How to Fix Data Drops on your Motorola Droid Bionic

by: AlexanderJanuary 31, 2012
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So we waited a very long time before we finally got our hands on the Droid Bionic last September we also paid quite a bit for it, and a lot of us have seen problems or defects with our Bionics. The most popular one is the data signal dropping and not always coming back – sometimes having to restart your device to get it back. Well after some testing I have found out the problem as to why our Bionics are losing data signal.

In the Droid Bionic, Motorola added a feature called Battery mode, and by default it is set to “Nighttime Saver” which turns off data between 10pm and 7am, and also turns off data after 15 minutes of inactivity and a lot of the time the only way to get it back on is by rebooting your Bionic. So here’s what we do:

  • Go into Settings
  • Go down to Battery & Data Manager
  • Select Battery Mode
  • Then select Performance Mode (As shown in the image above)

I did that two days ago and I have not dropped a data signal on my Bionic since. If this doesn’t solve the problem for you, you may want to call *611 from your device and talk to Verizon tech support. They will either send you out a replacement or a different phone. Lately people have been getting the Droid Razr as a replacement.

Hit up the comments and tell us how much these data signal drops are annoying you, also let us know if this worked for you.

  • Jh

    Bionic is shit i have been using it now since it came out and its only getting worse come on moto, verizon, google get your shit together

    • Have you contacted Verizon’s tech support? They will replace it, and lately they have been replacing them with newer phones like the HTC Rezound, Galaxy nexus, and the Droid razr.

      • Rich

        Probably a dumb question but do you need to be on warranty to get a phone replacement? I have a Bionic that is okay but the data drops and BSOD are getting more frequent it seems like. Thx

  • Abragar

    The question here is, how do you get your Bionic to show 83% battery? Mine only works in increments of 10%.

    • I actually rooted it, and deodexed my ROM then flashed a mod that will allow it to show in 1% increments, and lastly I used ROM Toolbox (from the market) to change the battery icon in the status bar.

  • Jason Babler12

    I have been running my Bionic in performance mode since I got it the day it came out. I have not experienced as many data issues as others have suggested. I do occasionally have an issue that is sometimes fixed by re-booting; sometimes I just put it back in my pocket and next time I go to use it I have data connection. I believe Verizon has been working on 4g LTE in my area as well and I have chalked up some of the issues to that. All in all I have been very happy with my Bionic.

  • Mph100 Jm

    You can also overclock, raise the voltage vsel it will get that data performance o man it’s a different BIONIC!

  • Tim Yoder

    Over the past 2 weeks my data connection has been fine running my custom mode (off peak 11:30-6:45; turn off data after 30 min; peak hours turn off data after 45). My 4G kicks off as it shuld but comes back on immediately. The fix for me was to stop turning off my 4G antenna. My phone is still running software 5.5.886 asnd Verizon has no idea why. My options are a full reset or they’ll send a replacement in order to get 5.5.893 or the new 5.9.902. I’m curious what software others are running.

    • I’ve got the 5.5.893, the .901 was sent out by mistake so not many people have it. And the .902 update isn’t official yet, just leaked.

  • I’m on stock (rooted tho) and applied 901 but rolled back to 893. I have data “drops” – which seem mostly to be bad handoffs from ap to ap and ap to 3g and so on- but use widgetsoid to toggle data off and on and generally am back up and running… So, yeah, I admit there is a problem but I wouldn’t trade what I consider to be good battery life and a really responsive phone for anything else out there at the moment… And I leave the power saving features ON – at night data is set to stop sooner and during the day it is set for like 30 minutes. This may be causing me more problems than not as far as data but a quick toggle and I’m off and running… I use my phone moderately to heavy and am good from 8am to 8pm generally before needing to put phone on charger.