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I was recently approached by a friend who has a Samsung Galaxy S3 Android phone that would go from fully charged battery in the morning and drain to a completely discharged battery by lunchtime (and got physically warm or hot) – all with no phone or app use.  Now before you run out an immediately get a new battery, there are a couple of things to check and try.

If you have not yet plugged the phone into a charger, you can check battery usage (menu–settings–battery)…If you see Gallery or Maps or some other application as taking more than 30% and you had not really used the phone, then you probably had an application problem.  A quick test and likely fix, is to simply restart your phone, charge it up, and check if the battery life goes back to “normal” and holds a charge.

While this may seem to be a somewhat common problem with Samsung Galaxy S3 phones (most people with an S3 that I know have not mentioned having this problem) I have seen this same problem on other Android phones too.  In most cases I have found an app (usually Gallery or Maps)  taking up most all the battery, then after a restart, the phone has gone back to normal battery consumption.  I chalk it up to an occasional problem where an app loops or keep running, and have not been able to reproduce this problem with any consistency, so I do not believe it to be a case of a bad version of any operating system or version of a particular application.

Updated Tips added 2013-06-24 – Based on all your comments and feeback!

http://justingale.com/2013/06/24/updated-tips-samsung-galaxy-s3-android-phone-suddenly-having-battery-drain-problems/

Good luck, and hopefully this helps you enjoy your phone more or support others with Android phones!

 

318 Responses to Tip: Samsung Galaxy S3 Android Phone Suddenly Having Battery Drain Problems? Try a restart.

  1. After I restart or power off my phone and charge it to 100% it holds the power well. But the 2nd time I charge it, the battery drains within a few hours from 100 to 15% or so ( with no usage at all). But if I restart and charge witheach cycle the power lasts longer. Not sure going on. I have factory desert, changed batteries and trouble shooted every possible way.

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    • I leave my phone to charge overnight. Usually the WiFi is left turned on. When I wake up the battery is at 100 however as soon as I unplug the battery display shows a signifigant drop. Today after I unplugged it was at 17. On other days 42. Anyone know the cause of this?

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      • Same thing I’ve tried everything from deleting launchers to cords to new battery and nothing. Ill hoping this restart while holding the volume button will work

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      • Anonymous says:

        I do have the same problems like yours, however, I only have the galax phone for eight months, so what should I do, I do not want to spent any money and the phone is still new (not even one year yet)

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      • I have been experiencing this exact same issue. I have tried a different charger. I have tried charging it from my PC or my car. It will hold the same percentage but won’t go up. And then many times I will charge it overnight. As soon as I unplug it in the morning and unlock the screen it will say 15% or 42%. I have tried pulling out the battery, tried a new battery and nothing fixes the problem. It is maddening to say the least.

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      • Anonymous says:

        I’m having a similar problem. I’ve only had this problem occur 2 times, but the first time I thought my brother just switched out our batteries. But just this morning it did the same thing. I left my phone to charge overnight and turned off. When I woke up the next morning and saw it at 100%, but when I turned it on to use it (still plugged it), it immediantly went down to 33%.

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      • Make sure you’re using the charger that came with your phone…I had been using an iPhone a.c. block with a micro sub cord to charge my phone, has the same battery drain issue. I switched back to the factory charger and it works great now.

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      • norman choy says:

        I’ve same problem too, my S3 only 1year and 2months old, 1st I bought new battery which is hard to find, fist charge with phone off, after a day uses, 2nd charge to 100% phone off, as soon the phone turn on , it drops to 72% of battery life, so I try different battery charge Sony with AC 100~240volts USB 5volts output .85amp=850mA with Samsung charger cord, it charges normal time like before factory updated. Everything back to normal, so far I still using the old battery.

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    • drekkkkkkkkkkkkkk says:

      I cane across this problem and called Samsung technical support .. 1-800-samsung they fixed my phone with the steps below

      1. Turn off phone
      2. Wait 5secs
      3. Hold up volume button, home button, and power button until phone cuts on
      4. Let go of power button
      5. When Screen comes up let go of all buttons
      6. Use volume button to go down to wipe cache, use power button to select
      7. Then press select reboot system

      It won’t delete anything its something u Supose to do before u update … hope it works for u .. it helped me .. your welcome

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      • what if you have no battery life life and the phone is off already and you hold the volume, home, power button and it doesn’t come on and you have a charger in the phone and it still doesn’t work, then what?

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        • I have the same problem.. my S3 will not turn on at all. when i take the battery out the red charging indicator light turns on but no charging graphic. then when i put the battery back in its like the wieght it too much and it all tuns off. what do i do?????

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          • My Samsung S3 is one year old and this morning was “dark” after a night on the charger. It would not turn on nor indicate charging. Since my wife has the same phone, I first changed chargers … no difference. I then removed the back of my phone to see if the battery was dislodged or showed some obvious malfunction. It didn’t. I then removed my battery, waited about 30 seconds, and re-installed it. Nothing. I then swapped her battery into my phone and it booted fine. I plugged-in both chargers and both indicated charging her battery (which was at 42%) in my phone. I removed her battery and re-installed my battery … my phone booted fine, with my battery showing 90% immediately after the reboot. (This was the battery that neither indicated charging nor responded to the power button.) I again tried both chargers and they both worked on both phones.

            Whatever turned my phone off and disabled the battery, reset itself when the batteries were changed temporarily. I only have today’s experience, so can’t yet tell if this is a temporary fix or will be long-lasting. My guess is the software detected some battery anomaly and the other battery reset it. We’ll see how it goes.

          • Sounds like the sudden death syndrome. That happened to one of my galaxy phones.

            Phone suddenly went black and would not reboot. When I plugged it in the red light came on and the PC would register a connected device..but that was it.

            Basically the motherboard was dead. Did some research and found that this is VERY common with the Galaxy phones. I had (have) an S3.

            You can recover your files if you use one of those file recovery software apps,

      • Graham Aitken says:

        Many thanks, and i thought phone was knackered, appears to have worked, what’s more screen feels more fluid and smooth than it has been for age’s.

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      • Hi really sorry to be thick but what does point 6 mean? I really want to try this as it seems to have worked for a lot of people, I’m just not sure what it means to do. Thanks so much,

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      • does this work on the Note II as well?

        1. Turn off phone
        2. Wait 5secs
        3. Hold up volume button, home button, and power button until phone cuts on
        4. Let go of power button
        5. When Screen comes up let go of all buttons
        6. Use volume button to go down to wipe cache, use power button to select
        7. Then press select reboot system

        It won’t delete anything its something u Supose to do before u update … hope it works for u .. it helped me .. your welcome

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        • media download depletes battery. go to settings, battery, press media symbol, force stop. Sometimes need to do it couple of times

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        • I have tried this however what do you mean when the screen comes up – point 5 and point 6 does not give me any such feature to wipe cache. What phone are you using?

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        • Sorry but where’s home button. I am a paraplegic. I have went thru 5 chrgers they would say I had 2s hrs but never did my dsughter got another chaarg er & says its last one now I only get five hours charge. It says Ihave used radio cell. I don’t know what this is. Ii use cel for intenet no computer like I need. Thanks. For any help. Tg

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        • Where is home key I have sprint android phone only has samsong on it. My phone won’t keep charged I use interrnet don’t have pc. Not sure if I could mashall 3 buttons I am paraplegic only one arm: hand works. Thanks

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          • Justin Gale says:

            Tracy, on the Galaxy S3, the “home” button should be the physical button on the bottom. I go through so many phones, I use the term to describe whatever physical or softkey button represents the “home” (return to home screeen) button. Sorry for any confusion.

            -Justin

        • This tip really helped me! I had to do a factory reset on my phone and I could not get it to do anything right! Thank you so very much!!

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        • Anonymous says:

          i have problem on my s2 mini, battery will reduce to less than 15% from 90% just in 1 munite after the phone is restarting. but when on charging there no problem.

          i had try the abeve mention ways. but still the same.. phone is restarting and the baterry level will drop.

          any other way to solve this problem?

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          • Anonymous says:

            Im having this kind of problem also with my s3 mini, my phone was just charge but when i unplugged it for sometime my phone will restart in then the battery drop to 6% from 90%, how this will b e fix?

        • I tried it so many times but as I ask for reboot now it show an error and goes off
          please help me. I git it 3 months back and I cant afford sucha loss. even if I put it on charge with wifi on it drains the battery. and I always have music player in running app and I end it every time manually. pleaseeeeee helppppppppppp. m really geting frustrated :(

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      • Hasnt helped me. Phone been on for 5 ours and already down to 62%. Second battery i have used, both doing the same thing.

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      • Bobby Lopaka says:

        This one works. I do this once a month or when I notice short battery life. Thank you for taking the time to share a Real Fix.

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      • Anonymous says:

        I wish it was that easy. I have tried that numerous times and it does nothing. My phone still consumes 100% power within 2-3 hours *with no phone use* and then will take at least 24hrs to recharge! I now have virtually no apps at all on my phone so I know that isn’t the problem (have checked and the apps I do have are not draining the battery). I have tried new battery’s and cords and nothing works. In fact over the last 3-4 months the problem has got a lot worse.

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      • I did it and it went from 29% to 9% -____- idk what that means i guess is did not work? or am i supposed to charge it and THEN it works better?

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      • Sonali mankar says:

        Thanx a ton.. was ging crazy with my phone…. was about to change my battery…luckily I got here… hope my prob is resolved… batteryback to life…

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      • Thank you very much. I have only had this phone for a couple of months and was getting ready to go back to the store and get an iPhone.

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      • I was about to use the S3 for a hockey puck because the battery performance was so dismal. Thanks for the cure. It worked.

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      • michael bailey says:

        Thx, real savior, just wiped out caches on my GS3, hope it will take care of the charging (or lack of it) issue….

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      • Anonymous says:

        You 100% sure it wont delete anything right?? I have v.important stuff on my phone that i cant afford to lose and am not able to backup/transfer anything at all either so afraid of losing my phone data :s

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      • Thank you so much! This helped me! I was really scared because i have only had the phone for 6 months. So i thought it was over and i had to get a new phone. But this saved me thank you so so so so so much :)

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      • I tried the procedure, at first, it seemed to work. But, a few days later, the battery is still NOT charging! The only way is to use a wall charger then swap out the batteries – the charging problem is THE #1 problem for Samsung, it has to take care of this very basic issue!

