10 Proven and Tested Tips to Extend Battery Life on Android
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The tasks today’s smartphones perform are more demanding than ever. And to accommodate growing needs, processors have become more powerful and screens have gotten larger.

Sadly, lithium-ion batteries haven’t made as much as progress. This leaves you to rely solely on software for longer-lasting endurance. Here are some practical tips for improving the battery life on an Android phone.

1. Take Control of Your Location

The most drastic way to improve your phone’s battery life is to shut off the GPS function entirely. In reality, though, that’s not usually practical. Therefore, we instead recommend taking control of how your phone and apps use location.

For starters, unless you have an active navigation on apps like Google Maps, switch to the Device Only location mode (on Android Oreo and earlier). In that state, your phone’s coordinates are determined only through GPS information. On the Battery Saving and High Accuracy modes, the phone employs several other modules including Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. This consumes more battery life and usually is not necessary.

Head to Settings > Security & location > Location to toggle this option. If you’re on Android Pie, you’ll need to change a different option. Visit Settings > Security & location > Location > Advanced > Scanning and you can disable Wi-Fi scanning and Bluetooth scanning.

In addition, you should also revoke the location permission for apps that don’t require it all the time. That blocks them from using your location in the background. You can do so by heading into Settings > Apps & notifications > Advanced > App permissions.

Pro tip: To grant Android permissions on a temporary basis How to Grant Temporary Permissions to Any Android App How to Grant Temporary Permissions to Any Android App Want to use Android apps but without giving them permission? This app lets you grant permissions only temporarily for any app. Read More , try Bouncer. It can automatically revoke permissions as soon as you leave a particular app.

2. Switch to the Dark Side

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If your phone sports an OLED screen, switching to a dark theme helps to preserve the battery. Since OLED displays can disable individual pixels, backgrounds with deep blacks allow them to consume less power.

You can take advantage of this in many ways. You can begin by applying a dark wallpaper, enabling a system-wide dark theme if your phone has one, and enabling the night mode on compatible apps like Twitter, Pocket, and more. We’ve covered some great dark-themed Android apps 14 Dark-Themed Android Apps for Your AMOLED Smartphone 14 Dark-Themed Android Apps for Your AMOLED Smartphone If you have an Android smartphone with an AMOLED screen, you should take advantage of these fantastic apps that just happen to have dark themes. Read More you should try.

3. Manually Disable Screen Pixels

If you’re not comfortable with darker gradients, you can also manually switch off pixels through a third-party app called Pixoff. The app can also employ one of several available grid patterns to quickly, for instance, deactivate half of the pixels.

Unless you’re watching a movie or consuming other content in HD, you won’t notice much of a drop in quality, especially if you have a 1080p screen or higher. A few manufacturers like Samsung also include a setting that allows you to reduce the display’s resolution.

Download: Pixoff (Free, premium version available)

4. Turn Off Automatic Wi-Fi

Since the Oreo update, Android comes with a feature that continues to look for open Wi-Fi networks even when you’ve disabled Wi-Fi. To turn it off, open Settings > Network & internet > Wi-Fi. Under Wi-Fi preferences, uncheck the Turn on Wi-Fi automatically option.

5. Limit Apps Running in the Background

Most apps you use are active even after you exit them. That’s where Android’s app-specific battery tools enter.

With a simple switch, you can completely restrict an app from accessing the battery in the background. Find this at Settings > Apps & Notifications and there, inside the specific app’s page, tap Advanced > Battery > Background restriction.

If you have an older phone, you can also try a third-party app called Greenify. This automatically stop apps from consuming resources in the background. However, we recommend using the native feature on modern devices since it generally works better than third-party solutions.

6. Manage Background Data Access for Each App

Similarly, you can cut off data access for apps you don’t think should use it in the background. To reach this setting, follow the steps in #5 above but instead of Battery, select Data Usage.

7. Monitor Misbehaving Apps

Your battery life can take a big hit if an app doesn’t work like it’s supposed to. This could be caused by anything from a bug to a deliberate aggressive background feature. You can check this by heading into Settings > Battery > Menu > Battery Usage to see which apps have drained the most of it.

If there’s an app you don’t use much, you should uninstall it and monitor the battery for a day to see if it improves. You can also force-close the app and give it another shot. If nothing proves useful, get rid of it and switch to an alternative. And make sure you don’t have any of the worst Android battery killers Android Battery Killers: 10 Worst Apps That Drain Phone Battery Android Battery Killers: 10 Worst Apps That Drain Phone Battery Get rid of these apps if you want to have decent battery life. Read More on your phone.

8. Switch to Lite or Progressive Web Apps

Another nifty method that doesn’t require much sacrifice and still extends your phone’s battery life is switching to lite or progressive web apps. These are slimmed-down versions of apps available in a browser. Companies offer them to make the experience better on underpowered phones. They take fewer resources, but you won’t miss out on much.

