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stanley08

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Firstly, I want to say that this thread is based on the Exynos Note 3, not because it will work only for that device, but because it is the device I own at the time of this OP. HOWEVER, I can assure you that the tips in the second part of this guide, tagged 'IMPORTANT TIPS', would go for just about ANY device running android as the effects are similar. Now... Read On! :D

Since the MJ7 update was released, some Note 3 users have been experiencing weird battery drain issues, the MK2 update was also released and it didn't seem to fix it either.
While some users say a factory reset did fix their battery drain issues, many still have it after doing the factory reset, Me being an example.
I think the main problem is that the phone doesn't go into deep sleep.

So, I took sometime to research a fix and couldn't find a really solid fix, so I decided to go for the Next Best Thing, tweaks/settings.
Tweaking the phone in such a way that you maximize your battery use is what I will write about in this thread.
After tweaking my phone, I was able to hit 9hrs 30mins screen time with a total time of just over 1 day (24hrs), WiFi on ALL through. Not much Voice call time however.
On Mobile data, the tweaks won't give you this much time but still expect about 5 to hrs screen time.
How did I achieve this? That's what I will share below. But before I do, I will like to say that I have the Exynos Note 3 and this might be somehow targetted to that device (mentioned this earlier). However, if you have a Snapdragon Note 3 or any other Android device for that matter, I'm sure one or two things from this post will be helpful to you.
I will also say that 'Root' is quite important for some of the tips. If you are not rooted, you can just apply the ones that don't need root.
And For Non-Root users, Freezing App in TB can also be done manually to some apps by going into Settings > General > Application manager > All. Then scroll to the app you want to disable say Maps which is a HUGE battery drainer as i will mention below, select it then click the button at the left top which says 'Disable', I think it says 'Turn Off' in KitKat.

1. Factory Reset: I think the first thing to do first is Factory reset your phone, just maybe! That might work for you. You can also skip this step as factory reset is alot of work and might not be worth the stress in the end. But, I think a fresh start is always good once in a while :) NOTE: Backup your Internal SD to your PC or another flash media device FIRST if you decide to factory reset!

THE MAIN PART
=======================================================================================================
2. Kernel: Download a good Custom Kernel that also has the 'ondemand' governor. For Exynos Users, I recommend goodHanrry-kernel v2.0A (Used in first test)
Get it from his thread here - http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2569056
NOTE that this is still a JellyBean 4.3 ONLY kernel till date

OR

halaszk-UNIVERSAL5420 v0.6A (used in Second Test)
Get it from his thread here - http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2590320
I recommend v0.6A for Jelly Bean and v0.14B for KitKat or the latest :) Test for urself

Snapdragon users should try the ones they have too.. I'm sure they have some good kernels,like Perseus kernel but again i have Exynos Note 3 :( so try it for yourself.

3. Kernel Governor: Download SetCPU (paid) from here - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mhuang.overclocking
Go into SetCPU and change the Governor at the bottom left of the page there to 'on demand', then tick the 'set on boot' option in the middle so it will be applied after everyboot.
What the Governor 'ondemand' does is the CPU ramps up only when you actually need it. Hence the name :) Which also means that 'even if' you don't get good deep sleep, your CPU will stay at the lowest frequency, Saving you battery! :)

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IMPORTANT TIPS
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4. Greenify: EVERY rooted user must have Greenify! It's a fantastic app! It hibernates apps that you are not using so they never get to use your battery, yet the apps are available whenever you need them. No stress!
Download Greenify here - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.oasisfeng.greenify (I bought the paid version as it has more fuctions)
For those who don't know greenify or how to use it, it's simple! Only Greenify those apps you don't rely on for Push Notifications.
For example, don't greenify apps like WhatsApp, Facebook, Viber, Twitter, BBM if you expect to get notifications from them in the background.
Feel free to Greenify other apps like your games, adobe reader, dictionary, and the rest of them as you don't receive notifications from.

