Android OS is a very flexible system. It can be tweaked however the user sees fit. Sometimes our phones need some tweaking in order to simply stay alive throughout the day. Are you sick of that terrible battery life? Do you think it is the phone’s fault that it can’t live that long? Do you want to sell it? Well you shouldn’t!
Before ditching that nice little Android in your hands I recommend you read this article. I’m going to give you some tips on saving battery life. Now let me just say that I’ve tried for almost 2 years to get the perfect battery life on my HTC Sensation, and I’ve finally managed to have the phone last through a 24 hour period without charging, sometimes even longer if I don’t use it often! The tips I’ll give will work for almost all Android devices, not just phones!
1. Screen Brightness – The dreaded screen of a electronic device. This is normally the very first culprit to the loss of your precious juice.Here’s a tip! When indoors, keep that brightness low, it won’t look good outdoors, but you can always turn it back up when you get outside. Another thing, do not use Auto-Brightness. People will recommend you use this, but I can tell you from a first hand experience. The light sensor that is used to adjust the brightness will kill your battery much faster than doing it on your own.
2. Check the battery stats – This is an easy way to figure out just what is killing your phone. Go to “Settings > Battery” here you can see just what is eating up your battery life. It’s simple and easy to read. No, let’s say an app like “Facebook” is killing your battery, but you haven’t used it all day. What could be the reason? Well I’ll get to that in the post below.
3. Lower the Sync rate on apps – When you have a phone connected to the internet, just know that having it connected to just the Wi-fi or Mobile data itself isn’t going to waste much juice. What will waste it is the constant syncing of any apps you have installed. How do you stop this? It’s easy, I’ll take Facebook again for an example. In the app, access the settings by hitting your phone’s menu button and hit settings inside of the app. There are two things of great importance here. Refresh Interval, and Photo Sync. Extend the refresh interval to whatever you wish, the longer the better. I set mine to an hour. Photo sync should only be on when you really don’t care about the batter life. (After work, near a charger, etc.)
Any social media app like Instagram, Twitter, Vine, or even your basic Email app all have sync settings. Be sure to check them out as well.
4. Turn off the GPS – This one should be obvious. Only use GPS when you actually need GPS. Like when driving or finding an address.
5. Get rid of some of that on-screen flair! – I love live wallpapers and widgets as much as the next guy. After all, they are one of the many perks of our devices. Here’s the problem though, these things WILL kill your phone. choose a static image for a wallpaper instead, and cut down on some of those flashy widgets. I only have 3 on my screen, a clock, a battery widget, and a power control widget. A flashy device is nice to show off, but it won’t be so nice when you’re phone is dying.
6. Root your phone! (Advanced) – Since the day I first bought my phone back in 2012, I have had my HTC rooted. What is rooting? Well, to put it simply, it gives the user access to the insides of their phone. They are totally in control. If you choose to go this route, be careful. I recommend looking guides up online for such things. I wouldn’t have been able to do it without help from my good friends over at XDA Developers.
There are more ways to save up on battery life, but these are the basics. I’ll be back soon enough with some more advanced and critical ways of saving your juice. Thanks for reading and I hope this was helpful to you!