rooted, froze apps now battery life terrible

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    So I finally rooted my phone last night. Used Titanium backup to freeze alot of apps that were listed on here as safe. I haven't noticed a too big of change in freed up ram and my battery life has plummeted. I've noticed in my battery status I have com.motorola.home and google services both at 8%. I've never seen those on here before. Any ideas why I'm not reaping the benefits everyone else is?
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    How long is your battery lasting now vs prior?
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    45 mins off charger was down to %80. All I did was check email and FB. After update it would take at least 2 hours to report %90 with that kind of usage.
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    It seems in most of these cases this is an battery reporting issue and not an actual battery consumption issue. Look at the actual mV reading of the battery to see if it is really dropping that fast. 100% roughly equals 4200mV and 5% roughly equals about 3500mV. So your reading at 80% should be about 4060mV.

    There are ways to recalibrate the battery meter. I never do them because it seems to me that reading gets automatically adjusted after the battery has been used normally and then recharged to 100% a few times. So you may find that this issue goes away over the next few days.

    Now, if your battery really is draining that fast, here is a great writeup that one of our DF'ers wrote and it has some really great tips for saving battery power:

    Battery Life – BY: NoBloatware on DF

    consider doing a factory reset. Do not sync apps, wifi connections, etc. with Google services as that may cause a problem. Install all apps and wifi connections from scratch. A bit of a pain, but not too bad.- install a home/launcher replacement. I use Go Launcher EX, which is free, and I love it. No reason not to try out an alternative launcher as you can always go back to how you had it.

    - 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.

    - don't use antivirus

    - the DLNA app pops up a dialog box that will set your WIFI sleep policy to never. The default is "turn off when screen turns off" and I personally think that this setting is the best thing for battery life. Under wifi settings view your connections then hit menu to see "Advanced options" where you can set the sleep policy

    - if you have access to wifi, leave it toggled on as it is more efficient than 3G. This is different from the sleep policy.

    - 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 new battery, do a factory reset, or 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 callibrate 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"

    - if you never use bluetooth then toggle it off. If you do use it sometimes, it's fine to leave it toggled on all the time.

    - 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.

    - turn 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're done using the phone. I use an app to lock the screen so I don't wear out my power button...as happened on my original droid.

    - turn off in-pocket detection

    - keyboard: turn off vibrate on keypress and sounds for any keyboards you use

    - use a red screen background. On the original Droid screen--not sure about this Droid 3 screen--red was the most efficient color that could be displayed. Anyone know if this still holds true?

    - 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.
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    Phone didn't last 5 hours with apps frozen...
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    You should consider returning to stock. My gut tells me that something got screwed up. I don't mean to insult you. Stuff happens.

    Those tips that Bayou listed are interesting. I would change a few things:
    -GO Launcher requires too many privileges. ADW is free and good.
    -a factory reset w/o syncing is something to consider with a new phone. If you've had the phone for a while, I think it should be a last resort.
    -dial *22899 and wait til it hangs up every 1-2 months
    -in U.S. set global phones to CDMA only
    -take everything off your stock task manager auto-end list
    -turn on data roaming. If you aren't near a foreign border, this option is free and optimal according to a Verizon rep.
    -if you are often in poor signal areas you will experience battery drain. You could use the stock battery profile to shut off data at certain times or consider getting an app to automatically shut off/govern data in certain areas. (try Juice Defender, NoBars Battery Saver) Do you have good WIFI availability in that low signal area? If so, you could set your WIFI sleep policy to never while you're there so that your phone isn't burning up battery trying to stay connected to Verizon. You could use location-based software (perhaps llama, free from market) to do this automatically. Consider getting signal boosting hardware from Verizon.
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    I think I figured out the problem. I forgot that I also just installed widgetlocker. I unrooted my phone and was still having the battery drain. When I turned off widgetlocker, my battery usage returned to normal. I notice when widget locker was on "Android OS" was at the top of my usage in battery, when it was off it returned to less than 10%. Any ideas on why this program is killing my battery? It seems that if it were really this bad no one would use it.
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