Battery life while Texting

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  1. Malkavian

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    Has anyone else noticed that when texting a lot, battery life drops quickly?

    I'm using the stock messaging app because it's plain and simple. Yes I know there are others out there but I like this one. I have noticed that doing a lot of texting the battery drops quickly. Is there a way to lessen the battery drain?

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    Your biggest drain while texting should be the screen being on constantly. Lowering your brightness would help the most.
     
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    What Cobra said.

    The #1 battery drainer of any phone is the screen, especially one as high quality of the s4.

    I know you like the stock messaging app, but I don't recall there being a "dark mode". I've switched to an app called Textra and it is the best 3rd party texting app imo. No lag, very quick, and has a dark mode. Has a bit of customization but most importantly it doesn't freeze up like the stock messenger does on mine.
     
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    I knew the screen does suck the battery dry and the is why my brightness is at 50%.

    I will try the dark theme in textra and see if things change.

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    Textra seems to be doing better or I just didn't text a lot today. Did a lot with my phone today, Texting, talking, internet, Navigation, news, etc. I hope tomorrow goes just as well.
     
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    The dark theme in textra really does help quite a bit as it takes much less juice to emit a darker color than it does white like in the stock messaging app. Glad to hear you like the app though and are seeing an increase of battery life.
     
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    Just downloaded Textra and find it's great, better than the stock messaging. I too use the dark.

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    Yup, I never turned back once I switched to Textra. I tried opening the stock messaging app and I guess with the amount of messages I have it keeps freezing when I open threads in the app. No way I'd ever go back now
     
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    After seeing this thread, I switched to Textra even though I wasn't having issues with the stock app. I like the look and the features. Had a problem sending a picture, but a day later I see they patched it for that, though haven't retried. Doubt it really saves any power though.
     
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