05-30-2013 11:37 PM
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  1. Scott Upton's Avatar
    Hello, so I have been experiencing some poor battery life. I barely use my phone (I don't play games on it or use it very often at all except for text messages and emails occasionally) and I don't understand why it's draining so quickly. I have had battery saver on since yesterday morning. My S4 is only 3 days old, but my last phone with a 1700 mah battery performed way better. It seems like the S4, with it's massive 2,600 mah battery should perform much better, and last at least 24 hours on a single charge with moderate use. Is anyone else experiencing battery life that is extremely poor? Thanks everyone!
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    05-26-2013 11:59 PM
  2. tarnak's Avatar
    Strange, I have been having great battery life so far, almost 14 hours not and have 63% left to go with 2hrs and 33 minutes screen time so far.
    05-27-2013 12:18 AM
  3. crtxn1's Avatar
    I did not have good battery life either. After a quick internet search I found it this is a common issue in a certain percentage of the GS4 phones, and they are working on a firmware update. I am in no way suggesting what to do, but I did this myslef and it helped quite a bit, but the battery is still not up to par where I would like it. When I checked the battery diagnostic and task manager, I always saw Google Maps as an energy hog even with my GPS adjusted. I also saw mulptiple app always running even if I forced closed them What I saw online is to reset the factory settings, and after that I noticed the amount of programs running was cut in half and my battery life has improved. I still want it better, but no more dropping 30% in an hour for me. Good Luck!
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    05-27-2013 12:34 AM
  4. dmaynard83's Avatar
    Hello, so I have been experiencing some poor battery life. I barely use my phone (I don't play games on it or use it very often at all except for text messages and emails occasionally) and I don't understand why it's draining so quickly. I have had battery saver on since yesterday morning. My S4 is only 3 days old, but my last phone with a 1700 mah battery performed way better. It seems like the S4, with it's massive 2,600 mah battery should perform much better, and last at least 24 hours on a single charge with moderate use. Is anyone else experiencing battery life that is extremely poor? Thanks everyone!
    Yea I'm not nearly getting what some users are claiming to be getting.

    I'm not sure if what I'm getting below justifies returning my phone?

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    05-27-2013 03:16 AM
  5. Scott Upton's Avatar
    Yeah, I'm in the same boat and I'm not sure whether to return it or not. I was at 5% with about 13 hours and 10 minutes without charging which isn't nearly as much as many other people claim to be getting. I'm thinking it might be a bad battery?
    05-27-2013 03:59 AM
  6. Scott Upton's Avatar
    I did not have good battery life either. After a quick internet search I found it this is a common issue in a certain percentage of the GS4 phones, and they are working on a firmware update. I am in no way suggesting what to do, but I did this myslef and it helped quite a bit, but the battery is still not up to par where I would like it. When I checked the battery diagnostic and task manager, I always saw Google Maps as an energy hog even with my GPS adjusted. I also saw mulptiple app always running even if I forced closed them What I saw online is to reset the factory settings, and after that I noticed the amount of programs running was cut in half and my battery life has improved. I still want it better, but no more dropping 30% in an hour for me. Good Luck!
    Thanks, I just disabled maps, so hopefully it will last longer tomorrow!
    05-27-2013 04:00 AM
  7. Anonymous7532479's Avatar
    Today I got less than normal - 10 hours, but that was with 5 hours of screen time.

    50% screen time seems pretty good?

    [Edit] I should also mention that today was a lot of heavy use. Used Google Maps for a little bit, but kept the GPS off otherwise. Spent awhile at the beach so I flipped the display brightness from max to low (and vice versa) all day.
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    05-27-2013 04:16 AM
  8. loonie01's Avatar
    New phone = heavy usage until phone is set up right. New toy is always being played with.

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    05-27-2013 05:24 AM
  9. AndroidJay's Avatar
    Very informative. I listen to podcasts while I drive. As long as I get around 10 hours, I will be more then satisfied.
    05-27-2013 09:43 AM
  10. dmaynard83's Avatar
    I just ordered a S4 battery from the Samsung site directly.

    I think its all a matter of usage. All these people that have over 24 hours of battery life are probably not using it as much as me (which I consider myself a heavy user). I think I usually get about 5-6 hours of screen time and around 14-15 hours of battery life.
    05-27-2013 02:04 PM
  11. xTommyx's Avatar
    Something seriously wrong with mine. Less than 15 minutes screen on time, wifi, mobile data, gps, bluetooth, everything you can think of off. Even google maps location is off. And I lost all of this.
    05-27-2013 02:39 PM
  12. SergeantDroid's Avatar
    Seems pretty good to me. 9 hours on battery. The phone is still on the network during that time.

    Sent from my Ssmsung Galaxy S4
    05-27-2013 02:54 PM
  13. z06psi's Avatar
    Excellent battery life here. Played games for a solid 3 hours yesterday, everything on (GPS) and still had 30% after 18 hours off charger.
    05-27-2013 03:03 PM
  14. recDNA's Avatar
    Yeah, I'm in the same boat and I'm not sure whether to return it or not. I was at 5% with about 13 hours and 10 minutes without charging which isn't nearly as much as many other people claim to be getting. I'm thinking it might be a bad battery?
    Heck, that's about all I get with a razr maxx hd. People getting days on one charge can either see in the dark or shut off everything that makes a smart phone smart. Put a charger in your car and at work and use them. Problem solved.

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    05-27-2013 03:15 PM
  15. thegrants82's Avatar
    Gave up my razr maxx hd for an s4 purely for the camera. During my first few days wirh my s4 I was getting around 4 hours screen time on a charge. But after a few tweeks I am up to around 8. Turn off the samsumg gesture crap after the novelty wears off then install snapdragon guru and you will double your battery life easy. My s4 is close to my razr now and at the end of a hard usage day I have 40% left.

