Smartphone batteries just don’t work the way we want it to work, some devices even embarrass us on short battery life. The big AMOLED and LCD screens may be the main culprits behind our devices battery drain but there are lot more things we can do to extend the battery life. Read on further for our best battery saving tips.
A smartphone battery is either made up of Lithium Ion battery or a Lithium Polymer Battery. Both types are Lithium Ion, which needs no full charge or discharge in the beginning. People usually say we need to fully charge the battery and then not charge it until the entire battery is drained, to this myth they even add a statement saying it increases the battery life. Instead partial charging is fine throughout their life.
But the real fact behind these batteries are they usually suffer from low voltage problems, so its better if we partially charge them till 95 percent or so rather than fully charging and discharging them. Battery life is always a debatable issue though, if you are comfortable with charging 100 percent and letting it drain till the last bit of it then its up to you. Decide yourself on which is working better for your device. So if you are ready to learn few tips to increase your battery life then quickly dive into the below article.
1. Avoid auto/adaptive brightness:
Most of those having android devices love to set their screen to auto brightness. It may sound useful, but auto-brightness is usually way brighter than you actually need. It’s better to manually set the brightness to a level that is low but comfortable to your vision, and increase it whenever you feel it necessary. This is one of the best ways to improve your battery life, because the screen is one of the biggest battery suckers.
This is only for android devices but when it comes to iOS Auto-Brightness improves battery life in some situations. iOS device usually have an ambient-light sensor, so when you set Auto-Brightness setting found under the slider, it uses your device’s light sensor to pick the right screen brightness based on your surroundings. But when it comes to your Android device don’t use auto brightness.
2. You need not turn your Wifi or Data 24/7:
Whatsapp and Facebook are addictive, so many keep their wifi or data on 24 hours a day. But its not a good method to keep your device online for hours. The notifications of various apps keeps on popping up even when you don’t use your device and it can be a negative for your battery life.
Also turn of your location setting when not in need. You need not keep your location enabled as apps which use GPS to track your location may consume your battery. Usually apps which track trains or your parcel deliveries usually use this feature. Turn on your location setting when you need it for using Google Maps or so else keep it turned off.
You need to disable GPS too because certain apps eat up more battery juice than others, particularly apps which utilize the GPS system to track your location. Your smartphone has a GPS unit that allows the sending and receiving of signals to and from satellites to determine your exact location, which is integral for some apps to work, for example, map-based apps like Google Maps or to check-in on Facebook.
3. Don’t be so obsessed with your Smart Phone:
This looks bit weird to say but people nowadays are so obsessed with their smart phones that they even look at it every now and then even they are in no need. Its not that you should not check your phone but give large intervals between your phone checks. Try to avoid looking your phone 5 minutes and see a difference in the battery life.
4. Using right apps:
Yes sounds funny but using right apps will help you restore some battery life. Say for example you are on a journey and you have plugged in your earphones to listen to songs. Its better you use apps which play only audio but not keeps your screen turned on. You need not use YouTube to play songs while on journey unless you wish to see a video. YouTube usually keeps the screen turned on which without fail drains your battery.
So if you are listening to songs keeping your eyes shut then use apps which only output audio but not video too like YouTube.
5. Use moderate number of Apps:
Yes, this is really an eye opening tip. Too many apps spoil the show which in turn your battery life. You might have a great internal memory for your device it doesn’t mean you can install hundreds of apps which keeps on consuming your RAM and processor which in turn keeps your battery drain faster than the fastest. Try to uninstall apps which have similar functionality unless you feel you have one feature in one which the other app doesn’t. Also try avoiding installing to many game related apps, it provokes you to play more and more games which ultimately turns out to be a nightmare to your battery life.
6. Remove unwanted widgets :
Remove widgets you don’t need, especially those connected to the internet, such as weather widgets. If you have multiple widgets across several home screens, which are constantly syncing and updating (Facebook, Twitter, reddit, weather, Gmail and others), you’re not doing any favour for your battery. Only try hitting the apps when you need them.
7. Update your apps manually:
If you want to keep your battery work for some more time then turn off auto updating of apps when connected to WiFi etc. It updates your apps even without your knowledge when you are connected to a WiFi which does lower your battery. If this happened when you were running low on battery you’d be in trouble. You’d also have no data left if you have turned on your data. You can manage your app auto-updates in the Play Store settings or individually for each app when ever you have time.
8. Turn off Voice recognition apps:
Apps like “Ok Google” or “S Voice” which always try to listen to your voice. Avoid your phone from always listening. Google’s “OK Google” voice searching is a fantastic and often very useful and functional feature. The problem is that it can drain your battery sooner than expected. Especially if you don’t actually use it or only use it occasionally.