Starting from Greenify v2.0, even None Rooted users will be able to use Greenify :D Just without the option of Automatic hibernate, however.. It's still Great! :)
TIP: If you are a Non-Root Greenify user, I will highly recommend that you put the 'Hibernate Now' widget on ur homescreen so that you have one-touch hibernation. Just tap it before you lock ur screen or at anytime really. I'm a Rooted user and I made it a habit already! Tap then lock screen :)
Greenify is a FANTASTIC app!

5. Power Saving Mode: Use the Power Saving mode for as long as you can, I use Power Saving all the time. What this does is throttle ur CPU down to 1.4GHz (Exynos Note 3),
lower frequency naturally means more battery. The Note 3 is a pretty powerful device, so I even play games on Power Saving mode without issues. But if you feel you need that extra oomph!, then you can put it off before you play your games and turn back on later. For the more advanced users, you can make these more dynamic changes with apps like SetCPU or CPU Tuner.

6. Screen/Brightness: As we all know, normally the screen consumes the most power so if you can manage ur screen properly, u can get some extra juice. My advice on brightness is set to 'Auto -5'. However it is fine to use any other Value from -5 to 5 as you like it. Then you can set to a timeout range of 30s. Try to avoid using live wallpapers as it uses the GPU for the animations also AMOLED screens save more battery when you use dark wallpapers. Do that if you love dark wallpapers :)

7. GPS/Maps: Now, GPS is like the Number One drainer of battery and many many people don't know this. Here is what you do, pull down your notification bar, long press GPS there then make sure everything under GPS is turned off always! Leave turned off unless you need to use GPS.
Maps is also another app that drains battery in the background, I don't use maps at all, so I keep it frozen all the time using Titanium Backup.
But if you use maps, my advice is that you open up TitaniumBackup, look for maps on the list of apps, long press it and then convert to User app. Now u can Greenify it and it will still be available whenever you need it. :)

8. Google Now / Google+: Google now does drain battery, if you don't use Google Now, turn it off. Go into Google now, enter settings and turn off. I keep my Google now frozen as I never use it anyways. If I ever need to, I will unfreeze it. :) If you successfully handle numbers 7 and 8, you will not have issues with Google Services drain anymore! Unless you go traveling alot :p
Google+ is one app that drains alot of battery, if you do not use it much or don't need it at all, my advice is that you handle it. Greenify it or better still, Get rid of it.

9. Sounds/Vibration: Maybe not really a big deal, but those keypad/touch sounds do drain battery. It's fine to leave them on if you like em, but if you can do without, then do! Especially Haptic Feedback! Settings > Device > Sound. You will get the option there to turn them off. Including keyboard sounds and vibration :)

10. De-bloat: Samsung always loads alot of bloatware on their phones, the more the bloat, the more the apps running in the backgroud, the more the RAM consumed and in turn, the more the battery used! If you can, go into Titanium Backup and freeze as many bloatware as you are familiar with, don't touch anything you don't know. Lol. I always debloat any ROM I flash, so i'm quite familiar with the process. Anyways, just a heads up! If you freeze 'Magazines' for some reason your Stock Email app will crash whenever you try to open a new email or clear emails from the notification bar. Gmail app will work good, i decided to mention as my main email address is Yahoomail. :)

11. Reception: Believe it or not, reception is VERY IMPORTANT when it comes to battery life saving. If you have good reception, then it's smooth sailing and good battery, but if your reception isn't good then your phone is always always trying to reconnect your apps and services to the internet, over and over and over again! Trust me, this can take a serious Toll on your battery. If you notice my screenshots below, I have near 'PERFECT' reception. Notice the green Network mobile signal area in Graph. No blemish! :)
Here is how: Well, since i'm always on WiFi (have a pocket router).. I never need the '3G/HSPA' reception, so I set my phone to GSM/2G Only (Settings > More Networks > Mobile Networks then change Network mode to GSM Only). I'm using Exynos Note 3, so I don't have LTE, but if you are Snapdragon user with LTE, You can set to either just 3G Only as that should still be more stable than 4G/LTE, you can still set as above too, afterall you won't be needing the LTE connection when on WiFi. :D

