There are a number of factors that contribute to poor battery life on your Android phone. Thinner bodies, brighter screens, faster processors, more background software, and speedier internet connections all take their toll on phone batteries, but manufacturers are also incorporating more powerful batteries to compensate.
Previously, most Android phones had 1,000 mAh or less battery capacity. Now, many smartphones have 2,000 mAh, 3,000 mAh, 4,000 mAh, and even 6,000 mAh batteries! But increased battery size doesn’t always equate to increased battery life. To get the most out of your new, bigger battery, you need to know what’s draining it so fast. In this article, we’ll explore the six biggest battery-draining habits on Android smartphones and how you can change them to boost your battery life. Let’s get started: Number one on our list of battery drains is always.
- Turn on Power Saving Mode
! By default, your Android phone will enter “power saving” mode whenever you are not using it for a period of time. This “sleep” mode occurs automatically when your screen is turned off or when your phone is not being used for several minutes. When power saving mode kicks in, only the absolutely essential apps and services will remain active. That means your alarm clock won’t
be set to go off, your email won’t be checked, your Facebook updates won’t be fetched, your Twitter notifications won’t be delivered, and so on. In fact, most smartphones will go into power saving mode even if there is nothing you are doing at all.
For example, let’s say you leave your phone charging overnight while you are away at camp or on vacation. When you return, your phone will be fully charged, but many of your apps and services will be running in the background because they were “sleeping.” This drains your battery and can significantly shorten its life. Fortunately, the power-saving mode is easily turned off. Just open the Settings app, then scroll down to the “Battery” option and you’ll see a button that says something like “Turn Power Saving off.” Press that button to disable power-saving mode and restore full functionality to your phone. You’ll still get the same amount of battery life, just not as quick a recharge! Tip:
- Airplane Mode
If you use your phone for all forms of wireless communication (like email, text messaging, and so on) while airborne, switch to airplane mode. This will cut down on data usage by your phone and dramatically increase your flight time. You can always switch back to the normal (non airplane) mode when you land. Tip: Don’t Download New Apps Unless You Turn on The Screen Many smartphone users are in the habit of downloading new apps every week, every day, or even every hour.
But wait! Before you download another app, make sure the screen is on. If it isn’t, the app won’t be able to access the internet to check for updates, download new features, or get any other kind of help from its developer. In fact, most apps don’t even have the ability to turn on the screen without your assistance. If they could do it by themselves, it would drain their battery even faster!
- Your Screen is Too Bright
Many people leave their smartphones’ brightness set all the way to “max.” That’s like driving with the parking brake on. When you use the screen of your Android phone as a light source, it will consume more power than necessary. Research has shown people using their cell phones as headlights at night use up to 40% more battery life than those who use them as dimly-lit flashlights. So, the first thing you should do if you are running low on battery life is to reduce the brightness of your display.
But, don’t make it so dark you can’t see the display. You should be able to make out the letters, but not so much that you will have to squint or strain your eyes. Just a subtle reduction in brightness will go a long way toward extending your phone’s battery life. Tip: Do Not Download Apps or Use Services During the Night! Many smartphone users access the internet at night for news and information updates. That’s good.
- Let your Screen Turn off
After A While Many people leave their smartphones plugged in and connected to the power source all the time. That’s like leaving your car’s keys in the ignition with the engine running. Your phone should only be connected to the power source while you are using it. If you leave it plugged in and turned on overnight, you will dramatically shorten its life. By the way, this is one of the few situations where it is okay to use the “standby” feature on your Android device.
That way, even if your phone is left powered on, it won’t drain its battery as quickly. On an iPhone, by contrast, if you turn your device off but leave it plugged in, you can shorten its life by 50%. Tip: Use the Power Management Features Of Your Operating System To Extend Battery Life! As I mentioned earlier, many smartphones will go into power-saving mode whether or not there is anything you are doing at all. But, the power-saving mode on your phone is easy to overcome.
- Turn Off Active Listening
Devices (ALDs) Some smartphones have a feature called “Active Listening Devices” or ALD for short. This feature is supposed to prevent your phone from going to sleep if it thinks you are listening to a radio or other audio source with strong enough volume. In reality, though, it just wastes battery life. If you have an Android phone, you can find out if your phone has this feature enabled by going to Settings > Sound > and then looking under “Other.” If it’s not turned off, you should be.
Turn it off and your battery life will be much improved. Tip: Make Sure Your Charger Is Not Making Your Phone Go to Sleep! A lot of people leave their phones plugged in overnight in their chargers which are then often made by HP, Samsung, or some other company whose main concern is making a profit instead of designing quality products. If this is the case, your phone may very well go to sleep every hour or so while it is plugged in.
- Dark Mode with Right Screen
Positioned Just Right People with 20/20 vision can usually see just fine even when their screen is set to a dark color. However, those with less than 20/20 vision may find it easier to read certain apps and websites when the display is in black and white rather than in its default setting of bright, high-contrast color. If you are one of the many people who struggle to read on their smartphones, you should give dark mode (available in most modern operating systems) a try.
Dark mode will make everything appear much darker on your screen, which means it will be easier on your eyes. And, since your phone will be using less power, your battery life will be much improved. The dark mode is especially helpful if you use your smartphone as a digital booklight. For example, suppose you are reading an e-book on your phone and you need to take
- Take Control of Your Apps
! Many smartphone users leave all kinds of apps running in the background on their phones. Even though they are not using them. If you are one of those people, you should know there is an app for that. It’s called “Task Manager” and it can be found in the “Applications” category of your Android device’s main menu. Once you find it, you will see a list of all the currently running apps on your device. Next to each app will be a small triangle with a line through it. Pressing this triangle will stop the app from running in the background.
But if you want to stop an app from running in the background without stopping it completely. You can also do this by going to the “Apps” section of your phone’s main menu and choosing “Manage Running Apps. Here, you can stop individual apps from running in the background or you can kill them altogether. You can also force close (terminate) them if you no longer need them.
- Automate the Process
! You should also set up your phone to turn off the display. And go to sleep every night at a certain time. There are many ways to do this but here is one way. Create a shortcut on your home screen called “Good Night” and put the following text in it. I know it’s midnight where you are but don’t you dare try to check your e-mail or play around with your social media apps one more minute after you read this message. Turn off your phone and go to sleep. It’s been a long day and tomorrow is going to be even longer!” That’s it. Every night, your phone will do what you tell it to do without any help from you.
I hope this issue has given you some ideas about how to make your smartphone experience even better. As I said at the beginning of this newsletter, smartphones are now an integral part of our lives. And, because of that, they have the potential to be a source of great joy… or… tremendous
aggravation. So, the first step toward having a happy and healthy relationship with your smartphone is to learn to manage it properly. With a little effort and a lot of common sense, you should be able to use your smartphone for more fun and less work, and thus have a more peaceful and satisfying relationship with it.