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Old 09-19-13, 09:37 AM
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what the heck has happened to the battery life of my Galaxy S3

Over the past month my battery life has tanked. it won't keep charge worth a damn. I have to keep it plugged in at work all day. When I am out I always make sure wifi is off and i have even started turning mobile data off until i need to use it. I have it on "power saving" mode as well. I don't think my battery is bad. Did they do some kind of update that has screwed something up? Anyone else having this issue?
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Old 09-19-13, 09:43 AM
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Re: what the heck has happened to the battery life of my Galaxy S3

Why don't you think your battery is bad? The symptoms you describe point to that very problem.
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Old 09-19-13, 10:21 AM
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Sounds like your battery is bad.
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Old 09-19-13, 11:03 AM
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Re: what the heck has happened to the battery life of my Galaxy S3

In the settings, look at what is using all the battery power. If it's a recently purchased app or something, uninstall it. But you're going to come to the conclusion that it's the battery. Buy a new one at Amazon for five bucks and live happily ever after.
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Old 09-19-13, 11:11 AM
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Re: what the heck has happened to the battery life of my Galaxy S3

maybe it is my battery. i will just change that out. i had no clue you could get batteries for cheap. i just assumed it being a smartphone battery that it would be expensive.


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Old 09-19-13, 11:13 AM
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Re: what the heck has happened to the battery life of my Galaxy S3

I just bought 2 NFC-compatible Galaxy S3 batteries with a wall charger for $25 (Anker brand)

Overall, not too expensive. You can get them cheaper without NFC support, or you can just get an OEM battery.
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Old 09-19-13, 11:20 AM
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Re: what the heck has happened to the battery life of my Galaxy S3

forgive my stupidity, but what does NFC support mean? and OEM mean?

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NFC = Near field Communication, so you can use those Tags/Tiles where you basically touch them with your phone. Also allows you to use Google Wallet if you're so inclined (use your phone as a "tap and pay" credit card). Some batteries cause issues with the capability.

OEM = Original Equipment Manufacturer. In this case it means a Samsung original battery, identical to the one that came with your phone.
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Old 09-19-13, 11:26 AM
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Re: what the heck has happened to the battery life of my Galaxy S3

NFC is Near-Field Communication. It's what lets do you thinks like the touch sharing with other GS3. OEM just refers to Samsung made parts rather than 3rd party.
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Old 09-19-13, 12:12 PM
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Re: what the heck has happened to the battery life of my Galaxy S3

thanks guys for the clarification. i never could get the touch share stuff to work right anyway
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thanks guys for the clarification. i never could get the touch share stuff to work right anyway
Yeah, the "touch to share" stuff was a joke.

For reference, I have a T-Mobile Galaxy S3, and it's been unplugged 6 1/2 hours and is at 80%. I leave wifi, mobile data, and Bluetooth on constantly, although wifi has Network Notification disabled. I've been on wifi most of the day, both at home and at work, with the only period on Mobile data during the commute to work.
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Yeah, the "touch to share" stuff was a joke.

For reference, I have a T-Mobile Galaxy S3, and it's been unplugged 6 1/2 hours and is at 80%. I leave wifi, mobile data, and Bluetooth on constantly, although wifi has Network Notification disabled. I've been on wifi most of the day, both at home and at work, with the only period on Mobile data during the commute to work.


there is something definitely wrong with mine then
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Re: what the heck has happened to the battery life of my Galaxy S3

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there is something definitely wrong with mine then
How are you charging your phone? With the factory-supplied charger or are you using some generic AC-to-USB charging block? I ran into poor battery life on my Samsung Galaxy SII Skyrocket and it was caused by a "wake lock" condition when using iPod-compatible AC-to-USB adapters.
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Re: what the heck has happened to the battery life of my Galaxy S3

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How are you charging your phone? With the factory-supplied charger or are you using some generic AC-to-USB charging block? I ran into poor battery life on my Samsung Galaxy SII Skyrocket and it was caused by a "wake lock" condition when using iPod-compatible AC-to-USB adapters.


i am just using the charger that came with the phone
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Re: what the heck has happened to the battery life of my Galaxy S3

i bought a new battery and i still have the same battery life problems. FML
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Re: what the heck has happened to the battery life of my Galaxy S3

You can use an app like gsam the to see what is draining battery.

