If you find that the android battery of your phone is emptying rapidly on a regular basis, don’t get worried. You can still get the most out of this battery by optimizing some of the cell phone settings. Even if you have bought the best and cheap smartphones, you can find their battery draining so quickly that it can frighten you. This may be due to the reason that you have activated apps which are waking the phone screen, apps which frequently get updated online, live wallpapers turn on the mobile phone, adware-ridden apps which are continually calling home or the high definition phone screen itself which obviously takes a lot of power to brighten up the pixels and much more.
Why Do Batteries Drain
We all know that batteries have a specific lifespan which is measured in charge cycles. It means that they can be fully charged and discharged so many times. But when the top budget smartphones’ battery charge cycles get completed, metrics such as talk time begin to reduce and finally the user finds that its phone isn’t lasting more as it used to.
Moreover, in the past decades, there is no doubt that the cell phone’s hardware like motherboards and screens has developed, hence, becoming more powerful and efficient, yet battery technology hasn’t seen the same advancement. Due to this, you can find so many branded phones with higher charge capacities that may not last longer than their precursors.
If your phone is considerably old and it recommends downloading software updates, then the latest OS version upgraded on it may result in a quick battery drain. This is so because the software is supporting the newer functions which the hardware isn’t specifically designed for. The software usually outperforms the gadget which ultimately puts additional strain on the battery.
Fortunately, new models of the Android OS have introduced some battery saving features that cut down how different apps use up battery and help in extending the battery life.
How to Enhance Battery Life of your Android Phone?
Following are some of the most useful tips to improve the battery life of your new and cheap cell phones:
Check Apps which are Draining the Battery
In numerous versions of the android, in Settings -> Battery -> Power Usage, you can see a list of all those apps and how much power they are consuming. If there is an app that you are not using and consuming a disproportionate amount of power, then it is recommended uninstalling it. Moreover, for a few apps, you can turn on “Background restriction” while for the other apps, you can turn on “Battery optimization”.
Uninstall Unnecessary Apps
We always recommend uninstalling all those apps which you do not use, by moving to Settings -> Apps -> All. You can tap on each app and hit Uninstall so to remove all such apps and any of the data created by those apps.
You can also buy a premium version of your favored apps. This is so because free apps come with ads which consume additional battery. Once buying a premium version of the app, you can prevent draining the battery soon.
Eliminate Unwanted Widgets from the Home Screen
Numerous Android apps including weather apps, social networks and news apps come with widgets that simply stay on the home screen for immediate updates. We all know that widgets are battery drainers since they are constantly synced with powerful animations. So, if you don’t need regular updates on weather, etc., you can remove unnecessary widgets by simply pressing and holding them and then dragging to the trash icon or click “Cross” sign appearing above the widget.
Avoid Closing the Apps Manually
Our experts always suggest avoiding closing running apps manually since it doesn’t help in saving battery life. In actual, forcefully closing an app can somehow damage the battery life in case if the phone system needs to run it again.
Go For Airplane Mode in Low Signal Areas
In areas where there are low signals, mobile phones use a lot of power to connect. If you find that you cannot get any signal, then you should turn on Airplane mode from the Settings. If the low signal area is any workplace or someone’s home, then you can turn on Wi-Fi while enabling Airplane mode. Later on, you can restart your cell phone when you are in a better coverage area.
On the other hand, disabling Wi-Fi doesn’t always help in improving the battery life. It is quite common that connecting a phone to a Wi-Fi consumes less energy than if it is connected to a cellular network. Moreover, Wi-Fi also helps in determining the phone’s location which eventually aids in cutting the need for GPS.
Use Airplane Mode in Bedtime
If you want to spend a peaceful night without charging your phone, then you should kill all connectivity such as Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth and cellular data. This will help in letting your battery last longer and prevent you from insomnia which is caused by a blue light on the screen.
Prevent Apps Turning on the Phone Screen
If you feel that some of the notifications are essential, you can prevent apps from waking up the phone screen. Just go to Settings -> Notification and Status Bar, and disable the screen for notifications. It means that no app notifications will cause the phone screen to wake up.
Turn Off Unnecessary Notifications
Getting real-time updates for the essential apps like social networks or email is useful but we would have seen that many apps automatically demand permission to send notifications which aren’t useful. You can turn off these notifications by moving to Settings -> Apps and then unchecking “Show Notifications”.
In Android 7.0, you can fine-tune by heading to Settings -> Device -> Notifications and manually modify notification levels for each app. In Android 8, there are more refined options. You just need to move to Settings -> Apps & Notifications and then select particular apps. From there, you can easily control which apps should send push notifications, for instance, Whatsapp and how these apps will send alerts such as through vibration, silent or with sound.
