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How to: Turn Off 4G LTE on the Galaxy Nexus

Does everyone already know how to turn off 4G LTE on your Galaxy Nexus? For those that don’t, this is probably the best way to extend out your battery life. In fact, yesterday I turned to 3G and WiFi only and was at 52% on the extended battery after almost 9 hours of use. While it may seem to defeat the purpose of having 4G, this is the reality that we live in for now with the current set of LTE chips. 4G LTE is really only needed when streaming, downloading something massive, or cruising the web. Otherwise, you can accomplish email reading, receive notifications, and make calls while on 3G.

To toggle off 4G, simply do the following:

Settings>More…>Mobile networks>Network Mode> and choose “CDMA”

Enjoy the extended battery life. Now, can someone create a quick toggle widget already?

  • Vnttn02

    Overall, I’ve really enjoyed my new Galaxy Nexus. It is THE Android phone I’ve been waiting for for the last several months, and boy does it NOT disappoint.http://android-game-games.game37.net/ 

  • Jrsmith08

    I dont get how anyone can like this phone… I went from a bionic to this and this is by far the most inferior device ever. My bionic with extended battery got me 2 days of moderate usage. I have the extended battery on the Nexus and i dont get more than 5 hours. 10 min after its off the charger im at 87%. My screen brightness is set to MIN. All wires are off – 4g/wifi/gps/bluetooth/data. My phone has now been off charger for 2.3 hours and its at 60%… Android OS is 45% Screen is 22%. This is ABSURD. The phone has litteraly SAT in my pocket since taken off charger. I have practically ZERO of the apps that my bionic have in fear that they were not ICS compliant so i deleted them all thinking it would save battery, NOT the case. I am seeing everyone get these amazing battery times. I already returned the phone 1 time in suspicion it was a lemon, it was not – bc the new phone has the same sh*tty battery time. The screen is GREAT – but you cant turn up the brightness cus it will be dead in 5 min. This phone is a TOTAL WASTE. Going back to my BRICK of a Bionic until something with better battery life comes out or ICS updates their crap software. Plus no facebook integratoin and crappy low-res contact images are a deal breaker. Ill take the verizon bloatware and 2 days of battery. Samsung/Google need to fix this or I will be an Iphone 5 purchaser and I have been the most anti apple person ever.

    • http://www.facebook.com/zachary.exton Zachary Exton

      There are rumors of a firmware issue that won’t let the phone “sleep” properly. The fact that Android OS is eating so much of your battery suggests that you may be afflicted with this issue. Tap on “Android OS” and check your “keep awake” time. I used mine lightly today, 12h 25m off the charger with 42% of total battery remaining. Of what HAS been used,

      screen has 40% of usage with 1h 18m on,
      Android OS has 29% of usage with 59m of “CPU total” and 3h of “keep awake.”

      The ratio of “screen on” to “keep awake” is about 1:2 which makes sense to me. Is your ratio way off of that? Has your screen been on much at all?

      One of the recommendations I’ve seen is disabling Google+. If you use it, its obviously not an option. I disabled it last night and did not see a significant difference, but I was not suffering like you are. I’d be FLIPPING OUT with 5hrs of light usage killing my phone. I DO keep 4G and all other radios off when not in use, but I’m tripling your battery life.

      Let me know what your usage and ratios are.

  • paul_704

    I have friends with the Droid Razr and the G.N and both phones are having major signal dropping issues. The Razr even had a bad SD card, I went with the Rezound and I have to say it’s been the best 4G LTE phone I have owned,,..,strong signal locking,great screen,and awesome call quality. The phone fits great in my hand and battery life is not bad with normal use. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Justin-Giles/24615546 Justin Giles

    Why don’t you create the widget, Kellex???  :)

  • http://twitter.com/czechonit Curt Sindelar

    I use “LTE Switch” from the market.  It’s not a true toggle, but takes you to the mobile network settings for  a couple more clicks to toggle off the LTE radio.

    I woud like a true toggle widget as well!

  • Jhl

    I have had only one signal related issue and one unexplained reboot. I like the phone. Gonna wait till closer to Jan15th12 to exchange it to see if I can get one from a newer production run…

  • Anonymous

    Does Juice Defender automatically switch to 3g when the phone is put to sleep and then back to 4g when the phone is awake?

    • Vaglvr

      i uninstalled my JD Ultimate after it worked for a couple of days. On my third day my unicorn phone refused to connect on 3G/4G, yet it could connect on WiFi. Had to do a factory reset to restore my data connection after trying everything else. I’ve read elsewhere on the net about others experiencing similar re-connection issues after using JD. just fyi…. 

      • Anonymous

        Thanks for the info.  I just installed the free verizon this morning, so I will probably uninstall it and wait for an update. 

