10-20-2014 04:34 PM
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  1. Junior5f's Avatar
    Hi everyone, I thought I should open this thread here since it's seems to be like a common 8.1 problem.

    I have a 720 and with WP8 my battery easily lasted 2 days with normal usage and 3 days with light usage. I've just got the 8.1, and on it's first day, with almost light usage, it drained the battery from %100 to %4 in 24 hours. Today is the 2nd day, just 9 hours and %50 already gone. Location, NFC, Internet Sharing, Data Connection, everything is off and nothing running on the background except Whatsapp and yeah, I know it drains the battery pretty quickly but with WP8 I had Whatsapp & Battery running in the background as well. This is so ridiculous. I've defended and recommended WP since I've got my phone and now, in exchange for few good features (that it should have had in the beginning) and a nice make-up, we sacrifice more than half of our battery life.

    Any suggestions?
    09-05-2014 05:03 PM
  2. phonohead's Avatar
    I suggest you adapt to the way of things. 24 hours is a good run, and you should be happy. 50% after 9 hours isn't bad either. You are not experiencing anything worth complaining about, imho.
    09-05-2014 05:14 PM
  3. Junior5f's Avatar
    Well I could have kept my old 1100, I was happy with it. I wanted more. And I was happy with my 720. Now I want what I had and what I had paid for. You could go to work with a car that has 60 HP and you could easily adapt to it, but if you wake up one morning and find out that more than half of the horses under the bonnet have disappeared, you would get pissed off and you would try to fix it, right?
    09-05-2014 05:25 PM
  4. jollynk's Avatar
    Hi,
    I've got the same problem as yours.
    I bought a Lumia 720 for its battery. After upgrading to 8.1 it lasts the half than it used to.
    09-05-2014 06:40 PM
  5. jjmc2001's Avatar
    I have a 920 and have experienced the same problem. I spoke with customer service at both NOkia and AT&T and they are both clueless. When first installed it drained my battery to 0% in less than 3 hours . After multiple soft resets it has improved to just being terrible. I have been a big Windows phone fan but if this doesn;t improve I am moving on.
    jaymistry911 likes this.
    09-06-2014 07:53 AM
  6. gwinegarden's Avatar
    Have you checked to see what is allowed to run in the background?

    After I upgraded, I noticed that everything was then allowed. I had to turn off a big bunch.
    09-06-2014 08:30 AM
  7. sharmakartik93's Avatar
    So I'm not the only one with 720 on cyan facing battery issues
    09-06-2014 08:41 AM
  8. Ritesh Bhatia's Avatar
    I am on 820 and facing the same issue. Battery is draining at much faster rate now.
    09-06-2014 09:56 AM
  9. FAHMI BASSEM's Avatar
    Even with cyan????
    09-06-2014 10:14 AM
  10. FAHMI BASSEM's Avatar
    It seems that our old devices aren't compatible with 8.1 :/
    09-06-2014 10:17 AM
  11. JamesPTao's Avatar
    I have a 920 and have the same if not better battery life. Have you checked under settings to see what is using the most battery? With 8.1 it will tell you what apps even how much the phone is using so you can see what is killing battery life.
    anon5288998 likes this.
    09-06-2014 10:19 AM
  12. Junior5f's Avatar
    Like I said in the original post, everything is off but Wi-Fi, and only Whatsapp allowed to run in the background. And I barely used the phone.

    I just don't get Microsoft. Don't they test it before using it, and don't they put a Developer's Preview to find the problems? Can't they see the bloody difference? And why in the hell do they take away the option to disable wi-fi when the phone is locked? It was a super useful feature when you are not using it for a couple of hours, and they just took it away, WHY?!? I believe this is one of the reasons for the major battery drainage.
    09-06-2014 04:14 PM
  13. Geddeeee's Avatar
    Whatsapp is your problem. It's a known battery destroyer.

    Wi-Fi always on uses minimal battery. Less than cellular data. Stop Whatsapp from running in the background, and watch your battery magically stop draining. Same with FB Messenger. Badly written apps cause problems. Learn what to use and what not to use.....
    DiverMechie likes this.
    09-06-2014 04:26 PM
  14. Junior5f's Avatar
    Whatsapp is your problem. It's a known battery destroyer.

    Wi-Fi always on uses minimal battery. Less than cellular data. Stop Whatsapp from running in the background, and watch your battery magically stop draining. Same with FB Messenger. Badly written apps cause problems. Learn what to use and what not to use.....
    I know, but as I said in the first post, I had WhatsApp running in WP8 too and I had twice the battery life that I have right now.
    09-06-2014 05:57 PM
  15. Geddeeee's Avatar
    I know, but as I said in the first post, I had WhatsApp running in WP8 too and I had twice the battery life that I have right now.
    You are only on the 2nd day??
    With WP you have to 'train' the battery. Give it about a week of normal use and charge, and you should see the battery come back to what it was. Should be even better with 8.1.
    09-06-2014 07:03 PM
  16. s2mikey's Avatar
    You are only on the 2nd day??
    With WP you have to 'train' the battery. Give it about a week of normal use and charge, and you should see the battery come back to what it was. Should be even better with 8.1.
    Agreed, it does seem that a few days are needed for the battery and charging system to get itself sorted out. Weird, but true.
    09-07-2014 06:20 AM
  17. ShinraCorp's Avatar
    Whatsapp is your problem. It's a known battery destroyer.

