Large, bright screens and high-end features deplete a lot of battery life on today’s Android phones. Here’s how to maximize the capacity of your battery. The bad battery life of your Android phone is caused by a variety of factors. Thinner bodies, better screens, faster processors, more background programs, and faster internet connections put a strain on phone batteries, but manufacturers are responding by putting more powerful batteries.
The Google Pixel 6 Pro boasts a 5,003mAh battery that can last for more than 22 hours. Samsung Galaxy phones can last anywhere from 11 to 13 hours depending on the model. Even so, there are ways to improve the performance of any phone.
The menu options differ based on the phone; we used a Samsung Galaxy S 20 FE running Android 11 in this case. All Android smartphones, on the other hand, should have the same set of features. With that caveat in mind, here are some suggestions for prolonging the battery life of your Android phone.
Do you believe you’ll be in a situation where your phone’s battery will need to endure longer than usual? Put your phone in power-saving mode, which disables battery-draining functions automatically. On our test device, we went to Settings > Battery and device maintenance then tapped the Battery entry.
Under the energy usage chart, we set Power saving mode to limit networking, syncing, and location services, as well as reduce the screen’s refresh rate. By tapping Power saving mode, we can further modify the feature by turning off the Always-on Display, limiting CPU speed to 70%, and lowering brightness by 10% to save even more battery life.
When power saving mode is turned on, the Limit applications and Home screen option allow just certain programs to run and restricts all background activity. For older versions of Android, many power-saving modes preset may be offered, each with a unique balance of performance and battery life.
2. You Have a Friend Mode: Airplane
Sending and receiving wireless signals will deplete your phone’s battery, so if you don’t need to use your network connection, turn it off. To turn off mobile data, disable Bluetooth, and disconnect from Wi-Fi, simply open the pull-down shade and tap the Airplane mode button. Tap it once more to recover access.
3. Your screen is too bright.
Smartphone screens are big and bright, but they also use a lot of energy. You probably don’t need to utilize your device’s brightest setting. Go into your Display settings to lower the brightness of your screen. The brightness can also be adjusted by pulling down the pull-down screen. While you’re at it, turn off automatic brightness. This feature adjusts the brightness of your display based on your perceived needs, but it may make it brighter than necessary. If you turn off the switch next to Adaptive brightness, your eyes (and batteries) will thank you.
4. Switch off your computer.
When it comes to the screen on your phone, it’s fine to turn it off when not in use. You may determine how long the screen stays on under the Display settings. When your screen is not in use, utilize the Screen timeout option to have it turn off faster.
What about the always-on display, which shows the current time and date even when the phone’s screen is off? It should be turned off. From your phone’s lock screen settings, select Always on Display. You may set it to turn off while you’re not using it, have it just display when you tap the screen or turn it off completely.
5. Turn off Active Listening mode.
When you activate your voice assistant with a wake phrase, it continues to listen to you and drains your battery. Although this is convenient, it uses more energy than it is worth. To save battery life, you can turn off this feature in Google Assistant or Samsung’s Bixby.
Because Assistant is embedded into Android, you can access it simply by holding down the home screen button and tapping the inbox icon. Otherwise, start the program. By tapping your profile image, you can open Hey Google & Voice Match, then switch off Hey Google if it’s on.
If you’re having troubles with Bixby, you can just turn it off. Here are the steps to switch off Bixby on your phone in detail.
6. In dark mode, use the right screen.
Unless your device has an OLED or AMOLED display, dark mode is aesthetically beautiful but has no effect on battery life. Most older phones have LCD panels, but the top phones from Samsung, OnePlus, and Google have converted to this newer display technology.
If your phone has an OLED or AMOLED display, the phone will turn off the pixels that are displaying black, allowing you to preserve the battery after all of the brilliant white panels have become dark. Dark mode, according to iFixit, can save you up to an hour of battery life.
In Android 9 (Pie), dark mode is accessible on some phones, although it wasn’t available on all phones until Android 10 was released. Toggle Dark Mode on and off by opening and touching the pull-down shade. If not, go to the Display settings on your phone and make your choices. You may also set a timer for when dark mode should be triggered using the Dark mode options.
7. Take Charge of Your Apps
An app continues to run in the background even when you aren’t using it. Of course, over time, this will eat up data and battery life. You may put unwanted apps to sleep using the Battery or App Power Management options. Background usage limits can be set and activated. Unwanted apps should be put to sleep to save battery life.
You may go even further and tell your phone to put individual apps to sleep on its own. To add your program to the list of Sleeping apps or Deep Sleeping apps, tap the plus (+) sign. Keep in mind that sleeping apps only receive regular updates, and deep sleeping apps won’t function unless they’re used, so updates may be delayed.
It’s a good idea to keep an eye on the apps that drain your battery the most to see if there are any outliers that you can remove or disable on a regular basis. This information can be found under Battery consumption in Settings, where you may choose which apps should be allowed to run in the background.