Some Tips To Extend The Battery Life of Your Android Smartphone.

Battery Life is the most critical factor/element of any portable devices and smartphones are no exception to the fact.  While manufactures have been trying hard to improve the battery life of the smartphones, due to their rapid release cycle of new devices and many other factors they battery life is not improved significantly. So, today in this post I will be talking in details about how you can extend/improve the standby time of your battery. I will share with you some tips/tricks that might just help you extend your smartphone's battery life.

So, let's get to the points. Please read through carefully and I'm sure with all these simple tricks or tips you will be able to extend the life of your battery in any of your android powered smartphones.

1. Don't Use Live Desktop Wallpapers : Live wallpapers are flash like animations that you can see on your home screen (or desktop). While they might make your android smartphone look cool, they also contribute to reduce your battery life/performance. So, if you want to increase your battery life I suggest you turn off the live wallpaper and replace it with a normal wallpaper which uses much less power.

2. Turn Off Your WiFi When Not In Use : Wifi another features that let's your smartphone to connect to the world wide web is among the major battery life killer. Though it's not possible to completely stop using wifi, you can at least turn it off when you are not using it. You can do this manually or let your smarrtphone do it for you. Infact, your android smartphone is smart enough to detect when you are not using your device and can automatically turn off the wifi in such situation. It' called Wifi Sleep Policy feature and is accessible in SEttings>>Wireless and Networks>>Wifi Settings>>Advance Menu>>Wifi Sleep Policy. Just select the option When screen turns off to turn off Wifi and switch to mobile data.

3. Keep Your Homescreens Clean : Homescreen are the desktops of android smartphone and unlike Windows (where you find a single desktop) you can find many home screens on Android. Loading all these home screen and their components (like widgets, application shortcuts, etc) and keeping them presistent in system requires a lot a RAM as well as considerable power. So, what you can do to increase your battery performace is reduce the use of widgets and application shortcuts in the home screen. Also, it is better to reduce to number of home screen to 3 or below (as applicable). Instead of keeping many icons floating in home screens you can make use of folder which uses less space and consumes (slightly) less amount of power.

4. Do Not Use External Launchers or Themes : The laucher built into smartphone by default (for example: Samsung's TouchWiz ) are optimized to consume less power as well as are hardware accelerated; they have close integration with the hardware of your device. Making use of external laucher can be a waste of your battery life as well as more load to your device's RAM. So, is the case with themes, they might make your device look better but have negative effect on your battery life. So, it's better to remove them from your system. However, if you are not satisfied with default laucher then try searching for a lightweight laucher (there are many in market) and use it.

5. Reduce Your Screen Brightness : Screen Brightness is another factor that affects your samrtphone's battery life. Reduce it to a more lower value than the default (100%) as per your perference and easiness. I usually set my brightness to zero (0). This value is fine (and I can see things clelarly) on my phone when I am inside, but, with that value I can't see anything on my screen when I am out in sunlight. So, I usually make use of the status bar brightness control feature found on Status Bar Tweaks settings in Cyanogen Mod 7 Rom. Howeve, this feature is not available in stock roms. For such roms set a power control widget which has brightness toggle from where you can set brightness as required.

These were some simple tips and tricks to prolong the battery life of your android smart phone. If you even try some of the above methods, I am sure you can see quite an improvement in your battery life. These were some tricks I follow to extend my battery life. What types of tips and tricks do you use to improve your battery performance? Want to share you secret with the world? Feel free to tell us though the comments below. P.S. This article is not completed and I will be adding more information to it later (after hearing from you).

Comments

  1. To conserve battery power ~ discharge battery till it shuts off. Restart till it shuts off again.Power off phone and charge for atleaast eight hours. Caliberate battery (use app ~ battery caliberation ~ only for root users) Let the phone discharge again as usual till it shuts off on its own, Again start till it shuts on it own. Again charge as usual till 100%. See the difference it will make on your battery performance. If you are not a root user ~ just skip caliberation.

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  2. Rajdeep Singh,
    I quite don't agree with that. Letting your phone discharge compltely (or below 10%) will have a negative impact on your device's battery and it's overall life time. If you do such regualrly in long time your battery will be unuseable fast.

