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Tuesday Poll: What is Your Typical Screen on Time in a Day?

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Battery life is one of the subjects we still talk a lot about, unfortunately. While phones typically almost all excel in performance and camera departments these days, not all are great when it comes to getting you through a day without looking for an outlet.

Part of the problem there, outside of battery tech not changing, stems from the fact that our daily usage sure seems to be increasing each year (still looking at you, 6-hour guy). So even as battery capacity has gone up, that screen on time has too. For example, from 2014 to 2016 (the two previous times we asked you about screen on time), we went from 46% of you seeing 1-3 hours of screen on time in a day and 37% seeing 3-5 hours, to 42% at 1-3 hours and 44% at 3-5 hours. That’s a decent-sized shift that saw quite a few of you using your phones for an extra hour or more.

So because we haven’t asked yet this year, let’s do it now and see if these numbers have shifted yet again. What is your typical screen on time in a day? Also, feel free to drop your phone model in the comments.

What is Your Typical Screen on Time in a Day?

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  • 5,30 min to 7,30 min in my Oneplus 3T. Normally 1 day and 20 hours per charge

  • Sachin Godara

    I have redmi note 4, SOT goes upto 9 hours.

  • M3D1T8R

    Getting 8-9 hours SOT with my ZTE Blade V8 Pro. Heckuva improvement from my almost constantly tethered Nexus 6, which was getting me about 2. Performance is much better too. I miss those sweet duel FF speakers once in a while, but boy is it worth it.

    And yet I still usually don’t make it through a full day without an extra quick charge (yes I use my phone way too much). So next I’ll be upgrading to the ZenFone 3 Zoom with it’s same efficient 625 processor but big 5Ah battery, and OLED display. Hoping that’ll finally be the device that allows me to truly only charge once per day. ..If only they’d release the darn thing in the US already!

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  • jimmy martin

    Moto z play getting 10 hours over 2 days

  • Aarav Mishra

    Moto z play is god amongst smartphones when it comes to battery, probably best battery phone of all time.

    • M3D1T8R

      Agree, it probably is. Also worth considering is the ZTE Blade V8 Pro, only a little less great battery life, but quite a bit less expensive at $230.

  • atc-tech

    What I SEE is 2 – 3 hours on a Nexus 6. What I WANT to see is 5 – 6 hours on any phone.

  • Dominick White

    with my Leeco le. Pro 3 i get 5 1/2 hours to 7 1/2 hour screen on time in a 15 hour day. with my Nexus 6p I get a 3 1/2 to 5 hour screen on time within a 12 hour day

  • AvalancheRyder

    iPhone 7 I can get 5-7 hours. My Nexus 6p that I use on WiFi only gets around 3-3.5 hours. Sigh.

  • Brian Himes

    Pixel XL around 5 hours by the end of the day. Usually hovering over 35% battery

  • MJ

    I would say between work and home about 5-6 hours. Oh wait… We are just talking about the small screen in my pocket? Usually just a little more than a hour a day.

  • BobButtons

    It’s not just a matter of how capable the phone is but how much someone uses it. I use mine surprisingly little on weekdays since I generally use my (plugged in) tablet while at work and my laptop at home. So while my phone’s screen-on-time is rather low, it’d skew the numbers to post it since mine’s due more to low usage than poor battery.

  • Mark Kendrick

    A lot of people get better battery life than I do but if I’m going to buy a “Ferrari” I’m going to use it that way and top off my battery if I have to. No way will I hamstring my phone to make it through the day. That being said I would like to be able to make it through an average day without having to top up

  • jonzey231

    Well I just got my 6P back from Huawei yesterday and I flashed O on it right away for the lulz. Prior to the repair though…I was lucky to get 2 hours before it would shut off at 30% lol.