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      • Thanks, that really worked. My phone would be dead after only 10 hours with very little use. It has now been 36 hrs. and I have 63% battery life left !!!!

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      • omg! thank you so much! ive bought a new charger, a new battery a new external dock to charg both batteries, a replacement piece for the charge and tools…absolutely nothing worked until this!
        awesome, thanks a billion

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      • featherwood says:

        These suggestions are very helpful. I’ve tried my Verizon support (1 1/2 hours in 2 days). The first thing they were going to do was take it back to factory settings. My kids (both far away) set me up and I don’t want to go through redoing everything. Then they suggested a new battery. My phone started going to sleep within 2 seconds and shutting itself off. Major battery drain. 100% this morning at 7 am and I took one photo at 11:30 am and it went dead. I got brave and tried the above last night. I went through it with your excellent directions, but this morning I still have the problem. Support told me to turn off wifi when moving around in vehicle (similar to constantly searching for a tower) , and turn down the screen brightness (I had it on auto, thinking that was better). I was also told NOT to use a car charger except in an emergency. I would plug it in whenever I was using navigation because I get lost all the time. I had also been plugging my phone in to an Ott-light where you could plug in 2 smartphones to the light and use one electrical outlet. I guess I’m going battery shopping. Verizon has none…. the search begins. My phone is a year and a half old.

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      • Anonymous says:

        Thanks. I was looking for this process as I had to do it once before. Think I need to print it out so I willl have it next time. Thanks again.

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      • Irena Gomez says:

        I tried as the instruction…still doesnt help..

        My S3 is 1year+2months old and my battery dies after unplugging from charger in few second, of course the battery was fully charged…
        Is there any other solution for this rather than buying new battery?

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      • bro but when d phone has turned on and v hve left d other buttons,then where to get cache? and when t gets turn on then v have to use volume button???

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    • i came across this problem(S3 not charging) about 2 month ago and after trawling the internet and on the phone to Samsung i got no answers that fixed the problem…so i took a risk and started to charge my phone with Blackberry BOLD charger and guess what….for the past three weeks my phone has been holding power just as it did when i bought it a year and a half ago…it works fine now no problem.

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    • Karl Hoffman says:

      My problem is COMPLETELY different, but I think it may be battery related. I cannot find any boards discussing this:

      My battery life appears normal, but only when not on AC power, my phone will crash. Sometimes it takes 6 restarts before it’s stable…it will come up and crash on no specific application, just indiscriminately. Sometimes I cannot even get past entering my security pattern.

      If I’m plugged in, everything’s fine, which is why I suspect a battery issue even though it has plenty of charge.

      The problem has intensified over the past two weeks, from an occasional nuisance to sequential, multiple crashes and the interval between sequential crashes has narrowed.

      Seems like a waste to buy a battery that appears to recharge and last.

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  2. This might help. I accidentally left my location services on after a Facebook post and later noticed a fast battery drain during work. I work in an area that uses 4G but is generally limited range with only one or tow bars strength. The location services was continually trying to identify my location causing the battery percentage to drop 1% every 10 minutes or so until I realized the problem. Go into Settings > Location Services and make sure all the items are deselected. Problem fixed. Good luck.

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    • After reading your comment i checked my phone and turned off all location services and after doing so my phone has started to charge rapidly!! hoping that this is the fix…thank you.

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    • featherwood says:

      I have 1) GPS and verizon location services and 2) Google Wi-fi and mobile network location with checkmarks. Do these go back on when needed? What exactly would I be turning off please?

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  3. My battery isnt charging while putting the mob on the charger for 9 hours and it shows wrong battery percentage.

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    • I’ve got several ideas.
      1) Pull the battery, clean the contacts (with a pencil eraser) and put it back in.
      2) Try charging with the device powered off.
      3) Try a different charger (note that USB charger vary greatly for voltage, and the old chargers that people use for bluetooth headsets had the correct connector (micro-USB) for most modern phones, but very low amps for charging (too low for most phones)
      4) Get a new battery, unfortunately, they do not last forever, and sometimes you get a bad one.

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    • hi
      even i am facing d same problem its been 4months tht i bought d phone previously it used get charged in 2hrs but now its taking almost 10hrs? How to reslove it?

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  4. I just started having this problem the last few days. I use my phone with WiFi at home and I can watch my battery drain. It went from 100% this morning to 17% this afternoon with little or no use. When I check the battery usage there is something called “Media” with a download icon that is using 59% of my battery. I checked “downloads” and deleted the few things that were there.
    I have already tried several times to turn the phone off completely and turn it back on again and it doesn’t help.
    Is there any way of finding out what this “media” is and why it’s draining my battery?

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    • Media is tied with the Gallery (image viewing) and is one of those apps on the S3 that seem to hang and suck the battery down…

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        • Unfortunately, no one has found the magic bullet yet…Most-often the problem seems to be associated still with viewing images/gallery stuff and tied to the media app…so maybe either an update from Google/Android, or an update to some of the apps might help….or until then, a restart.

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        • You are the second or third person with an account from India with that same message…As I replied to another person, you can go into settings–Application Manager and probably find that, or try a restart. It is also possible that there are some updates for either apps you have, or an update for the phone itself that might be needed. Samsung phone do not always update to the latest firmware. The latest firmware for you phone can be validated with the carrier or by installing the Samsung KIES software, and either connecting your phone (which may or may not give you any information) or by starting the Samsung KIES firmware recovery/emergency firmware recovery…but do not connect your phone…just run the steps to find the latest firmware.
          Hope that helps a little bit.

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          • I’m confused with this reply. I am connected using Kies air. Where is it that I’m supposed to find the information about firmware?

          • Nancy,

            If you take note of your phone model number, and serial number (I think), you can run Kies on the PC, and start doing the emergency firmware recovery to download to the PC the latest firmware. Doing that will tell you the latest filename which you can compare to what is installed on the phone. I think I’ve mentioned that in the US (at least) I’ve had several phones that did not find any update for OTA, or when plugged into KIES…even though I knew they were not current. In those rare cases, I actually did run the firmware recovery, but used it to check the version manually and see what was available versus what was installed.

            From more and more reports from people, some seem to be having problems with the actual charging port on their S3 phones…but that only seems to impact their ability to charge them.

    • I just started having this problem too! So did my mom and a friend with the same phone and Sprint service. There must have been an update or something that is causing issues. All three of us suddenly started having trouble at the same time.

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      • I have actually the exact same issue!! and at the same time as you. same phone, same company, and it started right after I updated my phone! ; / its been a couple weeks now and I am so frustrated! did you ever figure out what to do about it?

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        • Rachel,

          Various people have also mentioned success by turning off location services (which I generally do not use). I typically run my phone as follows:
          WiFi on and connected whenever possible (WiFi off if not connected for more then one hour)
          BlueTooth = Off, unless I am in the car.
          S-Beam = Off
          NFC = Off
          All Motions/Gestures = Off
          Voice Control = Off
          Multi-Window = Off
          SmartStay = Off
          Screen Brightness at either Auto or manually adjusted as low as possible.

          Recently I’ve noticed updates to some apps want an additional sign-in/service running (Facebook pops up once or twice a day asking me to sign in–I never do, and use the App instead)

          Hope that helps!

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  5. I visited this site in the hopes of getting a solution to my newly bought galaxy s3 which drains battery excessively only to realise that it is a common problem. I am very much disappointed that it is a common problem. sometimes too it gets heated over time even when its not been used.

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    • Sorry, I cannot fix the quality of the phone, only offer solutions and work-arounds that we have found with technology.

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  6. I just started having this problem from last few days. My s3 phone screen is taking 77% battery and i try to reduce the brightness with low margin, but still by battery is draining very fast. even i try to restart the phone and also i tried to swith off, but it remains the same.

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    • Hi,

      I too have been having issues with battery power – apparenly due to the screen (56% usage).

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      • Typically, the Screen does use the most (I personally turn my brightness down and do not use the auto-brightness setting)…In a typical day of phone use for me, the screen is 40-60% of battery…your use may vary, but that is a good starting point for reference.

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        • Solveig says:

          Same problem here. Even when it’s in the charger, the screen uses more battery than the phone is able to charge. And that’s when I have done everything I can to make it use less battery. Does anyone know what to do? I’m desperate!

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          • Solveig,

            Just a quick check on what widgets or live wallpaper you might be using, and that you have it set so your screen DOES turn off and does not stay on all the time. Normal use in a day is the screen is one of the highest uses (if you do use the phone alot). Let us know.

    • Akky: I thought maybe it was my battery because near the end of May the phone stopped holding a charge. Then my husband mentioned his had the same problem – both on Sprint, both of us got the phone the same day. It’s remarkable that you and your mom (and others commenting here) seem to have all started having this problem at the same time. Must be an app that updated or software update around that time. I wonder what it was?

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  7. Richard Siew says:

    I charged my s3 phone over night and in the morning I found that it’s only 75% charged.
    Pls advise me of any misdoing or any solution for that specific problem.thks a lot.

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    • Richard,

      You did not mention what if this was a new problem or a new phone to you, so I will assume nothing.
      1) Do a restart on the phone to make sure there are no hung processes.
      2) If you are not getting a full charge over night, make sure you are using a charger as good as the one that came with the phone, the current US spec Galaxy s3 has a power supply that has output of 5.0 volts and 1.0 amps
      3) Go into Settings–Battery and check what is consuming the most battery, and see if that makes sense. It is also possible that you have an app that is either using all the battery/cpu, or keeping the screen or something else running that might not be normal.

      Hope that helps!

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      • mine s3 just oso have tis problem, i nid to charge very long. n 2hours only 2%….. charge whole day almost full only. but today my phone was 65% battery n my phone suddely lag. n i take out my battery n put in again .. den my battery from 65% drop to 25% … so wat i nid to do now? admin. pls help mi ….

