No, it’s not you, and there’s nothing wrong with your perpetually about-to-run-out-of-juice Android phone. It’s just that your trusty handset is a battery hog, plain and simple.
The slim technological wonder in your pocket is doing dozens of things at once, everything from pinpointing your position and uploading snapshots to downloading app updates and checking for email—and each and every one of those tasks demands power.
Dedicated Android users have dozens of options at their disposal to conserve their phone batteries, assuming they have the time and inclination. For example, you can stop random apps that are running in the background, manually sync your Google, Facebook and other accounts, and even disable automatic app updates.
But those battery-saving chores demand a fair amount of effort and attention—and let’s face it, we’re busy people here.
Instead, I’m going to focus on five set-'em-and-forget-'em settings that’ll help keep your Android phone up and running from daybreak to lights-out.
Note: The following tips are for Android devices running on Lollipop, the latest version of Google’s Android operating system.
Read on for five easy ways to boost your Android phone’s battery life, starting with...
Tweak your screen brightness settings
The longer your phone’s jumbo touchscreen display glows, the more juice it’ll consume—and more often than not, it tops the list of battery-hogging features on your handset. Luckily, there are a couple of key settings that can keep your display’s appetite for power in check.
First, check the brightness slider for your screen. If it’s cranked up much further than halfway or so, you’re probably draining your battery a lot faster than you need to. Just swipe down from the top edge of the screen with two fingertips to reveal the brightness slider, and dial it down to 50 percent or less (or as low as your eyes can stand).
If you’re worried that you won’t be able to see your newly dim screen in bright sunlight, just turn on your phone’s auto-brightness feature—or “adaptive brightness,” as Google calls it. Tap Settings > Display, then toggle on the “Adaptive brightness” setting.
Finally, consider turning on a setting that’ll keep your sleeping phone’s screen from lighting up every time a new notification pops up. Yes, you may miss out on a Facebook update or two, but that might be preferable (not to mention less distracting) to the added drain on your phone. Tap Settings > Display, then make sure the “Ambient display” setting is switched off.
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