Wildfire S

How to Increase HTC Wildfire S Battery Life

HTC Wildfire SThe latest of HTC Wildfire series i.e., HTC Wildfire S is one phone which sports a 600 MHz processor on board but the phone comes with Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS which definitely makes this phone a much valuable phone in the mid range of all the Android smart phones. The phone has very decent and elegant looks also the 5 MP camera capture really good photos. The phone is capable of high speed data transfers over Bluetooth technology as a Bluetooth version 3.0 module is present on the phone board, so now gone are the days when we were stuck with the Bluetooth 2.0 which is comparatively low rated in terms of data transfers and the change can be very well observed when we transfer large data files. The Wi – Fi 802.11 b/g/n support also compliments this phone for its capabilities, thus now we can use Wi – Fi network that operates on 802.11n standards. As this is a HTC phone, the phone features the very well known HTC sense technology and thus a very brilliant UI and accessibility catches everyone’s eye. All of these features on a mid range phone simply makes this phone a unique choice for many. Well but using these features will definitely cost you battery life so in order to make full utilization of the phone and save the battery follow the steps below.

There are number of reasons why the battery drains faster than usual like applications left running, services left running, etc. The features that cost you battery are Wi – Fi, Bluetooth, aGPS, Display, Sound settings, SYNC, Accelerometer and Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS. Follow the guide and you will end up saving the battery for more appropriate uses and more time.

  • Wi – Fi connectivity is not available in all the places thus in that case the Wi – Fi can be turned OFF. Wi – Fi hub must be used only when there are no options left, Make sure that you turn OFF the WI – Fi after the usage.
  • Data traffic must be turned OFF during our sleeping or leisure times, doing so will further save more battery.
  • Bluetooth is normally used for data transfers but nowadays Bluetooth is also used extensively for music and / or video streaming and this means that our battery will further be used to its limits, thus it is advisable that Bluetooth streaming capabilities must not be used extensively, just use it wisely. Finally make sure that you turn OFF the Bluetooth function.
  • When we are outdoors and there is utter requirement of using GPS facility only then the GPS capabilities must be turned ON, there is no use to keep the GPS capabilities turned ON when you are indoors as the GPS satellites can hardly be brought into use when indoor.
  • Display is a major concern as we can never stop using the display, the Capacitive display itself uses a lot of battery so what can be done in order to save up on the battery? Well, simply set the screen timeout time as low as possible, the value of the same can be set anything between 10 seconds to 15 seconds.
  • Display brightness must be set to LOW or MEDIUM and still you will be able to view the screen content very comfortably, this is because of the automatic display brightness control which gets adjusted according to the amount of light in the surrounding.
  • In sound settings the loudness must be set very low, audible touch tones, audible selection, screen lock sounds and vibrate feedback must be set to OFF.
  • In the General sound settings keep you can select the required sound profile; most battery will be saved when this option is set to ‘silent’. Vibration feedback for incoming calls must be un – ticked.
  • SYNC settings on the Wildfire S are ruled by services like HTC Sense, Facebook for HTC Sense, weather, etc. SYNC must be turned OFF when sleeping or when you are not much keen about the Facebook notifications.
  • Accelerometer is used to rotate screen orientation and must be turned OFF during normal phone usage.
  • Android OS allows certain applications or services to run in the background it uses memory resources, in order to control them task killer applications can be used which are available extensively on Android Market.

Power WidgetManage Display
Manage AudioAudio Profiles
The guide is designed such a way that it will just make your HTC Wildfire S battery last longer.



  1. Bradley

    May 15, 2012 at 10:47 am

    I have the HTC wildfire S and ive had it for about a week and ive turned pretty much everything off i only text on it but it only lasts like 8 hours whats going on with it? Why wont it work for longer?

    • Msalisbury24

      July 17, 2012 at 10:05 pm

      wow your lucky, my phones a week old also and the battery die’s every 3 hours?

    • Eric Ver Linden

      July 19, 2012 at 12:58 am

      Why are you complaining about 8 hours of battery life on a smartphone? Do you realize that smartphones get on average less then 8 hours? More like 5 hours.

  2. bran

    April 21, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    AND where can i buy a more powerful battery??

  3. bran

    April 21, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    i have a EDGE network, how do i get 3G on my phone, doea it depend on where i live to get 3G?

  4. Andy

    April 13, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    Just to clear a common misconception up: changing your background to a dark one (such as black) will not save power on a TFT screen. They are back-lit which means it doesn’t matter what’s on your screen. The backlight brightness (and thus the power drain) is set independently.

