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Getting more out of less — that seems to be the way of the world right now. There’s only so much of anything, and we want to make it last, right? Can we get more life out of our phones so we don’t have to charge them as often? Can we make them run longer so we don’t get stuck without them?

The short answer is a resounding YES, but how much more we can get out of a phone battery is still up for discussion. Still, no matter how long your phone’s battery life lasts, there are ways that you can definitely make it last longer. Let’s take a look at some different ways.

Limit Apps Running in The Background

Any app that is running in the background is using processing power. That means it’s drawing electricity from the battery. Often, when we “close” an app we aren’t really exiting it and closing it out. It just sits there in the background, continuing to run, checking for signals, watching your compass, pinging servers, and goodness only knows what else. Android is pretty good at managing these apps and automatically closing out ones that aren’t used for an extended period of time. But you want total control.

active-apps

How do you kill all these power-sapping apps? You could use an app killer, but app killers are a bit controversial. If the app is something you actually use frequently, killing it all the time will consume more energy, because it takes more energy to start it from scratch, instead of just firing it up while it’s still the device’s RAM. So, let’s look at the built-in method instead.

On non-Samsung devices, simply tap the multitasking button and swipe the offending apps to the side. Some manufacturers will have a Kill All button of some kind along the bottom of the screen. For Samsung devices, the process is a bit different.

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Press and hold the Home button on your Samsung Android smartphone — or if you’re on a newer device like the Galaxy S5, tap on the multitasking button where the menu button used to be.

You’ll see a list of apps, like in the picture above, and you’ll also see a button that looks like a pie-chart. Tap on the pie-chart. Now tap on the Active applications button at the top of the screen. There’s the list of all the active applications on your phone. To end any of them, just tap on the End button. A warning screen will ask you if you want to continue because you may cause errors. The odds of that happening are quite slim. It’s that easy!

active-applications-screen

You may want to use an app like Tasker or Llama to turn apps off and on depending on the time of day or where you are. Yes, it means Tasker or Llama is always running, but if it can shut off two or more apps, that’s a net gain. For more information on Tasker, Erez has some things to say in, Tasker For Android: A Mobile App That Caters to Your Every Whim Tasker For Android: A Mobile App That Caters to Your Every Whim Tasker For Android: A Mobile App That Caters to Your Every Whim When it comes to device automation, there's just one 900-lb gorilla in the Android space, and that's Tasker. True, Llama is an awesome free automation app, but it doesn't aim for Tasker's full power. Tasker... Read More . Llama is a little less powerful, but still a very capable app. You can learn more about Llama from another article by Erez Use Llama To Automate Your Android Phone With Location Profiles & More Use Llama To Automate Your Android Phone With Location Profiles & More On a scale of one to ten, how smart is your smartphone? It may be smart enough to handle email, or help you navigate unfamiliar urban landscapes. But is it smart enough to turn off... Read More .

For those apps that you want to keep running in the background, make sure you update them when needed. Sometimes, these updates include improvements in energy usage, making them more efficient.

Don’t Phone Home

Apps like email and contacts are going to be the apps that you allow to continuously run. You can save energy by tweaking these apps, though. Go into your settings and change how often they sync with your email service. Instead of every 5 minutes, maybe you only really need it to sync every 30 minutes. Or change what is synced. When you do this, it’s like you’re eliminating surfing a number of websites in terms of power savings.

Tap on  Settings, then Accounts, then select the account you want to adjust. In this picture, we’re adjusting what Google services are synced. I don’t use Google+ on my smartphone, so why should I sync it?

sync-settings

Only Use What You Can Use

Major phone functions like WiFi, Bluetooth, and GPS all consume battery power when running. If you’re somewhere and there’s no WiFi, or you aren’t using Bluetooth or GPS, turn them off! These services are constantly polling for routers, nearby Bluetooth devices, and GPS satellites — whether these things are available or not. That uses power.

