07-29-2015 10:11 PM
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  1. MDMcAtee's Avatar
    If you are on AT&T, get the Active. While it is the rugged version of the s6 your not going to have to worry about the battery life on it.

    In person this phone is better looking than any pictures you have seen, and it is not going to scratch as easy as the other variants of the s6.

    This phone is the best phone over all I have ever had. It is worth a good look if you plan on keeping it for a 2 year contract.

    Posted from my Samsung S6 Active
    07-26-2015 06:42 PM
  2. erasat's Avatar
    If you are on AT&T, get the Active. While it is the rugged version of the s6 your not going to have to worry about the battery life on it.

    In person this phone is better looking than any pictures you have seen, and it is not going to scratch as easy as the other variants of the s6.

    This phone is the best phone over all I have ever had. It is worth a good look if you plan on keeping it for a 2 year contract.

    Posted from my Samsung S6 Active
    And even if you are not on At&t, but your carrier uses most of the same LTE and H+ bands that ATT uses, like T-Mobile, you can buy an Unlock one or buy one and pay for an Unlock service, I paid $15.95 for a premium service (Unlock even if it's still under contract or Financed), there are $5 services for devices that are paid off already and not on contract.

    I've been rocking my brand new unlocked S6 active for the past 2 full days and officially it has dethroned the Xperia Z3 as the best battery life on an Android, and according to some articles, the best battery life on any smartphone. Today I'm averaging 8 hours of SoT and I'm still setting things here and there, not normal use yet, I'm at 63% at 8:00pm and I unplugged it and 8am, and I've been outside most of the day using cell data instead of WiFi, I did my 5k run this morning using Full Location with GPS and all for those almost 27 minutes, and being using Power Saving Location since then.

    Great phone, great build quality, almost same user experience than the regular S6 except it doesn't have fingerprint, but you gain Water, dust and shock resistant instead. Experiencing 4G LTE everywhere, just like with my other 2 s6, so it has all the same bands than my other phones with the exception of Band 12, and there are people that say that it also has it and it should work, anyways, where I live there are still no support for band 12 so not really missing anything other than fingerprint.
    07-26-2015 07:08 PM
  3. emad1995's Avatar
    Wifi drains the phone faster than the cellular data does
    Not for me, if I turn off wifi over night I drain 12~15% where as on wifi over night I drain 4~7%

    Posted via the Android Central App
    07-26-2015 07:14 PM
  4. timdsmith72's Avatar
    Amen to this. I'm not a heavy user by any means, but I've been off the charger for 31 hours with 4 hours of SOT and my Active currently has 15% left. (I try to run it down below 10% once a week.)

    And even if you are not on At&t, but your carrier uses most of the same LTE and H+ bands that ATT uses, like T-Mobile, you can buy an Unlock one or buy one and pay for an Unlock service, I paid $15.95 for a premium service (Unlock even if it's still under contract or Financed), there are $5 services for devices that are paid off already and not on contract.

    I've been rocking my brand new unlocked S6 active for the past 2 full days and officially it has dethroned the Xperia Z3 as the best battery life on an Android, and according to some articles, the best battery life on any smartphone. Today I'm averaging 8 hours of SoT and I'm still setting things here and there, not normal use yet, I'm at 63% at 8:00pm and I unplugged it and 8am, and I've been outside most of the day using cell data instead of WiFi, I did my 5k run this morning using Full Location with GPS and all for those almost 27 minutes, and being using Power Saving Location since then.

    Great phone, great build quality, almost same user experience than the regular S6 except it doesn't have fingerprint, but you gain Water, dust and shock resistant instead. Experiencing 4G LTE everywhere, just like with my other 2 s6, so it has all the same bands than my other phones with the exception of Band 12, and there are people that say that it also has it and it should work, anyways, where I live there are still no support for band 12 so not really missing anything other than fingerprint.
    07-26-2015 07:24 PM
  5. bpe4's Avatar
    My issue with standby battery drain has been solved. It's the WiFi, pure and simple. I've done all of erasat's tweaks yet still was getting 3%+ of drain hourly on standby. Today, before I took it off the charger at 8am, I turned off WiFi completely.

    I'm typing this now at 10pm and I have 84% still. Very light use today, but did use spotify/Bluetooth on a 1 hour walk.

