How to make battery last longer...

Discussion in 'Motorola Droid X' started by AngelGears, Mar 11, 2011.

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    Hey every one, this is a thread/guide to help people who ate either new to the Droid x or any Droid of how to make your battery last a bit longer. If you know more things to add post them and I will quote you.

    People using AVG antivirus:
    It has been noticed that the AVG drains your battery because it tracks yoir phone using the gps constantly. Yes this is helpful if your phone is stole but it is also a huge battery drain.

    Apps:
    After you are done using a App it is a good idea to force quit the appication throught the phones applications. Some people use a task killer but as seen in posts its not "loved".

    Display:
    I have found that the display of the phone takes a.large amount of energy. The things I have is turned off the animation in the display settings since I dont use a live background, This helps a lot. Also if you can turn down the backlight when you dont need it.

    Large downloads:
    These take a lot of battery because you are either using alot of the internet or using the network, the best way is to do this on the charger. Or do near a charger and charge after the droid dies.

    Battery wear down:
    Do not charge your phone when it os not competely dead, let it die then charge to 100%. If you do this your battery should not wear down as fast.

    Checking what drains your battery:
    In the settings you can look at you battery percentage. It will tell you what has taken the most battery since it was taken off the charger. If desired uninstall these apps or force quit them after every use.

    Hope this was was helpful, if you wish to add something post it below and I will add it. Thanks for reading!

    Im kinda a noob, these are things that helped me lol.

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    Killing apps is deceiving. If you have ever used a task killer you will see that after killing apps if you open your task killer again just minutes later you have a long list of running apps that you never opened or used.

    There are many threads that say to close out of apps properly and forget the task killer as it just becomes another drain on the battery. I tend to agree, I don't run a task killer and get great battery life.

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    I dont have a task killer. Bit i found most of the pre installed apps run constantly even after force kill. So I rooted and removed them, Im not saying a task killer is great but its a method for killing apps that dont open till you touche them again.

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    There is nothing wrong with charging modern batteries before they are down to zero charge. This is a left over myth from the NiCd days.

    Liberated Droid X
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    Freezing them with titanium works well for me.

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    I'm so tired of hearing about task killers... they don't help no matter what the circumstances are. When a app is in memory it can use 0% cpu. So why USE the cpu to kill it?
    Its pointless

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    An easier and quicker way of doing this is to use the hardware back button to exit rather than using the home button. Also, as someone else said, dont use task killers because they drain battery because it is constantly reloading the app after it gets killed. Another thing i reccomend is freezing the bloat apps (or manually renaming the apk's) because you'll need the apps installed in order to get updates (just unfreeze or rename the apk's back).

    This is false. Phone manufacturers use Lithium Ions batterys now which does not build up a memory like the older style batteries do.

    Something i would recommend is using JuiceDefender/UltimateJuice. By default it cuts off data when the phone is asleep unless you have an app oopen that is using it. There are many other functions this app does that if set up will save a considerable amount of battery.

    Also, do the basics.... this means turning brightness down to the lowest your comfortable with and then turning it back up if needed while outside. Also turn off gps and wifi while they arent being used will help save some battery as well.

    If i think of something else ill add it.


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    i completely disagree with the op. i tried everything when i was on blur from task killer to changing battery mode to power saver to not using live wallpapers and widgets. none of that worked. the only thing that worked for me was using a custom rom. then all of a sudden battery life has nearly doubled.
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    while the intention was good, a lot of this info is misleading/not entirely true.

    heres a better written thread about battery life.
    How To Optimize Battery Life & Speed

    also, note eveyones experience is gonna be different. theres not one thing everyone should do since everyone uses their phones differently.
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    I turn off my data connection when im not using it, saves me a noticable amount of juice.
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    yes this works on any rom any phone big time. only problem is messages and emails wont come in for me.
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    A little app called "autostarts"... disable ANYTHING before or after you open anything. I disable all the nonsense that starts after boot and that's it.

    No task killers, no battery profiles. I pull 17-18 hours consistently with the OEM Moto EB, everything on and hard core usage.

    I see no benefit to have a app running plus extra services just to "try" and stop other apps from running. :)

    Great app, give it a shot.


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    Stopping an app from even starting is pointless, if you're on the droid x then it means your nand-locked. So your app that stopps apps from starting is just killing them on boot... since you can't remove the apps or anything like that.

    I would just remove the auto app starter thing, it would prbably increase boot time. & I know its probably hard to understand this but android can use 0% cpu when a process is suspended to memory.

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    Thanks Abe! Even though I wrote that, I actually think it sucks now... lol. I have learned alot since I originally posted that, it needs serious improvement.

    Best ways to improve battery and performance are;
    -If your device is unlocked, use a custom kernel (assuming its better than stock)
    -Overclock
    -Undervolt
    -Sysctl.conf tweaks
    -Build.prop tweaks
    -Reduce display brightness
    -Reduce the frequency that apps fetch data from servers
    -Reduce or remove any apps that run actively in memory
    -Buy an extended battery
    -Recalibrate your battery once a month.
    -Be aware of the quickest battery drainers; GPS, Youtube videos, webcam apps...anything that involves fetching data plus displaying videos, anything that "monitors" anything; battery monitors, os monitors..ect, any sort of task killer, auto task killer, or any other sort of counter-productive app.

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    I'm not reffering to stopping the apps... I'm reffering to the multiple services that just run in the background for those "just in case" it needs it type thing. ALL apps I didn't want or use have been removed VIA system mount and Root Explorer including any trace of Verizon garbage not needed.

    The point of autostarts is to not allow connecting service to run. ie.. when you turn on or open something it will invoke multiple services they "may" be used. For example, at boot I have no reason for Bluetooth share, market, or the service for endgadet to be running. They can start when I NEED them, not just because. It is not a task or app killer, it is a extended functional arm for managing services.

    And its impact on the boot time is "faster" because most of the things that normally start are not.

    :)


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    Wait so the droid x isn't locked? I'm so confused.. I was so uninterested in the droidx with its locked bootloader that I never cared to figure out what all the problems were... is it just that you have to run the stock kernel?


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    Yes it is locked. I was trying to be more universal and generic in my response. I wish it weren't.. :(

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    Has no benefit but it has negligble harm, so you can do whatever you want.

    Those apps don't "run" in memory, they are loaded into memory and reside there in a fully dormant state until they are called upon to run or are killed and replaced with higher priority processes by androids auto memory management system; dormamt apps in memory do not consume any battery and load faster when they become active, therefore there is no point in stopping them from being there... however, if its an app you never use and then run it once, the difference between it starting from a dormant state in memory vs starting from a first run state not in memory, is negligible. But on android, free memory is wasted memory.. so like I said, there is really no benefit to preventing apps to get loaded into memory to sit their dormantly. Android is not like windows, what your doing is not like typing "msconfig" in run cmd and reducing startup processes because those run actively... big difference. The android memory management system is very sophisticated and requires no user intervention. The best thing you can do is completely eliminate any apps that constantly fetch data or run actively. Any form of task killer, or auto start thing, is either counter-productive or has no real benefit.

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    Well, we learn something new everyday.. :).

    I always assumed like "most" systems running services inhabit memory. I was not aware that the said services lay dormant.

    Thanks for the info.

    Thumbs up!!



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    No problem :)

    I definitely thought the exact same thing you did and use to run the app startup manager, but after researching how android actually manages its memory, I became aware that it was pointless, its hard not to compare android to other computer technology you are familiar with, I totally understand.

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