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How to make your Android smartphone's battery last longer

How to make your Android smartphone's battery last longer

Smartphone batteries don't last forever, and some devices have an almost-embarrassing screen-on time. Those big, luscious AMOLED and LCD screens and taxing apps are an obvious drain on your battery, but there are lots of things you can do behind-the-scenes to make your Android last longer. Let's explore how to increase battery on your smartphone.

How Android batteries work

First, some background: most smartphones have either a lithium-ion battery or a lithium-polymer battery. Both are actually lithium-ion though, and as such, do not have a 'memory', which means you can charge them from any level – you don't have to fully discharge them before charging them up – and you don't have to charge them all the way to 100 percent.

In fact, these types of batteries suffer from low voltage problems, so it's actually better to partially charge them (say, from 20 percent to 90 percent) than to fully charge and fully drain them. Battery care is always open for debate though, so for every accepted tip there will be someone that says it makes no difference. Just find the ones that work for you and you can increase battery on your Android device.

To our chagrin, most devices released nowadays don't have removable batteries. This looks like it won't change anytime soon. And despite most of them being close to 3,000 mAh they still need to be optimized, especially for demanding new games. Take advantage of some of the tips below and really get the most out of your smartphone.

Black wallpaper can increase battery

If your phone has an AMOLED screen (like most Samsung devices), use a dark-colored background. Black wallpaper can increase battery life 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 power is needed to light them up.

To download a completely black wallpaper, tap the link here.

  • Now, save the picture and go into your Settings.
  • From there tap Wallpaper hit Choose wallpaper and scroll down to Gallery.
  • You should be able to find the black wallpaper you just saved.
  • Hit set to wallpaper and lock screen.

Watch the video below to see how this is done:

Doze Mode

Doze mode has been around since Android Marshmallow, but has been improved with newer Android versions. Before, Doze would only work when the smartphone has been stationary for a while. But now, it can also work when it's being moved around (in your bag or pocket while you're on the go, for example). The screen just needs to be off to work.

Doze mode essentially just shuts down things you're not using depending on how long it has been since you've touched your phone. Network connection is severed and syncing only happens during specific intervals. When you're away from your phone even longer, more things are stopped, like GPS, Wi-Fi scanning and all syncing.

Turn off Google Assistant

Stop your phone from always listening. Google Assistant is a fantastic and often very functional feature. The problem is that it can wreak havoc with your battery. Especially if you don't actually use it or only use it occasionally.

Go into Google>Search from your Settings menu and tap Google Assistant>Settings heading. On the next page, select your device and toggle off Google Assistant for longer battery life.

Don't let your apps fall behind the times

Keep your apps updated. There's a reason developers constantly update apps, and most of the time it's for memory or battery optimization. Keeping your apps updated also means you have the best optimizations available. Likewise, delete old apps you no longer use, because these may be running background processes that chew up RAM and battery life.

Once you've ensured your apps are up-to-date you can go through them individually and check if they're optimized for battery life. This can be done quite quickly. Just go into your Settings and tap Battery. From there hit the menu button (three dots at the top right of your screen) and go to Battery optimization. From there you can see which apps are optimized and change them. You can only change the non-essential system apps. Watch the video below to see how this is done.

Use the 'Lite' or 'Go' versions of apps

To save battery life, not to mention mobile data, you can take advantage of 'Lite' versions of popular apps, or even Google's new suite of 'Go' lightweight apps. These are stripped down to their essential features and designed to be simpler and more economical than their full counterparts. Facebook and Messenger both have Lite apps available in the Play Store.

Skype also has a Lite app in the Play Store, but it may be unstable as it is technically unreleased. Social networks such as Twitter and Instagram, also have Lite versions available to download. 

Use Greenify

Unlike many Android apps that claim to optimize performance and increase battery life, Greenify actually works. Greenify allows you to put other apps into hibernation when they aren't in use, preventing them from operating in the background.

This frees up system resources and boosts battery performance, but requires a bit of thought. For Greenify to be effective you can't just hibernate every installed app. But since there are a lot of Android apps that perform actions you don't know about, or necessarily want, this is a useful tool.

This can be helpful in many situations. For example, you might use the Amazon app to browse for things to buy, but don't want it to operate in the background or send notifications. There might be other apps on your Android device operating in the background without a good reason. Greenify stops this by sending those apps into hibernation, which reduces their impact on the system, saving battery life while improving performance.

