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Android battery problems and solutions

Battery drain, slow charging and system-hogging apps are just some of the problems Android phones have with poor battery performance. But we're here to help. In this guide, we run you through some of the worst battery problems you might be having and provide solutions to help you through them.

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Here are our Android battery problems and solutions. / © ANDROIDPIT

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Stop unnecessary apps

First thing's first. We need to learn the behavior of our battery to locate the problem and subsequently to find a solution. To get a better understanding of what makes your battery tick, go to Settings > Battery. If you find apps on this screen that are using up more battery than they should be, close them by tapping Force stop. Also, check out this AVG report on the apps that drain the most battery - you may be running several of these on your phone.

If you want to go into more detail about your smartphone's battery usage, you'll find a number of apps in the Play Store that provide statistics and detailed information on battery consumption. We recommend GSAM Battery Monitor. Once the app's installed, it takes a couple of days to gather data on your smartphone and battery usage, then after that it'll give you a great overview over what's using how much battery on your device.

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Access the 'Battery' screen through 'Settings'. / © AndroidPIT

Replace your old battery with a new one

If your smartphone is a couple of years old, the sad truth is that its battery might be dying. If you don't have a lot of background processes running and are keeping your screen brightness down, then it's worth reading our review of your phone, and comparing our battery experience to yours. If yours is considerably lower, it might be time for a change. Manufacturers often say that a battery should perform well for up to 1000 charges, but that depends on many factors.

If you have a smartphone with removable battery, it's simply a case of buying a new one (a major advantage to choosing a smartphone with removable battery). If your phone has a non-removable battery then type "remove [your phone name] battery" in the AndroidPIT search bar and we could have a guide showing you how to remove it. Be warned though, that this will void your smartphone warranty.

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Samsung removable batteries could soon become extinct after the Galaxy S6 took the non-removable route. / © AndroidPIT

Your charger does not work 

If after a full night's charging, you notice that your smartphone battery drains super-fast, then it's worth checking first thing in the morning whether it actually fully charges. If not, then you're looking at a defective charger.

Check whether your cable works with another phone, or conversely whether your phone works with another cable. If your charger proves to be faulty, remember to only buy chargers from reputable manufacturers, otherwise you risk becoming the subject of those all-too-frequent news stories about phones setting houses and people on fire. No, we're not joking. Read up on the dangers of dodgy phone chargers.

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Is your charging cable dying? / © AndroidPIT

'Android system' using too much battery

One of the biggest battery consumers on your phone is the 'Android system' service. This keeps your whole device running smoothly, so naturally uses a lot of battery, but it shouldn't be more than 25 percent. If it's using more than this, then you could have a problem.

This problem could be resolved by downgrading your Android device to an older Android version. We've got plenty of downgrade guides on AndroidPIT, so just search "downgrade [your phone name]" on AndroidPIT. Should this fail, then you may have to factory reset your device. Drastic though this may sound, it could ultimately be a simpler solution than downgrading your device, because to do that you need to flash it, which can lead to complications. 

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Monitors your battery consumption. / © AndroidPIT

Google Play Services battery drain

Google Play Services is another service that consumes a lot of battery. Unfortunately, you can't stop it because it's a crucial Android feature which lets your apps communicate with each other on your phone. Still, you can bring it under control.

Go to Settings > Applications > All > Google Play Services. Here, tap the Clear cache button. This should refresh Google Play Service and stop it draining your battery. Repeat this process once a month.

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Google Play Services is a big battery drain. / © AndroidPIT

Switch off auto-brightness

Don't act all innocent. The law states you should never use automatic brightness, but you've been abusing it behind closed doors. Though automatic brightness is usually sophisticated enough to produce a comfortable viewing setting for each individual, it is not capable of selecting the optimal setting. How could it? Smartphone sensors don't know the strength of your and your great aunt's eyesight, do they?

Setting the brightness level yourself will invariably provide better battery life, so long as you set it to a comparatively low value. Fortunately, the Android platform makes it very easy to adjust brightness settings, and it can easily be adjusted from the quick-settings menu with a two-fingered downward swipe. 

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This is the brightness level in Android Lollipop. You should be changing it frequently. / © ANDROIDPIT

Shorten your screen timeout

It's a well-known fact that the display is one of the biggest sources of battery drain on an Android phone, so managing it is crucial to its longevity. The "screen-timeout" or "sleep" setting determines how long your display will stay awake for after it has been engaged with; if your screen remains on while you aren't looking at it, it's wasting precious battery life. Best to set it to the lowest value you are comfortable with in regular use, and only change it when you need to. 

Don't to worry about apps which require the screen to be on permanently while in use, like games or eBook readers, they know to stay awake no matter what your setting is. 

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In your settings > display menu you can turn off "adaptive brightness" and shorten your "sleep" time. / © ANDROIDPIT

Watch out for widgets and background apps

Widgets are stone cold battery killers, mercilessly updating in the background while you go about your business. You might be under the impression that a simple news ticker and weather app won't do much harm, but you'd be wrong, and once you start adding more and more, it will seriously take your battery to task. 

Consider the frequency with which you want your widgets and background apps to update. You could potentially set your weather app to update every hour, but the more frequently it updates, the more power it requires. If you only check your weather twice per day, try setting the refresh interval to every 12 hours instead.

Many apps will prompt you to set up the update frequency when you first place them on your homepage, though you can return to their settings at any time to alter them. Just be aware that some apps don't offer this at all, and these may be real battery assassins to watch out for.  

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I love New York, but I hate Android batteries. / © ANDROIDPIT

Which Android battery problems are you always on the lookout for? Let us know in the comments below.


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  • What REALLY helped me stop Google play services draining batterylife was this:
    Settings than goto Accounts and there in the right upper corner tick on the 3 dots. There untick the Sync data.
    you have to sync email etc manually or check manually if u have mail or updates from any of the listed accounts from now.
    but really it saves battery enormously!!!
    I mean something like this:
    normally leaving home with fully charged phone and make normal use of it during 8 hrs work with what's app, calling, agenda, check mail and weather used to take off like 38% or more.
    with the setting above I come home from 8 hrs working day with the phone discharged like 18-23%
    The difference is HUGE

  • Samsung & Google should allow users to customize Android as there are to many applications on android that consumers do not know is running on there phones draining there batteries, advance task manager really helps you kill certain applications, why can't exit functions be included in applications to stop the battery draining on android and help consumers out

  • Greg1100 5 months ago Link to comment

    I recently changed my wife's S4 screen to a Pitch black wallpaper. Whereas the battery life was useless, with pretty pics on homescreen and lockscreen- with the black screens, the battery life has improved fantastically.
    S4 is I must add, rooted with MM 6.0.1.
    I have now put Pitch Black wallpaper on my Note 4, and can see a change in battery performance- to the good

  • Alex R. 5 months ago Link to comment

    Dont we know these things already there have been articles made based on the same title and same data since long time

    • Paolo 5 months ago Link to comment

      There are new and first time readers to this site, don't whine. They don't necessarily have the time to backread through the site to find an old article like this...

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      anshul 5 months ago Link to comment

      Currently there is nothing new on Androidpit sad but true. I don't know why they are posting old articles with new headings.

    • Thomas : 5 months ago Link to comment

      True. Stupid article.

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