    Well I found a fox cope me at least, I done another factory reset but this time I didn't install my Samsung and Google accounts and hey presto the battery was amazing again. Anyway I slowly added my accounts one by one and found it was something in the Google account maybe an app that was causing the drain anyway I deleted all the apps and am sorely adding them again one by one hope this helps for others to

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    Quote Originally Posted by c_j2020 View Post
    Cali, install "app ops starter" from the play store which which give you access to the permissions used by your apps. Once you do this you can switch off permissions like location, keep awake etc for many of your apps. This will help your battery. By using app ops starter I think I may have found the problem, at least on my S4. Once the camera is used, despite being closed, it continues to run in the background. The only way to stop it is a reboot. In saying that, even by doing all of the above, my battery is still draining quicker than it was on 4.3, maybe time to root !
    Interesting that you say that because I found that when I use my camera the drain noticeably accelerates. I assumed it was the flash. Google has a new camera in the Play Store (Google Camera). I wonder if using that would just be better?

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    i send my phone to warranty.. i hope they will resolve the problem.
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    I charged my phone, removed it from the charger, came back a few hours later and it was at 82%. Checked the battery setting - 2 hr 38 min on battery, Android OS - Keep Awake, 2 hr 32 mins. So, there you go.

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    My phone come back from warranty and is good. The problem was the mainboard.
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    To fix my KitKat battery issue, I disabled background data. Not only does the battery last, the phone no longer overheats. It's a pain if you need emails in real time but I don't and just check it periodically.

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    Hi. Since kit kat upgrade the battery life is totally reduced. 1% per hour without use and 20% per hour with internet or phone use. All backgrounds reduced. Use of the excellent gsam application. Any idea before switch to next iPhone?

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    I would charge my battery overnight to 100%. 4 hours later the battery would be at 10%. This has only happened in the last 2 weeks. My phone would also be red hot after charging After reading other forums I have done the following

    1. Turned off motions and gestures and Air View from the Settings. I didnt really use these anyway
    2. Turned of Use GPS Satellite from the Location in Settings
    3. Clicked Power Saving Mode from the drag down menu
    4. Disabled sync in the Settings - Accounts for all the accounts
    5. Downloaded Battery Booster Lite
    6. Deleted the last 3-4 apps I downloaded - could have been a rogue app
    7. Turned off Wi-Fi when I was not in a Wi-Fi area.
    8. Deleted cleaner apps. Manually deleted cache etc from the Settings-More-Applications Manager

    Nothing worked. I still had the same problems as before up until yesterday. I read on another forum that the sd card drains the battery on the S4. I took out my sd card. Simple as that. It worked. I have taken my phone off charge 3 1/2 hours ago. Battery is at 80%. Would have been down to 30% or less when I had the issues.

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