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Greenify promises to reduce battery drain while your device is not being used. / © AndroidPIT

Don't use adaptive/auto brightness

Don't use display auto-brightness. It may sound useful, but auto-brightness is usually way brighter than you really need. It's better to manually set the brightness to a level that is low but comfortable, and bump it up when necessary. This is one of the best ways to improve your battery life, because the screen is one of the biggest battery suckers.

To ensure your adaptive/auto brightness is off go into the Settings>Display in many devices and toggle the adaptive brightness. 

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Save battery by using the manual brightness controls. / © AndroidPIT

Turn off vibrate and haptic feedback to save battery

Switch off vibrate. Unless you really need that added awareness, turn off vibration alerts for incoming calls. It actually takes more power to vibrate your phone than it does to ring it. Turn off haptic feedback too (that buzz you get from typing on the keyboard). Sure it feels cool, but it doesn't really add anything to your experience, and it's another battery drainer. Watch the video below to see how you can do this.

Set your 'Do Not Disturb' or 'sleep' schedule 

Set sleep times or blocking mode to switch off Wi-Fi and mobile data when you don't need them. If your phone is basically off limits at work, set your device to not ring, vibrate or connect to the internet while you're at work. Many phones have a Do Not Disturb setting for just this purpose.

Likewise, you can set your phone to airplane mode when you're asleep or use sleep or blocking modes to set up limits for what your phone does during certain times of the day, whether that's while you're asleep, at work or in a meeting. Cool apps such as IFTTT let you create rules that can help you save battery life too.

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 4G 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 Settings.

Don't get bogged down by widgets

Ditch widgets you don't need, especially those connected to the internet, such as weather widgets. If you have multiple widgets across several home screens, which are constantly syncing and updating (Twitter, reddit, weather, Gmail and the like), you're not doing your battery any favors. Just hit the apps when you need them.

If you already have a bunch of useless widgets on your device then you just need to do a couple of things and they'll be gone. Long press on a blank space on your home screen. Now drag the widget you don't need into the trash bin at the top or bottom of your screen (it depends on the brand).

Explore the battery saving features on your phone

All ROMs, whether stock Android, OEM UIs such as TouchWiz, or custom ROMs like LineageOS, have various settings in the menu to help conserve or optimize battery consumption. Most, manufacturers, including Samsung and Huawei, feature a Power Saver mode you can just toggle on.Find these various options for your device and ROM and make them work for you.

Even if your phone doesn't have layers of battery saving features like some (or you simply don't want disable so many features), at least make use of the basic battery saver mode.

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Battery saver promises to reduce battery drain while your device is not being used. / © AndroidPIT

Don't fall into the auto-sync trap

Turn off auto-syncing for Google accounts. If you don't need every single Google account updated every 15 minutes, just go into Settings and Accounts (or Cloud and Accounts, User and Accounts, etc. depending on your brand)and turn off auto-sync for those apps you don't need constantly updated.

Some apps – like email – let you manually refresh when you launch them, rather than running multiple auto-refreshes throughout the day when you may not need them to. The same goes for Twitter, Reddit and co. Unless you need constant updates or push notifications (like for Facebook or your calendar) just sync when you actually use the app.

Did we miss anything? What are your best battery saving tips? Tell us about them in the comments.


This article was updated with contributions from Brittany McGhee.

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  • All the tips are super cool and awesome. Thanks for sharing this information


  • relay your use black wallpaper advice is very excellent......


  • For a black background you can turn off the light switch and take a pic without flash right... Then you don't have to worry if the page is hacked bugged or has any viruses either. (Those that are insanely security/privacy obsessed. Make your own black background.


  • Don't charge to 100%. It reduces their performance on the long run. 97% is optimum


    • That's only really helpful if you pay attention when not using it. If you pass out watch tv or otherwise ignore it whilst recharging...


  • turn of animations from settings, always keep airplane mode on while charging

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  • Sorin Dec 30, 2017 Link to comment

    Obviously, every application that runs in the background consumes memory and that's why it's good to keep only the really important applications. I used battery economists for a while, but I noticed that their effect is not what I expected, so I quit any optimizer. Personally, the WiFi connection keeps on working all the time. Together with the minimum of applications I need, the battery holds me for 2 days, which I am pleased with.