  • Jhl

    Well, I may have a lemon. I have the screen toggled to its lowest setting, 4g off, bluetooth and wifi off, auto sync off, gps and all location based setting are off…literally everything I can think of and am getting 3.25 hours of use on the standard battery. Battery usage shows screen is using over 67% of batt followed by android os at 22%. I bought two GN’s on day one. My daughter has the other one. She gets three times the battery life on the standard battery and does not know or care how to turn these functions off. Both have the latest updates. Types of usage are approximately the same.

    • http://Twitter.com/ContestsAccount bigrob60

      I think you do also. Go exchange that pronto! I have over 75% of my battery left and have been on wifi(until 1:00pm), and 4g while opening island paradise every few minutes since 8:30 am eastern.

    • http://twitter.com/envoy510 Inky Reveal

      The fact that you bought two and have a good comparison between them means it’ll be very hard for Verizon to deny you a replacement.

  • Guest

    Turning off the 4G LTE defeats the whole purpose of getting a 4G phone.  This just adds credibility to the iPhone naysayers that say that they do not need 4G.  You might as well switch to T-Mobile and their “phony” 4G if you want/need top speeds.

  • Garrett

    3g works fine for everything except streaming, web browsing doesn’t take too long. It’s also not like I have an option as 4g isn’t everywhere yet.

  • TRiNiTY

    While I’m sure many of you are having real signal issues, I’ve not had a single issue with 4G and/or 3G connectivity with my GNex.  And I don’t think I believe the “myth” that says that 4G LTE sucks battery life.  I experienced the same thing on my TBolt…didn’t matter if I was on 3G or 4G, I still only got 5-6 hours tops.  

    I’m running on the stock battery now on the GNex and I’m getting at least 16 hours of life out of it with pretty heavy usage all day long (lots of texting, emailing, web surfing, video recording, app downloads/updates, and an occasional game).  I haven’t even rooted or unlocked the bootloader yet. This is definitely the best phone on the market…EVER.

    • Jrsmith08

      what are your settings. I lose 20% an hour and I am not even using my phone. Virtually zero usage I am getting MAX 5 hours of use on the EXTENDED battery. I have screen all the way down, all my wires turned off – no bluetooth/gps/wifi/4g. I couldnt possibly have anything else turned off. please elaborate how you are getting this battery life.

  • kast

    Anyone else getting random reboots? i have had 5 since I got the thing on launch day…usually when i am running an resource-heavy app that causes the phone to heat up.

    • Adam

      get a new phone.  My droid x did that from day 1 and kept doing it from Eclair to froyo to gingerbread.  really annoying.  was entirely hardware related.   My Nexus hasn’t done it once…. so get yourself a new one before you grow accustomed to it.

      • kast

        Well, the issue is its already rooted

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=25001493 Hank Godwin

          Unroot.

    • Anonymous

      might be an app issue and/or radio issue?  I know when I was using Soundcloud app, my phone would force reboot during streams.  it’s not happening now, so I’m attributing the reboots to the fact that LTE is dipping low on me and probably switching to 3g… loss of connectivity due to that auth issue VZW is having is probably what was causing my phone to  puke reboots when it was happening…  I’m no pr0, just offering an idea really…

  • RaptorOO7

    It would be great to get 4 bars like your image is showing, but even though I am smack in the middle of a strong 4G LTE area I get 1-2 bars at best.  I am confident we will have a fix shortly.

    • Anonymous

      If there is a “fix” it’s likely going to be placebo – anandtech says the Nexus is one of the only phones that’s correctly showing signal strength right now and that’s why it seems “wrong.”

      http://www.anandtech.com/show/5254/investigating-the-galaxy-nexus-lte-signal-issue

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=25001493 Hank Godwin

        I read that earlier today and it is definitely worth everyone’s time to read it as well.

      • Ed

        Very interesting read

  • Anonymous

    Need a toggle, or I won’t bother.  I get good enough battery life with my normal usage as it is.  As good, if not better, than my Fascinate.  Oh, and where I live, Verizon’s 3G is unfortunately not very good.  It’s not uncommon for it to dip below 1 Mbps regularly.  I’ve noticed a significant improvement in web browsing and apps that pull web data since switching to 4G, so unless I’m in an area that doesn’t have 4G, I’ll probably just leave it on.

  • YourFriend

    Kellex, you should totally make a guide on how to power on the Galaxy Nexus since we’re all so dumb and need Galaxy Nexus shoved down our throats 24/7! I know of another, how about a guide on how to open the battery door of the Galaxy Nexus? We can’t just stop there, we’ll also need a how-to on how to plug the phone into the wall charger!! 

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=25001493 Hank Godwin

      Sounds like what you really need is a guide on how to remove the sand from your itty bitty vagina.

      • Anonymous

        with that sand in his vagina, he’s a ticking time bomb.

  • galactor

    I don’t think I’ve been doing heavy usage of the phone. I have it on CDMA-only and most of the time I have have the screen dim and I can’t get more than 8-9 hours of usage (standard battery).  The only app/account I have running in the background is Gmail (email, contacts, calendar, music, browser, etc).  All other apps I sync manually.  I might have to look at the pics and see how much thicker the phone gets with the extended battery.

