Battery Life – Tips & Tricks

100% to 4% in less than a day – That is how fast a typical Android smartphone can discharge a single Lithium-ion battery. Battery life is a common problem nowadays, with some ranging from draining in a day to those draining in a mere 2 hours. But is there anything anyone can do to make your phone last longer? Of course there is, and here are 5 tips you may want to consider to make your device last longer.

  1. Uninstall task killers and battery ‘savers’ – Those apps, in case you haven’t already realized, only serve to stay in the background and constantly use the phone’s CPU to read data such as the number of apps running, and whether or not a sensor is turned on, and when it does not use the phone’s CPU, it simply serves to show ads. Also, uninstall any unnecessary apps such as those you may have accidentally installed, and those that continuously use sensors (to turn the screen on, off, or to perform any other function). Update your apps frequently too, as most app developers fix battery drain problems within a few updates.
  2. Turnoff and tune down those sensors – WI-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS are some of the features of the phone you may not need all the time. Be sure to turn them off when you do not need them, and enable any power saving option that does not impede performance. You can also decrease the screen brightness and reduce the phone’s media and ring volumes to reduce the power used by the screen and speakers respectively. For MediaTek devices specifically, not using the screen will drain almost no power at all.
  3. 40% to 80% rule – Most smartphone users charge their smartphones overnight so that they will wake up to a 100% charge on their smartphone (ahh… the calming sight of the full battery icon…). While charging your smartphones overnight will not necessarily destroy the battery, continuously charging the phone to 100% then draining it to anything lesser than 40% will cause the battery to be less reliable. The 40-80 rule ensures that your battery remains in the optimal state so that it will last a longer lifetime (your battery will still become dead after a long time).
  4. Right charger, right charge – While your phone’s battery may be the main module powering it, the charger that supplies the phone’s battery with power also must be the right one. Most devices are capable of using chargers up to 2A, and depending on your battery, the voltage on the chargers may be different. Be sure to use the wall charger provided with the phone as much as possible, or obtain a wall charger from a reliable source. Of course, you have to check the outlet for possible memory surges or leaks as well.
  5. More does not always mean more – When buying a device, you would see the capacity of the battery listed on the specifications page. While some manufacturers may falsify these battery capacity specifications, some are honest about it. However, how you use the device will determine how much battery your have left. A typical 2600mAh device can last a whole day if the device is used lightly (i.e. Text messaging only, a couple of calls, or a single video), while a 3200mAh device can drain in 4 hours if the device is constantly used to do heavy operations (i.e. Play 3D games, watch movies, benchmarking). It all boils down to the user: you!

That is all! I hope this will help smartphone users out there use their phones for a longer amount of time, while newer and safer batteries are being developed. If you have any queries, you may leave a comment down below, or head over to my Ask.fm page to ask a question.