06-27-2015 07:07 AM
70 123
tools
  1. mrsid2201's Avatar
    Hi guys this is my first post here so please forgive me for any mistakes.

    I have a white Samsung galaxy s6 32 gb and I have had it for around 2-3 weeks now and I have slight concerns about the battery life of this phone. I get around 2.5-3 SoT and that is after switching off all the unwanted settings, disabling all the unwanted apps, reducing screen brightness etc.

    I have also tried pixel battery saver but that hasn't helped a lot.

    Is it possible that this could be because of the lollipop memory leak issue and unwanted usage of ram because I seem to be having this problem.

    Is this normal or average battery life or is it possible to get more out of this phone? Should I return it and get a new one because I have heard users getting around 5 hours SoT. Please help me out! Thanks!
    05-26-2015 11:05 AM
  2. deeb215's Avatar
    Hi guys this is my first post here so please forgive me for any mistakes.

    I have a white Samsung galaxy s6 32 gb and I have had it for around 2-3 weeks now and I have slight concerns about the battery life of this phone. I get around 2.5-3 SoT and that is after switching off all the unwanted settings, disabling all the unwanted apps, reducing screen brightness etc.

    I have also tried pixel battery saver but that hasn't helped a lot.

    Is it possible that this could be because of the lollipop memory leak issue and unwanted usage of ram because I seem to be having this problem.

    Is this normal or average battery life or is it possible to get more out of this phone? Should I return it and get a new one because I have heard users getting around 5 hours SoT. Please help me out! Thanks!
    3-5 seems to be the range people are getting. It may get better with an update. Posting screenshots of your battery usage could help tell whether you're S6 has one of the known bugs effecting some users. Also, which carrier may help.
    05-26-2015 12:07 PM
  3. berdinkerdickle's Avatar
    If I just bought a new car and it kept dying on me, I wouldn't go join a forum and ask people how to fix it. I'd take it right back down to the dealership and demand they fix it.
    Wayne Sanders likes this.
    05-26-2015 02:00 PM
  4. Wiggum333's Avatar
    If I just bought a new car and it kept dying on me, I wouldn't go join a forum and ask people how to fix it. I'd take it right back down to the dealership and demand they fix it.
    ^ not the best analogy ...

    This situation would be more like getting your new car and only getting about 15mpg, and asking other people driving the same car if they were getting similar mpg's, or not ... so you can gauge whether or not there is a problem in the first place, or if the car is operating as designed.
    05-26-2015 02:12 PM
  5. anon(5630457)'s Avatar
    Hi guys this is my first post here so please forgive me for any mistakes.

    I have a white Samsung galaxy s6 32 gb and I have had it for around 2-3 weeks now and I have slight concerns about the battery life of this phone. I get around 2.5-3 SoT and that is after switching off all the unwanted settings, disabling all the unwanted apps, reducing screen brightness etc.

    I have also tried pixel battery saver but that hasn't helped a lot.

    Is it possible that this could be because of the lollipop memory leak issue and unwanted usage of ram because I seem to be having this problem.

    Is this normal or average battery life or is it possible to get more out of this phone? Should I return it and get a new one because I have heard users getting around 5 hours SoT. Please help me out! Thanks!
    Another battery life issue thread for the S6. I'm shocked. Shocked!!!1111ELEVENS

    I have no answers for you, but if you're within your 14 day window, trade the S6 in for the G4.
    05-26-2015 02:40 PM
  6. Zoostation's Avatar
    Another battery life issue thread for the S6. I'm shocked. Shocked!!!1111ELEVENS

    I have no answers for you, but if you're within your 14 day window, trade the S6 in for the G4.
    Do you ever have anything more to say other than telling people to dump the S6 for the G4? They are both nice phones.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    BioFanatic and neiljay6 like this.
    05-26-2015 02:56 PM
  7. warpdrive's Avatar
    Another battery life issue thread for the S6. I'm shocked. Shocked!!!1111ELEVENS

    I have no answers for you, but if you're within your 14 day window, trade the S6 in for the G4.
    And this person will just have the same issues with battery life on the G4 due to most battery life issues are carrier software related.