All I said right now about Reception was complicated yes?
This App makes it simple - http://forum.xda-developers.com/nexus-4/themes-apps/app-intelli3g-2g-3g-4g-toggle-battery-t2580234
Haha! :D

Finally, I use Nova launcher now as I have frozen Touchwiz launcher. Nova launcher is fast, plus i LOVE me them Stock KitKat icons :D And I feel Touchwiz Launcher on MJ7 and MK2 does drain battery much.
(DO NOT FREEZE TOUCHWIZ LAUNCHER IF YOU DON'T HAVE A 3RD PARTY LAUNCHER INSTALLED! YOU WERE WARNED!) You will get Force Close unending

Having written all these, I know some of you will want to come on here and crucify me, because you disagree with one thing or another. But the thing is... I'm only trying to help, and this works for me! I only 'HOPE' it will help as many people as possible enjoy their phone even more :)

Here are screenshots of my Battery Stats, maybe they will convince you to try one or two things out :) You will notice that BBM still drains a chunk of my battery, but I can't do without BBM :p And Nova drains less than TW was.

CHEERS GUYS! :D

ScreenTime
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Battery Use
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Battery Graph
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GSam Battery Pro
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LATEST BATTERY TEST - 15TH JANUARY 2014 -


BATTERY USE

2gxjz0j.png



GRAPH

3538v8x.png



SCREEN

2modqxi.png



SUMMARY

smuftk.png



APPS USAGE

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stanley08

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Pretty good post OP. I have already given some of these a shot. I'm unrooted. Rooted my note 2. Still unsure about the 3 as there isn't as much information on it.

Sent from my SM-N900W8 using Tapatalk

I also think having perfect signal the entire time plays a large effect as well.

Yes! Bad signal can actually drain more battery. As applications dat need internet keep trying to reconnect.
 

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I averaged 9hrs 32mins screentime with stock phone Not rooted and no special apps. Wifi the entire time with a Sprint note 3. Its all about your signal. The better quality signal the better battery life you will get. You can flash the latest and greatest roms and kernels but if you have a poor signal you will have poor battery life.
 

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I averaged 9hrs 32mins screentime with stock phone Not rooted and no special apps. Wifi the entire time with a Sprint note 3. Its all about your signal. The better quality signal the better battery life you will get. You can flash the latest and greatest roms and kernels but if you have a poor signal you will have poor battery life.

Actually, battery life depends on sooooo many things, signal, ROM, kernel (in some cases), apps installed, apps running in background, GPS use, screen settings, even down to little details like wallpaper funny enough lol. I believe I can think of a lot of stuff, however! Very true! Poor signal will also drain battery, out of experience I speak.
Afterall, My battery has sat at 100% for 9 whole hours on Airplane mode! :D
 

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Yes you are right Google now drains a lot..!! I thought it was only me he he.. Even in airplane mode it drains .. Unbelievable.. Last night I just put it on vibrate and it didn't drain anything...:cool: last three days it drained 3% in 5 hrs in airplane.

Thanks for your advices man..:thumbup:

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Yes you are right Google now drains a lot..!! I thought it was only me he he.. Even in airplane mode it drains .. Unbelievable.. Last night I just put it on vibrate and it didn't drain anything...:cool: last three days it drained 3% in 5 hrs in airplane.

Thanks for your advices man..:thumbup:

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Cheers mate! :)
 

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Snapdragon
Root
no tweaks / no kernel change

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But only 3 hours screen on time :p

you can also buy yourself a Samsung Note 3 extra battery kit

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you can charge that battery in the kit itself.. you'll have 2 batteries with 100% ;)

it only costs 30euro / 41 dollar
 
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Snapdragon
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no tweaks / no kernel change

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But only 3 hours screen on time :p

you can also buy yourself a Samsung Note 3 extra battery kit

you can charge that battery in the kit itself.. you'll have 2 batteries with 100% ;)

it only costs 30euro / 41 dollar

It seems 'Google Play Services' owns your device and not you! :p Disable GPS, Google Now and Maps if you don't use it and see that you will get ALOT better battery life

Nice little post there!

