Smartphone batteries don’t last forever, and some devices have an almost-embarrassing screen-on time. Those big, luscious AMOLED and LCD screens and taxing apps are an obvious drain on your battery, but there are lots of things you can do behind-the-scenes to make your Android last longer.
A number of factors have conspired to reduce gadget endurance over the past several years. Thinner designs with less room for batteries, larger and brighter screens, faster quad-core processors, more software that runs in the background, and power-hungry GPS radios all share responsibility.
Many phones still can’t make it through a day without being plugged in. This may not be a problem for you if you’ve got one of the Android phones with the best battery life, but many people are often left with a dead battery, wondering how they can extend battery life on their phones. Here are a few tips and tricks that’ll help you out!
1. Adjust Screen Brightness
Most people choose to use the ‘Auto’ setting, which automatically adjusts the brightness to match the situation. As convenient as auto brightness can be, it can have a negative impact on battery life. If you really want to stretch your phone battery life, the approach that makes the most impact is to lower your screen’s brightness.
The display is practically the most power hungry component of a phone and lowering brightness can help you make the most out of the battery. If your phone has an AMOLED screen, use a dark-coloured background. Black wallpaper can increase battery life because AMOLED screens only illuminate the coloured pixels. Black pixels are unlit, so less power is needed to light them up.
You can also further reduce the screen time-out clock. This way the screen will automatically shut down faster without manually having to power it off.
2. Shut Down Unnecessary Radios
It’s great that today’s phones have LTE, NFC, GPS, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth, but do you really need all five activated 24 hours per day? WiFi is a big one. When you’re not connected to a WiFi network, your phone will continuously search for one. You’ve probably seen the “WiFi networks nearby” notification. Simply disabling WiFi when you’re away from the places you usually use WiFi can save battery life.
If you don’t use a Bluetooth headset then it makes sense to keep Bluetooth always turned off. GPS can be turned off when not using the navigation feature of the phone.
3. Kill Background Apps
Closing the app by pressing the back or home buttons is not enough; the app may continue to run in the background and drain battery power. You should access your device’s recent and background apps and shut them down manually. This will usually ensure they are not running in the background and using battery power.
4. Ditch Fancy Widgets and Live Wallpapers
Yes, we all love the attractive live wallpapers, motion sensing perspective wallpapers along with auto-updating widgets for weather, stocks or news. But while these are good to look at and make things easy for us, they also suck in a lot of background power. Internet-based widgets like weather and news frequently synchronize in the background, ultimately using up your power. When longer battery life is your priority, these shenanigans have to go. When you switch to Battery Saving mode that comes by default on Android, you’ll notice unwanted animations and graphics are paused along with haptic feedback like vibration and sound. This is done so that no unnecessary power is wasted.
5. Explore Battery Saving Features Of Your Phone
All ROMs, whether stock Android, OEM UIs such as TouchWiz, or custom ROMs like CyanogenMod, have various settings on the menu to help conserve battery consumption. HTC has Extreme Power Saving Mode, Samsung has Ultra Power Saving Mode, Sony has STAMINA mode and so on.
It’s also worth noting that Doze Mode comes pre-installed on all devices running Marshmallow and above. You don’t need to do anything to use the new doze feature and basically, there are no switches or settings to activate or deactivate it. Doze mode works in the background and puts your phone in hibernation mode when it lies unused for a longer duration.
BONUS – Turn-off Auto Sync
Apps such as Gmail, Twitter, calendar, constantly refresh themselves to offer the latest information. This is required if you just cannot afford to miss important information, but also takes a toll on battery life.
Go to Settings – Google account and turn off auto-sync for apps you don’t need constantly updated.
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