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  8. sandra stockford says:

    I am having trouble charging my s3, i put it on charge but it seems to take ages i’ve had it on for 6 hrs and it’s only charged to 40% but on another day it will charge ok grrrr i do use it alot and i love it but it’s annoying

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  9. My S3 has been working a dream until yesterday when it started to get real hot, (bottom r/h area of the phone, the battery is relatively cool) at same/similar time a fault came up saying that the ex-sd card was unreadable. I have removed the sdcard & restarted the phone several times, still have the same problem of getting hot.
    It is also using 65% of the memory after restart without starting any apps, is this normal?
    Is this a fault with the S3? do you have any suggestions?
    Cheers Ian

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  10. my phone was fine till all of a sudden it wont hold charge like 9 am 100% by 11 am its at 27% i would have to walk around with my charger. then the charger wont even charger the phone. i use another charger they wont even turn on the phone. my brother in law has this thing where i would give him my battery and he would charger it and in the am he would give it to me at 100% still by like 6 pm its at 58%. what should i do i bought my phone out right so i don’t have insurance on it
    please help this phone is my baby

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    • Crystal says:

      I am having same issues.my phone wont charge.it only charges overnight while off and very slowly.During the day even without use ai keep seeing the battery level drop

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  11. I am having the same problem. I got the phone in October and only the last week has it been doing the battery draining issue. I did download one the samsung updates and ever since it has had this issue. It also says the screen display is using 58%! I have it on Auto so not sure what that is about. Any other suggestions?

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    • My typical screen usage for a day is 40-60%. I have stopped using the Auto-brightness setting and manually set my screen to about 25-30% of the slider, and only turn it up in bright lights, and turn it down lower as it gets dark out…this does seem to help a bit. Finally, I set my screen to go off when I lock the phone, so after each use, I click the side button to lock the screen and it turns off. Hope that helps.

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  12. My battery is not charging at all. I put it on charge this afternoon it was charging for 3 hours and only did 8% increase in battery. Wifi was off and I did not use my phone at all. Just got this phone 3 months back

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    • I’ve heard this a bunch lately, but do not know if it is phone/carrie related, or possibly related to chargers that people are using. The phone side of the connectors are all the same, however, Samsung S3 and S4 phones really come with chargers (in the US) that output 750ma to 1amp…Older charges or generic chargers that look same may not be putting out enough power to properly charge the phones (especially if Samsung or the phone company had done any updates that might want more voltage from the charging system.

      Hope that helps.

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  13. caza 79 says:

    Having exact same problem with my battery since last phone update! I have uninstalled apps and makes no difference. Went onto settings and it shows 63% usage even though I have all the power savers on

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    • Been hearing this lately, but not sure if it is a country or phone company thing or a case of the charge being used by people. Personally, I’ve been using the newest Samsung chargers which put out 5volts and .7A to 1A that is what is currently shipping from Samsung here in the US…Lesser chargers don’t seem to work real well in the S3, S4 and other phones in my experience.

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  14. I too have that Media with download icon in Settings->Battery..it is consuming 70% of the battery..how to kill that? Pls advise ..can i just Force Stop it? Need help pls..

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    • Yes, technically you can go into Settings–Application Manager and force stop any app…however, I am not familiar with all apps on every android phone, so I usually do a little searching on the specific app to see what other say (like from xda-developers.com or another fairly reliable technical source). Sorry all I can do is help make you a little smarter and not solve all phone problems.

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  15. This has been a huge problem lately for GS3. Even after restarts, it randomly opens apps by itself. On my GS3 its usually Google play music, sometimes others, and it was still others until I uninstalled them. I know from online forums and talking to friends for them it is other apps. I also find it randomly deletes app icons from my home pages! Further, I am not dropping calls, but from time to time callers on the other end can’t hear me as if my mute was activated. My GS2 failed after 12 months. My GS3 was an insurance replacement. And it’s doing this after only 6 months! I have at least 4 months on my current contract for an upgrade. No more Samsungs for me.

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  16. Rebecca says:

    I’ve been having the same problem as everyone above. I got my phone last August, and I’m very careful about closing everything a few times a day, especially before I go to bed. I keep the screen brightness all the way down; I keep all location, bluetooth, maps, etc off as well- and have since I got the phone. I use the original charger. After charging all night, I unplug the phone, and its at 25-30%. This happened again this morning. When I look at the battery graph, it shows almost no charging last night, only a few tiny stints of charging, and still shows almost 24h on the battery even though it was plugged in all night. This just started happening within the past two weeks. Sometimes it works fine, but it’s a pain to bring my charger everywhere I go. Hopefully a solution is found soon!

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  17. Rebecca says:

    I should add that I’m in the U.S., and on my battery list, the screen is using the highest percentage (about 30%), although I keep the brightness at absolute minimum (not auto), have the shortest screen timeouts set, and always lock my phone (which turns off the screen) when I’m done using it.

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  18. This is really aggravating me. My phone goes dead at the most inconvenient time when I’m not even using it and get important calls but i can’t even answer it because it’s dead! This battery drain started ever since I had that new adroid update. They better have another update and have this problem fixed. I thought I was the only one with this battery problem recently. Glad I’m not the only one!

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    • Hi ! I am getting the same problem with my s3 phone, only just started doing it since last update, now on 4.3.
      Using original Samsung charger which shows 5v-1.0a output, I don’t really use phone much during the day, still consumes a lot of battery life though, takes ages to fully charge up, for example I turned the phone off before going to bed and the next morning it was on 56% charge.
      I have also tried doing the “up volume button, home and power key pressing to clean cache and reboot” but to no avail.
      I’d greatly appreciate any advise on how to fix this problem.

      Simon

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      • Justin Gale says:

        Simon,

        Have you checked any apps you might have on the phone or widgets that auto-update to see if they are the cause? IE. A weather widget or something. Typically if you’ve done all that and a restart, and something is still draining the battery, there is an app with a problem that needs to either be removed and reinstalled (if the app was just caught in a loop and not really bad) or something else is causing the problem (like using an email app and setting it to check every second for updates). Take a look through your apps, and let me know what you have installed that might be causing a loop or continuous check on the network or location.

        -Justin

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  19. glendyce says:

    My phone kept on lagging and if I use for about 5 minutes, the phone will become hot and all of the application used will be stopped moving. Even I restart my phone, the problem isn’t solved.

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  20. hello to all GS3 users

    Like you all i have a very nice GS3 but been recently been having battery problems and been looking on how to fix the problem, i think i have fixed my problem but using a different charger ( kindle plug and usb ) and seems to be charging alittle faster. i always thought the plug and usb attachment for the phone was lame from the beginning so i hope this advice helps :)

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  21. I’ve been having the same problem with the battery draining really quickly and taking forever to charge. It’s only been for the last few weeks – prior to that I would easily get 12 hours out of it with medium to heavy usage. Now even plugged in to a charger and using it, the battery drains quicker than than it charges. I am in Australia and have tried 6-8 different chargers/usb cords with little difference in results. Thought it was only me but seems to be across the board

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  22. My Samsung Galaxy S3 since one week start problem with the battery that is not charging at full. I ve change with the new battery, for one day went well and now again not charging at full…what i have to do? I ve read a lot about this problem..but no one write the solution…please help

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  23. I have the same problem, my battery is draining way to fast and not accepting charge, Samsung need to sort this asap!! its not exactly a cheep phone!!!

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  24. I have been having constant battery problems since my phone was 5 months old. Keep getting told its unique to me, but I don’t think so. I have had the battery replaced for a new one, and another 4 months later I am having the same problems. Yes it gets even worse after using maps, and other apps but restarting does not always correct the problem. I spend a lot of time trying to stop apps running, and now avoid using any of the apps if I can – which kind of defeats the objects of having the phone! But then I have found it crap at being a phone too. I find I am restarting the phone several time a day, just to make a call.

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  25. Debra Straatmann says:

    My husband and I got our phones last November. He starting having problems a couple of weeks ago. The company sent a new battery and when that didn’t work a new phone. Just a couple of days ago, I started experiencing the same issues although irregularly. Yesterday was bad, today seems good so far.
    I’m glad I came across this website and I am trying your suggestions.

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  26. The battery had got down to 1% when I made my comment earlier. I has now been charging for about 8 hours is is only at 21%. I used it for 1 call, while still charging and actually turned everything off – but it still will not recharge well. It looks like it will take a couple of day of being kept on charge and making sure I don’t use it to recover! But I suspect not for long.

    Looks like I will have to get a new (no.3) battery for it.

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  27. i tried every thing for my phone but when ever it charges to 100% in a half an hour i come to check it and its turned of because the battery is dead i rested it 3 time because this problem and other ones, so does this mean i need a new battery.

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  28. I got my phone about three weeks ago, everything was fine until the last few days. Phone is fully charged at 10 pm and dead by 6 AM when it isn’t even being used. I’ve read all the postings, I’ve search everywhere and made some adjustments, but really what is the point if I have to lower my screen brightness to where I need a seeing eye dog, what is the purpose of having a phone where you have to turn everything off and check, recheck to make sure something isn’t mysteriously running in the background. I loved this phone at first by now it’s a chore…time to take it back while I still can.

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  29. Elizabeth says:

    I have had my phone for 5 months and this problem started two days ago – while traveling for business! My setting>battery shows that “Cell standby” is using 30%. I have no idea what that means, or how I can force a shutoff of that. I turn off my phone every night and restart. I’ve actually removed some apps – not that I use a lot anyway. Earlier it was showing that Cell Radio was using 30%, but I’ve never even used a radio app! Suggestions will be appreciated!

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  30. I’m having exactly the same problem which started around the same time as others on here. Contract S3 phone, 6 months old, battery always recharged overnight now it’s struggling to survive! I can even watch it drop 1% while on charge! Had it on charge for nearly 10 hours when switched off, it only went from 16% to 90% which is simply ludicrous. Haven’t got a clue what’s going on with it.

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  31. Valarie says:

    I have had my Galaxy S3 since August. I noticed last night that it just stopped charging, i fiddled around with it and managed to get it to charge, then at 11:30 today, i noticed it was at 40% battery just being on standby. I am trying to charge it now at 15% battery and it has moved up 2% in the past 4 hours….I have taken out the battery and reset it numerous times, even tried a different charger (samsung) and it still has not moved. Any thoughts?

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  32. For me, disabling all Location Services has cut the battery use by 2/3! It was dropping from 100% to 40% in 12 hours. Now in 12 hours it only drops to 80%.

