Getting more out of less – perhaps it seems to be the right way of the world right now. Actually, there’s only so much of anything and we want to make it to end, right? So, asking like – can we get more life out of our phones? Can we make them run longer? So that, we don’t have to charge them often and don’t get stuck without them?
The answer is an unquestionable YES, but it’s still up for discussion that how much more we can get out of a phone battery. So, no matter- how long your phone’s battery life lasts. Still, there are ways that you can definitely make it last longer.
So, here are top 9 proven & tested tips to extend your Android’s battery life.
Limit Apps Running in the Background:
Any app that is running in the background is using processing power of your device. That means, it’s draining electricity from the battery. Very often, when we “close” an app we aren’t really closing it and exiting it out properly. It just sits there in the background, running continuously, checking for commands, watching your fingers tap and goodness only knows what else. Fortunately, Android is pretty good at managing these apps and automatically closing out ones that aren’t used for a long period of time. So, you just want total control.
But, how do you kill those power-sapping apps? You could use any kinds of app killer, but it’s a bit of polemic. I hope you will be agree with this that – If, the apps that you actually use frequently and killing it all the time will consume more energy. Because, naturally it takes more energy to start it from scratch and instead of just firing it up while it’s still the device’s RAM.
Don’t worry, here the built-in method instead – that’s why I’ve called Android pretty good.
On Non-Samsung Android Devices: Simply tap the multitasking button and swipe the offending apps to the side. But, some manufacturers have a Kill All button of some kind along the bottom of the screen. On Samsung devices, the process is a little different.
On Samsung Android Devices: Press and hold the Home button on your Android Smartphone or if you’re on latest device like Samsung S5, simply tap on the multitasking button where the menu button used to be.
Then, you’ll also see a button that looks like a pie-chart. Just tap on the pie-chart and now tap on the Active applications button at the top of the screen. The list of all the active applications on your phone (like in the picture above). Now, to kill any of them, just tap on the End button. Instantly, a warning screen will ask you to continue because it may cause errors. But it’s just simple odds that’s happening.
Now, it’s Sync System:
Apps like email and contacts that you allow to continuously run, but doubtlessly you can save battery life by tweaking these apps. From phone settings, you can change how often they sync with your email services. Default is in every 5 minutes, but may be you only really need it to sync every 30 minutes. Elsewhere, change what is synced. It’s like you have just eliminated surfing of some websites in terms of power savings, when it is done.
Yes it is that you need to do. Tap on Settings and then Accounts, after that select the account you want to adjust. Here, we’re adjusting what Google services are synced (in the picture above). I don’t use Google+ on my Android smartphone, so why should I sync it?
Only Use what You Need:
All major phone functions like WI-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS consume battery power when running. When you’re somewhere and there’s no WI-Fi, or you aren’t using Bluetooth or GPS. You know – these services are repeatedly searching for routers, closer Bluetooth devices and GPS satellites – whether these things are available or not. So, why should you keep them on? Just turn them off!
Swipe from the top of your screen to see the all the functions like WI-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC and suchlike. If the function is highlighted, that means it is on. Simply tap it to turn it off and try turning on the Power Saving Mode, if it is available on your device. Some newer devices likely have a Quick Settings panel icon on right corner of the notification bar that is three squares with an arrow-like, shown below on the picture (on Samsung device). If all else fails, head into the Main Settings menu.
Your phone constantly try to find a cell tower to which it can connect. As a result, it takes a tremendous amount of energy from your battery! And when you’re in an area out of cell service, it will try harder and takes more. You may try and I assure you, the phone will die in a few hours!
The app Location Services can use a combination of GPS satellites and wireless networks to estimate your location. So, if you don’t need to be aware about locations, shut the services off for your Android phone (like the picture above). Go into Settings, then More and then Location Services. Now, uncheck the box that reads Access to my location.
Keep It Dark:
Your phone uses power to run programs and services, we’ve already proved that. Now, the screen that is the bigger consumer of energy. Phone screen takes a lot of power, even from a touchscreen. By adjusting the brightness of your screen to be just a few notches lower. But, you can add many precious minutes to your battery run time easily.
Change the brightness by swiping down from the top of the screen to show the brightness bar. Now Uncheck the Auto box, and slide the slider to select your preferred balance of brightness and power saving.
Another tip is to use a simple black screen for your lock and main screen. But, this works only for AMOLED (Active-Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode) screens which most of Android devices have. The screens light up different pixels with one of 3 colors (red, green, and blue) to create the impression of a specific color. And when the device wants to show a certain shade of black – it simply does not light up any pixels. Here’s a close-up of an AMOLED screen.
You can download and use dark and semi-dark wallpaper on your lock screen and home screen or both.
Reduce the time for your screen to automatically turn off. Though it can be different but you can set it. If it’s set to 5 minutes, maybe set it to 1 – that’s a dramatic saving right there.
It’s true, live wallpapers and screen widgets suck energy like a bloodsucker. By constantly changing, they are constantly turning pixels on and off and using power. If you want to save power, don’t use them… just don’t.
If it’s possible, don’t use flash or LED light on your Android phone. Because your battery loses more power, if you turn it on and leave it for any length of time.
Stop Phone’s Motion:
Another massive power sucker is the vibrating motor in Android Devices. Electric motors are terribly inefficient with power usage. Even having to create motion against friction also wasting some energy as heat. So, if you don’t need vibrations on – just turn them off.
If it’s cool or warm:
May be you don’t know that temperature can affect the life of a battery. Of course there’s something you can do about it. Just don’t allow you battery to get too hot or too cold.
Being cold increases the battery’s internal resistance to electricity flow, which decreases the battery’s capacity or run time. Other hand, heat decreases internal resistance that causes undue wear and tear on the battery. Often being in warm temperatures will break down the battery and it will take less and less of a charge that decreases the run time. Sooner or later the battery will just completely fail. Living room temperature is an ideal operating temperature for batteries.
Yes, Bigger is better:
There’s only so much energy you can squeeze out of the battery that came with your Android device. So, if you can’t fit more fuel in the tank – get a bigger tank! Yes, there are many types of battery boosting packs out there. Some of these also act as a phone case, for this you don’t have to carry two devices. Even you could easily double or triple your run-time on a full charge with some of these special battery boosters.
Plug-in and Fill it up:
Plug your Android in to charge, whenever you can. That’s old story about how you should drain a battery completely before recharging. Actually it just isn’t true for the batteries you’ll find in modern electronics. Generally you can top it up anytime and not damage your battery at all.
So far, this doesn’t necessarily add battery life to your Android. It can simply make the difference between having a phone you can use and an expensive paperweight.
Switch it off:
I know, this is not the answer you are looking for. But isn’t it true? When your phone is completely off – the draw on the battery is very little. So, unless you’re expecting an emergency call in the middle of the night, you can turn it off when you go to bed.
That’s all, i have got to share about the tips to extend your Android’s battery life. Applying any combination of these power saving measures is going to make a difference to how long your Android will run on battery power. It’s like driving a car – the more you learn about how it works, the better and more proficiently you can use it.
Hope, you will find something helpful from these tips to extend your Android’s battery life. Let me know with comment, from which tips you get the most out of? Or if you know any other battery savings idea for Android – Let us know, we’re all in this together here.