Android users can use native features to make the phone's battery last longer. Some features offered by the system itself, such as the Adaptive Battery or Twelve Mode, can be useful to ensure your smartphone survives to reach the end of the day with sufficient charge. Determining disruption to background application usage can also help maintain power on the device.
Another option is to use external apps that promise to reduce device consumption by shutting down processes that are not frequently used. Check out the following list for some powerful tips to help you save battery power on Android phones.
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1. Enable Battery Optimization Mode (Twelve Mode)
Twelve Mode was introduced in Android 6 (Marshmallow), with the promise of being a native battery manager. Enabling the option activates Snooze Mode, which puts the system to sleep and makes applications unable to access the network to be updated at times when the phone is not being used.
Optimize apps on Android to save energy Photo: Reproduo / Rodrigo Fernandes
By default, Twelve Mode is enabled in all supported applications, but it is possible to manually enable or disable the feature in each app, the ideal option for applying to work-related programs that cannot stop being updated. To manage Twelve Mode, go to Settings> Battery> touch the three dots of options and choose "Battery Optimization".
2. Enable Adaptive Battery and Adaptive Brightness
Launched on Android P (9), the adaptive battery feature uses artificial intelligence to map habits and interpret the user's biggest application needs to limit power consumption for those that are underused. This may cause notification delays, but reduces battery consumption by up to 30%, according to Google. The option is enabled by default, but to check usage, go to Settings> Battery> Adaptive Battery.
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Also using artificial intelligence, it is possible to autonomously reduce screen brightness according to its pattern of use in low or high light environments. This means that the system will learn which times and situations you need the most brightness on the screen to set up automatically. To enable, go to Setup> Display> Adaptive Brightness.
3. Disable or uninstall unnecessary applications.
Android shows which apps are using more battery power since the last recharge, showing how long the app has been actively or in the background. To do so, go to Settings> Battery, and see the list of apps that are running out of battery power. Touch one of them and turn off the "Allow background activity" key to stop it.
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Another is to check if you really use all installed programs or if some are just taking up memory space, and therefore draining the battery. If you do not use them, uninstall them.
4. Enable Battery Saver
Battery Saver is recommended in cases where the phone is low, but can be used on a daily basis to make the battery yield more. The feature puts apps to sleep, stops location services when the screen is off, blocks the Ok, Google command, reduces screen brightness, and other battery-saving methods.
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You can enable Battery Saver in Notification Center by tapping the battery icon, or through the settings. Go to Setup> Battery and enable the "Battery Saver" switch. Touching this option enables automatic activation of the feature when the battery reaches 15% or 5% charge. With the feature enabled, Android defaults to orange in its menus.
5. Use an external application
If you're still not satisfied with Android's native features, some external apps available for free on the Google Play Store promise to save you money and can help with the task. In a few steps, services like MAX Battery and dfndr battery terminate applications that perform background tasks to reduce power consumption by these programs and improve battery life.
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If you have a battery near the end of the charge and want quick tricks to ensure a long use, check out the following tips:
- Close all applications;
- Turn on Do Not Disturb Mode to stop receiving notifications;
- Set the screen limit to 30 seconds;
- Decrease screen brightness as much as you can;
- Turn on Airplane Mode that turns off Bluetooth, location services, and Wi-Fi;
- Turn off sounds and vibration;
- If your phone has Android 10, turn on Dark Mode.