  5. hushpuppy

    March 14, 2012 at 9:01 pm


    From a battery life of 3-4 days I suddenly went down to a few hours…..overnight. I hadn’t changed anything, settings, frequency of calls etc. I’ve always been careful to allow the battery to run right down to the red setting before putting the phone on charge, and I never overcharged the batteries. I’ve been advised against that. I don’t interrupt a charging session to take the phone out and use it. Other people do all these things without mishap, but I’ve had this phone for over a year and it’s the first time it has happened. Has the battery just reached it’s sell-by date? Can another battery be obtained? I am on a contract, is it worth waiting until I upgrade?

  6. dannyboi

    March 5, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    i just rooted and got a new rom which makes the battery last 4-5 days.
    simples 🙂

  7. Vi

    February 19, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    HTC Wildfire phone not charging. Only used for one year, any ideas on how to rectify this?

    • Pradeep Neela

      February 20, 2012 at 10:26 am

      check with the hardware issue like battery or charger!

  8. mustafa

    February 8, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    Can any body tell me of a software to stream live cricket?

    • Yogesh Patel

      March 15, 2012 at 2:33 pm

      visit the site or install any Android application which stream live cricket.

  9. vlad

    January 31, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    Hi All, Did anybody encounter the problem with htc wildfire memory storage? It saves only some apps on SD card while most of the apps waste the phone memory. I can’t move them to the card. It is odd that you have only some Mbs free on the phone with your card practically empty at the same time. Can you advise smth?

  10. Hariprasad

    January 26, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    I brought wildfire s moblie. Its giving only 3hours battery backup without making any calls/internet. I followed everything suggested by you. But no use for me. Is it problem with my battery are phone? shall i replace my battery?

    • Pradeep Neela

      February 2, 2012 at 1:00 am

      yes, battery replacement is recommended from us!

  11. Shuunu

    January 25, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    I have the wildfire S , and faced the same problem the very first day I bought it.So I formatted the battery , left it to recharge (not usb) for 12 full hours with the phone turned off.Rrepeated the procedure 3 times (at night).The battery now lasted me for more than 1 day.So I started turning off the internet/gps from the drop-down pannel at the top of the screen.You can do this by dragging the bar with the clock down , and tapping quick-settings.Deactivate all of them , and only activate one at a time , depending what or when you need them.Also the task-manager from the HTC Market seems to help the battery life , you can stop apps left open that run in the background sucking the juice from the phone.Now the battery lasts me 2-3 days , with a few phone calls a day , lots of texting , a little gaming and some internet surfing.I also bought a larger battery , the wildfire s has a 1230 mAh battery , but you can find better ones (1500-1800 mAh) batteries on the internet at cheap prices.After I re-did all of the above , and turned the brightness and turned some background apps off …the phone battery now lasts me 3 whole days off moderate usage before it enters the power saver mode (mine is set on 15%).Hope this helps someone! Good luck and enjoy …It is a great phone !

  12. rohit

    November 28, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    hi..i tried every single method that u told in this article bt still i have to charge my phone 2 times within 24 hours ..? my wifi hotspot disconnect frequently every time i use it..is it normal wid wildfire s or mine having prblm…???//

    • Dhaval Kamble

      November 28, 2011 at 10:13 pm

      wi fi hotspot disconnects due to many reasons like ISP policies, distance between phone and the recipient machine, power management settings on the recipient machine, network coverage, and more. make sure that you maintain steady distance between the phone and recipient machine. WiFi hotspot uses a lot of power and this may result in quick battery draining. Avoid frequent use of WiFi hotspot.

  13. aucomp

    November 23, 2011 at 8:30 am

    I was only getting a max of 16hrs out of the factory.
    Downloaded Advanced Task Killer and My Settings, disabled everything not used every minute.
    Also removed clock from screen and weather updates as I can walk outside to experience the weather.

    I have had smart phones for 10 years and was worried that this was the best phone at the best price with the worst battery life.

    Now gets 3-4 days

    Thanks to Internet forums and blogs like this 🙂

  14. Rajiv Dangale

    November 21, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    I have bought new htc wildfire s. & have to charge my phone every day..
    pls suggest me on that… thanks

    • Dhaval Kamble

      November 21, 2011 at 5:22 pm

      Read the above replies and try those steps to improve battery lasting time.

  15. tasha

    November 14, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    Can you tell me how to turn off HTC Sense, Facebook for HTC Sense, weather ? and how you turn back on? If I turn off the internet would that be automatically turned off? I went to setting-applications-running services-All-facebook for HTC sense-force stop, but now I can’t turn back on? what do I do?

  16. shashank

    November 11, 2011 at 11:07 am

    ok m watng…..nd one more thing my phn lags a bit when i unlock my key pad…….it lags for few seconds ….can u tell me this is common in wildfire s or …?

