Many Android smartphone users complain that battery in their devices ends before the end of day. This of course turns them off because, no battery, no use of smartphone features. There are complains even for branded smartphones. So what exactly drains the battery of your Android smartphone? Let us try to discover ways to avoid quick battery drain in Android devices.
Saving battery by changing settings
A smartphone running on Android has lots of features but that doesn’t mean you always keep them on. You can save a big portion of battery if you are ready to switch off some features. These features include WiFi, GPS and Bluetooth. Do you always need them? I guess no. Most users use these features occasionally for example, WiFi will work only in a WiFi enabled environment, GPS is only used for location, navigation and direction search and share, and Bluetooth is only used for sharing files, music, keyboard & mice and internet tethering. Some apps in your phone may be using GPS location, turning off this feature will save some battery.
In an area where network isn’t available, you better keep your phone in Airplane mode. It’s because when your phone have no network, it continuously tries to discover network signals and ultimately drains battery faster than in normal condition. Keeping the Android phone in Airplane mode will make it charge twice as fast.
Other thing is screen. Consider it the biggest power sucker in any smartphone. The more a screen illuminated, the quicker it empties battery. Fortunately, there are ways to adjust brightness level. Keeping your screen between 30 and 50 percent range will save enough battery.
Use darker wall paper. However, there isn’t enough data available to establish it but many say that using darker wallpaper will save some power. Also avoid using live wallpaper.
One more thing is notification. And smartphones with notification LED light are supposed to drain some amount of battery if you do not clear notifications for a long time. You can do some settings for each of the apps showing notification. You can switch off notifications you don’t want or need.
Also, if you do not frequently need data connectivity to your device, you can disable it. You can also install an app for this purpose. Such app will automatically disconnect data connectivity for the given time period.
Kill the apps you are not using.
Keeping more than 10 apps open is not a wise idea at all. However, iOS and Android phones have feature to not allow all apps sucking power but keeping many apps open affect battery. You must kill apps that you are not using. In an iPhone, double tap the Home button. This will bring up all the open apps. Swipe up to close the app you don’t need. When you are done, tap the Home button again. Android has similar feature little inside the OS. Go in “Manage applications”. Here you can choose an app and close it.
Avoid using these apps.
I found an article on androidheadlines.com with the title “Top Ten Apps That Will Drain Your Battery Fast”. The article mentions about some top apps which have millions of download, thousands of reviews, and good star rating yet they quickly drain battery. Following are those apps:
- Camera360 Ultimate
- Microsoft’s Outlook.com
- EZ Weather Forecast & Widget
- Viki: Free TV, Movies & News
- Zello PTT Walkie-Talkie
- Temple Run 2
- imo free video calls and text
- Racing Moto
- Fruit Ninja
- Candy Crush Saga
All these above mentioned apps have been reported for quickly draining battery.
Ways to find what is draining your Android phone battery.
- Go in phone’s “System settings.”
- There, you select “Battery.”
- Check the list of all entries. Tap on one to get more information about it. Each entry shows the battery usage with percentage. The percentage means the amount of battery a particular features or app is consuming.
- Now tap on “Screen” to discover how much energy is being used by display. There are options to adjust display settings.
- There is a button as “Display”. Tap on it to discover settings. Tap on “Sleep” to adjust screen turn off time. You can also adjust brightness of the display from this place.
Update your apps.
With each app update, developers of that app try to minimize its battery consumption. Many users avoid updating their apps but it is recommended that you do updates to apps whenever they are made available. If an app is not set for automatic update, keep checking for latest update for it.
Disable Flash because it consumes considerable battery life. Android phones having Flash installed in will display every piece of Flash content in a web page, as set by default. To disable this feature, go in Settings > Enable Plug-ins and set it to ‘On Demand’.
More will be added as soon as I discover them.
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