    I suppose I'll just have WiFi on when charging so it can get any app updates it needs. I'm not a huge data user during the day so my 10gb plan on VZW should be sufficient.
    07-26-2015 08:59 PM
  6. rockitdog23's Avatar
    Again, the same over and over, people with bad battery life just saying blank statements like the S6 Battery life is mediocre, why is so hard for you to say, my battery life is mediocre?

    Man, that's your problem if you don't believe it, just look for dozens of screenshots I (we) have posted? They are all over the forum. Sorry, but I'm just tired of this, it has been the same for more than 3.5 months now, lot of times proof has been requested and it has been shown to be true all of the time and there are still people doubting it, so be it.
    You seem to be the exception, not the norm.

    Sent from my SM-G920T using Tapatalk
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    07-26-2015 09:06 PM
  7. WBSnow's Avatar
    Greetings all.

    I've read everyone's posts and applied many of the tips. Personally, my screen turns off when I'm not using my phone or during a call.

    I also "close all" my apps and have disabled those apps I don't use. As for Wi-Fi & Bluetooth, these are usually on an running while NFC runs, as needed.

    I see I need to charge my phone once or twice daily when I'm not at my desk, home or in the car. If I'm at or in one of the three, I'll charge my phone anyway.

    Hope this helps.....

    WBS

    Posted via the Android Central App
    07-26-2015 09:07 PM
  8. razza1987's Avatar
    I wish the active was available in Australia
    07-26-2015 09:39 PM
  9. erasat's Avatar
    You seem to be the exception, not the norm.

    Sent from my SM-G920T using Tapatalk
    Then call it 9 exceptions, as I have set 9 already (3 mine are the other 6 for friends and family) and all of them have great battery life, not the same as everybody is different and use it different, but according to each of them and their usage, the phone have been great since day 1 with its battery, all of them comparing with previous phones.

    Random luck? I doubt it, all of them are from 3 different carriers, all of them different variants, like I mentioned different usage, only thing in common, they gave them to me so I could do the initial setup as I pleased, so in ALL of them I did a Wipe Cache Partition and Wipe data/factory reset before setting them up and then applied all my tweaks, like removing all Carrier bloatware, disabling and uninstalling unneeded services and apps on by default, the more important one, turning off Location History until Google come back to its senses and allow separate settings for Location History and Reporting ( I can bet is the number 1 cause for drain right now for a lot of folks).

    So here you have it, exception?, well if you count 9 out of 9 exception, then, whatever you think, but I still see some new threads created today complaining about WiFi and location drain, that has been discussed for the past 3.5 months and suggestions have been given dozens of times and still people don't search, don't read or are simply stubborn saying that they don't need to do tweaks to their phones because they shouldn't, whatever then.

    For those other people that have followed the suggestions and tweaks and still have battery issues, sorry, but like I've said since the first day, you may have have a rogue app causing it, a defective battery or phone that won't get fixed no matter what you do, you had an option within the first 14 days to get a new one from your carrier, now your only option is try to look for warranty, or give up and try a new one, but just in case you haven't noticed, Lollipop has screwed ALL OEMs, don't think this is only an S6 or Samsung issue, cell standby drain is affecting all OEMs at random, some devices show the issue others don't. In my case, if I leave WiFi calling on (T-Mobile), it begins to affect my phone, so what did I do? I just turned it off until I need it, so far, in 3.5 months, I haven't used it not even once.

    Again, you can call me the exception but besides my 9 out of 9 exceptions that I have personally set, there are a lot of users on this and other forums that were ready to do the "optimization" in our factory heavy loaded devices and they have very good to great battery life, so that should tell you something.
    07-26-2015 09:43 PM
  10. erasat's Avatar
    I wish the active was available in Australia
    Razza, check Telstra LTE, H+ and 4g bands, and see if the ones you are mainly using are part of the active bands, if so, you can get one from eBay or Swappa, if they are willing to ship to Australia, and just Unlock it and use it on Telstra.

    Check SignalCheck Lite and LTE Discovery from the Play Store, they can tell you the specific band (s) you use, that will give you a clearer idea.
    07-26-2015 09:47 PM
  11. razza1987's Avatar
    Then call it 9 exceptions, as I have set 9 already (3 mine are the other 6 for friends and family) and all of them have great battery life, not the same as everybody is different and use the same different, but according to each of them and their usage, the phone have been great since day 1 with its battery, all of them comparing with previous phones.

