We can’t live without our smartphones. No matter whether you have an iPhone or an Android device, checking messages, saving notes, playing games, and surfing social media has become a part of our everyday routine.
However one thing we all share in common is the question, “Why does my phone’s battery die so quickly?”
I know that most Android phones nowadays come with at least a 4000 mAh battery. Furthermore, the recent advancement of quick charging technology that can charge your phone’s battery from 0 to 100% in 30 minutes has eliminated our need to charge our smartphones more frequently.
But most people are unaware that charging their phone too frequently can impact the battery’s health. As a result, following some tips to minimize your phone’s battery consumption can help in the long run, as well as in circumstances where you do not have access to a power outlet.
In this post, I’ll provide you some simple tips and hacks to help you reduce battery drain on your device.
- Lower down your phone’s brightness.
- Adjust the screen timeout settings.
- Restrict background apps.
- Enable battery saver mode
- Turn off Wi-Fi, Mobile Data, GPS and Bluetooth.
NOTE: The tips mentioned below are applicable to the majority of Android phones. However, the settings on different devices can vary slightly.
Reduce your screen’s brightness
The most obvious way to save battery life is to reduce the brightness of your screen.
You can check how much power your screen consumes by going to your device’s battery usage settings (You will probably be surprised by the percentage of battery used by your phone’s screen).
When you keep your device’s brightness high, the backlight (LED or OLED) on your phone has to glow even brighter, which takes more power and causes your battery to drain faster.
This tip extends to laptops and tablets.
Here’s how to reduce your screen’s brightness:
- Go to Settings.
- Look for Display Settings and open it. Then tap on Brightness level.
- Drag the slider towards the left to reduce your screen’s brightness.
You can also open your quick toggles or notification shade and adjust the brightness directly from there.
An alternative to lowering the brightness of your phone’s screen is to enable a feature called Automatic/Adaptive brightness, which adjusts the brightness of the screen depending on the light around you.
How to turn on Adaptive brightness:
- Go to Settings.
- Tap on Display>Brightness level.
- Tap on the toggle next to Automatic/Adaptive brightness.
Pro Tip: Try using a dark wallpaper on your phone. When you use a dark wallpaper, your screen does not have to display as many colors, which saves battery power. This is especially useful if you have a phone with an AMOLED screen.
Here are a few apps that I use that provide cool dark wallpapers:
Adjust the screen timeout settings
Another factor that can reduce your device’s battery life is screen timeout. This is due to the fact that when we leave our phones with the screen on when we are not using them, the screen remains on until the timeout is triggered, affecting your battery life.
Reduce your screen’s timeout to about 30 seconds or 1 minute for the best results.
Here’s how to reduce your phone’s screen timeout:
Note: The screen timeout settings are usually found in the Display settings on most devices. The steps below are for those who own a Xiaomi smartphone.
- Go to Always-on display & Lock Screen.
- Under Lock Screen Settings, tap on Sleep.
- Set the timeout to either 30 seconds or 1 minute.
Disable certain apps from running in the background
Many apps on your device keep running as background processes even though you are not using them. This is why you can see notifications from those apps and quickly launch them because they are already running in the background.
These background processes are useful at times, but they easily drain your battery and consume a huge chunk of your phone’s RAM.
Here’s how to adjust app battery management:
- Go to Settings and tap on Battery & Performance.
- Tap on App battery saver.
- Select the app/apps for which you want to restrict the background usage.
- Tap on Restrict Background Activity and select Yes on the confirmation.
Important: You may want to keep certain apps running in the background, such as food delivery apps, messaging apps, etc. Based on your personal preferences, choose which apps to disable from running in the background.
Turning on the battery saver mode
Most smartphones (with Android 5.0 or higher) have built-in power saver modes. Most manufacturers, including Samsung and Xiaomi, also have an Ultra power saver mode, which further lengthens your device’s battery life.
Here is how to turn ON battery saver on your phone:
- Go to Settings> Battery & Performance.
- Toggle the switch next to Battery Saver.
- Some devices also display how long your phone’s battery can last after you turn on the battery saver.
- You can also activate the Ultra power saver mode to save even more battery power.
There is no risk in leaving the battery saver mode on all the time. However, you will not have access to the GPS or location service, and your phone may force close several applications that are running in the background, which can be annoying.
As a consequence, I strongly advise you to Schedule battery saver mode so that it activates automatically at a set battery percentage.
Here’s how to schedule battery saver to automatically turn on and off:
- Go to Settings>Battery & Performance.
- Tap the small gear icon on the top-right.
- Tap on Battery saver.
- Scroll down a little bit and toggle the switch next to “Turn off when charged”. This will ensure your battery saver will automatically turn off when your phone is charged above 60%
Turn off your device’s location services, Wi-Fi, mobile data and Bluetooth
I totally get it. You want to be able to access the internet at all times in order to receive updates on Instagram or to check the score of a game. Location services are also useful because they allow you to know where you are or where your phone is at any given time.
However, leaving your phone’s location services and Wi-Fi on all the time has an effect on your phone’s idle time battery use (Idle time is the time when you are not using your phone actively).
Keeping your phone’s location services and other connectivity features switched off will help you save a lot of standby time.
Here’s how to do it:
- Turning off Wi-Fi and mobile data is easy. You can do it from your notification shade.
- To turn off your location services, go to Settings>Location> Toggle the switch next to Location access.
Saving battery life is pretty easy. You can take just a few simple steps as I mentioned above and your phone will easily last longer on a single charge.