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How to Extend the Life of your Android's Battery

Updated on September 25, 2014

An Android phone can do next to anything, from finding directions, news, and recipes, to rescuing you in an emergency or providing light. And let's not forget endless entertainment in something the size of a billfold. The smart phone is an impressive and useful piece of hardware. But any machine, no matter how advanced, still needs energy. In fact, the more a phone has to do, the more energy it will use. Here are some tips to keeping your phone alive for as long as possible.

Don't run out of juice at an inopportune moment.
Don't run out of juice at an inopportune moment.

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  1. Figure out what's draining the most energy on your phone. You can do this by going to Settings and selecting "Battery." Usually, the biggest drain on your phone's battery will be the screen. If you see one program with a surprisingly high spot on the list, take note of it.
  2. Take a look at your phone's quick settings. Services like wifi, bluetooth, and GPS all eat up battery life, as energy has to be diverted to the relevant device. As a general rule, if you're not using a particular service, turn it off. It's an easy way to save power without having to make any sacrifices.
  3. Take a look at your brightness settings. Decreasing brightness can help to cut energy usage. If you set auto-brightness, your Android phone's built in light detector will adjust the brightness levels automatically.
  4. Make sure the screen is off when you're not using your phone. If you go to your Display settings, you'll see the "Sleep" option. This will make the display shut off automatically after a certain period of time. The shorter time you pick, the more battery power is likely to be saved. Remember, your display is the number one energy drain on your phone, and cutting it even by a quarter can mean an extra few hours of battery life
  5. Set up smart actions. You'll find the SmartActions app pre-installed on your phone. With SmartActions, you can set your phone to take specific actions based on current conditions. For example, you can set your phone to dim the screen and turn off wifi when your phone's battery goes below 20%. You can either create a custom SmartAction, or you can use the built in "Low Battery Saver."
  6. Consider turning your phone off if you're not using it. Normally, you may want your phone on at all times, but if you're far away from your next charge and you need to extend battery life, turning it off for an hour or two when you're not using it isn't the worst idea on the world.
  7. If all else fails, look into purchasing a portable charger. This will let you charge your phone anywhere, without having to stay in one place or find an electrical socket.

This phone is being charged. Don't let this happen to you.
This phone is being charged. Don't let this happen to you.

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