Android: 6 Things You Can Do to Make the Battery Last Longer

As Android phones get more powerful, it’s becoming more and more difficult to make the battery last longer. If the battery in your Android device is draining at a rapid rate, here are some steps you can take to make sure the power flows longer.

Ease up on the widgets

Some widgets grab data every time you look at your Home screen. They are also notorious for failing to retrieve that data at times. This puts a strain on the device and the battery pays for it. Tap and hold any widgets you can afford to lose, and drag them to the trash.

Android widgets


Monitor syncing accounts

Like widgets, accounts that regularly sync can use a lot of energy. Do you really need your Twitter app to sync with your contacts? How about Facebook? The less data syncing the better. Have a look under Settings > Accounts & sync and see if there’s anything unnecessary syncing.

Android accounts and sync

Manage background apps

You may not even be aware of what’s running in the background. Fancy ringtone and wallpaper apps have been known to run in the background and drain the battery. Check under Settings > Applications > Running services. Some of the items you’ll find are system related and required for Android to run, but you may recognize an unimportant app running and wish to uninstall it.

Android running services

Enable Airplane Mode when out of signal range

If you find that you’re not in range of a wireless tower and your Android is struggling to find a voice or data signal, you may want to place the device in airplane mode. This will shut off the radio on the device and prevent it from trying so hard to get a signal, saving your battery in the process. To do this, go under Settings > Wireless & networks and check the Airplane mode box.

Android airplane mode

Screen brightness

If you interact with the screen a lot, the screen is likely using the most energy. Lowering the brightness under Settings > Display > Brightness can make a tremendous difference in battery life.

Android brightness setting

Use the Power Control widget

Most devices come with a power control widget that allows you to manually shut off syncing, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and control screen brightness. Enable it by tapping and holding the Home screen, selecting Widgets and selecting Power Control.

Android power widget

With these tips, you’re sure to get more use out of each battery charge. If you have any other suggestions, feel free to leave a comment below.

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