    With that said, if you are complaining of poor battery life or any other issues, it's best to tell us just what carrier you are on because not all S6 are the same. In fact they are all different phones with sometimes different hardware and carrier software added.
    05-26-2015 03:21 PM
  8. Wiggum333's Avatar
    I have to admit I'm sitting here giggling to myself ... not at anyone in this thread, or anything that's been posted about this type of situation. I just was reading your comments about not all S6's being the same, and never really thought that much about it ... but yes, you are right, and if you really think about it, it's just kinda crazy.

    It makes me think of "cordless phones" in a house (assuming people still have land-lines LOL) ... you don't need a specific cordless phone depending on who your telephone provider is. You just buy the phone you like, plug it into the phone line, and you're in business.

    It's a crying shame that cellular network service is as chopped up and segregated as it is, that phones have to be made for each carrier. Forget the bloatware etc. I'm just talking about which type of antenna are in the phone ... how many antenna are in the phone ... which "bands" or "channels" they are set up to use ... which features are enabled/disabled ... so on and so forth.

    I'm sure there's way more about how all this works than I will ever know ... but man, it's a shame that it's not all just one huge network, and you just go buy a phone - whichever phone you prefer, and plug in your sim card from your preferred carrier - and rock on. It just doesn't seem like you should have to wonder how your version of a phone is going to come equipped ... or when your software will get updated, ... Just give me my phone, and let me use it. I will pay for the network service, and for the data as my carrier says I will (and that I agreed to when I chose said carrier) ... and that's that.

    I know i'm just opining pie-in-the-sky ... but one can dream, right?
    Enahmir and Denisej like this.
    05-26-2015 03:28 PM
  9. Rukbat's Avatar
    It makes me think of "cordless phones" in a house (assuming people still have land-lines LOL) ... you don't need a specific cordless phone depending on who your telephone provider is. You just buy the phone you like, plug it into the phone line, and you're in business.

    It's a crying shame that cellular network service is as chopped up and segregated as it is, that phones have to be made for each carrier.
    A cordless phone is analog - and analog voice is analog voice. s long as the phone can handle about 300-3,000Hz, it can handle everyone's voice.

    Cellphones are digital, and there are about 15 different ways to digitize an analog signal (like a voice), and different companies were allied with different chip or technology companies, so we now have 2 totally different cellphone technologies. (You don't need a different phone for each carrier, any unlocked GSM phone that has the right frequency radios will work with any GSM carrier.)

    Remember history, though. At one time you couldn't buy whatever phone you wanted - the Bell System gave you a phone and charged you for it every month - for decades. Even if you had your own phone (and it would be an RCA or Stromberg Carlson - Bell instruments weren't for sale), connecting it to Bell's network could get your account closed.

    Once the Bell breakup occurred, they weren't about to throw out 75 years of reserch and development and come up with incompatible systems. Burning their money would have been cheaper and easier.

    Cellphones? Once the system went digital (back in MTS and IMTS days, anyone could convert any two way radio into a mobile phone and register it), some places went with CDMA, some with GSM (and I'm surprised we don't have P25 systems and a few others - they could really drive us nuts if they wanted to). It was a new technology, so they were free to innovate without throwing out existing systems.

    I'm just talking about which type of antenna are in the phone ... how many antenna are in the phone ... which "bands" or "channels" they are set up to use ... which features are enabled/disabled ... so on and so forth.
    You can't use the same antenna for GPS, wifi, 700MHz, 2600MHz, etc. unless someone reinvents physics. A quarter wave at different frequencies is different lengths, and there's no simple way to make one antenna cover all the frequencies used, and all the sensitivities needed (GPS signals are much weaker than cellphone signals), without the antenna costing a lot more than 4 or 5 separate antennas.