  17. shashank

    November 11, 2011 at 11:00 am

    how to root wildfire s ….tell me the steps

    • NeaL Pradeep

      November 11, 2011 at 11:03 am

      We will come out with the procedure very soon!

  18. shashank

    November 10, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    my wildfire s internal memory is going low day by day..in 3 days..it comes to 30 mb..plz tell me a simple way to move application to sd card….

    • NeaL Pradeep

      November 11, 2011 at 12:40 am

      you can root the phone and then use apps2sd app!

  19. shenoyjoseph

    October 15, 2011 at 2:25 am

    even every android phone battery will drain fast, better they need to develop more mAh lithium ion batteries for longer life usage 🙂

    • Yogesh Patel

      October 15, 2011 at 9:52 am

      Has to but manufacturer are smart, they slowly moving to higher battery life.

  20. Lohith S

    September 23, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    Hi Dhaval,

    My clock lags a bit in HTC Wildfire S. I have set it to my office time which is shown on the computer. But when viewed after a week or so. I see a 3-4 minute lag on my phone. Has anyone come across this strange thing. Or is it only to me. I am having the standard clock app from HTC.

    • NeaL Pradeep

      September 26, 2011 at 12:06 am

      in the clock settings check and choose the option of use network values!

      • Lohith S

        October 7, 2011 at 3:56 pm

        What if i want to have a 10 Min fast compared to the network time ? which is what i am using now.

        • Jasmine

          February 18, 2012 at 5:02 pm

          I had the same problem with my phone, so what I did was restarted it. Then I set the clocks to the time I wanted and it didn’t lag. I believe the phone may need a reboot every so often to ensure it’s working correctly.

  21. gg

    August 12, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    Where do i put OFF the background data connectivity ?

    • Dhaval

      August 12, 2011 at 7:11 pm

      You will find a setting as ‘Mobile Network’ under ‘Wireless and Networks’ settings, simply disable it. Make sure you follow the rest of the guidelines mentioned in the post. Inform us about the performance after you have made the recommended changes.

      • gg

        August 15, 2011 at 3:04 pm

        the battery lasts 3 days now instead of 1!!! thank yiou so much for all your help. I also did the following:

        Turned off the GPS and maps

        • Dhaval

          August 15, 2011 at 3:10 pm

          Thank you for your appreciation and congratulations.

  22. gg

    August 12, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    i have to charge my phone every day. I do not use phone for internet or facebook and receive and make minimal calls – only few sms’e. I charged it yesterday day at 11:00 in the morning. This morning at 06:00 when I woke up I have to charge again. is this normal?

    • Dhaval

      August 12, 2011 at 2:07 pm

      Hi, may I know what kind of connection are you subscribed with; is it the EDGE network or 3G network? If you are on EDGE network and if you are having the background data connectivity option as ON, then there is a possibility of such a behaviour. On a 3G network this is normally observed among the masses.

      • gg

        August 12, 2011 at 2:45 pm

        I am not familiar with Edge network and do not have 3G. I have a contract phone with Cell C south africa.

        • Dhaval

          August 12, 2011 at 3:12 pm

          Ok, in this case follow the instructions given below:

          – Replace your background wallpaper with the darker wallpaper.
          – Remove all the widgets including the clock widget and music widget from your Home screen. Only keep the power widget active on the screen. Even in absence of clock widget you can view the time as it is displayed on the right hand side top corner.
          – Disable data traffic and auto sync settings.
          – Always set display to LOW settings.

          The suggested talk time for this phone is 5 hrs to 7 hrs. Follow the guide and then let me know if you see any differences or improvements in battery lasting time.

  23. BackDaws

    August 10, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    all i can say is that if you are going to set your wildfire S uo like this then you shouldnt of bought a smart phone, you are basically crippling the phone. Find another site on how to save battery cos this is usless.

    • NeaL Pradeep

      August 10, 2011 at 11:32 pm

      hi, can we know what issues you are facing exactly?

    • Roy Pembeton

      August 20, 2011 at 11:33 pm

      I agree

    • BigFella

      October 16, 2011 at 3:00 pm

      I agree but if you only need these functions occasionally these tips, and the tips on this website to save battery life, regarding turning the various functions on and off are very useful.

      Really if you were using a smart phone to its full extent a Wildfire S wouldn’t be the one you would choose. It is an entry level phone and the higher level phones would be far more suitable. You would then be comparing battery life before purchase.

    • Bigred

      December 6, 2011 at 4:38 pm

      I agree. What’s the point on having a smart phone if you are gonna turn everything off. It defeats the whole purpose of having one in the first place!

  24. amit sharma

    July 30, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    one should also use dark background and similar themes for display.

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