May as well be chained to the wall.

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  1. jguinn2005

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    Picked up a razr 3 days ago. Like the phone features, etc. But the battery life is crippling. I text a lot and my usage has normalized already. This is absolutely terrible. Thinking about taking it back but no idea what I would get ... any ideas on how to fix this or what to get?

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    If your anything like me an extended battery is the way to go, unfortunately it isn't possible with the Razr, the Rezound and upcoming Nexus should both house an extended battery though :)
     
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    Thought about the resound

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    Try juice defender and some smart actions....mine wasn't that bad but after a week it seems to be getting better...

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    If you are having short battery life:

    - Don't use an automatic task killer--not even the one that comes with the phone. Reboot your phone and look at what's running. If anything that you've installed is running and there's no reason for it, then uninstall it and find an alternative that behaves. Ignore any stock apps that run on boot as I've found them to be more or less benign.

    - Weather widgets, live wallpapers, news/social feeds, any app or service that you use that runs--do without it if you can. If you can’t do without it, lengthen it’s refresh time.

    - Don't use antivirus

    - Set your WIFI sleep policy to never. The default is "turn off when screen turns off". This will cause the wifi to reconnect every time you open the phone. From any Home Screen select Menu/Settings/Wireless & Networks/ and then use the Menu button to see some new options - select Advanced. Then select Wifi Sleep Policy and set it to Never. Home key to return to Home Screen.


    - If you have access to wifi, leave it toggled on as it is more efficient than 3G. Wifi consumes less battery power than 3G.

    - I leave GPS toggled on too by the way. Apps use it as needed. When I'm done with Maps or an app that uses it, I'm sure to return to the home screen so GPS can stop. Under wireless settings turn on "Google location services" so that an app is able to use network resources to get your location instead of GPS. I have "VZW location services" turned off--don't know why that option is even there. By the way, I increase the speed of voice output > text to speech > speech rate because I like the directions to get spit out faster. That saves a bit of battery. Turning off the display and just listening for directions help. Also, often I just get the directions and then exit back to the home screen: GPS uses so much battery I try to get it over with ASAP.

    - When you get a 1) new battery, 2) do a factory reset, or 3) an OS upgrade - run your battery all the way down until the phone shuts off and then charge the battery all the way up. This will calibrate the phone's understanding of the battery's capacity. Do this once every month or two also, but don't do it too often if you can help it.

    - I have my battery set to "Performance Mode" and data is on all the time because I am on call 24x7. If you don't mind, try out a more conservative battery profile to save more gobs of energy.

    - Set screen brightness to "Automatic"

    - Under Accounts, click on any account listed and turn off sync for any items that you're not interested in syncing. For example, Google Books if you don't use it. Don't use Backup Assistant--I prefer syncing my contacts with Google. You don't need both. Also go into your contacts > menu > display options > backup assistant > UNCHECK. Also do contacts > menu > more > settings > contact storage > and select your Google account and "remember this choice"

    - Turn on Bluetooth only when you are going to use it.

    - Consider turning off voice privacy. This may not be a big deal but it will save some processing (and therefore battery). It may also improve call quality.

    -T off haptic feedback, animations, and any un-needed sounds in Android settings and in your apps

    - Set your screen timeout to as low a time as you can stand (I use 1 minute) and manually turn the screen off when you’ve finished using the phone.

    - Turn off in-pocket detection

    - Keyboard: turn off vibrate on key press and sounds for any keyboards you use

    - Use a red or black screen background. On the original Droid screen--not sure about this Bionic screen--red was the most efficient color that could be displayed.

    - Camera app: I like keeping location on and flash on auto. Consider turning location off or at least returning to the home screen ASAP when using camera if location for camera is on.

    - In stock browser the default home page is Google and it uses your location. This is a bad idea as it can waste your battery for no reason. Make something else your home page and make sure to close any web page that uses your location when you're done viewing it.

    - Charge your phone via the wall charger instead of computer USB as it is faster. Also, don't use long USB cords--use regular power extension cords instead. I stick with the charger that came with the phone. Put the phone on charger when you go to bed every night.

    - Consider install the Home Replacement app Zeam. It is basic app that uses very few resources and will help with battery power.

    This is a link to some very good videos about saving battery power on the Bionic (there are 4 parts and the other parts will show up as available videos when part 1 finishes):

    Battery Saving Video

    Part 1:
     
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    Fly Fisher thanks for all of the tips. Ill be sure to try them. Its a shame that we have to do that though. Just as a test I charged my phone all the way up last night and then unplugged it. I wanted to see how long it would last. 12 hours later it's at 30 percent and I used it once lol

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    @bayou...awesome post...thank you very much....
     
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    To fly fishers point. Let it drain 2-3 times. Then give it full charge. Mine was like yours, now it last me from 7am-8pm with moderate to heavy use...good luck

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    This is a great post. If it's not stickied, it should be.

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    Dont get me wrong...all great suggestions as im sure this would save battery but man you have to admit...you shouldnt have to do all that. The phone offers so much yet the manufacture gives a battery that would proudly power a phone from 1999 with no issues but yet cannot power a phone it comes with for a full day if you turn on all the bells and whistles as advertised.

    Its like they are saying here is a phone that can do anything you want and has all the "cool" features you are looking for. However, if you want to use these "cool" features expect to charge your battery midway through the day. If you dont want to charge your phone midway through the day please configure your phone as if it were a phone released in 2001 as the battery we provided will not power the phone as advertised for a full day with moderate usage.

    Quite simply if they ship a product with certain expectations that they advertise then they should provide a battery that is up to the task to run the phone at its maximum capability for a full day. You should not be required to dumb your phone down to something made in 1999 just to keep the battery going all day.

    Just my thoughts.
     
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    I'm not really suggesting that you use every one of those tips. Just do the ones that let you use your phone the way you want to use and ignore the ones that would be too restrictive for you personally. For me, live wallpapers have never been a priority. However, my daughter would not have a phone that doesn't offer them. Different strokes for different folks. It's all about priorities.
     
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