    I would rather not trying doing so. Just charge your battery when it reaches (around 20%) and then to 100% in a single cycle (at a single time). THis is the best way to charge the battery.

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  3. hey mate since you've benn such a help will you please bust the jargon bout themes?
    i'm scared to flash custom recovery so is there any other way to theme the system, some metamorph os summin?

    please blog bout it.

    n what's a deodexed rom? can i flash it through odin?!!

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  4. Swanky,
    There's no need to be afraid to flash custom recovery. Just find the link on my blog about Installing CWM recovery in Galaxy mini and follow the steps. Many have succeeded (you can go through comments) and so will you.

    ALso, I don't think there's a way to get themes on stock roms. Also, using metamorph is not suggested. I still remember a guy regretting after he installed metamorph and it caused some errors on his device.

    So, I suggest you flash a custom recovery and custom rom (CM7)and you will be able to do more than just installing new themes.

    Deodexed rom are those in which all the .odex files of the apk files are merged/combined into one for easier modification of app. If a rom is odexed it means all system apps have respective .odex files that store collections of parts of an application that are optimized before booting.

    No, you can't flash deodexed rom through Odin (it has nothing to do with flashing via Odin or not). Also, please join the Galaxy Mini group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/299391963406663/
    and learn more with us. :)

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  5. K thanks a lot mate, but I saw a deodexed Rom for galaxy fit which could be flashed with odin so asked.
    The reason why I'm scared of custom recovery is I failed 2.3 once but luckily Managedr to reflash again. But if I fail during reovery god knows what might happen!

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  6. Swanky,

    yes, you are right. Most stock roms comes odexed and thus if some developer change them into deodexed rom then it can be flashed through Odin (but custom roms (wether odexed or deodexed) can't be flashed via Odin.

    ALso, don't be afraid. There's no need to if you follow all the precautions before. There are many tips (with some errors that can occur along with replies in the comments at CWM recovery post) so you just have to read through them and be prepared for every situation.

    However, it's your choice and I can't (and won't) force you to do so. :)

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  7. Yeah I did that, when I first tried to flash gb through odin it was stuck at downloading 3/9 then I had to unplug my phone n reflashed worked.
    If summin similar happens during recovery Will it brick my phone?

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  8. Swanky,
    Reflashing again might work even if it is failed once like you said. But, it might not work always. However, there is not much risk and since actual flashing of recovery takes only about 6-20 seconds (though you shouldn't unplug your phone till 4 minutes).

    So, there is probably no need to worry and if you want to install custom recovery or rom go ahead. If you have GB simply flash the recovery via Odin. Follow instruction at here:
    http://yagyagaire.blogspot.com/2011/09/installing-clock-work-mod-recovery-in.html

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  9. My wifi shows error and also bluetooth doesnt gets connected with another phone it always gets failed when i send data..what should i do pls help am in gingerbread 2.3.5

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  10. mani,
    your problem seems to be a real deal. What's the error you get on wifi? Also, did you try using Bluetooth file transfer app from market for your bluetooth problem? Give it a try now. Also, for wifi make sure you have access to the router that you are wanting to connect to. Was the wifi problem there from beginning? If not wiping data (which will remove everything that is in your internal memory and make your device just like it was when you bought it the first time) and cache in recovery might help. Do backup your files if you are about to wipe data.

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  11. Mr.Yagya Gaire Thanx for ur immediate response..actually i cant connect wifi it shows error option under wifi option..i didnt import any new files from market will give a try soon...can u pls help me..

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  12. I refer to my comment above of how to conserve battery. I read about it in some blog in the net so I just followed it once. However, if you suggest on the contrary then I will charge only when the pop up suggests that you charge the phone. Thanks Yagya and here's wishing you a very happy new year. Sorry, the platform is wrong, but i mailed you on your ID and it failed.

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  13. YO Guys I have great news. ROM MANAGER SUPPORTS GALAXY MINI\ POP. To use flash cwm recovery manually, install cyanogenmod and install rom mamager from market. I tried it.

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  14. So, let's get to the points. Please read through carefully and I'm sure with all these simple tricks or tips you will be able to extend the life of your battery in any of your android powered smartphones. extend battery life

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