  • Mike Dec 30, 2017 Link to comment

    Turning your phone off at night works well too


    • ..older mob;s had 7 day settings, you could set on off da/night times .. if this is not a new mob .....mine is
      I wont buy it.a godsend.


  • I keep the Wifi scanning and Bluetooth scanning for location accuracy always turned off. It really helps.


    • Having your own pvt wifi and password encoding is best. I have all scanning or "allow my device to be shown" turned off. My network is supplied by a wireless giant. They alone know about it. No 1 else needs access. I don't use bluetooth. If others want wifi or anything they can buy their own service or upgrade to "Unlimited Data" plans. Mid power saving is useful if customized. Max disables apps and is work environment only.


  • Years ago I just went with phones that have 4,000mAH batteries or larger, run everything wide open and still have over 50% at the end of the day.


  • Sorin Dec 15, 2017 Link to comment

    It'd okay tot turn off Gmail sync, now is more silence !


  • I agree with almost all your tips and I also seem to have some more tips myself.


  • "Black wallpaper can increase battery"

    OH NO! Please drain my battery :D


  • To make your phone battery last you treat it the same as any other type of battery, thats never run it down to low, never fast charge as seems to be the practice now? Try keeping your battery above 50% try not to leave on charge when fully charged, slow regular charging that doesn't heat the battery is the key to a longer battery life with these days of non removable batteries.


  • These are great tips at optimization of the battery life. Now all I need to do is follow the advice. Still a good read. Always nice to get a refresher.


  • Old article with a few lines added.
    Still it's a good article.


  • I have read many saving articles over the years, but this the very best collection of battery saving information.


  • Disable most of the applications you do not use regular,Battery Doctor or Purify helps you out a lot,Brightness Slider is very good for adjusting your screen brightness and disable auto brightness,and download apps from the play store that include the Exit option


    • I have 100+ apps and all audio notifications and most background activity restricted except what I use most. As soon as I open them they update. Vibration and bells (follow 100 twitter accounts and have 10 minutes of bells at times) will drive you stark raving mad. Visual notes for updates ok. Google Play notification for app updates. I don't Anything auto. My phone. My choice. My hand not the phone guiding me...


  • I love this article. I have the zte zmax duo LTE. In settings I have no battery section so I can't battery optimize any of my apps. Does anyone know how to fix that? Thanks.


    • I'd just research all of the newest phones with all of the current features or ask a store employee with any major wireless provider. Att Samsung Verizon.... Tell them what you need and let them set it up for you. If you have the Financial might buy a few phones/plans and test them for yourself. Maybe upload a YouTube vid detailing everything... A little self education augmented by what everyone else says can help you make the best choices. Or test for yourself ignore other's advice and post success/cautionary warnings. Just use Sense. If you can't create a controlled explosion and aren't aware of the consequences beforehand then just let other's knowledge guide you. Don't explore the wilds if it means being eaten by a Tiger...


  • Nice sharing!


  • For the diehard energy savers I have this tip: the app Pixel Filter from Google Play store. ....


  • Thanks for sharing with us !!!!


  •   24
    Deactivated Account Mar 20, 2017 Link to comment

    There's a lot of power hungry apps as well, for example the facebook app. Removing such apps also help reduce power and save battery life.


    • Can't remove fb that I see but you can disable. Block all notifications and no permissions required so nothing to block. Cache clear. Streamline other social media: Twitter. No sound, all alerts messages etc. Just send little text popups on your phone. Screensaver will show that you received for a few sec then blank itself.


  • Compare with Purify app, which one is better, I am using Purify app, and I think it is ok for me.


  • Screen Filter is the application I find out to stop my Galaxy phones battery draining,Google should have realised by now that Android can end up being a battery draining software,and the Exit function should be included in everything created for android,that's what applications I always look for on Android,pressing screen filter before I press the screen off button does really help my battery when I go to bed or using my phones in the day,cool bright as well for setting my screens brightness


  • Black wallpaper ftw!! If you have a Samsung device, I would highly recommend black wallpaper on the home+lock screen, and getting rid of TouchWiz by installing a simple homescreen like Nova Launcher. Whicons icon pack goes well with pitch black background. If you're a fan of board games, I actually created black-background ad-free Android games on Google Play for those AMOLED folks! I published a zero-permission Chess, Sudoku, and Spider Solitaire games, and have Checkers, a blacked-out Bejeweled, and a racing game on the way! Just search my full name "Aaron Gillion" up on the Play Store!


