Android devices are getting smarter, faster, bigger brighter screens. But it comes at the expense of draining precious battery charge. But even now for an average user, it is still difficult to go on without recharging for more than a day or two.
Of lately, some advancements were made in battery technology to hold more charge for a longer period and faster recharging. But it will still take time for these batteries to be available on a commercial scale. Till then, here are some steps that you can follow to extend battery life on your Android device.
Some battery saving tips for Android devices
Shut down unwanted processes
Android is a multitasking OS, which enables users to run multiple applications at the same time. Since these applications are capable of running in the background without disturbing the currently opened application, most users tend not to worry about closing an application before opening a new one. This can lead to situations where multiple applications are running in the background at any given time. These individual applications need processing power which drains battery power.
To save battery, close these unwanted applications. Go to device settings. Check for the open Apps under Battery, Go through the list and close the application that is not needed to run in the background. You can also go to Apps section and Force Stop the application that is not needed.
Remove Unwanted Apps
With so many free Apps available in Google Play Store, it is understandable when users install Apps to give a try. Over a period of time, you may have collected a lot of Apps that you don’t use anymore.
Remove these unused Apps. It not only prevents these Apps from running in the background but also frees up RAM and card space.
Turn Off 3G/4G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
3G/4G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are technologies that drain a lot of charge from your battery. It is difficult to turn off 3G/4G and Wi-Fi when you depend on live notifications and instant messages. Bluetooth can be turned off if you don’t use Bluetooth device or not transferring any files.
Turn off 3G/4G and Wi-Fi when you don’t need to be notified or when you go to sleep. You can also resort to the practice of checking your messages only at certain intervals and turning it off for rest of time. Avoid using Bluetooth devices as much as possible. If it is for file transfer, try a wired transfer using USB if you have that option.
The brightness of the screen is another major for increased battery drain. You may reduce it by simply reducing the brightness. Instead of selecting the ‘auto’ option for screen brightness, manually use the slider to adjust the brightness which is comfortable for you. Reducing brightness goes a long way in improving battery life.
Turn off GPS or Location service
GPS can easily drain your battery fast. Turn off the location service, unless you want to use your Android as GPS.
Turn Off Notifications
Apart from notifications from your email or chat App, there might be other Apps in your device which constantly send notifications such as ads or renewal notifications. If these Apps are capable of sending notifications, it means they are running in the background draining battery power. Find which App is sending these notifications. Then go to the App Info and uncheck the ‘Show Notification’ box.
Use Power Saving Mode
Some manufacturers may include power saving mode included in their device, just like the power options in Windows. Check if your Android have any such features. These options may have the inbuilt feature which automatically reduces screen brightness and only allow the essential background process and basic features to run.
Carry a spare Battery which can be externally charged
This is for those who are heavy Android users who need to have it constantly running for professional or personal reasons. The easiest way is to keep a spare battery which can be swapped when the other runs out of charge. It is better that these batteries can be charged externally. Go for a high-quality external battery pack.
Turn off the device
Hilarious…right. Not at all. Assume you don’t have enough battery power and you are not sure if it may last long enough to attend that one important phone call the next morning. Just turn off the device. By turning it off, you are making sure the battery is not drained by an unknown resource in the device. Turning off is also recommended for those who don’t want to be reachable at a certain time.
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