Worse case you can do a factory reset and don't install any apps to see if you still have a problem.
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Re: what the heck has happened to the battery life of my Galaxy S3

Originally Posted by D.Pham4GLTE (>60GB) View Post
You can use an app like gsam the to see what is draining battery.
Even the default Android battery app is pretty handy for troubleshooting this stuff.

Told you guys it wasn't a hardware issue.
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Old 09-30-13, 03:39 PM
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Re: what the heck has happened to the battery life of my Galaxy S3

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You can use an app like gsam the to see what is draining battery.

Worse case you can do a factory reset and don't install any apps to see if you still have a problem.



i downloaded that app, 96% of battery is used for "Mediascannerservice" no clue what that is.
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i downloaded that app, 96% of battery is used for "Mediascannerservice" no clue what that is.
https://www.google.com/search?q=Medi...ervice+battery
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http://blog.robin.smidsrod.no/2013/0...g-your-battery
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Why do people like Android, exactly?
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Re: what the heck has happened to the battery life of my Galaxy S3

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Why do people like Android, exactly?
why do you care? a bit of a troll-ish question.

the short answer is there are so many things you can do an an android phone that you can't do on an un-jailbroken iphone. bottom line is people like choices and options to customize or tinker with the phone.
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why do you care? a bit of a troll-ish question.

the short answer is there are so many things you can do an an android phone that you can't do on an un-jailbroken iphone. bottom line is people like choices and options to customize or tinker with the phone.
I can see how that question could be interpreted that way. I'm sorry. It wasn't my intention--I really don't get it. I never have to worry about some obscure OS service running and using 96% (!) of my iPhone's battery.

I understand that some people want to be able to customize the look and feel of their phone, but the trade-off in reliability and stability doesn't seem worth it. It seems like Google looked at the history of Windows and went "that's what we should do!"

What a nightmare for non tech geeks.
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Re: what the heck has happened to the battery life of my Galaxy S3

I don't think most Android users worry about that stuff either, nor experience that many reliability and stability issues. More then iPhone users? Probably. But it's not like it's a pandemic of problems, and it's not like iPhone users don't have their own complaints. For instance my coworker hates the battery life on his iPhone 4S after various updates over the years.

For the most part, I imagine most non tech geeks don't have any major issues, else sales wouldn't be so high. Reminds me of the complaint that Android is more complicated then iOS and only good for tech people, when really the interface isn't much different outside of a separate button to see all your apps.

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Re: what the heck has happened to the battery life of my Galaxy S3

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I can see how that question could be interpreted that way. I'm sorry. It wasn't my intention--I really don't get it. I never have to worry about some obscure OS service running and using 96% (!) of my iPhone's battery.

I understand that some people want to be able to customize the look and feel of their phone, but the trade-off in reliability and stability doesn't seem worth it. It seems like Google looked at the history of Windows and went "that's what we should do!"

What a nightmare for non tech geeks.

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I don't think most Android users worry about that stuff either, nor experience that many reliability and stability issues. More then iPhone users? Probably.

For the most part, I imagine most non tech geeks don't have any major issues.
Probably because they don't know there are issues. If nearly everyone is barely getting a day's worth of use before having to recharge their Android phone, then how is a non-techie supposed to know if that is good or not?

They simply shrug their shoulders and buy oversized extended batteries or resign themselves to charging their phone daily.

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But it's not like it's a pandemic of problems, and it's not like iPhone users don't have their own complaints. For instance my coworker hates the battery life on his iPhone 4S after various updates over the years.
That iPhone 4S is 2 years old and has only had 2 OS updates. Not sure how many updates constitutes "various" or if the battery life of ANY 2 year old phone is going to suffer.

I much prefer Android over iOS for functionality and hardware capabilities. But I'm "stuck" with an iPhone because of the ease of syncing music and battery life. I can go 2-3 days of normal use before worrying about recharging.

There are some boneheaded design decisions made for the iPhone that still have me scratching my head... like, no "missed call" LED. I guess the expected use case requires users to keep their phone with them 24/7 including when going to the bathroom or taking a shower.

As iOS expands the scope of its multitasking, I expect battery life to suffer, and when it does, the major reason for sticking with the iPhone will be gone.
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