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Universal tips for improving your Android phone's battery life

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Universal tips for improving your Android phone's battery life
Our smartphones have gotten tremendously powerful, but one area where they still remain unfortunately weak is battery life. Sure, there are some models out there that tend to outclass their competition in this department, but as a whole, rarely can a modern smartphone deliver more than one or two days of unplugged usage. And while some of the bigger models out there offer tolerable battery life, the prevalent case is much gloomier. Thankfully, there's a good number of tricks you can implement in order to improve your Android phone's battery life.

In the gallery below, you'll find 14 useful tips on how to preserve your battery life and optimize your phone's power usage. Hardly will just one or two of these produce truly satisfying results, but if you make sure to have all the boxes ticked, then you should definitely expect your phone to start behaving noticeably better in the all-important battery department. Browse through the following slideshow and let us know how you manage your precious battery resources!


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posted on 29 Jul 2014, 07:06 8

1. shree153 (Posts: 2; Member since: 15 Jul 2014)


Greenify..!!

posted on 29 Jul 2014, 07:09 1

2. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4084; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Yes, especially now since you don't need root access anymore.

+1

posted on 29 Jul 2014, 07:12 3

3. tech2 (Posts: 2078; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Without root access you have to manually, periodically run the app to 'greenify' them. Which sort of defeats the purpose.

posted on 29 Jul 2014, 09:02

12. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4084; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Still better than not having it at all.

posted on 29 Jul 2014, 11:03

20. raghu67 (Posts: 26; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)


didn't find any difference with or without greenify.

posted on 29 Jul 2014, 11:29 2

21. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3563; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Shame how the battery life of a gameboy can last longer than some of these super phones.

posted on 29 Jul 2014, 13:36 2

22. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4084; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Did you say Gameboy?!? hahahahahahahah!!!!!

The Gameboy was discontinued in 2003. The Gameboy Advanced SP came out in 2003.

You know today's smartphones are about 1000% more powerful. Even your iToy is more powerful... well ever-so-slightly! lol

posted on 29 Jul 2014, 18:56 1

25. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3563; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Point
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Your head

posted on 29 Jul 2014, 08:07 1

4. alrightihatepickingusernames (Posts: 371; Member since: 29 Dec 2013)


#7 and #8 are too much for me. Can't go without my widgets and live wallpapers!

posted on 29 Jul 2014, 08:27 3

7. NexusPhan (Posts: 474; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


Live wallpapers barely use any battery. It's only animated when on the home screen which is a tiny portion of a phones overall usage. That might get you 5 extra minutes a day of idle battery. Keep it on.

posted on 29 Jul 2014, 09:25 1

15. alrightihatepickingusernames (Posts: 371; Member since: 29 Dec 2013)


That's why I'm not too bothered when I use them. Occasionally I'll use a static wallpaper and I've yet to notice a difference in battery life.

posted on 29 Jul 2014, 08:20 1

5. AJmeBOY (Posts: 29; Member since: 16 Dec 2011)


#15 Turn off "Google Now" hot-word detection.

It draws RAM and battery in an always listening state. For most users, this is a gimicky feature that serves little necessity.

posted on 29 Jul 2014, 09:13

13. AfterShock (Posts: 2806; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


That's a good one to point out, well done.

posted on 29 Jul 2014, 08:26 1

6. Settings (Posts: 370; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


Disable Auto brightness
Enable Airplane mode when you know you are going to a dead spot. It disables repeatedly searching for network coverage.
When browsing, choose GSM over 3G when in peak hours.
Disable Location or GPS when not in use.

posted on 29 Jul 2014, 08:28 3

8. NexusPhan (Posts: 474; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


Why bother having a smartphone at that point if you have to micro mange it like that?

posted on 29 Jul 2014, 08:39 1

10. Settings (Posts: 370; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


When you are in an emergency and you need to squeeze up to the last drop of your battery? Its case to case basis dude.

posted on 29 Jul 2014, 08:54 1

11. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 May 2014)


Enable Airplane mode -- OK

Disable Location / GPS -- it's only use when needed. You can look in your android battery detail. I never disable the location / GPS, since it might only save 1 or 2 minute.

GSM over 3G -- this is NOT 100% true for all user. at the start of 3G when 3G tower is still not as much as now it might be right. But right now, this is FALSE. For example,
1). if you auto-update feetching email, and you got lots of email, let say totaled 5MB. with GPRS, you might need 10 minute? 20 minute? with 3G it might only need 1 minute?
2). I found out using AUTO 2G/3G waste more battery than 3G only in smartphone because of constantly changing the 2G to 3G to 2G and so on.
3). In the peak time, GSM is even WORSE than 3G. The reason is in the spec of GSM. When we see our phone spec, it sometimes said like GPRS class 2, class 4, class 6, class 8, etc. (http://www.radio-electronics.com/info/cellulartelecomms/gprs/gprs-mobiles-classes.php ). this means that your device capable of using 3 slot, 4 slot, 5 slot with corresponding speed. In peak hour, you were guarantee to only be able to use the slowest GPRS (or EDGE) speed. In Indonesia, on peak hour, my 2G only give me around 16kbps-32kbps.

posted on 29 Jul 2014, 10:10 1

17. Settings (Posts: 370; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


+1
As I said its case to case basis. In Manila, I fire up my 2G and open up Opera Mini when in peak hours 5pm-11pm. It works for me and its based on experience.
Also, there is an option wherein you can choose 3G or GPRS only.

posted on 29 Jul 2014, 10:29

19. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 May 2014)


Have you tried using 3G only (not auto 2G/3G) and compared it to 2G only?

posted on 29 Jul 2014, 08:32 1

9. AJmeBOY (Posts: 29; Member since: 16 Dec 2011)


#16 Developer Options: turn off animations and transitions.

Like Live Wallpaper, it's eye candy but serves little functional purpose.

posted on 29 Jul 2014, 09:14 1

14. AfterShock (Posts: 2806; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Wifi Always scanning is another that can be turned off.

posted on 29 Jul 2014, 09:40

16. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2666; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Nice.

posted on 29 Jul 2014, 10:16 1

18. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6502; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Turn off your data drains your battery more, STOP GOING ON FACEBOOK/TWITTER will drain it even faster. DOesn't takes a genuis how to improve your battery life while millions of people complain about their own battery when they should at least stop social networking for one day and see how your battery will last. also no live wall paper

posted on 29 Jul 2014, 15:34 1

23. frustyak (Posts: 153; Member since: 08 Mar 2010)


LTE was always the big battery hog for me. Even though I live in an area with LTE, I would keep it on 4G unless I needed it for a video or something else that needed fast data. Email and general web browsing are fine on 4G.

posted on 29 Jul 2014, 18:45

24. Thullraven (Posts: 20; Member since: 14 Nov 2011)


I use Juice Defender on all my devices. I have it set up to disable data when my screen times out and Juice Defender will automatically turn it back on when the screen is on. It saves me a lot of battery. I also don't enable WiFi, Bluetooth, or GPS unless I am using them. They use a lot of energy scanning when they aren't connected, and I rarely use GPS.

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