12 tried and tested tricks to extend battery life on Android

The tasks that today’s smartphones perform are more demanding than ever. And to meet growing needs, processors got more powerful and screens got bigger.

Unfortunately, lithium-ion batteries haven’t made as much progress. This leaves you relying solely on software features to maximize your battery life. Here are some handy tips to improve battery life and maintain the overall battery health of your Android phone.

1. Enable power saving mode

The fastest way to save your phone’s battery as much as possible is to activate the battery saver mode. On most phones, you can find it in the Quick Settings panel or by going to the Battery section in Settings and switch to Energy saving.

On a Samsung phone, you can set power saving mode to do the following:

  • Disable always-on display: Always-on display is a useful feature, but by its very nature it keeps your screen on all the time and drains your battery.
  • Limit CPU speed to 70%: CPU speed throttling means apps will take a bit longer to open and load, but will use less battery in the process.
  • Decrease brightness by 10%: The darker the screen, the less battery consumption.
  • Disable 5G: 5G is fast and convenient, yes, but it’s also a big battery hog. Use 4G when you want to save battery.
  • Limit apps and home screen: This is the most powerful battery saving feature of all, and can more than double your battery life! It does this by doing the following:
    • Restrict all background activity
    • Disable Edge Panels
    • Sets a system-wide dark theme (with a solid black wallpaper)
    • Reduces refresh rate to 60Hz
    • Allow only selected apps (up to eight) on the home screen
    • Disable the app drawer


2. Disable Location Services

One of the most effective ways to save your phone’s battery is to turn off the location feature. Besides, you should also revoke location permission for apps that don’t need it all the time. This way you prevent these apps from using the service in the background, saving even more battery life.

To do this, go to Settings > Location > App permissions. Here you will see all the apps that are allowed to use location. Tap an app and select Allow only when using app (for essential applications) or Don’t allow (for apps that don’t need the service at all).

3. Switch to dark mode

If your phone has an AMOLED display, switching to a dark theme will extend its battery life by a noticeable margin. Since AMOLED screens can turn off individual pixels, backgrounds with deep blacks allow them to consume less power.

You can take advantage of it in several ways. You can apply a dark wallpaper, enable a system-wide dark theme, and enable dark mode on compatible Android apps like WhatsApp, Twitter, YouTube, Gmail, and more.

4. Disable automatic Wi-Fi

Since the Oreo update, Android comes with a feature that continues to scan for open Wi-Fi networks even when you’ve turned off Wi-Fi. Since the service runs endlessly in the background, it also secretly uses battery. Follow the steps below to disable it:

  1. Open Settings > Connections > Wi-Fi.
  2. Tap the three-dot menu and select Advanced.
  3. Disable Enable Wi-Fi automatically.

If the option is grayed out and you can’t turn it off, you may need to turn location on once to access it. Don’t forget to disable location again after disabling automatic Wi-Fi.

5. Limit Apps Running in the Background

Most of the apps you use are active even after you quit them. That’s where Android’s app-specific battery tools come in. With a simple switch, you can completely prevent an app from accessing the battery in the background.

To do this, open Settings > Apps and tap an app of your choice to see its settings, like Instagram. On the app info page, tap Battery and select Limit.

If you have an older phone, you can also try a third-party app called green. This automatically prevents apps from consuming resources in the background. However, we recommend using the native feature on modern devices as it generally works better than third-party solutions.

6. Disable Screen Pixels Manually

If you’re not comfortable with darker gradients, you can also manually disable pixels through a third-party app called Pixoff. The app can also use one of the many grid patterns available to quickly turn off, for example, half of the pixels.

Unless you’re watching a movie or consuming other content in HD, you won’t notice much of a drop in quality, especially if you have a 1080p or higher screen. A few manufacturers like Samsung also include a setting that lets you lower the screen resolution.

To download: Pixoff: Battery Saver (Free and premium version available)

7. Disable Background Data Access

Similarly, you can cut off cellular data access for apps you think shouldn’t be using it in the background. If apps don’t get internet access, they can’t load new files and run in the background. As a result, it saves battery.

To stop an app from using cellular data in the background, go to Settings > Apps and select an app. Below Usefaucet Mobile data and disable Allow background data usage.

8. Monitor Misbehaving Apps

Your battery life can suffer if an app isn’t working as it should. It can be caused by anything from a bug to deliberate aggressive background functionality. To check it out, go to Settings > Battery and device care > Battery and tap the battery usage graph to see which apps drained the most battery.

If there is an app that you don’t use much, you should uninstall it and monitor the battery for a day to see if it improves. You can also force quit the app and give it another chance. If nothing proves useful, get rid of it and move on to an alternative.

9. Disable Google Assistant

While Google Assistant is a handy tool for fun and work, it’s also one of the Android features that constantly gobbles up your phone’s power. It listens for the wake command, connects to your location to instantly retrieve contextual results, and more.

If you don’t rely on Google Assistant much, it’s best to shut it down. Unsurprisingly, Google hasn’t made the Assistant Switch easy to reach. You have to jump through a few hoops to find it.

First, open the Google app, tap on your profile picture, then select Settings. Then go to Google Assistant > General and disable Google Assistant. Or, to do it faster, just say to your Google Assistant, “Hey Google, turn off the Google Assistant”, then press Assistant settingsand disable Google Assistant Of the.

10. Switch to Lite or Progressive Web Apps

Another nifty method that doesn’t require a lot of sacrifice and still extends your phone’s battery life is to switch to lightweight or progressive web apps. These are lite versions of applications available in a browser.

Companies offer them to improve the experience on underpowered phones. They take fewer resources, but you won’t miss much. You have a host of lightweight Android apps as well as progressive web apps available to check out.

11. Change your sync settings

Notifications are important. But if you find them intrusive and hate the persistent stream of pings, you should try disabling auto-sync altogether. That way, you’ll only see new content when you open an app and manually refresh it.

Since apps don’t constantly refresh in the background to bring you new information, this can also save you a ton of battery life. You can turn off auto sync through your Samsung phone’s quick settings panel or just go to Settings > Accounts & Backup > Manage Accounts and disable Auto-sync data.

12. Disable Nearby Device Scan on Samsung Phones

Samsung phones repeatedly scan for nearby devices so you can easily detect and connect to your headphones, smartwatches, Bluetooth speakers, and more. It’s very convenient, but not very good for your battery.

So, once you have paired your accessories, you need to turn off the feature. To do this, go to Settings > Connections > More connection settings and disable Analysis of nearby devices.

How to Increase Battery Life of Android Phones

There are tons of things you can do to save your Android phone battery. As you saw above, a plethora of apps and services are running in the background at all times that you might not even need, so it’s best to disable them permanently.

For the best possible battery life, it’s a good idea to rely on your phone’s battery saver and just use your phone less. And while you’re at it, you might also want to turn off notifications so you’re not tempted to pick up your phone and check what’s going on.