I HAVE SOLVED MY BATTERY PROBLEM!!! And maybe yours???

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  1. ice456789

    ice456789 Member

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    I've been consistently getting no more than 5 hrs of battery life on a full charge. I've tried so many things to fix it; removing all widgets, trying to force close social location, turning off bluetooth, putting juice defender on aggressive, setting all the battery settings to max battery saving, using the phone until the battery died then charging it with the phone off..... none of them worked.

    A friend of mine has the bionic and is getting plenty of battery so we were both going through every setting to find something different. We had some differences like I was using Launcherpro, he was using motoblur. Then I noticed his wi-fi wasn't on. I asked him why, he said because he's got a strong 4g signal there's no reason for wifi. It was worth a shot. I turned off wifi today and... amazingly my phone battery lasts HOURS longer. After 3 hours of listening to music through headphones streamed over 4g (what I would call heavy usage), the phone still had 60% battery. With wifi on I could charge the phone fully then not touch it for 3 hours and it would be down to 40% with no usage at all.

    TURN OFF YOUR WIFI IF YOU'RE HAVING BATTERY PROBLEMS!

    Of course only if you're in a strong 4g area.

    Here's why I think it works. It's completely counter intuitive. We all know the 4g radio uses MUCH more battery than the wifi radio so theoretically being on Wifi should save battery. But the software on the Bionic is the problem. If you're on wifi, the phone will use the Social Location app to locate you using the wifi. It will then keep the phone alive to keep the wifi connection alive. This is regardless of any settings that you can change on the phone (that I've found anyway). If you kill the Social Location app, it will restart itself in a few minutes (even if you add it to the auto end list in task manager). All the other Verizon bloatware will grab that Wifi connection too and constantly update. But if you turn wi-fi off, Social Location will not leave itself on and running. It will not poll the 4g connection continuously like it does on WiFi. And I haven't seen VZ Navigator or IM or any of that garbage trying to start itself like it does on wifi.

    If you're having battery issues like I was, then give this a shot.
     
  2. KanUHearMeNow

    KanUHearMeNow New Member

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    But what are all your neighbors that are mooching for free off your wireless going to think if you turn it off? :)
     
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    Just get juice defender app (free version good enough). When my screen cuts off so does my wifi. When wifi cuts on data cuts off and visa versa. Blue tooth stays off until needed also.

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    If you're using the Social Location app, that's the root of your problem. It's known to be buggy and a battery hog. And the problem is, once you run it once, it's hard to get it to shut down, and stay shut down, without a factory reset.

    More info here: https://supportforums.motorola.com/thread/57606


    I keep WiFi on all the time, and get 12-16 hours on the standard battery all the time.
     
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    I used TiBu to freeze all of the social stuff so I seem to be getting the same battery life on wifi as I do on 4G. Good trouble shooting tho man!!
     
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    See my phone is the opposite. I work in downtown Seattle, so 4g is plenty strong, but my battery constantly drained around 5 hours. So I turned off 4g because I don't need it at work, and turned on wi-fi attaching to my jobs wi-fi. I'm now sitting at 9hrs and still 50% battery left.
     
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    I just ran social location for the first time. It crashed after a min, then to make sure I brought it up and exited from it properly.

    Task manager says it's not running (in fact nothing is taking resources).

    I mainly use Wi-Fi during the day, so technically turning 4g and 3g would save battery but since I always have a plug nearby I don't care.

    Also don't I need 3 or 4g to get calls? I don't even know.
     
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    Can't believe I ran it now it's happening to me.

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    +1 Juice Defender also get a good task killer
     
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    I have a tb. But my battery drains a lot with 4g on and I have STRONG signal.

    Wifi is way better for me. With 4g my phone actually gets hot even on idle. I think I have stuff running in the background idk about when its idle.
     
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    +1 for JD too. I am getting 26-28h of battery life with light use and about 16-18h with heavy use. I leave WiFi and BlueTooth toggles on permanently now (used to switch them off religeously on my Droid X)... dancedroid
     
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    I took the steps in the link hopefully they will work. No interest in juice defender.

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    Just noticed that at the top of the battery stats there is a little graph. Tap it and it becomes full screen and gives you some interesting usage data.

    How do you reset the battery stats? Want to know if I got rid of that annoying location thing.
     
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    TiBu?

     
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    Titanium backup

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