  • Thanks for the tips! Have already utilised quite a few of them. Always so handy to have a selection of changes you can make on those days you need your phone desperately. I compiled by own list which works universally for most smart phones- www.lucidica.com/blog/how-to-guides/top-tips-for-making-your-phone-battery-last-longer/. Small changes such as decreasing brightness and stopping automatic updates makes a massive difference to the battery life. It just takes 5 minutes to learn them and then you should be equipped with the knowledge necessary to reduce battery usage.


  • Thanks! It made a big difference to phones battery life! simple tips and tricks you can use to make your phone's battery last longer, plus point out the battery saving. Thanks a lot for sharing with us a useful topic.


  • Uninstall google chrome


  • Overwhelmingly the drain is the screen - just check settings:battery to see what's been using it. My cure is a low brightness setting indoors, a fierce 30 second time-out, and a reliable app-specific screen-on app to override that: I use Keepscreen. I also have No Screen Off to just plain stay on, when needed. After some surprising trouble with ridiculous "tablet idle" on Android M (following an update soon after activation) I used Recovery Mode to wipe the system cache, and that reduced it a lot. Greenify is very useful.

    I've also activated Developer Options (google it) on all my devices, to disable all three animation settings and limit background processes - I can get away with two - saves battery and makes screen changes snappier.


  • Hey droid users, should you wish to cut down the screen consumption (and also gain more privacy in the process), try the lightweight BlackScot on Google Play.


  • Wait a minute, in another post about saving battery using auto brightness was recommended. So what information I have to believe?


    • I think it depends on mindset and personal preference: Phone controls how brightly you see... Or perchance YOU like controlling your device... I strongly suspect only You can truly answer this topic... Auto removes your control. While it's intended to compensate (bright sunshine or intense indoor light= Dimmer or near black stargazing= Brighter (that's how I would create the rules for auto) it should be up to You. Look at Gremlins: "BRIGHT LIGHT BRIGHT LIGHT BRIGHT LIGHT" (1980s movie) Isn't very helpful if it hurts your eyes. Yet you shouldn't squint in near dark to read a text message/file an office memo using cell data because your office building just burnt out it's circuits. How about a middle lane choice?If you have a developed brain and "common" sense... I'd use my own personal judgement (and I do) It's My phone. I'm not on loan so it can have legs to carry it to it's next destination...


  • I have found that adaptive brightness is LESS than what I have it set to. Also, Samsung recommends the use of auto brightness in order to save battery, so maybe it depends on the device, or you guys are regurgitating outdated information.
    Also, I've switched from Greenify to Purify. I feel it works better at actually hibernating apps.


    • I don't see why auto brightness would help save battery because it's like allowing some sensor to constantly work to understand how dark the environment is. I'm not an expert though, so I might be missing something.


  • Alex Jul 24, 2016 Link to comment

    This is the same article posted again and again i has seen the same article here for many years.


  • Nice article. Google hotwords and Doze is new to me elsewise all the rest are known to me.


  • peter Jul 23, 2016 Link to comment

    Thanks for sharing with us about battery saving


  • Wow, thanks for sharing these tip bits


  • Yes , gentlemen. This lengthy list is the ultimate guide for battery saving. Don't bother installing other apps that aren't described here.


  • Thanks! It made a big difference to my phones battery life!


  • very useful.


  • Thanks it worked for me


  • when we will have innovation in battery segment of smartphones....since 2011 smartphones battery capacity is increasing but not a single innovation take place....we have gone frome 4k screen to curved screens but dont have a new innovation in battery segment......i hope there will be something new in this area n we will have long lating batteries in our smartphones.


  • My wife's Galaxy S4 had a bad battery life until I removed all pictures and put a pitch black wallpaper on it- lock screen and home screen. What a fantastic difference


  • I have aa S5 G900F under Android 6.01 non-rooted, update via OTA.
    Prior Marshmallow, I was using Lollipop and Doze (the app), and could keep my battery percentage at full charge when screen off after a full recharge.
    But with marshmallow, I encounter a huge fall of the charge when sleeping (1%/min), even without doze, greenify, du battery saver, du speed booster or clean master, with native smart manager and doze service only.

