Why is Your Android Battery Draining and How to Fix It

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If you’re like us, you spend a ton of time on your Android device. Playing games, streaming music or videos, browsing the web, or updating your social media on-the-go is easy when you have high-powered tech on your . But if you find that your “mobile device” has to spend more time plugged in than it is, well, mobile: you might be dealing with an Android battery drain issue. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons your Android battery isn’t holding a charge.

Android Battery Drain from Apps

Some Android apps may be unnecessarily taxing for your battery life. Maybe they have a feature that runs constantly in the background without you noticing, or they might be constantly updating automatically and monopolizing your battery’s resources. Fortunately, Android developers have included a way to see the battery usage of every app you install. Let’s see if we can find any “battery vampires” on your Android device. 

First, you’ll need to navigate to settings. For most Android versions, you’ll hit Settings > Device > Battery (or Settings) > Power > Battery Use. Android 9 users will need to Settings > Battery > More > Battery Usage instead. 

In this section, you’ll see how much battery power each of your apps are using. Look for any suspicious behavior in the battery usage chart. If you see an app you don’t use often utilizing a ton of battery-draining resources, that may be your problem right there. 

There are a few things to try if you spot any anomalies with your battery usage. Sometimes, a simple restart can fix an app caught in a loop that’s draining your battery. Try that first, and if the app continues to be resource intensive, try uninstalling that application for a while and see if your battery usage improves. Chances are the battery-draining bugs will be fixed on a future update; you can always try downloading the app again later. 

Check Your GPS & Location Settings

A common culprit behind Android battery drain issues, comes from our location settings and the GPS application. Navigation apps are incredibly taxing on your battery life, but they aren’t the only apps which utilize your location services. It’s a good idea to manually set the location settings to maximize battery life. Even if turning the location setting off isn’t a possibility for you, there are still some other ways you can tweak this setting to prevent unnecessary battery drain. Simply go to ‘Settings > Security & Location > Location’ and switch to the Device Only setting. 

Finally, you’ll want to check for any apps running location services that are not needed. For this, navigate to ‘Settings > Apps & Notifications > App Permissions > Location’ and disable any apps that don’t need this setting turned on.

Display Settings & Android Battery Drain 

Keeping your brightness at max capacity can lead to serious Android battery drain issues. Lowering the brightness often goes a long way in improving battery life, but there are some other display features that could lead to a great deal of battery drain too.

One of the more common issues involves the “Auto Brightness Feature,” which is usually on by default on Android devices. This feature automatically changes your device’s brightness levels based on your environment’s lighting. To maximize battery life, it’s a good idea to disable this feature and set the brightness manually. Head over to Settings > Display > Adaptive Brightness’ and simply switch the feature off. 

Another setting you may want to turn on is the “Dark-Mode” feature on your phone. Not only is dark-mode better for your eyes, it also uses less brightness than regular settings and as a result, yield better battery life. The last feature you may want to look at also is the “Sleep Setting,” which controls how soon your phone shuts down the display after a period of inactivity. Setting a shorter time for your Android to enter sleep mode can greatly boost the battery life on your device, since it cuts down on idle screen drain.

Consider Removing Taxing Features

Android battery drain can come from many different sources; some easily spotted, and some not so obvious. With all the features available for Android devices, it’s easy to quickly drain your battery without knowing the source of the problem. Some features which are specially taxing on your device are the live wallpapers, and the multitude of available widgets you may have installed on your Android. These are awesome features but they consume a vast amount of battery life while running in the background of your phone. Try turning off any unnecessary widget and switching to a static background rather than an animated one. 

You may also want to manually control your WiFi, Bluetooth, and data usage on your phone. By turning off these features when you aren’t using them, you can drastically improve your Android battery life. If you’re desperate for a little more battery, consider disabling vibration and lowering the volume on your device as well. 

Switch to “Power-Saver” Mode

Finally, another option is using the “Power-Saver” mode, which all but guarantees far better battery performance. When you turn on power-saver mode, your phone is stripped of many non-essential features, and the settings are tweaked for maximum battery life. You can set this mode to turn on automatically when the battery reaches a certain threshold, or you can turn it on manually whenever you’d like.  To make this happen, simply navigate to “Settings > Battery Settings > Battery Saver” and enable the feature there. 

Solving Android Battery Drain

Hopefully, one or all of these tips have helped maximize your power and fix your Android battery life issues. One of the best parts of having an Android smartphone is using it on the go, but having a weak battery can ruin that experience fast. Nobody wants to be tethered to a wall charger! Thankfully, some simple tweaks on your phone can go a long way in improving your battery life so you can enjoy your phone’s features again without constantly stopping to recharge.

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