  • Buckeye Kenny

    Pixel 6 hours 37 minutes

  • Armorthane

    I just got rid of my Pixel XL for a whole host of reasons, but battery life wasn’t one of them. I’d typically get close to 3 hours of screen on time and on occasion I’d get over 4. But to get over 4 I’d have to stop using my phone as a “GASP”… Phone, and not make any calls. I own a business and talk on my phone 2-4 hours some days. I know that many here have little to no idea what a phone call is, and while many of my customers try to use email or text to alert me of an issue that needs to be addressed, nothing beats a quick call to remedy the issue and it adds a nice personal touch and shows I care about them. I’d gladly add 2mm of phone thickness to get a battery that could easily last 2 days and still had decent specs. I’m 50 yr and I’ve had cataract surgery on both eyes and to be honest I could care less about 4k screens or even anything more than what was on my iPhone 6s+ I recently got rid of. Unless you are using VR, there really isn’t any reason to have a screen with that high of resolution. For this reason I’m looking at the S8 over the G6 because you have the ability to lower the screen resolution and I would think aid in battery life.

  • interstellarmind

    nexus 4, nexus 5, xperia z5, pixel: all 4 hours SoT

  • The Doctor

    7 hours, 27 minutes on a 3000 mAh battery.

    What? I’m just stretching the truth like everyone else who does when they announce their SoTs.

  • Charlie S

    I used to always get between 1½ to 2½ a day, until I changed to the Z Play. Now I get 3 hours easy a day and 6 or 7 before I decide to plug in. It’s great.

  • steadymobb

    Idk. I plug my phone in on my drive to work and on my drive home from work. I can deduce that it’s horrible though… Galaxy s6, everyone knows this.

  • ShadyBrady

    Pixel XL. 4+ hrs sot while at work (no WiFi/ bad LTE), and 6+ hrs sot while at home (strictly WiFi).

  • jrbmed08

    No matter what I do (xposed, greenify, seek and destroy rogue apps), how long the phone has been off the charger, or what device I use (Moto X, Z3c, HTC 10), I can’t seem to get over 3 hours.

  • Wayne Jorgensen

    I still rock a Motorola Nexus 6 on 7.1.1. Brightness is usually set at half with adaptive off and I get 3-4 most days. Sometimes if i don’t watch YouTube much I get 4+ hours.

  • Robert Schuman

    I usually only have about 1.5 hours of screen on time per day for usage with my pixel. That doesn’t exhaust my battery though, usually have about 60% battery left at the end of my day at 9:30 pm after unplugging from the charger at 7:00 am.

  • alberteezy

    Around 2-3 on Nexus 5X battery is not good but again it’s pretty small. I don’t really try turning off location, data, or anything like that because I didn’t​ see much improvement to go through the hassle.

  • BhamsMostWanted

    Moto Z Play… rocked nearly 10 hours over two days. Love this phone.

  • GigiVald

    That was my best mark, on a LG X Power. Using 2G (always connected to Wifi). I usually get 11-13h SOT


    • Bigmatt503

      we need to see the graph.

      • GigiVald

        I was so excited to the SOT that I fogot to print the graph =(
        No donuts for me.

  • Brian Cruz

    Until a few days ago I was hitting 7-8hrs with my Moto Z Play…..but I sold it (phone OCD) and grabbed a Nexus phone and tablet. I miss it already.

    • Steve Yobs

      ahh i was so close to getting the pixel xl, but the reviews on the z play sold me. super fast, zero lag and insane battery. the pixel being $900 vs the Z play new for $379, i couldnt pass it up. I have always rooted all my phones so not being able to root the verizon version is the only draw back. but as of now im totally fine with it

      • Brian Cruz

        Yes sir, I’m the exact same. I have to root all my phones and that I didn’t like but I had the hotspot hack and that was enough but I would have loved to root and rom that bad boy. If it is ever opened up by devs I’ll buy it again in a heartbeat

        • Steve Yobs

          hotspot is the only thing im really missing. havent needed it at the moment but i love it when i travel. what is the hotspot hack you talk of? i believe the one with the app that restarts your sim has been patched in nogut. is there another?

          • Brian Cruz

            Yeah in Nougat it’s patched, I actually install an app that blocked the OTA from popping up so I stayed on marshmallow up until I sold it. As far as I know the only way to bypass the hotspot check on Nougat was to actually pop the Sim card and reinsert and tap hotspot then it would work.

