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Yet Another Droid Incredible Battery Life Fix

By - Source: Tom's Guide US | B 22 comments

Here's a hopeful fix for the Android OS device.

The Droid Incredible won points for its HTC Sense interface and blazing speed, but users have long complained about the battery life. Reports of the battery draining from 100% to 85% in a span of a few minutes have pushed the user community resort to a variety of fixes.



Here's another proposed solution: based on stories of the Incredible's confusion regarding its own battery life, this fix focuses on resetting the smartphone's "battery full" state. From the XDA forums:

- Charge your battery like normal
- When you see the green light unplug the phone and power it down
- Plug it back up (you should see the orange light again for a while)
- When the light turns green again, then you are fully charged.


Alternatively:

- Charge your phone fully (don’t just go by the orange light turning green check your battery under settings>about phone>>battery)
- Reboot in Recovery and get adb shell running
- Once you have adb shell (#) running type in the following commands:

mount -a
rm /data/system/batterystats.bin

- Reboot the phone immediately after running the commands
- When your phone reboots disconnect your cable and DO NOT CHARGE until the battery dies (the phone will shut off)
- When the battery dies out charge the phone like you normally would.


Any Droid Incredible users out there? Got any battery fixes to share?

Quick Tip: Extend Your DROID Incredible Battery Life

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    jhansonxi , July 5, 2010 6:56 PM
    Command-line methods are not a user-friendly solution but at least it is possible to work around the problem without having to return the phone.
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    dameon51 , July 5, 2010 7:47 PM
    excalibur1814Its odd, winmobile 6.5 is very easy to use, stable, great community and a beauty to use on the HD2, yet all the tech pages slammed it.Here we have Android in it's seventy flavours with many problems and people lap it up.Now, before I get slammed, I do like and appreciate the platform and I wish it success... I just get a little frustrated when we're so forgiving.


    People like to pick favorites.
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    kikireeki , July 5, 2010 8:33 PM
    I think Android still need a lot of optimization in regard to this matter.
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    f-14 , July 5, 2010 8:42 PM
    i liken this problem to the Iphone4 dropping calls. people need to send their phones back as defective to get anything done rather then monkey around with b.s. end user fixes. this is something the designers & manufacturer as supposed to have fixed and tested before release. these people are not being compensated near enough for doing all the beta testing and fixing.
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    Zinosys , July 5, 2010 9:14 PM
    Huh. I have an incredible and that hasn't happened to me. Interesting, maybe I'll investigate a little more...
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    cookoy , July 5, 2010 9:38 PM
    Yup, Incredible confusion about this story too!
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    Anonymous , July 5, 2010 9:44 PM
    @excalibur
    Its also about money, google pays for the companies to deploy more smartphones that uses android OS. They use apps and other things to collect info about users to sell to get even more money.

    Most of google's software/projects has issues with privacy (look at the recent Wifi data steal issue). And the "If you don't have anything to hide then you don't have a problem" attitude of google is quite annoying, or else why is it called "Privacy"?.

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    jhanschu , July 5, 2010 11:43 PM
    I've noticed this battery drop in my Inc. But it's only been to about 95% then there's a more gradual battery use. From what I've heard there is an update coming soon to fix several nuisances, but whether this is one I'm not sure. Also there's the rumored 2.2 update by summers end that may fix this, but then again, just rumor.
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    damian86 , July 6, 2010 12:48 AM
    Whatever, I want my xperia to get the update and fixed
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    war2k9 , July 6, 2010 1:38 AM
    Winmo 6.5 is a face lift of winmo 6, so it has been around for sometime.
    Lets wait for winmo 7 and see how good is it.
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    osxsier , July 6, 2010 3:58 AM
    Get an iPhone and dont worry about the battery life...if you have something to say about reception, read the anandtech article and stfu, kthx.
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    Anonymous , July 6, 2010 9:00 AM
    here are a few things you can do that will reduce cellular battery consumption, thus allowing more standby and talktime between charges. Never leave your cell phone close to a heat source or in a vehicle on hot days.

