How much battery does FlexiSPY use?

How much battery does FlexiSPY use?

When you install FlexiSPY on to a TARGET device the software, by default, uploads data according to several timers as well as the connection method chosen.  Inside your online portal you can easily turn features on or off or choose to upload data just by wifi or other connection method to help you conserve battery life on the TARGET device.

This article will discuss the following topics:

  • What features may cause battery drain?
  • How much battery does FlexiSPY use?
  • Choosing the correct delivery method

What features may cause battery drain?

This is entirely dependent on which activities you’re monitoring, the total activity generated by the target user, how often you check GPS location or use SpyCall, and how often you choose to report the data.

If you have turned off all logging and only using FlexiSPY for live listening via SpyCall, this feature does not use Internet data but will use the same amount of battery as any other phone call would. If you use SpyCall to listen to the phone’s surroundings a total of three hours in a day, the target battery will be reduced by the same 3 hours of talk time any other calls would use. SpyCall is an ordinary phone call for the target phone; it simply masks the call from your Monitor number by immediately answering without ringing, or showing any indication that your SpyCall has connected. But it is a phone call that will use the same amount of battery as any other phone call would.

How much battery does FlexiSPY use?

FlexiSPY itself uses little battery power as it runs quietly in the background, waiting only to capture the activity you’re monitoring, but the more you do with the software the more resources you will use.

  • Location tracking

If for example you frequently check Location and report the data in real time, this can have a noticeable effect on the battery. GPS requires additional power to turn on, and checking it every few minutes requires constant juice. We recommend configuring the software to only check location in real time when you actively need it. Checking location every 30 or 60 minutes will impact the battery far less. Location settings may be changed from your dashboard at any time.

Please see the article here for more information on how to set up GPS tracking effectively.

  • The report timer

The Report Timer determines how often FlexiSPY opens an Internet connection to report your data. Small amounts of data such as text and call logs will not keep the connection open for long periods of time. But if you choose to report your data in real time (immediately after each event is captured), this may hold an Internet connection open almost continually for an active user. If you’re also capturing lots of pictures, video clips or audio, this type of media can add up to much more data and require more power to upload the files. The default Report Timer settings upload data only once per hour, or after 500 items have been captured. This is a balance between convenience and conserving resources, although the Report Timer settings can be changed within the dashboard at any time.

Please see our KB article here for more information on how to use the FlexiSPY report timer.

Choosing the correct delivery method

All versions of FlexiSPY have the ability to capture many types of data. However, you can selectively choose just those activities you want to monitor, and turn off capturing for things you’re not interested in. The fewer activities you’re capturing, the smaller the footprint FlexiSPY will need.

Additionally, FlexiSPY may also use Wi-Fi access to upload the data. Even better, you may configure the report timer to use Wi-Fi only. For example, if the phone is connected to a Wi-Fi network at home, work or school every day, you may not need to use any data from the mobile carrier plan at all. Wi-Fi not only uses less battery power than a 3G data connection, but many users are also plugged in and charging their phone when using Wi-Fi at home, a coffee shop or similar.

FlexiSPY is a powerful application that gives you choices in how much data to monitor and how often it should be reported. Monitoring everything and reporting in real time requires prolonged battery use, but FlexiSPY is also fully configurable as to how often the Internet is used, which apps and activities are tracked, and if it should use 3G, Wi-Fi only or both. Some target users may not have so much data, but how much power it takes is ultimately up to how you use it.