  • cromo8

    5+ easy on the regular pixel any day.

  • Mike

    Around 4-5 on my V20 with a spare battery always waiting. It’s no problem for me to use the crap out of this device, I have yet to finish a day since the launch of the V20 with a dead phone.

  • editorinchimp

    2-3 hours on V10 before I have to swap batteries.

  • Rod

    Around 6h/day

  • paul_cus

    Sony Xperia X Compact pushing 4 hours

  • Mikezilla0074

    Less than one hour? How do you survive?

  • n6p on latest nitrogren OS rom. please help me get 5+ SoT

    get barely 3 on mine

    • Bigmatt503

      on nitrogen thats about what i got

  • tu3218

    I think a lot has to do with the apps. I run a lot of smart apps(Samsung Smartthings, harmony, Yi camera, Philips Hue). I think they all really take a toll on battery.

    • needa

      Yi Camera. +1.

      • tu3218

        They need an outdoor camera!

        • needa

          Absolutely. Or at the least they could make a sealed plastic dome for the camera hub to go in. Best price I can find for those is $40, made for a Nest. I have two sitting in windows pointed outside. They get extremely hot during the day.

          • tu3218

            How well do they work with pointing outside? Especially at night?

          • needa

            The biggest issue is the reflection of the blinds. Light bleeding through from the inside casts a reflection. I wish they were making the night vision cams back when I bought mine. With front porch light on it takes away about 80% of the reflection and i can see fairly well. I can see who is at my door and I can see as far out as the neighbor’s house. No issues whatsoever during the day. Just the heat from the sun being magnified because it is sitting behind a window. I have fried an sd card from the heat. Since then I put a 3″x6″ piece of vinyl tape, for shade, above each of my cams. It looks a bit tacky, but they don’t overheat anymore. And my crack head neighbors, and anyone else for that matter, can easily see that they are on camera.

        • needa

          hmmm. I think I’ll buy a couple of these. Didn’t see these a year ago. Not made for nest, but a couple of zip ties and I think I might be in business. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Waterproof-Outdoor-Protective-Security-Camera-Shell-Housing-TS-/172040037696

  • zerzhul

    Mine has gone down year over year. I suspect this is due mostly to using a smartwatch as my primary interaction with most notifications. I have no clue what I *could* get out of my phone, because I’m not trying to keep the screen on as much as possible.

  • Patrick Smithopolis

    I get about 4½ hours on my Pixel XL. When I first got my Nexus 6P I was getting 6 to 7 hours.

  • Chris Hannan

    The reason I got the Galaxy S7 Edge a year ago is because my friend got one and was averaging 6-7 hours SOT. I haven’t had an Android phone with acceptable battery life since the Nexus One, so I decided to give the Galaxy S7 Edge a shot. I never thought I’d buy a Samsung phone because of TouchWiz, but I actually really liked it, and I actually did get around 6 hours SOT at first. A year later and with location and sync turned off, I can manage around 3.5-4 hours. Why can’t Android be more consistent? 😩

    • BAM1789

      Even an iPhone will have worse battery life/performance after a year of use. Batteries degrade. So until battery tech actually gets better, this is the way it’s going to be.

      • Chris Hannan

        I’m not talking about battery degradation, unless my Galaxy S7 Edge really has degraded to around half its max capacity. I’ve never noticed my iPhones doing that. When I get a new iPhone, I never felt like my old one was losing capacity, or that the new one is significantly better.

        I generally always get about 4-5 hours SOT on an iPhone, whether new or a year or two old. I was frequently getting 6+ hours on my Galaxy S7 Edge with everything turned on when I got it, but almost never less than 5. Now I leave location and sync off so I can hopefully get up to 4 hours, but sometimes less than 3.

        • needa

          Probably more to do with software updates than degradation. You can always slap on accubattery to see how much capacity you have left. My phone didn’t like the app all that much, but your Sammy might.

    • Eric R.

      I have the same issue with my S7 edge. I believe it’s due to app and software updates.

