Extending Phone Battery Life: Android Edition

androidMost of us at Turbine are Apple users. We will be the first to admit that we’re Apple addicts, but the fact is, there are a lot of Android users out there! Last week we did a post on extending iPhone battery life and thought it might be a good idea to do a post on Android battery life as well, because life can be pretty tough when you have a dead cell phone. If you have an Android phone, check out these tips for extending battery life:

bluetooth1. Turn Bluetooth and Wi-Fi off

If you aren’t using your Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, turn them off. These are great phone features, but they are battery suckers. You could save a decent amount of battery life by doing this. To shut Wi-Fi and Bluetooth off on your Android go to settings and select wireless & networks. Check the box next to Wi-Fi to turn it off. For Bluetooth, simply deselect the box with that label. If you’d like to turn off both, uncheck the USB tethering and Mobile Wi-Fi.

2. Disable Haptic feedback

Haptic feedback refers to the shaking that happens as a result of activity or interaction on your device. This kind of feedback relies on a vibration motor, which kills battery. While Haptic feedback is cool and makes typing feel more natural, it impacts battery life. To turn this off go to settings and select sound. Next you hit vibrate and select “Never” to turn off call vibration.

3. Dim your display

The brighter your screen, the more power is used. If you’re indoors set your screen to a dimmer setting. If that seems like a hassle, turn on the auto-brightness feature. The auto-brightness feature, however, does consume some power to find the light levels. To turn on auto-brightness and fix the display on your Android go to settings and select brightness. Once in there you can select or deselect auto-brightness and adjust the overall brightness level.

livewallpaper4. Avoid live wallpapers

Live wallpapers are pretty darn cool, but they affect battery life. These wallpapers take battery life because they use power resources to animate. If you’re looking to save some battery power, opt for a non-animated wallpaper. For an added bonus, use a darker theme. The darker it is, the less power it is using.

5. Disable automatic widget updates

Some home screen widgets get information by pinging to a website they’re connected with. The most common automatic-updating widgets are news and weather. Using the Internet too much on your phone can drain the battery. To disable automatic widget updates open the widget of your choosing and press your phone’s settings button. Once you’re there you should be able to update the frequency at which the widget updates. Select none in the auto-refresh section. If you have a widget that cannot be adjusted, try moving it away from the home screen.

6. Shorten screen timeout

Your screen can still drain your battery if you leave it on too long. This is true even if you have your brightness level turned down. An easy way to conserve power is to reduce your screen timeout. A reduced time means that your phone will dim/lock sooner. To adjust this go to settings and select display. From there you can choose your screen timeout.

There are many other ways to save power on Android. These are just a few to get you started. A long battery life makes for a happy phone owner!

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