Some obvious, but some pretty good tips. :good:

Lol. Yes. When I was writing it, i wanted everybody to understand it. Even someone who is using Android for the first time ever! :D
 

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@stanley08 , I never did a factory reset on a droid b4, so how do I do it, what will I lose & how do I backup, though my concern with backup is I might reload some battery hogging data or settings which would result in waste of time & screwing around with a already set up phone.

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@stanley08 , I never did a factory reset on a droid b4, so how do I do it, what will I lose & how do I backup, though my concern with backup is I might reload some battery hogging data or settings which would result in waste of time & screwing around with a already set up phone.

Sent from my SM-N900 using Tapatalk

This is the Wise thing to do. Do whatever backup you want to do, Titanium Backup, SMS backup, Call logs backup, Nandroid Backup, and any other backup you want to do. Then Create 2 folders on your PC. Name the first one Internal Sd and the Second one External SD.

Then connect phone to pc and open up ur internal sd, highlight all and copy to the folder on ur pc names Internal. Do the same for external sd, but this time... Copy your external sd contents to the other folder you named external sd. That is IF you have/use an external sd. For me, it is pretty convenient to backup my external sd as it is a 16GB one and only about half full at all times. :D

NOTE: Wipe data/Factory reset in Custom Recovery like CWM will NOT delete your files on the internal sd of your phone. It will only remove your installed apps and reset ur settings...
But wiping from STOCK SAMSUNG recovery will do the above and ALSO wipe your internal sd clean. And that is what is called hard format. Or hard reset or factory reset.

I advice that copying data to your pc should be the LAST thing you do before wiping anything. This way, you will be certain that everything you backed up is safe as they are either on ur Internal sd or external sd. CHEERS! :D
 

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After reading all battery issues I have refrained from updating my phone. I am still on M900XXUBMI5 should I not update if the update has so much issues?

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    Firstly, I want to say that this thread is based on the Exynos Note 3, not because it will work only for that device, but because it is the device I own at the time of this OP. HOWEVER, I can assure you that the tips in the second part of this guide, tagged 'IMPORTANT TIPS', would go for just about ANY device running android as the effects are similar. Now... Read On! :D

    Since the MJ7 update was released, some Note 3 users have been experiencing weird battery drain issues, the MK2 update was also released and it didn't seem to fix it either.
    While some users say a factory reset did fix their battery drain issues, many still have it after doing the factory reset, Me being an example.
    I think the main problem is that the phone doesn't go into deep sleep.

    So, I took sometime to research a fix and couldn't find a really solid fix, so I decided to go for the Next Best Thing, tweaks/settings.
    Tweaking the phone in such a way that you maximize your battery use is what I will write about in this thread.
    After tweaking my phone, I was able to hit 9hrs 30mins screen time with a total time of just over 1 day (24hrs), WiFi on ALL through. Not much Voice call time however.
    On Mobile data, the tweaks won't give you this much time but still expect about 5 to hrs screen time.
    How did I achieve this? That's what I will share below. But before I do, I will like to say that I have the Exynos Note 3 and this might be somehow targetted to that device (mentioned this earlier). However, if you have a Snapdragon Note 3 or any other Android device for that matter, I'm sure one or two things from this post will be helpful to you.
    I will also say that 'Root' is quite important for some of the tips. If you are not rooted, you can just apply the ones that don't need root.
    And For Non-Root users, Freezing App in TB can also be done manually to some apps by going into Settings > General > Application manager > All. Then scroll to the app you want to disable say Maps which is a HUGE battery drainer as i will mention below, select it then click the button at the left top which says 'Disable', I think it says 'Turn Off' in KitKat.