To shut these functions off, most Android skins allow you to just swipe from the top of your screen to show the all the functions like WiFi, NFC, and such. If the function is highlighted, that’s means it is on. Just tap it to turn it off. If your device has a Power Saving Mode, try turning that on! Newer devices likely have a Quick Settings panel adjustable by pressing the icon in the upper right corner of the notification bar. Shown below, it is three squares with an arrow-like icon for Samsung devices. If all else fails, head into the Settings menu.

turn-off-services

Your phone is an even worse offender when you’re in an area with no cell service. (I think they call that the wilderness.) Your phone will constantly poll — or call out — to try to find a cell tower to which it can connect. This takes a tremendous amount of energy! If you want to test this, next time you go camping (or to most of rural Canada) go ahead and leave your phone on. On standby, I guarantee it will die in just a few hours, compared to maybe the day or two you get out of it in an urban area.

Apps that use Location Services can use a combination of GPS satellites and wireless networks to estimate your location. If you don’t need your apps to be location aware, you can shut the Location Services off for your Android. Go into Settings, More, and then Location Services. When you get there, uncheck the box that reads Access to my location.

turn-off-location-services

Paint It Black

Your phone uses power to run programs and services, we’ve established that. An even bigger consumer of energy is the screen. Screens take light and light, even from a touchscreen, takes a lot of power. By adjusting the brightness of your screen to be just a few notches lower, you can add many precious minutes to your battery run time. Change the brightness by swiping down from the top of the screen to show the brightness bar. Uncheck the Auto box, and slide the slider to find your preferred balance of brightness and power saving.

screen-brightness

Another tip is to use a simple black screen for your lock and main screen. This works only for AMOLED (Active-Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode) screens, which many Android devices have. The way that the screens work is to light up different pixels that are one of 3 colours – red, green, and blue – to create the impression of a specific colour. When the device wants to show a certain shade of black, it simply does not light up any pixels. Less light equals less power. Here’s a close-up of an AMOLED screen:

close-up-of-amoled-screen

You can download a black wallpaper I made for you here. To install it, make sure you move the file to a folder on your phone. Go into Settings, My Device, then Display. Tap on Wallpaper.  Here you have a choice of changing the Home screen, Lock screen or both. Tap on whatever suits you. Navigate to where you saved the black wallpaper and choose it.

change-wallpaper-to-black

Look at how much of your screen does not require lighting now!

On the same train of thought, lower the time for your screen to automatically turn off. If it’s set to 5 minutes, maybe set it to 1. That’s a dramatic saving right there.

It should be obvious, but it has to be said, live wallpapers and screen widgets suck energy like a leech. By constantly changing, they are constantly turning pixels on and off and using processing power. Don’t use them if you want to save power… just don’t.

Even worse is the flash or LED light on an Android phone. If at possible, don’t use it. You can literally watch your battery drain if you turn it on and leave it for any length of time.

Stop Motion

Another huge power sucker is the vibrating motor in Android smartphones. Electric motors are terribly inefficient with power usage, having to create motion against friction and also wasting some energy as heat. If you don’t need vibrations on, turn them off. This includes for notifications such as the phone ringing, and haptic feedback. Haptic feedback is when your Android twitches a little when you touch a button.

turn-off-vibrations

Keep it Cool, or Warm

Did you know that temperature can affect the life of a battery? If you live in the northern climes, you know that. There’s something you can do about it. Don’t allow you battery to get too hot or too cold.

room-temperature-thermostat

Being cold increases the battery’s internal resistance to electricity flow. This decreases the battery’s capacity or run time. Heat, while it decreases internal resistance, causes undue wear and tear on the battery. It’s like how heat breaks things down. Frequently being in warm temperatures will break down the battery and it will take less and less of a charge, decreasing the run time. Eventually the battery will just completely fail. Room temperature is an ideal operating temperature for batteries.

