What's Draining Your Android Battery

Sometimes you may find that it is quite hard to make it through the day without your phone dying. There are several reasons why your battery is constantly dying, but some of them you can’t fix.

While your smartphone may be the newest one, this may mean that it can do some powerful things that are causing you to lose battery frequently. Below you will find various reasons why your phone may be dying and how to fix them. You will also find tips and tricks to make sure that your battery stops dying in the middle of your day.

First, you should be aware of the battery menu on your Android device, which will show you useful information concerning your battery.

1. Open your phone’s setting menu. The Settings app has a gear in the middle of the icon and it is usually located on your home screen. If it isn’t there, you can swipe up on your screen to reveal the search bar at the top of the screen that you can use to search your app drawer.

2. Scroll down to Device Care in the Settings menu. This will open the part of your device where you can see information about your battery, storage, and memory.

Battery

3. Look at the bottom of the screen where you will see three icons. Click on the first one that is labeled “Battery” with a small battery as its icon.

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4. Here you will see all of the apps that are using your battery and at the top of the screen you will see how many hours of battery life you have. Scroll through the apps that are consuming your battery.

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5. If you tap on one of the apps, it will show you how long it has been active and how long it has been running in the background. Towards the bottom, you can see how much of your batter it has consumed as a percentage. If you want to make the app stop running in the background, you can look at the bottom of the screen and switch on “Put app to sleep” which will stop the app from using your battery.

I would also suggest changing some of your phone’s settings that are related to your battery.

Click on the menu

1. Click the three vertical dots in the corner of the battery information screen. You will see a small menu with the option for Settings, Tap it.

Put unused apps to sleep

2. You will now be in the battery settings menu. Here, you can put unused apps to sleep, turn on notifications about battery draining apps, or disable apps from consuming battery in the background.

One of the best things you can do in this section is turn on Adaptive Battery. Your phone learns how you use apps, and it will limit your battery usage for apps that you don’t use very often.

How to Fix Your Draining Battery

  • Signal deadspots: If you are somewhere for a long period of time where you have no cell service, you should turn your phone off. Your phone will continually keep searching for cell service, which is a battery consuming task. If there is no signal then there is no need for your phone to keep searching, but you can’t stop it from searching unless you turn your phone off.

You can turn your phone off by pressing and holding down the power button on your device. You can also put your phone into airplane mode by swiping your finger from the top of the screen to the bottom of the screen to reveal the notification panel. Tap on the icon with the small airplane in the middle of it and airplane mode will turn on.

  • Apps in the background: Simply closing an app when you’re not using it isn’t enough. Usually, these apps will continue running in the background and consuming battery. Here are the steps to fix this:

1. Open your phone’s setting menu. The Settings app has a gear in the middle of the icon and it is usually located on your home screen. If it isn’t there, you can swipe up on your screen to reveal the search bar at the top of the screen that you can use to search your app drawer.

2. Scroll down to Device Care in the Settings menu. This will open the part of your device where you can see information about your battery, storage, and memory.

3. Look at the bottom of the screen where you will see three icons. Click on the first one that is labeled “Battery” with a small battery as its icon.

4. Here you will see all of the apps that are using your battery and at the top of the screen you will see how many hours of battery life you have. Scroll through the apps that are consuming your battery.

5. If you want to make the app stop running in the background, you can look at the bottom of the screen and switch on “Put app to sleep” which will stop the app from using your battery.

  • Treat your battery correctly: The majority of smartphones have lithium ion batteries. These batteries benefit from keeping the battery above 20%, so don’t allow your phone to die. The lower the charge, the harder the battery has to work, which increases the wear on the battery. This damage may prevent your battery from keeping a charge.

Keep a charger on you at all times. If you know you won’t have access to outlets, care a portable battery and a cord so that you always have access to charge if you need it. These batteries don’t have to be big and bulky to help you. You can find small portable batteries at Amazon.

  • Turn off Wi-Fi and Location: your phone will always try to connect to a network if you have these turned on at all times. If you are somewhere that is unlikely to have Wi-Fi connection, disable it for the time. Scanning for Wi-Fi is one of the most battery consuming tasks that your phone will perform throughout the day.

You can turn off Wi-Fi by swiping your finger from the top of the screen to the bottom of the screen to reveal the notification panel. Tap on the icon with the three lines for Wi-Fi and make sure that it is turned off. To turn off location, also do the same thing, except the little icon that has the location pin in the notification panel.

  • Overheating: Overheating damages the battery of your phone and can affect the charging capabilities of your device. If the surface of your phone is hot for too long, your device begins to try to protect itself and may stop you from operating it. Don’t leave your device in direct sunlight and turn it off as often as you can.

If your phone overheats in the middle of the day and you need it on, turn on Airplane Mode. Turn the brightness down. You can even put it on Power Saving Mode if you don’t want to cut it off so that it can stop using battery and drop the heat.

  • Widgets: Widgets display functions that are often used on your device so that you can perform these functions from the home screen instead of opening the app to perform them. They are constantly connecting to the app so that you can perform these actions. If you don’t need this widget, press and hold on it to drag it to the trash can that shows up on your screen.
  • Notifications: If you are going to be at work and are unable to look at your phone, you can just turn off notifications. Turn on Airplane Mode if you don’t want to shut your phone off and this will stop your phone from using Wi-Fi and lighting up whenever you get one.
  • Check your charger: If you always make sure that your phone is fully charged but it continues to drain, check to see if you need a new charger. If you got your charger for cheap or from an untrustworthy vender, you may not have a great charger. You can charge your phone with a different cable and see if it keeps a charge better with that one. If so, then your charger may have been the culprit. Also, pay attention if you get one of those notifications that explain that you phone is consuming battery quicker than it is charging. This can be a clear indicator that your charger is not working for your device.
  • Google Play: You can’t turn this off, but you can help control how much battery it is using. You can go into your Settings menu. Then, go to the Applications section and look for Google Play. After you tap it, you will need to tap Clear Cache. Do this at least once a month and this will help your battery last longer.

You may also want to turn off auto-updates in Google Play so that your apps are not randomly updating and consuming energy throughout the day. You can do this by launching the Google Play app and tapping the three horizontal lines in the left corner of the screen. Go to settings at the bottom of the menu and tap on it. In the settings section, tap on the choice that says “Auto- update app” and change it to “Don’t auto-update apps” so that it can stop consuming your battery when you have Wi-Fi.

  • Auto-brightness: Auto-brightness is a great function, but it often doesn’t perform that well. It is not capable of producing an optimal setting for everyone since eyesight can vary. Setting the brightness yourself will consume less battery life than that function and it is very easy to just do it yourself. Turn this function off to save battery.
  • Screen timeout: Managing how long your display is lit can greatly increase battery life. This setting determines how long your display will stay on after you have used your phone. If it remains on while you are looking at it or after an accidental touch, then it’s wasting battery life. Set your screen timeout to the lowest value.

To do this, launch your settings app. Scroll until you see the Display section. After tapping on Display, you will need to scroll until you see Screen Timeout. Set it to a lower time. You can also turn on Accidental Touch Protection in this same section towards the bottom of the menu so that if you accidentally tap the screen while it’s in your bag or pocket, it will not turn on.

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