The batteries of smartphones are, unfortunately, one of the components that have evolved least with the passage of time , because there are few devices that, hopefully, can offer a use of about two days. Although as in everything, there are always exceptions, of course.
Therefore, from Andro4all, we want to help you try to extend the autonomy of your device as long as possible. Obviously, the tricks and tips that we are going to give you are no secret at this point, nor are they going to make your terminal battery last 10 days with 25 hours of screen, but maybe at some point, they may be useful.
Beware of the screen
The component that spends more battery on your device is the screen . This is so, and at this point should not be any secret, therefore, is one of the points that we should consider more if we want to get more autonomy. How can you save battery with the screen?
Adjust Display Settings
What does this mean? It’s simple: if your smartphone has a screen with AMOLED technology, take advantage of it . By all it is known that this type of screens turns off the pixels instead of turning them black, therefore, the more black images we see at the end of the day, the less energy the screen will need to illuminate the pixels.
This does not mean that you must have a black color image as a wallpaper 24 hours a day, without performing any other action on your device, simply by seeing how the battery counter stays at the same percentage for hours. But, many of the applications that currently exist, allow changing their appearance to a completely black theme , which could improve the autonomy, as well as giving a more elegant touch to your terminal.
On the other hand, it is usually recommended that the terminal’s wallpaper be changed to a black color , but … How much time do you spend actually watching your wallpaper? Think about it, and it may or may not be worth changing it.
Adjust the brightness
Another of the tips that is usually given, is to keep the brightness always in automatic, to save battery depending on the light of the environment. Well, this does not have to be this way, since, if we activate this mode, the sensor in charge of capturing the ambient light will be in continuous operation. Therefore, it may be more advisable to adjust the brightness manually according to the situation in which you find yourself.
Increase the time the screen stays on
Following the myths, one of the most widespread is that, the less time the screen stays on, the less battery the device will consume. Yes and no. Yes, because as we said, the screen is the part of the terminal that consumes the most, but no, because every time you want to turn on the screen again, more energy will be used than if it had been kept on during that same time, whenever a relatively short period. Therefore, it is advisable to maintain this setting between 3 and 5 minutes.
Forget about animated wallpapers
The Live Wallpapers or animated wallpapers were something innovative in Android that gave users the ability to customize the devices in a different way. Currently, they have gone out of fashion, and are no longer the novelty they offered several years ago. Therefore, the farther you keep from this type of application, the better .
Turn off what you are not using
Each time a new generation of terminals is presented, these usually include new features in terms of connectivity or software , which, while it is true can be very useful in some situations, can become a double-edged sword if not used in a efficient way
Goodbye to the location
Do you really need to have GPS activated at all times? Surely, the answer is no, therefore, the most sensible option is to deactivate it when you are at home, or in places where you know you will not need this connection . In addition, you can do it directly from the panel of quick adjustments, so you do not need to look for the option every time you want to do it.
If for any reason, you need this active connection at all times, you should know that Android allows you to adjust which applications can access this setting, in addition to being able to change the working mode of this connection, being able to choose the power saving mode .
The airplane mode is your ally
You should not take this adjustment by name to the letter, you can use it perfectly at home, for example, at night, thus preventing night drains of the device, which are usually caused by poor coverage. In addition, some settings, such as Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, can be activated even if you have activated the airplane mode.
Do not forget the 2G
Although it may seem an old and obsolete technology, the 2G connection can be a really useful allywhen we talk about battery saving.
Surely, you do not always need to have a 4G or 3G connection while you are connected to a Wi-Fi network, therefore, activating the mode of only 2G , can prevent your device from looking for a better and faster connection, thus causing changes in coverage that They greatly affect the battery life.
Disable the annoying vibration
The vibration can be very useful to not miss any notification or call when you have the terminal in your pocket, but is a vibration really necessary every time you press a letter of the keyboard?
In addition to being annoying, the constant operation of the engine responsible for the vibration of the terminal, can affect the autonomy of the device, and the same with the vibrations for each touch on the screen, luckily, Android allows you to disable this option directly from the settings .
Software, the great unknown
Normally, the software is described as a set of programs used by a team to perform different tasks. And of course, we can take advantage of its potential to save battery .
