Most companies are increasing the size of phone batteries these days. However, the power-hungry Android devices are also demanding higher output, and battery life issue still tops the complaint charts of the majority of smartphone owners, who are tired of charging the devices on a daily basis.
It may be recalled that the first Android smartphone — the HTC Dream set came with 1150mAh, but it had just a 3.2-inch screen, not requiring much power. Now, Samsung Galaxy S5 sports a 2800mAh battery with a 5.1-inch screen. The average battery capacity has been increasing since 2008, but so has the screen size of smartphones.
Most people don’t want to be told to use less of their phones to increase battery life. So, we’ve come up with a list of simple and painless tips to make your Android device’s battery charge last longer.
1. Make use of the power saving mode
Most Android devices now come with a built-in default power-saving mode. You can either automatically switch on this feature or simply shut down particular apps when you are not using them.
Previously, the stock Android had only been offering battery stats, but after Android Lollipop’s release, battery saving mode became a common feature. Use it.
2. Automate your device
You obviously don’t need your smartphone to sync away all night long, so why not set a bedtime routine so that it automatically stops the data and Wi-Fi connections? There are apps like AutomateIt and Tasker to make doing this easier for you. Set your own rules and save your phone battery.
3. Uninstall or disable apps
Go to Settings > Apps and then flick over to the ‘All’ tab to get the complete list of apps installed on your phone. Whatever apps you don’t use qualify for removal. Sometimes, carriers or service providers and phone manufacturers block users from uninstalling their customized apps. But you still have the option of disabling them.
4. Turn off location services
It’s good to have this service turned on only when you absolutely need it. It is a serious battery eater.
Go to Settings > Location services, and there you will see which services and apps are trying to keep track of you. You can totally turn off or switch to the lower accuracy mode. By doing this, you will save a lot of power.
5. Streamline the device’s home screen
If your home screen display is busy, it will use up more battery power. Make sure you get rid of all those widgets you are not using. In addition, try to reduce the refresh rates. Animation may look nice and all, but remember that all nice things come with a cost. So don’t use live wallpapers.
If your device has an AMOLED display screen, try using a darker background on the home screen and also a dark theme. The screen tech achieves deep blacks by not igniting pixels to emit lights. This way, you can save some power.
6. Tweak the phone’s display settings
Don’t ignore the brightness of your display. It is better to reduce the brightness manually. Keep it as low as comfortable. If you are outdoors, you can simply pull down the notification shade and then adjust the brightness level quickly.
Also, reduce your phone’s display screen time. The quicker your phone screen fades to black, the more battery time you will have on your hands.
7. Don’t use vibration mode
Unless absolutely necessary, try to avoid vibration mode, as some vibrations are not good. Besides shaking up your device, they are a battery killer.
To stop vibration on keypress, go to Settings > Language and select your input in the given options, choosing to ‘Non-vibrate on keypress’. Besides, while using keyboard, you don’t need sound. So, also disable ‘Sound on keypress’ to save power.
To disable the vibration on call ringing go to Settings > Sound and turn uncheck ‘Vibrate when ringing’. In the Vibrate option, turn off vibration mode for SMS and app settings.
8. Turn off social notifications
Seriously, are you the person who loves to hear a notification sound every time someone likes or posts a comment on your Facebook post? Or, maybe you are interested in some latest special offers via some apps?
Remember that the moment you install any mobile app, it automatically gains the right to fire off notifications to you. However, you can stop this by going to Settings > Apps and tap on the particular app. There you will get the needed option in the ‘Show notifications’ box.
9. Reduce/stop auto-sync
Do you really have to check email every five to ten minutes? I’m sure your answer is no, unless you are a freelancer who needs to reply to potential customers on a regular basis. Try to reduce the frequency of syncing updates, and try to use push settings for email if possible.
For all non-essential apps, just stop background syncing and set them to refresh only when you manually start the app. This can be done by going to the settings of the particular app you want to modify.
10. Hibernate/freeze unused apps
It is also good to install Greenify for having a good look at which apps are running and also to automatically hibernate those unused apps to make sure they are not consuming system resources until you want to use them.
For this, you will have to root your mobile device. The process is simple, but it will take you some time to do it correctly if you are new to the process. In case you want to root your device, you should consider using Titanium Backup Pro app to freeze those unwanted apps.
11. Buy an extra battery, a portable charger or a case
Yes, it may sound like an obvious suggestion, but it is always better to keep a spare battery in addition to a portable charger or an extended battery case. These really are sure-fire ways to extend your phone’s battery life.
12. Underclock CPU
If you are a more adventurous type and comfortable with rooting your device, you can simply sweep away all the bloatware and get yourself an optimized custom ROM to save more power. You can also download apps like SetCPU (for root users) and instruct your processor to run at a much slower speed, which in turn will use lesser power. This is an extreme step you can take to conserve power. However, you will see this method will have a tangible impact on your battery life.