Managing the battery consumption on your Android can be quite complicated. Sometimes you have the idea that you might as well leave the thing plugged in. But wait, isn't an Android supposed to be a mobile phone? Fortunately, you can take steps to turn your immobile phone back into a cell phone, the way it should be.
Method 1 of 4: Adjust the connectivity
Step 1. Manually disable connections when you are not using them
Keeps WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS turned off. Only turn them on when you're using them, because keeping them on will drain your battery.
To disable all connections, you can switch to Airplane mode. To do this, press and hold the power button until a menu appears. Tap Airplane mode to turn off all wireless connections on your phone. To enable only Wi-Fi but no mobile data in Airplane mode, tap Menu, Settings, then Wireless and Networks. Tick Wi-Fi
Step 2. Use an app to manage your connections
Install an application such as NetBlocker, which allows you to turn your Internet connection on and off, rather than having your phone constantly connected to the Internet.
Apps like NetBlocker let you view the connectivity settings of all your apps. For each app, you can choose whether to turn it off from Wi-Fi, mobile data, or both
Step 3. Reduce the scan or refresh rate of your services
Set the messaging services you use, such as Facebook, email and Twitter, to 'manual' scan or refresh. This way you don't get updates all the time, which saves energy and can also serve as a refreshing break from the perpetual connectivity.
To adjust the refresh rate, go to your email inbox. Tap Menu, Settings and then Account Settings. Choose your account and then press sync settings followed by sync schedule. Adjust your schedule here
Step 4. Use the battery saving mode
Some Androids, such as the Galaxy S5 and HTC One (M8), even have 'Ultra' or 'Extreme' battery-saving modes. These modes limit your smartphone to the most basic activities, such as texting, calling, web browsing and Facebook.
To use the battery saver mode in Android 5.0, press Settings and then Battery, where you will see the 'Battery saver' option. Here you can enable or have the battery saving mode enabled if your phone still has 15% or 5% charge, for example
Method 2 of 4: Keeping energy guzzlers in check
Step 1. Use a short ringtone
Long ringtones for phone calls and messages consume a lot of energy. Use less energy by using short tones or no tone at all when Android notifies you of a message.
Default ringtones vary by device, but can be easily customized. To change your ringtone, go to Apps, Settings, Personalize and Sound. From there, choose a ringtone, tap Add and OK. Also look at Settings, Device, Sound to see if you still have active sounds or ringtones there
Step #2. Set your phone to vibrate
You can also set your phone to vibrate instead of a ringtone. Set to vibrate in the Notification Settings.
Step 3. Only use those internet applications that you actually use
Do not subscribe to unnecessary feeds, e-mail alerts, newsletters, etc. Also make sure that the notification period for internet applications is optimal.
Step 4. Close unused apps
Your Android may be running programs in the background that you don't know about. You can disable additional programs without damaging your phone. There are three simple ways to close an app:
- Tap the Recent Apps button at the bottom of the screen. Swipe the app you want to close to the right.
- Press App Info, select Force Quit, and press OK to confirm.
- Go to Settings, select Apps or Applications, and press the Running menu. Select the app you want to close and press Stop or Force Quit.
Step 5. Try different settings
If you're not sure whether a particular setting will drain your battery extra fast, try one adjustment at a time. Fully charge your battery. For example, try only changing the brightness setting. See how much that affects the rate at which your battery drains over the course of the day.
Method 3 of 4: Improve screen efficiency
Step #1. Adjust the screen brightness settings
You may not see much of a difference once your eyes adjust, but a change in your screen brightness can significantly affect your battery life.
- In Android, press the Menu button.
- Select System Settings from the listed options.
- Click the Display option under Settings.
- Select the Brightness option from the list on the new screen.
- Uncheck the Auto option. Now you can adjust the brightness setting of your Android, which means that - if you set this lower - you can save a lot of power.
- Move the slider left or right with your finger to increase or decrease the brightness.
Step 2. Try Auto Brightness
As an alternative to adjusting the brightness of your screen yourself, you can also let Android do that automatically. Press Auto Brightness to transfer the brightness setting to your Android, which it does based on the amount of ambient light. This may not save you as much energy as keeping the brightness constantly low, but it certainly saves energy compared to having a very bright screen permanently.
Step 3. Change your wallpaper
Some 'living' wallpapers are animated or interactive and therefore use a lot of energy. If you're using a live wallpaper, make sure it's a really good one, one that won't eat up all your memory and power.
To change your wallpaper, select Menu and then Wallpaper or, if you are in the app drawer, select Gallery. Find the image you want to use and select the part you like with the rectangle
Method 4 of 4: Optimizing your battery
Step 1. Use an enlarged battery
Consider purchasing an enlarged battery or battery cover. The latter acts both as a cover and as an enlarged battery, allowing you to double the battery life.
Step 2. Pay attention to the strength of your signal
If you are somewhere with a weak signal and therefore you have few bars, your phone will put more energy into searching for a signal and performing tasks. Try to delay serious data use in areas with poor coverage. At these times, it is better to switch to Airplane mode.
To switch to Airplane mode, press and hold the power button until a menu appears and choose Airplane mode, which will disable all wireless connections on your phone. To enable only Wi-Fi but no mobile data in Airplane mode, tap Menu, Settings, then Wireless and Networks. Tick Wi-Fi
Step 3. Test your battery
If nothing works, check your battery as it may need to be replaced. If you have a spare battery or can borrow one from a friend, try it to see if it lasts longer. If you don't have another battery or if you have trouble changing the battery on your phone, go to a phone shop or carrier. It may be worth finding out if your battery is the problem.