    You can always turn Location Services on when you need it.

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  33. In relation to peoples comments im in the UK and own a Galaxy S3 myself, And ive recently had a problem with its charge, odd times over night it will go from like 12%-100% in 8hrs or so, but normally i very rarely see it no more than 80% max or 21% min charge over 8hr period. i turn off all internet, bluetooth etc especially when at work, and i take my charger just incase. im updated to latest firmware and shut down almost everything that isnt need for me to have running on the phone. Im anticipating buying a new battery and charger but more powerfull than standard that came with phone. And as someone else said i get google music player always appearing in my apps as running even tho its one thing i never use. ive currently got my phone plugged charging on my laptop as i type and kies running also. I think theres a general problem in the phone itself (more likely to be new update) considering theres 1000s of users having same problem. and if reports of S4 having it then my bet is firmware.Im unaware on everything ive read that theres no solution, but im remaing a samsung fan because i like their phones, plus you get problems with any other brand phones.

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    • Martin,

      Thanks for the all the details in your report (country,steps taken, etc., it helps to understand the real situation). I just have an additional couple of questions for you. First question is about what apps with notifications or IM clients (Facebook, LinkedIN) and /email clients (Gmail, Exchange Active-Sync) you have configured on the phone. Second question is do you have location services and GPS enabled or disabled. Third, when you run the phone at work, what is the cell connection that you get (4G, LTE, egde, etc.)…the reason I ask is that a connected wifi phone will typically use less battery then one just using its cellular radio.

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      • only have really facebook, yahoo email and ebay notifications all rest i have turned off, when im at work i turn everything off and just leave standard phone running with signal so people can txt or call. ill only activate internet at work if checking email, facebook etc, then ill turn it off after use, and it usually connects to 3g or h+ because we dont have 4G in area yet. and i never enable the GPS only really when driving and then my phone is plugged into car charger. As for wifi thats only connected when at home and if need to i can plug phone in to charge when needing to. Last night it was on 9% so i put it on charge for a couple hrs before bed, and when i went up it was on 41% only cus im using a high voltage charger. then over night used standard charger to get it to 100% by morning. so technically in order to get it 100% for in morning i have to put it on charger few hrs before i go bed to.

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        • tbh i think it could be samsungs themselve because just remembering something when i had the S2, after a while that came up with a voltage msg when on charge and got really hot, and i had it replaced by samsung for that. so in away im wondering if the S3 has a problem and the ppl are saying they have to charge theres when turned off cus it wont charge turned on and ppl are having them replaced because they apparently have faulty charge sockets. im wondering if the S3 charge port gets faulty after a while and doesnt deliver the power to the phone as it properly should?? cud be a theory.

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          • i meant S4 having problem charging while being on they have to be turned off to charge.

  34. my s3 is not charging up properly. im leaving it on over night and its still only getting to like 25 percent. any ideas???

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    • Danny,

      I think we are trying to see to what extent the problem is Global versus regional for troubleshooting/possible solutions. (I’m getting a lot of feedback from UK folks with problems). So far, some people have posted additional tips to try, and I’ve also just replied to someone else some more settings that I personally use…take a look some of the other replies and my comments, and let us all know if any of those additional points help!

      Thanks!

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      • Pauline says:

        Hi Danny….I’ve had my S3 since July last year. Only a few months ago the same battery problems happened to me. I’m in Australia using Telstra. I will try all the above problem solvers and let you know if I find a solution, also. I have discarded a lot of games/apps but that didn’t help either. I used the GPS while on holidays this week….this seemed to drain the battery too.

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  35. Bronwyn says:

    I am having the same battery drain problem in the UAE. Everything was fine with a phone I’ve had since October but there was a firmware update the other day and I have had problems ever since. I haven’t changed anything else on my phone, or my usage pattern, and I turn it off to charge it every night. It used to charge really quickly and I could put it on to charge for just an hour or so and that was sufficient to charge the battery 50%. Now it’s on all night and hasn’t even made it to 50%. I’ve tried USB charging as well as the original charger and it makes no difference. Seems like more than a coincidence that we have all started having the same problem after a firmware update………

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    • I agree…it is not a coincidence…there clearly appear to be some “issues”…the questions to me are when will it be fixed by and update, and what are the workarounds/tips to manage until then…I can only try to help with the workarounds/tips.

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  36. I have a Galaxy S3, which I got last year in July August2012. Got Water damaged after I fell into a river ( 9 months ago), but has dried out and has worked fine. Problem last night fine, woke up to find the phone completely dead. tried another battery from a colleague with the same phone. Does not power up. suggestions please.

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    • Tony,

      It sounds like you have already done most of the tricks (let it dry out real good…confirmed it worked…for awhile)…then when it died again, tried a known good battery and still no luck. Unfortunately the same thing happened to my friend, and we also tried re-inserting his SD card and SIM, but were unable to get the phone to come back to life and had to replace it.

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    • Bronwyn,

      Hello i had that problem with the original Galaxy S, and it turned out an app on the phone bricked it, meaning the phone seemed dead, no charge or anything. I took it to a local phone shop not like the carrier ones, like a back street kind of one, and he looked at it, plugged it into a machine and next thing i knew it was all up and working again. thats just incase u cant get it replaced it just something to think about ;)

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  37. Hey, I live in Belgium and have the same battery charging problem. I use the original Samsung charger overnight and in the end the battery didn’t charge at all. When I plug it into my car (with an older Nokia micro USB 12V charger) it seems to be charging allright.

    When I go into settings -> battery I can see that overnight, during the charging, the battery graph was almost flatlined, while with the car charger the battery level increased very rapidly.

    Also (and I don’t know if this is normal), the detailed settings show that my screen was off overnight, but the phone seemed to be ‘awake’ the entire time and even with a higher density than during the day.

    The battery usage spread accross the different apps seems normal most of the time, so I don’t suspect any corrupt apps.

    Please advise…

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  38. guess whats wrong with my samsung phone? u guessed it, battery drain. just reading these posts dropped it over 12%. my s3 was bought from a legitimate shop in guanzhou, china. the drop in battery power is after taking it to a samsung service center and them telling me to buy a new battery. i have since realised its an issue with the phone. overall with only minimal use its dead in about 5~6 hrs. my iphone used to last for days. perhaps its a marketing ploy to sell more batteries? thanks for reading, got to go charge up… again!

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  39. Ashton Wills says:

    Battery of my drain to 1% from 100% when I was in office and then it got switched off. Now m trying to charge it but no success and even phone is not getting start. Please help me in this.

    Regards,
    Ashton Wills

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    • Ashton,

      Since you ran it basically dead, try to leave the phone off (don’t try to start it) for a little while during the initial charge so it can get enough charge it the phone to work…it might have a minimum threshold required in the battery in order to power the phone.

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  40. Ashton Wills says:

    Its S3 and I tried charging it 2-3 hours, still not getting start or not showing any symbol of charging or Samsung or any.

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  41. Same issue on my S3, started about 2 weeks ago. The app draining the battery from 100% to flat in about 3 hrs is Media/Downloads (as reported by GSam app). If you kill the app, battery usage goes back to normal. I’ve had my S3 for a few months and prior to this the battery would last longer than a day. I can only assume some app updated recently and is causing this issue.

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    • Kevin, that is exactly the first “battery” problem I saw with the S3…I typically restarted it, not sure what other app caused Media/Downloads to consume so much battery. Good luck, and keep things updated! Hopefully a fix will come soon.

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  42. zulaikha zaini says:

    Hi . Im currently facing another problem . My S3 used to charge super fast and i dont have any problem in battery getting drained too quickly . But a few days ago , my phone is charging really slow . For example i was charging my phone till its 75% . During that percentage , i went to take a nap and when i woke up it was still 75% . I can assure that it didnt get unplugged or smthg during my nap. What is the explanation behind this and can this problem be solved ? :/

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  43. My S3 battery suddenly after 6 months started to drain fast and charge really slowly. There is no app using the battery. And brightness is at the lowest. I have tried restarting it and taking out the battery and putting it back in. Please help. :/

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  44. Hi, I bought my S3 phone less than 1 year ago (some 10 months ago, more or less). A few days ago, it began to behave somehow awkwardly. Before, when I plugged the original charger into the phone, very quickly (in about 1 second) the phone upper LED turned into red and charging began. Now, after I plug the charger into the phone it takes several seconds (around 10 seconds, more or less) for the LED to change into red and start the charging process. Why might that happen? Thanks.

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  45. At night I plug in my phone so that I can allow it to charge then in the morning I wake up and look at my phone and it says 100% so I turn it on completely and the battery percentage says 3% and then my phone will not charge what do I do?

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  46. My galaxy S3 has been having issues too.

    i first noticed excessive battery use compared to normal. i as standard have the power saving on and all location services off and the screen brightness to a minimum unless in bright sunlight which isn’t too often in Scotland.

    then i noticed that it was charging extremely slowly, 10-20% in 3/4 hours and almost a full 24 hours for a full charge which runs down in 4-6 with little to no use. i have had my phone since February and still have the charger that it came with the phone and have only ever used that charger

    the battery usage shows no abnormal usage given whats common with screen at 52 then android system at 12 and the most common apps i use between 2-6%

    i have today changed from a live wallpaper to a non live wallpaper but that cant be the source of all my woes.

    can anyone confirm or deny if a fix for this is being worked on? it seems like a software issue, have samsung commented on anything?

    i love my phone, these are dire times, someone help!

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  47. Hie, I found my phone S3 has charging problem, but I am not sure either is the device problem or the charger. So I need your information on this matter. Fyi, i went to Samsung service centre for at least 3 times to check on this issue and every time they just changed a new cable for me, assumed it as charger problem. But after using the new cable, the problem is still not yet solved. I tried HTC charger, my phone charged at normal speed but once I used the S3 cable with HTC adapter , it charges quite slow. Well, if I used the S3 charger itself, it is even worst which it takes longer time to charge it, around 4-5 hours. So, may I know what is the problem actually? Thanks~

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  48. Haider Sarwar says:

    hi,
    I recently updated my phone and since then i’ve been having battery issues. it drains in about 2-3 hours without me using it. I went into setttings-battery and found that “SAMSUNG LINK” has been using around 38 percent of my battery while the rest are all below 20 percent. I even pressed force stop on samsung link but it still is draining a lot of my battery. Please help. Admin im leaving my email so you could contact. its haidersawar_14@hotmail.com

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    • Samsung link is the Samsung all share feature…you may want to restart your phone see if the problem persists and also check if all your Samsung apps are updated. Personally I still have most all those a Samsung features off or in configured and don’t have any battery problems from them…though of course I get no benefit from them either.