Bigger Is Better

There’s only so much energy you can squeeze out of the battery that came with your Android. If you can’t fit more gas in the tank, get a bigger tank! There are many types of battery boosting packs out there, some which also act as a phone case, so you don’t have to carry two devices around. With some of these boosters you could easily double or triple your runtime on a full charge.

qtech-battery-pack

 

Fill’er Up Please

Whenever you can, plug your Android in to charge. That old story about how you should drain a battery completely before recharging it just isn’t true for the batteries you’ll find in modern electronics. You can top it up anytime and not damage your battery at all.

android-charging-in-dock

Although this doesn’t necessarily add battery life to your Android, it can easily make the difference between having a phone you can use and an expensive paperweight.

Turn the Phone Off

This is not the answer you are looking for. However, when your phone is completely off, the draw on the battery is very little. Infinitesimal even. Unless you’re expecting an emergency call in the middle of the night, turn it off when you go to bed. Or just turn it off whenever and enjoy the people that are right there with you.

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Keep Stretching Out That Battery Life

Applying any combination of these power saving measures is going to make a difference to how long your Android will run on battery power. Like driving a car, the more you learn about how it works, the better and more efficiently you can use it.

Do you have any battery saving tips for using an Android? Which of these tips do you get the most out of? Let’s us know, we’re all in this together.

Image Credits: AMOLED Screen Under Microscope, Room Temperature Thermometer, and Motorola Atrix in Dock via WikiMedia, Qtech Samsung Galaxy S3 Battery Boost Case via Amazon.com.

  1. Michael
    February 4, 2016 at 7:11 pm

    Mention assistive light? I see that picture, I need it for my android smartphone.

    • Guy McDowell
      February 5, 2016 at 3:15 pm

      There are a lot of 'flashlight' apps out there. Give a few a try and see which you like best.

  2. none
    December 26, 2015 at 4:51 am

    Airplane mode can save you an immense amount of battery if you don't need WiFi, cell or bluetooth connectivity. I've made a single charge on my S4 last all weekend when camping if all I need is a clock and to check email once for 20 mins per day. No need to power off/on every time.

    • Guy McDowell
      December 28, 2015 at 4:46 pm

      Excellent advice.

  3. Etienne Vermeiren
    November 23, 2015 at 11:51 pm

    Battery saving tip :

    Settings > My device > Accessibility > negatieve colors.

    Use a shortcut, while not al screens are bright, so you can switch quickly.

    • Etienne Vermeiren
      November 24, 2015 at 12:52 am

      I also use Proximity Smart Cover.

      • Lynn
        March 9, 2016 at 2:43 am

        Looks nice when I enable negative colour for my galaxy mega 2 screen display :-D

        • Guy McDowell
          March 14, 2016 at 1:53 pm

          Cool! I've never tried that.

      • Guy McDowell
        March 14, 2016 at 1:52 pm

        I like those smart covers. Don't have one, but I like the idea.

  4. Scott Holbert
    September 27, 2015 at 2:04 am

    Why not create a plug in for airplane mode,that allows cell phone, and phone only. I have been using most of these tips, ever since I upgraded to a stupid(smart) phone.

    • Scott Holbert
      September 27, 2015 at 2:08 am

      Does thirds apply to speed and battery boosters?

      • Guy McDowell
        September 30, 2015 at 5:26 pm

        I don't understand the question. More details?

  5. Sam Morrison
    July 27, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    India has Amazon.in tho.

  6. Guy
    March 25, 2015 at 6:59 pm

    Except that we're talking about AMOLED or OLED panels, not LCD.

    Here, let me Google that for you.

  7. murat
    March 25, 2015 at 6:20 pm

    lol, not true, in lcd panel, you spend more power for black screen, just google it

  8. Anonymous
    March 18, 2015 at 1:27 am

    thanx for guide sir.
    and you know sir, any type of best launcher that save our battery

    • Guy
      March 20, 2015 at 11:14 am

      Sorry, I've never used any launchers so I can't say. You might find something about that elsewhere on our site, though.