    • Anonymous

      It’s barely any thicker.  You can use the regular cover with the extended battery.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=25001493 Hank Godwin

        Any idea if it will still fit in things like the car dock with the extended battery?

        • Anonymous

          I don’t have the car dock so I don’t know.  It will fit with the extended battery cover on in the Incipio case that I bought from Verizon.  If you go into a Verizon store, they will pull the accessories and let you try them out if you are polite to them.  

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=25001493 Hank Godwin

            Thank ya sir!

      • Tim242

        No you can’t! Stop spreading that!

        • Anonymous

          Why do you say that?  It sticks up slightly around the camera cutout, and my extended cover does the same thing.

          • Tim242

            It does not click on all the way around.

  • Sean Cahill

    There is already a switch, of sorts, on the market. It’s called ‘LTE Switch’.

    https://market.android.com/details?id=com.geoffreybuttercrumbs.lteswitch&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwyLDEsImNvbS5nZW9mZnJleWJ1dHRlcmNydW1icy5sdGVzd2l0Y2giXQ..

    While in doesn’t directly toggle between LTE and CDMA modes, it does shortcut the 4 to 5 menus you have to navigate to get to the switch in ICS by opening the final menu straight from the home screen (or app drawer).

    Not perfect but still much faster than manual navigation.

  • Anonymous

    Might be a stupid question but isn’t using 4g the reason you buy a 4g phone.

    • DArkKnight

      haha

    • http://www.deathbycone.com Jared Kotoff

      I don’t ALWAYS need 4g on. I only turn on 4g when I need 4g on my 4g phone. But even with it on and a live wall paper and moderate usage i can get ~8 hours on my extended battery.

  • Omar Ibrahim

    i am in the area of where there is no 4g…yet, and the closet that would have a antenna is 1 hour away so this helps greatly plus the extended though i found this option in 10 min  of having the phone i wasn’t sure about it. someone hurry with a widget or a update for extended controls.

  • Anonymous

    do Lighter Brighter Whiter colorful wallpapers use more battery juice….I’d think that the darker (and less colors) the wallpaper, the less juice it’s gonna use…am I illogical here?

    • Zacqua10

      Yes. Darker wall papers do help increase battery.

  • http://twitter.com/Scotty_Braun Scotty Braun

    I have it turned on cdma only all the time, and the phone barely makes it 5 hours on a full charge with very light use.. Bad

    • Zacqua10

      What are you doing with your phone? Either you are using it way more than a normal person or you have a lemon. 

  • Anonymous

    Kellex, don’t you have the extended battery in?

  • http://twitter.com/daltonmarks Dalton Marks

    Root, use SetCPU to crank the CPU down to 350mhz when the screen is off
    Disable 3G when it isn’t needed
    Set display to Automatic Brightness
    Use wifi whenever possible

    I am easily getting 30 hours off of a charge with moderate use

    • Bane

      If i turn my phone completely off i am easily getting 2 months off a charge.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JNVJUTHIWVS2G4QRWLVRVXVEIA Chris

      That is what I did for great battery life. 
      I think you meant to say “Disable 4G”.

  • https://twitter.com/sonnydroid sonnydroid

    A quick toggle widget would be nice.. but for now, 4G stays on (I do a lot of web browsing).

  • Anonymous

    i also attempted to try juice defender but the options/settings are all over the place it made me dizzy. i figure: screw battery saving. i have 3 batteries, i will use it as much as i can and it will last me the day (i can charge at the office too)

    • http://twitter.com/ezbbycame2play E. Echols

      Juice Defender has helped my Gnex battery life alot. Just enable it and choose balanced. It will turn off the 3g/4g data when the screen is off and turn it back on automatically when you turn it on. And if your worried about not receiving emails and tweets and such, it automatically turns it on every 15 minutes so that stuff can update. Your right about the customization seeming a bit much but if you use the preset ones you can turn it on and forget about it.

  • Crmckain

    Does anyone know how to get the handcent app to send and receive pics?  I tried goggling it but I have no idea.

    • Anonymous

      I had the same issue….I emailed Handcent with a LIST of ICS compatability issues (that being one of them)
      I found that if you do NOT disable the stock messenger app, and then in the Handcent “Applications Settings” menu, go to “Default Messenging application” setting (just under “Language”)…check the SMS setting ONLY….you SHOULD be able to send and receive pics…it seems that it’s only when it its set as the DEFAULT for MMS messenging that the issue is occurring…at least it worked for me, for now….I also have a paid subscription with Handcent, so if I have an issue (until they release a fully  ICS compatible update), I just back up my settings to their server, un-install, and re-install and restore all my settings instantly…

      Lately I’ve been having an issue with Handcent getting contacts wrong, and sending my SMS messages to completely the wrong contact…could be dangerous….trying to sort it out…

      Hope that long winded reply was somewhat helpful! 