  • disastrousrainbow

    When I had my Galaxy S7 I was seeing an average of 3 hours before the phone was begging for a charge or was dead. It was not the best. Currently, I’m getting an average 4-5 hours on my iPhone 7 and that’s with about 20%-ish remaining before I put it on the charger. It has definitely bested most of the Android phones I’ve used with the exception of the Moto Z Play.

    • Chris Hannan

      Main reason I keep buying iPhones. I don’t care what anyone else says; I always get better and more consistent battery life on iPhones than Android phones.

    • Patrick Smithopolis

      I thought the iPhone didn’t show on screen​ time.

      • disastrousrainbow

        No it does. You just have to click on the little clock icon so it shows how much on screen time the app has used in the last 24 hours or week.

        • Chris Hannan

          That doesn’t help with showing SOT on a charge unless you wait until exactly 24 hours after unplugging your phone.

          • disastrousrainbow

            Well if I take all the time reported in the last 7 days and divide it by 7 I’m still getting a result of 4.8 so that’s how I’m determining my screen on time. Plus if I do the same for the last 24 hours I’m getting 2.6 hours which is almost exactly what’s being reported under usage in the “time since last full charge” area of the phone and I still have 62% battery life remaining.

  • JSo

    It’s not something I ever pay attention to.

  • jimt

    I get about 1hr and 50 minutes as an average on my Nexus 6. It tends to suck battery.

  • Steve Yobs

    moto z play i got 8 hours of SOT the first time i used my phone. but i am not on my phone that much in a single day. i just went the last weekend right under 3 days without a charge

    • Eric

      I miss that phone. I was able to get up to 9hrs of SOT a couple of times w/ the Z Play, but I was usually around the 8hr mark.

      • Steve Yobs

        yeah i love the idle drain. if im not using my phone i expect it to drain very little. i just came from the nexus 6 and i would lose 9-10% when i woke up from 8 hours of sleep in the morning. the z play only loses 1-2% and i keep bluetooth, data and gps always on. most underrated phone in my opinion

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    • Brian Cruz

      I had it and loved it. I just have a bad habit of always buying and selling my phones., but I have to say the Z Play was a favorite! I never worried about my battery.
      I will maybe grab another later on

    • Morjesta!

      I’m also rockin’ a Moto Z Play. I love it!

  • Dre

    7 hours SoT Mate 9. 😃

  • Adrian Fishler

    Moto Z, between 3-4 hours regularly….6-7 using a power pack mod

  • TheRunner024

    I usually get 5 hours with my OnePlus 3T.

  • Jared Muskovitz

    Pixel XL – I get 5-6 hours of SoT every day. I haven’t had a single day under 5 hours since the first week I got the phone and was breaking it in.

    • Ricky Giordano

      How u able to get such high sot ? I have a Pixel XL as well and I only get an average of 3-4 hour sot

      • Suicide_Note

        Lower screen brightness and be on WiFi all day.

        • Ricky Giordano

          My day consists usually of being on and off of wifi depending on the day I usually keep away from any WiFi unless I’m home

          • Jared Muskovitz

            I keep my brightness around 40%, which is very readable for me. I think that’s a key factor. I never toggle off WiFi or BT, but I do not use WiFi when at work because the speeds are absolute ass. When I’m using the screen, it’s usually for email, Reddit is Fun, FB, Twitter, and banking. I don’t stream a lot of video, or play many mobile games (thanks Nintendo Switch). Just wanted to give you an idea of what I do.

          • Jared Muskovitz

            I also want to mention that I’ve used phones from every OEM except LG; the only phone to get better battery life for me was the Droid Maxx, thanks to the 720p screen and 3500mah battery. I was getting 6-7 SoT with that phone. Pixel XL is #2 in my experience. I’d rank them as follows (this is just phones I’ve used).

            1. Droid Maxx (6-7)
            2. Pixel XL (5-6)
            3. Moto X Pure (4-5)
            4. HTC One M8 (4-4.5)
            5. Galaxy Nexus (3-4)
            6. OG Droid (3-3.5)
            7. Droid X2 (2.5-3.5)
            8. Samsung Galaxy s6 edge (2.0-3.5)

  • krubby

    3-4 hours (usually closer to 3) using Droid Turbo 2. I don’t do much to try to battery save (i.e. dimmer screen, etc.) I might be able to get more if I tried. In total I usually can get through about 6am – 11pm with maybe 10% battery left.

