1. PowrDroid's Avatar
    Went to bed last night with battery life showing 60% remaining after starting fully charged. This was a typical day of use and I usually get to bedtime on battery day #2 before I need to recharge. Imagine my surprise when I looked at my phone today and I had only 30% battery remaining! Looked at the battery monitor and WeatherBug had used 18% of the battery. Seems it was awake for hours. I hadn't changed any settings and I had previously not noticed any battery drain from WeatherBug. (Settings are on update every 30 minutes, and I have location services off.)

    So I uninstalled WeatherBug and am charging my phone to 100%, whereupon I will reinstall WeatherBug, adjust the settings and see what happens with battery life.

    Is this the proper procedure when an app suddenly starts using a lot of battery--uninstall and reinstall, then monitor battery use?
    01-15-2015 11:28 AM
  2. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Usually, the first thing I do is to force stop the app, and see if the battery drain recurs. Or I might do a simple reboot of the phone.
    01-15-2015 11:56 AM
  3. Toes Up's Avatar
    I force stop the app as well. Sometimes it helps, sometimes it isn't a long term fix. For example, awhile back I had the 1 Weather widget installed, but for some reason it started to eat a lot of battery. Nothing seemed to work so I permanently uninstalled it. Perhaps it is better now, but I haven't tried it recently.
    01-15-2015 12:25 PM
  4. UnlockedOnly's Avatar
    weatherbug does not even show up on my battery monitor and its the first app i installed when i bought my turbo. i use it at least 10 times a day.
    01-16-2015 08:59 AM
  5. mobrules's Avatar
    In developer options I changed the background process limit from standard to 4. From what I've read it stops apps from running in the background. I use a task killer app and I've had that sometimes shows 10+ apps running without being used. Amazon is usually the worst. Unfortunately I use the apps regularly, but run the task killer app and that combined with the background processes it seems to help
    01-16-2015 09:52 AM
  6. DatabaseMX's Avatar
    "I use a task killer app and I've had that sometimes shows 10+ apps running without being used. Amazon is usually the worst."
    Ditto on Amazon apps suite. Seems to start up even though I Force Stop it ... and ... I have never used it. So, question:
    If I actually Disable the Amazon apps (until I really intend to use them) ... does that remove the app(s) from the master App list ?
    (Seems I did Disable some app a while back ... and it was no longer in the app list at all).
    And if so ... then I assume you can always install it again from the Store ?

    thx
    01-16-2015 05:50 PM
  7. Rukbat's Avatar
    Task killer apps kill the battery. If Android needs a task running and the task killer kills it, Android will reload it. The task killer will kill it, and Android will reload it. Over and over, until the battery does or you uninstall the app written by someone who thinks that all operating systems are windows.

    As far as the OP, first check to see if Weatherbug is running in the background. If it is, it shouldn't be. Use Wakelock Detector to see what's keeping the phone awake. (See Wakelock detector with non-rooted phone if the phone isn't rooted.)

    30% isn't catastrophic, but 40% should be the minimum regular charging point.
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    01-16-2015 06:31 PM
  8. PowrDroid's Avatar
    As far as the OP, first check to see if Weatherbug is running in the background. If it is, it shouldn't be. Use Wakelock Detector to see what's keeping the phone awake. (See Wakelock detector with non-rooted phone if the phone isn't rooted.)
    WeatherBug is not running in the background. So far today it is responsible for 3% of battery usage.

    I downloaded Wakelock Detector but it won't run on my phone since I have a Turbo, it obviously is not-rooted. I did not want to monkey with the alternative directions, esp. when they stated that MotoX needs special instructions, so I uninstalled it. Are there any other apps that would monitor wake times? What will GSam battery do for me?
    01-16-2015 07:08 PM
  9. mobrules's Avatar
    "I use a task killer app and I've had that sometimes shows 10+ apps running without being used. Amazon is usually the worst."
    Ditto on Amazon apps suite. Seems to start up even though I Force Stop it ... and ... I have never used it. So, question:
    If I actually Disable the Amazon apps (until I really intend to use them) ... does that remove the app(s) from the master App list ?
    (Seems I did Disable some app a while back ... and it was no longer in the app list at all).
    And if so ... then I assume you can always install it again from the Store ?

    thx
    The Amazon master app list stays the same. I found apps and games in there bought years ago. I don't think disabling it causes any harm. Mine runs in the background but I do watch prime movies and shows usually weekly. I disabled the app store on my Nexus 10 and Amazon popped up saying some apps wouldn't run without it. However it did not say which ones. I imagine the video player is one of them.
    01-16-2015 09:45 PM
  10. mobrules's Avatar
    WeatherBug is not running in the background. So far today it is responsible for 3% of battery usage.

    I downloaded Wakelock Detector but it won't run on my phone since I have a Turbo, it obviously is not-rooted. I did not want to monkey with the alternative directions, esp. when they stated that MotoX needs special instructions, so I uninstalled it. Are there any other apps that would monitor wake times? What will GSam battery do for me?
    Gsam will. Under the app sucker screen there's a drop down menu to view wake locks. I use it regularly.
    01-16-2015 09:47 PM
  11. B. Diddy's Avatar
    I believe GSam still requires root in order to view wakelock data.
    01-16-2015 11:24 PM
  12. mobrules's Avatar
    I don't believe so. I use the paid version so I don't know if that makes a difference.
    Attached Thumbnails What to do if App Starts Sucking Battery Life?-1421508822404.jpg  
    01-17-2015 10:33 AM
  13. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Hmm, maybe they found out a way to overcome the restrictions that were implemented in KitKat--it's why I had uninstalled GSam from my phone. I'll reinstall it and check it out.
    01-17-2015 01:13 PM
  14. Javier P's Avatar
    I have Gsam free version and the wakelock feature is there under "app sucker". No root required. Very cryptic though. It's got a built-in button to help you searching in the Web about it.
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    01-17-2015 05:49 PM
  15. Javier P's Avatar
    This is what it looks.
    Attached Thumbnails What to do if App Starts Sucking Battery Life?-1421535015164.jpg  
    01-17-2015 05:49 PM

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