Any suggestions? I paired by watch with my 6 Edge about a week ago, and the drop on the battery on my phone has been pretty crazy, was at 100% at 6am, down to 24% at 2pm. This never happened before, and I'm not using the phone excessively.
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I think I might have found the solution, and I'm not thinking it's the phone/ watch pairing. Verizon Wireless mobile account has a set up wizard that will run a diagnostic on your phone if you are logged into your account. I checked, and it was FB Messenger that was sucking the life from my battery. I've uninstalled, and it is much better.
While I expected the watch/ phone pairing to drain it a bit, I didn't expect it to drain that quickly. Disappointed that Verizon suggested I just buy a brick, rather than point me in that direction to begin with- as it resolved the problem that changing settings on the Samsung, and running Samsung diagnostics wouldn't.
Thanks for the details of your battery concerns, Daveswife. I am also a consumer and I know how important it is to have enough juice in my phone for my entire day. My resources indicate that a usage percentage as described on your post is normal considering that a Bluetooth connection means that your phone uses battery non stop to be connected with your Gear 2. Your phone and battery are working as designed and battery usage is normal.
I personally resolved my battery concerns while using Bluetooth accessories with a power bank that I keep handy. You can find several power source options at this link: http://www.verizonwireless.com/accessories/batteries/
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Are there settings on the watch and/ or the phone I can change the settings to maximize what I have for battery life on the phone before buying external packs? Thank you!
I'm guessing your Gear S2 is Bluetooth only? I have the S2 as a standalone and while it has more features paired over Bluetooth it drains both batteries faster.
No, it would only drain your battery faster to have bluetooth and wi-fi on. Does the battery drain fast on the watch also or just the phone?
Things I'd try are pretty basic and you may have already, but it's kind of like when someone says their computer won't turn on; is it plugged in? Have to ask. (:
If you don't turn your phone off often, begin with a restart.
If you've restarted then next i'd clear the cache and data:
Settings>Applications>Application Manager>*scroll left 3x>Bluetooth>Clear Cache>Clear Data and restart
I've been out of the loop awhile, but I have the S5 and those are the directions for me. You'll have to pair your watch again and in all honesty I'd probably clear the bluetooth settings on it as well, but I'm overzealous.
I'll give it a shot- and yes, I've restarted But thank you for asking, and for the suggestions, I appreciate it, and will try clearing cache and data.
If that doesn't work then I think it'd be good to take a look at the battery drainage JUST to make sure it is indeed your bluetooth. This can be done by charging your phone fully; 100% and then using it as you would throughout the day. Once you get to around 20% do this:
Then report back on the top 5 apps listed and what % they use