3 Small Tricks to Squeeze More Battery Life on Android
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There are lots of big power-saving tweaks that can help extend Android battery life, but even small tweaks can add up. Here are three quick tips for squeezing even more battery life out of your devices.

1. Install Black Screen of Life (BSoL). It’s an Android app that allows you to “listen” to music videos with the screen turned off. Just play any video in any app, then block your phone’s proximity sensor (usually located near the ear piece) by placing the phone face down or inside your pocket.

BSoL does the rest, turning off the screen while keeping the audio on. If you’re having trouble with the app, double-check that you’re blocking the right sensor. If it’s still troublesome, enable Compatibility Mode in BSoL’s settings.

These next two tricks only apply to devices with AMOLED displays. An AMOLED screen doesn’t require light to display black pixels, i.e. it “turns off” black pixels. So any tweak that forces the screen to display the color black will potentially save power.

2. Use Blackle instead of Google. Blackle is a black-themed version of Google. It does lack Google’s advanced options and filtering tools, but it’s fine for basic searches.

3. Switch to a solid black wallpaper.This not only saves battery, but also helps prevent screen burn (the permanent imprinting of images onto AMOLED screens). Here’s a ready-to-download black wallpaper from our archives that you can use.

Remember, only true black functions as a battery saver. Dark-colored wallpapers won’t work because they still require pixels to be turned on.

Which power-saving tips have made a considerable difference to your phone’s battery life? Share them with us in the comments!

Image Credit: Hand showing a battery low icon by cunaplus via Shutterstock

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  1. Anonymous
    October 27, 2015 at 1:47 am

    Why say glowing things about products that we cant use? GMD Immersive wont work on my S4, so why have it on S4 Drip? And this isnt the 1st time ive tried a product that is talked up, yet non compatible.

  2. Anonymous
    October 26, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    Don't you need an AMOLED screen to get any measurable benefit from black pixels?

    • Akshata Shanbhag
      October 27, 2015 at 3:36 am

      You're absolutely right, Jason. I have mentioned that in the article.
      "These next two tricks only apply to devices with AMOLED displays."

  3. Anonymous
    October 26, 2015 at 8:03 pm

    When you are away from the home wi-fi or a hot spot; turn wi-fi off on your phone. It will stop endlessly scan for available wi-fi and extend the battery life significantly.

  4. Anonymous
    October 26, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    #1 Or you could just, you know, turn off the screen. The music will still play. I'll be honest, I don't know if that works with videos, but it does with audio like radios and such.

    • Anonymous
      October 26, 2015 at 9:08 pm

      Youtube app won't let you lock your screen while it's open, if you do, or even minimize the app, it automatically stops playing. This may be youtube's smart tactic to prevent people streaming music.

    • Akshata Shanbhag
      October 27, 2015 at 3:37 am

      That does work with audio, but not with video, Leah.

  5. Anonymous
    October 26, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    Uninstall or turn off applications that use Push Notifications. Push Notifications murder your phone's battery. This means IM applications, Social Networks, Major Shopping apps, Dating site apps, News and Weather software and Email programs.

    Also, obtain versions of software that don't show ads or root your phone and put an ad-blocking hosts file on it. Advertisements, in addition to all the other evil the perpetrate, create a load of additional data traffic and corresponding reduction in battery life.

    • Akshata Shanbhag
      October 26, 2015 at 3:55 pm

      That's certainly sounds a useful list. Thanks for sharing it.

  6. Anonymous
    October 26, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    what's the sense of black wallpapers? how much time a day do you look at your home screen, so it can save some %s of your battery? guess people usually unblock device and go to an app or apps list or whatever...