Phones batteries can be fickle at times. Sometimes you might find yourself wondering why your battery is draining faster than normal, so we’ve put together a few handy hints to help you stay on top of things.
View battery usage information.
A visual reminder of the percentage left in your battery can be incredibly handy. For an organised breakdown of what’s consuming your phone’s battery life, navigate to Settings > Battery. From here, applications and features will display in a descending list for you to view and manage accordingly. If you see an application or feature you barely use, you'll want to uninstall the app or turn off the feature.
Update to the latest software.
Keep your apps and operating system updated. There's a reason developers constantly update apps, and most of the time it's for memory or battery optimization. With that said, it pays to delete old apps you no longer use, because these may be running background processes that chew up RAM and battery life.
Even if you have configured your handset to update applications automatically, some apps still require that you manually install updates. Check for app updates in Google Play by hitting the menu icon and going to My Apps & Games.
Optimise your settings.
The brightness of your device can be a major offender in draining your battery life—if you would prefer to manually set your device’s brightness, consider turning off adaptive/auto brightness. To find out whether adaptive brightness is activated, go to the Settings > Display and toggle the switch in the menu.
Other settings in your phone such as GPS, Bluetooth, NFC and Wi-Fi can also contribute to draining your battery—we recommend switching them off 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 will also help.
If you often use Wi-Fi, say at home or at work, then it makes sense to change your Wi-Fi settings to 'Always on during sleep' as this uses less power than having your Wi-Fi reconnect every time you want to wake up your phone.
Do away with unwanted widgets.
Delete widgets that you aren’t actively using, 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 (e.g. Twitter, Reddit, Weather or Gmail), consider deleting the lesser used widgets and simply open the app when you need them.
If you want to remove a widget, press and hold your finger 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 (this will vary depending on what type of handset you’re using).
Enable Low Power Mode.
Most Android handsets have a ‘Battery Saver’ or ‘Low Power Mode’ (The name will vary depending on the type of handset you’re using) that limits your phone to texting, phone calls and internet browsing. This can squeeze extra hours or even a whole day of standby time out of just a few remaining percentage points of battery.
Turn Off Background App Refresh.
In case you were unaware, applications will periodically check for updates on their own unless you tell them not to. If you want to find out which of these are doing this, head to Settings > Apps, and swipe to the left; you'll see a list of apps that are currently running. Tap on each one to see what they're for; you can stop any apps that you don't need running in the background.
These are just a few tweaks that you can make to optimise your device’s battery life. Let us know if these helped you out, or if you have any tips of your own!