How often to turn off a Droid?

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  1. gpb5200

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    When I bought my Droid, I was told to turn it off at least nightly for better daily operation. I haven't exactly been doing that religiously.
    Anyone have thoughts on the the frequency of shutting it down?
    How about how long it should be off before turning it back on?

    Thanks in advance for suggestions.
     
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    I never turn mine off. I charge mine every night and it turns on while charging so its not even an option.
     
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    Mine is only off when rebooting after installing a new ROM.

    Never any problems with it being on all the time.
     
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    There are those who brag about their uptime on Linux systems, which is what Android is based on. Usually my phone gets rebooted to do a backup or to look at something while helping someone but it has stayed up for a few weeks at a time. I've noticed no issues when it has been up that long.

    Try this...don't shut it off, as you have been doing, and when you suddenly realize, "hey, my daily operations aren't what they used to be" give it a reboot and see if there is an amazing difference. I don't think it will happen, but that's just me.

    Now, there may be something to be said for letting the battery drain fully from time to time, which would cause a shutdown. There was a post about an initial battery usage guide that covered that, to increase battery life. Something like letting it drain until it died, full recharge, repeat once, and then good to go?
     
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    I definitely think that when your Droid lags a shut down is all that is required and you do see an amazing difference, however I strongly disagree about the idea of initial battery charge and then running it down until it dies having any type of effect on the Droids battery life. Old wives tale I say.

    I do think it is a good idea to let the battery drain completely occasionally - maybe 3 times a year but that's only because I've read that major battery manufacturers, including Apple, recommend this for the lithium battery.

    It definitely will not hurt to let the battery drain after an initial charge, I just don't see a long time benefit.
     
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    There are times that for whatever reason I cant get GPS lock, and a shutdown is the only solution (I'd tried turning off and turning on first, etc.)

    That is about the only reason I power off lately.
     
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    No need in my experience (except for extremely unusual issues like RW-1 mentions). Who told you that?
     
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    I usually reboot mine prior to hitting 200 hours of up time, so about once a week.
     
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    Sometimes I have an issue like RW1 mentioned and turning the phone off seems to fix it. However, I don't think it's the phone per say. It only happens when I "do" something and can't figure out how to undo it. I'm technology challenged and sometimes I think I user error contributes to some strange application reactions. Up to this point rebooting the phone has been the answer.
     
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    unless you're having problems shut down is NOT required. If you notice a lot of lag, apps not responding the way they should, etc. Shutting down is always a good first troubleshooting step. But in typical daily use, shutting down won't do anything for you.
     
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    Mine's never off unless it's rebooting to load a ROM or something that actually requires a reboot. I can't remember the last time I turned it off just to turn it off.
     
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    I usually power cycle my phone every 24-48 hours. It usually coincides with installation of app updates.

    Strictly speaking, it isn't necessary. However, if one has a lot of apps on the phone, it's more or less inevitable that a few are not written as well as they could be and detritus of one kind or another tends to collect between reboots. Furthermore, I've found the best test of app updates occurs after a reboot.
     
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