How to improve Android phone battery life
1. Don’t use adaptive/auto brightness
Don’t use display auto-brightness. It may sound useful, but auto-brightness is usually way brighter than you really need. It’s better to manually set the brightness to a level that is low but comfortable, and bump it up when necessary. This is one of the best ways to improve your battery life, because the screen is one of the biggest battery suckers.
2. Select A shorter screen timeout setting saves battery
Set your display’s screen timeout to as short a time as is practical for you. Just think, if your screen timeout is set to a minute, it’ll use four times more power than if it were set to 15 seconds.
Studies report the average Smartphone user turns their Smartphone on 150 times a day, so the difference between a long screen timeout and short one soon adds up. Reducing it will help keep your battery running for longer.
3. Only use original batteries
Only use original batteries or respected third party manufacturer batteries. Saving a few bucks on a battery that might damage your beloved smart-phone is a poor choice indeed, and may also deliver sub-standard battery performance.
4. Black wallpaper can save battery
Black wallpaper can save your battery because AMOLED screens only illuminate the colored pixels. If your phone have an AMOLED screen (like Samsung devices), use a dark-colored background. Black pixels are unlit, so the more black pixels you have, or the more darker pixels, the less power is needed to light them up.
5 Use Power saving modeandUltra power Saving mode
Samsung has Ultra Power Saving Mode, Sony has stamina mode and so on. Find these various options for your device and ROM and make them work for you.
Power Saving mode minimizes battery usage to extend battery life and is divided by 2 modes of Power saving mode and Ultra power
- Power saving mode: Activate power-saving mode and change the settings for power saving mode.
- Ultra power saving mode: Extend standby time and reduce battery consumption by displaying a simpler layout and allowing limited access to an app.
6. Your phone doesn’t have to be smart all the time
Turn off smart features like air gestures and smart scrolling, especially if you have a Samsung. Unless you really use these features every day, they’re just using battery power for no reason.
7. Use Greenify
Unlike many Android apps that claim to optimize performance and improve battery life, Greenify actually works. Greenify allows you to put other apps into hibernation when they aren’t in use, preventing them from operating in the background.
This frees up system resources and boosts battery performance, but requires a bit of thought. For Greenify to be effective you can’t just hibernate every installed app. But since there are a lot of Android apps that perform actions you don’t know about, or necessarily want, this is a useful tool.
8.Use lock screen notifications
Lock screen notifications can also help save you battery life, especially if your phone has an AMOLED screen. This is because you can see your notifications at a glance without having to turn your whole screen on. This is especially useful if you get lots of notifications that aren’t worth following up on immediately. Lock screen notifications come standard on Android Lollipop.
If you’re using Android KitKat, try using lock screen widgets or notifications if your ROM supports them, or install an app that does it for you like Dynamic Notifications. You’ll be able to get basically all your content without having to unlock your phone fully and navigating around. You’ll still need to light your whole screen up, but you’ll have it on for much less time than normal.
Switch off vibrate. Unless you really need that added awareness, turn off vibration alerts for incoming calls. It actually takes more power to vibrate your phone than it does to ring it. Turn off haptic feedback too (that buzz you get from typing on the keyboard). Sure it feels cool, but it doesn’t really add anything to your experience, and it’s another battery drainer.
10.Set your ‘Do Not Disturb’ or ‘sleep’ schedule
Set sleep times or blocking mode to switch off Wi-Fi and mobile data when you don’t need them. If your phone is basically off limits at work, set your device to not ring, vibrate or connect to the internet while you’re at work. Many phones have a Do Not Disturb setting for just this purpose.
Likewise, you can set your phone to airplane mode when you’re asleep or use sleep or blocking modes to set up limits for what your phone does during certain times of the day, whether that’s while you’re asleep, at work or in a meeting. Cool apps such as IFTTT let you create rules that can help you save battery life too.
Turn off GPS, Bluetooth, NFC, Wi-Fi and mobile data whenever you don’t need them. Turning off location data, or changing your Location settings to use Wi-Fi or 3G data rather than GPS works perfectly well.
12. Don’t use a fake charger
You can’t change the laws of physics, but you can reduce the damage it receives on a day to day basis in the course of regular use. You just need to be aware of a few simple things like the temperature and the level of charge on your phone. Here’s a checklist you should keep in mind, to keep your batteries healthy for as long as possible.
You can get a knockoff charger on the road for Rs. 50, and use it to charge a phone you paid more than Rs. 50,000 for, but we’d advice against it unless you’re willing to risk damaging your battery or, worse, actual injury. That’s ensuring that customers use original chargers.
13. Don’t leave the phone on the charger all night
While charging your phone overnight will probably not damage it, there is a chance that it is hurting your battery life, and since you don’t need to have the phone at 100 percent at the end of each charge, you’re better off unplugging it at night.
14. Don’t let your apps fall behind the times
Keep your apps updated. There’s a reason developers constantly update apps, and most of the time it’s memory or battery optimization. Keeping your apps updated also means you have the best optimizations available. Likewise, delete old apps you no longer use, because these may be running background processes that chew up RAM and battery life.
Marshmallow comes a new feature called Doze, which helps you get more out of your device’s battery. Along with Google Now on Tap, Doze is the most notable addition to Marshmallow. It is enabled by default and essentially allows your device to enter hibernation mode when it has been sat unused for a prolonged period of time.
The effect of this is that your phone now sleeps when you sleep, and will lose just 3-5 percent of its battery power during and average night, rather than up to a quarter, as it would have done without Doze.
Apps are not obliged to use Doze, and you can view which ones use it and which don’t in Settings and edit the list if you want to.
16. Use basic battery saving mode
Even if your phone doesn’t have layers of battery saving features like some (or you simply don’t want disable so many features), at least make use of the basic battery saver mode. Even stock Android Lollipop has it by default and Android M has the great Doze feature (as mentioned above) to help reduce battery consumption while your phone is asleep.
17. Don’t fall into the auto-sync trap
Turn off auto syncing for Google accounts. If you don’t need every single Google account updated every 15 minutes, just go into Settings and Google account and turn off auto sync for those apps you don’t need constantly updated.
Some apps like email, contacts, photos, videos let you manually refresh when you launch them, rather than multiple times throughout the day when you may not need them to. The same goes for Twitter, reddit and co. Unless you need constant updates or push notifications (like for Facebook or your calendar) just sync when you actually use the app.
18. Turn off auto update apps
If you’re concerned about conserving battery life, the last thing you want to see is a whole slew of apps automatically updating. Just take a look at the screenshot below: if this happened when you were running low on juice you’d be in trouble. You’d also have no data left. You can manage your app auto-updates in the Play Store settings
19. Turn off Wi-Fi and Data connection when not in use
Wi-Fi and Data connection is one of the heaviest drains on the battery as you’ve closed it when not in use. Only turn on Bluetooth and NFC as long as you need them (even though they consume very little power), and there’s no need to have both Wi-Fi and mobile data turned on at all times, especially if you know exactly when you’ll need one or the other.
If you use Wi-Fi a lot though, say at home and at work, then it makes sense to keep set your Wi-Fi to ‘Always on during sleep’ as this uses less power than to have your Wi-Fi reconnecting every time you wake your phone.
20. Turn on Airplane Mode in low-signal areas
Smartphone use more power when trying to connect in low-signal areas. If you can’t get a signal, turn on Airplane Mode by swiping down. Then restart your cellular connection when you’re in an area with better coverage.