Turn out GPS when not using
Most of us wouldn’t know that GPS proves to be the heaviest app on the battery. So, when you aren’t using this navigation, you need to swipe down access to the app and switch it off. You can re-enable it when using Maps.
Likewise, if you are using apps that need your location, you can move to Settings -> Location -> Mode and then select “Battery Saving” (in which cellular networks and Wi-Fi are used to determine the location) over “High Accuracy” where GPS is also used.
Manually Adjust App Location Tracking
There are some apps which track your location, hence, consume more battery power than essential by accessing your GPS. What you need to do is simply heading to Settings -> Location and manually modify the apps’ permissions which are unnecessary and getting more power.
Enable Battery Saving Mode
Enabling this feature helps in optimizing the battery life. For instance, you can cut back animations and turn off location services. You can enable it manually through Settings -> Power. You can fine-tune features such as whether or not to keep CPU power, vibration, screen brightness or if data connection should be turned on or not when asleep.
In Android 7 and higher, you can set Battery Saver Mode to start at 5% or 15% battery left. In smartphones like Samsung Galaxy, there is an Extreme Power Saving Mode” in which the cellular data connection turns off when the screen is turned off; Bluetooth, GPS, Auto-sync and other notifications are off and only necessary apps such as email, clock and text messaging remain ON.
Dim the Phone Screen
In all the new versions of an android, move to Settings -> Display and enable “Automatic Brightness”. This lets the phone to change the display based on the lighting where you are, hence, making sure that the screen is never vivid than necessary.
If you find that the phone battery is draining out too quickly, you can manually dim the screen unless you get a charger. You can drag the brightness slider to the dimmest and pull down the notifications menu when needed.
Switch ON Dark Mode
Some android apps allow a dark mode in which the screen uses a black background rather than the light colored one. The dark mode helps in saving the battery life, particularly the ones that contain OLED display.
Avoid Using Live Wallpapers
You should prevent using nifty animated wallpapers for lock screen and home screen which change in style. This is so because live wallpapers drain the battery too quickly. Instead, save battery by moving to Settings -> Display -> Wallpaper and choose a static one.
If the phone is ringing, then you don’t need its vibration either. Just click Settings -> Sound and deselect “Vibrate”. You should also uncheck “Touch Vibration” so to enhance battery life.
Reduce Screen Timeout
One of the easiest ways to prevent a quick battery drain is to lessen the length of time when your phone remains idle prior to its display automatically gets dark. Simply click Settings -> Display and modify screen timeout to five or ten seconds instead of giving it an interval of thirty minutes or more.
Keep Cell Phone Cool
Cell phones should always be kept at a moderate temperature that is, neither too hot nor too cold. It is always suggested to keep the smartphone batteries in a temperature range of around 68°F – 86°F. If the phone is left in temperature which is hotter, it can damage the battery life. Our experts always recommend avoiding putting the phone battery on the dashboard of a car in the hot summer season as it can damage much faster.
Only Keep Local Weather Updates
Most of us love to have the weather widgets of the places we have vacationed or vacationing which can tell the temperature and time. But this can drain the battery quickly. It is recommended removing unnecessary cities from the weather app by updating it in Settings.
Buy an Original Charger
Most of the new android phones have an option of “fast charging technology” which refuels the battery at almost twice the speed. But if you are using a charger from a non-certified third party or an unoriginal manufacturer, it can lead to a battery drain and may sometimes damage the phone.
What most of us usually overlook is the low quality charger from a third party manufacturer particularly the fast charging technology charger in which we aren’t sure as if the cable linked with the batteries has been specifically designed for the android or not.
Charge Your Phone between 40 – 80%
You should always maintain your smartphone batteries. It means they should be higher than forty percent. Either allowing the battery to be completely full or completely empty can deteriorate it and reduce its capacity over time. On the other side, keeping your phone plugged in even when it’s completely full also damages the battery. So, you should always keep the battery in between 40% to 80%.
Restart Your Cell Phone
Our experts always suggest restarting the phone once or twice a week. This helps in flushing out any battery controlling processes which might be running in the background.
Go for a Factory Reset
If you find that the above mentioning tips are not working and the battery is constantly draining, you can go for a factory reset. This method can work best in case if any downloaded data or OS gets corrupted. Just back up your phone data and then go to Settings -> Additional Settings -> Backup and Reset option.
Always Download Updates
Either updates are designed for the android OS or downloaded apps, they usually include bug fixes. This helps in improving the performance of cheap smartphones involving how efficiently the battery will be used.
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