    1. Factory Reset: I think the first thing to do first is Factory reset your phone, just maybe! That might work for you. You can also skip this step as factory reset is alot of work and might not be worth the stress in the end. But, I think a fresh start is always good once in a while :) NOTE: Backup your Internal SD to your PC or another flash media device FIRST if you decide to factory reset!

    THE MAIN PART
    =======================================================================================================
    2. Kernel: Download a good Custom Kernel that also has the 'ondemand' governor. For Exynos Users, I recommend goodHanrry-kernel v2.0A (Used in first test)
    Get it from his thread here - http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2569056
    NOTE that this is still a JellyBean 4.3 ONLY kernel till date

    OR

    halaszk-UNIVERSAL5420 v0.6A (used in Second Test)
    Get it from his thread here - http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2590320
    I recommend v0.6A for Jelly Bean and v0.14B for KitKat or the latest :) Test for urself

    Snapdragon users should try the ones they have too.. I'm sure they have some good kernels,like Perseus kernel but again i have Exynos Note 3 :( so try it for yourself.

    3. Kernel Governor: Download SetCPU (paid) from here - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mhuang.overclocking
    Go into SetCPU and change the Governor at the bottom left of the page there to 'on demand', then tick the 'set on boot' option in the middle so it will be applied after everyboot.
    What the Governor 'ondemand' does is the CPU ramps up only when you actually need it. Hence the name :) Which also means that 'even if' you don't get good deep sleep, your CPU will stay at the lowest frequency, Saving you battery! :)

    ============================================================================================================
    IMPORTANT TIPS
    ============================================================================================================
    4. Greenify: EVERY rooted user must have Greenify! It's a fantastic app! It hibernates apps that you are not using so they never get to use your battery, yet the apps are available whenever you need them. No stress!
    Download Greenify here - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.oasisfeng.greenify (I bought the paid version as it has more fuctions)
    For those who don't know greenify or how to use it, it's simple! Only Greenify those apps you don't rely on for Push Notifications.
    For example, don't greenify apps like WhatsApp, Facebook, Viber, Twitter, BBM if you expect to get notifications from them in the background.
    Feel free to Greenify other apps like your games, adobe reader, dictionary, and the rest of them as you don't receive notifications from.

    Starting from Greenify v2.0, even None Rooted users will be able to use Greenify :D Just without the option of Automatic hibernate, however.. It's still Great! :)
    TIP: If you are a Non-Root Greenify user, I will highly recommend that you put the 'Hibernate Now' widget on ur homescreen so that you have one-touch hibernation. Just tap it before you lock ur screen or at anytime really. I'm a Rooted user and I made it a habit already! Tap then lock screen :)
    Greenify is a FANTASTIC app!

    5. Power Saving Mode: Use the Power Saving mode for as long as you can, I use Power Saving all the time. What this does is throttle ur CPU down to 1.4GHz (Exynos Note 3),
    lower frequency naturally means more battery. The Note 3 is a pretty powerful device, so I even play games on Power Saving mode without issues. But if you feel you need that extra oomph!, then you can put it off before you play your games and turn back on later. For the more advanced users, you can make these more dynamic changes with apps like SetCPU or CPU Tuner.

    6. Screen/Brightness: As we all know, normally the screen consumes the most power so if you can manage ur screen properly, u can get some extra juice. My advice on brightness is set to 'Auto -5'. However it is fine to use any other Value from -5 to 5 as you like it. Then you can set to a timeout range of 30s. Try to avoid using live wallpapers as it uses the GPU for the animations also AMOLED screens save more battery when you use dark wallpapers. Do that if you love dark wallpapers :)

