1. gibbage's Avatar
    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.
    11-20-2013 11:18 PM
  2. EchoRedux's Avatar
    Waze is a big battery drain when in use. Its like that on iOS and Android. I downloaded the app but it doesn't drain the battery when its not being used for me.
    11-21-2013 12:15 AM
  3. Daniel Szabadi's Avatar
    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.
    11-21-2013 02:44 AM
  4. en0x#AC's Avatar
    I used it in my commute today... my car charger cannot even keep up with charging my phone
    11-21-2013 02:19 PM
  5. VaidasKancauskas's Avatar
    Unfortunately same here on Lumia 920. No-go for Waze. At least until they fix that nonsense.
    11-25-2013 04:47 AM
  6. sejgiul's Avatar
    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 04:59 AM
  7. azcruz's Avatar
    While I'm a fan of HERE Drive, it is not superior to Waze.

    Sent from my Windows Phone 8S by HTC using Tapatalk
    11-25-2013 06:02 AM
  8. EchoRedux's Avatar
    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 05:02 PM
  9. azcruz's Avatar
    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!
    Waze properly shuts down, in any device it runs on iOS (my then iPhone 4s), Android (my Xperia V) and Windows Phone 8 (my HTC 8S).
    11-25-2013 09:06 PM
  10. ViniBT's Avatar
    I also noticed brutal drainage after installing Waze and Instagram BETA. Considering Waze keeps background tasks on, I tend to blame it.

    I've just turned off the background task and I'll see what happens.
    11-26-2013 01:13 PM
  11. azcruz's Avatar
    Good thing I didn't buy a Lumia 925 then. My HTC 8S doesnt suffer from additional battery drain by just having Waze installed.
    11-26-2013 06:00 PM
  12. ViniBT's Avatar
    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.
    11-27-2013 08:43 AM
  13. azcruz's Avatar
    I'm bailing out of this Nokia thread. I can confirm I don't experience unusual battery drain when Waze is not running.
    11-27-2013 09:39 AM
  14. Daniel Szabadi's Avatar
    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 03:05 AM
  15. ViniBT's Avatar
    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...
    11-28-2013 06:00 AM
  16. deejTHtraveller's Avatar
    i am using Waze in my Lumia 925. Haven't experienced this battery drain issue when its shut!
    12-01-2013 10:13 PM
  17. drbanks's Avatar
    I don't get any abnormal battery drain while Waze isn't running, but when it is running, I might as well just bathe the phone in electrons. 50 minute drive home took down half my battery charge.
    12-03-2013 12:42 PM
  18. JPDVM2014's Avatar
    I use Waze on my 520 for my hour commute, and I usually go from 100% to 70-75% by the time I get to work. This is with no car charger. I also haven't noticed any abnormal battery drain when it isn't loaded. I have the background task enabled.
    12-05-2013 02:37 PM
  19. KarateDad's Avatar
    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.
    12-18-2013 08:07 PM
  20. Hamberthm's Avatar
    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)!!
    12-19-2013 10:07 AM
  21. Hamberthm's Avatar
    Has anyone tried the new version? It seems to have fixed the overheating and battery drain issue.

    I myself couldn't do any major test because in my mid-sized city nobody uses it so it's useless :/
    03-01-2014 09:48 AM
  22. mozman68's Avatar
    Has anyone tried the new version? It seems to have fixed the overheating and battery drain issue.

    I myself couldn't do any major test because in my mid-sized city nobody uses it so it's useless :/
    It's fixed...and has improved each time I use it. I have a 45 minute commute and didn't lose more than 5% last week...and that was with a 5 minute speakerphone call.
    03-10-2014 09:26 AM
  23. rsawineman's Avatar
    Not using a Windows device. Waze kills my battery in a new android phone even while using the car charger. Without Waze the phone charges in the car. Nothing more frustrating when at the end of a 6 hour drive, as I had last week, the phone dies and the most difficult part of the drive, the last 5 miles to the actual address, have to be done blind.
    09-14-2016 01:12 PM

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