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Old 09-06-2011, 01:13 PM
 
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Hi, thought I would ask here rather than sit on hold and then speak to someone from India who I can barely understand.

My HTC droid phone's (Verizon) battery keeps draining. When I open Advanced Task Killer, there is always stuff running which I don't want turned on. I figured out how to "kill" them, but they immediately come back. So then I learned how to "force close" them from the Advanced Task Killer menu.

But having done that, certain things just keep coming back, and they eat up my battery. Today, Skype (which I have never used on my phone) and VCastApps keep coming back on.

Help please? I called Verizon once before, and was told that certain apps are programmed to be on no matter what. I find that hard to believe, but maybe there isn't a way around it. Advice is appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 09-06-2011, 02:42 PM
 
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For the most part, apps that Verizon pre-installs cannot be removed unless you root the phone - which I believe will void any warranty you have on the device.
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Old 09-06-2011, 06:54 PM
 
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You killing them all the time is likely only making the problem worse. Task killers on Android are snake oil and not needed. The more you kill stuff, the more it has to restart, thus using even more battery than if you just left it alone to begin with.
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Old 09-07-2011, 06:50 AM
 
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Look in battery manager and tell us what it lists for your top battery usage.
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Old 09-07-2011, 08:23 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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I agree with Dave. Task Killers are snake oil and are actually bad for battery life. Most people recommend not using them. It's just another program that makes it easier to get to things you can already do on the phone anyway.
And it runs constatly.
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Old 09-13-2011, 11:47 AM
 
Location: Just East of the Southern Portion of the Western Part of PA
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Android Task Killers Explained: What They Do and Why You Shouldn't Use Them
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Old 09-14-2011, 12:18 PM
 
Location: La Jolla, CA
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What you are seeing is part of the "bloatware" that providers install on their phones. You can't get rid of some things (without rooting the phone). But you really don't need to get rid of them.

Task killers aren't necessary. You may see an application "running", yet it will not even register on the battery use screen. The battery use screen is where you can see the most about what is using your battery. A poorly configured or poorly written application can sap all of your battery in a short amount of time, but these will show up in battery use, if they are the culprit.

Of course, you can download apps to tell you what's using power and CPU and this and that... it seems that, in some forums, almost every problem seems to have an answer including the words "download [some] app", then do [whatever]. In some cases, I think the cure is worse than the disease.

Other things that draw down a battery are always-on wi-fi connections, bright LCD screen settings, loss of mobile network signal (constant hunting for signal), GPS, some apps that require position updates for informational purposes, instant messaging (not native SMS messaging) apps, frequent Facebook/twitter sync, frequent POP email downloads, 300 widgets that constantly pull data, etc.
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