As technology keeps improving, the list of what your phone can do keeps getting longer and longer. Your phone is now an integral part of your life, as it lets you keep in touch with your family and friends and helps you keep track of your work and even socialize on the go. It also probably contains your favorite songs, videos, photos and even games that you browse through to pass the time.
If you’re a power user, it’s probably not uncommon for your phone to be out of juice by the end of the day. In this brief guide, we’re going to show you how to get the most out of your battery without cutting back on time you spend on your device.
Tips to Improve Android Battery Life
Battery Saving Apps
An easy way to save your battery is to get a battery saving app. Battery saving apps tinker (automatically or manually) with your device screen settings and network settings to save power. May it be your workplace or home where you’ve WiFi connectivity available or while travelling when your apps retrieve information via your mobile data plan or day or night time when the brightness needs to be adjusted to maximize the battery output – these apps adapt intelligently to make sure your device adjusts automatically to a given set of factors.
They also let you set things like a sleep schedule that powers off your device when you’re not going to be using it. The Easy Battery Saver app is one of the highest rated (and reviewed) apps on the Google Play store. We’ve tried it out and find it to be pretty handy.
Some battery saver apps also come with task killer functionality. They let you kill tasks that are using your battery and (theoretically) speed up your device too. Battery doctor is one such app that will save your battery and let you kill tasks too.
Read more about the Merits of Task Killer Apps on Android.
Lower Brightness and Change Other Display Settings
You’ll be surprised by how much battery you can save by reducing the brightness on your device. Brightness can be lowered by going to the Settings > Display > Brightness menu. You might also want to turn off auto-brightness settings. If you are going to be at home or in your office all day, away from bright sunlight, this is a step you really should follow.
To extend the battery on your device further, you can get a brightness control app. The Screen Filter app, for example, places a semi transparent shade on your device screen to get the brightness to reduce further. Apart from saving your battery, it can help you avoid eye strain when you read articles or books.
If you use flashy wallpapers, with effects, you will save battery life by using a plain and dark one. The same rule applies with screensavers – simpler is better, at least where battery life is concerned. Another great way to conserve battery is to change existing sleep settings. Instead of letting your screen power off after 20 seconds of inactivity, consider changing it to 10 seconds.
Kill and Uninstall Redundant Apps
Android lets you view which app is using how much of your battery. To view these statistics, navigate to the Battery menu in device settings. Here, you can kill processes that you are not using currently but are still operating in the background (and using the battery). Also consider uninstalling apps that you don’t use but still work in the background and drain your battery all day.
Disable Bluetooth and Wi-Fi
You will save a lot of battery if you disable device Wi-Fi and the Bluetooth when you’re not using these services. If it’s too much of a bother turning your Wi-Fi on and off all the time, use the Airplane mode on your device – it is available in Wireless and Networks settings.
Toggle Location Based Services
Turning off location based services will also prolong your battery life by a good amount. Location based services work either through GPS, through cellular networks and Wi-Fi or through a combination of device GPS, cellular networks and Wi-Fi (high accuracy mode).
If you need location based services and don’t think turning them off is a good idea, you can either set your device to use just GPS or just local Wi-Fi and cellular networks.
Your device will use the least battery if you set it to use just Wi-Fi and cellular networks to calculate your location (battery saving mode). It will use slightly more battery if you set it to use GPS (device only mode) and the most battery if you set it to use all three: GPS, Wi-Fi and cellular networks (high accuracy mode). You can access modes through the Settings > Location menu.
So, till such time that we have phones with batteries that can last several days despite the optimum usage, using these tips will ensure your Android stays juiced up much long. Implementing even a few of these methods should help you extend the battery life of your phone significantly.