1. realwarder's Avatar
    Yesterday (Skype running)

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    Today (no Skype)

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    Surely it can use less power than that!
    01-08-2013 07:53 PM
  2. realwarder's Avatar
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    01-08-2013 07:55 PM
  3. UnfixedPyle's Avatar
    I was just wondering if Skype might be killing my battery the last few days. I installed it after the last update and it didn't seem to affect anything at first. I guess I will uninstall and see what happens.
    01-08-2013 08:58 PM
  4. jdhooghe's Avatar
    Yeah, skype and whatsapp are killers on my battery. It's a shame :(
    01-09-2013 01:09 AM
  5. Cordanim's Avatar
    I had the same experience - installed yesterday and set it up at around 2PM...by 6PM my battery was down to 30% LOL

    Quick uninstall done and I'll wait for that to be fixed!
    01-09-2013 10:50 AM
  6. rockstarzzz's Avatar
    I had the same experience - installed yesterday and set it up at around 2PM...by 6PM my battery was down to 30% LOL

    Quick uninstall done and I'll wait for that to be fixed!
    If you like your battery, don't install Skype Beta, Nokia Drive Beta and Whatsapp. You will love how long the battery lasts and phone doesn't even get warm ;)
    01-09-2013 11:06 AM
  7. dlusted's Avatar
    I have no issues with my 920 which has Drive+, WhatsApp and Skype with Portico installed....
    01-09-2013 11:22 AM
  8. dkp23's Avatar
    Explain your usage on skype, the chart is vague at this point.

    Now if you are video calling 2 hours and then texting hundreds of messages a day, i would expect this.

    If you are not doing anything or much on skype and having this drain, i see the point.

    Without usage information, the chart doesn't mean much.
    01-09-2013 12:07 PM
  9. rockstarzzz's Avatar
    I have no issues with my 920 which has Drive+, WhatsApp and Skype with Portico installed....
    Maybe you are the lucky chosen one ;)
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    01-09-2013 01:48 PM
  10. TK2011's Avatar
    If you like your battery, don't install Skype Beta, Nokia Drive Beta and Whatsapp. You will love how long the battery lasts and phone doesn't even get warm ;)
    Yeah I can confirm at least the Skype Beta part. The thing I noticed is that faster drain doesn't always happen. But once it happens, it stays like that until you reboot. I think some of these apps that actually run stuff in background (not just periodic live tile updating) gets in a bad state once in a while. MS should fix that asap. People dont care about apps but do care about battery life.
    01-09-2013 02:12 PM
  11. anthonyng's Avatar
    Today for 3.5 hrs since I pulled from wall charger, I had 100+ messages on skype and my batter is at 84%.

    Drive+ is installed but I haven't run it in a long time
    Whatsapp is installed but I haven't chatted on it today.

    I have gmail on always up to date, another imap account every 30mins, microsoft account outlook mail and a hotmail account.
    Last edited by anthonyng; 01-09-2013 at 03:12 PM. Reason: added more info
    01-09-2013 02:35 PM
  12. igoramadas's Avatar
    Skype is evil!!!

    Till yesterday I was getting around 14 - 15 hours on a single charge. And a few weeks ago (before the latest Skype update) I would easily get 20+ hours even with a few accounts syncing every hour. So I uninstalled Skype and voyla, right now 8 hours since last charge but still 80% battery left.

    My guess is that MS is logging basically everything for debugging reasons, and thus the app will consume much more battery than it should.

    I'll wait for the final version before giving it another shot.
    01-10-2013 09:45 AM
  13. cashcar1979's Avatar
    Skype app is poorly done. Wait until Windows Phone 9 and maybe they fully integrate like it should be. Or maybe we can petition Apple to get the outstanding Face Time app ported to Win8 :)
    01-10-2013 09:49 AM
  14. en0x#AC's Avatar
    i have no issues with skype and battery life on my lumia 920
    01-10-2013 12:29 PM
  15. realwarder's Avatar
    Explain your usage on skype, the chart is vague at this point.

    Now if you are video calling 2 hours and then texting hundreds of messages a day, i would expect this.

    If you are not doing anything or much on skype and having this drain, i see the point.

    Without usage information, the chart doesn't mean much.
    These days were pretty much idle phone. I likely checked the battery level a couple of times in the day. Maybe a couple of messages/glance at email. Phone was not roaming outside of home so constant network coverage.

    My phone is capable of no battery usage in the day (my graph on the 'Nokia Music' thread shows that), but it appears that the OS/apps have the ability to run in the background and use power... Skype uses more than some. Drive shows up an even worse bug.

    I have no idea which other apps are using the batteries power as the OS provides no information, but clearly even when Skype is not running other apps are busy using the CPU.

    I am bored of investigating because I think it is likely an OS bug that will get fixed down the road.
    01-11-2013 10:34 AM
  16. un hombre's Avatar
    I have no battery drain while my skype is installed on my Lumia 920. Also, keep in mind that skype is not really running in the background on Windows, but if you get lots of toast messages then maybe it would affect battery life? :/
    01-11-2013 01:33 PM
  17. poddie's Avatar
    Skype causes no issues for me re battery drain.
    01-12-2013 01:59 PM
  18. MerlotC's Avatar
    I have no battery drain from Skype since it doesn't work in the background or give any toast notifications for me....Id gladly trade some drain for it actually working.
    Last edited by MerlotC; 01-12-2013 at 04:20 PM.
    01-12-2013 04:07 PM
  19. MerlotC's Avatar
    Drive can be blocked from background running and has never caused any drain for me after blocking.
    01-12-2013 04:18 PM
  20. Blkacesvf41's Avatar
    Does anyone know how to sign out of the Skype app. I have a Lumia 822. This morning I was on my W8 PC and someone tried to Skype with me. So both apps on both the PC and the Lumia start ringing away. Is there a way to?
    01-12-2013 04:36 PM

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