Sometimes, it can be annoying to see your battery juice drain in no time. You may be wondering why you have to plug your Android smartphone to the power socket several times a day. Here are a few tips to help your battery last longer. Some of them are very obvious and common but many of us still make the mistakes and then blame Android for our mistakes [Of course, Android is to be blamed for being highly resource inefficient, otherwise users wouldn’t need these workarounds so much – Editor].
Follow these tips:
- Turn off Bluetooth when you’re not using it: After transferring a file via Bluetooth, it is very easy to forget to switch it off. Ensure you turn it off immediately so as to improve your battery life.
- Use a shorter screen timeout: I made this mistake when I was a newbie to the Android OS. For about two months, my screen timeout was on “Never”, which means that the screen doesn’t timeout at all. Most times, I leave it running for hours before I remember that my screen is still on. Now I use 30 seconds. To change your Screen timeout settings, go to Settings, Select Display, Then Select “Screen timeout” and select the time frame you are okay with.
- Reduce your screen brightness: Screen brightness can be a very good power hog if not appropriately used. Ensure that you keep your screen brightness moderate. Most Android devices I have been able to lay my hands on still have great display even when the brightness is reduced drastically (especially while indoors). Most times, we find ourselves increasing the screen brightness outdoor and then forget to reduce it when we’re back indoor. This will drain your battery juice in no time. To reduce your screen brightness, Select “Display” in Settings; and then Select “Brightness”.
- Reduce Widgets: Most widgets on your device have adverse effects on your battery. It is usually a good practice to use only the most important widgets. Never be tempted to add so many widgets at a time; it drains your battery and also has a negative impact on the speed of your device.
- Turn off Wifi when unused: On my tablet, Wifi consumes my battery a lot, especially when I forget to switch it off. It is good practice to keep your Wifi off when you do not need it.
- Monitor your apps: One feature I love Android for is the user’s ability to check out for the device’s battery usage. You can check out for which app has been drinking your juice. Once you discover the “nasty” juice drinking app or native android feature; you can then decide to use such app less often. Go to “Settings”, select “About device/phone”. Select “battery use”.
I have personally increased my battery life a little bit by implementing the above tips. There are many other battery saving tips that are device specific. How else have you been increasing or saving your battery juice on your device?