      • Kelly

        i had issues with handcent when running a gbread rom on my og with regard to picture messaging, maybe it is just a carryover from those versions that never got fixed?  I haven’t tried it on my gnex yet since the stock one is actually pretty nice

  • Patrick Da Silva

    will that affect in non 4g areas?

    • Anonymous

      Still going to help you in non-4G areas because it stops the LTE radio from constantly looking for a signal.  Same idea as making sure Wifi is off when you’re out driving or whatever.

      • Patrick Da Silva

        thanks

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kris-Thomas/741197577 Kris Thomas

    I wish someone would make a single click option something that can be done from the home screen so that i can easily turn on 4g for the times im actully using the net

    • fleshgod

      Try lte switch from the market

  • Ed

    So far on the extended battery I can go somewhere between 15-20 hours with 4g on all day if I want.  To do that I would say I’m doing “light use” though, checking/responding to emails, few short calls, RSS feed reading, market updates etc, but no long gaming or video streaming.   I do have the screen brightness at 50% which helps battery life a lot and it’s not too dim.  During the day I also typically have 3 bars of 4g.

  • Todd

    I think LTE is overrated on mobile phones, for the majority of uses we have for it (save YouTube & large files).  I keep mine turned off and haven’t missed it.  Twitter, Facebook, and mobile web sites don’t need that much of a pipeline to work effectively.  The tradeoff of speed and battery life isn’t worth it to me.  I use WIFI at work and home to lessen the demand for 4G, as well.

    • Todd

      P.S.  I have the Nexus with the extended battery and get through a full day easily with it only on 3G.

    • DArkKnight

      Exactly. Lets be honest how much stuff is the average user downloading or uploading. Buffer time of Youtube videos is about the only thing the average user(not android nerd using wi-fi tether and downloading torrents with their phones) will notice. 4G is great and faster and faster wireless speeds are amazing but lets be honest about how useful it actually is to most people when you consider the battery life trade off. 

  • http://twitter.com/Defenestratus Defenestratus

    In my experience so far, it hasn’t been 4G thats been sucking down my battery – its been the screen. 

    • Anonymous

      I have had the same experience so far with my RAZR I have never turned 4g off and still manage to pull 12-15 hours of decent use out of my phone with the screen being the main battery drain. Also I don’t know if the nexus has anything like smart actions on the RAZR but once set up they can dramatically increase battery life.

      • Anonymous

        Not built in but there’s apps like Locale or Tasker that are pretty much the same thing.  Nexus is stock ICS with nothing but those two Verizon apps installed by default.

    • Ed

      agreed

    • Anonymous

      yes sir i agree. Take off live wallpapers and my screen usage has dropped in half and dropped from the top spot in my battery usage stats. Screen is on auto in when outside and lowest brightness when inside buildings.

  • U Mad Bro? No But Your Mom Is

    Did you know that you can also makenYahoo or Bing your official search engine on the Galaxy Nexus. Its kinda weird, but you most certainly can.

  • Anonymous

    Does anyone know of a reason why there is no toggle widget? It seems like it would be easy as it’s just setting on/off the mode.  Turn off LTE = CMDA option. Turn on LTE = LTE / CDMA option. Surprised it’s not out.

    • Ed

      From what I’ve heard in reading up on this there is supposedly no way to do this via widget do to limitations in api’s.  I’m not sure if that’s the correct terminology but I was looking at some discussions about it.  I got “LTE switch” from the market, which saves you a couple of clicks as it jumps you right to the last screen where you manually have to change it, it’s better than nothing.

  • http://twitter.com/RobbThundr Robb Manlapaz

    Since im from the future i was wondering if theres an app with a widget that will do this for me.

    • Anonymous

      shouldn’t we be asking you for that widget then?? =]

  • Anonymous

    Turning off 4G also benefits those of us who spend most of the day buried deep in office buildings: the weaker the signal, the harder your phone works to maintain one depleting its battery in the process at a higher rate.

  • Marc Harrison

    Can someone make a widget that works with the nexus to toggle 4g on and off?  Thanks

    I just got an email from verizon that the extended battery I ordered was out of stock.  Doesn’t look like i’ll be getting one any time soon.  I ordered it right after the sale was posted on DL. = (

    • Dshudson

      There are some on ebay but for like 44$ wtf

    • Anonymous

      Just got mine in the mail today. But I’m wondering if I actually needed it. Currently at 73% after 6hrs 28minutes. That’s way more than I need. And actually better than my iPhone 4 was.

      Edit: That’s using the standard battery

  • Ecffighter7232

    JCase or “cunning logic” made a 4g toggle for the thunderbolt a while back. he may be a good person to contact about making one for the nexus as well (until CM9 comes out and it is built in the the power options in the pull down menu like it is in CM7)

  • John

    widget/shortcut:
    https://market.android.com/details?id=com.geoffreybuttercrumbs.lteswitch

    gets you there in a few less seconds

  • Anonymous

    download “LTE Switch” it will save you a couple taps

  • Anonymous

    WTF, 52% after 9 hours???? I got about 6 hours from my extended battery yesterday, WHILE on 3G and with good coverage. And I was barely even using it. Thankfully today the extended seems to be doing much better. I’m running at 67% after 4.5 hours…not great, but better.

