BATTERY LIFE Posts on XDA

OnePlus smartphone owners: Here’s how to check the health of your battery

OnePlus, like most other Android device makers, doesn't offer removable batteries on their smartphones. On a journey to make its smartphones slim as well as dust and water resistant, OnePlus made it really hard for a novice to swap out an older degraded battery for a new one without paying a visit to a service...

DontKillMyApp is a benchmark to test how badly your phone handles background apps

Smartphone companies come up with even more exuberant claims about long-lasting batteries with each new device. Inarguably, the battery sizes on smartphones have increased substantially over the past years – that's why the popularity of tools like Greenify has dwindled over the years. However, to extend the battery backup, manufacturers also tweak their custom Android-based...

BatteryGuru helps you track usage and optimize battery health for longevity

Practically all smartphones these days come with non-removable batteries and some form of fast charging technology. Unless done properly with adequate heat management, charging and fast charging do degrade the life of your phone's battery, and non-removable batteries make it difficult to swap out an older degraded battery for a new one. Glass sandwich designs...

BetterBatteryStats updated with Android Pie support

I have already lost count of how many times I've started an article with this same sentence, but I have to say it once again: XDA Forums is the home of many enthusiastic developers trying to make your Android experience better. Some try to help you customize your device to your liking, some try to...

Make the Huawei P20/OnePlus 6’s notch useful with Notch Battery Bar

One of the biggest trends of 2018 is, unfortunately, the display notch. Sometimes you'll see a second stereo speaker in there, or enhanced camera capabilities that were "impossible" otherwise. But, sadly, sometimes the notch seems completely useless. That hasn't stopped developers from finding a use for it, like XDA Member kumarsid7. His application called Notch...

OnePlus 5/5T get OxygenOS 5.1.4 with sleep standby optimization & July security patches

The OnePlus 6 may be the talk of the town due to its thinner bezels, notched display, and latest Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC, but the developers are still working to keep their other current devices supported as well. We recently learned that the company is planning to bring the selfie portrait picture feature from the OnePlus...

TicWatch Pro has a layered display and up to 30 days of battery life

Mobvoi is the ex-Googler founded company that makes accessories like speakers and watches. They got backed by Google in 2015 and they've had a good partnership through Wear OS (formerly Android Wear) and Google Assistant ever since. Their two previous smartwatches, the TicWatch S and TicWatch E, were praised by the community as both of...

Samsung Gear S4 may have a bigger battery than the Gear S3 and come in a new gold color

Many people had high hopes on the back of the smartwatch industry with even popular mechanical watchmakers jumping on board to test the waters. Customers interested in smartwatches have had multiple choices when it comes to which platform they went for. Pebble was one of the first, but then Google, Samsung, and even Apple stepped...

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 may launch with 4000 mAh battery & faster wireless charging

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is the next big upcoming Samsung phone. There have been many leaks and rumors already showing off the design and some new software launching with the phone. Now, we have even more rumors and leaks showing a larger battery and faster wireless charging. Prolific Samsung leaker IceUniverse posted on Twitter today saying: “100%...

BetterBatteryStats 2.3 adds full support for Android Oreo and unrooted devices

Battery life on certain Android devices can leave a lot to be desired. Frequent wakelocks and poorly optimized apps can wreak havoc on the battery. Google has made strides to solve these issues with features like Doze Mode, but there's still a lot of work to be done. That's where apps like BetterBatteryStats come in...

Thoughts on the OnePlus 3T as an International Traveler’s Companion

A little over a month ago, 36 hours after catching a flight from Los Angeles International Airport, I found myself walking off a plane into a small, rural airport in southern Chile. Beginning in Seattle, Washington, I flew to San Diego, drove to Los Angeles, flew to Houston, caught a flight from Houston to Santiago, Chile,...

Comparing Battery Life with and Without Google Services: A Week of Minimal Idle Drain

It's no secret that battery life on smartphones these days are not the best. Most will consider it mostly a hardware issue, seeing companies trading battery size for aesthetic design. But that's not the entire reason, with a large part being attributed to the software used on our phones. In the XDA Virtual Office, many of...