We install a number of apps on our Android devices for different purposes. Apps differ when it comes to issues such as accessibility to data connectivity and battery consumption. A number of features available on your device can also cause the battery to drain quickly. To stay on the safe side, users have to manage their phone battery. Some do it by carrying charger at all times, and some do it intelligently. In this article we will look at some of those great basic ways in which you can save battery and make your phone last longer throughout the day.
Always Check Your Battery Usage
The key step is to know what aspects of your device are being used and keeping a check on battery usage. To find what part of the device is using the most percentage of battery, go to Settings > About phone > Battery Use.
You will be able to see how much battery is being consumed by display, cell standby, Android System and Phone idle. Apart from these defaults, third party apps or controls will be displayed as well with the battery ratio being consumed by them.
The biggest power consumer is the display itself, having a bigger touch screen means more power consumption. Simple widgets are available in the Market like Battery Use Widget, which can give you a quick update via home screen on what’s consuming the battery.
Reduce Phone Brightness
As you can see from the battery usage level, most of the battery is being consumed by the device display. Backlight in these devices adds up to more power consumption. Brightness can be adjusted by going to Settings > Sound and Display > Brightness.
Automatic brightness adjustment is also available but it is not recommended by most users. Reasons being it being unable to adjust brightness at times. It is preferred to move the adjustment slider to the left. Adjust it accordingly if you’re unable to see the phone.
Depending on light conditions, you can use Brightness Level Widget for home screen. It helps to set brightness in five different percentages. If you’re not satisfied, make the adjustments from the slider present on the widget.
Adjust The Delay In Screen Timeout
You can adjust your screen timeout settings so when not in use the display automatically gets turned off. Go to Settings > Sound and Display > Screen timeout. It can be set from 15 seconds to 30 minutes.
Naturally, the smaller the number, the higher your device will last on a single charge. If you want to leave your phone on, just place a widget on your home screen like Toggle Screen Timeout. It becomes useful just because you wont have to go to settings over and over again. This widget collaborates with the default preferences available in the phone for screen timeout.
Keep A Check On Connectivity
Connections, such as, data, Wifi, Bluetooth and GPS, are all power hungry. They are consuming battery because they are turned on, not just because they are being used. It doesn’t matter if they are being used or not. The best practice it to only enable them when they are needed, otherwise they are better kept disabled.
Installation of widgets like One Click Widget comes in as a great help. You can put all these connection shortcuts on the screen and simply turn them on / off with a single tap. Most Android phones comes with default connection widget which can be seen in the screenshot on the right.
Finally, the key points to remember are screen and connectivity. The less they are in use, the more battery you’re going to save. Everything else, including task managers to kill apps are useless. If users keep these both basic aspects in mind every time they are using their devices, they can end up using their devices for a longer period of time.