    • Anonymous

      what’s going on with you guys? i’m on the regular battery (3G only) and at 91% after nearly 5 hours. i have 3 email accounts with calendars syncing on push. of course i’ve learned to live with the screen brightness at its lowest setting, but no biggy when in doors.

      • http://twitter.com/Defenestratus Defenestratus

        The screen is the power sink – not the 4G.
        (in my analysis so far)

        • PeterD

          All this 4G/3G switching, lower screen brightness is BS. THE biggest draw for people who have bad battery life is signal strength. I easy get 24hrs on a single charge because I’m close to a 4G tower. Can go for a whole weekend if I’m at home on wifi.

          It’s your signal people. Of all the work arounds, the best advice is to just stay near your local cell phone tower, will sort you out :)

          • Anonymous

            I am thinking this is the cause for my horrible battery life. But this doesn’t come to the top of the Use Details battery list (by far and away it’s screen at 63%). I have been running for 6:45 and my Cell Standby battery drain is only 3%. When I drill into it, it shows 55% of the time I have been without a signal. My battery is at 6%. It’s probably the six foot thick brick walls of the fortress I work in…

          • PeterD

            Mine shows 0% without signal

      • Anonymous

        I must have sinned in a past life :-(

        I have turned the brightness down to like 10-15% on the slider as of last night and again it is doing better today but nowehre near as good as I would hope it could. My regular battery based on my first day before I put in the extended actually outperformed the extended. Still seems ridiculous that you’re getting only 9% drop after 5 hour. Did you do any battery “training” or anything? I let both batteries charge for several hours upon first use out of the box before I unplugged them. I was going to try some more suggestions that I found online today.

        • Anonymous

          here’s a couple of things i do, that some probably don’t….

          > every hour or so, “slide off” any recent apps (obviously my mail and twitter don’t need the app running to sync)
          > i only do 4g when using google music or heavy downloads / web surfing
          > at least for me….i turn on wifi when at home (seems to help the battery more)
          > screen all the way down as often as possible (like i mentioned)]
          > GPS / location services off unless absolutely needed
          > i run widgets to check mail, calendar, play music (whatever i can do to keep from opening apps but still get information)
          > not sure if it helps, but i use google voice for calling/texting

          my best day was saturday. it was off the charger for 13 hours and it was between 25-30% when i docked it that nite (low usage that day, some music and some navigation on 4G).

          • Anonymous

            The only things I do off that list is 4G off and screen on automatic brightness. I’m at 73% after 6hrs 30minutes with the standard battery. I’m not sure what you guys are all doing to have battery problems. My experience has been nothing short of phenomenal.

          • Anonymous

            Maybe we should switch phones and you can have my battery hog? :-)

          • Anonymous

            I think I’ll pass. Hopefully its software related and everyone’s issues are resolved shortly. Buy an extended battery and then always keep both charged. Having two batteries should make easy to get an entire day’s usage out of it.

          • Anonymous

            Thanks, I turned off location service and will try to remember to regularly swipe off any recent applications I’m not going to be using. Hopefully this will help!

          • lostsync

            Without doing any of the above, and having brightness manually set at about 30%, I have 84% remaining after about 4.75 hours since unplugged. I really suggest that anyone having problems double check all of their apps’ settings to make sure that they haven’t forgotten about some option somewhere. Anecdote follows.

            I had a terrible battery drain issue back when I had a Droid Eris. It went from 100->0 in 8 hours flat, even when sitting on a shelf, untouched intentionally for the entire day. It took me a while to figure out what was happening…at first I thought I had a bad battery or a defective phone, but it turned out that the culprit was NewsRob, which had had it’s sync frequency settings switched back to default after some wipe/flash/reinstall, and I had forgotten to change them. The default was 1 hour, and I follow a lot of feeds, so that sync was killing around 12 percent of my battery once an hour. 

            After solving that problem and installing a port of CM6 with a good kernel, it wasn’t uncommon to get 34 hours out of a charge, while also having the phone overclocked by 33%. Before the nice ROM, 26 was pretty normal.

            Since all of your apps just got reinstalled, sans previous settings, make sure you look for apps that could cause drain like that. Juice Plotter helped me track down this issue…the graph looked like a flight of stairs with 10-12% being lost every hour on the hour, making me realize that this wasn’t typical drain, it was a software problem.

          • Anonymous

            a couple of things…..hell yes i can’t wait til CM9 comes out for GSN, but that could be a few weeks away of a stable build. that solves a lot of probs right there.

            does juice plotter show a good breakdown of what’s using the battery? the android market info and dev site is minimal.

            yea google kindly (/s) decided to sync up my phone when i activated it putting at least 20 apps on it before i ever got to the homescreen.

            almost 7 hours of use and at 74% today even with listening to Gmusic on 4g at lunch.