    Random luck? I doubt it, all of them are from 3 different carriers, all of them different variants, like I mentioned different usage, only thing in common, they gave them to me so I could do mthe initial setup as I pleased, so in ALL of them I did a Wipe Cache Partition and Wipe data/factory reset before setting them up and then applied all my tweaks, like removing all
    Carrier bloatware, disabling and uninstalling unneeded services and apps on by default, the more important one, turning off Location History until Google come back to its senses and allow separate settings for Location History and Reporting ( I can bet is the number 1 cause for drain right now for a lot of folks).

    So here you have it, exception?, well if you count 9 out of 9 exception then, whatever you think then but I still see some new threads crearse today complaining about WiFi and location drain, that has been discussed for the past 3.5 months and suggestions have been given dozens of times and still people don't search, don't read our simply are stubborn saying that they don't need to do tweaks to their phones because they shouldn't, whatever then.

    For those other people that have followed the suggestions and tweaks and still have battery issues, sorry, but like I've said since the first day, you may have have a rogue app causing it, a defective battery or phone that won't get fixed no matter what you do, you had an option within the first 14 days to get a new one from your carrier, now your only option is try to look for warranty, or give up and try a new one, but just in case you haven't noticed, Lollipop has screwed ALL OEMs, don't think this is only an S6 or Samsung issue, cell standby drain is affecting all OEMs at random, some devices show the issue others don't. In my case, if I leave WiFi calling on (T-Mobile), it begins to affect my phone, so what did I do, just turn it off until I need it, so far, in 3.5 months, I haven't used it not even once.

    Again, you can call me the exception but besides my 9 out of 9 exceptions that I have personally set, there are a lot of users on this and other forms that were ready to do the "optimization" in our factory heavy loaded devices and they have very good to great battery life, so that should tell you something.
    If it wasn't for you I wouldn't have the battery life that I do. I was only getting 3.5-4 hours of screen on time. I followed all of your instructions to the letter and never see below five hours on a charge anymore
    07-26-2015 09:48 PM
  12. drone3's Avatar
    My issue with standby battery drain has been solved. It's the WiFi, pure and simple. I've done all of erasat's tweaks yet still was getting 3%+ of drain hourly on standby. Today, before I took it off the charger at 8am, I turned off WiFi completely.

    I'm typing this now at 10pm and I have 84% still. Very light use today, but did use spotify/Bluetooth on a 1 hour walk.

    I suppose I'll just have WiFi on when charging so it can get any app updates it needs. I'm not a huge data user during the day so my 10gb plan on VZW should be sufficient.
    Yes, same for me. WiFi kills the battery

    dreaming of electric sheep
    07-26-2015 11:23 PM
  13. emad1995's Avatar
    How come my battery barely drains when on wifi but as soon as I turn it off my phone drains like no tomorrow x.x

    Posted via the Android Central App
    07-27-2015 12:24 AM
  14. tbgjlb's Avatar
    Great to see all the help and advice . forgive me but can someone point me in the direction of the erasat optimisations .

    Posted via the Android Central App
    07-27-2015 01:03 AM
  15. Saros's Avatar
    forgive me but can someone point me in the direction of the erasat optimisations .
    Here you go: Adjustments, tips and tricks to maximize Battery Life on Samsung Galaxy S6/edge
    07-27-2015 01:07 AM
  16. PapaGary's Avatar
    just a little more info, I currently use a 2014 2nd gen moto g which I got just to get back on android after apple for 2 years , My battery life is just starting to go strange ( have not found out why yet ) but normal use 100% at 7am down to 30 - 50 % at 11pm with 3 ish hours SOT ( a little bit less at the moment but not looked into why yet ) as for the bench marks stuff the main one is phone areana which covers loads of areas about the phones but confirmed some things on other sites ( cant remember what sites).
    I have two Motorola XT1053s. One purchased in December 2013 and one purchased in October of 2014. Both were NIB. This last April the oldest one was starting to show battery loss in that it would only go for about 18 hours before needing a charge. As we were going on a three week vacation I copied the contents to the new one (gotta love Motorola Migrate) and swapped the SIM. Just for grins I factory reset on the older unit and then shut it off and put it in the drawer. After we got back I copied everything back to the older one and again used it as my daily carry. Much to my surprise I found that it would easily go 24 to 36 hours on a charge.<!> So- try a factory reset before giving up on it. You may be pleasantly surprised as I was.
    07-27-2015 08:45 AM
  17. syspry's Avatar
    I'm starting to notice something in the notification bar of some of the screenshots claiming exceptional battery life. Mobile data on their phone is showing 4G without the little "LTE" text next to it.
    07-27-2015 09:33 AM
  18. erasat's Avatar
    For those of you wondering what kind of battery life we are talking about here with the S6 Active, this is my first day with normal usage, no more settings or installing stuff, somewhere around 9 hours of SoT.