    But I noticed, the battery level is constant when turning to Airplane.
    Not a good idea , as I may receive messages or phone calls, but It is a solution to keep the battery from draining too fast.


  • When will be popular with fast launcher?


  • Let's use "FAST LAUNCHER 2016" :)
     Simple - Fast - Amazing - ONLY 400KB
    * support search providers: google,  duckduckgo,  wiki,...
    * learns your habit daily
    * supports icons pack,  themes, favorites,...
    * save battery...


  • mohaan Mar 16, 2016 Link to comment

    My le1s mobile is fast during battery.. When data or WiFi mode is running its will be full drained.. 40%drained in 2hours drained.. When using uc browser. And WhatsApponly... Pls help me this is 3000mah battery what was the reasons... How to I get battery backup?


  • I few more tips that help:

    Turn off always scan for wifi. Open your wifi settings, go to advanced, and uncheck always scanning.
    Also, enable developer mode on your device (Google how to do that), open developer mode in settings, then scroll down to window animation scale, turn it off. Also turn off transition animation scale and animator duration scale. Less animation and transition effects, more battery.


  • I spend so many time to play games,chatting or browsing. I am using this tip's my phone battery life really good it's working guys try this tip's. I really like this tip's......


  • Auto Brightness on my S4 is very dull not extra bright so I don't use it.
    As for updating apps I tend to not update them too often because devs often make changes (ES File Explorer I'm thinking of you) that I don't like or the app doesn't function right (I read the reviews in the play store before updating).
    I've started looking for alternative apps that are easy on the battery. Tinfoil for Facebook and Twidere are very battery friendly. I was always getting wakelocks with the Facebook app (and Messenger). Twidere has a night mode and as far as I know Twitter doesn't.
    I've also started deleting apps and using a browser. The latest app to be axed was Weather Underground because of the permissions. I don't see why a weather app needs to read my files and photos.


    • No Play Store auto update. I just have notifications when they're ready. I update when I want. Phone maintenance/cache clearing is pretty useful 1/1-2 wks if you download un-install re-install apps or other media. Apparently a lot of excess trash files help facilitate downloads then just clog memory afterwards. 1/wk or a month check for Op Sys updates. All or most of these should be under settings of 1 or another labeling...


  • well described
    I use a lot of it and really helps


  • Hey don't know if this is right or not but after upgrading to marshmallows it really difficult to direct my downloads to my external sdcard and apps keep popping the "...don't have permission to your device...".l . Am using the Infinix x510 (hot 2)
    Any help guys?????????


  • When you follow that rekomandations, you can save much battery life; it is really worth!


  • Great tips


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    Deactivated Account Feb 2, 2016 Link to comment

    I have tried above mentioned tricks & they are really helpful. Well described article.


  • u cant sing the song of black wallpaper all time.....black wallpaper did nt work that much u sing the song......doze is not for evryone only few phone have doze......dont be mobile obsessed is the best point u focus.....all in all i saw something good on android pit after a long time


  • I noticed that when I move certain apps to the SD card, I get a warning that the app won't get a 'boot complete' notification. I was a programmer many years ago, and reasoned that this notification MAY allow the app to start at boot, and by moving it to the SD card, the app may not start when I restarted the phone.

    I moved Amazon Store app to SD card. Previously when I restarted my phone, I immediately ran Greenify. Greenify ALWAYS stopped Amazon Store - showing it always started at boot. After moving Amazon Store app to SD card, lo & behold, it was missing from apps stopped by Greenify - suggesting that it hadn't started.

    My question is - would I be wrong in believing that moving a pile of apps to SD card that need the 'boot completed' notification to start at restart/reboot will stop them starting at all, and as a result improve battery life. I only use a lot of these apps occasionally, so why start them every time?


  • Prinz Jan 20, 2016 Link to comment

    My samsung s4 battery would easily last a day for the first week but now it only lasts 3 hours on a full charge and it does get very hot. well, thank you fr the info :)


  • im using Battery Super Saver in my opinion the best battery saver: batterysaver.pl


  • java is about 5-10 times more memory hungry and the vm process model is less performant and kills batteries big time. there is absolutely nothing google can do about it (nor they even wanted to, they would not care if your battery lasts like 25% of a regular iphone!). the business model is also wrong, what you get for free is anything but lunch! all these spamers and advertisers kills you battery. segregation and lack of upgrades from the vendor are also clear sign that android days are actually numbered, no matter how much we would not like this to happen. samsung is also famous for signing commercial deals with different bimbos (facebook, at&t, etc) - these deals are not only invading your privacy but also kill your battery and guess what you cannot get read of them, unless you root your phone (disabling them was taken care of by individual vendors by re-enabling them at restart time). this commercial garbage is no different that the defunct world of windows desktops and laptops... google is not a software company, they purchased android, they are advertising that's what they do... just think about it...


