Samsung Galaxy S3 won't hold a charge past 31%

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Hi there! My Samsung Galaxy S3 won't hold a charge past 31% as on this past Sunday. No matter what charger I use, it will not go over 31. a couple of times I turned it off and charged it or on airplane mode and it went to 100, then the second I unplugged it, it went down to 70%, then quickly to 20. Like within a minute. I installed and antivirus but that did nothing. I've restarted, removed the battery, etc. It's not like an eventual drain either, it was holding about 9 hours of charge until this!
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Batteries don't last forever and eventually need to be replaced. If you've had this phone longer than a year then you're going to need to replace the battery at your own cost. If it's been less than one year then you may be able to get it replaced using the warranty. Doing so means sending your phone into warranty repair and using a loaner phone while you wait.


Check out ebay, you can normally get a replacement battery for under 20$

I'm sure other community members will have suggestions too.
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You can replace the battery fairly inexpensively, like Chad said.

Or... You can put the S3 out to pasture and get yourself something more worthwhile since it's quite an old device. I recommend either the G3 or Moto X Play.
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Thanks both, the thing is that when I've had phone batteries go before, it was gradual, whereas this was literally overnight going from holding a charge for a day to barely anything
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That's the nature of battery death, there is not set rules to how it finally dies.

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