Self Help

15 Ways To Keep Your Android Battery From Running Out

By Psquared - November 23, 2018

Calling all Android users! Don’t you hate when you are out and about and your phone is about to die? It’s not just annoying, it’s a serious situation. We use our phones for everything. We use our phones to navigate. We use them to text, email, online shop and to stalk our friends on Instagram. You know you like to stalk!

The battery dies and then BAM! We feel way more than just lost without the charge. Well, here are 15 ways to keep your Android battery from running out. This info will possibly save your (battery) life one day!

Turn Off The Things You Aren't Using

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Are you done using your banking app? No? I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but $5,000 is not going to magically appear into your account anytime soon, so it is best to close the app. Go ahead. It’s for your own sanity.

Is your Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat still running? Forget about the comments and likes and close them out. Closing your apps will help your battery last so much longer. Try it out and see for yourself.

Stop Trying To Connect

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If you find that you keep losing your battery, take a look at your connectivity features. Sometimes it is as easy as turning off your Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS to save the life of your battery. You may not realize that you are leaving these features running all day long.

Here is a trick! If you find that your battery is running low, turn on airplane mode and you will buy yourself a lot more time.

Bad Vibrations

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Sure, you can’t always have your sound up for all of your many notifications, so using vibrate instead may seem like a good option. But, did you know that using vibrate takes up a lot more battery than just using the silent option?

Every time your phone vibrates, your phone has to spin up a little vibration motor which can eventually kill your battery. Turn it on silent if you want your phone’s battery to last longer. Remember: Silence is golden and good for your battery.

Being Smart About Your Internet Use

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Sure, we have smart phones so we can use the internet, but maybe we could be a little smarter about the way we use the internet on our phones. If you want to save your battery, always turn on the Wi-Fi instead of using the available cellular service. This will also be easier on your wallet, and could save you some money depending on your specific plan.

Just don’t forget to turn off the Wi-Fi if you are running seriously low or if you aren’t using it. Your phone is always searching for Wi-Fi so if you aren’t using it, you are wasting your battery for no reason at all.

Cut Back On Your Notifications

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You don’t need to be notified by every single app on your phone about every little thing that is happening in the world and in cyber space do you? Of course you don’t! Go into your settings and cut back on some of your notifications.

You don’t have to let your apps all sync their data automatically. Pick the ones that you care about getting notified about and turn the rest off. Limit autosync and you will see a difference in your battery use.

Avoid Apps With Ads

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It is annoying enough that you have to deal with ads in some apps, but those apps are not just a nuisance. They are killing your battery. They are vibrant and eye-catching, meaning they take up a lot of energy.

Try leaning towards apps that avoid ads or purchase premium versions of apps that don’t have ads. If you eliminate apps with ads you will see the difference in the life of your phone’s battery.

Adjust Your Phone's Brightness

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Do you like the brightness of your phone up so high that it’s literally blinding you? You are the worst! If this sounds like you, then you deserve it when your battery dies in the middle of the day. Why, you ask? Because it’s your own damn fault! It’s time to go to your Settings, right now!

Go to Display and turn that brightness down immediately! Do it now and see how much longer your battery lasts now that you’e made your display so much less obnoxious.

Turn Autosync Off

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While we are on the subject, let us help you out.  Auto Synchronization uses background processes that eat up your mobile data use and your battery life. So we are all going to do this together. Step 1: Go into Settings. Then go to Accounts on your phone. Step 2: Tap the three vertical dots in the upper right corner. Step 3: Uncheck Auto-sync data.

There you go! You can also manually adjust which apps sync and how frequently while you are at it. You’re welcome.

Turn Off The Auto-Lock

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Since your screen is one of your battery’s biggest enemies, go ahead and keep it off as much as you possibly can. How do you do this? I am so glad you asked. Go ahead and head to your Settings and chose Display.

When you get there, change your Sleep length to be as short as possible. Most people find that 15 seconds is their sweet spot. Play around with it and see what works for you.

Get Rid Of Apps That Kill Your Battery

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It’s time to kill the apps that are killing your battery. An eye for an eye, right? Some apps take up a whole lot of battery power and you should see which ones do and get rid of them. SHHHHHHH. Your secret is safe with us. How do you do it?

Take a quick trip to Settings and go to the Battery option (or, on some devices it is Settings then Power, then Battery Use. This will reveal which app or service is sucking most of the juice and you can get rid of them once and for all!

Try The Tasker App

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This tip is for the technically savvy. (Sorry, commoners.) Tasker is an app that helps users gain total control over their device. For example, the Tasker app has features that allow you to configure your phone to stay on vibrate while you are at work but then you can program it to turn the vibration off and activate Wi-Fi when you get home.

Technology is amazing, isn’t it? The possibilities are endless if you put time into programing it. Now if only I can program it to order a pizza BEFORE I even get hun

Try Greenify!

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Some may find that the Greenify app is much easier to program than Tasker. This app allows your phone to “hibernate” any resource-hogging background apps and forces them to stop running. Unfortunately,  in order to really make the best use of Greenify’s capabilities, you must have root access to your device.

If you do not want to go through the process of gaining root access of your device, you may want to stick with Tasker.

Try IFTTT

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IFTTT is a service that is perfect for first-time automators. IFTTT makes the internet work for you. IFTTT stands for “If This, Then That.” All you have to do is subscribe to their service on their website. Then you will download the Android app “IF”.

Once the app is on your phone you can use it to do a variety of things like telling IFTTT to turn your Wi-Fi off when you leave home, etc. You can set things to automate and take steps to prolong the life of your battery.Â

A Real Battery Saver

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Want to know a real battery saver? Of course you do. You are still reading this article aren’t you? Save your battery by using your phone’s Battery Saver option. Here is what you do. Go to Settings and click Battery. Tap the three-dot menu in the top right of the screen and choose Battery Saver.

It’s the only option available in this menu so it shouldn’t be too hard to find. Battery Saver automatically reduces your device’s performance and limits vibration, location services, and background data.

Get A Better Battery

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And if all else fails, it may just be time for a better battery. Sad but true. Modular batteries used to be the standard battery for Android devices, but now they are outdated and you may be in desperate need of an upgrade.

You may not want to spend the extra cash, but a new battery can save you a lot of frustration and is totally worth it. Do what you can, but in the end, a new battery could save your life and your social media presence, of course.