  • Iovan Oct 28, 2015 Link to comment

    Samsung has it's own hotwords detection via S-Voice. People need to make sure they deactivate "Voice wake-up" in S-Voice.


  • My edge is having the most difficult time. It completely died. I've took end it to ck my charger,purchase another. Nothing. My question is ... any solutions? Or How can I return a phone to its manafacter. ? Box ND receipt not in hand and gifted to me. DO U THINK I CAN CONTACT TO THE COMPANY TO REPAIR? UNSURE AND CONFUSE JANE


  • I never had a problem with battery lasting a day with heavy use on my iPhone 4. My Galaxy S6 needs to be plugged in nonstop or it'll die mid day with average usage. My wife has the Iphone 6, with comparable use (checking FB, email, some short time gaming) her battery will be near 50% by the time we leave work; whereas mine... well I don't know because I always have to keep it plugged in so it doesn't die. The 5.1.1 update (finally ATT sent it over) did help a lot but man... A phone where I constantly have to tinker with it to get it to not die in 5 hours, I might switch back to iPhone just so I can count on a phone battery to not drain because it's simply turned on.


  • I use LEAN DROID on unrooted device to turn WiFi Bluetooth and data off/on as and when required this saves lots of power. Another tip to save lots of power is to buy a Samsung gear s or other smart watch to check your notifications send emails and texts and make phone calls.


  • I used to use Juice Defender and loved it. But it doesn't work with Lollipop (it also hasn't been updated in eons) . I liked the control it gave me over WiFi and mobile data. Has anyone found a good alternative?


  • guys check this BEST CPU OPTIMIZER. i am using it and its very light and effective.


  • Thank's for your instrucions; I followed it and my battery last much more long


  • Mine eats the battery when its in sleep mode. Battery stats say 50-70% is caused by Phone Idle. Dunno what to do.. :(


  • Esha Jul 24, 2015 Link to comment

    But mine is dead, I am charging it but it doesn't come back on. Someone help


  • SAAS Jul 19, 2015 Link to comment

    I have Samsungs Note 2 and Note 4 phones. The newer Note 4 is primarily work related only hence always used with care to preserve battery. For the Note 2, i purchased a 10,000mah battery which can last me 2 days on heavy use (incl games) and on basic use possibly 3-4 days. Its a true life saver

    Downside, large battery means say goodbye to the phones slick and slim look but for me personally its a worthy sacrifice


  • So basically your saying "you have a great smartphone with lots of features - so turn all those off - use only the basics"

    My battery usage is quite good, combined with wireless charging (which stops the phone from using power rather than properly charging it).

    If you like the added features, which I do then the offset is charging more often.


    • Simple as that


    • SAAS Jul 24, 2015 Link to comment

      Kevin, its rather simple, I like a few of the features which are constantly turned off and only made active when required. Most of my family members complain about the battery life but after checking their phones its evident they leave most features on. My dads phone has his Wifi on literally 24 hours a day and only recently he's started turning certain features off when not in use, esp. wifi, mobile data, Bluetooth, location, etc and now seeing a significant difference. In the end, its a smartphone and with a smart user, we can get the best out of it.

      For the better part, I too wonder when the tech world will develop a battery which can last us days or weeks.....until that happens stay smart, stay Android :P


  • Indeed, these are the tips and tricks we need in order to prolong the battery life of our smartphones. We really need them especially if we are always on the go and forget to bring our chargers.


  • My ZTE ZMax has a 3,400 may battery and I average about 18 - 24 hours of use per charge. Streaming Video, Audio, Talk time, etc...

    Are any of the Battery Apps on the Play Store useful or just "Snake Oil?"


  • Can someone elaborate about the screen timeout? Is it better to have a higher timeout time because it uses more battery every time the screen turns on? I was a little confused by that section. Thanks.


