One of the biggest dramas of modern times is running out of battery on your mobile. And this can happen even if you have a mobile phone with a very good battery. It may be that we have given it a lot of use, so that when it reaches a limit case, it will not matter how long its duration is since it is at 100%.
Luckily, there are always ways to save battery on Android that can be very effective in alleviating this problem . In this post we review the keys to this, including a little knowledge about what generates the most consumption on our mobiles.
Actions that we must avoid due to its high battery consumption
There are thousands of processes that our mobiles execute even when they are at rest and without us being aware of it. However, there are some that depend largely on our use and that can end our mobile at 0% in a short time. By themselves, they already drink a lot of battery, but if we put them together we can run out of battery in a jiffy .
⦁ Take the brightness to the maximum
⦁ Carry a high refresh rate :
⦁ Have the ‘Always On Display’ active: we continue with the subject of the screen when referring to the function that allows you to see certain information such as the time or notifications even with the mobile phone locked. If our mobile has an LTPO panel that allows this function, it is better to have it disabled because it will consume a lot of battery.
⦁ Use mobile data: we do not always have access to WIFI networks, but whenever we can connect to these networks, it is better to prioritize them due to the high consumption that browsing with mobile data can generate. If it is with 5G connectivity, consumption is even higher.
⦁ Make video calls: although it is true that a normal call can lead to considerable consumption, it has nothing to do with a video call with image and sound. If several participants are added, the energy consumption can skyrocket.
⦁ Games with high graphic demand: games, in general, are apps that consume more battery power than a social network app, for example, but it is those with high demands that, as their name suggests, demand more from the mobile hardware and therefore generate higher consumption. The same happens with video or photo editing apps.
⦁ Installation/updating of apps: these processes that normally run in the background are also worth avoiding if we are running out of battery power. And if we are talking about not one, but several installations, all the more reason.
Take advantage of the fast charge of your mobile (if it has one)
The biggest problem with running out of battery is that it happens to us on the street. However, if we are at home or in a place with a plug, even for a short time, we can charge the mobile for a few minutes to obtain a battery level that is at least optimal for going out without worrying about running out.
Close apps that we are not using
It is true that having a recurring application at hand in multitasking can be interesting to open it quickly without having to load it again.
But if it is an app that we are not using, it will be generating a consumption in the background that is not negligible. In addition to this, closing the app will also free up RAM memory space and thus provide a greater sense of fluidity in handling the mobile.
Prioritize dark mode on OLED panels
Unless we have a mobile with an IPS-LCD panel, in which case it will be ineffective, dark colours consume less battery. And this is due to the nature of OLED panels, which without going into too many technical details, represent the black colour with off pixels and therefore generate less energy consumption.
We can activate this mode from the quick settings panel by sliding from top to bottom or by entering directly into the mobile settings and going to Screen.
Yes to battery saving mode, but only if it is native
If your mobile includes any battery-saving mode, you should activate it. Depending on the manufacturer, it usually acts in a different way, although in general they always resort to eliminating certain push notifications, preventing updates in the background or not letting the brightness increase. But we insist, only if it is a native option.
Airplane mode is better than turning off the mobile (almost always)
This is already a classic when we run out of battery since it turns off connections such as Bluetooth, WIFI, and mobile data and prevents the entry of voice calls and text messages.
And although there are those who think that it is more effective to turn off the mobile.
The truth is that there are reasons why airplane mode is more convenient.
The first of them is because it can be deactivated in a second, so if we need to use any of the functions “capable “by airplane mode, we can without waiting for it to turn on.
See which apps are consuming the most
Entering the mobile settings and in the Battery section, we can find a list with the applications that consume the most ordered from highest to lowest and even with details about it. And it is interesting to go because many times there are surprises like seeing an app that we are not using the consuming battery.
If this is the case, we may choose to uninstall the application or delete its data and cache. If it is an app that we use, it is convenient to know it to manage its use. That is, if we know that it consumes a lot, we can at a given moment do without using it for the sake of the battery.
Turn off automatic updates
Preventing an app from updating itself can be essential, as we saw in one of the first sections of this post. To do this, we just have to go to the Google Play settings, enter Update applications automatically and leave the option that says Do not update applications automatically checked.
Five small adjustments that will serve the mission
We have already discussed the most important thing in previous points, but the truth is that there are many more settings that can help us reduce energy consumption to a greater or lesser extent. Here are the most interesting :
⦁ Configure the automatic lock of the mobile from the screen settings, setting it to a time of a few seconds to avoid leaving the screen on by mistake.
⦁ Disabling the automatic synchronization of applications and system services, which is not convenient to have always disabled, but occasionally. It can be done from the device settings, by going to Accounts and sync and then unchecking the Automatic synchronization option .
⦁ Disable notifications either from the corresponding panel in the mobile settings or with some mode such as Do not disturb . It is not essential, but if we are receiving many notifications and they are unnecessary, we can opt for it to save some battery (and personal peace of mind).
⦁ Deactivate the vibration when we do not want to stop receiving notifications, but if we reduce part of that consumption when we receive notifications. It can be disabled from the notification settings.
⦁ Disable Ok Google by going into the assistant settings, under Voice > “Ok Google” detection. Here we must uncheck the option that says Always active.