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  1. Krystianpants's Avatar
    It's weird because ill play games like asphalt 8 and candy crush soda for a while, and the apps taking up the most battery are readit and photos. I don't sit in the photos app all day and I go onto readit for a small amount at a time. So it's likely these apps are battery hungry. I've started closing them if they are in the task switcher after usage.
    11-27-2015 04:40 PM
  2. occamsmonkey's Avatar
    I'm still waiting for the break-in period, but right now it's performing worse than my 1020 did. I'm using it a bit more though, and the screen is huge. It's pushing tons of pixels.

    That being said, the app consistently sitting at the top of usage is Messaging. Given the experience I have with it on my desktop (it's a universal app, so it is supposed to be the same codebase), I can say that Messaging is probably what ultimately delayed the phone. It's still not ready. Skype integration is flaky. And a messaging app taking up 40% of the battery draw, even when idle, is pretty crazy. So overall, I will wait and see. Hopefully a bugfix for the app will come out. Based on the draw over a day, the only reason I'm not getting 24 hours on a charge seems to be Messaging and break-in not being fully done.
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    11-27-2015 05:29 PM
  3. jdballard's Avatar
    Alternatively, I do not recall ever seeing an "OMG the battery life is amaaaaazing" thread in my life for any phone whether it is Android or iOS. Maybe the Turbo though, which it should, lol.
    Possibly on the HTC One M8? The battery on it was amazing. If that thing had a halfway decent camera, I would have never downgraded it to a 640. When I was at Disney last Dec. with it, with Bluetooth and WiFi off I could get through 12 hour days while surfing while waiting in line, texting and taking tons of pictures. Amazing device with amazing battery life ruined by a toy camera.
    Kha Bui likes this.
    11-27-2015 06:54 PM
  4. phelme's Avatar
    not ready to make any final statements on battery life, but having run Maps for 2.5 hours today for navigation back from where we spent Thanksgiving day, the battery ran down quite quickly (like lost 50%) and this thing got hot.
    11-27-2015 08:57 PM
  5. Captpt's Avatar
    Maybe MS can give us a WP 8.1 option for the 950XL until they get things straightened out, I'd be happy with it...
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    11-27-2015 09:22 PM
  6. PhineasTD's Avatar
    I've noticed the same with my own 950xl, runs warm to hot and the battery life isn't exactly superb. I run my screen dark but also use the dark grey pallet for my accent coloring to help offset consumption. I've cleared two full cycles now with this battery and have noticed improvement with it over the course of those cycles...so we shall see how the break in fairs down the road.
    11-27-2015 09:23 PM
  7. Slovenix's Avatar
    Could be Windows 10 .. My 830 is sucking juice so bad ;)
    11-27-2015 09:26 PM
  8. Geddeeee's Avatar
    We seem to get this sort of thread about battery life EVERY time a new phone or OS update shows up. Knee jerk stuff IMO.

    There's nothing wrong with the phone, just the user!!!!
    GG002 and Ygglens like this.
    11-28-2015 08:02 AM
  9. Slovenix's Avatar
    We seem to get this sort of thread about battery life EVERY time a new phone or OS update shows up. Knee jerk stuff IMO.

    There's nothing wrong with the phone, just the user!!!!
    Of course, we tend to use phone more often when we update it or buy a new one. However it seems like that on most phones Windows 10 is still more battery hungry than 8.1 and that's not really an improvement people expect.

    Let's say Windows 10's approach is a little different, but it needs a lot of improvements in this area.

    My battery burns 5-10% after 8 hours, when not using it, where on Android lollipop was like 0-2% and iOS iPad is like 0-1% after a day, but okay it has much bigger capacity.. Still proves that there is always room for improvements.

    Maybe it's too soon to speak about it any way.
    robert109 and aximtreo like this.
    11-28-2015 08:41 AM
  10. Zachary Boddy's Avatar
    I think you guys need to wait about a week before you say anything about the battery life. My Lumia 830 drained pretty fast after installing Windows 10 Mobile but after about five days it was as good if not better than Windows Phone 8.1.
    GG002 likes this.
    11-28-2015 09:21 AM
  11. robert109's Avatar
    I tried to let the phone standby overnight with a full battery, just want to see how many percentage it will remain when I wake up. Unfortunately, the result is 88%. It is really a disappointing result compared with the latest Android and iOS devices. Please, Microsoft, please give us an update to solve this issue ASAP.
    11-28-2015 09:26 AM
  12. TennisGuy45's Avatar
    Testing a hypothesis today.