    I'm sure there's way more about how all this works than I will ever know ... but man, it's a shame that it's not all just one huge network, and you just go buy a phone - whichever phone you prefer, and plug in your sim card from your preferred carrier - and rock on. It just doesn't seem like you should have to wonder how your version of a phone is going to come equipped ... or when your software will get updated, ... Just give me my phone, and let me use it. I will pay for the network service, and for the data as my carrier says I will (and that I agreed to when I chose said carrier) ... and that's that.
    Well ... for the reason it's not that way - and can't be that way - read the first sentence in your above paragraph. They'd close my account for making a long enough post for you to understand it all - or even to understand what the industry went through from the 60s to the turn of the century. But back when anyone could use any "mobile phone" on any carrier (and that was Bell, except for a few small places way out in the boonies - like Marked Tree Arkansas - loads of people in New York City had phones registered there, because all the NYC numbers were used up), in order to make a call, you could get laryngitis yelling "mobile operator" until you got her to stop yapping with the operator next to her and answer you. IMTS (dialing your own calls) seemed like science fiction. But there were still only 24 channels for any given area - so in just about all of a large city, you couldn't have more than 24 calls being handled at once. (Which was okay - a phone cost about as much as a Chevy, a call was about $1.50/minute - when people thought $10,000/yer was pie in the sky, so not many people were making mobile calls at one time. IMTS increased that to 35 channels, but can you imagine a place like St. Louis being limited to 35 mobile calls at a time?)

    Now, even though there may be some problems - your CDMA phone won't work on a GSM carrier, CDMA carrirs won't activate another CDMA carrier's phone, etc., if you want to spend the money, you just dial a number in China and it takes as long to get connected as it takes to get connected to the person standing next to you. And the call quality is just as good. (And the phone fits in your shirt pocket, not in your car trunk.)

    I'll take it the way it is now, if the alternative is MTS - or even IMTS.
    Enahmir and berdinkerdickle like this.
    05-26-2015 04:53 PM
  10. Wiggum333's Avatar
    @Rukbat ... you just exploded my head LOL.

    I do love what we have today ... but as I explained, those of us who do not know how the technology works are left to wonder why we can't just get a phone or our choice, choose a carrier, and rock on. Now, at least I know that it's WAY more complicated than that. Glad I'm not in charge of all that crazy business.
    05-26-2015 05:17 PM
  11. berdinkerdickle's Avatar
    ^ not the best analogy ...

    This situation would be more like getting your new car and only getting about 15mpg, and asking other people driving the same car if they were getting similar mpg's, or not ... so you can gauge whether or not there is a problem in the first place, or if the car is operating as designed.
    Yes, that makes a better analogy.
    I guess i'm just irritated by how much we are willing to put up with in our $700-$1000 purchases. Many people were knee jerking at Samsungs choice to get rid of the swappable battery, then so many here are getting terrible battery life. Thread after Thread. Then you go to the Verizon Site, T-Mobile, etc, and Amazon, and complaint after complaint of battery life.
    Then someone comes here frustrated/annoyed over many issues, and some members tell them it's their responsibility - 'No One Told You to Buy this Phone' -
    Bull freakin crap!
    -
    So, yes, your analogy fits better.
    05-26-2015 05:28 PM
  12. Wiggum333's Avatar
    Yes, that makes a better analogy.
    I guess i'm just irritated by how much we are willing to put up with in our $700-$1000 purchases. Many people were knee jerking at Samsungs choice to get rid of the swappable battery, then so many here are getting terrible battery life. Thread after Thread. Then you go to the Verizon Site, T-Mobile, etc, and Amazon, and complaint after complaint of battery life.
    Then someone comes here frustrated/annoyed over many issues, and some members tell them it's their responsibility - 'No One Told You to Buy this Phone' -
    Bull freakin crap!
    -
    So, yes, your analogy fits better.
    I agree with all that. Battery life should be notably better on these phones across the board, even if it meant that Samsung had to put a larger battery in the phone. you are also correct that we shouldn't have to micromanage our settings to get decent battery life. That said, it is what it is. Hopefully the software with the phone will get optimized and at least allow us maximum efficiency out of what we have.
    berdinkerdickle and deeb215 like this.
    05-26-2015 05:43 PM
  13. berdinkerdickle's Avatar
    I just noticed we went our own direction with this thread, and never really gave the OP some advice. :-)
    .
    I guess the one post where the member says he's getting right about expected for battery life answered his question.
    05-26-2015 05:52 PM
  14. Techno-guy's Avatar
    Hi guys this is my first post here so please forgive me for any mistakes.