    7. GPS/Maps: Now, GPS is like the Number One drainer of battery and many many people don't know this. Here is what you do, pull down your notification bar, long press GPS there then make sure everything under GPS is turned off always! Leave turned off unless you need to use GPS.
    Maps is also another app that drains battery in the background, I don't use maps at all, so I keep it frozen all the time using Titanium Backup.
    But if you use maps, my advice is that you open up TitaniumBackup, look for maps on the list of apps, long press it and then convert to User app. Now u can Greenify it and it will still be available whenever you need it. :)

    8. Google Now / Google+: Google now does drain battery, if you don't use Google Now, turn it off. Go into Google now, enter settings and turn off. I keep my Google now frozen as I never use it anyways. If I ever need to, I will unfreeze it. :) If you successfully handle numbers 7 and 8, you will not have issues with Google Services drain anymore! Unless you go traveling alot :p
    Google+ is one app that drains alot of battery, if you do not use it much or don't need it at all, my advice is that you handle it. Greenify it or better still, Get rid of it.

    9. Sounds/Vibration: Maybe not really a big deal, but those keypad/touch sounds do drain battery. It's fine to leave them on if you like em, but if you can do without, then do! Especially Haptic Feedback! Settings > Device > Sound. You will get the option there to turn them off. Including keyboard sounds and vibration :)

    10. De-bloat: Samsung always loads alot of bloatware on their phones, the more the bloat, the more the apps running in the backgroud, the more the RAM consumed and in turn, the more the battery used! If you can, go into Titanium Backup and freeze as many bloatware as you are familiar with, don't touch anything you don't know. Lol. I always debloat any ROM I flash, so i'm quite familiar with the process. Anyways, just a heads up! If you freeze 'Magazines' for some reason your Stock Email app will crash whenever you try to open a new email or clear emails from the notification bar. Gmail app will work good, i decided to mention as my main email address is Yahoomail. :)

    11. Reception: Believe it or not, reception is VERY IMPORTANT when it comes to battery life saving. If you have good reception, then it's smooth sailing and good battery, but if your reception isn't good then your phone is always always trying to reconnect your apps and services to the internet, over and over and over again! Trust me, this can take a serious Toll on your battery. If you notice my screenshots below, I have near 'PERFECT' reception. Notice the green Network mobile signal area in Graph. No blemish! :)
    Here is how: Well, since i'm always on WiFi (have a pocket router).. I never need the '3G/HSPA' reception, so I set my phone to GSM/2G Only (Settings > More Networks > Mobile Networks then change Network mode to GSM Only). I'm using Exynos Note 3, so I don't have LTE, but if you are Snapdragon user with LTE, You can set to either just 3G Only as that should still be more stable than 4G/LTE, you can still set as above too, afterall you won't be needing the LTE connection when on WiFi. :D

    All I said right now about Reception was complicated yes?
    This App makes it simple - http://forum.xda-developers.com/nexus-4/themes-apps/app-intelli3g-2g-3g-4g-toggle-battery-t2580234
    Haha! :D

    Finally, I use Nova launcher now as I have frozen Touchwiz launcher. Nova launcher is fast, plus i LOVE me them Stock KitKat icons :D And I feel Touchwiz Launcher on MJ7 and MK2 does drain battery much.
    (DO NOT FREEZE TOUCHWIZ LAUNCHER IF YOU DON'T HAVE A 3RD PARTY LAUNCHER INSTALLED! YOU WERE WARNED!) You will get Force Close unending

    Having written all these, I know some of you will want to come on here and crucify me, because you disagree with one thing or another. But the thing is... I'm only trying to help, and this works for me! I only 'HOPE' it will help as many people as possible enjoy their phone even more :)

    Here are screenshots of my Battery Stats, maybe they will convince you to try one or two things out :) You will notice that BBM still drains a chunk of my battery, but I can't do without BBM :p And Nova drains less than TW was.

