I know the battery life on smartphones generally suck for the most part. I turn Wi-fi off when not using the net. I use the Application Monitor to "end" apps when I'm finished using them. Talk time is not a major issue. Even with doing these things, my battery is draining at a ridiculous speed.
Is anyone else having battery life issues? Any suggestions other than keeping my phone on the charger several times a day?
I apologize that you are having issues with the battery life on your Galaxy III. You may want to make sure that your network settings are not set to LTE/CDMA. It should at this time be set to CDMA only. From your home screen you should select Menu> Settings> More Settings> Mobile Networks> Network mode> and make sure it is selected to CDMA and not CDMA/LTE. Please let us know if you continue to have battery issues.
Turning off WiFi is not a good idea. IF you have a WiFi connection, always use it. It will save tremendous battery life. Being on Sprint's network for data will consume battery quickly.
I would not worry about using the application monitor to end apps. You are most likely causing worse battery life by doing this, Android knows how to use resources and by ending them prematurely, you cause them to consume more power when the OS needs to restart them.
Things that kill battery life are accounts that sync like Facebook, Twitter, etc. so just be aware of those as well. Also, make sure you are on CDMA only as Markie_B posted.
You may also want to check your application settings and use the phones battery use monitor as it will also give you additional information as to what is using your battery. Even with an application monitor, you may not always be able to see what is draining your battery.
Message was edited by: Markie_B
I posted this before and I am posting this again.
How to save battery life
Check my post about tricks and menu options for a more detailed list.
What is bad for you though? I just turned mine on today finaly. I've spent all day playing with the phone, customizing everything. The battery went from full charge to under 25% in just over 6 hours of near constant use. I don't consider that to be too bad for the amount of use. One thing I would suggest is to use the wifi. It will actually use much less battery than using Sprint's network will. It's also pretty unlikely that you will find wifi anywhere that is slower than Sprint's 3g.
I am regretting my purchase of this Galaxy S III phone. The battery life is awful, even with everything turned off. I'm sorry I upgraded from the Galaxy S II since there is really no huge difference in phones. At least I was able to use an extended battery in my Galaxy II. It sucks to pay for LTE when you can't even access it.
I have had nothing but long lasting unplugged joy with my new SIII. Not sure why your battery is draining so fast. I upgraded from the original Epic and battery life sucked on that phone. I have gone all day 7a.m to midnight without plugging in for a charge. I've would consider my usage moderate to intense during the day. I do notice the battery does seem to drop more while I'm at work, but I think thats because of a bad 3g signal. I can have 34% charge at 5pm and it will last the rest of the day. One tip I followed which I'm not sure applies to the battery type used in the SIII, the first three charges I allowed the battery to drain all the way down to zero, then fully charged it before using again. Again I am more than pleased with the battery performance of this Galaxy!
Yes... doing battery memory setting is important for good battery life... I just got mine on Saturday night and haven't done it yet but am planning to today.. It does seem to recharge slowly since out of the box I had about 50% and used it for a while before plugging in.. At least in the car, it was slow to recharge.. Suspect the home charging would be faster so I'll run it all the way down today and try it later on.. Running on WIFI at my office, it has very little usage in idle..