16 Tips to Optimize and Improve Battery Life on Smartphones


Smartphones are great. They have become part of our everyday lives. But the thing with smartphones is their dumb batteries.

If you’re running heavy apps or playing some high-graphic games, you’ll notice that your battery runs out in no time.

What’s even worse is that if you do not take good care, your battery life will decline drastically, requiring you to charge your phone every couple of hours.

We could go on and keep complaining of the inefficiency of our batteries given the huge advancement in today’s technology, or we could go ahead with our article. We’ll do the later.

Here are some of the most effective tips to optimize and improve the battery life on your Android phone. Many of these tips will work for iPhones as well.

These tips came in quite handy on my last trip to Cherrapunji. I hope it helps you as well.

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1. Full Cycle Charge

When you charge, make sure you charge your battery to a full 100%. We know this isn’t always possible as you’d have to move about every so often and you’d want to take your mobile phone with you everywhere (hence ‘mobile’ phone, duh).

But always make it a point, when you can, to charge your battery fully. If that’s not at all possible. Do it at least once a month.

2. Avoid Overheating

Overheating can be very harmful for your battery. In fact, a charging temperature of no more than 45 degrees Celsius is recommended.

Phone batteries tend to heat up easily when charged. For best results and improved battery life, it is good practice to remove the phone’s cover for air to enter. Allow your battery to breath.

Placing your phone in direct sunlight and at high temperature zones should be avoided.

3. Internet Connectivity – Disable Wifi, 3G/4G

A smartphone without internet connectivity is almost as good as nothing. And we understand your constant need to be connected.

But we must point out here that Wifi and 3G/4G networks consume a good deal of power. Wifi consumes the most power followed by 3G/4G. 2G comes at the last.

If you’re not in a wifi zone, disable your phone Wifi settings.

And as far as Mobile Data is concerned, use your 2G network to accept incoming notifications and disable 3G/4G if possible, or when not in use.

4. Disable Auto-Sync

Constantly syncing with real time synchronization apps such as Google Maps, Gmail, etc. should be avoided if possible.

Auto-sync functions take up a good deal of your battery power and internet data. Disable this function when not in use.

5. Turn Off Your Bluetooth

All connectivity functions require a good deal of power, including the afore-mentioned Wifi. Likewise, Bluetooth should be turned off unless used for data transfer or wireless headsets.

6. Shorten Your Screen Timeout Duration

If you’re familiar with laptops, and I bet you are, you’ll already know that a good deal of battery power is consumed during an active session and very little when in sleep mode.

In mobile phones, your screen timeout acts like a sleep mode. Go to your phone settings and shorten the screen timeout to 1 minute or lesser.

A screen timeout of 1 minute means that your screen will go dark 1 minute after you stop using your phone.

7. Lower Your Screen Brightness

Bright screens consume a lot of power. Adjust your settings to optimum brightness. The lower the better.

However, make sure that the screen is too dark or you’ll strain your eyes.

8. Deactivate Background Apps

There are apps that run in the background even when you’re using other applications. These background apps, if not in use, are a waste of power.

Always make sure you deactivate apps that run in the background if you don’t need them.

9. Disable Auto Updates

Many apps have a feature called ‘auto update’. What this does is it automatically updates your app to a newer version or to the latest update.

While this may seem like a good thing, auto updates consume battery that would otherwise have been used on other applications. Besides, you don’t really need all the updates unless some major changes are carried out.

Always disable auto updates on your apps.

10. Disable Mobile Vibration

Vibration is a mechanical action and requires a good deal of power. Having your phone in vibrate mode when you’re in a meeting is helpful, and recommended too, but having it vibrate and ring at the same time is a definite no-no.

Always disable vibration from your phone settings if you’re not in Silent mode. This will save you a lot of battery life.

11. Remove Unnecessary Home Screen Widgets

Home screen widgets, unless utterly necessary, are a waste of power. There are some apps that should be placed on the home screen, including personal safety apps. But some widgets like calendar or temperature aren’t really that necessary.

To save up more of your battery life, remove all unnecessary home screen widgets.

12. Disable GPS

Often times, one forgets that a background app is still running even when you no longer need it. This is quite common for the GPS function.

GPS uses up a lot of power not only because its data is continuously changing, but also because it uses your internet connectivity to collect data.

Always disable GPS when not in use.

13. Use Power Saving Apps

There are many apps that work as a power saving tool. These kind of apps delete unnecessary data, close unused apps and widgets, and provide you with tips and reminders on how to save your battery power.

If you’re an Android user, Juice Defender is a very handy power saving app.

14. Use Ads-Free Apps And Games

Applications and games that serve ads consume more power than their premium versions. This is because serving of ads require constant interaction with the ad network/provider and platform. Data is continuously exchanged between the app and the ad network.

If possible, spare a few changes and buy premium ads-free version of apps and games for improved battery life.

15. Avoid Live Wallpapers And Themes

Live wallpapers and dark themes are great. But they consume a huge deal of power and should be avoided at all cost.

16. Root Your Device

This is for Android devices only. Rooting has been known to considerably improve battery life on Android devices. But there could be negative drawbacks of rooting, especially when done by an amateur. So take necessary precautions.

If you have more tips on how to improve battery life of smartphones, feel free to share it with us.