  9. livewire300
    January 25, 2015 at 3:34 am

    Buying an extended battery and cover works for me. 2100mah to a 5500mah makes all day fun...
    Sorry Iphone users. I love my samsung extended battery setup...

    • Vivek
      January 28, 2015 at 7:15 am

      Please tell if this extended battery is available in India? Thanks

    • Guy
      January 28, 2015 at 3:09 pm

      Hi Vivek,

      It depends on the model of your phone, but I do see lots of extended battery products on SnapDeal.com. So there is a good chance you can find one for your phone.

      For those that might not know, SnapDeal is like India's Amazon.com.

  10. devo-T
    November 26, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    In a power crisis, you'd think that leaving the phone off, turning it in every few minutes, and turning it off again, is a good idea. It's not, and here's why.

    When your phone boots up, one of the first things it does is turn on the screen for logo and startup graphics. This is usually at full brightness. Eventually it will dim before finishing the boot process, but not before expending juice for nothing.

    Similarly, while the phone is booting, it does so at 1009% CPU speed. Once the operating system is running, the phone will throttle the speed down on the processor, and crank it up only when necessary, based on the app requirements. Until then, though, you're bleeding off power nonstop.

    Hopefully you get several extra minutes with this strategy!

  11. Guy
    November 26, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    If it's AMOLED or OLED, it will help.

    I think pretty much all phones are like that now?

  12. Itachi
    November 26, 2014 at 9:35 am

    Mr. Guy .... Excellent job you are doing there....this is gonna be very helpful I hope....I read all the conversations above and wanted to ask if the black wallpaper would help in a phone that does not have amoled display..?

  13. Guy M
    August 26, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    I did not know that! Good call.

  14. Landam Naresh
    August 24, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    Many of us do not know that in Android even when WiFi is disabled, a phone could be searching for networks.To prevent battery drain, head to WiFi settings > Advanced, where you can un-check the option for WiFi scanning. - See more at: spinfold.com/how-to-get-better-battery-life-on-your-smart-phone/?

    • JayBo
      February 3, 2016 at 11:26 am

      Wow :: there is a control setting ENABLED by default to permit wifi scanning for beacons even when overall wifi is disabled. Incredible find, friend. Disable that people :: it's garbage battery waste and privacy intrusion. I wonder if even Airplane mode disables that scanning? Probably not, because they think the phone client is only listening (aka, scanning) for access point beacons, *not* transmitting. Still if it did xmit, client could hurt the airplane signal integrity?

      • Guy McDowell
        February 3, 2016 at 12:30 pm

        Good question. I'm not sure how to conclusively answer that, so I'm going to think on that.

        Many airplanes have far better shielding on their avionics and communications these days. For an airplane that provides WiFi, there should be no cross talk at all.

  15. Guy M
    July 16, 2014 at 11:31 am

    I don't know if this is true for all Android phones, but the other day I needed to make a 911 call. An elderly lady was driving into oncoming traffic on the highway. I *know* I didn't have my location services or GPS turned on, but the 911 operator pinpointed where I was.

    I'm okay with that. Just hope they don't use this ability for evil.

  16. Audrey
    July 16, 2014 at 12:56 am

    Wish this article had been available when I got my first Android phone in February! I was accustomed to 5 days between charges... on factory settings, I was getting maybe 24 hours. By disabling everything I wasn't using (not a big web surfer or online user), changing screen settings, and disabling location services, I've gotten my Android device to 5 days between charges. I know "power users" (pun intended) like my hubby roll their eyes when I tell them what I do, it works for me. And I like not having location services enabled... makes me feel a little more untraceable, even if that's an illusion. (I do turn on if I need to use GPS for driving.)

  17. Janice
    July 13, 2014 at 10:33 am

    Great tips..I. have switched to the black screen and it works...Thanks!!

