Is your phone consuming more energy than usual? Maybe you need to tune it up a bit to give your battery a new lease of life.
Our lives are fully dependent on smartphones these days. Even a one hour worth of drop in the battery life can have a massive effect on a smartphone user’s life. Think about how people manage it when the battery within just a few hours of charging. To make life easy, phone manufacturers are working twice as harder to make phones with smarter battery technology. Recently, Android 8.0 Oreo was launched and it comes with the “Background Execution Limits” feature.
Here are a few tips to boost your Android phones’ battery life.
1. Turn off location tracking
Apps that use your phone’s inbuilt GPS consume more energy than any other feature on the phone. The apps(needing phone GPS or WIFI) sneakily do this, as a result, most people don’t notice this. For instance, Google maps use the location tracking service to produce the map in front of you. In doing so, it eats up a lot of energy. To solve this issue, just go to location services settings and turn off the location tracking service.
2. Keep the screen brightness level low.
This is one of the easy ones to remember. Your phone screen is another component that consumes a lot of energy. The brighter the screen is the more energy it will consume. Hence, draining out the battery faster than anticipated. Keep your screen brightness levels low, particularly, at night time.
3. Don’t stream live music/podcast
Some people like to listen to music or podcast on Youtube. And they do it by playing it in the background(works in Mozilla firefox browser) while they continue to perform other tasks. This is great for multitaskers but it drains your battery life as you are using both, the internet and the browser.
4. Block notifications for all unnecessary apps
Every time you get a notification on your phone, it has to consume energy to make the message appear on the screen(and also vibrate/ring). Android is an operating system that works on listeners. Listeners are algorithms(coupled with hardware of your device) that wait for a request and produce the desired outcome. Needless to say, this process does consume your phone’s battery–all the time. So, block notification of apps that you don’t use very often.
5. Turn on power-saving mode
The power-saving mode in Android phones is a lifesaver. You can extend your phone’s battery life by 31 hours. There are two power-saving modes in new Android versions: Mid and Max. I prefer the Mid mode as you can still use the essential apps like Gmail and WhatsApp if needed. But the Max mode restricts all applications and only allows calling and texting.
That being said, it is to be noted that the expected life of a smartphone battery is around 600 charge-discharge cycles. Meaning, after charging your phone approximately 600 times, it will lose its capacity to store energy. Your lithium-ion battery will begin to degrade and will not get charged to its full capacity.