    • Daryl Jul 11, 2015 Link to comment

      Hi Gary,

      In terms of preserving battery life, it's best to set the screen timeout to the shortest time possible (e.g. 10 or 15 seconds).The longer the timeout, the more battery your phone will consume.

      For simplicity, if we assume that a user switches on their phone 150 times a day, a 10 second timeout will consume 25 minutes worth of battery, whereas a 60 second timeout will consume 2 hours and 30 minutes of battery. It must be noted that the section assumes that a user would always let the screen timeout, rather than manually switching it off once they have finished using the phone.


  • My LG phone, 24hrs @ best, solution change from Very expensive leather case, the magnetic clip on the case was the culprit.


    • I had the same problem. The circle case I bought for a brand new phone very quickly drained the battery and it would not charge right either unless you took it out of the case.


  • thanks its useful


  • Please check the new Android app called Talk Intact.
    It both saves the battery power and decreases unnecessary phone radiation exposure during the calls.


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  • OMER Jan 20, 2015 Link to comment

    How to root moto e without voiding warranty


  • Y my samsung s duos (GT-S7562) battery drains in switch off mode?? in swich on mode it only lasts for 4 hrs that too in standby. but same battery when used in other phone lasts for 13hrs in standby. why is it happening? its surely not a battery issue. pLZ HELP

    Kernel - 3.0.8-1279898, dpi@DELL143#1,Tue May 27 10:21:19 KST 2014
    Built - IMM76I.S7562XXBNE2


  • Azhar Jan 7, 2015 Link to comment

    سوق بلي


  • Or simply stop using your Android.


    • Too much of a battery hog? Too many or not enough features/control... Stop the Mobile Life... Re-Ground yourself to the desktop. Give your Android to your neighbor's kid (after factory reset and parental permission) they won't mind a mobile phone... EVERYTHING in life made by human hands has pro and con +- Good and Evil Female and male... Make your Choice and choose how you live. Optimization is 1 thing but complaining about a problem and not changing anything... Then again if you have solutions for a problem then find manufacturers. Find companies and offer feedback. Tell whoever produces the problem and maybe they'll fix it. Free Will dictates that you can always change your choice at any given time (excluding: Death. Legal confinement. Underground without any electricity to make changes. Old age and senile so you forgot...what was I doing... (General statement without a Pointed direction)...


  • Hitting the end button a second time to turn the screen off, instead of waiting for the phone to shut off the screen.


  • I think if you try to keep a lot of app icons off the home screen, you might save some power because icons have color and you want to keep as much of the home screen as dark as possible. I only have CONTACTS and the gmail icon on the home screen. All my other apps are on the side screens that you can swipe back and forth to get to. :-)


    • Possibly. I like quick access so I have no issue sacrificing battery life. Equivalent exchange (Ty Full Metal Alchemist)... Lots of apps so shorter battery offset by customized mid-range Power saving...


  • Also, Restrict Background Data (in the Data Usage overflow menu) - I only just started using this recently and while it makes a minimal impact on my syncing, it makes a huge impact on my battery life. Plus, when you have it on it sits in your notifications drop down, so you can quickly switch it off whenever you need to.


    • I don't see this option. I can restrict background data on an app-by - app basis but how do you do it overall? Samsung S5 running Lollipop.


  • Can someone explain the best settings options &tricks for galaxy mega please will apreciatte thaks .


    • Hey @Cano, the tips above are pretty standard, it's just the path you need to take that's different on each smartphone. Samsung's have battery saving made which is good, plus all the other general ones. I just wrote another article recently about texting optimization too, and the Light Manager app can also save your battery because you can customize LED notifications, meaning you don't need to turn your phone on all the time just to see what a vibration/alert was for.


  • Great tips! I'm averaging about 11 hours on the LG Spirit 4G lte ...


  • Battery enhancement has become a bit of an obsession of mine now. I used to just leave everything turned on all the time, even the features I never used. Now I turn everything off and only switch it on when and if I need it. Sure, it adds an extra 10 seconds to a process every now and then, but I quite often go days or weeks without needing to switch on a infrequently used feature, meaning it's not sucking battery life all that time in the background, "just in case" I use it.


  • Or buy note 2


  • i did all tips above but my battery still sucks.pfft.using xperia zl


  • The essential tip for users with rooted smartphones - undervolting! Undervolting can help your device to eke out at least an hour and a half extra! ( Your mileage may vary.

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