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  49. Blue S3 says:

    Here the tips make my S3 last about 24 hour with normal use, with wifi,games,call,browser etc.
    it doest matter if u on wifi or data on this will save our battery. no need set power saving mode anymore.
    this what i did..

    1. Set screen manual brightness that your desire.set it there, manually set again if you in outdoor/indoor in low setting. never use auto brightness. Auto brightness will activate S3 ambience sensor and require more battery to operate – This is main power saving

    2. Off smart stay, smart rotation, NFC, S Beam, Multi window, motion. these all gimmick feature.

    3. Root the phone. remove bloatware. eg google map, gmail and mail. use other third party email app on play store. delete all samsung addon app. like all share, game hub. etc

    4. Disable media scanner using android tweaker pro app (root app) solution to hot issue on s3. Hot because processor been busy scanning our sdcard than usual. it require more ram and battery. This will disable media on sdcard from indexing. sometime image on your sdcard never appear on your gallery app.

    5. Charge with low mili ampere charger eg. 0.7A. slow charging will charge our battery longer than fast charger. so juice will hold longer i think.

    6. Use darktone wallpaper and never use live wallpaper and minimize wigdet usage on destop.
    7. Use taskiller or not doesnt matter.
    8. Delete video player ( this app seem on all the while) and replace with third party app like mobo player.
    9. Install ad away and driod wall to avoid unwanted internet traffic though our phone.

    after do this. give our phone time then u can see the difference on battery power. i never use custom rom. just stock 4.1.2. jzo54k.i9300xxeme2.if you cannot do all of these tips.. use tip number 1 & 2 will make some difference already.

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  50. Just got the phone a week ago and have had to take the battery out twice because phone won’t even turn and it is charged. Very irritating especially when driving and expecting important calls. Ready to throw phone out the window.

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    • Cindy,

      When the phone does not turn on when charged, was it on, charged and running or what caused it to be off? I ask because on a different series of phone (the Samsung Nexus phones) I knew lots of people had problems turning the phone off accidentally through some “common” or typical gestures (I even remember trying them and doing that) and I also see people pressing the power-button too long and turning off these phones (accidentally)…Is it possible the power button on your phone is broke (by any chance?)

      Let us know!

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      • featherwood says:

        My phone takes screenshots by itself (well I don’t know how it does it) and when I want to take a screenshot it won’t. I’m pushing sound and power simultaneously. It just turns the phone off.

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  51. Hi,

    With my S3 everything was going great, could last 2 days on the battery and then all of a sudden that changed. I charged it overnight and found that it had disconnected itself. So I used a different charger and the same thing happened..without it being touched it would disconnect itself from the battery. I bought a wireless charger and it seems a bit better but still isn’t charging efficiently when being left on over night without anything running.

    Getting frustrated, I am on shift work and need my phone..A little disappointed as I loved my phone

    Do you think this is a hardware or software or both issue?

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  52. hey there my s3 gets really hot when im just browinsg the web, im not listning to music or anything else when browsing and all aps are closed im using google chrome. and also i only have 4 background apps running and my battery drains quickly.

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  53. from Canada
    I am having a issue with my battery on my S3 also battery takes forever to charge and does not fully charge bought a new battery and charged the phone while it was still off, had a 100% charge and turned the phone on and it drained by lunch made sure that all running programs were off never had this problem before. when I do plug in at times the charge would flash on and off at times saying charging but then would beep and would not charge changed charging cord and bought new one and still the same thing. To me and from reading all the post I am wondering if this is a issue with Samsung and a up date they had, it seems that everyone has had the same problems in the last month or 2. If this is a on going issue I am considering going back to my iphone and using that at least I would get a day and half out of a charge and not have to worry about dead batteries in the middle of a call even if though I do like my S3 I cant afford to lose clients of mine.

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  54. Krishna Gadhia says:

    I’m from India and using Vodafone. I bought my phone in August last year and have been experiencing a similar charging problem. The service centres here aren’t very good and insist on keeping my phone for a few hours… which I am reluctant to do.
    I went out and bought a new charger a week back which helped but now I seem to be back to square one!
    What’s going on??

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  55. another thing I forget to say it’s the battery take longer time to charge. than it’s. use to. and how can a battery be draining as if u are using the internet when it’s switch off

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  56. I thought I was the only one with the battery problem but now I see that I have company. I now have to wonder if the phone is highly over-rated, I have mine for only 6 months and I am ready to throw it away.

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  57. I have 2 Samsung Galaxy S3, one 3G version (my wife is using) and a LTE version (I am using). I got my 3G version in November 2012, and the LTE version in March 2013. About a month ago, the 3G version started to have a charging problem, it will charge sometimes, and sometimes it will charge real slow, until one day, it wouldn’t even charge at all. I tried many different attempts like the ones mentioned in this forum, none worked, I took it to the store, and they said it’s a faulty charging port, they replaced it (costed me USD$20 parts and labor), and it’s charging fine now. But I do notice that the lower part of the phone is warmer than it used to be. I did some test, I played 1 full hour youtube videos on wifi on the LTE version, it’s barely warm…you can hardly feel that. But on the 3G version, it’s more than just hot, I can still put it against my face ok, but definitely way hotter than the LTE version, so I don’t know what is the cause. It definitely is not the battery, I took it out when the bottom was hot, the battery is not even warm, so it’s the hardware inside causing the heat. And I do notice that the battery drain faster than it normally does. The phone gets warm sometimes when it was sitting only in my pocket. My wife and I switched the phone, I am now using the 3G version, she is using the LTE.
    I am not sure if more RAM actually helps, the LTE got 2G RAM in it, so the CPU doesn’t have that much of load? The S3 most of time is using 80%-85%, maybe that’s why it’s hot, and the battery drain so much faster??
    I am thinking of trading in for a Note II…but I still love the S3…I don’t know…

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  58. By the way, most of the phone only last 1~2 years top, the technology is moving way to fast. So if you can trade-in your phone in your area or sell it…do it while you still can. Most of the phones are made in China, so it could be the bad batch of one of the parts inside your phone, so I will call that unlucky. I had a Sony Arc S (LT18i), that phone is light weight, nice built, beautiful screen, takes great picture, but the heat from the screen is like cooking your face, and the battery standby time sucks 100% at 8am, about 15% at 5p only with a few calls (few minutes each) and facebook browsing. I went online and search for solutions, none of them works, but there are users out there got a very very good standby time, so I can say is that I got one from the bad batch. I traded-in for a Galaxy Note (N7000), very happy with it, I still have it, it’s my work phone. No problem at all.

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  59. i appear to have bought a clone s3 which i only discovered when i went to a phone shop when my battery would not charge, i was told those batteries are hard to get. it says it is a samsung galaxy s3 i9300++ the battery says 3.7mah 4.44wh type3, can someone tell me where i can get one from please. none of the quick fix solutions have worked so i hope a new battery may solve things for me. As it is a copy phone the original chargers from samsung do not fit. This has 3 holes at the top not 4, or just contacts.

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    • Yvonne, even the shop you bought from doesn’t sell those? In Asia, there are lots of Samsung clone (knockoff) phones, some are real good replica 1 to 1, you can’t spot the difference until you switch the screen on. That battery is gonna be pretty hard to find for sure, because it’s a clone, you will have to have the seller (the shop) to get it for you, because there is no real part number for it for you to search it online. Also, there are lots of cell phone aftermarket batteries get overheat and causing burnt charging port incidents in Asia, you can search online, I am not even exaggerating. So I would recommend you to buy the real brand name phone instead of clone ones in the future. I used to do that do, but then a few clones together, I get actually buy a real thing and it comes with a REAL warranty, and less to worry about.

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  60. good day….I have a Samsung Galaxy S3…prob a month after purchase I realise that it takes forever to charge..leave it on over nite and its only half way charge…it take prob 24 hrs to get it full charged…I tried everything…changed battery, changed USB cable..changed chargers on a whole…and nun seem to work…I did however started twisting the cord of the charger before inserting it into the phone hence giving it a tighter grip…and it works…I have to keep continuously twisting the cord every time i want it to charge…and it works…Hence Admin, I think it has to do with the charging port of the phone…because without twisting, the charger charges all other phones thats able to charge with same except mine…what is recommended to fix the charging port of the phone..I strongly believe that is the prob…Plz give sum suggestions as to that cause the phone is awesome…but I am rite now tryna get rid of it because of that prob….Plz Admin…a solution plz…

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    • Tasha,

      Great detail. It is interesting that you seem to have a loose charging port on your phone, and seemed to have proved/confirmed that. It is possible that there is a bad batch of ports on the phones, as others have reported (here) problems specifically charging their phone. Seems like something you should be able to warranty with the telephone company who sold the phone?

      Let us know please.

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    • Tasha, I have replaced the charging port, and it’s charging fine now with any cable, sony, motorola, aftermarket ones…they all work fine. But I do notice, the charging time seems like longer than it used to, It takes at least 4 hours from 10% to 100%, not sure if that’s normal, because I never really pay attention to the charging time, until the port is replaced. And I did talk to the repair guys at the shop, he said, it’s quite common, he has replaced countless of the port for samsung phones recently, it could be just the bad batch from the factory. Not Samsung’s quality is going down, it could be just the port supplier or when they solder the port on, the worker didn’t do it right. I have S2, Note, S3, S3 LTE, Galaxy Tab…they are just fine. I am sure I was just unlucky.

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  61. my phone will turn off why its charging sometimes after being put on the charger and also at random times why it still has like 70% left and ill have to take the battery out and put it back in to work again, also my phone will reset at random times to when im texting or doing something on my phone, what is wrong?

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    • How long have that been doing? If it’s recently, then try to think what you have just installed, it could be the apps causing the phone to act up. If nothing works, I would do a factory reset.

