Smartphones are great, don’t get me wrong, but they always seem to run out of battery at the most inconvenient moments. Luckily for you however there are a few tricks that you can use to conserve battery on your Android phone.
Smartphones are great, don’t get me wrong. But they always seem to run out of battery at the most inconvenient moments. If your usage is heavy, the battery sometimes won’t even last a single day. A lot of people keep power cables at their office as well as their home, but that’s no solution if you are on the go.
Luckily, there are a few tricks that you can use to conserve battery and extend the life on your Android phone so that you can go for longer between charges.
1. Turn down your screen brightness
Keeping your screen on the brightest setting is an unnecessary drain on your Android battery life. If you lower it, your battery will last longer. It’s simple to fix this. All you have to do is go to your phone’s setting’s, then to ‘Display’ and ‘Brightness’.
Altering your display settings can make your battery last longer
From there, you can alter your screen’s brightness.
A high brightness setting will drain your battery faster
If you go back one step to the ‘Display’ menu, you will see another menu called ‘Sleep’. You can use this to adjust how quickly your screen turns itself offer after your phone becomes inactive. Setting this to a shorter amount of time will also reduce battery usage.
2. Reduce how frequently your apps refresh themselves
Apps like Facebook are set to periodically refresh themselves and check for notifications. Of course, doing so requires power. In your device’s settings, you can set how often this happens. Choosing a lower frequency should result in less power usage. You can even set it to manual so that the apps don’t refresh until you purposefully reload them.
To reduce Facebook’s refresh interval, first open the app, then tap on ‘Menu’, ‘Settings’ and ‘Refresh Interval’. Now you can set the interval to your liking.
You should also do this for your email accounts. Go to your inbox then tap on ‘Menu’, followed by ‘Settings’ and ‘Account Settings’. Then select your account and tap ‘Sync settings’, followed by ‘Sync schedule’. This is where you can choose how frequently your emails are refreshed.
3. Turn off Bluetooth
Unless you use a Bluetooth headset or headphones, you probably rarely use this part of your Android device’s functionality – you may even have forgotten it was there. Bluetooth actually drains a big chunk of battery power. When you’re not actively using Bluetooth, it’s best to turn it off. You can do this by visiting ‘Settings’ and then ‘Bluetooth’.
4. Disable location services
While they can be enormously helpful and fun, location services such as checking in on Facebook tend to eat away at your battery life. Do your Android a favour and go to your settings menu, find ‘Location’ and change it from high to battery saving mode. This’ll undoubtedly extend your Android smartphone’s battery life.
You can also see which apps are using location services, and identify which of them don’t really need to. Reducing the number of apps using location services will also reduce battery consumption.
5. Think about when you use Wi-Fi
When you have Wi-Fi turned on, your phone will periodically check for available networks. Unsurprisingly, this eats away at your Android’s battery life. If you know you won’t be connecting to any networks for a while, consider turning off Wi-Fi in order to save battery. You can do this by going to ‘Settings’ and then ‘Wi-Fi’.
On the other hand, sending or receiving data over a Wi-Fi connection will use less battery than doing the same things over a mobile data connection. If you’re streaming video, syncing, or downloading anything, it’s best to use Wi-Fi.
6. Use airplane mode
If you don’t need to use your phone for a while, like if you’re at work or in an exam, try using airplane mode. This turns off all data connections, including Bluetooth, mobile data, Wi-Fi and regular phone network, vastly improving battery life. This option can be found by going to ‘Settings’, ‘More’ and then ‘Airplane mode’.
Your device uses less power in Airplane mode.
7. Don’t sync everything automatically
In order to be helpful, your Android device automatically syncs itself with your Google account. While this is handy, it tends to drain the battery, especially when syncing larger files such as photos or videos.
While I wouldn’t advise that you stop syncing entirely, it’s a good idea to take control of exactly what you sync. Go to ‘Settings’ and tap on your account (listed under ‘Accounts’) and click on your email address. Here you will be able to pick and choose what gets synced.
Syncing can be a big drain on your battery.
8. Use Android’s power widget
To access the settings that can save Android battery, you have to visit a lot of different sections of your phone’s menu. To save you from that trouble, Android’s power widget collates all those settings for you in one convenient location. Go to ‘Widgets’ and find ‘Power Control”, then drag the widget to wherever you’d like and enjoy easy access to the Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, syncing, brightness and location settings that we talked about above.
Hopefully these tips will help you improve your Android’s battery life and stop you having to run from powerpoint to powerpoint.