How To Save Battery Life On Your Android Device

Smartphone batteries don’t last forever, and some devices have an almost-embarrassing screen-on time. Those big, luscious AMOLED and LCD screens and taxing apps are an obvious drain on your battery, but there are lots of things you can do behind-the-scenes to make your Android last longer. Let’s explore how to increase battery on your smartphone.

By: Cory Schmidt

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Android phone battery suffering? Here’s a simple fix

Android phones are good smartphones, but they occasionally suffer from the nasty “Sudden Battery Drain Syndome.” That’s the situation where the phone battery, with no different use by the owner, suddenly drains for no apparent reason. It turns out this is often caused by Google, and there’s a simple way to halt the drain.

The battery drain doesn’t happen often, but when it does it has the ability to leave you high and dry with a dead Android phone. You likely aren’t doing anything differently when it strikes, so it’s unexpected. This can have serious consequences, especially for workers needing to stay in touch with the office.

This situation hits fast, and there’s usually no warning the battery is draining to a critically low level. Often, the first warning that something is amiss is a critical battery warning from the phone.

It turns out that often this situation is caused by Google. Online research shows the culprit is often either Google Services or Play Services. Google Services is the background task on Android phones that keeps all of the company’s services in sync and updated. This covers Gmail and the Chrome environment, among other services. Play Services is the background task that interacts with Google’s Play Store, to keep installed apps updated in particular.

For some reason, these services sometimes get “stuck” doing their jobs, and this results in a big power drain on some phones. Perhaps the service is constantly polling user phones, resulting in a rapid drain on the battery.

Whatever the reason, when this happens it usually just hits a particular model of phone running a particular version of Android. Since it only hits a relatively small number of phones at once, it doesn’t gather widespread attention. Some folks end up with a near dead Android phone, while most are unaffected.

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Tips to Stop your Battery from Exploding

If a battery manufacturer follows all the guidelines they can certainly produce a perfectly safe battery, but some have also been known to save money by not inserting the fuse which disconnects the circuit in the case of overheating of the battery. Obviously, the effects of this missing fuse can be very dangerous, especially if you have a habit of charging your smartphone all night… maybe on the bedside table… 30 cm from your head.

In general, your best bet for not having any unexpected battery combustion problems are:

  • Rely on the manufacturer’s original battery or well-known replacement brands. It may be cheaper to buy cheap batteries, but consider how much you pay for your phone and how much you like your apartment in one piece. You wouldn’t put threadbare tires on a Ferrari.
  • Do not leave your device in hot areas, especially if it’s charging. That only makes overheating problems worse. Ambient temperatures affect batteries a lot.
  • If your phone is charging or you are using functions that cause it to heat up a lot, make sure you are using it in a ventilated place (also useful in case you need to toss it out the window).
  • And surprisingly, charging your battery once it hits 50% is actually a good thing. Li-ion batteries don’t suffer from memory issues like some batteries, but they can be damaged by low-voltage.

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