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  62. Dazzlin says:

    Ny one please help out !!!!! My s3 battry is draining offf fa evry 10 mins 1% battry is draining plz help mi out

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    • A list here you might wanna try:
      1. Have you tried a different battery? (The one you are using might be defective)
      2. Do you recall when the S3 started doing it? (It might be caused by the apps, GPS, Google location service apps)
      3. Have you tried a factory reset? (If you are unsure if it’s the setting or the apps is causing the problem, the factory reset is the way to go)

      Sometimes, if you go to the application accidentally force the OS application to close it will make the phone doing weird stuff. The other day, I wanted to install an apk downloaded from the internet, the very last second, I tried to cancel it, but then the phone froze, then the phone is super hot after I restarted it.

      So I did a factory reset, every goes back to where it used to be.
      Not 100% it will help you , but worth to give it a shot, if it’s still under factory warranty or store warranty, take it back and have them to replace it.

      Good Luck my friend

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    • In general, go into settings, applications/manage applications, find your app, force-stop it, clear cache, clear data. Some apps though don’t store their data on your phone or necessarily with the app (it might be in the cloud)…so this is only a guideline

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  63. Rojan Baby says:

    Good Day !.
    I have an S3 Mobile, everything works perfect with it. yesterday I used the Wifi tethering with my laptop. I did it by simultaneous charging and using mobile and kept it just near to window. After an hour when i checked; it shows ‘ battery stopped charging- high temperature’ like that. I felt more than 50 Deg Centigrade in mobile. My concern is that, is this an usual problem with S3? will it affects my phone performance in the coming days ?

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    • Rojan….A “Hot” phone would stop the charging process for sure. Is it normal to get that hot when doing all of that? I don’t tether and charge typically to personally give you my opinion…I’ve run it on charger and as GPS for hours and not had that problem…just not tethering.

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  64. Hi,

    Me and my friends also suffering from this issues. we got this issue due to recently took new software updates from samsung. so all of us getting same problem from next day. may be wait for next updates.

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  65. My phone won’t charge at all. I went to my local battery shop and they said that it wasnt that battery but that it was a loose connectivity problem. I’ve tried several chargers and nothings working.

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    • Zoran,

      I’ve been hearing this more and more from people about a bad charging port/connection on the phone side of things. Some have taken them in and been able to have their phone replaced/repaired under warranty…but you will have to check with your phone company to see what they will support/honor.

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  66. I’ve had my Galaxy s3 for two weeks. For the first week I had to charge a couple times a day. Read a bunch of forums and backup up my photos, did a factory reset and reloaded my photos. My contacts came in gmail automatically and down loaded 4 apps again. This seemed to fix the problem for 2 days, went 2 days on one charge with fair to heavy usage. Now back to losing %10 an hour or more. I put it into airplane mode at night and or to charge, it does charge quickly.

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  67. I have a Samsung Galaxy S3 which i got just before xmas 2012. As of about a week ago my phone started having similar charging issues to those already mentioned – charging extremely slowly, taking hours and hours just to increase by a couple of percent. I tried different chargers and used it in different buildings/charge points, all of which produced different outcomes – slow, fast, nothing at all. I decided to keep my phone in front of me at work and noticed that when charging it was flitting in between charging and not charging, and I would have to keep giving the connection point between the cable and the phone a push. Hence why I agree that it must be something to do with a faulty connection port in the phone. What is working for me, though not ideal, is positioning the phone while charging wedged between a cushion and the edge of the sofa, so that there is pressure on the cable ensuring that it doesn’t budge whatsoever out of the port. This is the only way i can properly ensure my phone is charging!!

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  68. I had this problem start last week (battery drain and phone overheating) and I handed the phone into my carrier to see if it was a glitch in the processor (Samsung are aware and have admitted that a batch of processors for the S3 were installed faulty) and/or wi-fi connector. If you find that our wi-fi is suddenly disconnecting this is a telltale. However, the carrier repair dept and Samsung could not find any fault with the phone.
    It was then that a light bulb lit above my head and I remembered that there has been a recent update to Samsung apps across the board – including the samsung pugh service. It was since then that my phone is having huge problems. I’d suggest it’s one of the the Samsung App updates that has caused this problem. Check all your Samsung Apps and see which ones have been updated in the last month and uninstall them. That should fix your issue. As always samsung will deny it was their fault.

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    • Hi Ashley,

      I am based in Toronto, and bought my Samsung S3 here about 2 months ago. My phone’s been playing up since yesterday with the same 2 issues you mentioned in your post i.e. battery drain, and super duper over heating. I even went to my network provider warranty store today, where they replaced my battery but that doesn’t seem to have helped at all. I have now tried all possible solutions given above, including the uninstallation of samsung push service, but to no avail. Can you think of anything else that might work?

      I have a 1 yr warranty on my phone but since it had a bad fall last month, and therefore a few small cracks at the bottom, I am told Samsung will not cover the warranty on it!

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      • So if you have replaced the battery AND restarted and are still seeing super battery drain and a hot phone, what do you see as the apps using battery the most?

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    • featherwood says:

      I remember the updates also. My phone has been giving me a warning that my” internet connection is unstable”. What do these apps do? I’m always afraid of uninstalling something I need. I’m also having problems with my internet service. They say something is interfering with the signal. It is a radio wave connection as I am way out in the country. They switch me to a different frequency and the phone works again. Maybe it is the phone!

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  69. Rachell Joshua says:

    I have had a nightmare with my battery. And it really happened out of nowhere.
    My phone takes a wole 8 hours to charge from 50% to 95%. Then It decreases 2-3% every 5 minutes with no use at all! I have tried everything! Ive changed batteries, chargers, charger cords, settings, backlight, screen time-out. Nothing is working!!! HELP!!!

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    • If you have the option to actually wipe the phone (reset to factory default) or use KIES and try the firmware recovery to wipe it and start over…that is an option…just make sure you know your Google password, and backup any key data/pics/contacts you might have…I regularly swap devices, so I can setup my stuff on a new phone in a few minutes flat. A little trick too (if Google is not backing up your settings)…note the apps installed, then after you re-setup the phone, goto http://play.google.com with your PC and manually push the apps to the phone that you really need.

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  70. my problem started with the phone not charging at all.. got it fixed and now battery life is AWFUL. it takes like 7 hours to charge 10% and then it stops charging.. it charges with only one charger and not any other one.. I tried doing the battery reset *#0228# and it does help a little but after using the phone the problem still exists. is there something withthe hardware that needs to be changed or what?

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    • Isabella,

      It sounds like you might have a bad or loose charging port on the phone still, or you have an app still “looping” on the phone using crazy amounts of battery (so your charger can barely keep up). A quick test is to turn the phone off for an hour or two and try charging it. If it charges up normally, then try doing this to 100% that will confirm is something running while the phone is on is causing the problem or not.

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  71. I have a Samsung S 3, I noticed that my phone Over heats to a temperature of 42 – 44 degree Celsius(not on charger, General usage without playing any games or heavy usage) and once it even shot upto 49degree Celsius . Which is really hot i assume for a phone. I checked the Temperature on “Battery saver apps”. What could be the problem & how do i fix it? My battery has also seemed to drop from 11hrs to 6 – 7hrs a day after charge.

    My S3 is still under Warranty, Please help me fix this.

    I am from INDIA.

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  72. I also have a Samsung s3 model sch 1535 android version4.1.2 4g lite Battery strenth shows 100 percent while on the charger thaen when you disconect it shuts off like battery dead won’t come back on unless you put it back on charger. Tried a brand new battery and it took hours to charge it to 30 percent . Phone got very hot with all apps turned off except avast virus app. and battery shows discharging went dead in about 45 min. tried to charge overnight and never got above 30 percent. Took battery back and got my 40.00 back untill I can fiqure out whats going on. Think it frapped battery anyway.I did a factory reset and I can keep it on with old battery with it hooked up to charger but anything that requires any power, it will just power back off. Any ideas would be great at this point. Phone is out of warranty of course. Thanks

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  73. Hi,
    My Samsung S3 suddenly stopped charging. It gives the message ‘Charging paused. Battery temperature too high’. I verified the charger and battery. Both are fine and are working fine with my friend’s S3. So, the problem is with the Phone. I took the phone to Samsung service center. They initially suspected that it is the problem with connector. But they called me the next day and informed that the problem is with motherboard and the it needs to be replaced. It costs around Rs.10,000 in India which is about 40% of the price of a new S3 phone. It is 6 months old but the warranty is void as I have a crack on the front glass. This happened long back when my 2 year old son handled it with care :-) As told by the Samsung server staff, warranty for all the parts of the phone will be void if the phone is physically damaged.
    The only option left for me is to buy a spare battery and an external charger and keep replacing the drained battery with the fully charged battery. But I am surprised to know that the problem with motherboard can impact only the battery temperature sensor. Any alternative solution and help here is much appreciated.

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    • Ganson, I understand and appreciate the problem, unfortunately I think you will probably be seeking a new phone in the market or on ebay, as a charging problem due to a “heat” problem/sensor on a motherboard is just going to frustrate you more and more every day.

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  74. stupid question probably says:

    Quick question i left my galaxys3 on charge all night 7hrs woke up to only 75% charge then i turned it on and it was updating itself as id not done the update anyway after draining batt again it fully charged in 3 hr , so my question is would tue fact id ignored the update gor the past 2 month have affected the charging time?oh and is it possible for the phone to update itself lol

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    • Surprisingly, that is a GOOD question. Most phone carries will give you “awhile” to volunteer for the update, then eventually the phone carriers make many of them mandatory and force your phone to update.. As for the charging issue, there seems to be lots of possibilities, including a bad app that is sucking the power, a bad charger, a bad charging port, bad batteries, etc. Start with the easy ones…try turning the phone off and charging it overnight. If it gets 100%, it is probably not a battery or charger issue, but likely a problem elsewhere.

      Hope that helps!

