How to Make Your Phone Battery Last Longer: Everything You Need to Know

by Alexa Lemzy | Last updated 13th March 2019

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Is your Android smartphone running out of power at inconvenient times of the day? If yes, you need to know how to make your phone battery last longer. So, today, we are going to share with you exactly how to do that.
We’ve put together a simple 5-minute read that tells you everything you need to know. That way when you want to get the best possible performance out of your handset, all you need to do is follow our advice.

With that in mind, let’s get started.

Select Power Saving Mode

Most smartphones will have a low power option that you can activate from the settings menu. Granted, it will reduce the overall performance of your phone, but not so much that you’re ever really going to notice. That is especially true if you’re on a day out and want to ensure you don’t run out of battery in case you need to book an Uber.

Follow the below instructions:

  1. Begin by dragging the screen down from the top and tapping the settings icon.
  2. Find and select Device maintenance followed by Battery.
  3. Next, you will be presented with three options: Off, MID, and MAX. Of will enable your handset to operate at maximum capacity. As for the remaining two, they will save your battery power but come with performance drawbacks.
  4. Select an option and tweak it to suit your needs.
How to select power saving mode in Android phone

Turn Off Vibration Alerts

You wouldn’t think it, but vibration alerts give your battery a good workout. We get so used to them that we never really think to turn them off, but you could be getting dozens a day. It costs far less battery power to have an audio alert, so making the switch would be a great way to conserve your phone’s battery power.

Here is How to turn vibration alerts off:

  1. Drag downward from the top of your screen and select settings.
  2. Find and tap Sounds and vibration.
  3. On the next screen tap Sound mode and choose from either Sound, Vibrate, or Mute; however, for this guide select Sounds.
How to turn off vibration alerts on Android phone

Turn Off App Notifications

No guide about how to make your phone battery last longer would be complete without reference to app notifications. They seem like such a great way to supercharge your productivity and make sure you’re ‘always up to date,’ but they’re also draining your battery fast.

If you’re awaiting a crucial email from work, then, by all means, keep the notifications coming from your email app. But you certainly don’t need them for everything else. And once you’re done with your email for the day, turn it off too. That way you’ll be able to get away from it all for a few hours, while also having plenty of battery life left over to enjoy a bit of idling on your phone.

Follow the below instructions to turn off app notifications:

  1. Go to settings followed by Notifications.
  2. Next, turn off App icon badges, they are the little reminders on top of apps that tell you there’s a message or update.
  3. On the same screen, you can select all apps or tap the little toggle for each individually.
  4. If you want more control, tap Advanced (it’s in the top right corner,) followed by tapping an app and choosing what you want to stop.
How to turn off Android app notifications

Turn Off Automatic App Updates

Loads of us have made the all too common mistake of leaving our handset off charge when we go to bed, only to wake up in the morning to find it flat. We never seem to learn that our handsets are programmed, by default, to download and install updates automatically. The reason for this is the likes of Samsung and Apple want to make it as easy as possible to roll out their latest patches and bug fixes — certainly a sensible idea.

The problem for the user is that the updates can easily be several gigabytes. Turning off automatic updates will enable you to install them as and when you see fit. Ideal if you don’t want to be caught short by a sudden influx of data in the middle of the night.

Here is how to do that:

  1. Go to the Play Store and tap the three lines in the top left corner.
  2. Next scroll downward and tap settings.
  3. On the following screen select Auto-update apps.
  4. Finally, tap Don’t auto-update apps.
How to turn off automatic updates in Google Play Store

Reduce Your Screen’s Brightness

Most smartphones now come with an evening mode that pushes the wavelengths emitted by their screen towards the red end of the spectrum. While this is easier on your eyes before you go to bed, it’s also a great way to conserve the battery life.

If you find the evening screen is quite dull and hard to read in the middle of the day, then you wouldn’t be the only one. But you can compromise between brightness and battery life by reducing the brightness of the standard blue screen. That will mean your phone isn’t working so hard each time you take it out of your pocket. And as a consequence, your battery is going to last longer. Great if you always want to be on the move.

Here’s how you can adjust your screen brightness:

  1. Depending on your Android handset, you may be able to drag the screen down from the top twice. Doing so will reveal a screen brightness slider. Move the slider to the left to reduce brightness and to the right to increase it.
  2. If the above does not work for you, go to, settings followed by display, there you will find the slider and make adjustments.

Uninstall Unused Apps

Downloading apps is so commonplace that many of us forget to have a regular clean out. Just because we haven’t used them in over a year doesn’t mean they’re not doing anything. They’re still running updates and cookies, and there’ll be plenty more going on under the surface of your GUI.

Uninstalling anything you haven’t used in the last six months is a great way to give your battery an easier time of it. It’ll also free up some valuable storage so that you don’t have to think about upgrading just to install your latest game. Ideal if you want to make the most of your handset in more ways than one.

Here’s how to uninstall unwanted apps:

  1. Go to the Play Store and tap the three lines in the top left corner.
  2. Next, find and select My apps & games followed by Installed.
  3. Now look below the app name for when it was last used.
  4. To uninstall a particular app tapping it will take you to its page on the Play Store, there you can choose to uninstall it.
How to uninstall unwanted apps in Google Play Store

Be Economical With Your Camera Usage

If you really want to know the secret of how to make your phone battery last longer, then you need to pay a little more attention to the camera. It’s amazing that we can now snap an image whenever we want to, but that comes at a price.

The battery life of your phone would be almost doubled if it weren’t for the full 4K video it was capable of capturing. While you can’t uninstall your camera (and nor would you want to), you can be economical with how much you use it. Turning down the flash is a great way to save your battery, and if you’re shooting outdoors in broad daylight, then the chances are you don’t need it anyway.

You should also think about how much video you want to capture on a day out. If you plan to shoot quite a lot at a friend’s party for example, then you’re going to want to try and offset the battery usage by employing the rest of the tips in this guide.

Use Wi-Fi Rather than Cellular Data Whenever Possible

Finally, last but not least, we have the issue of cellular data. It costs considerably more battery life to use 4G LTE than it does public Wi-Fi. For this, reason, it can be really useful to have your cellular turned off as your default. That way you’ll always have enough battery power left to get online when you need to.

Final Thoughts

Now that we’ve taken a look at how to make your phone battery last longer, you should be able to keep it alive for longer. Ideal if you take your handset with you on day’s out, and will be nowhere near a power point. It will also mean that you have plenty of power left to take some amazing photos of all the great things you get up to.

All you need to do now is share this useful information with your friends, and take in the plaudits as they thank you for sharing how to make your phone battery last longer.

Alexa
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