No matter whether you own and use an Android phone or iPhone, there are times that you’ll want to squeeze a few extra minutes out of your phone’s battery. While Battery Saver mode has been around for quite some time, some phones offer an “Extreme Battery Mode.” However, and perhaps surprisingly, Google waited for quite a while before bringing this to the Pixel.
What Is ‘Extreme Battery Saver’ Mode?
If you own a Pixel 3 or newer, Extreme Battery Saver will turn off even more features, pause most of your applications, and even slow down the processing power. These all aim to ensure your phone stays powered on until you make it to a charger.
This new “mode” was released as part of the December Feature Drop back in 2020 and has become a mainstay. Unlike other features, Google has not messed around with this too much, besides adding the ability to select apps that won’t be included when this mode is activated.
How to Use Extreme Battery Saver Mode on Pixel
Unlike the “normal” Battery Saver mode, you’ll first need to go through the setup process before you can use Extreme Battery Saver mode on Pixel. This isn’t anything you’ll find when setting up your Pixel for the first time, but it can be found within the Settings app.
- From your Google Pixel phone, open the Settings app.
- Scroll down and tap Battery.
- Tap Battery Saver.
- From the Battery Saver page, tap Extreme Battery Saver.
- Tap When to use.
- Select one of the following:
- Ask every time
- Always use
- Never use
- Tap the <- button in the top left corner to go back to the previous screen.
- Tap Essential apps.
- Select the apps that you consider to be Essential.
- Once selected, tap the <- button in the top left corner to save your changes.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, to actually use Extreme Battery Saver Mode on Pixel, you’ll need to activate the regular Battery Saver. However, once activated, the “extreme” part kicks in, as this will turn off the apps that you don’t select as “essential.” Additionally, it will completely pause notifications in an attempt to squeeze as much battery life out of your phone as possible before you can get to a charger.
Quickly Activate and Use Extreme Battery Saver Mode
While you can set up Battery Saver to automatically turn on when your phone reaches a certain battery percentage, there might be times when you want to enable it manually. This is possible by heading into the Settings app, but there’s an easier way to use Extreme Battery Saver mode on Pixel:
- Unlock your Google Pixel phone.
- Tap the Pencil icon in the bottom left corner to open the Edit menu.
- From the Edit menu, locate the Battery Saver tile.
- Long press and drag the Battery Saver tile to your preferred location within the Quick Settings tiles.
- Drop the tile into its appropriate location.
- Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to close the notification shade and save your changes.
Once you’ve dragged and dropped the tile into the location of your choice, then you can swipe down and tap it whenever you want to enable Battery Saver mode. And if you don’t want to use the feature, you can tap the tile again to turn it off.