Phone battery status: how to check the battery status of your Android mobile phone

Every Android user encounters one issue or another with their smartphone battery over time. The reason for this is that phone batteries naturally degrade with routine charging and after a while they drain faster than when they were new. But you wouldn’t want to deal with a dead phone once in a while, especially when you’re on the go, would you? The best way to save yourself from this annoying situation is to keep an eye on your phone’s battery health. Now, your Android device might not have an easy way to check this, but don’t worry! In this article, we have explained how to check the battery status of your Android phone and keep your beloved device in good working order for longer.

What is battery health?

Before discussing the different ways to check the battery status of your Android phone, it is essential to understand what the term “battery healthreally means. Simply put, the health of a battery determines how badly it has deteriorated with each charge cycle. To put things in perspective, ILet’s say your Android phone has a battery capacity of 4500 mAh. At 100% battery health, it will hold 4500mAh when the phone is fully charged. But with regular charging, battery health can drop to 95%. In this case, your phone will not get the full 4500mAh battery even when it is 100% charged due to its degradation over the years.

The lower the battery health, the shorter the battery life. This means that a phone with a low battery will drain faster and may also encounter issues such as heating up during use, etc. Read on to find out the different ways to do this.

How to check the battery status of your Android phone

Unfortunately, Android does not provide you with a built-in way to analyze your mobile phone’s battery status. So, we have collected some of the best and easiest solutions to check the battery status of your Android phone. Let’s look at them in detail!

Using the Settings menu

Every Android device lets you track battery status through its Settings menu. But it should be noted that the information provided and the browsing option may vary depending on your build and version of Android. Here is an overview of what you need to do:

  1. Open the Settings app on your phone and go to Battery
  2. Under the Battery section, tap the three-dot icon in the upper right corner and click Battery usage to find the list of apps consuming the most power since the last charge.
  3. If you want to force quit an app, tap the app name and choose a setting that suits your purpose.

To note: We used OnePlus 6T for the demo, but some brands of Android mobile phones show more details, like those running MIUI, which will show you your current battery temperature. In this case, please note that any battery temperature below 50 degrees C is normal.

Using a dial code

Few people know that you can access a hidden diagnostic menu on Android phones by dialing a secret code consisting of numbers, asterisks and hashes. Here is how you can use the Phone app to check your Android mobile phone’s battery information.

  1. Open the Phone app on your smartphone and enter *#*#4636#*#* in the numeric keypad.
  2. In the test menu that appears, find Battery Information for details such as charge level, battery temperature and health status.

To note: If you don’t see the Battery Information option, unfortunately it means that this secret dial code method is not working on your Android mobile phone.

Use of third-party applications

The solutions mentioned above do not provide you with complete information about your phone’s battery status. So, for a deep scan, it is better to download and install a third party application like AccuBattery on your Android mobile phone. It will show you details like usage information, battery capacity, temperature, etc. To check the battery status of the phone via a third-party app, follow these steps:

Phone battery health

  1. Download the AccuBattery app from play store and install it on your phone.
  2. Once you open the app, you will find four tabs: Charge, Discharge, Health, and History. Go to the Health tab down at the bottom.
  3. In this section, you will be able to see your battery health in percentage. Other information such as battery capacity and battery wear can also be found under Battery health.

To note: When you use the app for the first time, it may not show any information because Android does not provide historical battery information to third-party apps. The only information the app can read would be the design capacity of the battery. It’s with each charge cycle that the app will record your battery’s estimated capacity and, over time, determine its state of health.

How to Check Battery Status on Samsung Mobile Phones

If you are a Samsung user, you are in luck! Your device comes pre-installed with the Samsung Members app allowing you to easily check the status of your battery. Here’s how:

  1. Open the Samsung Members app, scroll to Acquire help tab and click on it.
  2. In the menu that opens, go to Interactive controls
  3. From the list of options, select Battery to see your phone’s battery power, life and capacity. Battery life (good, normal, or weak) will determine its health.

To note: If you have already checked the Battery option in the Samsung Members app, you can access Settings > Battery and device care > Diagnostics > Battery status to directly access the battery life of your Samsung Android phone.

FAQs

How often should I check my phone’s battery status?

Although it is not necessary to check your phone’s battery status regularly, you should check it if you are experiencing problems such as sudden battery drain, device heats up, phone not charging not 100% even after being charged for hours etc.

Why does my phone drain quickly even when the battery status is good?

If it’s not a battery health issue, it’s possible that a recently installed app is causing your phone to drain fast. Prevent the app from running in the background or uninstall it completely. If that doesn’t fix the battery drain, try factory resetting your Android phone and that might fix the problem.

When should I consider replacing my Android phone’s battery?

Most Android phone manufacturers recommend that once your battery capacity drops below 80% due to too many charging cycles, it is best to replace it with a new one.

How to maintain the good life of my Android battery

Below are some useful tips that you can follow to improve your phone’s battery life:

  • Avoid charging your phone to 100% and don’t let it discharge to 0%.
  • Don’t leave the phone charging for hours and hours like overnight.
  • Plug in the phone when the battery reaches 20-30% and remove it once it reaches 80%.
  • Avoid fast charging until absolutely necessary.
  • Keep the phone in cool temperatures especially while charging.
  • Always use the original charging cable and brick provided by the manufacturer.
  • Use the built-in battery saver whenever possible.
  • Avoid using the phone while it is plugged in.
  • Look for power-hungry apps and uninstall them if possible.
  • Turn off mobile data/Wi-Fi/NFC/location services if you don’t need them.