When the Nokia 3310 was refreshed at the MWC 2017, one thing that came back to many people’s minds was the extraordinary battery life this phone managed with its mere 900mAh battery unit.
Despite all the goodness the smartphone has come with, one thing it has failed to emulate from the old brick-like Nokia 3310 is the battery life. You’ll be lucky to come across an Android phone that hits the next day on a single charge when usage is not limited. If anything, most smartphones only manage a day of use, with some users forced to charge theirs in between the day in order to keep it going until nightfall.
While display screens and resource-intensive apps might be the known sources of massive battery drains for any Android phone, there’re other factors that when looked into, will definitely lead to more time of using the phone. Let’s check them out.
Check the battery saving features on your Android phone
All Android phones have some form of battery saving features and this is the best place to start from. Whether it’s Samsung, LG, HTC, Sony, Huawei, OnePlus, Meizu, Oppo, Infinix, Tecno or whatever model your phone is – there’s something to optimize and save your phone’s battery life. Find these settings and make necessary tweaks to give your phone a longer battery life. Check them out via Settings>Battery.
Besides the display screen, background apps are also known for their exploits when it comes to battery life. Usually, there’s a lot of syncing and downloading that goes on behind the scenes on your Android phone. To get longer battery life, you’d be better off disabling auto-sync on your phone. Head to Settings>Google account and disable auto-sync for all apps that you don’t need constant updates for. When you launch these apps, it is when it’ll refresh and give you the latest updates.
The darker the wallpaper, the better
If you set a dark wallpaper on your Android phone, you are for sure getting longer battery life. It gets even better when your phone has an AMOLED display screen. Here, only colored pixels are illuminated, leaving the black pixels unlit. So, the darker the pixels, the less battery power your phone needs to keep them lit.
You can change the wallpaper on your Android phone by going to Settings>Display>Wallpaper and pick the one you feel is the best and the darkest from your Gallery.
Disable auto brightness
Given that the display screen is a known battery hog, it is always best practice to minimize the amount of battery power it consumes. In addition to using a dark wallpaper, also ensure to keep auto brightness or adaptive brightness disabled. It’s better to adjust it manually just in case you are unable to see things clearly, but this might occur rarely if you manually set a low but comfortable brightness level. This will definitely give you longer battery life than auto-brightness.
This feature is easy to access via Quick Settings on some devices where an Auto box accompanies the slider. Uncheck this box to disable auto-brightness. Otherwise, go to your phone’s Settings>Display and from in there, you should be able to make the necessary changes.
Unless you really need it, there’s no need to keep your Android phone on vibration. This includes turning off vibration alerts for calls (it takes less power to ring), messages and even haptic feedback – yes, that nice buzz that comes off your keyboard when typing drains significant battery power from your Android phone.
Switch off everything you aren’t using
Do you really need that 24/7 data, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth or even NFC connection? Well, some do, but if you feel you don’t really need to, it saves more battery power to disable them when not in use. For instance, you can only turn on location settings when you want to find a given location on Google Maps. Only turn on Bluetooth when you need to use it, otherwise, keep it off. This is also true for other connectivity options, including cellular data.
Disable OK Google
While many people in the West might be fans of the Google Assistant and other AI-based innovations, these are still very new in developing countries. For instance, the use of OK Google voice searching is something you’ve probably never used. It’s a fantastic tool and very efficient, however, it might just be what could be draining battery power on your Android phone, especially if you don’t use it or use it occasionally.
Since the Google Assistant is always listening for when you’ll say “OK Google”, it sucks lots of battery juice, but you can disable it. Simply go to Settings>Google>Search>Voice>OK Google detection and uncheck all the boxes. If you do love using the assistant, you may uncheck the option for detecting “OK Google” any time.
Keep installed apps up to date
Many Android phone users in developing markets rarely update their installed apps due to high costs of cellular data and rare instances of free Wi-Fi. Running outdated apps could just be the reason why your phone can hardly make it through half a day on a single charge.
There’s a huge reason behind developers updating apps. Sometimes it’s about new features, however, most of the times it’s about battery and memory optimizations. With the best battery optimizations thanks to updated apps, you have a better chance of enjoying a longer battery life on your Android phone. It also won’t hurt if you went through your installed apps and uninstall old apps that you aren’t using. These apps could be running in the background, thus using up battery power for no reason at all.
If your phone has Android 6.0 Marshmallow or the newer Android 7.0 Nougat, there’s a feature known as Doze. For the former, your Android phone will automatically enter into battery saving mode when it has been stationary for some time. If you are on Nougat, it gets even better as this feature extends to all the times your phone is not on use, including when in your pocket, bag or in any other kind of motion. This means even much longer battery life for users of the latest Android software.
If you have been away from your Android phone for a while, the doze feature takes over, shutting down things like Wi-Fi scanning, GPS, syncing, and other things that you don’t really use often on your phone.
To enjoy this battery-saving feature on your Android phone, make sure it runs on at least Android Marshmallow.
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