With the latest versions of Android, the battery saving has been improving little by little, thanks to DOZE, and other methods that allow to increase the efficiency of the terminal. In case you have a device that can not enjoy these improvements in autonomy , these tips can be useful.
Automate your tasks
In the Play Store, there are several applications that allow you to automate tasks , such as IFTTT or Tasker, the latter being much more advanced and complex.
Among the automations that you could use to extend the autonomy of your Android, are those related to networks, for example, you can adjust that, every time you connect to a WiFi network, mobile data and GPS are deactivated , or activate and deactivate airplane mode at a specific time of the day. In addition to endless combinations that we leave to your imagination.
Do not close applications
There are many opinions on whether you really have to close the applications once we leave them, or if on the contrary you have to leave them in the background. In my opinion, both perform the first action manually and through the so-called Task Killers in a nefarious idea that may result in a shorter battery life of your terminal. Why?
many more resources will be used than if you really leave it in the background and only have to load the interface, because the data and settings will be kept in memory , thanks to the good management that Android does of RAM.
Do not be afraid of battery saving apps
There is too much controversy surrounding battery saving applications . And rightly so, many of these applications not only do not improve this feature of the devices, but make it even worse.
However, there are applications such as Greenify , which can be very useful when extending the autonomy of your terminal, hibernating applications and preventing them from constantly working in the background.
Update your device
Although it may seem very obvious, many people do not update their terminals even though there are new firmware available – while, others are pulling our hair because we do not receive updates.
This, in addition to a bad idea, is very unadvisable, since most updates offer new features and improvements that tend to positively affect battery life .
The danger of notifications
The notifications are useful, in this we are all in agreement. Although, depending on the settings and options chosen, can be a great ally when it comes to saving battery.
Self-synchronization is a setting as useful to you as it is dangerous for battery life. Obviously it can be difficult to live without this option activated, but if you automate this option, for example, to run for 5 minutes every 2 or 3 hours with any of the applications that we have shown you, you will get a longer duration of the battery thanks to the device will not keep running constantly.
Beware of advertising
Some of the applications of the Google Play Store, and especially the games, usually take advantage of the permissions granted to send notifications to your device related to advertising , something that, besides being annoying, substantially affects autonomy.
Many of these apps offer the option to deactivate this option, otherwise, it would not be a bad idea to block the advertising notifications sent by the application from the device settings , or search for a substitute for that type of app .
The world of root
For the end, I wanted to leave the settings related to root or superuser permissions, because not everyone is willing to lose the warranty of your device by winning a few more minutes of screen on. If this is not your case, these tips can be useful.
Say goodbye to the bloatware
Although less and less, manufacturers often add pre-installed applications in the devices , which can affect the battery of your device.
If you are root, thanks to applications such as Titanium Backup, or a simple file explorer with superuser permissions, you will be able to eliminate these applications , always with great care and knowing what you are eliminating at any time.
Change ROM and Kernel
The most current devices, increasingly offer greater software optimization. But in the case of older terminals, which may not receive the latest version of Android, it is highly recommended to change from ROM to one with good opinions from users.
Unfortunately, there is no master ROM that is valid for all terminals in the market and offers the same features in all of them, but in this case, it is best to enter the different specialized forums , such as HTCManía or XDA-Developers , and soak up information about the different ROM’s available for your terminal.
On the other hand, the Kernel is the part of the software that is responsible for allowing the access of the operating system, to the different components or hardware of the terminal, and therefore, it is one of the most important parts of the software of the device .
Thanks to the different Kernel’s, you will be able to modify different parameters of the terminal hardware, such as the frequency of the processor or the amount of RAM a process can allocate , which can substantially improve the battery life.
So far our compilation of tips to save battery and extend the autonomy of your device to the maximum . Obviously, and even following all these tips, we will not get miracles, in addition, many users, are not willing to reduce the experience with the device in order to extend the battery of the terminal for a few hours, and therefore, I have decided not to include within these tips, some tricks that all they do is inhibit many of the features of the terminal, as it could be the ultra- energy -saving mode of Samsung.
Finally, all these adjustments and tips, can be summarized as: turn off what you are not using and do not exceed the brightness or settings related to the screen . Thanks to these two tips, you can enjoy your terminal a longer time without having to pay attention to the charger.