The battery is a very important component of the smartphone. So it is not surprising that we try to make it last longer. However, this component is surrounded by many myths. This leads us to sometimes do more harm than good. That said, we’re going to tell you what the biggest mistakes we make with our Android smartphone’s battery and what you can do to save it.
Android Smartphone: If you read this it will save your battery!
Nobody lives forever
It’s bad but it’s true. Nothing lasts forever and so does the battery. That said, a smartphone battery is ultimately a consumable good. Like the ink cartridges in a printer, they are there to be used and, when they reach the end of their life cycle, to be replaced.
In fact, just like ink cartridges, it’s true that we can do some things to last longer. For example, let’s print in draft mode. However, one day, they will come to an end. The principle is exactly the same. We can turn off some things on the smartphone to extend the autonomy and not always be charging the smartphone. However, one day, the end will come.
Kill apps to prolong battery life? Big mistake!
The smartphone is designed to be used the way the vast majority of people use it: opening apps when needed and never actually closing them.
That said, it was not designed with the idea that we have to close an application when we stop using it as if we were on a computer. This is true of both iPhones and Android smartphones.
Of course, there can also be poorly programmed apps that slow down the system while they are open. However it is a rarity. In fact, most have little impact. Closing apps all the time is not just a waste of time but actually hurts performance and battery life.
We must always charge the battery to 100%
Although we all do this, the truth is that charging any electronic device to 100% battery is a blunder. Do you know the golden rule for charging a battery? It’s the 80/20 rule!
After all, in case you didn’t know, a lithium-ion battery goes into high stress levels when it’s above 80%, or below 20% charged. However, these stress levels increase significantly the closer you are to 0% or 100%.
Very briefly, charging from 99% to 100% is much more difficult and harmful to the battery than charging from 49% to 50%. This even considering that we are talking about the same exact percentage of load (1%).
Not using the smartphone when it is charging
This myth is based on the idea that heat is harmful to your smartphone and battery life. It’s not entirely false. Your battery is happiest running around room temperature. But the little heat introduced by charging and then the extra heat that comes from using the smartphone is not out of this world. So you can use it while charging.
And that’s it, these are the biggest mistakes we make with the battery of our smartphones and often we don’t even realize it.
How to make the battery last longer
We all want our smartphone’s battery to last longer and in reality this feat is not as complicated as it seems. It’s just that in reality and without realizing it, we do some things that cause a small gap in autonomy.
Reduce screen brightness
It may seem convenient to have your brightness set to maximum, especially when we are outdoors. However this has a huge impact on the battery. So, whenever possible, keep the screen brightness to a minimum to save some power.
You can also adjust brightness settings. This will allow you to darken the screen in low light environments and brighten it in high light environments.
However on OLED screens it is also a good idea to switch to dark mode.
If you have a Samsung smartphone, go to settings. Then choose Viewfinder. Then activate, if not, adaptive brightness or darken the screen.
Another of the tips is to reduce the backlight duration. By default it is set to 30 seconds. Changing it to 15 is a good idea.
Background apps work even when we’re not using them. Examples of this are antivirus, VPN, health and calendar applications. That said, these apps check or control certain aspects of our smartphone and significantly drain the battery.
The best way is to suspend what you don’t need
First go to settings and in search write battery. Load the first option. Then on the new screen choose Background Usage Limits.
Now and when you are in the window that has the various categories, choose the one where you will add the application.
Now and when you are in the respective category you will have a more button in the upper right corner. This is where you will add the application. Just use it, choose the application and that’s it.
Remember that putting apps to sleep is different from stopping apps. When forced to stop it normally restarts immediately afterwards. This puts more workload on your device. However, when you put an app to sleep (or deep sleep), you’re basically telling it to stop impacting battery life.
Disable apps that track our location
There are a large number of applications that can track our location. Google Maps is one of them. If we have it always active, the impact on the battery can be significant.
The easiest way to disable this tracking is to turn off your smartphone’s location completely. However, if you want certain applications to continue doing so, you can set it individually through the permissions section.
Disable Moving Wallpapers
On Android, you can use moving wallpapers, which of course are very beautiful, but they have an obvious impact on your battery life. It’s not a super significant impact, but if your goal is to get as much juice as possible, you’re going to have to disable the feature.
Change the refresh rate
Having a 90Hz, 120Hz, 144Hz or 165Hz screen is also something that drains a lot of juice from the battery of our devices. So, if you happen to know that you’re going to be away from your charger for many hours, it’s always a good idea to limit the ‘refresh rate’ to 60Hz. To do this, go to screen settings and choose the correct option.
And that’s all these reasons why your Android smartphone drains the battery faster.
Using the Google Assistant (if you don’t need it)
Virtually all smartphones come with the Google application installed. It is what gives us access to various functions such as the latest news and even a quick access to the assistant. However, it has a function that can make the smartphone use more battery.
First, open the Google application on your smartphone. Then click on your profile picture in the upper right corner. Then click on the settings option.
Then choose the Google Assistant option. This is where we will have to disable an option.
Then click on Ok Google and Voice Match.
Now make sure you have the OK Google option turned off. If not and if you don’t use it, turn it off. It’s just that when the smartphone’s microphone is activated for a while, it is always active waiting for a command. Needless to say, this process takes up resources and makes the battery last less.
It’s curious but a lot of the smartphone’s battery is lost when we’re not using it. So if we shorten the backlight duration we can save a lot of battery. Being in the 15 seconds is ideal. But if you prefer, you can put it in 30 seconds.
With these seven tricks your Android smartphone’s battery will really last longer.