Suddenly my battery life is terrible...?

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    Today my phone just sitting for four hours with almost no use and it was down to under 70% on the extended battery. The only thing I have recently downloaded was foxfi (which I used once then removed because it put my phone into a funky state which required a battery pull). I have been on the 902 update for a while (completely stock) and had great battery life. The only other change recently was the market switching to Google play. Any suggestions on how to get back the battery life i had before?
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    You may want to see if there are any apps that are battery hogs. A couple of apps for this is Watchdog and Bada$$ Battery Monitor (substitute "$$" with 'ss').

    I've also found Juice Defender to help. Funny, it didn't with my OG Droid, but it seems to work with the Bionic.
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    Juice Defender and anti virus, anti malware apps like lookout kill performance on a Bionic. I spoke with an extremely knowledgeable level 3 Verizon tech person, and he told me so. Once I deleted those apps my DROID BIONIC is lightening fast. Anti virus and anti malware software are constantly scanning and running in the background. You can imagine how that can affect performance. Not to mention the personal information that Lookout obtains from us.

    Sent from my DROID BIONIC
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    While I agree with app killers, Juice Defender turns the radios on and off, which should help with battery use.

    Watchdog doesn't have to be set to run in the background; you can have look at what's happening when you open the app.

    Bada$$ is a nice battery monitor as it sits on the Notifications Bar, gives the battery level in single-digits and gives a wealth of battery information.
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    exact same thing happened to me yesterday, how strange. nothing new on phone, and i don't use any of those other things either. think i'll do a battery pull and see if it goes back to normal.
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    I can use my Bionic all day, normal talk and very little data, and when I turn in at night the battery is typically at 80% or higher. If I forget to put in in the nightstand charger, it's dead the next morning. No idea what it's doing overnight to drain the battery to zero, and maybe I don't want to know. I just swap in the spare battery to get going, and put the dead battery in the charger, so it's a nuisance only.
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    You might try enabling the nighttime battery saver mode which turns off the radios at night.
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    VERY bizarre... I've seen mine lose AT MOST 10% over 8-9 hours of non-use off the charger while I sleep. I don't use any of the battery saver nighttime modes or anything either.
    You could try settings>battery & data manager>touch for usage statistics and see if any app in particular is sucking the life out of your battery...
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    Did that.
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    I'll try that tonight; thanks.
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    the problem the op and i had was not a nighttime issue. it happened yesterday sometime between mid morning and mid afternoon. very wierd. i wonder if verizon was doing something???
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    I used my phone very little and way before I went to bed I was at 14% (this was a little over 11 hours of being off charger). Normally on the extended battery with a lot more use I go to bed (16-17 hours off charger) and am still above 70% battery. I am monitoring closely today to see if battery life is back to normal. I did switch back to a standard battery for now.
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    Same with me over past two days with it in AIRPLANE mode.....

    The past two mornings Ive put my phone on airplane mode at 90% battery life which I do often. After I checked it the past two days the phone lost 50-60% battery life IN airplane mode and I have the extended battery. Usually when i do this I have no battery loss while in airplane mode. Havent seen any unusual apps running. WTH?
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    Yesterday battery usage was back to normal. No idea wth happened. Hopefully it isn't a bad extended battery. I will switch it back to the extended battery forthe weekend.
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    Mine's back to normal too. I'll bet it was somehow tied to that last data outage the other day.
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    It's Android

    Yesterday at bedtime the battery was down to 40% (!?) so I placed it in the charger. At that time, usage statistics said the Android OS was responsible for 44% of the usage. Today, after 4h6m43s on battery, I'm down to 90% battery and the OS used 37%. I'll update this tonight or tomorrow.

    6:29PM Battery 60%, Android OS 45% No talking all day, Sent only 2 short texts.
    9:32PM Battery 40%, Android OS 45% 2 more texts. Putting it in the charger.
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    Lucky you, Phoebe.. I thought it was something that just needed a reboot. My battery usage is 70% Android System. What's weird is that I was nearly equivalent to airplane mode, I had turned off 3G/4G and noticed the battery was draining pretty quickly so I ended some apps via the task manager and the applications>running apps, and when I had done this my phone was at 40%. I put my phone down for 45 minutes, and when I picked it up again I had "Battery is less than 15%, please connect your charger" and could barely find any system apps running, let alone anything that would be killing it.

    Sent from my DROID BIONIC using DroidForums
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    same exact thing happened to me as of last week. the only thing i can think of is the Google Market upgrade to Google Play. Maybe that's running / polling more frequently and causing the battery to drain more quickly? I also find that my phone is constantly warm (not hot), even when not in use.

    Battery life now only about 7-8hrs with light usage (no 4G, wifi when available, no gps). I used to be able to get at least 16 hrs under similar conditions before.

    i wound up uninstalling most of my apps and only kept the very essential ones, but this did not help the issue.
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    Something has definitely changed in the last week or two. I used to get 2-3 days out of a battery, now I can't get 24 hours. Usage hasn't changed, and I don't remember installing any new apps lately. I do get a few "Updates available" notifications now and then, but when I tap on the notification, I seldom see any updates listed. The old app market has disappeared -- I guess that's now the Play Store. I'm rapidly becoming disenchanted with Android, at least its Google/Motorola/Verizon incarnation.

    FWIW, I get about 3-4 days out of an iPhone 3GS.
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    i'm at 58%, time off charger 23 hrs, 13 min. do a hard reboot, with phone ON pull the battery. wait a couple of minutes and then reinstall battery and restart phone. post back with results.
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