You have a host of lite Android apps Save on Storage Space With These 7 Lite Android Apps Save on Storage Space With These 7 Lite Android Apps If you have an older device or just a cheap Android phone, these apps will be much better for you than their mainstream counterparts. Read More , as well as progressive web apps, available 14 Fantastic Progressive Web Apps to Save Phone Storage 14 Fantastic Progressive Web Apps to Save Phone Storage Progressive web apps work on any mobile device and take up a fraction of the space. Here are some you should try today. Read More to check out.

9. Disable Google Assistant

While Google Assistant is a handy tool to have for fun and work OK, Google: 20 Useful Things You Can Say to Your Android Phone OK, Google: 20 Useful Things You Can Say to Your Android Phone Google Assistant can help you get a lot done on your phone. Here are a whole bunch of basic but useful OK Google commands to try. Read More , it’s also one of the Android features that constantly gobbles up your phone’s energy. It’s listening for the wake command, is connected to your location for instantly fetching contextual results, and more. If you don’t heavily depend on Google Assistant, it’s best to shutter it.

Unsurprisingly, Google hasn’t made Assistant’s switch easy to reach. You have to jump through a few hoops to find it. First, go into the Google app and hit the More tab. There, tap Settings and under the Google Assistant header, tap Settings again. Next, select the Assistant tab and there, tap your phone’s name at the bottom of the list. Turn off the Google Assistant option and you’re done.

10. Sync Settings

Notifications are important. But if you find them intrusive and hate the persistent stream of pings, you should try disabling auto-sync altogether. That way, you’ll only see new content when you open an app and refresh it manually.

Since apps won’t constantly refresh themselves in the background to feed you new information, this can save you a ton of battery life too. To disable auto-sync, visit Settings > Accounts and there, the Automatically sync data options should be available at the bottom. You can also disable sync on a per-app basis in most apps.

Need More Battery Life? Try Advanced Methods

The aforementioned tips don’t guarantee an increase in battery life. And even if they do prove helpful, there’s a good chance you won’t conjure up a ton of extra juice.

If you’re still unsatisfied and looking for more, try some of the advanced ways to extend your phone’s battery life 5 Advanced Ways to Improve Battery Life on Android 5 Advanced Ways to Improve Battery Life on Android If you've got a rooted Android device (or you're willing to root it), and you want better battery life, we can help you out. Read More . You should also make sure you haven’t ruined your battery.

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  1. Ronron
    April 11, 2018 at 11:22 am

    9 Proven, Tested Tips To Extend Your Android’s Battery Life:

    -Charge it
    -Turn it off

    You don't say?!

  2. Ronron
    April 11, 2018 at 11:21 am

    Proven, Tested Tips To Extend Your Android’s Battery Life:

    -Charge it
    -Turn it off

    You don't say?!

  3. 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.

      • Glen LeBarr
        October 26, 2017 at 3:00 pm

        a flashlight is built into most android updates, no need to download one; besides many flashlight apps are notorious for ads

  4. 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.

    • Gary J Dean
      February 7, 2017 at 3:01 pm

      Save even more power using a wrist watch ? for a clock! VBG ???

  5. 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.

  6. Anonymous
    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.

    • Anonymous
      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?

  7. Anonymous
    July 27, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    India has Amazon.in tho.

  8. 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.

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

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

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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!

  13. 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?

  14. 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..?

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

    I did not know that! Good call.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

    • Gary J Dean
      February 7, 2017 at 3:12 pm

      Anytime 911 is dialed on a cell, location service GPS, is automatically enabled, on any phone with GPS capabilities.

  18. 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.)

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

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

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

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. 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!

  29. 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.

  30. 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?

    • Sara Ni
      April 8, 2017 at 4:30 am

      I am with Guy on this one. I don't understand why someone would have a smartphone if they intended to leave it at home all the time. That person could just keep a landline or a talk only cell. Those of us who carry our smartphones with us ( internet, security, fitness, books, movies, music, email, fax, printing, lifeline to children and family etc.) we have lives and that is why we keep our "phones" with us. I used mine to document my traffic accident. It can save precious seconds and offer instant assistance and save lives. Don't assume everyone is on social media or just wasting time. Smartphones are extremely useful and I am grateful for the technology.

  31. 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

  32. 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 :-)

  33. 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.

  34. 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!

  35. 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...)

  36. 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.

  37. 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.

  38. 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.

  39. 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.

  40. 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.

  41. 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 :)

  42. 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.

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

    The app [Broken Link Removed] 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.

  44. 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 .

  45. 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.

  46. 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!

  47. 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.