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Author Topic: Battery Life of HTC Phones - The Solution Worked For Me  (Read 5626 times)
« on: January 04, 2012, 05:21:24 am »

The first phone from HTC that I bought was the One XE. What got me to buy it instead of the Samsung Galaxy SII was the Sense UI. I had a Samsung Wave S8500 before and I kind of liked it but after some time got bored with its TouchWiz UI. Although the screen was great, I found it was not to my taste. When I got to fiddle with my HTC One XE, on the other hand, things got interesting. I liked the eye candy and the integration of  contacts that go deeper than the UI. But one thing that got me worrying was the battery life.

During the first week of usage I noticed a steep decrease in battery level. The phone won't even last the entire day on a single charge. Since it's the first time I got an HTC phone, I thought it was only normal. I went to a lot of sites for the SE and found out that a lot of other users also had the same feedback regarding battery life. I tinkered with the phone after coming home from work one night and found something interesting. There were a lot of connections that I think were hogging the battery. I removed all the possible connections from the settings > location by unchecking all the boxes. After that I observed the battery drain for the next few days. Unchecking all the abovementioned increased battery life noticeably. The phone now lasts up to more than two days with moderate use. But my quest for longer battery life did not end there.

Although the phone lasts more than two days, I noticed that it tended to drain faster while I was in the office or when I get home. When I'm outside the house and not in the office most of the time, the battery lasted longer. I found out on other sites that the online widgets and programs that require sync drain a lot of battery juice whenever there is an internet connection (i.e. wifi). I then opened settings > account and sync and found some stuff there that I don't use anyway (News and Stocks). After going to the task manager, I noticed that they sometimes appear there without me running them. Since I can't seem to remove those accounts, I tried the All tab in the task manager. And what luck...those stuff are there and with the option for me to disable them. I found out other stuff there too that I can disable so that I can manage what processes are running in the background. You can give it a try too if you want. This worked for me and now I'm not afraid of my phone dying on me while I have wifi active. And it prolonged my usage too. I hope this helps you guys.

Note: Don't worry about disabling processes in the task manager. What you disabled will still be on the list albeit on the bottom part (to separate the active from disabled ). I also don't know if it's just me but when I removed the battery widget the battery seemed to discharge slower.
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« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2012, 07:59:10 pm »

Thanks for the info. This is really useful  wink
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« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2015, 11:01:33 pm »

It was a message that is useful in applications development much.
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