          • lostsync

            It gives you some hints via the graph itself. There’s color coding to show the temperature of the phone, whether the screen was off or on, and maybe one or two other things, but it doesn’t say X app was doing Y thing. I haven’t used it since i ditched the Eris for an OG, which has the unfortunate habit of reporting battery life in 10% increments, making it pretty much useless on that device. It might not work on ICS yet, but might work fine. I haven’t experienced a need for it on this device personally, so I haven’t tried it. I seem to be losing ~20% every ~6 hours, which has me on track for a ~30 hour lifespan, which is not quite but close to what I was used to with my OG.

            Back to Juice Plotter, while it isn’t very granular as far as what is using the battery, it can show you whether or not the drain is a slow, methodical death, or a series of periodic violent stabs. If you see that with the screen off, the phone heated up and lost 10% of it’s battery in 5 minutes, you know something is amiss and can then start looking for what that might’ve been, or keeping an eye out or whatever. I mentioned it more for the people having problems than for you since you seem to have battery saving pretty well figured out, though any good nerd loves a nice graph :) 

      • Anonymous

        interesting. I’m suffering from horrible battery life. if you drill into your usage stats, and click on “Cell Standby,” what do you see for % time without a signal? although mine is showing only a 3% drain on battery for Cell Standby, I think this is more the culprit for me than anything else. thx in advance for any return feedback!

        • Anonymous

          today it has 10% of battery with 2% time without signal over 7 hours. and just for your info, i have a personal anecdote on my history with this drainer.

          on my droid 2…..cell standby would skyrocket during the day and at home (more than 50% of the battery drain). at my work, i moved buildings and found out the destination building had been renovated for more efficiency (read “thicker walls, more insulation, etc”). i’m used to putting it in airplane mode while at my desk until i go get lunch or somewhere outside the building.

          at home….my phone kept searching for signal constantly. i used the Open Signal app to find that i have 5 equidistant cell towers in my area. my phone fights over them and never connects (hence my reason for wifi data at home with a network extender from VZW). I’ve been complaining to vzw for months and getting random bill discounts here and there until they fix it.

          I haven’t taken my GSN to work yet, so no clue. But i do notice at home that the GSN does no better at connecting to 3G or 4G than my D2 (obviously, duh, a network issue not phone issue).

          I’ve become very meticulous at how i use my phone b/c VZW doesn’t give that much of a crap about my personal issues that they are “working” to fix. however, it hasn’t stopped me from getting great battery life and performance.

          ICS has a lot of great features, but the little nuances and conveniences of CM (like the power widget in the notification menu) make me impatient to get CM9.

          • Anonymous

            thx for the reply, +1 to you sir   =]

        • http://twitter.com/envoy510 Inky Reveal

          2% without a signal.  See my battery stats above.

      • http://twitter.com/envoy510 Inky Reveal

        Me, too.  I’m at 10% after 22h 39m.  I’m waiting to 5% before charging it, just to see how far I get.   Screen reports I’ve been “on” 2h 28m. I have the extended battery, too.

        I have 4g turned off, and had wifi turned on overnight.

  • Steve Edholm

    Can’t wait for my extended battery to come in the next day or two.  That being said, I could not agree more in that we need a toggle for this.   I would use 4G more if there was

  • Alan

    My Nexus does that by itself already. Of course that’s when I don’t want it to…

    • Def

      You can set it to always prefer 4g go to dialer: *#*#4636#*#* and select something like GSM only or whatever, then it will default to the verizon lte tower.

      • Hybrisate

        “something like GSM only”? Verizon uses CDMA and LTE. Even if their version of the nexus had GSM, turning on GSM only would disable 4G. 

        • barkbark

          LTE is a gsm technology.

          • Tim242

            ummm no it’s not. I don’t know why people keep spewing that nonsense.

          • barkbark

            “LTE is based on the GSM/EDGE and UMTS/HSPAnetwork technologies”, courtesy of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/3GPP_Long_Term_Evolution

          • Tim242

            LoL Wikipedia? Dude, HSPA isn’t even GSM-based. Have a read. http://db.tt/aihgNTeL

          • Sokepuppet

            Thanks Tim242.  Correct post and a good link.  A table that matches 4G-Data/3G-Data/3G-Voice with the carrier groups would help clarify even further.

      • Anonymous

        *#*#4636#*#* only works on Motorola phones as far as I know. 

        • Anonymous

          It works on the galaxy nexus, and the HTC Thunderbolt.

        • Missy6463

          Also works on Samsung Galaxy skyrocket.

  • Anonymous

    Still awaiting my extended battery with cover…should receive it today. And for those who don’t know, the extended battery does not require the cover that comes with it, you can still use your same cover that is on your Nexus now. I’m sure everyone knows this, but you know, just a heads up for those who don’t know.

