Tip & How-To about Google Android

Increase your Android Smartphone's Battery Life

Today, a large amount of consumers are using Android Smartphones, whether they be the DROID brand, something from HTC, or another brand of Android. They're great phones all around, but one of the extreme downsides of owning an Android Smartphone is the great amount of battery life it consumes throughout daily use.

Handling the Basics;


Some of the basic steps that can be taken include many of the options found within the Settings Application in your app drawer.

  1. WiFi & Bluetooth are often unused by the average user on the go, so switch them off when you don't need them! WiFi & Bluetooth often will scan for connections, and this scanning will drain your battery. To disable your WiFi &/OR Bluetooth, select your Settings app, click Wireless & networks, and toggle the check boxes beside WiFi &/OR Bluetooth.
  2. Turn down your screens brightness! go to Settings, click on Display, then click Brightness. You'll be able to slide the option up and down, the higher it is, the more energy it uses, the lower it is, the less energy you use. I personally selected the Automatic Brightness option which provides a well rounded approach.
  3. Disable your GPS services when not in use! Like the WiFi & Bluetooth, GPS will constantly eat up your battery if left on. To fix this, go to settings, click on Location & security settings, and deselect the boxes that correspond to your needs.
  4. Use the Power Control Widget to quickly change these options on the go. Long press on your homescreen, select widgets, and select power control. By using the power control widget, you can select and deselect these options with the click of a button.
Applications

Some applications you might want to demo to help save battery life are the following;
  • JuiceDefender
  • APNdroid
  • ES Task Manager
Using these applications can help reduce the battery life you use throughout your daily Android use!

If you combine the applications and the basic methods, you should be able to substantially increase your Android Smartphone's Battery Life.

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