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Conserve A Low Smartphone Battery

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017 by | Filed Under: Android
 
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We’ve all been at least once in the situation of needing to use our smartphones while they are on very low battery mode. To avoid unpleasant situations like this, there are some ways of decreasing battery usage and helping your smartphone survive on low battery for a longer period of time.

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There are multiple Android apps that can prolong your phone’s battery life, however, some minor tweaks can help you achieve the same results, without having to install another app to do it for you. You can get up to 15% more out of your battery, just by applying these useful tips.

Brightness.

Turn down the screen’s brightness or set it to Auto. Screen brightness consumes a lot of battery power. You can adjust its settings from the notification bar or from the Settings panel.

Battery draining apps. 

Many of the newer Android phones already let you know what apps are draining your battery in the background and prompt you with a notification to close them. Alternatively, you can go to Settings and find the Battery panel. There, you can see a graph with what apps are using your battery the most. You can select to get rid of them or at least force stop the processes.

Internet. 

Turno off WiFi or Mobile Data if you are not currently using them. These are some major battery draining elements. If you don’t need Internet, simply have them turned off. You can do this from your notification bar or from the Settings panel.

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Comparing WiFi with Mobile Data, you should know that Mobile Data consumes even more battery than WiFi!

Location and GPS.

The location services on your Android device use a lot of battery in the background. Google services may ask you to turn on location, but this is not necessary at all times. If you’re not using Google Maps or other location apps, or if you don’t want to check-in of Facebook, having Location turned on is unnecessary.

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You can turn it off from the Settings panel of your phone, or in some cases, directly from your notifications bar.

Battery savers.

Some new Android devices come with inbuilt battery saver apps. You can adjust the percentage at which your phone turns into a battery saving mode. Usually, this is below 10%. Battery saving mode will turn off any background apps, auto-sync, WiFi and/or Mobile Data, GPS and location services, and more. You will also not be able to use power-draining apps, such as games.

Built-in battery saving apps can be found in Settings > Battery.

Also, there are many useful battery saving apps you can download from the Google Play store.

Wallpapers. 

Having animated or other complex wallpapers can also decrease your phone’s battery life. It is ideal to use single-colored wallpapers, or at least, static images, not animated ones. Live wallpapers will drain your battery a lot, especially when it’s on low.

Auto-Sync. 

If your phone is on Low Battery, it is best to turn off Auto-Sync. This will stop the backup and synchronization features of email apps, cloud storage apps, social media apps and others.

Hopefully, these useful battery saving tips will help you get more out of your smartphone’s battery and survive longer on low battery.

~ Ruxandra Micu

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