Android devices are manufactured by various OEM’s. HTC, Samsung, Motorola, LG and Huawei are some of the best known ones. However, when you switch from one Android device to another, unlike on an iPhone, you pretty much have to optimize your device to suit your needs. No two Android phones are same, and due to massive amount of customization possible on a phone, a lot of hit and trial methods are required before you can get optimum performance from your Android device. And one major issue here is to optimize battery life on Android phones. The process to optimize battery life on your Android phone can be a tricky and a long process. Also, what may work on one device may not work on another. So let’s look at few things that you can try out to save that extra bit of juice on your precious Android phone.
Some of the usual tricks that can be helpful which are very commonly recommended to help optimize battery life of your Android phone are:
1) Reduce the screen time out to about 30 secs.
2) Switch of Data connection when not needed.
3) Use a dark color wallpaper.
4) Switch Auto Sync off.
5) Set your widgets to update not more than once every 3 hours, use minimum number of widgets possible.
6) Change your launcher to Nova or Apex as default UI can be power consuming.
7) Do not use any task killers if you are running Android 2.3+.
8) Turn location and GPS settings off as they can be real battery hoggers.
9) Turn on power saver mode if your device has one.
10) Turn off unnecessary animations from your device.
If you do follow the above steps there are good chances that your Android smart phone gets a better battery back up. However, there could be a situation despite the above suggestions things are not right. So how to optimize the battery life of your Android device then? Well, here are some of the suggestions:
1) Download the application called CPU Spy from Play store, and see if your device is going into deep sleep when you lock it, or if there is something that is keeping it up. If your device is spending the time in deep sleep, then there is nothing major you can do but to look at what is consuming the battery in the power usage option in settings.
2) In case though your device is not going to deep sleep, that is CPU is running at some low frequency despite being turned off, you need to find out which application is causing these wake ups. For this, the easiest way is to download GSam Battery monitoring app for free from Play Store here. When you open the application, you can see what has been consuming the battery on your device. In the last tab, there is an option to look at the apps which are consuming the power. So when you click that you would see all the apps and processes that have kept the device from sleeping. You can go ahead and uninstall the application now and download a replacement. This process does require some time but you can easily optimize battery life of your Android device.
3) If this does not work either, go ahead and flash a custom ROM on your device as the kernel could be draining precious juice from your device.
4) Another common problem is Media Server taking up lot of battery backup of your Android device. This is mainly due to a corrupt media file that is causing problems. So you need to format your device and clean up the media files such as photos, songs or even album arts and find out which of them is an unreadable file causing the issues. This could be a long and time consuming process but an important step to optimize battery life of your device.
5) You could also try and under clock your device using CPU Control But do not try this until you very well know what you are doing.
These are some of the common methods to optimize battery life on Android phones. Like we said earlier, it may or may not give same results on all the devices, so you need to keep experimenting and looking to get the best results.
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