5 battery saving tips for Android

So you just bought a spanking new smartphone and are itching to use it. If you’re like me, you might be one of many people suffering from poor battery life on their Android smartphones. While sometimes it’s just how the phone is, and on other occasions doing some simple tweaks can give you a few hours extra on your battery. Let’s have a look at how you can get more out of your phone by following these 5 simple steps.

1. Screen Brightness
Keep screen brightness to 50% or less. If you’re using a phone with AMOLED screen then use dark colored themes. White color will consume more power and will drain battery faster

2. Wifi
Use WiFi when needed only or set to go to sleep after 15 minutes. Keeping WiFi on all the time consumes more battery, as the WiFi chip remains active all the time. It will also prevent the phone from searching for new networks endlessly

3. Live Wallpapers
Live wallpapers are cool, but they also drain battery. Live wallpapers use precious CPU cycles or GPU cycles and keeps them under load all the time. Usually it can consume nearly 30% of the CPU power resulting in reduced battery time. Some wallpapers also use accelerometers which further reduce battery. Try to use static wallpapers.

4. Refresh Rate
Most apps have a certain time after which they refresh to get new data from the server. This includes social network apps, weather apps, stock apps and a host of other apps. These refresh intervals are customizable. Try to have longer intervals so that apps don’t check for updates too often. The more they do, the more strain it will put on the battery since more data will be consumed.

5. Malicious Apps

There are some apps that prevent the phone from going into sleep mode. This means even though the screen goes off, the CPU never really goes into sleep mode and the phone essentially remains on. This has a drastic effect on the battery. To know if the phone goes into sleep or not simply view the battery bar under settings menu. Download apps like SpareParts to diagnose the culprit app. Usually a simple restart of the phone does the trick but on other occasions it’s just bad programming on the developers part.

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