We all know that Android mobile phones are not the best when it comes to battery life. You may have tried being a battery saver through trying everything. From downloading ad-packing apps, all the way to reducing your screen’s brightness to the point of not being able to see anything on the smartphone.
No one should have to go through this and if you are keeping your Android mobile phone on the charger all day long, there is something seriously wrong.
Even some of the best Android devices out there from the Samsung Galaxy S7 and HTC One cannot deliver enough battery power to sustain a user’s need throughout an entire day. Most users are unable to go for more than 12 hours without having to charge their phone to 100%. The most annoying this is having to go into extreme battery saving modes, just to be able to see the device perform miserably. That is not what you spent hundreds of dollars for.
Here are some practical tips to help you become a battery saver and enjoy the performance of your device at the same time.
See Where the Power’s Going
All of the latest Android devices come with the ability to view and manage where and how your battery is being consumed. At many times, most Android users are unaware which apps or programs are eating up their battery. Bugs and incompatible files can also cause many issues.
Head over to Settings and then to Battery to check out what is going on here and try to eliminate anything which may be taking up all the resources when you don’t want it to. Also, it will be better to check this area out regularly to see how you could improve your habits in becoming a battery saver.
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Turning Off Push Notifications to Become a Real Battery Saver
We all love having tons of apps and all of our accounts running at the exact same time. Having everything on not only slows down your internet connection, but also eats a ton of battery as well since apps are always checking for new updates and notifications to display.
Instead of allowing each and every app to be connected all the time, devise a schedule which suits your needs at a specific time of day. Having your work email on at all times is fine, but do you really need Candy Crush to send you updates and notifications throughout the day? Probably not. Go ahead and shut that off.
Similar to the iPhone way, follow this method to get it done for specific apps:
- Go to Settings
- Find Apps and open that up
- Tap on the app which you would like to disable notifications for
- Uncheck the box for ‘Show Notifications’
Use Automatic Brightness
I know, many Android experts would probably like to kill me for saying this. From years of personal experience using Android and being a genuinely good battery saver of a person, I have always stuck to using automatic brightness.
Why? It is pretty simple. As surprising as it may sound, many Android users are unaware of what level of brightness their mobile phone is set to. Some have it on full all the time and others are sick and tired of it being so dim. Using Automatic Brightness will adjust the display depending on the level of light around you. This will not only increase your efforts of becoming battery saver, but also make the display easier on the eyes and cause less strain.
Head over to settings, display and brightness. From here, tick the box where it will say ‘auto’ or ‘auto brightness’. Trust me, you will be thanking me in the long run.
Use What You Need and Kill the Rest
Unless you have WiFi all day and need GPS running constantly to track your location due to I cannot imagine the what the reason would be, turn them off. If you are out of the house or work area and don’t have access to WiFi, go ahead and disable it. Use GPS and tracking only when needed, like using Google Maps, otherwise it really eats up the battery.
Some people may even keep NFC on despite not knowing what it does or when they are going to use it. Same goes with Bluetooth. Turn them on when you need them and you will notice a drastic difference. The same goes for mobile internet, especially LTE. Just turn the internet off when you don’t need it. It will work wonders and no, you really don’t need to be connected all day. Especially if you plan on becoming a battery saver.
Keep Your Android Mobile Phone Updated
This cannot be stressed enough. Don’t just stay on the oldest version of Android you could possible use and avoid updating your apps regularly. If you want to keep your battery performing at the best possible range it can, updating regularly is necessary.
The newest versions of Android always come with enhanced battery performance and so do apps. Especially the really popular ones like Facebook, Instagram and Gmail.
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I am not a fan of carrying around a power bank all day and keeping a charger in my pocket. I do the best to minimize my usage when I don’t need to and most of the phones I have had throughout the years have lasted pretty well. Be a smart battery saver and not a frugal one by disabling your device altogether. Keep it easy and simple and you’ll live a lot easier. Trust me.