Smartphones today perform more demanding tasks than ever before. In order to meet growing demands, processors have become more powerful, and screens have become larger. Unfortunately, lithium-ion batteries have made less progress. This forces you to rely solely on software features to extend your battery life. Here are some helpful hints to help you make make your battery last longer on Android phone’s and maintain its overall health.
1. Enable power-saving mode
Turning on your phone’s power-saving mode is the fastest way to save the most battery life (Battery Saver). Most phones have it in the Quick Settings panel, or you can access it by going to the Battery section in Settings and turning on Power saving.
You can configure the power-saving mode on a Samsung phone to do the following:
- Turns off “Always On Display”: Always-on display is a useful feature, but it constantly keeps your screen on and drains your battery.
- Limits CPU speed to 70%: By limiting CPU speed, apps will take a little longer to open and load but will consume less battery.
- Dims the screen by 10%: The dimmer the screen, the lower the battery consumption.
- Turn off 5G: While 5G is fast and convenient, it is also a major battery drain. When you want to save battery, use 4G.
- Limits Apps and the Home screen: This is the most effective battery-saving feature, capable of more than doubling your battery life! It accomplishes this by doing the following:
- All background activity is restricted.
- Edge panels are turned off.
- Sets a dark theme for the entire system.
- Lowers the refresh rate to 60Hz.
- Only allows up to eight apps on the Home screen.
- The app drawer is disabled.
2. Disable location services
Turning off the location function on your phone is one of the most effective ways to save battery life. Furthermore, you should revoke the location permission for apps that do not require it all of the time. This prevents those applications from accessing the service in the background, which saves even more battery life.
- Go to Settings
- App permissions (All of the apps that are permitted to use location are listed here)
- Select “Allow only while using the app” (for essential apps) or you can even select “Don’t allow” (for apps that don’t require the service at all).
You can conserve battery life by using Google Maps without an internet connection. To do so, use Google Maps to download offline maps of places you frequently visit.
3. Enable dark mode
Switching to a dark theme on your phone with an AMOLED screen will significantly increase battery life. Backgrounds with deep blacks allow AMOLED displays to consume less power because they can disable individual pixels.
This can be applied in a number of ways. You can use a dark wallpaper, enable a system-wide dark theme, and enable dark mode on Android apps such as WhatsApp, Twitter, YouTube, Gmail, and many others.
4. Disable automatic Wi-Fi
Since the Oreo update, Android has included a feature that searches for open Wi-Fi networks even when Wi-Fi is turned off. Because the service is running in the background indefinitely, it also secretly drains the battery. To turn it off, follow the steps below:
- Navigate to Settings
- Select Advanced from the three-dot menu.
- Turn Automatically activate Wi-Fi off
In case the option is grayed out and you are unable to disable it, you may need to enable location once to gain access to it. After disabling automatic Wi-Fi, remember to turn off the location again.
5. Limit the number of apps that run in the background.
The majority of the apps you use remain active even after you exit them. This is where Android’s app-specific battery tools come into play. A simple switch can prevent an application from accessing the battery in the background. To do so, go to:
- Tap on an app to see its settings, such as Instagram.
- Tap Battery and then Restricted on the app info page.
You can also try Greenify, a third-party app, if you have an older phone. This prevents apps from consuming energy in the background. Still, it is recommended to use the native feature on modern devices because it works better than third-party alternatives.
6. Disable screen pixels manually
If you don’t like the darker gradients, you can manually turn off pixels with a third-party app called Pixoff. The app can also use one of several available grid patterns to quickly deactivate half of the pixels.
Unless you’re watching a movie or other HD content, you won’t notice much of a difference in quality, especially if your screen is 1080p or higher screen. A few manufacturers, such as Samsung, include a setting that allows you to reduce the resolution of the display.
7. Turn off background data access
Similarly, you can disable cellular data access for apps that you believe should not be used in the background. Apps cannot load new files or work in the background if they do not have internet access. As a result, the battery is conserved.
- Go to Settings
- Apps and select an app to prevent it from using cellular data in the background.
- Tap Mobile data and turn off “Allow background data usage” under Usage.
8. Keep track of misbehaving apps
If an app fails to function properly, your battery life may suffer significantly. This could be the result of anything from a bug to a purposefully aggressive background feature. To check this, go to:
- Battery and device care
- Tap on the battery usage graph to see which apps have used the most battery power
If you rarely use an app, uninstall it and monitor the battery for a day to see if it improves. You can also force-quit the app and restart it. If nothing else works, throw it out and try something new.
9. Turn off Google assistant
While Google Assistant is a useful tool for both fun and work, it is also one of the Android features that consume a lot of battery power. It is waiting for the wake command, is linked to your location for instant contextual results, and much more.
It’s best to disable Google Assistant if you don’t rely on it heavily. Unsurprisingly, Google hasn’t made it easy to activate Assistant. To find it, you must first clear a few hurdles.
Launch the Google app, tap your profile picture, and then select Settings. Then navigate to:
- Google Assistant
- General and disable Google Assistant
To turn off Google Assistant faster, simply say to your Google Assistant, “Hey Google, turn off Google Assistant,” then tap Assistant settings and toggle off Google Assistant from there.
10. Use lite or progressive web apps instead.
Switching to lite or progressive web apps is another clever method that requires little sacrifice while still extending your phone’s battery life. These are compressed versions of browser-based apps.
Companies provide them to improve the user experience on low-powered phones. They require fewer resources, but you will not be deprived of much. You can try out a variety of lite Android apps as well as progressive web apps.
11. Modify your sync settings
Try turning off auto-sync if you find the constant stream of pings annoying. With this method, you won’t see updated information until you open the app and manually refresh it.
Because apps will not constantly refresh themselves in the background to feed you new information, you will save a lot of battery life. You can disable auto-sync on your Samsung phone by going to:
- Accounts and backup
- Manage accounts and turn off Auto-sync data.
12. Disable nearby device scanner on Samsung phones
Samsung phones constantly scan for nearby devices, allowing you to easily detect and connect to earbuds, smartwatches, Bluetooth speakers, and other devices. This is convenient, but it is not good for your battery.
So, after you’ve paired your accessories, you should disable the feature. To accomplish this, navigate to:
- More connection settings and turn off Nearby device scanning.
There are several ways you can make your battery last longer your Android phone. As previously stated, a slew of apps and services run in the background at all times that you may not even need, so it’s best to turn them off permanently. It’s a good idea to rely on your phone’s battery saver and simply use your phone less to get the best battery life possible. While you’re at it, you might as well turn off notifications so you’re not tempted to pick up your phone and check what’s happening.