Go into Google settings from your app drawer and tap Voice heading. On the next page, select OK Google detection. In this menu, the best option for battery life would be to uncheck all the boxes, but if you are a fan of OK Google, just tick the From the Google app box to ensure your device is only listening when you’re in the Google app.
Similar to OK Google is S Voice which is Samsung’s on app which is the bundled voice command application that comes with the Galaxy S5 and other Samsung devices which allows you to take all sorts of actions without having to fiddle with your phone. See that you use this advanced features when in need and turn it of as soon as you use it or need it no longer.
9. Avoid Auto-sync of Apps:
Turn off auto-syncing for Google accounts. If you don’t need every single Google account updated every 15 minutes, just go to Settings and Google account and turn off auto-sync for those apps you don’t need constantly updated.
Some apps – like email – 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 Facebook, Twitter, reddit and company.
10. Find your Phones battery saving features:
Most of the devices have their own inbuilt battery saving features which you need to find and enable. HTC has Extreme 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. Also some apps like CM cleaner helps you to hibernate apps which are not used frequently. This hibernating features makes the apps which give out pop ups or push notifications to be at sleep mode until you again open the app an use it.
11. Keep your apps updated:
Updating apps may be a tedious process for some but app makers keep on rolling updates to optimize the apps performance and also to teak any bugs which it has. Some apps are famous for draining your battery. So updating apps now and then can help you increase your phone’s battery life. 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.
12. Only use genuine and original batteries:
Most of the time when your device’s battery becomes non functional or if it bulges in size. try to replace it with a genuine or original battery but not fake ones to say few bucks. If you think of saving money on a battery it might damage your beloved smartphone and also becomes a poor choice indeed, and may also deliver sub-standard battery performance.
13. Try Using 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.
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. Lock screen notifications come standard on Android Lollipop.
14. Turn off vibration Mode:
Switch off vibration mode. Unless you feel 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.
Haptic feedback is a useful function on touchscreen smartphones as it alerts the user their command on the handset has been recognized and processed through vibration. Users will be able to adjust how strong or weak the vibration is to suit them, and devices running Google Android are no exception.
15. Set a shorter Screen Timeout:
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 155 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.
16. Try Greenify of CM Cleaner:
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.
Another alternative for this app is CM cleaner which also helps you to hibernate apps which will keep draining battery by running processes in the background.
Tap Junk Files, and Clean Master will perform the same test it did when you first open the app. Hit Phone Boost, and you get a list of running apps, and advice on whether they can be force closed to boost phone performance. There’s a tool to check the temperature of your phone’s processor, which closes the offending apps if the chip’s running a bit too hot.
Battery Saver also sends notifications about apps that use a lot of power, when the battery is running low, and will optimize usage overnight. These can be turned off using the menu icon in the top right of the screen.
17. Dark or Black wallpaper saves battery:
If your phone has an AMOLED screen like most Samsung devices, use a dark-colored background. Black wallpaper can save your battery because AMOLED screens only illuminate the colored pixels. 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. Using more colorful wallpapers has to shed some battery in illuminating those colours. So start searching for a dark wallpaper now.
18. Doze for Marshmallow users:
With the arrival and advent of 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.
In addition, Sony has said it’s planning to incorporate its own enhanced stamina mode into Marshmallow for its Xperia range of upcoming smart phones.
19. Kill apps after using them:
Previous versions of Android had difficulty in killing apps. But these days its not an issue you can simple kill apps once they are not in use. This lets your device to stop running those background processes for these apps. You can simply click on the home button for a longer time to see a list of running apps which you can swipe away one by one or all at once.
20. Use ad-free and light weight apps:
Not only are ads annoying, but ferrying that vibrant, eye-catching content to your device takes energy. Using apps that don’t use ads, or purchasing premium versions of apps that eschew ads, can drastically change how badly your battery takes a beating.
If you use an app frequently, and it’s sucking up your phone’s life juice every day, consider upgrading or finding an ad-free alternative.
Also some apps which are heavy or which lags user experience should be avoided or uninstalled for a longer battery life. Some of the news apps like BBC or economic times are very heavy and drain apps faster. Even eCommerce apps like Amazon too could be heavy on battery.
21. Maintain Cool Temperature:
Some of us might have observed that our battery runs out faster when our smartphones are warm. Put simply, don’t leave your smartphones under direct sunlight or in any place that is hot.
One of the more common occurrences would be leaving the smartphone in a car parked under the sun. The battery will function optimally in cooler environments, so do look out for, and try to avoid, scenarios where your phone is exposed to unnecessary and excessive heat.