    • Guy M
      July 13, 2014 at 2:49 pm

      It is pretty impressive how much of a difference that one simple change can make.

  18. Vignesh M
    July 11, 2014 at 9:13 am

    In Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2 , There is a option in Developer section for maximum no. of background processes. Does it really keeps restrictions on the running apps ? Can I set it to 3 or 4 max apps only ? Do you recommend it ?

    • Guy M
      July 13, 2014 at 2:48 pm

      That's very interesting! I would assume that it does really keep restrictions on running apps, otherwise why would it be there?
      I don't think I can recommend this as a battery-saving option though. Wouldn't it eventually get frustrating maybe? Plus forcing an exit from an app is seldom the best way to exit an app as you can read in a recent article from the impeccable Joel Lee, Why RAM Boosters And Task Killers Are Bad For Your Android.

  19. imed
    July 10, 2014 at 8:13 am

    Another tip: never let your battery reach five percent. This will disturb its inner circuits for ever, causing a 15 percent loss of battery life.
    Also, keeping the phone charging when it is already full will cause a shorter battery life. The ideal is to disconnect the charger exactly when charge reaches 100%.

    • Guy M
      July 13, 2014 at 2:49 pm

      There is truth to this.

    • Robert Haltom
      January 27, 2015 at 2:32 pm

      1st part of your comment is true. However not so for the 2nd part. Keeping your phone plugged in will not harm the battery or its lifespan in any way. Once your battery is full, it will not keep charging. The phone will simply use however much power it requires to operate from the charging source. By unplugging your phone every time it reaches 100%, you are making the battery do more discharge and recharge cycles than needed. This in time does wear down the battery.

      Out of the past 3 androids I've owned, I have never had to replace a battery due to it wearing out before the phone was well past time for an upgrade (2+ years). I did replace the battery for my 1st android (HTC Thunderbolt) but this was to get a larger battery / cover. Thunderbolt was one of the very 1st LTE phones and a complete power hog.

      Some phones will ask you to unplug them once charged to "save energy". This is nothing more than feel good "green energy" politics and unless the adapter is removed from A/C source there is no power saving at all. Not to mention the amount of money in power you saved over the life of your battery, would likely not even be enough money to buy a replacement battery.

  20. Thumpsounds
    July 10, 2014 at 1:25 am

    When I'm at work I switch to airplane mode and back to normal when I go on break.Also I use 2 Battery Pro to control Wifi and data.It shuts down internet when the screen goes off for up to 4 hours before enabling data for syncing momentarily.You can also blacklist games that don't require data to help kill ads.

    • Guy M
      July 13, 2014 at 2:51 pm

      Cool recommendations. I'll have to check those out.

  21. halid osman
    June 14, 2014 at 7:33 am

    Halid osman aben abdalah akel

    • Guy M
      June 17, 2014 at 12:30 pm

      Um, thank you? I tried Google Translator, but it didn't work.

  22. derek dybdahl
    June 5, 2014 at 12:16 am

    Heat increases resistance and cold decreases resistance....not the other way

    • Guy M
      June 5, 2014 at 1:55 am

      In a conductor - not in a battery. I could get into the physics of it, but that's really beyond the scope of this article. If you don't believe me, move to Canada and try to start your car in a cold snap.

  23. D Perry
    June 4, 2014 at 10:56 pm

    Great tips. Been playing with all my settings and using the black wallpaper.

  24. sony
    June 4, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    Im not very sure about the type of batteries used in todays phones, but i DO know that the colder a copper cable becomes, the less friction will be applied to any current going throuh the cable.

    This is proven with the development of supraconductive cables.
    Those cables are running at very low temperatures to achive a nearly resistanceless cable.

    • Guy M
      June 5, 2014 at 1:53 am

      A battery is not a conductor, though - nor is it friction that's reduced in a conductor - it's drift velocity if I recall correctly. Extreme low temperatures affect all batteries negatively.

