Android: 6 Ways 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.

Disable Wi-Fi When Sleeping

If Wi-Fi is enabled, your Android will try to connect to it all day long. Set Wi-Fi off whenever the screen isn’t on. This can be done on most devices from “Settings” > “Network Connections” > “Wi-Fi” > “Menu” > “Advanced“. The setting on each device varies, but should be called something like “Keep Wi-Fi on during sleep“. It can be set to “Never” to save the most battery power.

Remove Widgets

Some widgets grab data every time you look at your Home screen. Widgets 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

Disable 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” 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“. 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 or stop it. You can also learn how to prevent apps from running at startup.
Android running services

Enable Airplane Mode When Out of Signal Range

If you find that you’re not in range of a wireless tower or Wi-Fi network and your Android is struggling to find a signal, you may want to place the device in airplane mode. This will prevent the device 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

Adjust 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

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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