Well, the Android Operating System has taken the telecom industry by the storm and is rapidly moving towards the highest position in the Smartphones’ market share. With the OS’s enticing features, functionality and the apps market providing loads of exciting apps to the delight of its customers, Android has a long way to go in this communications industry. But with all the benefits, there is always some cost to bear. Here, we are taking the phone’s battery life into consideration that gets drained so fast because of the features itself. But going a little bit intelligently, you can use some of the tips discussed below either in isolation or collectively depending on what suits you the best and keep you device running for a longer period of time.
1. Know What Is Using Your Battery And In What Proportions.
First and foremost, to enable battery saving, you must know what functions/features of your device consumes the battery in what proportions. Only then, you would make the changes required to boost up your battery life, right? For this, go to the ‘Battery Usage Screen’ and know what has been using the battery. You can access it by opening Settings > About Phone > Battery use.
2. Change Your ‘Display’ Settings.
As you can see in my case(taken my own phone’s screenshot) above and I am sure it must be common with most of you out there as well that the phone’s display sucks the greatest amount of our batteries. There you can make 2 major changes – One, decrease the brightness level of your phone’s display and two, decrease the ‘Screen Timeout’ time. To do this, go to Settings>Display>Brightness/Screen timeout and make the changes.
3. Turn Off Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS When Not Required And/Or Use the Airplane mode.
Bluetooth is required only when you need to transfer files or use a Bluetooth headset. The wireless networking transmitter(i.e. your WiFi) uses quite a bit of power. Even when the device is not connected to a network, it will continue to search for one on a regular basis. And GPS is required only if you are having difficulty finding your way around some place while traveling. If you are not navigating, turn off GPS and let the device use whatever alternative location services your wireless network provider may offer. Switch off GPS Geolocation features in any other app that makes use of it as well. Switch off the Bluetooth and Wifi as well when not needed. By enabling the Airplane mode, you can collectively turn them all off. Go to Settings> Wireless & networks>Airplane Mode/WiFi/Bluetooth and for disabling the GPS, go to Settings>Location & security>Use GPS satellites.
4. Use 2G Networks Only Whenever Possible.
If you do not need access to high speed data, or there is no 3G network where you live, you can set your OS to use 2G mobile networks only. You will still have access to EDGE network data and WiFi if needed. To do this, go to Settings>Wireless & networks>mobile networks>Use only 2G networks and check the option.
5. Use the Power Control widget.
From Android 1.6 onwards, there is a widget that you can place on any one of your home screens that gives you quick control buttons for WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, Push sync, and screen brightness (three levels). Use this to control your settings and turn them off to save battery power, as stated above. This is a nice easy shortcut. To apply this, go to Home screen>Menu>Add>Widgets>Power control
6. Switch off haptic feedback.
While you may leave on vibratory alerts as they may be necessary, you can simply switch off the haptic feedback from your virtual keyboard. Even though it may feel good to have haptic feedback, it is best to switch it off because every time you touch the screen, a haptic feedback takes away your battery power unnecessarily. You can find this setting inside Settings > Sound > Haptic feedback.
7. Disable Auto-Sync & Adobe Flash.
Certain built-in applications such as Email, keeps on trying to access the internet at regular intervals without user intervention, thus reducing battery power. You can either set it to sync at longer intervals, or simply switch off automatic syncing. You can manually sync to get updates by hitting refresh button. Go to Settings> Accounts and sync > General sync settings and remove the checkbox next to Auto-sync.
Adobe Flash is required for the functionality of certain websites. Flash gives an enriching web experience but also consumes a lot of battery. Switching it off is one possible way of reducing battery consumption. You can set the browser to load Flash only when you want it to load. To do this, open the internet browser, press the Menu button on your Android phone, select More, go to Settings > Enable Plug-ins and set it to On demand.
8. Uninstall unnecessary, unused apps & Do not leave applications running when you don’t need them.
If some of the applications that you might have installed earlier are seldom in use now, you can uninstall such applications. Also, Some applications have an option to turn off notifications. In such cases, you can turn off notifications so that they don’t run in the background. And once you are through with the apps, close them and return to the home screen.
9. Disable unnecessary Home Screen widgets & animated wallpaper.
Widgets in Android phones are meant to make life easier and most of them actually do so. But certain widgets drain battery more than others, such as widgets pulling data from the internet in the background. As far as possible, such widgets must be avoided and removed if possible. And Animated wallpapers, though look so cool, drains your battery more than you may think it does. Disable them to save some battery power.
10. Use Some Great Battery Saving Apps.
Apart from the phone’s internal settings that have been discussed above that may enhance your battery life, there are some great mobile apps(free as well as paid) available in the Android market that can be your perfect tool in making your device’s battery run longer. Some of them are Task Killer, Longevity, Power Tone-up, Easy Battery Saver, One Touch Battery Saver & Juice Defender.