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  75. stupid question probably says:

    I see thankyou for letting me know that and yes the phone is always turned off when i charge it overnight as i like my sleep to much to be disturbed lol thanks again

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  76. Hi, Mark from the UK, just a line to say add me to the list of S3′s that worked fine for 10 months and now only charge really really slowly, if at all. I’d noticed recently that the phone didn’t get to 100% after an overnight charge, so have been observing more, last night I plugged it into the charger at 6pm, left it until 7 am this morning, it went from 51% to 65% during that time. I used the same wall plug charger that came with the phone.
    For the last 90 minutes i’ve used the lead and plugged it into the PC to charge, and it’s gone DOWN from 65% to 61%! I’ve restarted and uninstalled some of the apps from the above suggestions… i’ve read the whole thread and can’t see anything else to do. Nothing is jumping out at me from Settings – Battery that is over using power, screen is the highest at 27%.
    I also have a small crack on the corner of the screen so I take it that that’s the get out clause for me too? Great….. :-(

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  77. Just an update to the above. Shortly after writing that message, my daughter came home, and she also has a galaxy S3, and I asked her if she’d had any charging problems, and she said that yes, her phone had started playing up a couple of months ago, and that she’d just started using her Blackberry charger off her old phone to charge it with.
    So I plugged my phone in using her Blackberry charger, and in one hour and 15 minutes it went from 63% charge to 100%. :D
    So, (I’m an electrician) provided the battery actually holds it’s charge, it seems logical to me that it’s the charger / lead / combination that’s at fault, simple as that.

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  78. Don’t’ bye the Samsung android mobile.
    Mobile’s are good, But. Battery back is very low. even 1/2 Hrs no back for videos and internet.
    I’ve given service center 3 Times, they not repaired gave it back to me as it’s.
    There is no proper response in India. Because they don’t no “who is customer.

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  79. Hi,

    I’ve been having the same problems with my S3. There are sporadic days of ok charging followed by disastrous battery drain (90->0 in a few hours) & impossible to charge.

    I could consider it to be a charging port problem, but that wouldn’t account for the battery drain.

    Like most posters above, this issue started directly after the update in June. I’m based in the UAE.

    Has anybody with a slow charge / fast discharge after this update found a solution?

    Thanks!

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  80. V En Detta says:

    My friends and I bought our Samsung S3 phones in March 2013 ,from different locations and for the past 2-3 months ,all of are/were facing battery charging issue…We all tried both new Samsung and 3rd party chargers,worked only for few days before the same problems restarted …Next we exchanged our old S3 chargers & voila! my phone charges perfectly fine with my friend’s charger whereas her phone did not charge with any of our Samsung chargers so she is using Samsung tablet’s charger with positive results…don’t know if it is battery or charger problem ..just wanted to share our experience with S3 charging issue..

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  81. Hi I just got the samsung galaxy s3 from a friend and well now it has this charging issues. It takes forever to charge and as soon as I disconnect the charger it goes down to 1% I don’t have any major apps running etc has there been a solution to this or what. I tried the reset all the above but its still the same.

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  82. Hi update in case any of you are still having the same problem I found out the problem if from the samsung charger try n use a usb n charge your phone on a pc, plus check ur battery if it has a red indicateor line that mean the battery bad if its white then the battery is fine .if it still does it then do a hard reset. Off your phone hold up volume, home key, and power on till the phone varibrates or u see it come on then leave power button only. From there a setting will show up use the volume key n go down to the clear cach and reset somthing like that then delect everything by using power button to select next select restore. Remember this will reset everything even if phone was rooted. Share infor to help others

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  83. From yesterday I have had issues with my S3 not charging at all. If anyone else had this same problem and know of a fix? I have tried several chargers and in different sockets around the house, even tried using someone elses battery with still the same problem. Any help would be much appreciated!!

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  84. I have been having the same charge issue for a few days so decided to try another phone charger from an old htc i had and it is charging the phone fine.

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    • My s3 is about 1year and 3 months old. I am experiencing the same issue: not charging and extremely slow charging unless i switch the phone off. Trief everything except factory reset.
      Plz help

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  85. My s3 Handset suddenly stopped working it is hardly 5 month old , it shows that Battery is not charging ..

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  86. Mark moore says:

    My phone battery died so I put it in charge…only it’s not charging at all and therefore will not switch on, same thing happened last week so I took it to a place who somehow bypassed the battery or something and got it to charge….when the phone is turned on it charges ok but if it dies then it won’t charge or turn on again…anyone know how I can do what the shop did?

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  87. I have, it seems, an entirely different problem. My Galaxy S3s battery is generally very good. My problem is that I cannot get the phone to actually stay in standby mode. It will do it for a few minutes, then the screen will come on. Sometimes, it will flicker and go off, the come on, flicker again, then stay on. As long as that happens, the phone of course uses more charge maintaining the screen’s operation. There was a time that a battery pull would stop this problem for several days, but now this does not work and there seems to be no solution. Any ideas?

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  88. Apparently a lot of us are having battery problems. The indicator will show an almost full charge, then in only minutes will go dead. Plugging back into charger it instantly indicates a strong charge. There are also times that I cannot turn the screen off. When I try turning off the screen I get a message that the phone has done a “Screen Capture Images”. This is my second, and LAST Samsung phone.

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  89. G. Leticia J. says:

    We seem to be having lots of problems with the Samsung Galaxy S3 especially where it is getting warm/hot and the battery. Mine was bought Feb. 2012 and I am having similar problems. Full charge in the morning and before I can reach home the charge is all gone. I start work ate 7am and leave at 2pm. One evening I made a stop before I reached home, went to make an important call and could not because all the charge had gone. What I do now is to walk every day with the charger and if it is getting low I would charge a bit so if I have to make a call before I reach home I would be able to do so. One more thing, I had to go out and buy another phone, not a Samsung so I am walking now with 3 phones because I had before an old faithful Nokia. These other phones keep the charge very, very well especially the old time Nokia. Any help at all is appreciated.

    Please note that I tried all the above as advised.

    G. Leticia J.

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  90. seem to be having a problem with mu samsung s3. last hr of last night texting i came to realise the my was off and wouldnt come back on. when i take out the battery and replace in the phone it comes on for a short period and then shut off . took it to a tech where i thought it was the battery then to be told it wasnt. next tech told the guy it may be the power button. can u help me out plz or have any idea what is causing that issue.

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  91. urgen awale says:

    i just did as u guys said….hope it works….the main problem is that the cell standby is always 50-60% in my s3 ….it consumes my battery so fast and its to annoying and sad to charge your cell in every 1 hours….

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  92. I have problem with my samsung s3 unit. the problem is , when i charge it appers battery temperature too low. so i can’t charge my s3.

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  93. Hi after wiping the cache my phone keeps discharging. Can you please help me? I have a samsung galaxy s3 mini and I have tried removing all the widgets, restarting and looking which apps show the most usage of batteryy. Now my screen shows 50 % after the wipe. In desperate need of help.

    Thank you

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  94. I have a same problem, battery have 1%, charge 1.5 hour and still only 11% but after I reboot it, a battery suddenly back to 51% after reboot………………. I install a battery doctor and find out some program like Maps LINE and music play use most or my battery. than I go to setting and force those program stop. and un mark show notifications.
    I usually use 2 X battery program but look like Battery doctor is work ( and reboot )
    Hope can last.

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  95. I have done with this tricks
    1. Turn off phone
    2. Wait 5secs
    3. Hold up volume button, home button, and power button until phone cuts on
    4. Let go of power button
    5. When Screen comes up let go of all buttons
    6. Use volume button to go down to wipe cache, use power button to select
    7. Then press select reboot system

    but, yet my battery is not charging. instead its discharging though plugged to charge. So can any one help me out how to get rid of this problem?

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  96. I have done with this tricks
    1. Turn off phone
    2. Wait 5secs
    3. Hold up volume button, home button, and power button until phone cuts on
    4. Let go of power button
    5. When Screen comes up let go of all buttons
    6. Use volume button to go down to wipe cache, use power button to select
    7. Then press select reboot system

    but, yet my battery is not charging. instead its discharging though plugged to charge. So can any one help me out how to get rid of this problem?

    please mail me the solution. expecting response from admin. please.. help me…
    here is my mail id raghuprasad2686@gmail.com

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    • Hi,
      After doing this (wiping out the cache), mine continues to discharge. I came across about the app Dr. Power to see my battery usage. A lot of resources are consumed by the android ios especially kworker/u.

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  97. ***I removed my memory card and it helped mine.*** I checked what was using my battery and it said MEDIA. After a lot of research I found it means the memory card is bad and should be reformatted.
    This happaned to me a bunch of times with an expensive Sandisk card, so I just removed it. I do not have a bunch of stuff on there anyway.

    I have also done the cache wipe listed 100 times above and that has helped.

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  98. ill remove the media card and see if my battery stops losing its charge. Tried everything else. Looks to me like Samsung have got it wrong with the battery on the S range of phones. They just cannot handle the data, apps etc that are being used.

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  99. Problem solved in different samsung galaxy s3.Just remove all the updates of samsung hub,samsung play,game hub,and all the other samsung components apps. settings—-applications—uninstall updates of all applications starting with samsung and also who has an app called all share cast unistall it too.I analyzed that there’s a bug in one of those updates that keeps CPU unstable and it drains the battery constanly.Hope this helps

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  100. For a very long time I had a problem with my Galaxy S3 very short battery life. Charging phone 3 times a day drove me crazy. I tested couple cheap batteries from ebay but they didn’t hold good charge longer then for 2 weeks and then I found this inexpensive batteries. For $16.99 two batteries and charger it is really great deal. That is why I’m sharing this link with you.

    http://www.magicmobilestore.com/magic-mobile-galaxy-s-3-battery/

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  101. I have had this Samsung S3 for 10 months but recently, the battery drains faster than I can say Jack Robinson. I have tried the Restart, holding the Volume, Home and Hot button to activate the process listed in this thread to no avail. I looked up the battery usage and found there are two operating systems in use namely: Android OS chewing up 24% and Android system 22%. Is that normal?

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  102. Hi,

    I really need help, anyone please help me. I bought my samsung s3 mini around April/May this year. It’s been working great up until last night. I was charging my phone and from 44% it went to 4% (I didn’t realize it in the beginning as I fell asleep). When I saw what was happening, I removed my charger, plugged it back in and saw the charge icon (lightning) on the phone, but my phone kept on low battery beeping. In the end i couldn’t do anything and it went totally kaput. In the morning, I used a different charger and tried charging my phone, but after 8 hours, my phone still cannot be switched on. I tried charging my friends phone with the 2 chargers, they worked! Then i bought a new samsung battery and the same thing happened again!!

