How To Extend Your Android Phone’s Battery Life
With everything we use our phones for, it’s vital that the battery lasts. Here are 7 tips how to extend your Android phone’s battery.
Published: Wednesday, November 2nd 2016
We love our phones. They're our source of entertainment, creativity, and a vital tool in conducting business. But, while smartphones have become the Swiss Army knives of the 21st century, one thing that they haven't perfected is battery life.
If you have an android phone, then you know that, thanks to the larger screen sizes and the variety of phones available from a multitude of OEMs (original equipment manufacturers), your battery isn't always guaranteed to make it through the day.
7 Tips To Extend The Life Of Your Android Battery
Here are a few tips to help you get some extra juice out of your Android phone's battery:
If these don't help (they should), then you could also try installing an app to help optimise your battery life.
- Lower your screen brightness. The brighter your screen, the more battery power is needed to keep it on.
- Turn off things you don't use all the time. Do you really need your Bluetooth and GPS / location based services, wi-fi and NFC on all the time?
- Turn on battery saver. This limits unnecessary syncing between your apps and their servers. This means that they'll only sync when you open them. It also lowers brightness, limits vibration, and stops background data.
- Close apps when you're not using them. If you merely exit the app without closing it, it continues to run in the background.
- Turn off live wallpapers. They might look cool but they use a fair amount of battery power.
- If your Android phone is running Android 6.0 (Marshmallow), then you already have Doze built into the software. Doze is a Google feature which effectively shuts down all unnecessary notifications on your phone while you're not using it, thereby optimising battery life.
- Turn off auto-updates on your apps. This might seem like a minor thing, but updating your apps takes battery power. Saving every little bit you can could make the difference between your phone surviving until you get home or not.
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Apps To Help Save Battery Life
A few of the top-rated ones on Google's Play Store are:
This app allows you to automate "hibernating" apps, which use a ton of battery power. This, essentially, puts them to sleep and only syncs these selected apps with the server when you open them. If you're using a phone that has Google's Doze included, then Greenify also piggybacks on that functionality. This thanks to its Aggressive Doze feature which starts your phone hibernating within a few minutes after you stop using it. It also offers Shallow Hibernation, which suspends background functions without actually stopping them.
Go Battery Saver and Power Widget
This app has preset battery saver modes - General, Super and Extreme - which each have their own level of battery-saving capabilities.
General mode will leave your network on and change your brightness to Auto Brightness (if it's not already set to that).
Super mode will switch your network off and decrease your brightness.
Extreme mode will essentially convert your smartphone into a smart brick ... but at least it will be on.
Avast Battery Saver
Avast has preset profiles which you can adjust to suit your preferences. This makes optimising your battery life as easy as opening the app and selecting a profile.
It has a clean interface which makes everything easy to do.
If all else fails, make sure to get a great powerbank (the Xiaomi MiBank is a great one) or a battery case for your phone.
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