  • Mr Mop

    Somewhere around 2 hours on a Moto X 2013 that’s been in use for ~2 years, pretty much always need to plug in at some point during the day.

    I should probably upgrade soon.

  • Jarl

    ZTE Axon 7, 4 hour 23 min average, max reached was 5 hours 8 min

  • Rick_Diesel

    for those choosing 5+…teach me your ways

    • Suicide_Note

      Lower screen brightness, stay on WiFi all day, and maybe turn off automatic syncing for apps.

      • Rick_Diesel

        as devil’s advocate, why get phones with brilliant screens if you have to keep them dim to get through the day?

        • Suicide_Note

          I dunno, but some people are obsessed with eking out as much battery as possible.

          Personally, i keep mine at 50 – 60%.

    • David Weston

      Huawei Mate 9 with 4000 mah battery.

      • Rick_Diesel

        yeah, i am on LG G6 so cant compete with the 4k mAh

        • Masri87

          T-Mo LG G6 here got 5 hr 5 min at 5%

          • Rick_Diesel

            running the same phone and i get 4hrs and maybe 10-20 mins

    • BAM1789

      Pixel XL here with 5+ SOT everyday, no Wifi at work, screen brightness is pretty low, use phone for Spotify/Reddit/Videos through the day.

      • Rick_Diesel

        best i have done with a very light usage day is about 5 and that was on Wifi all day

    • GigiVald

      LG X Power with 4100mAh, a quad core MediaTek processor and a 1080p only screen resolution 😉
      Lasts 2 full days with normal-heavy usage (~12h SOT). If in low usage, 3 days.

    • Don’t use social media apps like Snapchat, Instagram, or Facebook.

      • Wayne Jorgensen

        Facebook uses very little battery for me. Usually around 5-9% at most.

        • needa

          Then you have to account for the extra usage that is used for other things. Like system, OS, wifi or cell, etc.

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    • Brian Menius

      Moto G4 Play, no special treatment.

      • jonzey231

        But you didn’t tell us how long it lasts…lol.

        • Brian Menius

          I replied to a comment stating “for those choosing 5+…teach me your ways,” so… 5+ hours, yeah?

          I think I’ve seen something close to 7 hours before. That would be on a weekend, so at home on wifi. Or, I’ll put it another way…

          Thanks to someone on DL or AP alerting me to Google’s goodwill policy re: 5X bootloop outside the year warranty, I have a replacement 5X on the way for my wife. She told me she’d rather keep her G4 because the battery life is so much better than the 5X. I may actually do the same when my 6P comes back from Huawei (both phones died within 24 hours of each other, if you can believe it) and sell the 5X and 6P and pocket that money for something else later. I miss NFC and the print reader, but we’re at a point now that it’s senseless to pay $800+ to get those things. First 835 device with both of those and a price that isn’t cocky (that’s not LG) probably gets my money. OP5, perhaps…

          • jonzey231

            For the record, my 6P came back from Huawei Tuesday afternoon, after 15 business days, and the battery stats are all over the board. After I flashed the public 7.1.2 build and got everything logged in and sitting well, I closed all apps and rebooted and charged to 100%. After 16 or so minutes (i’ll find the screenshot here in a sec), my battery stats said 4 hours left.

            Then I checked again this morning. 6 hours in (with 90ish minutes of SoT) I was at 56%.

            I mean…at least it hasn’t randomly shut off on me yet…but I’m curious as if they even actually replaced the battery or if they just did a factory reset and sent it back.

            Meanwhile, their customer service was completely clueless the entire time they had it. As a matter of fact, when I contacted them via chat Tuesday morning to ask about the ETA (again), they said I’d need to wait until today before the escalation group could give me an eta.

