As more and more devices are manufactured without a removable battery – I’m looking at you Samsung – there is an increasing need to get the most juice out of your mAhs! Today I’ll go over some simple tips to improve the battery life of your Android phone or tablet. For the purposes of this guide, I’ll be using Samsung Android Oreo which is available for the new Galaxy S9, S8, and their Plus versions.
Reduce screen brightness
The easiest fix for them all is to keep your screen brightness under control. While 100% screen brightness looks fantastic, it just isn’t necessary for back-lit screens. Lowering the brightness to under 50% can get you a couple extra hours of battery usage. To lower the brightness, just swipe down from the top and slide to the desired setting.
Turn off location services
Next, try monitoring your location services. GPS is great when it comes to getting around, checking the weather or playing around with Snapchat Geofilters. Go to Settings > Location > Mode and select “Power Savings.” This will turn off your GPS to save battery but let you check location setting using wifi or cellular networks.
Backup old Photos
Back up photos when charging only! Google Photos is a great way to organize and archive all of your photos and videos. By default, the app will backup all your photos whenever you are connected to wifi. And that’s great for saving on your data plan, but what about your battery? You can go to the Google Photos app and click on the Menu at the top left. Go to settings – Back up & Sync – and click “while charging only.” This way all those reject selfies that weren’t good enough for social media don’t drain the battery.
With Google Photos you can retrieve photos you took from years ago. It’s great when you can go make years ago and look at how your life was.
Turn on Power Saving Mode
The Android operating system has a simple way to automatically maximize your battery life and turn off unnecessary features. It’s called low power mode and it’s very simple to use. Simply go to settings – Battery – Menu and tap “Power saving mode.” This feature will restrict background data and reduce some performance, but your phone will last longer as a result. You can also have this feature turned on automatically when the battery hits 5 or 15% on that same screen, just click “on” and select the option you want. You may also want to check this great article on how to remove photos from LG phones.
Use Still Wallpapers
This last tip goes a long way. Live wallpapers can be really fun. Who doesn’t love swaying palm trees or falling snowflakes as their background to be temporarily transported away from the corporate regime? I do but I don’t love the battery drain that accompanies them. Go to Settings – Display – Wallpaper and choose anything other than Live Wallpapers.
If you also have an iPhone, here are some more tips to save battery. Most of these tips even work for Android. Keep that Android going all day and if you have a tip to share, please leave a comment below.