How to Improve the Battery Life of Android Devices

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Millions of us spend a pretty sum to have a super performance phone with a bright large display, powerful processor, lot of RAM and so on. A cut-throat competition is going on among mobile phone manufactures to make the superphones of the future with wonderful features. Unfortunately, they have not been able to give us a phone with large display and, at the same time with good battery life.

One of the major complaints among Android handset users is the poor battery life of their phone. Our phone might have superb features to brag off, but we are forced not to utilize and explore them all in the true sense because of battery drainage problem. For example, Nokia phone user crave to have the live wallpaper feature on the device, and Android user are lucky enough to have this feature. But how many of us lat a live wallpaper running all day? The answer is: “Hardly, a few .” The same thing goes with other things, such as live syncing, running many apps in the background, playing games,  and using push mail. It is the same situation as if you got a lot of delicious dishes before you, but you are banned to enjoy. Mobile phone manufactures should do something about it. Please, do not give us phones that are worth just keeping in our pockets and experiencing the pride of being a SuperPhone owner.

Here is a bunch of tips and tweaks that would help you to improve the battery life your Android phone and make the most of what we have.

Be Up-to-date:

First of all, if you want to enjoy a good battery life, always make sure that your Android phone is on the latest version of firmware. Every manufacturer tries to inject some tweaks in their latest updates to improve the overall performance of their devices. Battery life improvements is also one of them.

Go for a Good Custom Firmware:

There are a number of custom firmwares available for almost all Android phones. Most of them come with better battery life as compared to the stock    ROMs. Choose a good custom ROM for your phone and flash it.

Freeze System Processes & Backgound Apps:

There are some system apps and processes that always run in the background and drain your phone’s battery.Many of such processes are of no use to an average Android user. You can freezing such system apps from app manager and notice significant improvement in your device’s battery life.  Here is a spreadsheet of the Galaxy S2 that will give you an idea what apps and processes you can freeze without decreasing the functionality of your device. Keep using the task manager or app killer features at regular intervals to ensure that any unnecessary app is not devouring your phone’s battery life.

Calibrate the Battery:

If you try new ROMs on you device very often, calibrating the battery of your phone can be a good option to improve the battery life.You can calibrate the battery of your device in two ways.

The first method requires ClockworkMod Recovery installed on you phone. If you have installed CWM, do as follows:

  1. Switch off your Android device and boot it into Recovery Mode.
  2. In the list of options, there is an option called ‘wipe battery data’.
  3. Select this option and hit ‘yes’.
  4. When it is done, reboot your device using ‘reboot system now’ option.
Another method that can caliberate th battery of your Android phone is as follows:
  1. Switch off your device and plug in the charger.
  2. Keep charging till it is full.
  3. Just when it is fully charged, unplug the charger.
  4. Now pull off the back cover panel and separate the battery from device.
  5. Keep it separated for exactly 3 minutes.
  6. Now reinsert the battery to its proper place and turn on your device.

I have noticed a significant improvement in  the battery life of my Samsung Galaxy S2 by following the tips I mentioned above.

Turn Off GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, & Data Sync:

Always make sure that the features like GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi are not running in the background and stealthily consuming the battery of your device. Turn these features on only when required and turn them off when not in use.  Moreover, live syncing of emails and frequent weather updates also eat a lot of battery. Turning ail syncing off will be wise step toward battery saving.

Display Configuration:

The huge shining display is a great feast to our eyes, but it is a great enemy of the phone’s battery. Go to phone’s settings and adjust the display brightness to 30%. Maximum brightness means the worst battery life. One more thing, please use a static wallpaper instead of live wallpapers.

Use Battery Saver Apps:

You can find a lot of battery saver apps, both free and paid, in the Android Market. I personally used to think that an app can only consume battery and not conserve it. So I tried a few apps from the market  and believe me they did work and the battery life of my SGS2 improved greatly, and improved the battery life about 25%. Here is a list of apps from the market that you can try:

Download More Battery-Saver Apps here

So, these were some useful tips to improve the battery life of you phone and avoid rapid battery drain. Just hope that it proves helpful for you. If you know some other trick, please share with us.

Also Read: Boost the Battery Life of Your Android