  25. Nahla D
    June 3, 2014 at 11:02 am

    I think I'm just going to buy a new battery pack now. My phone and the battery that goes with it is already two and a half years old, and no matter what power-saving methods I do, it still drains--faster than it used to be. Sometimes, you just need to buy a new battery pack.

    • Guy M
      June 3, 2014 at 11:49 am

      Replacement batteries can be as cheap as $10 or less these days. Might be a good idea to get a new battery AND a battery pack. Just a thought!

    • Nahla D
      June 3, 2014 at 2:16 pm

      Oops, I forgot to mention the replacement batteries! That's what I thought actually. Too bad we can't edit our comments here.

  26. HARSHA INDIA
    June 3, 2014 at 4:14 am

    Enable Airplane mode instead doing Power off.. Because in traveling, when you loose the network, mobile keeps on searching for signals with more power (and also when signal bar is low) and so many handoffs in traveling (when u r in conversational call).... Because powering off/on consumes more battery power.

    • Guy M
      June 3, 2014 at 11:48 am

      Harsha, good idea and sound reasoning. Thank you!

  27. pmshah
    June 2, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    The current version of Android will not permit third party software to put your phone in airplane mode. I don't see the logic of it. I used to change the state automativally depending on time of day via an external application. No more.

  28. Richard Palmer
    June 2, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    Get a life. You all need to get out more, ignore the phone, if you can't actually leave it at home.

    • Guy M
      June 5, 2014 at 1:56 am

      If you don't take your smartphone with you, why would you have one or read this article?

  29. BadLar
    June 2, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    I have always used a black wallpaper because I like the look, what is the easiest way to get one? Take a photo with the lens covered, then use that photo from your gallery.

    • Guy M
      June 5, 2014 at 1:57 am

      I guess that could work. Nice low tech hack!

    • Angel
      April 17, 2015 at 1:15 pm

      I mean alarm clock on my phone

  30. Syd
    June 2, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    Thanks for the response Guy I sorted it out albeit using the longer road :-)
    I saved it my PC and then copied it my Android and it worked. I now have my favorite desktop....I have always used Black! Thanks again for this :-)

  31. android underground
    June 2, 2014 at 11:03 am

    Root your Android and get a firewall like Afwall+ and an ad blocker like AdAway.

    Do you want your apps to go online and upload your usage stats to who-knows-where when your Android is on batteries and a battery-guzzling mobile data connection?

    Many apps use internet access for the sole purpose of downloading ads, and those ads often hammer your GPS as well. Really, whoever cooked up the incredibly stupid idea to use GPS for advertising on a battery-powered device deserves a slow and painful death.

    If advertisers get it right, they only download banners when android is plugged in and NEVER when it's running on battery. As for ads polling your GPS location when on battery...

    As long as apps upload usage stats and download ads and abuse your GPS when your device runs on batteries you have to root your Android and fight back.

    • Guy M
      June 2, 2014 at 11:48 am

      Good advice for the more advanced user! I totally agree with your stance on ads and how many developers abuse them and our batteries.

    • pmshah
      June 2, 2014 at 11:31 pm

      "Do you want your apps to go online and upload your usage stats to who-knows-where when your Android is on batteries and a battery-guzzling mobile data connection?"

      I don't want it doing this - Period.

  32. Tom S
    June 1, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    Wow, I had no idea of how some of these things on my phone eat up battery life. I feel better informed. Awesome info, will definitely share this.

    • Stubby D
      June 2, 2014 at 11:37 am

      Excellent ap Excellent app that makes me very aware of which apps Have it installed on all my android devices. Pakar Seo

    • Guy M
      June 2, 2014 at 11:47 am

      Glad we can help, Tom. Thank you!

  33. Ray
    June 1, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    I have set screen time out to 15 seconds andò installed Screebl (maybe the other way round...)