            And then later that day it arrived at my office and my boss dropped it off on my desk. I want to say I believe that they actually replaced the battery and potentially the board, but with how dysfunctional the entire process was I’m pretty skeptical.

          • jonzey231
    • Brad

      Turn off all the features that make your phone a smartphone. Done.

    • Pootis Man

      Moto Z Play.

      • Raven ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        With 3000mah battery pack.

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      • Rick_Diesel


    • Own a SD625 Phone…

      Moto G5 Plus/ Moto Z Play etc..

    • Christos Tsartsalis

      Just buy lenovo p2.Crazy battery with over 12h sot and everything open(data,sync,high usage at location etc.) and you don’worry for 2-3 days for charging.Everything else is pathetic solution that make a smartphone stupid phone

    • Moto Z Play, 11+ screen on with 2 days of usage in good signal area, everything enabled including GPS high accuracy, brightness almost max.
      In bad signal areas I get 5, 6 hours of sot with 2 days of usage.

    • Mark Whelan

      Mate 9….battery Monster.

    • MJ

      Why? I would looking to use my phone less NOT more…

  • ®yan C

    Moto X 2014 is absolutely horrible at battery life

  • Ricky Giordano

    3-4 hour typical sot for my Pixel XL running 7.1.2 hope to see an improvement with the coming Android O Beta update

    • Was it better before 7.1.2?

      • Ricky Giordano

        As for it being better for 7.1.2 I can’t really say mostly because at the time I was mainly using my Moto Z Force as my daily I didn’t start using the Pixel XL as my daily till the 7.1.2 beta update was started that’s when I switched to the Pixel XL full time

    • I’m getting 4 hours pretty consistently on my PXL – My Nexus 6P was much much worse though.

      • Ricky Giordano

        Well I’m rocking my Pixel XL with a Verizon sim so idk if that makes a difference

        • Most likely – CDMA junk generally has worse battery life than its GSM counterpart. I’m on T-Mobile, so that probably explains it.

          • Ricky Giordano

            Yea it sucks tbh just for using Verizon gives worse battery than being on Atat or T-Mobile wish that wasn’t the case

  • Defenestratus

    Holy hell people need to re-evaluate their priorities if they’re spending that much time on a phone*.

    *Unless being on a phone is your job.

    • AvalancheRyder

      Kind of depends. We’re using phones for a lot more these days. If someone spends 2 hours/day watching TV, 2 hours reading websites, and 2 hours reading books, that’s 6 hours SOT right there. I don’t think anyone would’ve said that’s way too much TV or reading before the advent of smartphones though.

      • AvalancheRyder

        Not that I recommend watching tv on a 5″ screen but I know many people do.

        • Chris Hannan

          When I have a few minutes to kill, I’ll watch an episode or mostly just parts of an episode of Rules of Engagement or Parks and Rec on Netflix. I wouldn’t sit there for hours to watch a movie or a good chunk of a TV show season, but 10-15 minutes is fine. I’ve also seen both shows at least twice, so I’m not watching them to catch up, just pass the time.

          • BobButtons

            I just re-binged Rules of Engagement. Forgot how funny that show was. Don’t care if it received a lot of flak. I’m glad it kept coming back from the verge of death for a few more seasons.

    • Chris Hannan

      I’m constantly using my phone throughout the day for texting, browsing the web, playing games, checking grades or new assignments, watching videos, browsing Facebook, looking at pictures, etc.

      I don’t do it all at one time, but 10 minutes here and 15 minutes there can really add up.

      • jonzey231

        Swap the grades and games for work emails and phone calls and I do the same thing.

    • michael arazan

      A Lot of phones are used for “_____ Jobs”

  • JohnW

    MORE THAN 5 HOURS? I’ve never gone about 3.5. I feel like there’s a rogue app on my device that wreaks havoc on my battery. I can make it through my whole day, but on my 3+ hour days, it’s close.

    • Brent Cooper

      Are you talking about for one charge? 3. 5 hours of sot sounds about right for me too on one charge. But I’ll charge my phone throughout the day and if it’s a heavy day I can go above 5 hours of sot. Thats including recharging my phone tho