    Overall, I’ve really enjoyed my new Galaxy Nexus. It is THE Android phone I’ve been waiting for for the last several months, and boy does it NOT disappoint.

    Anyone still on the fence about getting one….well, get off it, ’cause you will not regret it!

    • Dshudson

      Where did you buy your extended battery? Thanks. 

      • Anonymous

        I bought mine via the sale Verizon had on ‘em, was only $24.99 with free two day shipping. But unfortunately at this time, they are out of stock.

        http://www.verizonwireless.com/b2c/store/accessory?&action=accessoryDetails&archetypeId=12917&accessoryId=49870

        • Dshudson

          lol yeah.. that’s why I asked.. They sold out when I was in the store too.. :-( 

          • Anonymous

            Ahh…that sucks. Just keep calling other Verizon stores, I’m sure one is bound to have some in stock.

          • Dshudson

            Yeah.. I’ll get one.. I’ve been doing ok.. I have chargers everywhere coming from the Thunderbolt lol 

      • http://twitter.com/tehstev0 Steve Orosz

        I went to the Verizon store in the mall and told them of the sale on the website, they matched it and I got my gf and myself 2 extended batteries at $25 each.

    • http://profiles.google.com/gogatsbj Bradley Gogats

      That is not true, the original cover will not work with the extended battery, I am not waiting for mine, I already have it and can tell you for a fact 

      • Anonymous

        Wrong. I was just at Verizon yesterday, and the CS employee told me that the extended battery does NOT require the cover that comes with it, and that the original cover works just fine.

        Why would he lie? To make a sale? I had my phone with me and could have easily seen for myself, then the guy would have been caught in a lie.

        So either you’re lying or the CS guy was lying. I guess I’ll soon find out for myself when I get mine today.

        • Dshudson

          Yeah, because they are always right.. haha

        • Anonymous

          Maybe he wasn’t lying but simply misinformed. That would be the first Verizon CS to be misinformed now would it?

          • Anonymous

            Yeah, that’s true, but I also read somewhere online(can’t remember where) that said that the cover that comes with the extended battery is not required.

            Like I said, I’ll find out for myself today, and I’ll update my original post with the fact that I made an extremely terrible incorrect statement.

          • Anonymous

            no he’s right. It technically works and fits fine, but it feels like it will easily come off, so I wouldn’t risk it

        • Anonymous

          Yeah this is incorrect, people have tried to install it with the original back and the clips won’t snap in and you see an opening at the bottom. 

          He didn’t lie, he just didn’t know.  

          • Anonymous

            Ohh…okay, then that’s where “I” was misinformed, and didn’t get the full story. They said it worked, but didn’t say that they had to “force it” to make it work.

            My mistake!

        • http://twitter.com/Defenestratus Defenestratus

          Incorrect – I don’t know why he was deceiving you but I own both batteries and bot covers and the standard cover will not work with the extended battery.

      • Anonymous

        I have it too, it will fit if you force it on there… But who in their right mine would do that. Using the extended battery cover is the way to go, it doesn’t add much width at all.

        • http://profiles.google.com/gogatsbj Bradley Gogats

          Yes you can JAM it on, but it does not snap properly when doing so 

          • Anonymous

            Okay, sorry about that. I was misinformed like the CS guy was misinformed.

          • Anonymous

            Yep, so basically we’re in agreement this dudes heads up is a heads wrong…

          • Omar Ibrahim

            its already hard enough to get the stock battery cover on enough i got mine jsut now and damn its so much easier i don’t feel like i am going to break the g-nex. though that said anyone know where i can get a stock battery cover i sanded off the logos on the back to use velcro and what not. hint hint to stay on the back on my laptop when on the move while using wired tether [when it gets a rom that has a net filter enabled kernel]

          • Anonymous

            verizonwireless.com sells the standard battery cover

        • http://twitter.com/Tortured2010 jeremiah johnson

          Can you still use the original battery with the extended battery cover?

          • Anonymous

            Yes you can, but there is a gap between the extended cover and the regular battery when it’s in. No big deal but if you press on the back you will notice some flexibility in the cover.

    • Anonymous

      how did you do the italics and the bold?

      • Anonymous

        Highlight what you want to be in italics or bold and hit either Ctrl I or Ctrl B

        • Anonymous

          dsadsdaf

          Well nevermind it shows it in the type field as being bold or italic but when I posted comment it doesn’t show, so now I dunno lol

          • http://www.facebook.com/japultra Jason Nguyen

            Maybe he used HTML? (If this works, then HTML works)

          • http://www.facebook.com/TJHRULZ tjhrulz

            HTML FTW

          • Anonymous

            Yes, I used HTML. Like so, Galaxy Nexus is stellar! (without spaces).

            Galaxy Nexus is stellar!

    • Omar Ibrahim

      for the edit i like this phone so much i got the extended battery b4 i even got the phone lol. i even had a good discussion with the cs reps over the phone whle trying to figure out about any info on the battery seems they’re website hated me about status updates or something.

