Gone are the days of using our phones for just texting and calling – it’s our GPS, our camera, our wallet, our music player… the list goes on and on. Whether you’re an Android or an iPhone user, we all use our phones a lot. And we all have one similar question: Why does my phone battery die so fast?
With each new Android phone update, we get bigger and brighter screens, along with more and more features to help make our daily lives easier. While all of this new technology is amazing, it can also be a big drain on your battery.
Luckily, there are some steps you can take on your Android phone to improve battery health. Because when you get more life out of your phone’s battery, you can do more with your day. And that’s where we come in.
How to improve Android battery life
Limit your push notifications
We get it. Notifications are how you stay connected and in the know when it comes to breaking news, where your food delivery is, the final score of the game you missed — but they can also zap your battery. Decide which push alerts you can’t live without and make the adjustment.
- Go to Settings, then tap Notifications. From there, you can select which apps you want to receive notifications from
Adjust your location services
Apps like Waze, Lyft and Google Maps help you get from one place to another. They do this by using your location services, which when running in the background, can lead to quicker Android battery drain.
- Go to Settings, then tap Biometrics and Security.
- Tap Location, then tap the Location switch to either turn it off altogether, or you can click App Permissions and choose individually which apps you want to restrict.
Turn off Background App Refresh
Not only can Background App Refresh be a drain on your phone’s data, it can also have a negative impact on your phone’s battery life. Limiting the number of apps that you allow to use Background App Refresh can improve it. Try turning it off on one of the apps that updates frequently (Hint: it’s probably Facebook or your other social media apps).
- Go to Settings, then tap Connections.
- From there, tap Data usage , then select an app to toggle on or off “Allow background data usage.”
Adjust your screen brightness and screen timeout
Lowering your screen’s brightness even a little bit can pay off with big battery savings. Set your screen brightness to the lowest setting that you’re comfortable with. You can also click on Auto Brightness to adjust it to your surroundings.
- Go to Settings > tap Display > then adjust the slider at the top.
- Or just swipe up from the bottom of the screen and adjust the slider to your preferred brightness.
Another setting that’s worth adjusting is your phone’s screen timeout. Setting your phone to timeout after 20 seconds of you not using it versus two minutes will help to cut down on power usage.
- Go to Settings > tap Display > scroll down to Screen timeout > select timeout.
Turn on your phone’s battery saving option
When you’re in a bind, the quickest fix is to turn on your phone’s battery saver mode. This allows you to save power until you can plug your phone in for its next charge. You can turn battery saver mode on at any time or set it up to turn on automatically.
- Go to Settings, then tap Device care.
- From there, tap Battery. Select either Off, Mid or Max to extend your battery life.
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