Tips to Boost Your Android Phone's Battery Life
PC Magazine|January 2021
A number of factors contribute to poor battery life on your Android phone. Thinner bodies, brighter screens, faster processors, more background software, and speedier internet connections all take their toll on phone batteries, though manufacturers are incorporating more powerful batteries to compensate. The Motorola Moto G Power has a 5,000mAh battery that can last for over 18 hours. Samsung’s Galaxy S phones, the most popular Android devices, can now last anywhere between 11 and 13 hours, depending on the model. Still, there are ways to get more out of any phone.
JASON COHEN

When it comes to software, Android can be tricky to pin down. Each manufacturer uses a different version of the operating system, so certain settings and features are always going to look different or be located somewhere else. With that caveat in mind, here are some ways to improve the battery life on your Android phone.

TURN ON POWER-SAVING MODE

Think you’re going to be stuck in a situation where you need your phone battery to last longer than it normally does? Switch your phone into power-saving mode, which cuts back on functions that may eat battery life.

Most phones should offer more than one option, but a Samsung phone running Android 10 has four different options. High performance uses more battery by turning up screen brightness and resolution, and Optimized maintains a balance between performance and battery life. Medium power saving allows you to extend battery life by limiting data usage and turning down brightness, resolution, and CPU performance. And Maximum power saving strips your device down to just essential apps and services.

You can also activate Adaptive power saving mode, which sits on top of your other power settings and helps to manage battery usage based on when you use the device and when it’s in your pocket.

Android 10 allows you to turn on power saving right from the phone’s pulldown shade, then change a few options to save some battery. You can also head into Settings and find the power-saving options within the device care section of your phone. Specific apps can even be controlled to use less power or turn off completely when not in use.

WATCH YOUR NETWORK DATA

Network data is hard on your battery, so use Wi-Fi whenever possible. Remember to keep your Wi-Fi on and connected to a network when at home or (when possible) out in public.

You can stop your phone from using cellular data by turning off mobile data services from the quick settings panel on your phone. You can also make use of Airplane Mode to disable all data network features and switch on Wi-Fi, though this will disrupt incoming calls and SMS texts.

TRY DARK MODE WITH THE RIGHT SCREEN

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