Nothing is worse than pulling out your Android device only to have it die on you a moment later. And if it happens to you a lot, it can be so frustrating that it make you want to chuck it through a window and forget about it.
Don’t do it! While a constantly-drained battery can be frustrating, there are things you can do to make it last longer. While battery life depends on how much you use the device, there are also other factors involved that you have control over that can help keep your battery going longer. Here are some simple things you can do to make your battery last longer that won’t disrupt your usage.
Widgets are small programs that run with very little power and allow you to get information from an app without having to open it. Not only will this save you time and battery life because you won’t need to search for the app and wait for it to open, but it will make it a lot easier to know what you want to know.
For instance, Weather Live Free is a weather app (you can learn more about it here) that allows you to customize the weather information you want onto your home screen, giving you instant access to conditions all around the world. It will save battery life because all you have to do is flick your phone on to see it, rather than opening the app.
There are a lot of apps that use widgets, so check out the ones you like and see if you can enable them.
Turn Down the Brightness
One of the biggest battery drainers is the device’s screen. If you have the brightness up as high as it will go, you can almost watch the battery life falling away.
Really, you never need the screen to be that bright unless you’re fighting the sunlight. So there’s two things you can do. You can open the settings and turn the brightness down manually, or you can opt to use the Adaptive brightness feature under Display. This will automatically adjust the screen brightness to your needs, saving your battery.
Turn Off Other Features
Make sure that your WiFi and Bluetooth are turned off when you’re not using them. They will drain your battery almost as fast as a bright screen.
You may use WiFi for data at home, but when you leave your house, your phone will automatically switch to cellular while leaving the WiFi on. Make sure you turn it off everytime you leave the house or you may find yourself without a charged phone pretty quickly. The same goes for Bluetooth: if you aren’t paired with headphones or anything else, turn it off. Both can be switched by pulling down the Quick Settings panel.
Don’t get caught with a dead battery. Try these tricks and you’ll have no problem with battery life.
Alex Long might reluctantly agree that he’s a nerd! He enjoys sharing his tips and tricks of Android phones with an online audience.