    I have a white Samsung galaxy s6 32 gb and I have had it for around 2-3 weeks now and I have slight concerns about the battery life of this phone. I get around 2.5-3 SoT and that is after switching off all the unwanted settings, disabling all the unwanted apps, reducing screen brightness etc.
    Probably not what you want to hear, but I've had the S6 edge since the Day One T-Mobile pre-release (April 1st) and in nearly 2 months of using the S6, I'm pretty spot on to where your numbers are. I average 12-14 hours on battery with 2.5-3.5 SoT. I have many, many things shut down (Google Now, Location Services, NFC, VoLTE, WiFi calling, haptic feedback, google synching for nearly all services, edge services, all widgets, motion services, etc.) and that is the best I can do. It gets me pretty upset that I have to turn off all of these features just to get one day of battery life out of the S6 (and not even a full day, at that).

    I have very high Cell Standby drain (sometimes over 40% in a day) so I'm pretty sure it's related to that and pray every morning when I wake up that T-Mobile will release 5.1.1 in the hopes that it fixes these issues for what is otherwise a spectacular phone.

    I monitor some of the other Forums and a lot of phones are getting the battery drain and Cell Standby bug when they are updated to Lollipop 5.0 so I'm pretty convinced this is not an issue unique to the S6 but it's nonetheless really disappointing considering I spent nearly $1,000.00 out of pocket for my phone.
    mrsid2201 likes this.
    05-26-2015 06:09 PM
  15. anon(5630457)'s Avatar
    Do you ever have anything more to say other than telling people to dump the S6 for the G4? They are both nice phones.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    Yeah, I don't consider a phone "nice" if I have to charge it up by 2 pm when I take it off the charger at 8 am. People need to know the S6 is crap until they fix the battery drain issue.
    berdinkerdickle likes this.
    05-26-2015 11:20 PM
  16. anon(5630457)'s Avatar
    pray every morning when I wake up that T-Mobile will release 5.1.1
    You're having that issue on T-Mobile, but someone up thread told me "oooooh, it must be carrier specific". I'm on AT&T, BTW. The problem is NOT carrier-specific. It's the phone.
    berdinkerdickle likes this.
    05-26-2015 11:21 PM
  17. jdmorin's Avatar
    Turning off the Allows Allow Scanning on WiFi fixed my Cell Standby issue. It as high. Not anymore. Getting great battery life.
    Attached Thumbnails Battery life issue-1432701157663.jpg  
    deeb215 and darthhen like this.
    05-26-2015 11:32 PM
  18. DSMpowerhousegroup's Avatar
    Yeah, I don't consider a phone "nice" if I have to charge it up by 2 pm when I take it off the charger at 8 am. People need to know the S6 is crap until they fix the battery drain issue.
    Not everyone has this issue. Averaging 5 to 6 screen on time and 15 hours on a charge with 2 S6 Edges in my home. They've been great. On Verizon. Can't say they're all like that.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    BioFanatic and neiljay6 like this.
    05-26-2015 11:42 PM
  19. deeb215's Avatar
    Turning off the Allows Allow Scanning on WiFi fixed my Cell Standby issue. It as high. Not anymore. Getting great battery life.
    This is one of the only things people really need to turn off that's effecting battery life significantly. I don't know why you would sacrifice using half the features for a few more minutes of screen time. I have this, Gmail sync disabled, no bluetooth and Location set to the Wifi and Mobile setting. I only lose 1% an hour on stand by.
    05-27-2015 04:21 AM
  20. warpdrive's Avatar
    You're having that issue on T-Mobile, but someone up thread told me "oooooh, it must be carrier specific". I'm on AT&T, BTW. The problem is NOT carrier-specific. It's the phone.
    So return it for a non broken one. What's the problem?

