- 12-12-2012, 11:54 AM #1
Last night I installed these apps and fully charged my Lumia 920 before going to sleep. I wake up this morning (had set couple of alarms), hit the gym, come back, pick up my phone and the battery is at 42%! I was never impressed with my phone's battery life but I've never seen it drain so quickly before. The only other apps I permit running in the background are Amazing Weather HD and WP Shortcut Tiles and they've been installed quite some time ago. Anybody else experience a sharp increase in battery drain after installing any or both of these apps?
- 12-12-2012, 12:08 PM #3
I also installed USA Today and Weather Flow last night. I did the trial of Weather Flow and I didn't really like it so it was uninstalled rather quickly. I used USA Today a few times last night and this morning and my battery doesn't seem to be effected, at least not like how you are describing.
Have you tried doing a soft reset of your phone to see if that helps? Maybe a process is stuck running in the background. If you do a soft reset (holding the lock and down volume buttons until the phone vibrates and restarts) and that still doesn't help then maybe it's Weather Flow because USA Today seems to be working fine for me.
- 12-12-2012, 12:15 PM #4
I have the shortcuts installed and haven't noticed amy decrease in battery life. I use weather channel and let it run in the background without ill effect. My battery has drained 2 or 3 times in the last month, but I haven't been able to pin point it to anything specific. For the most part, battery life on this phone has been excellent; much better than on my iPhone 4 where you could watch the meter drop a point or two every 2 minutes while using apps (especially Facebook, maps and tapatalk). My phone just froze and went to the lockscreen for the first time while typing this lol
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- 12-12-2012, 12:20 PM #5
I don't have USA today but only installed Weather Flow this morning (trial).
My battery lasted 9 hours instead of regular 14-15 hours.
I don't want Weather Flow to be the reason though :(
I was thinking of buying it in a day or two!
- 12-12-2012, 12:56 PM #7
i like usa today a lot.. doubles as news and weather in one... i tried weather flow for the lock screen weather info, but didn't like the fact that it had to change my lockscreen wallpaper to do so i uninstalled.. i've had usa today for a while, and along with facebook and weave, are my 3 only background running apps.. battery life is a good 12-15 hours moderate to heavy use
- 12-12-2012, 01:03 PM #9
Maybe the weather in your area changes frequently :p
Jokes apart, if 1 app is draining your batter its not necessarily that it will do the same for others. Maybe you should wait 1-2 days before un-installing the app (if you like the app).
- 12-12-2012, 01:03 PM #10
- 12-12-2012, 01:06 PM #11
i installed weather flow yesterday and forgot to put my phone on the charger over night. went to bed at 82% battery, woke up at 8am with the battery down to 74% in 7 hours. havent charged it yet still and it's 1:05pm with 50% battery life with me using it today.
- 12-12-2012, 01:08 PM #13
12-12-2012, 02:36 PM #16
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I have been using Weather Flow and USA Today since I bought the 920 with live tiles pinned and never had any noticeable impact on battery. Installed the new versions this morning and battery does not seem any different to me.
Try the wide tile on Weather Flow which gives you the week forecast. I am not willing to part with Bing images on my lockscreen so that's what I do.
12-17-2012, 09:04 PM #18
- 131 Posts
I bought my 920 on Friday. installed weather flow Friday night. Saturday battery lasted half a day. Sunday I stopped tap-to-send NFC, Nokia Drive in Background Tasks and uninstalled weather flow. Battery on Sunday and Monday was awesome. Monday night I turned weather flow back on and at first it seemed ok but this morning phone is already on 79% after only 3 hours from full charge. Has anyone tried just turning off Location Services in WeatherFlow settings to see if that is it? I noticed quite a few times this morning the location icon on the status bar appear and wonder if WeatherFlow is checking location more often than every hour as I've chosen in the settings. I've turned off Location Services now so will be interested to see battery improves throughout the day. If it doesn't may need to uninstall WeatherFlow and will contact developers to see if they know anything.
12-18-2012, 08:34 AM #21
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So these potential issues may be a coincidence or there is a bug with the OS and not the app. An apps background task has to run under strict rules or else it should be terminated. The task can only run so long, consume soo much memory, and access limited libraries. If the task can't conform to the rules, it gets terminated. Tasks can only run every 30 minutes at most.
The odds of an actual app causing the problem would be slim. I'm not saying there couldn't be an issue with something running more often than it should, but it shouldn't be the apps fault. The OS was designed a certain way to control resources to consume battery. Unless debug code has been allowed to get through to the marketplace. As a developer we can set background tasks to run more often (every minute) to aid with testing.
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