While our smartphones continue to get more powerful with faster processors, brighter & higher resolution screens, those lithium-ion batteries that power our phones haven’t improved at the same rate. In this article, I’ll tell you ten cool tips that will extend the battery life on your Android phone.
Some of these tips you probably already know. If you’re not tech savvy or new to Android, having just upgraded from an iPhone to any Android device. I’ll go through these tips step-by-step. I’ll go through various settings on a device running Android Pie. Depending on your version of Android some of these options may not be available or on a different location.
Let’s start off with settings that can extend your phone’s battery life.
1) Disable Wi-Fi
Settings > Network & Internet > Wi-Fi
If you have no need for Wi-Fi or you have a poor signal that is not worth having ON. Toggle the switch to turn it off. In the Oreo update, Android introduced a new feature that will continue to look for saved Wi-Fi networks even when you have Wi-Fi turned off, to disable this feature. Tap on Wi-Fi and select Wi-Fi preferences, where it says to Turn on Wi-Fi automatically, toggle the switch to turn it OFF. With it disabled, your Wi-Fi won’t automatically turn on near your saved networks.
2) Disable Mobile Data
Settings > Network & Internet > Mobile Network
Now, let’s head back and below Wi-Fi, Let’s go into Mobile network. If you’re in an area with a strong Wi-Fi signal like your home or office, where you have no need for mobile data, turn it off.
3) Activate Airplane Mode
Settings > Network & Internet > Airplane Mode
When you truly need to disconnect from your phone, turning ON Airplane mode will disable your Wi-Fi, Cellular, and Bluetooth reducing the drain on your battery.
4) Disable NFC & Bluetooth
Settings > Connected Devices > Connection Preferences
For disabling your Bluetooth and NFC, let’s go into Connected Devices. Tap on Connection preferences. If you don’t use Android pay, Samsung Pay or Share data with other NFC enabled phones, turn off NFC completely.
Now go into Bluetooth, make sure to disable it when you’re not using it. Having both of these turned off when you have no need for them, will help to extend your Android phone battery life.
5) Restrict Apps From Using Battery and Data In The Background
Settings > Apps & Notifications
There are many apps that are actively running in the background when you’re not using them. To restrict specific apps, Tap on Apps and notifications. Find the apps you want to restrict and tap on the app.
Go to Advanced > Battery > Background restriction and tap on restrict to stop that app from using your battery in the background.
You can also eliminate the app’s ability to use mobile data in the background. Let’s go back and select Advanced > Data usage > Background data and toggle the switch Off to disable the background data access for that app.
6) Activate Battery Saver
Settings > Battery
Moving right along, let’s jump into the battery. Head to Settings > Battery > Battery Saver. This is a cool feature that will conserve battery power by restricting device features and apps. Toggling the switch ON, you can adjust the slider to have battery saver turn on automatically when the battery level drops below the percentage you select.
Now, head back and select adaptive battery. Settings > Battery > Adaptive Battery. Having this feature turned ON will limit the usage for those apps you rarely use or don’t use at all.
7) Reduce Brightness
Settings > Display
Back on Settings menu, Just below Battery tap on Display. The brightness of your screen can have a major impact on battery life. Go into Settings > Display > Brightness level and adjust the slider down to the lowest possible level, where everything is still easily visible to you.
8) Enable Night Light
Settings > Display> Night Light
In addition to saving your eyes, Night Light will have an impact on saving your battery as well. Although, the impact on battery life is minimal. It’s good to enable this feature to make your screen easier to look at and they claim, It may help you to sleep better.
9) Use Dark Wallpaper As Home Screen
Settings > Display> Wallpaper
If your phone has an OLED screen, using a black wallpaper will extend your battery life. OLED screens only light up colored pixels, using a black or darker colored wallpaper requires less power from your battery and therefore reduce the drain of your battery.
10) Disable GPS, Wi-Fi & Bluetooth Scaning
Settings > Security & Location
For those times when you don’t need GPS enabled for navigation, Turning Off location will extend your phone’s battery life. Go to Settings > Security & location > Location. For most of you, Toggling the location switch off will be enough.
If you are on Android Pie there are two more options you need to turn off, since Location is a combination of GPS, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth scanning. Go to Settings > Security & locations > Location > Advanced > Scanning and toggle the switches off, for both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth scanning.
Another option to consider if you want to extend Android phone battery life is to install a lighter version of your favorite apps. They use less of your phone’s resources, including less power from your battery. And, you just might find that you can live without some of the useless features available in their normal apps. Light alternatives to popular apps include Facebook Lite, Facebook’s Messenger Lite, Opera Mini and there are many others available in the Google Play Store.