Help me improve my battery life

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  1. celtic11

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    I've been having a lot of battery life issues on my d1 lately. I purchased a brand new OEM battery and it didn't help at all. I put my phone on the charger every night because it doubles as my alarm clock. I get up around 7, normally check fb and this forum before going into class, sit in class for an hour and then head home. As soon as I start playing games or browse the internet the phone battery starts dying very fast. Today I've played no games at all, browsed web for about an hour plus a couple of text messages and after 5 hours its at 10%.

    I leave GPS on all the time because I have a fear of losing my phone or having it stolen and having GPS turned off. I have the screen brightness on auto. What can I do to get better battery life? I mess with the phone quite a bit but even at moderate use it seems I can't get 8 hours out of a full battery. I feel like its gotten worse as I've owned it too even after a new battery.

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    [FONT=&quot]Here's my tips (Individual items may not apply your phone):[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]1. Go to settings/wireless & networks/mobile networks/Enable always-on data. Uncheck always on data. Your phone will still receive email, text, & phone calls as before as well as internet usage but your battery will last a lot longer.[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]2. Emails: I don't know what email app you use, but try this. It saves battery power and in some cases emails arrive quicker. This scheme will have you using only the Gmail app on the phone for all email accounts whether they are pop3 accounts or Gmail. Go to the Google Gmail inbox on your computer and log into the Gmail account. On the top right of the screen is an option called Settings. In there is an option to have the Gmail program poll your regular, non-Gmail accounts (From the inbox; Settings/Accounts & Import/ Check mail using POP3). Provide the email address and the password. The Google Gmail program will then poll your other accounts on a frequency from 1-5 minutes and push the email immediately to your phone. The polling frequency is determined by each account's activity - more emails = faster polling. This saves battery power because on the android OS pop3 accounts are polled at a frequency of 1-30 minutes and that really eats battery. Because the phone goes and checks those accounts for mail whether there is mail there or not.[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]3. If you are using Live Wall Papers, stop![/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]4. Use wifi any time it is available. It uses a lot less power than 3G and it is much faster.[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]5. If there are widgets that automatically update (facebook, weather, etc.) change their update frequency in their settings menu. Set them to 30mins or 1 hour.[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]6. Oh, almost forgot, get the extended battery from Verizon.[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]7. Turn off the GPS unless you are actually using it. There are some background apps that can burn a lot of power via a live gps.[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]8. The Power Control Widget is a good tool for easily turning on and off some of these features (gps, wifi, screen brightness, etc.).[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]9. From the home screen do the following: menu/settings/About Phone/Battery Use. This graph will show the 10 biggest power users on the phone. It should always be Screen as the top user and the android os, android system, phone standby and phone idle should be the other top users. If there is an app listed you should determine if it’s an app you actually use a lot or do you have a rogue app that needs to be uninstalled.[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]10. Get Screebl. It will turn your phone off anytime you are not actively using it.[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]11. If you have either a task killer or an anti-virus app installed, you should uninstall.[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]12. Go to data>system>and delete batterystats.bin after you've charged your phone to 100%. This will help with battery meter accuracy.[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]13. D2G - go in to settings, wireless and networks, mobile network and change the network type from global to CDMA only. The d2g is locked out from using the local GSM networks in the US. You don't need global radio turned on in the US just overseas. Go into Settings > Wireless & Networks > Mobile Networks > Network Mode > and turn off the default setting of Global and turn on CDMA. This assumes you are in the US.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]14. If you have ad blocker, turn it off.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]15. If you are using Launcher Pro, try switching to ADW or Zeam for a while.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]16. Reboot you phone every day or two.[/FONT]
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  3. celtic11

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    So you suggest uninstalling lookout mobile security? Also if I turn off data then I lose my 3g coverage. Wont that prohibit me from doing the things the phone is built for?

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    turn off GPS....that is what is killing you. even if the icon isnt up there in the notification bar, it is killing you. i left mine on for a couple days and it was terrible. i would have 90% battery, go to lunch/dinner, and not touch my phone, and i would come back and have about 50%.

    i turned it off and i am back to normal.
    lookout will turn on the GPS when you send it the text message thing so done worry about that. plus if it gets stolen, it will probably be wiped and turned off before you notice it is gone.
     
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    Absolutely uninstall any Anti-Virus app you have on your phone. They do way more harm than any good they could do if a virus is ever directed at our phones.

    Data: That is one of the items that doesn't apply to your phone. The list is generic and is meant to cover a number of phones. And it doesn't say to turn off data. It says to turn off "Always On - Data" I think if you go and check you'll se that you do not have an "Always On - Data" option to uncheck.

    Good luck and I hope some of this helps.:)
     
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    Thanks I'm in the process of doing a lot of these. I deleted my weather widget and basically disabled the stock android email app. All I got was junkmail mostly and didn't notify me anyway. I also set up my wireless for when I'm at home but should I toggle it off when not at home so that its not constantly scanning?

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    Also is screebl really any different than the stock screen timeout? I don't really have an issue with the screen timing out during passive use.

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