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NFC may have been one of the features a lot of people were excited about on the Nokia Lumia 920 but some users are now thinking it may actually be more trouble than its worth. Recent tests suggests that the NFC-capability is contributing to the Nokia Lumia 920’s terrible battery life.

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Nokia Lumia 920 users are reporting inconsistent life on their Windows Phone 8 device; some are saying they’re able to last barely half a day while others chugged along just fine. After some tests, the NFC feature has been identified as one of the possible culprits for this. WPCentral reports:

“We had a few suggestions to disable the NFC to improve battery performance. Yesterday, with NFC enabled, my Lumia 920’s battery only lasted six hours before drying up.  The 920 also got warm throughout the morning. Today, after disabling the NFC the Lumia had 62% battery life remaining after ten hours and I didn’t experience any warm spells.

“Just out of curiosity, I enabled the NFC a few minutes ago and sure enough, the back of the Lumia 920 became warm and battery life started to fade. In the matter of ten minutes the battery meter went from 62% to 59%.”

The report admits that the test was in no way scientific. However, Nokia Lumia 920 users experiencing issues have nothing to lose by trying to disable their NFC to see if it improves their battery life.

We’re currently awaiting a response from Nokia and Microsoft regarding the issue. Be sure to check back for more updates.

Are you experiencing battery problems with your Nokia Lumia 920? Did turning off the NFC make any difference? Let us know in the comments below!

  1. It’s not the NFC, it’s Nokia Drive running in the background. Go Settings > Applications Tab > background tasks, and block Nokia Drive. Battery life doubled

  2. It could be both. NFC contributes to the phone heating up, as soon as I disabled NFC my phone cooled down, it is usually warm on the upper half, that’s more likely to be the culprit of battery drain, although it doesn’t hurt to disable background tasks, especially Nokia Drive since it’s suspect.

  3. The issue could also be with whatever they are using to monitor battery level. Today I noticed that My battery dropped like a rock in less than 2 hours from 68% to 23% with minimal usage. NFC was already turned off and so was cellular data. Nokia drive was already blocked from running in the background. I rebooted the phone and the reading jumped to 43%.

  4. Turned off NFC, Bluetooth and not much happened–battery continued to drain rapidly. Turned off Nokia Drive and battery dramatically retained power. My money is on Nokia Drive as the battery drainer, too. BTW, called Nokia and they suggested turning off Wifi, but when I turned that off the battery continued to drain rapidly. I don’t think that’s the source–it’s Nokia Drive.

  5. Battery life on this thing is awesome. Can’t complain about 14 hours. Charges incredibly fast too. (wi-fi and Bluetooth enabled) I stream music for an hour or two typically and have emails sync as quickly as possible. Btw, it helps a lot if you connect to WI-FI as often as possible–draws a lot less power. Keep in mind this is an LTE device. Anybody thinking they just got a defective device? That’s also a possibility.

  6. This can be easily fixed with a software patch by Nokia. It’s not a big deal. For starters, NFC isn’t like bluetooth or WiFi. Its a VERY low power radio. It only transmits a few centimeters – whereas Bluetooth and WiFi transmit up to a few hundred feet. As a fix, they can disable the NFC radio completely while the phone is locked or idle. A quick-toggle could also be added to the drop down menu to turn it on/off, if the Lumina has battery issues.

    People tend to jump to conclusions about battery, and for good reason (GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth) as the new multi-radio chipsets do require a lot of power. Howerver, NFC simply doesn’t belong in that category as it is a micro-transmitter – and is FAR more secure because it transmits a very short distance.

    Expect good things to start to appear with NFC over the next year. It’s going to change the way we interact with the world around us. Mobile payment is only a small piece of what NFC will usher in. Nokia/Windows were smart to add it to the phones.

  7. I am having battery issues as well. Red Nokia 920. I unplugged my phone this morning at about 7:30AM. Used it to answer a few emails. It was connected via bluetooth in my ride to work (about an hour). Used the Nokia Maps to find a way around traffic (possibly 30 minutes). And I surfed the web for maybe a total of 15 minutes in total. Having read some other posts, I disabled NFC, disabled all programs from running in the background (that it is possible to disable), and I always hit the back button repeatedly before I sleep the phone to be sure nothing is running. It is now 12:17 (so just shy of 5 hours of total “on” time). My battery is at 50% and says 5hrs remaining and 4 hours since last charge. I have had the phone now for a little more than a week. It has yet to make it through the work day; generally it dies just as I am returning home. Obviously, the battery saver would string that along, but I don;t want to manually check for email. Of note, is that I do not have very good cell coverage in my office. However, I get similar battery life on the weekends when I am in excellent LTE service.

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