    CHEERS GUYS! :D

    ScreenTime
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    Battery Use
    73j71e.png


    Battery Graph
    15338zd.png


    GSam Battery Pro
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    LATEST BATTERY TEST - 15TH JANUARY 2014 -


    BATTERY USE

    2gxjz0j.png



    GRAPH

    3538v8x.png



    SCREEN

    2modqxi.png



    SUMMARY

    smuftk.png



    APPS USAGE

    oh0nmb.png
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    I averaged 9hrs 32mins screentime with stock phone Not rooted and no special apps. Wifi the entire time with a Sprint note 3. Its all about your signal. The better quality signal the better battery life you will get. You can flash the latest and greatest roms and kernels but if you have a poor signal you will have poor battery life.
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    My Settings/Set up that are working for me.
    Fully Stock Official 4.4Polish Rom-rooted. Snapdragon N3

    Launcher: Smart Launcher Pro with multi live picture wallpaper.
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    Google sync settings
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    Greenify(root)-improve standby time (screen off). I only greenify whats keeping the phone from deep sleeping, nothing more.
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    Wakelock detector(root)- helps to find apps that need greenifing/freezing/uninstalling.
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    System sound settings
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    Svoice settings
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    Xprivacy(root) requires Xposed framemork.-blocks/spoofs permissions to apps. Useful as a firewall. I block location and internet to all apps that dont need it. Even works on system apps.
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    Spen settings
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    Disabled apps(from app info)
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    Data usage advanced settings
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    *note- turning off background data will stop the stock email app from syncing over mobile data!

    Device Administrators
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    Advanced WiFi settings.
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    Ram Usage
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    Battery Drain Analyser Pro- (non root,paid)
    This was my go to app for identifying apps that are draining the battery. Once finished with it I force close.
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    10%
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    Better Battery Stats- (free,root)
    I've just purchased this so im not familiar with it yet. Right away I'd say this app is the most comprehensive of all the battery apps(that I've used). There's a bit of a learning curve aswell, not quite as user friendly as other battery drain apps. If your were going to buy only one this would be it.
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    Cpu usage
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    EDIT. I'll update the list when I come across things I forgot.
    -google play store/settings- turn off auto update apps
    -bootmanager (free,root+xposed framework)- kill apps from loading into memory at start-up.
    -Advanced Task Cleaner Pro(free,non-root)- memory task cleaner, can be set to clean at startup and also create a autokill list to stop apps from reloading, once killed from the memory.

    Its important to keep your expectations in check, we all use our phones differently. e.g something I might turn off, you might rely on every day.
    The battery life I've come to expect is anywhere between 6 1/2 - 8 hrs screen on and 24 standby. If your in this zone your doing well. If not, then you can do better.

    Couple of other things:
    -Im one who actually prefers a dim screen (believe it or not), although with moderation.
    -I rarely use the gps and location services.
    -Dont own any bluetooth peripherals or an Sview cover.
    -I should note that Im on prepaid. So mobile data is off 90%.
    -I carry a "pocket wifi".
    -I haven't touched power saving mode for quite sometime as I find battery life is good enough without it.
    -forgot to mention google now, I use Svoice instead, so it's disabled.
    -Important- run your own tests and find what works for YOU! Use the info you find to build a base then add to it and modify it. This device is definantly capable of some impressive battery life.

    Instead of writing a wordy post I thought screenshots would be better. Im sure there's stuff I forgot to add and I hope someone finds this useful.
    Cheers
    P.s here's my latest battery cycle.
    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=49648970



    Sent from my SM-N9005 using Tapatalk
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    Pretty good post OP. I have already given some of these a shot. I'm unrooted. Rooted my note 2. Still unsure about the 3 as there isn't as much information on it.

    Sent from my SM-N900W8 using Tapatalk

    I also think having perfect signal the entire time plays a large effect as well.
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    Pretty good post OP. I have already given some of these a shot. I'm unrooted. Rooted my note 2. Still unsure about the 3 as there isn't as much information on it.

    Sent from my SM-N900W8 using Tapatalk

    I also think having perfect signal the entire time plays a large effect as well.

    Yes! Bad signal can actually drain more battery. As applications dat need internet keep trying to reconnect.