Even though the battery life capabilities on the Android smartphone has significantly improved over the years, people often find themselves in a situation when their battery is about to die before the end of the day.
Despite the fact that mobile device developers are continually rolling out fresh features with every update, manufacturers don’t seem to put a high priority on upgrading battery power capabilities.
However, you can take a few steps and boost the power of your Android smartphone’s batteries on your own through this step-by-step guide.
Keep Your Phone from Getting Hot
Step 1: While it may seem like everyone knows this, many still don’t. Keeping your Android phone from being exposed to extreme heat will ensure batteries don’t drain quickly.
Step 2: If the environment is very hot in summer, make sure you don’t carry the phone in your hand. Leave it in your bag or pocket to keep it from getting directly exposed to sunlight.
Step 3: When you visit the beach or any other hot area, don’t leave it on the sand or anywhere where it could accumulate heat. Keep it covered or under a shelter.
Reduce the Brightness of the Screen
Another relevant fact is that the display in your Android device consumes a substantial amount of battery power.
Step 1: You can manually adjust the brightness by sliding the bar from the top-down menu. Just swipe your finger from the top of the screen to the bottom to bring the bar.
Step 2: Move your finger to the left to reduce the brightness. Alternatively, you can also open settings, display and set it to auto-brightness, which will change based on ambient light.
Step 3: The automatic option is much easier to manage as it will change the brightness from time to time, preserving batteries whenever possible.
Set Your Screen Timeout Interval to Shortest Possible Time
Apart from the usual methods of reducing brightness or setting it to automatic mode, you can also reduce the screen timeout time on your Android phone.
Step 1: Open settings. Head to display and click to open the list of options available.
Step 2: Tap to open the Sleep/Screen Timeout option found in this window. While reducing brightness is just one way, commanding the screen to switch off automatically quickly saves a lot of battery.
Step 3: Tap to open the option, click on 15 seconds, 30 seconds or 1 minute. These are the duration in which the screen should shut off, rather than keeping it on until you manually shut it down.
Turn Off Unused Connectivity Options
Every Android smartphone is equipped with lots of connectivity options that make it easier to connect multiple devices. Make sure you turn them all off when they’re not in use.
Step 1: By default, most modern Android phones provide a toggle on/off button on the notification bar for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Location, and so on.
Step 2: If you are not using Bluetooth or GPS, turn it off and set them to be off by default unless you want to turn it on.
Step 3: Customize the notification bar to keep a toggle button for all these features. Open notification, click on edit and it will provide you with the list of buttons available in Android 7.0, among the other latest versions.
Make Use of Airplane Mode
As the name suggests, most people believe that you should use this setting only when you are on a flight. But, it does come in handy in a wide range of situations.
If you are in a location where cellphone service is bad and the signal bar keeps flickering, it will be draining more battery power than you think. Here’s what you should do:
Step 1: Just switch to Airplane mode and everything including 4G, cellular network and all connectivity will be turned off.
Step 2: This is a simple and one-click method to save your phone from dying on you. Once you are back to a place where connections are normal, switch off the mode and you will notice a difference.
Note: When you are travelling in car or train, always make sure to use Airplane mode. When you are on the move, cell reception will be weak and can vary from one region to another. This can completely drain the battery of your Android phone within a couple of hours.
Disable Vibration Whenever Possible
Putting your phone in vibration mode is a necessity when you are attending meetings, walking on the road or places where you won’t hear a ringtone.
However, when you are sitting at a desk, make sure you set it to low volume and disable vibration wherever possible.
Step 1: Head to the settings page and tap on the sound option to open it.
Step 2: Disable the “also vibrate for calls” option.
Step 3: Also disable the “vibration on tap” feature so that the phone doesn’t vibrate every time you have actually touched it.
Kill Apps That You Don’t Use Frequently
When too many apps are open on your Android smartphone, it will eventually start lagging even if you have abundant RAM to make use of.
They also kill the power of your batteries.
Since Android 5 and Android 7 launched, it is much easier to kill one app or all of them.
Step 1: Click on the right-side button to open all apps.
Step 2: Swipe left or right—according to your phone’s settings—to kill an app that you may not use again immediately.
Step 3: Clicking on “Clear All” will remove all the apps which are not necessary when you are still using your phone. Background apps consume a lot of battery power.
Disable Auto Synchronization
The apps you’ve installed on your Android smartphone will end up syncing automatically all the time—eating up your precious battery power. Here’s how to fix this:
Step 1: Open Settings, go to accounts. Click on the three vertical dots that are found in the upper right corner of the page.
Step 2: Uncheck the box that says auto sync data.
Step 3: Always make use of the Wi-Fi network in your office and home to save batteries. Keep them logged in so that they switch from cellular network to Wi-Fi once you enter the zone.