Battery Drain / Excessive Battery Usage
I love the SwiftKey tool, but it uses 25% of the battery even when the keyboard is not on. That means the charge will last 9 hours instead of 12. I'm not sure it's worth it. Any way you can just have it turn off when the keyboard is closed?
HTC one X International Tegra 3
Once installed the temperature bumps and starts draining the battery life......
This was much notable after the latest update
Ever since I bought SwiftKey 3 a couple weeks ago, my battery has been half of what it usually is. And when I checked the application battery usage in settings, it was listed at 59%. I've love the keyboard to death, but unfortunately I've had to uninstall it because of the battery drain. I'm on an LG Connect 4G. Please fix this.
I'm having serious battery issues with the recent version of SwiftKey (126.96.36.1991)
The app is leading in the "Battery use" menu at a rate of 38% killing my Battery within half a day.
I'm using a Galaxy S I9000 with the official German android 2.3.3 ROM
I love swiftkey but please consider the above suggestion
I read in the official Q&A that swiftkey has almost no effect.
However, that's not true. I don't know what options in swiftkey are causing it, but i can't make my battery last a single day, even when i do nothing.
When uninstalling swiftkey, it's ok again. So i'm not an expert but i can do basic math.
It's a pity, cause it's the best keyboard around. But there's no point in having a good keyboard with a dead battery.
I'm using a htc desire HD
Hi all, Swiftkey dev again.
This bug is really hard to diagnose, but assuming it is a problem with the backup service, could you try stopping the Google Backup Transport? You can find it under Settings → Apps → All. Just force stop it and see if it has any effect. Thanks for your patience on this.
Please tell us what info you need to assist with the diagnosis, we love this app and will go to great lengths to help fix it but the reality of the issue will make us walk away if another 5months go by without a positive diagnosis and fix.
Anyone tried to"greenify" the SwiftKey app?
Definitely noticing a battery drain on HTC One. Usage of my battery per hour has doubled (5% vs. about 2.5%), even when not in use. Been monitoring for about several days. Love the keyboard, but uninstalling because of drain. Will try again after update and fix.
What is the actual status of this problem? Here is says it has been under review for at least 5 months and there are posts in this thread dating back to 2011. I've had to uninstall because the keyboard sucks out my battery on my Nexus S
Evgeniy Leytan commented
I would like to report about battery drain on Android 2.2. (Motorola Milestone, MIUI) As you can see on the attached screenshot (https://docs.google.com/file/d/0BxCtnlGW9gYkdWh6R1hIX1Fxc3c/edit?usp=sharing), SwiftKey consumes a lot of battery even when phone is absolutely idle (night time).
On the other hand, on my JB device (Samsung Galaxy Note II) everything is OK.
Could you please look into that since Swiftkey is my favorite keyboard?
I'm having issues with my battery, it drains faster than expected. When i check the battery usage using Gsam Battery Pro, the third party application that uses the battery most is Swiftkey. I have the paid version and I really love the app, but i don't want to be charging my phone more than once a day, so i stopped using Swiftkey, and since I did it, battery has gone back to normal, please fix that issue, so I can use what I paid for!!!
I've been trying to nail down a sudden decrease in battery performance/increase in phone temp with my GS3... My most recent theory, because the timing fits, is that Swiftkey is the culprit - since the latest Swiftkey update. Prior to that update, it was fine. Since then, whenever I make Swiftkey my default input method, the battery usage & phone temp is horrible. I'm extremely disappointed, because I love the app. Bring back my old version!
Really excessive drain on my Galaxy S3 too. Deactivated until resolve. Regards, chris
Still happening. It usually happens when I move to an area with weak cell signal, then the *backup* fails and keeps draining the battery at an incredible pace. Droid 2, Swiftkey 188.8.131.52
Emmanuel Sanders commented
Same here, since I installed it on my original Galaxy note (i797) it's just killing my battery.
Martin Harvey commented
I have used Swiftkey for months without any issues. A week ago I had to hard reset my Galaxy S. I re-installed Swiftkey. Since then, my phone's battery has been draining unusually quickly - within half a day. My phone claims that Swiftkey is responsible for 30% of my battery usage. Prior to the reset, Swiftkey did not feature in battery usage at all. I hope this may help the diagnosis
I'm glad this thing is under investigation, that's the thing that really bothers me with SwiftKey 3 Free/Paid and Flow. I don't trust the native Android Battery stats but BetterBatteryStats showed me that SwiftKey is the biggest user of mobile data while the phone is in deep-sleep mode (even more than Facebook, Gmail, etc!). You can view my dump file, scroll down to the "Network" part. I've let the phone idle for 60 minutes before taking the logs.
https://dl.dropbox.com/u/27595366/BetterBatteryStats-2013-01-02_061215847.txt (View with Notepad++ or similar)
Same here unfortunately... Samsung Note 1. .. Its the best app but my phone gets really hot and the batterymonitor indicates that Swiftkey is the biggest battery user, even more than the screen...
hey I just got this app and I noticed that once I started using it my battery dropped considerably. This is what prompted my search for the issue and whether or not anyone else was having the same problem...
and it sucks because my 15 minute Window was over. I really want this to work out but if my battery drops from a full charge this quickly then I might have to go on a negative review spree at the Google play store. I'm sorry I have to resort to seemingly petty threats; but this is a drain on resources. monetary and device wise.
Atte Lehtinen commented
I tried to stop the Google Backup Transport process and didn't found any effect. However, the used cpu time (monitored by System Tuner) has been much lower than it has been earlier, maybe due the Android V4.2 I have now in my phone or not.
I downloaded a battery monitor called "GSam battery monitor" and it claims that 96% of my battery is used by "apps" and the "android system", while my stock battery usage claims that SwiftKey used 80%
I can't find any other battery monitors to test this theory. But could this be the solution to the mystery?
I LOVE everything about this keyboard. Except the fact it drains my battery. 84% of battery drain is this app. Not good! It took me a little time to realize. Id love to continue to use it. I just dont want to be plugged in 24/7 in order to use it.
I've recently tried to use this keyboard again and have found that my battery is no worse off now. Not sure if you fixed it without knowing.
Atte Lehtinen commented
I like Swiftkey 3 a lot but it does use much much more cpu time/battery than other 3rd party keyboard apps. And that is even if I dont't use it to typing at all.
I just stopped the Google Backup Transport process, will report later.
I accidentally fixed the problem by finally abandoning the stock Android 2.3.3 on my Galaxy S. I rooted the phone and initially flashed cyanogenmod 7.2 (Android 2.3.7), and after a few days cyanogenmod 9.1. No battery drain by SwiftKey on either version.