How to Increase Battery Life on Android Phones (PROVEN Tips)

Wondering why is your Android battery draining so fast and how you can increase the battery life on your Android phone?

Newer Android phones come with powerful hardware and advanced features. They are sleeker, have brighter displays, faster processors, better software, and a faster internet connection. But all these factors take a heavy toll on the battery of your phone.

So, if you are worried about improving the battery life of your Android phone, you can follow these ten tips to make your Android phone’s battery life last longer.

Tips & Tricks to Increase Battery Life on Android Phones

We have a few easy but effective tips for you to increase the battery life of your Android mobile. Let’s have a look. 

  1. Lower Display Brightness 
  2. Adjust Screen Timeout
  3. Use Airplane Mode
  4. Deactivate Vibration
  5. Activate Dark Mode 
  6. Turn On Battery Saver Mode
  7. Disable Automatic Wi-Fi
  8. Stop background App Usage
  9. Use Lite Versions of Apps
  10. Disable Google Assistant

1. Lower Display Brightness 

We’re not going to start with something drastic right off the bat. We’ll keep it simple. So, just start by lowering the brightness of the display a bit. 

Usually, we use our smartphones with optimal brightness. These days, all the new Android skins come with a limiting feature where the OS keeps the brightness at 80%. You’ll get a warning when you try to increase it past 80%.

While smartphones are getting intuitive and trying to take care of our eyes. The brightness level set at 80% is still too much. Turn it down to 60%, maybe 50% if you are comfortable. 

Reduce the Screen Brightness
Android Brightness Adjustment Bar. Screenshot: Saurav Dey/Gotechtor

This change will not only make the smartphone display easier on your eyes but also increase the battery life of your device. You will at least get an extra hour out of your Android phone. 

2. Adjust Screen Timeout

Well, we are still sticking to the smartphone displays and consider switching it off when you are not using the device. 

This means you have to change how long your smartphone display stays on when it’s not being used. 

  1. Go to the Settings of your Android smartphone and tap on the Display option. 
Display in Settings
Tap on Display Under Android Settings. Screenshot: Saurav Dey/Gotechtor
  1. In the Display menu, tap on the Screen Timeout option. 
Android Screen Timeout
Android DisplaySettings. Screenshot: Saurav Dey/Gotechtor
  1. Now, you will have to choose an option and we highly recommend selecting 30 seconds or if you want to be a bit more aggressive, go for 15 seconds
Set a New Time
Set Android Screen Timeout. Screenshot: Saurav Dey/Gotechtor

Now, the Android display will be turned off sooner and the battery life will be expanded. But this is not enough. You also need to disable Always On Display from the Android Lock Screen Settings

Toggle the Switch for Always on Display
Disable Always on Display on Android. Screenshot: Saurav Dey/Gotechtor

Enabling this feature adds nothing to the Android experience. You will just be able to view the date and time, even when the display is off. So, if you want to increase the battery life of your Android phone, this feature must be turned off.   

3. Use Airplane Mode 

The wireless signal is an enemy of your smartphone battery. Wi-Fi, Mobile Data, and Bluetooth are useful features on Android. But we don’t use them all the time. 

Enable Flight Mode Android
Airplane Mode on Android. Screenshot: Saurav Dey/Gotechtor

So, when you are not using them, consider turning them off by activating the Airplane Mode/Flight Mode. You can individually disable each function but using the Airplane Mode is more convenient. 

Swipe down the Control Center of your Android device and tap on Flight Mode to enable it. You can disable the Airplane Mode the same way when you need to use the internet of the Bluetooth. 

4. Deactivate Vibration 

Vibration is an excellent feature on smartphones. It makes you aware of your mobile when you are not in a station or a place to hear it. 

For some users, vibration is a must feature. However, smartphones don’t resonate with strong vibrations by magic. There is a small motor placed inside the device that helps to create the vibration but it also drains the battery. 

So, if you really want to increase the battery life of your Android phone, try not to use the vibration feature. 

5. Activate Dark Mode 

Android phones are equipped with a Dark Mode option which is easier on the eyes. But it can also help you to save battery. 

However, this tip is only limited to Android devices with OLED or AMOLED displays. These types of displays get turned off when displaying the black color.

Hence, activating the Dark Mode will save and ultimately increase the battery life. So, here’s what you need to do.  

  1. Launch the Settings app on your Android mobile and select the Display option. 
  2. The Light Mode and Dark Mode options will be visible at the top of the Display Menu. Select the Dark Mode
Android Dark Mode
Android Dark Mode Settings. Screenshot: Saurav Dey/Gotechtor

Alternatively, you can also swipe down the Android Control Center panel and tap on the Dark Mode option to activate it.  

Enable Dark Mode
Dark Mode on Android Control Center. Screenshot: Saurav Dey/Gotechtor

So, no matter which method you choose to activate the Dark Mode on Android, it will effectively increase the battery life only for OLED and AMOLED panel-equipped Android smartphones.

6. Turn On Battery Saver Mode

Speaking of increasing the battery life of your Android phone, Android has a dedicated Power Saving Mode that can be very useful in this particular situation.

Here’s how to enable the Power Saving Mode on your Android.

