The biggest grouse that smartphone users have is running out of battery power in the middle of the day. True, there are handy power banks and fast chargers available in the market to help tackle this problem, but additionally, there are also little tricks and tips that, when applied in the course of day-to-day usage, can help get that extra juice.
Android phones allow for a lot of customisation and tweaks, and this property helps in extending the phone's battery life. Here are some handy tips that you can use.
1. Set brightness manually
By default in Android, the brightness is set to the adaptive mode. Which means that the phone's sensor detects the light and adjusts its brightness accordingly. While this is a useful feature, it can be a drain on the battery charge. Instead, you can set the brightness level manually as per your requirements.
2. Turn off data when not needed
Another battery draining culprit is the phone's constant search for the best possible data and calling network. It is therefore best to switch off 'data' when you don't need it, which is practically most of the times. Most phones offer a one tap data switch-off. If you don't have it, there is an app to help you with it.
3. Turn off Wifi, Bluetooth and location services
Smartphones use multiple radios in WiFi, Bluetooth, and GPS, all of which consume a fair amount of battery charge. For instance, if Wifi is on when you are travelling, your phone constantly looks for networks to join, using up charge in the process. Similarly, why do you need location services when you are at home or in office? It is always better to switch it off. If you forget to do it or don't want the hassle, you can set up IFTTT to do it for you.
4. Ditch that fancy live wallpaper
Animations are pretty but they come at a cost. Live wallpapers will make a nice dent into your battery life every time the phone is on home screen. So you can set a black wallpaper or, if you don't want to do that, have a simple non-animated wallpaper.
5. Use Doze/greenify
There is a built-in functionality called Doze in Android Marshmallow and versions above it, which handles app data and processes in the background. If the processes are not set on priority, the apps shut down when the phone is inactive. That saves battery, say, during the nighttime. There is also a very effective app called Greenify, that hibernates apps based on your choosing.
6. Stop the haptic feedback
When you type or do certain actions on apps, the phone responds with a vibrating feedback. You can go to 'settings' and then to 'sounds and notification' and turn the haptic feedback off.
7. Turn app auto updates off
There are many apps that you don't use on day-to-day basis. You don't need those apps to be updated day in and day out. You can turn off the automatic updates from play-store settings.
8. Reduce screen timeout
'Screen timeout' defines how many seconds the screen will be active for if there is no action. So go to 'settings' then 'display' and click on the 'sleep' setting to reduce the timeout duration.
9. Use the basic battery saving feature
In Android, there is a basic 'power-saver' mode. When in the 'battery saving mode', the phone turns off certain apps and radios. You can choose the battery-charge percentage when the 'saving' mode kicks in. Go to 'settings' and then 'battery'.