As phones get smarter and cooler like the new breed of Android phones, inevitably play, showing off to friends and colleagues and even competing with iPhone users is going to have it’s drawbacks. The culprit here is the dreaded battery life.
Well, you cannot have a small, sleek, Android smartphone and a battery that lasts for a month on a single charge. That is going to be one bulky battery, not very practical at all. So, we will have to live with some limitations until advances in technology are made.
However, it does not mean play time on the Android phone is limited to only an hour a day. There are several things you can do to maximize the battery life.
1. Use Wi-Fi when you really need it. If this is enabled then the phone scans for available networks and this uses a lot of battery power.
2. Turn down screen brightness or the backlight.
3. Check the apps that are running and especially the ones that are syncing far more frequently. This applies to email (not Gmail) and soical-networking apps like Facebook or Twitter. Use the Android power widget and the task manager .
4. Disable bluetooth if you don’t need it or use it.
5. Animated wallpapers may be cool and fun, but these require a lot of battery power.
6. Tried some fun apps when you first got the phone and have forgotten all about it now. Then it’s about time you disabled them as it is probably still running in the background. This uses up both the phone’s CPU and battery.
7. Kill those unused widgets on your home screen, especially the ones which pull data from the web constantly.
8. Do you really need to GPS turned on when you are stuck in the office or relaxing at home? There are a lot of applications that use the GPS location to provide content like weather. GPS services via satellites drain the battery quite quickly.
This is in no way a comprehensive list, but it can certainly go a long way to keep your Android phone running without losing power. Also take a look at our previous post, “How to Maximize your Smartphone’s Battery Life?”.
If you need a quick charge or a boost of power then do consider one of the many USB chargers and USB external batteries from Duracell. That is, if your Android phone can be charged through the USB port (most likely to be a mini or micro USB port).