  34. Ali
    June 1, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    Are you serious with this article?! How to improve life: "Buy a battery pack!", "Turn off your phone!", "Turn on power saving mode!" ... and my favorite: "Charge your phone!!!"
    Are you kidding? You had to write 9 ways, you couldn't write 5 ways without adding nonesense?

    • Guy M
      June 2, 2014 at 11:46 am

      Ali, believe it or not, many people wouldn't think of these things.
      Not everyone is aware of these tactics that you and I would take for granted. Everybody starts somewhere.

    • Sarah C
      November 5, 2014 at 12:21 am

      Most of these I already use too, but, I discovered them mostly on my own thru trial n error, this article is a GREAT read I only wish I had it when I first got my Samsung so, for you to say it's nonsense is completely rude and untrue! He did a great job and it is very useful for users at any level...
      Keep up the good work Guy M

    • Guy
      November 6, 2014 at 12:57 pm

      Sarah, thank you for the compliment!

      For people that are a bit more advanced with their Androids, I think we have a few articles that have more technical ways to make their phone work longer between charges.

  35. Raju Shrestha
    June 1, 2014 at 8:45 am

    Loved this article. I used the given black wallpaper and just amazed of apps brightness. Most of the tricks were used already. I usually switch to flight mode before go to bed and have set scheduled power on at 5 o' clock. Thanks a lot.

  36. Eva Harr
    June 1, 2014 at 3:59 am

    Just got my new Samsung Galaxy Note 3 a few days ago, and then I stumbled upon this article . Unbelievable! ! I followed most of the suggestions since they were relating to my own phone. Now I just have to wait to see if it makes any difference. My old phone had to be continuously plugged in when I was home and reading or whatever, and I finally had to get a power bank to use away from home and the screen was just half the size of the new one. It was almost three years old, so it was time for a new one.

    Oh, the black wallpaper looks ELEGANT! I never would have thought of that on my own. It really does make a difference in the way it appears. Crisp and sharp and easy to read. Thanks for the tip.

    • Guy M
      June 2, 2014 at 11:43 am

      I changed mine for the sake of the article. Now I love the way it looks in general, making everything else easier to read. Totally keeping it this way.

  37. Tinkicker
    June 1, 2014 at 12:25 am

    I use Greenify to hibernate apps after a short time period of disuse. It's not a task killer. It only "pauses" the activity...sort of suspended animation. As soon as I need the app and hit the icon, up it comes. Out of all the software-type battery extenders I've used, this one's the best for me.

    • Guy M
      June 2, 2014 at 11:41 am

      Interesting. I'll have to look into Greenify. Thank you for the tip!

    • Davey126
      June 2, 2014 at 4:29 pm

      Agreed - Greenify is great. It's most effective on rooted devices but recent enhancements have extended some capabilities to unrooted devices. Unfortunately, most system apps can not be 'greenified' unless you have root. Those are often the biggest offenders on my phone; many are carrier installed bloatware that are unnecessary for core functionality.

  38. Elod
    May 31, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    I found the link. If any of you speak German, give it a try. Actually it is between 30% and 70%

    http://www.connect.de/ratgeber/irrtuemer-und-wichtige-tipps-bei-der-akkupflege-1284709.html

    • Guy M
      June 2, 2014 at 3:14 pm

      What he's talking about is the lifetime of the battery, in other words, how many years you can get out of a battery before you have to replace it.
      What we're talking about is how long you can use your phone before your battery runs out of power. If it's 100% charged, obviously it will run longer before running out of power than at 70%.

    • Elod
      June 5, 2014 at 4:04 pm

      @ Guy M: you're right. Sorry

    • Guy M
      June 5, 2014 at 5:51 pm

      Don't even think about it. From our exchange lots of people got to learn that little fact! And it's a good one.

