Battery Drain / Excessive Battery Usage
SwiftKey now uses 24% battery power on my Samsung S3 vs 16% used by the screen. Surely it should only use a fraction of my screen-time?
Eating too much battery on Galaxy Nexus. My nexus drains in less than 12 hours after installing Swiftkey, used to stay on for 24 hours.
Under similar usage. Battery app shows 'Android System' eating 45%, Screen used to be leader by far but now is close second.
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 (18.104.22.1681)
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 – thank you for your patience while we worked on this.
Please update to SwiftKey version 4.2.1 – occasional problems with backup & sync service keeping the phone awake and consuming a lot of battery are now fixed.
Battery still drains.too many wakelocks. Please take this issue seriously and remove the tag completed.its definitely not complete.
Not resolved for me - it appears that swiftkey got a wakelock last night and killed my Nexus 7 (2013) completely. I believe that this also happened the other day, though I didn't have time to investigate then so I'm not sure it was swiftkey. I'm am on 22.214.171.124 on an android 4.3 rom (Paranoid). Here are screenshots of the battery statistics: http://imgur.com/a/VRTbN
Martin Ellis commented
I've never had a battery drain issue on a phone (galaxy nexus and currently HTC one) but on both my 2012 and 2013 nexus tablets the keep awake stats etc are unmanageable and app needed to be removed. I have done all the trouble shooting, same as i did on last year's tablet but it still happens. Love it on my phone, tho.
Jonathan Jacobson commented
The battery still drains far too quickly. I tried this ""stop" under Google backup transport. It didn't fix adequately. I am concerned all is ok before I buy the app. It really drains the battery very quickly
W. S. commented
Same problem. Suddenly swiftkey takes > 50% battery. Backup&Sync are turned off.
It seems I accidentially switched on the "trending phrases", maybe that's the reason? I switched it off now, let's see if that helps
SwiftKey tablet on my table consumes about 60 percent of the battery. SwiftKey is really amazing but, battery drain made it worse. Please update soon.
Pierre-Yves Nicolas commented
I just update to 4.3. It's smooth with my Nexus 4 but my battery usage is SOOO High ! When I checked, the Swiftkey service might be responsible for that !
I can't live without your app ! Fix this issues please !
Same on my Galaxy S4, battery draining quickly after installation. Seems like the sync service gets "stuck" - couldn't see much network traffic, but sync was still busy a couple of hours after activating the "cloud" account.
Removed the cloud account, and battery drain continued to empty, where the phone shut down. Booted and charged again, I'm not seeing the same drain.
This seems to point to the backup service, which probably continued even though I deleted the cloud account.
Philip King commented
Turning off the cloud did not resolve the issue. Somehow Swiftkey is keeping the phone "awake" causing unmanageable battery drain.
Reluctantly, I have removed Swiftkey until I can work out how to rollback to the previous working version.
Philip King commented
Following installation of SwiftKey Cloud my battery life has diminished noticeably. According to the battery statistics on my phone SwiftKey is using 72% of the battery. It looks like it's constantly active and not "going to sleep".
I am going to try turning off the cloud to see if that helps.
Huge battery drain on my HTC one with swift key. Have uninstalled it. Hope battery discharge returns to normal now.
Chris Brennan commented
Running latest version of swift key on a gs3 with cm10.1.2 android 4.2.2. After the last update was installed I noticed battery went from lasting 10 hours of normal use on lte to only lasting 4 or so. Uninstalled swiftkey and everything is back to normal. The 4.2 android keyboard isn't that bad after all. Will definitely stick with it at least until the battery drain issue is fixed.
I'm having battery drain with payed version although the trial version didn't have this issue.
My phone is Samsung Galaxy S2+ (I9105P), Android 4.1.2
Adam Sharif commented
I'm having a similar issue with my HTC One X - I have switched from SwiftKey to try out Google Keyboard, and I've noticed that after 5 hours on battery, my phone has around 30% more battery life than it did yesterday at the same time, with roughly the same usage, when SwiftKey was installed.
My HTC One Battery Bar says full then the phone turns off. Have to charge for a bit before I can turn it back on and the battery is completely dead. The bettery is only lasting about a third of what it did before Swiftkey. Restored phone back to factory, only installed Swiftkey - same problem.
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?