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    05-27-2013 03:16 PM
  16. Notsosure's Avatar
    Gave up my razr maxx hd for an s4 purely for the camera. During my first few days wirh my s4 I was getting around 4 hours screen time on a charge. But after a few tweeks I am up to around 8. Turn off the samsumg gesture crap after the novelty wears off then install snapdragon guru and you will double your battery life easy. My s4 is close to my razr now and at the end of a hard usage day I have 40% left.

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    I tried the battery guru previously on my droid dna previously but it only ended up making my battery life even worse so I uninstalled it. How much would you estimate your battery life increased by using the app?

    Sent from my Galaxy S4 using Tapatalk
    05-27-2013 03:26 PM
  17. thegrants82's Avatar
    I tried the battery guru previously on my droid dna previously but it only ended up making my battery life even worse so I uninstalled it. How much would you estimate your battery life increased by using the app?

    Sent from my Galaxy S4 using Tapatalk
    30% increase easy. The app just came out of beta....you should try it again.

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    05-27-2013 03:35 PM
  18. dmaynard83's Avatar
    I'm ordering this battery. It looks like a beast and pretty cheap.

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00CN4...cUvbUpU2817762

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    05-28-2013 01:44 AM
  19. Averix's Avatar
    I'm a bit surprised by some of these numbers. Not for what they are, but for the complaining about them. 14 hours with moderate use is pretty good for these fancy pants phones with 4G and high end CPUs in them. Here's a few reasons I've seen faster than usual battery drain on the S3 and even RAZR phones.
    1) Network switching. That mobile data thing is always on in the background. If you're walking through buildings and it's trying to switch from 4G to 3G, back and forth, it will punch your battery hard.
    2) WiFi goofiness. WiFi seems to be a weird one. Some people claim leaving it on lasts longer since it offloads the 4G connection sometimes. Other people claim that it drains the battery as it constantly searches for a network. I've got mine set up to turn off WiFi at work via an NFC tag, turn it off when it connects to Bluetooth in my car, but turn it back on when it disconnects from that same Bluetooth. Seems to work pretty well.
    3) Screen timeouts. Turn down your screen timeout down. The more you look at that pretty screen, the faster the battery drain. Turn your brightness down and pick a background that is darker also.
    4) Stupid apps. There are some apps that just love to sit in the background and trickle away battery. Yes, they only show as a small percentage, but if you have 20 of them running, they'll suck away your battery. If you're playing Words with Friends and getting your news fed with auto refreshing widgets, you might want to consider killing a few of those off.
    5) Gestures, Smart Screen, Air View. Figure out which of these you actually are going to use. If you don't actually use them, shut the feature off. The sensors that feed data to these are battery drainers.
    6) Disable any stupid built in app you aren't using. If you're not an Amazon MP3 user, disable it. If you use Google Maps, disable that Verizon Navigation app. Once you disable all the ones you don't need, reboot your phone. In most cases, with the app disabled, some of the pointless background services that feed them will not be started when you boot.
    05-28-2013 09:28 AM
  20. Cigar-Junkie's Avatar
    I have been pleased with the battery so far. I prefer to leave everything on, WiFi, Sync, GPS, Bluethooth and hope for the best. I went all day and had 30% or more left. That was a holiday and the phone is still settling in so I will need to wait and see. Data consumption seems to be stabilizing too. Maps does seem to need about 20% to 25% of battery used.
    05-28-2013 11:47 AM
  21. fishepa's Avatar
    Maps is also using about 20% of my battery and I've never even opened the app up before. Although I don't want to disable it because I will use it from time to time.
    05-29-2013 11:53 AM
  22. garublador's Avatar
    I haven't messed with it yet, but Google Now may be using GPS to track where you go and that might get categorized under "Maps." I've noticed that my "Maps" usage is high even though I don't use it, too.
    05-29-2013 12:34 PM
  23. soxfan5's Avatar
    Location services are definitely causing some excess battery drain for some reason. I've had the phone since last Tuesday, and I've kept it on LTE with all location services on the whole time. Battery life has been great, it makes it through the day with plenty to spare. Except last night... I left it on while charging over night, like usual, and after 6 hours it had only charged from 15% to about 65%. After I turned the screen on for a few minutes, while still plugged in, it dropped down to 63%. At that point I turned it off and it almost got to 100% before I had to leave for work. About 30 minutes later I arrived at work (I was driving so I didn't use it at all), and it had already lost 10%. The only unusual item in my battery usage was Google Services, so I turned off location services and the excessive drain has stopped.
    05-29-2013 07:51 PM
  24. dsfarag's Avatar
    Strange, I have been having great battery life so far, almost 14 hours not and have 63% left to go with 2hrs and 33 minutes screen time so far.
    I'm about the same. My battery life has been fantastic on this device. I'm at 10.5 hours with 52% left with moderate usage throughout the day.
    05-29-2013 08:39 PM
  25. paintdrinkingpete's Avatar
    Granted, my phone is pretty new, but I've been noticing great battery life! My office at work is a black hole for cell reception, and my old S3 would normally be about dead by lunch time. Not only does my new GS4 seem to get better reception in my office, but my battery may just last the whole day as well!

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    (I did root mine and disable a bunch of "bloatware" apps, but haven't done much else to it).

    EDIT: To the OP: I notice "Maps" is high on the list. That could be for various things but I know that if you have "Google Now" enable it will use Maps frequently, and for me, seems to drain the battery faster. I think Google Now is a pretty neat feature, but I always turn it off because I'd rather not waste the battery of my phone.
    05-30-2013 12:51 PM
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