Anyone who has a smartphone knows that battery life is an issue. At the moment, the smartphone industry tends to favor performance over battery life when developing specifications for their new devices. To be perfectly honest, I am all for this. I would argue that it’s better to have a zippy phone that acts quickly when I need it to rather than a slow, less sleek device that can withstand a few days of use without charging.
Fortunately, I have a simple method that works for every Android phone I’ve ever encountered.
Step: 1 Don’t use adaptive/auto brightness
Don’t use display auto-brightness. It may sound good, but auto-brightness is usually way brighter than you really need. It’s much better to manually set a super low brightness level that is still comfortable, and then just bump it up when necessary. This is one of the main ways to improve your battery life as the screen is one of the biggest battery suckers.
Step: 2 Live Wallpapers
Live wallpapers have a considerable impact on your battery life. Not using them is always a good idea if you want the best time from your battery.
Step: 3 Your phone doesn’t have to be smart all the time
Turn off smart features like air gestures, smart scrolling and the like, especially if you have a Samsung. Unless you really use these features every day, they’re just using battery power for a feature you don’t use.
Step: 4 Close Unnecessary Applications
If your phone has some applications running that you are not currently using, you should close them from the Task manager to avoid putting unwanted pressure on your phone which in turn will cause your battery to drain quickly.
Step:5 A shorter screen timeout setting saves battery
Set your display’s screen timeout to as short a time as is practical for you. Just think, if your screen timeout is set to a minute, it’ll use four times the amount of power to have it on, every time you switch your screen on, than if your timeout is set to 15 seconds.
Studies report the average smartphone user turns their smartphone on 150 times a day, so anything you can do to limit that frequency (through self-control or other methods listed below) will help keep your battery running for longer.
Step: 6 Reduce Volume of speakers
Lowering volume of your phone’s speakers can also have noticeable improvements in your phone’s battery life.
Step: 7 Use dark themes and settings
Using darker app backgrounds/themes and darker launcher themes will further prolong your battery life (but only if your device has an AMOLED screen). The first version of the Android M developer preview had a stock dark theme (which was subsequently removed). This could means big things for system-wide stock theme support, if it returns in the final Android M release.
Step: 8 Black wallpaper can save battery
If your phone has an AMOLED screen (like most Samsung devices), use a dark-colored background. Black wallpaper can save your battery because AMOLED screens only illuminate the colored pixels. Black pixels are unlit, so the more black pixels you have, or the more darker pixels, the less battery you need to light them up.
Step: 9 Turn off the Bluetooth feature when not needed
. (Settings » Wireless controls » Bluetooth) For the same reasons as you should turn off WiFi, turn off the Bluetooth feature if you are not using it.
Step: 10 Turn off the phone vibration function
If your device is running Android 4.0 or higher, press the volume down button until your phone goes in to vibrate. Press it once more to turn vibration off. If you have Android 2.2 or higher, go to Settings » Sound & display » Phone vibrate. The tiny device inside your phone that generates the vibration uses power every time it is activated.
Follow these tips and you’ll find that your phone will last a little longer between recharges – and the fewer recharge cycles you put it through in a day the longer the overall battery life will be. Have some more tips and tricks of your own to share? Tell us via the comments.