    Wi-Fi always on uses minimal battery. Less than cellular data. Stop Whatsapp from running in the background, and watch your battery magically stop draining. Same with FB Messenger. Badly written apps cause problems. Learn what to use and what not to use.....
    Do you know an alternative to it? I need some sort of messaging app to contact my international friends (btw they're all on Android and iPhone so cross-platform is a must :P)
    09-07-2014 09:08 AM
  18. aikidaves's Avatar
    So MANY battery threads, so little time. Sigh.

    Things to try:

    Soft reset.
    Recalibrate battery - run it down until phone shuts off, wait a few, then charge to 100%.
    Check the app usage in Battery Saver for runaway apps. Reinstall (or replace) any that use more than you think they should.
    Open each app on your phone and make sure that it's set up properly.
    Check the sync settings for each of you email accounts and make the time between syncs as long as is comfortable for you.
    Make sure that the only apps running in the background are the ones you want to run there.
    If you don't use the Cortana tile, unpin it from your Start screen.
    If you don't run your battery below 20%, turn off Battery Saver - there's a usually small but sometimes noticeable impact to it checking your battery's charge at whatever interval it does it.

    If all else fails, go drastic with a hard reset or even a reinstall using NSRT (or whatever the equivalent is for your brand of phone).

    Note that updates can screw up a phone, just like they can screw up a PC. This is why re-installs and resets often help with performance and battery life.
    Last edited by aikidaves; 09-07-2014 at 09:18 AM. Reason: clarification
    09-07-2014 09:17 AM
  19. Junior5f's Avatar
    So MANY battery threads, so little time. Sigh.

    Things to try:

    Soft reset.
    Recalibrate battery - run it down until phone shuts off, wait a few, then charge to 100%.
    Check the app usage in Battery Saver for runaway apps. Reinstall (or replace) any that use more than you think they should.
    Open each app on your phone and make sure that it's set up properly.
    Check the sync settings for each of you email accounts and make the time between syncs as long as is comfortable for you.
    Make sure that the only apps running in the background are the ones you want to run there.
    If you don't use the Cortana tile, unpin it from your Start screen.
    If you don't run your battery below 20%, turn off Battery Saver - there's a usually small but sometimes noticeable impact to it checking your battery's charge at whatever interval it does it.

    If all else fails, go drastic with a hard reset or even a reinstall using NSRT (or whatever the equivalent is for your brand of phone).

    Note that updates can screw up a phone, just like they can screw up a PC. This is why re-installs and resets often help with performance and battery life.
    Thanks aikidaves,

    I've already done everything except the drastic measures that you stated in the end. I'm going to give it a few more days to see if it will adapt on it's own like geddeeee suggested, and then I'll try hard reset or NSRT.
    09-07-2014 09:31 AM
  20. sharmakartik93's Avatar
    I will try these steps
    09-08-2014 12:59 AM
  21. Plimbob's Avatar
    I am new to the WP platform so sorry for the dopey question but what does NFC stand for?
    09-08-2014 07:21 AM
  22. Dhileepudu Jambula's Avatar
    If you have a Live Lock Screen BETA then uninstall and check, even that kills the battery a lot...
    09-08-2014 07:26 AM
  23. aikidaves's Avatar
    I am new to the WP platform so sorry for the dopey question but what does NFC stand for?
    NFC = Near Field Communication. It's the basis for the tap-to-share and tap-to-pay functions that Nokia advertised when they brought out the first WP 8 phones. If you don't use it (I don't), you can turn it off and save some battery in Settings, NFC.
    09-08-2014 08:44 AM
  24. Junior5f's Avatar
    Hello again, I've tried hard resetting it and still no change. Furthermore, now I experience huge battery drains (the other night I went to bed with %70 charge, everything closed, 6 hours later I woke up to a dead phone), occasional freezes and black screens that keep me from using the phone during 20-30 minutes and then suddenly it turns on again.

    8.1 has been a horrible experience for me. I'll try to go back to 8.0. To hell with Nokia and Windows, never mind improving it, they can't even develop a decent update. I will never get one again.
    10-20-2014 02:09 PM
  25. Karthik Naik's Avatar
    Hi everyone, I thought I should open this thread here since it's seems to be like a common 8.1 problem.

    I have a 720 and with WP8 my battery easily lasted 2 days with normal usage and 3 days with light usage. I've just got the 8.1, and on it's first day, with almost light usage, it drained the battery from %100 to %4 in 24 hours. Today is the 2nd day, just 9 hours and %50 already gone. Location, NFC, Internet Sharing, Data Connection, everything is off and nothing running on the background except Whatsapp and yeah, I know it drains the battery pretty quickly but with WP8 I had Whatsapp & Battery running in the background as well. This is so ridiculous. I've defended and recommended WP since I've got my phone and now, in exchange for few good features (that it should have had in the beginning) and a nice make-up, we sacrifice more than half of our battery life.

    Any suggestions?
    dude i still get 2 days with wifi,NFC,bluetooth ,3G and location etc all turned on with 8.1 cyan,are you using 8.1 update 1?
    10-20-2014 02:14 PM
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