To get the most out of your Android battery life, you will have to know how to manage what’s going on on your device. You’ll have to learn exactly what is draining your Android battery, then take action accordingly. Here is a list of 6 things to check to get yourself on the track to maximum battery life bliss.
You bought this phone, that phone, and a couple of tablets too. Over the years, you probably have stocked up enough USB chargers to have one attached to an outlet in every single room of your home. So you might plug your Moto X into a charger for your Galaxy Tab, or your iPhone into a charger for your iPad. Is this OK to do though? You wonder “Can I use any charger with my phone or tablet?”
The battery on my Android doesn’t seem to last as long as it used to. I noticed that Maps is using up most of my battery power. It seems to be the many Google apps that can be grabbing at your location data from Google Maps any time your phone is on. In some instances, I’ve noticed Maps constantly running in the background.
The Apple iPhone is known for being very efficient when it comes to battery life. If you don’t actively manage all of the stuff on your iPhone though, you may start wonder “What’s draining my iPhone battery?”. If you think you’re iPhone battery isn’t lasting as long as it should, here are some things you can take a look at.
When you first start using a fresh battery, it seems like you can go for weeks without needing to plug your phone in. After a few months of use though, your battery doesn’t hold a charge like it used to. Suddenly, it seems you have to have your phone plugged in all the time.
Losing battery capacity is inevitable, but it doesn’t have to happen so fast. You can prolong the life of your phone battery and keep it able to hold a charge longer by following a few simple rules. You’re probably doing a few things that are killing your battery though without even knowing it. Here are three things you should be aware of if you want your battery to last longer than WebOS.
If you’re an iPhone user, you may notice moments when the device gets really hot. This concerns many owners, but don’t worry. It’s perfectly normal for the iPhone to run hot, and there are many reasons why.
There has been a myth going around for years about how deleting the “batterystats.bin” file on Android devices improves the battery in Android devices. Users in forums regularly boast about how doing so will “reset battery stats” and provide “better battery life”. The reality however is that it does absolutely nothing to improve your Android device.
Phone nerds have argued about whether or not Wi-Fi consumes more battery power than 3G or 4G/LTE since the birth of the modern smartphone. Some will swear that Wi-Fi is the only way to go. Others say that leaving it off and connecting to the 3G or 4G wireless network works best. But, no matter which side of the fence you’re on, both Wi-Fi and 3G/4G can be considered better or worse for precious battery life.
Most devices automatically shut 3G and 4G off when they are connected via Wi-Fi. When connected to a Wi-Fi network, the device will consume significantly less battery power. It’s especially true with 4G, since the technology uses way more power.
However, if your device is not connected to a Wi-Fi network, it’s best that Wi-Fi be disabled and that you utilize a data connection from your wireless network. Otherwise your device will constantly search for a Wi-Fi connection and kill your battery in the process.
If your device is not in range of Wi-Fi, 3G, or 4G, it’s best you put your phone into Airplane Mode until you have coverage again. The constant searching your device does for a signal is what drains power the most.
So summing up, for conserving battery power do the following:
- Try to stay connected to a Wi-Fi network for best results.
- When you can’t connect via Wi-Fi, disable it.
- When you can’t connect to anything, enable Airplane Mode.
Ask anybody, including the people working for your wireless provider “Why does 4G drain the battery so fast?”, and you’ll most likely get a response like, “It’s more powerful, so of course it uses more power.” Well, according to a post by ExtremeTech, that isn’t entirely true. It’s way more complex than that, and none of the reasons really have anything to do with the 4G technology itself.
- Currently, wireless providers such as Verizon Wireless have setup their 4G/LTE enabled devices to connect to both the 3G and 4G networks simultaneously. That means your phone is working twice as hard to maintain a connection, and therefore using twice as much power to maintain a connection.
- Whenever you make calls or send and recieve a text messages, the 3G radio has to pause. This changing of radio states causes an extreme strain on the battery.
- When you are traveling, your wireless device has to constantly switch towers to keep you connected to the network. This is called “handover”. With the way Verizon has things configured (LTE to EV-DO) the handover drains your battery faster than it would with a 4G/LTE only connection.
So really, 4G is not to blame for your phone needing a charge four times a day. It’s the archaic way the devices and network are configured. Off course, it’s probably configured that way for a reason none of us would understand. Anyway, read page 5 of the “What is LTE?” post over at ExtremeTech for a way more detailed (and awesome) description.