Can I do anything about my battery life or am I screwed?

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    I have a droid razr (wish i would've just spent the extra money for the maxx now)
    my battery life completely blows as you expect.

    I got a new phone recently under warranty so it is not old at all

    i have the software update so i'm running android 4.1.2

    My display is turned down very low but it is still like 50% of my battery life.
    I don't have any live wall papers, I use wifi whenever available and it is always turned off when i'm not using it.

    I try to do anything to conserve battery life but still the other day I was at work so my phone was in airplane mode for like 8 hours, only except for about an hour total when I sent a few text messages at most, and it still lowered me to 60% battery by the time I was done working.

    Is there anything at all that I can do to help my battery life?
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    Have you tried using any of the SmartActions that may extend your battery life? Or, I use an app called ES Task Manager. Among other things, this app allows for optimizing your battery power by shutting down almost everything, such as display, Wi-Fi, 3G/4G network, syncing, etc. You can still send receive texts and make/receive calls. It works well for me. I go in and turn stuff back on a few times during the day to see if anything has synced (e-mail, etc).

    It sounds like you're doing everything right though. If all else fails, maybe you can call tech support to run this issue by them.

    I hope this helps!
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    I researched phones for months leading up to the release of the Droid RAZR..... I guess I missed how they were going to release the MAXX two months later. I pre-ordered the RAZR and honestly dont care about the size of it, it went into an otterbox day one and barely has ever been out longer than just to clean it. I was and am totally PO'd about that.... and I sure don't feel like spending $120-160 now to swap the Maxx battery and other parts into my unit. Anywho...

    The screen will always be a high percentage of the battery usage. Remember that all those elements must add to 100% - it's usage, not exactly mow many millivolts each function is draining from the battery.


    Battery tricks:

    Do a few battery calibrations (see the sticky post on this website)
    Set the mobile network to LTE/CDMA
    Use Wifi as much as possible/practical
    Use Smart Actions (or some other battery saver app) to shut off background data sync, GPS, 4G etc while you are not using the device. It will still get calls and text messages, and you'll get email/etc if you leave on the Wifi while it is effectively saving battery.
    If you are in an area where 4G is not available, there is a hack to force the device to look for 3G only. (google it)
    You can kill certain apps, that may run and take a little battery in the background (slacker radio, etc etc).... google this and you may want to root to get rid of the bloat once and for all.
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    i don't use smart actions but i do just about everything else i can. i use advanced task killer, i use wifi whenever possible, both my wifi & my data are turned off when I'm not using them. i don't have a live wallpaper, just a plain image. my screen brightness Is only like a quarter of the way up. i think i might try to root it because i don't know what else i can do & I'm still lucky if i can make it back to i go to bed without chargin it againit
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    Stop using task killers. The 20something things that are running all the time have to run. If you kill them every 10 minutes they'll just restart, reconnect, etc....sucking your battery dry
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    This^^^^ also if you use smart actions use time triggers not GPS triggers.

    If it's not HD it might as well be a newspaper.
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    Im gonna tell you the same thing others have already told you...but, hey, the more the merrier right?....lol

    1) Set your Display to Auto...you will be surprised at how well this works...
    2) If you dont need constant e-mail/Twitter/FaceBook/Pinterest/Instagram etc updates, then set them all to Manual...meaning they only update when you select them...or at the very least set the time limit to the longest duration between updates, usually 4 hours.
    3) Use WiFi when available...when its not, turn it off....WiFi that is not connected bit searching is a killer on battery life.
    4) If you dont have to have constant 4G service, knock your radio back to CDMA 3G service only...4G is a bigger strain on the battery, especially if you are not in a very strong 4G area.
    5) If you dont need it constantly, turn off your GPS...syncing back and forth through space may cause a slight battery drain...just sayin...:biggrin:
    6) Again, if not needed, turn off BlueTooth...no sense in it scanning if you have no immediate need for it...
    7) Remove ANY and ALL task killers...they are as useless as the proverbial teats on Boar Hog. The Android Operating System is designed to have apps/processes running in the background...it is optimized to do so, unlike your Windows PC. All a task killer does is kill these tasks, then 5 minutes later, it fires back up and kills again...wash, rinse, repeat...all day long..

    I have an OG Droid RAZR...I average 17 hours of usage on any given day. Thats usually 3-5 5-10 minute calls, 10-20 text messages..20-30 minutes of varied internet surfing and 3-4 hours of SD card music playback...bear in mind I am Rooted but running stock 4.1.2...this works for me, but it may not be as good for you...

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    Bodybagz you nailed it

    "stroped" of my razr maxx, poo.
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    Okay. So it looks like I am going to..

    -set my screen to AUTO
    -get rid of task killer (i'm assuming that you're saying that setting my app refresh/update rate to a long time will do about the same thing)
    -I always turn wifi/data off when i'm not using it

    Any ideas about rooting? I know this is not the forum to go through that but just real quick, is it a good idea? pros/cons?

    thanks for the help already
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