How to deal with Android battery drain

Over the years I’ve tinkered with phone settings to get my Android’s battery drain under control.

Some things worked and some didn’t. I’m going to tell you what has worked for me and what continues to work to this day.

I should also point out that the latest Android updates come equipped with builtin tools that handle battery drain much better than older versions.

Brightness Settings

When I first turn on a new Android phone, the first thing I do is adjust the brightness settings.

And, if you want to conserve your battery life, you should do the same thing as well.

Go ahead. Swipe down from the top of the screen to open up the notifications and quick toggles panel.

All you have to do is tap the settings icon in the top right corner of the screen and choose “Display” from the list of options.

Move the “Brightness” slider to the left to decrease the brightness of your screen.

I also turn off Adaptive brightness which is a setting that automatically adjusts the brightness during certain lighting conditions.

It is better to do this manually as it then helps you save your battery life even more.

Screen resolution

Scroll down a bit and you’ll see “Screen resolution“. Tap it. Depending on your phone, you’ll see different options.

For example, I own the Samsung Galaxy S10 and I see HD+ (1480 x 720), FHD+ (2220 x 1080), and WQHD+ (2960 x 1440).

I set my display to a resolution of 1480 x 720 which is HD+. This allows me to reduce the battery drain on the phone by displaying a lower quality resolution on the screen.

You don’t have to go to HD+. You can choose FHD+ which is the middle setting and still save some battery life.

But, the lower the resolution, the more you are able to keep your phone lasting longer.

Screen timeout

I then change the “Screen timeout” setting. This is the setting that tells your smartphone how long to keep the display active (lighted up).

I set it to 15 seconds. So, if after 15 seconds I do not touch my display, the screen turns black.

The lower the timeout, the more you can increase the battery life of your Android smartphone or any phone for that matter.

Other display settings

You can turn off other display settings that you do not use to further increase your phone’s battery percentage.

For example, I disable the Edge screen feature on my Galaxy as well as the screensaver.

I also turn on Night mode and the blue light filter. Night mode changes your phone’s white backgrounds, like in the settings menu, to black.

This is easier on the eyes and also easier on your phone’s battery. Blue light filter on the other hand makes your Android’s display warmer.

For me, this is also easier on the eyes. And, it also reduces battery drain. It’s a win win.

GPS Settings

The next setting that I change is the one that controls the location services on my smartphone.

There are apps that use our GPS for tracking. For example, I use Google Maps to check traffic to work.

However, there are apps that require access to our location without there being a really valid reason.

So, when you have no reason to have your location on, swipe down to open the quick toggle panel and tap the GPS icon to disable it.

However, if you use Find My Android, it’s best to leave the setting on. I mean, in case you actually lose your phone and need to find it.

Sync Settings

I also prefer to manually sync my phone. This way, I control how much power the feature uses.

When we disable automatic syncing it reduces data usage and conserves battery power.

What’s the point of having the sync set to automatic and constantly scanning in the background for new data when there isn’t any?

WiFi and Data Settings

The golden rule here is to disable the one when it is not in use. So, if you have a solid WiFi connection then go ahead and turn off your mobile data.

Likewise, if you have a stable data connection and are not connected via WiFi, go ahead and disable the WiFi.

The same goes for your Bluetooth, NFC, and other connection settings. Turn them off when not in use.

Other Tweaks

Do you like bio-metrics? I mean facial recognition, fingerprint scanner, etc. All the fancy methods for unlocking our smartphones use up more battery.

The good old fashion pin or password is still the most secure way to lock your phone and it uses less battery life.

A dark background also reduces battery drain. However, I myself don’t subscribe to this tip because I like a colorful background that has some meaning to me.

Things like VPNs, like Cloudflare’s service, also add extra strain to your battery and overall phone performance.

If you are NOT using it, turn it OFF. That app that you downloaded 2 months ago and are no longer using? Uninstall it. If it’s a system app or preinstalled app then disable it.


Speaking of applications, why not consider using mobile websites for some of your favorite apps

For example, instead of downloading separate apps for Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn, you can go to the website using a browser like Chrome.

You can even load the desktop version of those sites. I wrote a guide on how I load Facebook’s desktop site on mobile and one on how I access LinkedIn’s full site as well.

Follow the above tips and your Android battery should no longer drain fast. If you have any tips or need help, feel free to leave a comment.

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