How to get more battery life on Android

How to get more battery life on Android

Battery life is a big issue when it comes to smartphones. On the surface, it might not seem like battery life has gotten better. Smartphones have been around for over 10 years and we’re still charging them every night. But the hardware we have nowadays requires much more power and battery technology is just barely keeping up. There are several things you can do to help improve battery life on your Android device.

Keep a Close Eye on Usage

The best thing you can do for battery life is to simply pay attention to which apps are using up the most juice. You might be surprised to see a certain app is using up a lot of battery. If you find such an app, you can take steps to prevent it from doing more damage. First, let’s check in on battery usage.

  1. Go to Settings > Battery/Power
  2. Some phones will show the list of apps right here, others will require an extra step such as Battery Use
  3. If you find an app using too much battery, select it from the list
  4. On the App Info page, you can prevent the app from running in the background

Turn off things you don’t use

This may seem obvious to some people, but you should turn off the things you aren’t using. Bluetooth, NFC, WiFi, GPS, etc. These things can use a surprising amount of battery. There’s no point in keeping Bluetooth on if you don’t have anything connected. WiFi can suck up a lot of battery when you’re away from home. Why keep NFC enabled when you rarely ever use it?

  1. You can find most of these things in the Quick Settings
  2. Swipe down twice from the top of the screen to open the Quick Settings
  3. Toggle off NFC, Bluetooth, WiFi, etc.

Don’t let apps wake the screen

The display is the one thing that eats up the most battery. It takes a lot to power all those pixels, especially with so many flagship phones launching with huge ultra-high def displays. It’s pretty simple, really. If you want better battery life, don’t turn on the display as much. The only problem is that defeats the purpose of having a smartphone.

What you should do is prevent the display from waking when you’re not using it. Don’t let apps wake the screen with notifications. Snapchat is a big offender since they have this enabled by default. If you have an app that wakes the screen with notifications, go into the app settings and turn it off. Your battery will thank you.

Shorten the Screen Timeout

Shortening the Screen Timeout is the same idea as preventing apps from waking the screen. The longer your display is on the more battery it’s eating up. The Screen Timeout is what determines how long the display stays on while inactive. A lot of phones have this at 1 minute by default, but we recommend switching it to 30 seconds.

  1. Go to Settings > Display
  2. Look for Screen timeout or Sleep
  3. Change it to 30 seconds (or shorter if you want)

Reduce Screen Brightness

Sticking with the theme of the display, brightness can play a big role in battery life as well. Keeping the display cranked up to maximum brightness will eat up a lot of battery. A lot of people like to keep the brightness cranked up because it makes things look nicer. It’s a sacrifice you’ll have to make if you want to get some extra juice.

We recommend using the automatic brightness setting on your phone. You can set it and forget it.

  1. Go to Settings > Display
  2. Look for Auto brightness (Adaptive brightness on Pixel phones)
  3. Toggle it on

Use a Dark Wallpaper

For as long as we’ve had OLED displays on smartphones, people have been saying to use a dark wallpaper to save battery life. The idea is OLED displays don’t actually light up the black pixels. So if you have a pure black wallpaper, it’s not using power to light up all the pixels. If you have a Samsung phone, Pixel 2, or a recent LG phone, it probably has an OLED display. The battery savings likely won’t be massive, but every drop counts.

Take Advantage of Battery Saver Mode

Most phones these days have some sort of built-in “Battery Saver” mode. Some phones have more options than others. Samsung, for example, includes a couple of power saving modes. Regardless of device, these modes put your phone in a low-power state to conserve battery. They will block apps from running in the background, limit performance, dim the display, and more. You don’t want to have these modes enabled all the time, but they can be very handy in a pinch.

  1. Go to Settings > Battery/Power
  2. Look for Battery Saver
    1. Samsung phones: tap Battery > Select Mid or Max
  3. Some phones will have an option to have it turn on automatically when the battery is low. Enabled that.
  4. Turn on now if needed