Does your Android device run out of battery too quickly? Do you feel that your device isn’t giving you enough battery time on one charge? Do you want to save battery on your Android device? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you’re not alone, since thousands of Android users find themselves dealing with the same issue.
You might have noticed that a lot of smartphone manufacturers focus on device specifications in their marketing campaigns, without laying much focus on the battery life and performance. It’s a fact that the better the specifications, the more it will consume power and drain your battery.
Using this guide, you can learn how to save battery life on Android smartphone, regardless of your device’s features. We focus on a third party application as well as things that you can do in general in order to get the maximum juice out of your battery because in the end, if you can’t get good battery life on your Android device, then the premium features don’t really matter that much.
Method 1: General Battery Saving
This method shows you the general things you can do on your device in order to get maximum performance from your battery. You don’t need to install any third party app and this is the default way of improving battery life on Android. Some users might not thing that these steps are sufficient to make a big difference, however, once you use them, you’ll be surprised on how much of an impact these steps can make on your battery life. That being said, this method focuses mostly on lowering power usage, meaning that you can improve your battery life but you’ll have to cut down on some of the functionality.
Go to your Battery Usage information on your Android device. If you are using an older Android model, go to your Settings app, tap on About Device and hit Battery Usage. In newer Android phones, you’ll find this under the Power Management or Battery section inside your Settings app. Check for apps running in the background that are taking up most of your battery juice (percentage) and uninstall/close these apps if you don’t use them often.
If you don’t use 3G/4G LTE connections or if you don’t have these enabled on your carrier, then go to your Settings app and switch to GSM or 2G only under Mobile Networks. Even if you’re not using 4G LTE but it is enabled on your device, it can still drain your battery.
Go to Display in your Settings app and tap on Brightness. Lower your screen brightness level by moving the slider and make sure that Automatic Brightness is not enabled. Automatic brightness also drains a significant amount of battery as your phone’s brightness keeps on changing based on the environment lighting. While in the Display section, also reduce your Screen Timeout or Sleep time.
Disable your Live Wallpaper and choose any image from your Gallery as your homescreen wallpaper. Live wallpapers not only consume a lot of RAM, but they’re also heavy on the battery.
Turn off your wireless connections if you’re not using them constantly throughout the day. In your Settings app, make sure that Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are disabled under the Wireless and Networks tab. Go to More under Wireless and Networks and make sure that NFC is also turned off.
Go to Location in your Settings app and make sure Use GPS satellites is turned off.
Go to Accounts and Sync in the Settings app and disable the Auto Sync option. This will save you a lot of battery, specially if you’re using several different services, including Email, Google and Facebook. You can still set an automatic sync frequency, such as 2 hours, by configuring your individuals apps, such as Twitter and Facebook.
That’s it! You will get the best results if you do all or most of these steps together and you’ll be surprised with the amount of battery juice that you can save by following these simple guidelines.
Method 2: JuiceDefender
This method focuses on a third party app from the Google Play store. You can follow this method in addition to Method 1 for getting the maximum battery performance. JuiceDefender is one of the oldest and possibly the most effective battery saving apps currently available for Android. Downloaded by over 10 million Android users, this is a battery manager that does various tasks on its own, depending on your configuration.
Download and install JuiceDefender on your Android smartphone. You can download the app through the Google Play button below.
Open the app, go to the Status tab and select either the balanced, aggressive or extreme profile. For most users, the balanced profile will work perfectly if you want to save some battery and if you don’t want to compromise too much on your regular phone functionality. If you want to save a lot of battery then you can use the aggressive and extreme profiles, but you’ll need to compromise on some functions such as a lower brightness level or no connectivity while the screen is off.
If you want to use a customized profile, then tap on the Customize button. You can customize how JuiceDefender saves your battery by configuring things like wireless and location settings. For complete control and advanced configuration, tap on the Advanced button. In the Advanced profile, you will get a complete control over schedules, apps and triggers.
Tap on the Enabled button under the Status tab. Once enabled, you can also enable a text or graphical notification of your battery performance by going to the Notification option in the Settings tab.
Insufficient battery life is one of the biggest problems that most users face on their Android smartphones and tablets. A lot of users think before buying a premium Android device, worrying about battery performance while others suffer from charging their devices more than once during the day. While premium Android smartphones do have a lot of power hungry components, you don’t need to worry as you can easily save and improve battery performance on your Android device. You can also try the many battery saver apps or try to increase you battery’s lifespan.
The methods above will help you learn how to save battery life on Android as much as possible. Whichever method you choose, make sure that you follow all the instructions correctly and feel free to shoot any questions below.