How to: Save your Android Battery Life

Posted by Jake Neeley

Mobile users can almost do anything on their smartphones; for most of you that includes accessing your web pages hosted at Midphase.

For Android fans, the features and lower prices set them apart from Apple. Whether it’s a Samsung Galaxy S4 or Nexus 4, specs play a major role for end-users. One of the spec features that users crave is a longer battery life.

Here are five proven ways to boost your battery life:

  1. Deactivate Wi-Fi When Not Needed
  2. While there’s nothing wrong in getting connected 24/7, activating Wi-Fi when not connected does waste battery power. If your device keeps on sniffing around for Wi-Fi hotspots, it will slowly lose power over the course of the day. Turn it off and manually toggle it on when you’re close to a connection.

  3. Uninstall Unnecessary Applications
  4. You don’t really know if there are apps running in the background. To save the device’s battery life, install only the necessary apps to prevent the unused apps from connecting to servers in the background; aside from the multitasking, self-uploading, and auto-replicating features that also play a part in consuming mobile power.

  5. Switch Off GPS
  6. Unless you’re one of those sports buffs using fitness apps for running and cycling, or an avid Foursquare user who tells the world where they are by checking in, it may be better to switch off your GPS to increase the battery life.

  7. Avoid Using Widgets
  8. Widgets are useful and practical when you place them on your device’s dashboard. You get to access apps such as Facebook, weather updates, and stocks; to just name a few. However, putting a widget on your home screen (with constant status updates from various social networks) will strain your battery life throughout the day as it constantly send/receives information.

  9. Adjust the Brightness
  10. Set your device’s display brightness to its minimum by default. Using the minimum marginal amount of brightness will prevent your battery power from wasting.

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3 Responses to “How to: Save your Android Battery Life”

  • Cody EreksonMay 14th, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    Great tips…common sense all of them. One piece of advice I have as a part-time Android app developer: avoid “task killer” app at all cost! That sort of app got immensely popular for a time, and has caused numerous problems since.
    While those things will indeed save your battery, they do so at the cost of overall stability and functionality of other apps. They will often kill off an app while it is in the middle of doing things it needs to do in order to accomplish its purposes…resulting in problems such as bloated memory, corrupted data, force closes, and more.
    The Android OS does a great job of managing app processes all by itself, and doesn’t need any help. It closes them properly when they are done doing what they are supposed to be doing! If you are using one of those task killers and having problems with any apps, look at that thing first before blaming the other app…the problem might not be where you think it is at all!

  • Jake NeeleyMay 16th, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    @Cody, thanks a lot for the tips! Interesting info about the task killer app. Have any other suggestions on good apps to help with Android functionality?

  • Cody EreksonMay 31st, 2013 at 7:56 AM

    @Jake One thing that I’ve had a problem with is those battery management apps. You really need to be careful with them. Some of the basic ones do general things like control the brightness of your screen and manage data connections when they aren’t needed. Those can help a bit and rarely cause problems. However, the more advanced do far more, all the way to throttling the performance of the hardware itself.
    I used one of the more popular ones for a few weeks, and I swear that my phone has never recovered. One thing that happened is the file in which all of my wifi network settings are stored became corrupt and had to be deleted; this was a direct result of the feature which automatically turned off the wifi when no networks were present. It also seems as if the overall speed of my phone has just generally been slower. I’m hoping that a factory reset (once I get around to getting everything backed up) will take care of these problems.
    My point is, in my experience, nothing helps more than having a little self control about what you have installed and running, and keeping on top of what is turned on.

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