  1. In the Android Settings, tap on Battery and Device Care
Battery and Device Care
Battery and Device Care in Android Settings. Screenshot: Saurav Dey/Gotechtor
  1. In the Device Care menu, tap on Battery
Tap on the Battery Option
Tap on Battery Under Device Care. Screenshot: Saurav Dey/Gotechtor
  1. Locate the Power Saving Mode and tap on the switch beside to activate it. 
Power Saving Mode Enabled
Enable Android Power Saving Mode. Screenshot: Saurav Dey/Gotechtor

As soon as you enable this mode, network, location service and syncing will become limited. The screen refresh rate will also be turned down. However, you also have the option of customization. 

Instead of tapping on the switch, tap on the Power Saving Mode option.  Here, you will come across a few customization options such as…

  • Turn Off Always On Display 
  • Limit CPU Speed to 70% 
  • Decrease Brightness by 10%
  • Limit Apps and Home Screen
Customize Power Saving Mode
Power Saving Mode Customization Menu. Screenshot: Saurav Dey/Gotechtor

So, you can either activate the Android Power Saving Mode or you can just enable the options of your choice from the Power Saving Menu. The choice is yours. But we highly recommend enabling the power saving mode to get the best results.  

7. Disable Automatic Wi-Fi 

Wi-Fi consumes a lot of power and if you are trying to increase the battery life of your Android smartphone, a small tweak in its settings would be helpful. 

There is a Wi-Fi setting if activated searches for open Wi-Fi networks. Even when you have disabled the Wi-Fi. So, this is a waste of power. If disabled, you will be able to lessen the burden from the battery.  

  1. Open Android Settings and tap on Connections
Navigate to Connections
Tap on Connections In Android Settings. Screenshot: Saurav Dey/Gotechtor
  1. In the Connections menu, tap on the Wi-Fi option. 
Wi-Fi Under Connections
Tap on the Wi-Fi Option. Screenshot: Saurav Dey/Gotechtor
  1. In the Wi-Fi menu, tap on the Three Dots at the top right side of the panel and select Advanced. 
Choose the Advanced Options
Select Advanced Under Wi-Fi Options. Screenshot: Saurav Dey/Gotechtor
  1. Here, you will find Turn on Wi-Fi Automatically. Turn this off. 
Turn on Wi-Fi Automatically option Disabled
Disable Turn On Wi-Fi Automatically. Screenshot: Saurav Dey/Gotechtor

Disabling this feature won’t interfere with the Wi-Fi performance on your device. On the other hand, battery life would increase a bit. 

8. Stop Background App Usage 

One thing most people don’t get is that apps run in the background of Android devices, even when they are not being used. 

This is nothing new but the background usage eats up a considerable amount of battery charge. If your goal is to extend the battery life, you need to limit the app’s background usage. 

  1. Run the Settings app on Android and tap on Apps.
Tap on Apps
Tap on Apps in Android Settings. Screenshot: Saurav Dey/Gotechtor
  1. Now, locate the app that you want to restrict and tap on it. 
  2. Select Battery under App Info.
Amazon App Info
Tap on Battery Under App Info. Screenshot: Saurav Dey/Gotechtor
  1. At the top, there will be an option called Allow Background Activity. Disable it.
Toggle Allow Background Activity Switch
Disable Allow Background Activity. Screenshot: Saurav Dey/Gotechtor

The app won’t be operating in the background anymore. If possible, do this for all the applications that you use frequently. But do not implement this tip on Messaging applications. If this feature is disabled on the messaging apps, they will not be able to receive messages. 

9. Use Lite Versions of Apps

Switching to lite apps is another snappy way of extending your mobile’s battery life without sacrificing much. 

The Lite Apps are a toned-down version of the original application. They put less strain on the device and of course, consume fewer resources.

The core features of the app would still be available. So, you won’t be missing out on anything important. Give this a try. 

10. Disable Google Assistant 

Google Assistant is one of the best voice assistants out there. It is handy, has nice features but it also goes through battery like it’s nothing. 

When Google Assistant is activated, it is always ready for your command. Listening to your every word. This is convenient for some people but when you are struggling to keep your smartphone alive for 24  hours; it’s a luxury you can’t afford. So, you have to disable it. 

  1. So, you need to tap on Google in the Android Settings
  2. After that, select Settings for Google Apps and tap on Search, Assistant and Voice.
  3. Now, tap on Google Assistant
Tap on Google Assistant
Tap on Google Assistant Under Settings. Screenshot: Saurav Dey/Gotechtor
  1. Scroll down and select Hey Google and Voice Match.  
Disable Hey Google
Tap on Hey Google and Voice Match Under Popular Settings. Screenshot: Saurav Dey/Gotechtor

From here, you will be able to disable Hey Google, if it was enabled.

Wrapping It Up 

Hopefully, you are getting more juice out of your Android battery after implementing these tips and tricks.

A piece of advice. If your smartphone is older than 3 years, maybe it is time to replace it with a new one. Follow the tips in this smartphone buying guide so you can get the best bang for your buck.

After prolonged use, smartphone batteries start to deteriorate. Implementing these tips and tricks will increase the battery span but you should be looking for a replacement in the meantime.

If the smartphone is new and you are still not satisfied with its battery life. Start carrying a portable power bank. It will cost money but you don’t have to worry about losing charge anymore. it’s worth it.

Saurav is passionate about tech. He loves sorting through tech jargon and making sense out of them. When he's not working, he is most likely on a date with his gaming PC.

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