    With the new battery in my phone, I tried charging with the USB cable, and my battery juice went less and less :( There’s no answer in the internet and samsung call centre will only be open tomorrow morning, I’m worried this new battery will be spoiled again by the time i wake up.. this is a nightmare..

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  103. When I initially commented I clicked the “Notify me when new comments are added” checkbox and now
    each time a comment is added I get several e-mails with the same comment.
    Is there any way you can remove me from that service?
    Cheers!

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  104. Hey this worked awesome drekkkkkkkkkkkkkkafter my Galaxy S3 lte 4.3 android update. My battery took literally 14 hrs to fully charge and would drop like I had everything running while the phone was actually in airplane mode in a matter of and hr to hr n half. After doing drekkkkkkkkkkkkkk’s suggestion my phone charging is back to normal. Thanks a lot

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  105. Well, I have the weirdest issue here, I use my S3 as I normally do until it requires to be charged again, so I turn it off, I connect it to the charger and then the battery meter shows it has about a 50% of its charge still remaining, so I turned it on again and guess what? 50% of the charge is still there, does anybody know how to fix this?

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    • Lou I just had the same issue. My phone shuts down on me saying there is a 0 charge. Then I plug in the charger and when I turned on the phone the meter was around 40%. Have no idea why. I just tried the original suggestion of clearing the cache so I am hoping that will work.

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  106. Hey.
    I have looked at my battery in settings, and it only comes up with “Screen: 98%” that is it.
    I have had my phone for just over a year now.
    My problem: My phone resets itself at 73% and goes down to 14%.. also on charge it resets and goes into the charging mode. I cannot even text someone in my contracts without having to turn my phone back on.
    I’ve only had this issue for a week; well just over.
    Please help.

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  107. Thank you Drekkkkk for the information!!
    I had this problem.( battery drainage and also overheating in the sim/ sd. Card area) for the last. 6 monThs.
    found your site yesterday and applied the cashe wipe steps and at first it did not seelm like it worked………
    At 10pm It was at 100% -I turned the Wi-Fi off and left it in phone mode….. now is 8:30am and. phone is at 84%!!!!!!!.
    so far. So good!
    thank you forth info.will keep updating.

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  108. I bought my Samsung galaxy S III from canada now i am in india.Currently i am facing problem with battery charging its charging is very slow. Even i put it for whole night it once goes to 100 % but when remove charger it goes to very down like 15 -25 %.
    Even during day time it also charge very slowly. when i compare it with samsung phones in india it charges very rapidly.
    One point is that i am currently using indian made samsung galaxy core phone charger as my original charger does not suit in indian electric board shocket.
    so kindly show me the solution i have already applies your reboot trick but i think it does not work.

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  109. Hi,
    I bought a new samsung GALAXY S3 4months ago. It was gud in the starting but now the battery is draining fast as well as it is taking almost 9-10hrs to get fully charged. May i know the solution for this its damn irritating more than the hours i use phone the charging time is more :-(

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    • vivekk manhas says:

      Hey buy a new data cable it will help you i had same problem but samsung engineer told me to buy a new data cable now it is taking 2 hours

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  110. I upgrade my s3 and when I charged it, it was taking to long to charge and when it reached to 100 after half an hour without so much usage it went to 75 how to make it ok

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  111. I will turn mine off and charge it over night. As soon as I wake up, I turn it on (still plugged in) and just from that, the battery goes down to 15%. Help?

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  112. There is definitely a software glitch with the Gallery and probably the camera too, on the S3. My Gallery hangs most of the time when I use it, displays the same picture multiple times, and takes forever to load the pictures. The camera got stuck in burst mode in a restaurant and was most embarrassing. Waiting for updates, Samsung.
    I had “Media” draining my battery until I did the Home/Volume/Power button reboot.

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  113. Ok after reading thru this thread I found one persont that mentioned turning off the Samsung Apps on the phone.

    I took the risk and by god if that didnt correct the damm battery issues. There are serveral Samsung apps loaded on the phone one of them must of gto a bug or something during an update and was causing this battery drainage etc. Mines would drain from 100% down to 40 within seconds.

    You call Samsung an of course the dumbass people that are hired for customer support dont have a clue so want to charge you to send in your phone to fix. Samsung you sux!!! Thanks god for the internet!!!!!

    Go into settings> Application mgr (under system manager) turn off everything that starts with “Samsung” on my phone there were about 16 apps I clicked to OFF. I havent noticed it change really much for the everyday use of my phone but sure does help with charging my battery and also making my battery last way longer. Ex. I charged my phone at 5AM to 95% its 8PM i still have 65% left. The battery meter says my battery will last another 6+ hrs. This is the OEM battery that came with the phone 2 yrs ago. I had purchased those extended batteries on amazon and it was still draining them as soon as i unplugged it off the charger. The cache wipe didnt help me much but sure it wouldnt hurting to do as well. I recommend downloading a battery alarm to prevent overcharging your battery and possibly causing damage from letting it sit over night etc. I have mines set to alarm me at 95% so in the middle of the night it wakes me up to unplug it from the charger.

    THANKS FOR THREAD AS SUCH FOR HELPING ME SOLVE THIS DAMM ISSUE!!!!

    I HOPE THIS HELPS MANY OTHERS AS THIS CAN BE VERY FRUSTRATING LOL GOOD DAY

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    • featherwood says:

      Samsung apps just updated today! Maybe they fixed something? I turned off the rest. Here’s hoping. I’ve also had apps randomly starting. I assumed I was bumping something because I took my Otterbox off. Hmmmm

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  114. Ambrosia says:

    My phone won’t charge at all. My husband has the same phone, so after trying many different chargers in many different outlets, I switched batteries. My battery in his phone works great…and charges on the same.chargers my phone would not. His battery is working fine in mine, aside from the phone not charging. I have cleaned, or attempted, to clean the port on my phone, I have done the hold home with volume up button and power button to wipe the cache. I really do not want to do a factory reset if I can avoid it. Any help would be appreciated.

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  115. helpmeplease says:

    Hi ! Recently my Samsung galaxy s3 start acting crazy , I dont know if it my battery problem or the phone itself . So I was using my phone and about 2 minutes later the signal become gone and the phone will shut down by itself and I cant turn it back on unless I charge it and sometimes it become 0% again . It happen even after i just charged my phone and I have to keep on charging repeatly . Please reply ASAP , please !

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    • Justin Gale says:

      Have you added any new apps or updating anything recently? If so, and you don’t want to remove things, you can try booting your phone into safemode and checking the battery life (I recently learned that many newer Android phones had such a thing)….You may also try stopping/closing down apps that are using lots of battery (per the battery use screen). Finally, depending on how old the phone is, it is possible that they battery is shot, but run some tests, and look at the tip from drek (?) about clearing cache and resetting your phone too.

      -Justin

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  116. svenskafru says:

    I have a very similar problem. I’ve been taking the battery out of the phone at night and for whatever reason it will take a charge in the morning, but by afternoon the phone will not charge and acts like there is no connectivity between the plug-in port and the phone (no lightning bolt). I’ve tried the cache wipe and other suggestions, nothing helps in the long haul. This is the last Samsung phone I will be purchasing. :/

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  117. Hi,

    Im using a Galaxy S3. It was woring finr till yesterday…the phone drained out of battery as usual and turned off. But since then its just not staring up again. I first thought that the charger has some problem but its charging other phones perfectly. Can anyone tell how my phone just died like that suddenly?

    Anuj.

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  118. I purchase a new samasung galaxy s3 mini. but its only charge upto 79% even after 4 hours of continously chargiing. help e what to do?

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  119. featherwood says:

    Thank you to everyone for all your suggestions! I have a Samsung GS3 and as others have stated I’m having my battery drain as I watch it.So far it charges to 100% and I have no heating problem. I posted on some of the above posts. My phone suddenly turns off, twice now I realize it was when I’ve taken a photo. I just assumed it was time to recharge. I have seen the screen flicker at times when playing a game. (Candy Crush Saga and Dreamfish). My phone has been giving me a notification that I have an unstable internet connection. I assumed it was my carrier as I am in a very remote area and I have lots of problems with it. Recently they have said something is interfering with the radio waves and they switch me to a different frequency. Could it be the phone? I’ve talked to Verizon tech support twice and both times they had good suggestions but it always come down to getting a new battery. They started by helping me back up photos and preparing for a factory reset. NO NOT YET! I don’t know if I could even get things back because my adult kids helped me ALOT. I’m going to do a few more suggested things. I will turn my phone off at night since I don’t use it in my house for a phone. It doesn’t work in my house, only outside.I’m also going to turn off wifi when traveling in my car. Once again, I appreciate all the help and if anyone has further suggestions please let me know.

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  120. Hi,

    I have a Galaxy S3. Don’t know much about fixing phones etc.

    I had a problem with my power button, took it in for fixing. And now suddenly when I wanted to charge the battery it said ” Charging Paused, battery temperature too low”. I have never had any problem with my battery and a couple hours after picking it up from the tech it told me this when I tried charging it. Tried other chargers but said the same thing.

    Tried searching this online,but can’t seem to find allot of information.

    Anyone had this problem?

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  122. Hi guys, read all the above posts with interest and what I hadn’t already tried I proceeded to do so.
    UK S3 – (GT-I9300), Rooted, Custom Rom, Custome Kernel on 4.2.2 having so much battery drain it wasn’t worth plugging in to charge as it would still continue to discharge.
    Having gone through pretty much every post listed above, installing apps to monitor etc and other actions as well it would seem that I finally found the cause of the drainage.
    With literally everything done, installed, checked I went into Settings, Wifi, Advanced and unchecked “Notify me when an open network is avalable”
    The result was instant and I watched the battery begin to charge again and the Mrs is now chuffed again that her phone is working. Although it may not work for others or anyone else in fact, with so many variations popping up.

    Glad it worked for me cos I can finally get off the computer and deal with these urges I have to assault any Galaxy S3 with a claw hammer ;-)

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    • Justin Gale says:

      Thanks Gaz, the ever growing number of tips/tricks and secrets on any/all mobile devices and OS versions never stops to amaze me.

      -Justin

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