    My issue with battery life-screenshot_2015-07-27-10-22-43.png My issue with battery life-screenshot_2015-07-27-10-22-50.png
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    07-27-2015 09:36 AM
  19. erasat's Avatar
    I'm starting to notice something in the notification bar of some of the screenshots claiming exceptional battery life. Mobile data on their phone is showing 4G without the little "LTE" text next to it.
    Because LTE icon is only shown in the American carriers, Most of the rest of the world 4G means 4G LTE in the states are in some Caribbean and Latin American Countries.
    07-27-2015 09:37 AM
  20. Erm10's Avatar
    I unplugged at 6 a.m. and I am already at 54 percent at 10:30 a.m. . Very light use I am already at 54 percent at 1030 am . Very light use and I have strong cell and wifi signal. I refuse to constantly turn location off and adjust settings.
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    07-27-2015 09:39 AM
  21. syspry's Avatar
    I suspected that it was simply carrier labeling but wasn't sure, thanks for clearing that up
    07-27-2015 09:41 AM
  22. razza1987's Avatar
    Because LTE icon is only shown in the American carriers, Most of the rest of the world 4G means 4G LTE in the states are in some Caribbean and Latin American Countries.
    Exactly. Here there is no such thing as just LTE coverage. In Australia 4G IS LTE
    07-27-2015 10:02 AM
  23. Aloys G's Avatar
    Depends on the level of your cellular signal. Moderate to weak signal will kill your battery, better stay on wifi then. When you have a very strong signal, the drain is higher on wifi.
    07-27-2015 01:28 PM
  24. Aloys G's Avatar
    Since there is a lot of S6-based replies, please allow me to chip in with my G4 experience (not comparing since I never owned the S6).

    Overall battery life is, I'd say, above average for me. I get easily through the day and then some, with 3 to 4h SOT.
    That being said I say never trust an SOT statement. SOT with lightweight apps like whatsapp or news reading is not comparable with SOT on some games or network-intensive apps.

    On the settings side for me:
    - Location always on high accuracy
    - Google Now on
    - Wifi automatically deactivated when I leave home (for all intent and purposes I use Tasker but this can be done with the built-in smart settings as long as you keep location on high accuracy)
    - BT always on since I have an Android Wear device
    - Brightness set to auto (I'll never understand people staying on full brightness or low one, love the phone's readability in direct sunlight)
    The rest is pretty much out of the box (I enabled Fast Dormancy but that's the only "exotic" tweak I did and I'm not even sure this is making a world of difference)

    My setup is to favor functionality over battery life, but I still try to keep an eye on what's killing my juice.

    Also, if you care about wireless charging, getting it on the G4 is very easy (buy a sticker on Amazon, 5 minutes to install and you're good to go). Finally, G4 does support Quick Charge but the supplied wall plug isn't a Quick Charger.

    Hope this helps you with your choice.
    07-27-2015 01:48 PM
  25. MaccaBird's Avatar
    I'm chiming in with my battery life details.

    I have a Verizon Galaxy S6, and my battery life is terrible. I get about 6-7 hours of use before I'm at like 10%. Total screen time around two hours. Currently, my battery is just being completely obliterated by the WiFi standby bug. If I'm connected to WiFi my battery drains really quickly, and the phone gets hot when browsing twitter or other trivial things. "Cell Standby" and "Android System" are always above "screen" on the battery stats.
    07-27-2015 05:03 PM
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