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Crude Berry

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Hi everyone! I recently bought a S7 after years of owning iPhones for the past several years and Blackberries before that. I bought the phone a week ago today and am loving the experience. There is one thing I'm fairly dissatisfied with and I looked into it a bit and now I'm reaching out to you for a bit of help. That's battery life.

Now I understand that the battery is smaller then what was in my iPhone 6+, but I have a couple apps draining my battery and being that they are stock apps I can't seem to disable or uninstall them. These apps are Knox, Beaming Service, and Samsung VR Gear. I'm not a business user so I don't need Knox, don't use NFC so don't need Beaming, and what the heck is VR Gear?

These apps routinely use approx 8-10% of my battery life each. That's 30% of my battery life going to apps I don't use or need. The most I can do if force stop them and they turn themselves back on after an hour or so. Is there a permanent solution? I'm on Verizon running marshmallow if that matters.

Also I have a charge pad for my phone, not the fast charge one. I'm a " charge overnivht" user. Will charging overnight harm the battery life in the long run? I know the typical tweeks and tricks to achieve the most battery life, but I really would like to get these rogue system apps taken care of.

Thanks in advance for your time to offer any help, insight, or ideas.
 

Dooki

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NFC takes almost zero battery as it is passive. Beaming service is the same. You can turn them off.
Gear vr is your virtual reality service that can also be turned off.
When you first got your phone did you factory reset it? They usually need that, don't know why. First you should try clearing the cache. Power off - hold down volume up and power until green lettering shows - release - use volume to scroll to clear cache - use power to select - and yes. Restart.

Just like an iPhone they have an internal regulator that keeps it from overheating, slow speed charging is fine but they are made for high speed and it won't hurt it. Just like using an iPad charger on an iPhone.
 

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Thank you for responding. I did not factory reset when I bought it, I didn't know it was better to do that.

Could you please explain how to turn these services off? When I try to go in through app manager, the only option I get with any of these is to force stop which only works for a short time. Typically the Beaming Service may not use much battery, but on my phone it's currently telling me 9%. Would a factory reset fix this?
 

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Welcome to Android Central! Make sure Gear VR is fully up to date (either in the Play Store or the Galaxy Apps Store). A while ago, the Gear VR app was causing severe battery drain, but that was supposed to be fixed with an update. If you have an older version preinstalled, maybe it's affected by this battery drain issue.
 

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It won't really hurt performance if you pull-down the notification menu and turn ON power saving.
Oculus needs it turned off in order to run.
 

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