11-21-2013, 12:18 AM #1
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Im no stranger to using GPS apps on my 925. I have played with just about all of them. I installed and used Waze today and I really like it! Just one problem, and I think you know what it is from the title. I installed Waze early in the day and still had 90% battery left. Within 2 hours, I was at 58%!!!!! That was WITHOUT LOADING IT YET! I rebooted thinking something got stuck in RAM. I logged into Waze, and quit out. 2 hours later, im at 28%. WOW!!! This was with light useage! At the end of my day, I had 18% and put it in the car charger on my way home. Normally my phone at the end of the day will have 50-60% left. 80% battery drain in 6 hours is just insane.
Has anyone else tried Waze on the 925? I unstalled it and will go tomorrow without to see if I get back into normal battery usage.
11-21-2013, 03:44 AM #3
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It doesn't drain battery when not loaded for me (L920).
Check background tasks and block it, and then restart (it was enabled automatically for me after installation).
However today Ive been testing it out... 3g network, phone 100% charged. In less than 1 hour (~50mins) of usage, the battery went down to 65%... and this was with constant chargin with Nokia cr-200 in the car... now this is insane.
- 11-25-2013, 05:59 AM #6
Why use Google-owned Waze when we have HERE Drive, which is superior?
Google refuses to support Youtube on WP8 because they can't serve ads, but they're okay with launching Waze? This basically means they have another way to collect your data to sell on.
11-25-2013, 06:02 PM #8
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Waze has so much more to offer than HERE Drive+, although I do love that I can download maps and not use up my data while using the GPS with Drive+. I wouldn't say one is superior to the other, both have their pluses and minuses
It's great to use Waze to avoid traffic and find speed traps to avoid tickets. I don't think there's really a bug in the app that drains the battery. since car chargers never could keep up with Waze use on iPhones that I have used. Maybe Waze can do some optimizations, but that thing constantly updates data while using the GPS at the same time. Expect massive battery drains.
- 11-25-2013, 10:06 PM #9
The OP is complaining about battery drain without even running Waze. My golly...
I installed Waze early in the day and still had 90% battery left. Within 2 hours, I was at 58%!!!!! That was WITHOUT LOADING IT YET!
- 11-27-2013, 09:43 AM #12
I can confirm Waze heavily uses battery even when closed.
Turned off background tasks for this app and my phone got a better battery life again. Hopefully it'll be 30h as before installing the app. With Waze's tasks running on background it was 10h!
I use a L920 by the way.
11-28-2013, 04:05 AM #14
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wth... my first thing was to check background tasks after installing waze, and disable it and restart phone (this is what I always do after installing an app).
Don't misunderstand I DO use background tasks (for like viber, weather app, chronos calendar),
but why on earth would you want a map/navigation app to use background tasks??? The bigger problem is the battery drain when Waze is actually running... thats terrible.
But many ppl have already reported this on the official Waze support forum so I hope they will fix it asap. :)
- 11-28-2013, 07:00 AM #15
Well, the app should at least offer the option to disable background tasks on installation (just like so many apps do).
This little thing can ruin the experience of a regular (and not geek) use, since they see battery lasting a few hours and tend to blame the manufacturer, the OS...
12-18-2013, 09:07 PM #19
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I too have noticed that when Waze is running it drains the battery faster than Michael Moore at an all you can eat fried chicken party. Seriously it my car charger won't even keep up with it! I just turned off it's background ability, so i'll see over the next couple days if it helps me general battery usage.
And for those wondering why you'd want it to use background threads, I guess it is for when you start the app on your commute, but while stopped at a light you go check your email or something. Waze can continue to report your speed,etc... back as you drive, even when it isn't running in the foreground. However, seems to me if you Shutdown it, it shouldn't be running and using any battery.
Anyone else annoyed you have to confirm you want to Shutdown? Grrr, that's why I clicked the damn back button. At the very least, the countdown default button should be the Shutdown not the cancel.
12-19-2013, 11:07 AM #20
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Waze gets my 925 way too hot and battery drains extremely fast when in use. I think it's not good at all for our batteries, it's a good app but I won't be using it again until it gets updated and optimized.
The people who are saying it does consume battery even when closed, are wrong. You're not closing it properly poeple. When in Waze, hit the back key until it shows a sign asking if you're sure to shut Waze off. Once you hit yes, it's properly closed and there won't be ANY background tasks at all. You don't need to block anything. Just close it right (not by pressing the Windows key, the only thing that does is sending it to background, a.k.a. minimizing it)!!
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