  • Shelnbay

    I don’t live in a 4G area, so this might be a stupid question.  Does the phone actively look for 4G or does it just switch over when it’s within range?  Does it benefit me at all to turn it off?

    • Anonymous

      Yes.

      • Shelnbay

        Cool, thanks.  I’ll turn it off and just remember to switch it back on when I’m in 4G areas, which isn’t often enough to worry about it much, unfortunately :-/  My area is a year out from a 4g switch.

    • Hybrisate

      Yep, by default your phone will constantly be searching for a 4g connection, so it’s definitely a benefit to disable it if you don’t have 4g coverage. 

  • Anonymous

    The REAL problem with the battery drain is that the Android OS is keeping the phone awake, even when the screen is off. I’m sure if you wen’t to Android OS, you would see a very high keep awake time; If that wasn’t the case, you should have a much higher battery % with the screen only using 29%.. (an hour of display use maybe?)

    • Bobby Jordan

      I’ve noticed this as well. After a a few days of very light use (sitting on my desk at work) I’ve noticed at the end of the day the Android OS is using something like 65% of my battery throughout the day. 

      My old DX and Fascinate are off/gone so I can’t compare, but I don’t remember the Android OS using this much of the battery on those two phones. For sure Display was #1 or #2 battery user and then I think Cell standby or phone idle where next. Android OS for sure wasn’t #1 on my old phones. 

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      I’ve seen people bring this up time and time again, but my battery life more than doubled with 4G off.

      • Anonymous

        anyway you could find the time to post a pic showing the more detailed graph and awake / screen on time? I’m getting horrendous battery life, but I think I just use my phone more often than those posting better numbers. this would either justify my poor battery performance, or tell me to put the damn phone down and get to work! either way, thanks for everything Kellex!

      • Anonymous

        No, I 100% agree that 4G disable greatly increases battery life, but the Android OS % is MUCH too high. On all my other phones, it was never even in double digits, with a very low ‘Keep Awake’ time. This is a software bug that, hopefully, will be fixed soon. I will be flashing Android Revolution HD when I get home and see if their ROM is any better.

      • fleshgod

        With cdma I’m getting 7.5 hours with 75% battery remaining with moderate use with extended battery, not bad at all, in fact much better than my og and x.

    • Bane

      Welcome to background apps. This is why iOS has amazing battery life because it doesn’t allow apps to run in the background. If you want the good you get the bad. Also i think it’s hilarious that 4G is one of the biggest selling points of this phone and now people are trying to turn it off. LMAO. Anybody still wonder why Apple choose not to release a 4G phone?

      • Anonymous

        hey, at least we have the option! options are always good. I don’t need apple deciding for me what I will and will not like before I even get to try it. to each their own, but LMAO at you just for fairness sake. =P

      • mons

        Android OS being this high is some sort of bug.  On my previous phones, Android OS was in the single digits.  On my GN, I’m at screen 53%, Andoid OS 26%.  Under the OS, CPU total is 1h 0m 58s, but Keep awake is 3h 13m 45s, and display has only been on for 1h 26m 6s.

        Background apps should not be taking that much battery (they didn’t on my Droid Eris or Droid X), and I’m confident there will be a software update to correct it.At work, I turn LTE off.  When I leave, I turn it on.  If I’m travelling somewhere that I won’t have LTE, I’ll turn it off so the phone isn’t searching for LTE signal.  Personally, I’ll take speeds and the minor inconvenience of switching it on/off, over lack of LTE.

        Cook said “LTE would design compromises we’re not willing to make.”   Form over function, right?

      • Flyinion

        iOS doesn’t allow apps in the background?  BULL.  My gf’s 4s has been dying horribly and she found out it was because there was a ton of junk running in the background.

      • Tim242

        Disabling 4G is not necessary. It’s just something these OCD nerds do. The biggest battery hog is the screen. Should Apple not make a bigger, better screen either? Btw, battery life on the 4S is horrid. Apple is always behind. Why make a better phone, with more features, when they can milk the sheep with Siri?

      • Anonymous

        This is not my first Android phone, this is specific to Android 4.0.2, not all Android phones. Ihave used the OG, DINC, RAZR and now the Nexus. And also, I do not need 4G using my battery when my phone is not being used, or just sending e-mails, so I switch to 3G. When I want to watch Netflix, or stream an NFL game, I switch to 4G. How long does it take you to buffer Netflix in HD on a 4.65″ screen? Oh you can’t? That’s unfortunate

  • Anonymous

    Agreed on the need for a quick toggle widget.  That’s one of the things I tout over my iPhone loving bretheren…”wait, how many clicks does it take you to turn wi-fi on and off on your iPhone?  Whew…that’s a lot.  Watch this” *click* “done”.  Awe ensues :)

    It would be great to have the same option for LTE

  • Dshudson

    Yeah, I really love 4g.. shouldn’t consider this as an option! But thanks.