Top-notch Android smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One (M8)are powerful, but unfortunately, they don’t have endless battery life. In fact, many Android phone users would be happy to make it through a single day, hoping that a nightly recharge is sufficient.
Today’s Android phones pack big bright screens and high-end features that suck plenty of power; here’s how to squeeze the most juice out of your battery.
1) Look for what’s sucking the most juice : Navigate to Settings > Battery to see a breakdown of what’s consuming your phone’s battery. Applications and features will display in a descending list of battery hogs. If you see an application you barely use or a feature you never use, you’ll want to uninstall the app or turn off the feature.
2) You don’t need to be connected 24/7 : Turn off GPS, Bluetooth, NFC, Wi-Fi and mobile data whenever you don’t need them. Turning off location data, or changing your Location settings to use Wi-Fi or 3G data rather than GPS works perfectly well. This will increase battery on your Android device.
Only turn on Bluetooth and NFC as long as you need them (even though they consume very little power), and there’s no need to have both Wi-Fi and mobile data turned on at all times, especially if you know exactly when you’ll need one or the other.
If you use Wi-Fi a lot though, say at home and at work, then it makes sense to keep set your Wi-Fi to ‘Always on during sleep’ as this uses less power than to have your Wi-Fi reconnecting every time you wake your phone. Most of these can be found in your Quick settings.
3) Explore the battery saving features on your phone : All ROMs, whether stock Android, OEM UIs such as TouchWiz or custom ROMs like CyanogenMod, have various settings in the menu to help conserve or optimize battery consumption.
HTC has Extreme Power Saving Mode, Samsung has Ultra Power Saving Mode, Sony has STAMINA mode and so on. Find these various options for your device and ROM and make them work for you.
4) Use ad-free apps : Not only are ads annoying but ferrying that vibrant, eye-catching content to your device takes energy. Using apps that don’t use ads, or purchasing premium versions of apps that eschew ads, can drastically change how badly your battery takes a beating. If you use an app frequently, and it’s sucking up your phone’s life juice every day, consider upgrading or finding an ad-free alternative.
5) Dim your brightness : Well, that’s kind of a no-brainer, isn’t it? Full brightness might be necessary to see those texts under the full light of day, but why are you still running that setup after sunset? Tone it back a bit and use adaptive brightness or auto brightness depending on which version of Smartphone you are running.
6) Get a better battery : This is almost laughable (but not quite) in this day and age. Modular batteries used to be the norm for Android devices, but now they’re the smartphone equivalent of the Black Rhino or the Hawksbill Turtle. If you’ve managed to get your hands on one of these endangered species, then you may have the option to upgrade your battery to a higher capacity model.
Source : PCMag