    Posted via the Android Central App
    05-27-2015 08:34 AM
  21. edubb256's Avatar
    Hi guys this is my first post here so please forgive me for any mistakes.

    I have a white Samsung galaxy s6 32 gb and I have had it for around 2-3 weeks now and I have slight concerns about the battery life of this phone. I get around 2.5-3 SoT and that is after switching off all the unwanted settings, disabling all the unwanted apps, reducing screen brightness etc.

    I have also tried pixel battery saver but that hasn't helped a lot.

    Is it possible that this could be because of the lollipop memory leak issue and unwanted usage of ram because I seem to be having this problem.

    Is this normal or average battery life or is it possible to get more out of this phone? Should I return it and get a new one because I have heard users getting around 5 hours SoT. Please help me out! Thanks!
    I've been averaging a little better than 5 hours SOT. My standby drain is about 1% / hour. The only thing I've disabled is all the ATT bloatware. So it seems you are getting less-than-normal battery life. I don't think memory leak/RAM usage is a factor.

    A lot of things can cause poor battery life. Here are a few things to check.
    - There have been a few recent updates to Google Play Services and the Samsung Push Service that improved battery life. Make sure you are running current versions of those. (they should autoupdated)
    - Make sure you don't have an app the uses GPS location running in the background all the time. I keep location tracking set to GPS, but exit out of the Maps app when not using it. You can tell by the GPS icon in the notifications
    - A poorly written app can prevent CPU from going into deep sleep, even when the app is not being used. You may want to check the % of time the phone is in deep sleep at night when the phone is not being used.
    neiljay6, mrsid2201 and deeb215 like this.
    05-27-2015 10:26 AM
  22. Zoostation's Avatar
    Yeah, I don't consider a phone "nice" if I have to charge it up by 2 pm when I take it off the charger at 8 am. People need to know the S6 is crap until they fix the battery drain issue.
    Sounds like a defective unit to me. Did you get it replaced? Or take it back and just pay the restock fee?
    05-27-2015 01:54 PM
  23. anon(5630457)'s Avatar
    So return it for a non broken one. What's the problem?

    Posted via the Android Central App
    Every iPhone Samsung Galaxy S6 owner should return their phones then.
    05-27-2015 05:42 PM
  24. anon(5630457)'s Avatar
    Not everyone has this issue. Averaging 5 to 6 screen on time and 15 hours on a charge with 2 S6 Edges in my home. They've been great. On Verizon. Can't say they're all like that.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    ROFL.
    ScottsoNJ likes this.
    05-27-2015 05:43 PM
  25. Gekko's Avatar
    Hi guys this is my first post here so please forgive me for any mistakes.

    I have a white Samsung galaxy s6 32 gb and I have had it for around 2-3 weeks now and I have slight concerns about the battery life of this phone. I get around 2.5-3 SoT and that is after switching off all the unwanted settings, disabling all the unwanted apps, reducing screen brightness etc.

    I have also tried pixel battery saver but that hasn't helped a lot.

    Is it possible that this could be because of the lollipop memory leak issue and unwanted usage of ram because I seem to be having this problem.