    Had been running both Windows Hello and Hey Cortana.

    Turned off both, lets see how much battery life improves. My theory is it will improve significantly since both of these services run all the time even when the phone is not in use.
    robert109, Captpt, Aresmay and 1 others like this.
    11-28-2015 09:41 AM
  13. Slovenix's Avatar
    I tried to let the phone standby overnight with a full battery, just want to see how many percentage it will remain when I wake up. Unfortunately, the result is 88%. It is really a disappointing result compared with the latest Android and iOS devices. Please, Microsoft, please give us an update to solve this issue ASAP.
    This is my experience too..
    11-28-2015 09:51 AM
  14. badMojo69's Avatar
    Tested again last night and I lost 5% over 7 hours. Not bad, but nowhere near the best I've seen from a phone. From 8am to 11pm of my normal use I was down to 20%. So it works for me, but it's just okay.

    I have another phone (no need to mention the name for fear of the mod post killer) that gets over 100 hours on battery normal use for me. No way the XL will ever come close to it.

    Normal use for me is about 3 hours of screen on time. The XL will give me about 17-20 hours of battery, so it pretty much will have to be charged every day.

    Oh and my other no named phone has a 300mAh battery that is removable and takes a SD card. I can only guess the battery drain is a W10 issues. As my 920 will last a lot longer on 8.1.
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    11-28-2015 09:57 AM
  15. robert109's Avatar
    Testing a hypothesis today.

    Had been running both Windows Hello and Hey Cortana.

    Turned off both, lets see how much battery life improves. My theory is it will improve significantly since both of these services run all the time even when the phone is not in use.
    Oh that most likely is the point!!!
    11-28-2015 10:02 AM
  16. badMojo69's Avatar
    I dont under stand why WH runs all the time. I mean you have to press the button to activate WH. Seems silly and it's not like it's really faster than just entering the password, but it's great for 1 hand use.
    11-28-2015 10:10 AM
  17. dannejanne's Avatar
    I think any battery problems that exist today are more because of the W10 software than anything else. Using current build of W10 on my 1520 I see the battery life drop by a great margin. It gets almost twice as bad it seems on 10 compared to 8.1 while using the phone. Standby is great though. So I'm pretty sure we'll see optimzations in the next coming builds regarding this which will affects all phones that runs it.
    djstyles97 likes this.
    11-28-2015 10:56 AM
  18. Jon_Rubinstein's Avatar
    Battery is garbage.....all the story about needing several cycles is BS....I already went through 6 full charges since Wed.....woke up this AM, used the phone for 45 minutes and battery is now down to 71%. This is a joke.....MY wife just got an Iphone 6s+ Thursday.....we tried the same thing this AM. WE both woke up at the same time, both bateries 100% charged. We both used it for 45 minutes browsing the web. After 1 hour her battery shows 91%, mine shows 71%. THis is a JOKE. MS needs to get their act together....no wonder there is no advertising for WM 10.
    11-28-2015 11:23 AM
  19. Slovenix's Avatar
    Battery is garbage.....all the story about needing several cycles is BS....I already went through 6 full charges since Wed.....woke up this AM, used the phone for 45 minutes and battery is now down to 71%. This is a joke.....MY wife just got an Iphone 6s+ Thursday.....we tried the same thing this AM. WE both woke up at the same time, both bateries 100% charged. We both used it for 45 minutes browsing the web. After 1 hour her battery shows 91%, mine shows 71%. THis is a JOKE. MS needs to get their act together....no wonder there is no advertising for WM 10.
    True, me and my gf compete too and the result is completely the same xD
    11-28-2015 11:35 AM
  20. TheBadGuy_88's Avatar
    I'll add fuel to the fire as well, coming from a 1520 to a 950xl I'm gonna say battery life can Best be described as "suspicious". I'm not ready to fully commit to calling it bad because based on using 10586 on both devices I will say Windows 10 uses much more battery life as a operating system at this point than is acceptable based on wp8.1 standards. The 1520 handled this build a little better though which worries me.
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    11-28-2015 11:56 AM
  21. TexasLabRat's Avatar
    Some observations from someone who was in the insider program for several months:

    1) 1%-2% per hour in standby is pretty typical for all w10 phones at this point. Usage goes up as you add more background tasks that have to be updated via apps (facebook, weather, cortana interests, etc)

    2) The default mailbox settings are crazy. All mailboxes come with default push-mode which causes constant network traffic (and battery drain). Knocking it down to 15 minutes will have a measureable effect

    3) Turning off stuff you don't use can help. NFC, bluetooth, etc are all candidates to look at if you don't use them.

    4) Turn off the "include photos from the cloud" setting in the photo app. The syncing from onedrive is a major battery hog.

    5) W10 actually gets pretty good battery life in standby if it's not doing all this background stuff in my experience. For the guys testing overnight drain, try it with airplane mode on and see the difference.

    6) Make sure you check out the battery saver in settings->system periodicaly to see what apps are causing the most battery usage, and turn off background tasks to those that you don't need/want to be updating all the time in the background if it's causing measurable battery drain.

    7) Doing a restore on a w10 phone from a 8.1 restore point seems to pull in a lot of legacy nokia-era apps and settings which can affect stability and battery use. Make sure you've done a clean install with no restore (either out of the box or after hard reset) before you draw too many conclusions.

    Hope that helps :)
    11-28-2015 12:36 PM
  22. elindalyne's Avatar
    Literally every app I've installed, installs with background app functionality enabled by default. Sorry Plex. I really don't need you always on. Same for you The Guardian and Lumia Creative studio....
    thaman04 likes this.
    11-28-2015 12:56 PM
  23. Kaenon11's Avatar
    The battery is shoddy off the charger.
    I take it off and there is extreme drain like 15-20% in the first hour before it stops freaking out.
    11-28-2015 01:54 PM
  24. Slovenix's Avatar
    Some observations from someone who was in the insider program for several months:

    1) 1%-2% per hour in standby is pretty typical for all w10 phones at this point. Usage goes up as you add more background tasks that have to be updated via apps (facebook, weather, cortana interests, etc)

    2) The default mailbox settings are crazy. All mailboxes come with default push-mode which causes constant network traffic (and battery drain). Knocking it down to 15 minutes will have a measureable effect

    3) Turning off stuff you don't use can help. NFC, bluetooth, etc are all candidates to look at if you don't use them.

    4) Turn off the "include photos from the cloud" setting in the photo app. The syncing from onedrive is a major battery hog.

    5) W10 actually gets pretty good battery life in standby if it's not doing all this background stuff in my experience. For the guys testing overnight drain, try it with airplane mode on and see the difference.

    6) Make sure you check out the battery saver in settings->system periodicaly to see what apps are causing the most battery usage, and turn off background tasks to those that you don't need/want to be updating all the time in the background if it's causing measurable battery drain.

    7) Doing a restore on a w10 phone from a 8.1 restore point seems to pull in a lot of legacy nokia-era apps and settings which can affect stability and battery use. Make sure you've done a clean install with no restore (either out of the box or after hard reset) before you draw too many conclusions.

    Hope that helps :)
    It's a pretty good list tbh.
    11-28-2015 05:50 PM
  25. dgabriel's Avatar
    Mine is doing terrible. I got it wednesday and let it restore all my settings, messages, etc. Charged it overnight to 100%. Unplugged it at about 9 am Yesterday and by noon I was critical. Even tried enabling Battery Saver at around 50%. Considering doing a hard reset as 4-5 hours of battery life with very little usage seems wrong even for a new phone.
    My experience exactly, this morning started at 100%, hit battery saver mid-morning when I realized I was losing like 1% every 10 minutes... then by 1pm, only 7 hours later, dead. I even turned off wifi, bt midway, and haven't ever turned on or setup hello as I saw how fast that was draining my friends 950 in the last week... Sadly win 10 provides an underwhelming mobile experience, this is clearly the the result of an unrefined and incomplete OS.
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    11-28-2015 06:23 PM
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