    Other ways for extending cell phone battery life is by getting rid of the sound your cell phone makes when you press a key. You should find how to do that in your phone's settings. Use a ring tone instead of the vibration alarm whenever possible, since ring tones drain less energy.

    http://www.battery-company.com.au/mobile-phone-battery.htm
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    Anonymous , July 6, 2010 9:02 AM
    How long should my batteries last?

    Standby time: Standby time is when the phone is ON, but not "IN USE." Standby times vary from phone to phone and are dependent upon type of battery (NiCAD, NiMH, LiON), type of phone, and individual charging habits.

    Talk time: Talk time is when the phone is IN USE. Again, times are vary with batteries, phones, and charging habits.

    http://www.ebattery.com.au/Mobile-Phone-batteries.html
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    joebob2000 , July 6, 2010 2:38 PM
    dameon51People like to pick favorites.


    Yeah no kidding. I see these kinds of stories and just shake my head. I have a Blackberry storm that runs tons of useful apps, has a decent sized screen, and most importantly for a portable device the battery lasts a *long long long* time. Two days with reasonable use, a full 24 hours even with heavy use. Typing is easy and the signal reception is great especially compared to just about any AT&T phone *cough*.

    But nooo, it's the "worst touchscreen phone ever" and no reputable website will say anything good about it, at all. Well, have fun with your call-droppers and battery-killers, kids. This old man will stick with his reliable dumb old smartphone.
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    Anonymous , July 6, 2010 2:58 PM
    It seems like nowadays companies are more concerned with size and features than battery life. Back when flip phones were new and all the rage, I actually stuck with my non-flip phone for a while just because the battery life was so much better. My wife and I now have HTC Incredible phones and I'm shocked by how quickly the battery is drained. It goes from fully charged down to almost nothing over the course of a day with what I consider light use (a couple of short phone calls, some light web browsing, maybe play a couple of short games). I guess all this power comes at the cost of battery life.
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    unkledunkle , July 6, 2010 3:24 PM
    Pretty sure that after you unplug the device from charge state it initiates re sync with your apps and mail clients. To avoid massive power drains simply reboot the device before you unplug it and let it sit for a few moments after power up while the sync is happenint
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    unkledunkle , July 6, 2010 3:32 PM
    When you pull the charge cord the phone thinks that It has just rebooted and therefore syncs all mail accounts and apps that are set to do so. This is why the drop varies user to user. To avoid problems simply reboot the device before you unplug it and let it sit for a few moments to re sync data.
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    joebob2000 , July 6, 2010 3:53 PM
    unkledunkleWhen you pull the charge cord the phone thinks that It has just rebooted and therefore syncs all mail accounts and apps that are set to do so. This is why the drop varies user to user. To avoid problems simply reboot the device before you unplug it and let it sit for a few moments to re sync data.


    "Simply"? We have different definitions of this word, it seems. It's a shame too, I was seriously thinking about getting the Inc in a few weeks if Verizon starts a promo on it after the new Droid comes out and if (a big if, yes) they start using a LCD screen to speed up supply, like the rumors have been saying. With the disappointing picture quality on the OLED screen and the super disappointing battery life, I am in no hurry to switch.
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    IFLATLINEI , July 6, 2010 6:17 PM
    excalibur1814Its odd, winmobile 6.5 is very easy to use, stable, great community and a beauty to use on the HD2, yet all the tech pages slammed it.Here we have Android in it's seventy flavours with many problems and people lap it up.Now, before I get slammed, I do like and appreciate the platform and I wish it success... I just get a little frustrated when we're so forgiving.


    Im not being forgiving. My Android performs flawlessly. Which problems do you speak of? Many of these "Problems" Your speaking of most likely have to do with new smartphone users and their steep learning curves. Others are due to hardware designs that clearly cant be the fault of the OS. Seems to me that Android is loaded into more phones than any other OS and that bound to create some issues. Its not like Apples easy approach of just one phone.
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    jmemory , July 6, 2010 8:53 PM
    It's not just about picking favorites, it is also about picking sides (good vs. evil; apple vs pear vs banana) as well as trying to desperately justify that yours is the biggest or best or fastest or vibrates the best etc. Man did it with just about anything, toys, cars, sports you name it. Its than never ending and if it was not there progress would arguably be much slower.
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