    Is this normal or average battery life or is it possible to get more out of this phone? Should I return it and get a new one because I have heard users getting around 5 hours SoT. Please help me out! Thanks!
    i suffer no hardships doing this -

    Battery Tips for Android

    1. Toggle off High Accuracy GPS Mode, Bluetooth, NFC,
    Hotspot/Tethering. Toggle on only as needed. (Set GPS Mode to "Battery
    Saving" Mode).
    2. Display Brightness - Turn off Auto Brightness and Reduce Setting
    Bar to Minimum Acceptable to you.
    3. Sign out of any unused Google Services like G+, Google Now, Hangouts, etc.
    4. Disable Location Reporting and Location History.
    5. Beware of constantly syncing in background Apps and Bloatware like
    Facebook, Twitter, Weather Channel, Games, Google News/Weather,
    Non-Push Email, etc. Set Sync interval for every 1 hour or more and
    change settings to stop the syncing of data you don't need. Delete
    their Apps and use their Web Page if acceptable.
    6. Turn Off Hot Word "Hotword Detection" Always Listening Mode in
    Google Search if you don't use it.
    7. Turn Off Auto Camera/Photo Upload or at least set it for Upload on WIFI Only.
    8. Turn Off Vibrate on Touch for Display, Keyboard, etc.
    9. Turn Off Touch Sounds and Unlock Sounds.
    10. Turn Off Ambient Display/Active Display Notifications if you don't need it.
    11. Don't use a Live Wallpaper. Use a dark wallpaper if possible.
    12. Set Display Sleep Setting to 2 Minutes or Less.
    13. WIFI Settings - Advanced -
    a. Network Notification - Set as OFF.
    b. Scanning Always Available - Set as OFF.
    c. Keep WIFI on during Sleep - Set as ALWAYS if you regularly use
    WIFI. OK to keep WIFI on if you regularly use it.
    14. Turn Off Always Vibrate in Gmail/Email.
    15. Be careful of using too many Live Widgets and what/how often they sync.
    16. Set MS Exchange Sync at 30 Days or Less if you use it.
    17. Do NOT use a Task Killer App or Battery Saver App.
    18. Uninstall ALL Apps that you never use. If you haven't used an
    App in one month, uninstall it.
    19. Reboot your phone at least once a month.
    20. Wipe Cache Partition at least once a quarter or after every OS Update.
    21. Consider a Factory Data Reset with a manual re-sync, manual
    reinstall of all data and Apps after every major OS Letter Update.
    Make sure that all of your data is first backed up to Google and
    Dropbox, etc.

    "I SUFFER NO HARDSHIPS DOING THIS" - this means that i personally am
    giving up NOTHING with these tips. i'm not giving up any features.
    there are no tradeoffs for me. a tradeoff or a hardship would be to
    turn off PUSH email or use AIRPLANE mode during the day etc.

    you have to find your own balance and the tips list is a start but you
    must come to your own conclusion as to what's important. it's personal
    preference but these are not a big deal to me at all as they do not
    affect the function or operation of my phone. these tips do not
    deteriorate my experience.

    you don't HAVE TO do anything. the point is you if you want to
    MAXIMIZE battery life you can turn things off that you aren't using.
    it only makes sense. there is a FINITE amount of juice in ANY
    battery. you choose how you want to spend that juice. by default most
    of these devices have every feature set as ON whether you use them or
    not. i prefer to change the settings in my phone to only use those
    features that i personally use and need so i can maximize battery
    life. i don't leave all the lights and TVs on in my house 24/7 - i
    turn them on when i need them. i'm not giving anything up. my phone
    does everything exactly like i want it to. i'm not missing out on
    anything. it's no hardship for me. it's life. life is a delicate
    balance. it's up to you to find that balance.

    5-20-15
    05-28-2015 07:39 AM
70 123

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 19
    Last Post: 03-26-2017, 09:29 AM
  2. No T-Mobile hotfix for lollipop battery drain issue?
    By magusat999 in forum T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note 3
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 10-05-2015, 04:23 PM
  3. Bad battery life (under 3 h )
    By bubu2310 in forum LG G Watch
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 08-08-2015, 10:54 PM
  4. Samsung Note 4 - Default Email App Issue
    By AC Question in forum Ask a Question
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 05-26-2015, 07:51 AM
  5. Galaxy S5 contact issue after reset??
    By ashreigh in forum Samsung Galaxy S5
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 05-25-2015, 09:19 PM
LINK TO POST COPIED TO CLIPBOARD