  39. Elod
    May 31, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    About that filling it up whenever i can - i woul disagree with that. It is not my opinion, i read it on a mobile specialist site from Germany. They interviewed an engineer from Varta (company which i trust), and he said about battery life, that the battery likes it best if it spends as much time as possible between 80% and 30%. So i'm filling it up (all the way of course) when it goes under 40%.
    I trust German engineers :)

  40. Daniel E
    May 31, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    I've found that even at the lowest brightness setting, my three phones -- an LG P500, a DTC Junior, and a Nokia Lumia 710 -- are still readable. The Lumia's lowest setting, however, is still brighter than the medium setting of the Android phones so its battery needs more frequent recharging

    • Guy M
      June 2, 2014 at 11:40 am

      I did not know that about Lumia's. Good to know.
      That makes the case for a battery pack for that phone.

  41. Ben S
    May 31, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    The app WatchDog is a great one for managing processes. The UI is a bit outdated, but it still works great.

    It's not a task killer, but instead lets you see which apps are using the most CPU, which in turn will use the battery. It's a great app for managing your device and its battery; I've been using it nearly since I got an Android phone and still check it regularly. I'd recommend it if you'd like some more control over your phone's processes - you do not need to be rooted.

    • Guy M
      June 2, 2014 at 11:37 am

      I don't know if NO article is going to say that. It's not a bad idea if a person is willing to do that. I try to keep my articles stock for the average person who probably wouldn't change the ROM.

    • Guy M
      June 2, 2014 at 11:38 am

      Excellent suggestion Ben! Especially since you don't have to root the phone.

  42. sanjay
    May 31, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    The biggest way to save battery life, no article is going to tell you this. How about NOT using stock Android? With all the bloatware the carriers put in to the stock ROMs, no wonder battery life is atrocious.

    • Guy M
      June 2, 2014 at 11:37 am

      I don't know if NO article is going to say that. It's not a bad idea if a person is willing to do that. I try to keep my articles stock for the average person who probably wouldn't change the ROM.

    • Guy M
      June 2, 2014 at 11:37 am

      I don't know if NO article is going to say that. It's not a bad idea if a person is willing to do that. I try to keep my articles stock for the average person who probably wouldn't change the ROM.

    • Bukton
      June 2, 2014 at 8:33 pm

      YOu can disable many of the bloatware without being rooted. My Note 3 battery life takes 21-27 hours of average use, without 4G, rather than 12 hours .

  43. Syd
    May 31, 2014 at 11:03 am

    I click on the link, open the black *.jpg but it will not save to my Samsung and I did open the Phone not the Card to save it. Where am I going wrong?

    • Guy M
      June 2, 2014 at 11:35 am

      Do you recall where you saved it to? Saving it to Wallpapers doesn't work sometimes. Try saving it with the photos you take with your phone.

  44. Hildy J
    May 31, 2014 at 3:28 am

    Running stock Android 4.4.2 on a Nexus 5, I have some suggestions which may not be available on all earlier/manufacturer/carrier versions.

    For limiting apps, I can go to Settings/Apps and see all running or cached apps and services. Tapping on one allows you to stop it.

    For location services, there is a battery saving mode which uses mobile networks rather than GPS and preserves the convenience of location based services.

    In addition to stop motion, you can stop or reduce virtual motion by going to Settings/Developer Options and setting the three animation modes to 0.5x (safe) or off (has been said by some to cause problems).

    Before you turn it off, you might try Settings/...More/Mobile Network/Preferred Network Type and set it to 2G. You'll still get updates, texts, and calls but your higher powered radios stay off. This is especially useful on LTE phones in areas with spotty LTE service.

    • Guy M
      June 2, 2014 at 11:35 am

      Excellent advice Hildy! Thank you!

  45. magykmaster
    May 30, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    When you said that we're trying to squeeze more out of less I couldn't help but think how untrue that is for the smartphone industry now... With every new phone we add more battery, more ram, more processing power, when very often all we need is better software optimizations (as a lot of Motorola devices are proving)

    These are just my thoughts though.

    Great article! :)

    • Guy M
      June 2, 2014 at 11:34 am

      Thank you! True, more and more is being put into phones - except battery life.

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