Just bought a new Android phone? Like everyone else, all smartphone users want the ideal phone experience, powered by a long-lasting battery. You might wonder – how far can I go before I need to charge my Android phone battery? How can I get the maximum battery life? The answers to such questions depend on your Android phone battery, its software and of course, your usage. To take full advantage of battery life for your Android phone, you have to keep a few things in mind. Read on to learn how to get the maximum battery life on your Android phone.
1. Charge Your Phone Right
One lingering myth about batteries states that to remove the “battery memory”, you need to let the battery get to zero and fully recharge it. This myth goes back to when lead-acid battery cells were in use – for the modern lithium-ion batteries, it’s unnecessary. Li-ion batteries continuously draw in current and function at reduced power when nearly discharged. The power then progressively surges when your phone charges, becoming constant at almost 70 percent charge until charged to its full capacity. Try to do the following when you charge your phone for maximum battery life:
- It doesn’t seem realistic, but charge in small doses. Instead of letting your battery fall to a critically low level and recharging to full, partially top-up charge after using at least half of your Android phone battery. This helps in maintaining long-term battery life. To sum it up: shorter use-recharge cycles equals longer battery life.
- Use the original charger your phone came with, or a suitable one from the same manufacturer to prevent battery-damaging voltage fluctuations.
- Avoid using your phone while charging for a quick charge and maximum battery life, especially when it comes to power-hungry apps. It’s one thing to check for important messages, another to start a long gaming session as your phone charges.
- Don’t leave your phone to charge overnight or all day. It can heat your phone and damage it, and as mentioned before, shorter charging times helps preserve battery life. However, don’t worry about a fully charged device still attached to its charger – phones know when to stop charging.
2. Cool It Down, Or Warm It Up
It’s not always practical, but try keeping your phone – and by extension the Android phone battery – at room temperature. Maintaining your Android phone battery between 25°C to 30°C helps retain maximum battery life. After one year of usage, your phone should hold about 80 percent of its original capacity. This reduced capacity remains even when you charge to full from empty.
On the other hand, a phone kept regularly in temperatures around 40°C results in battery capacity reducing to 65 percent after the first year. A fully charged Android phone battery and exposure to unsuitable temperatures make a bad environment for your phone. So, here’s the gist of it:
- Avoid extreme heat and cold.
- Stick to keeping your phone at room temperature.
- Don’t keep your phone in conditions where it could unexpectedly heat up. That includes under pillows or coverings or leaving it to charge overnight.
- If its too hot, most phones turn off or restart automatically. If this happens frequently, update your software, check for physical damage, and reduce the usage of power-heavy apps.
3. Implement Good Phone Practices
For maximum battery life on your Android phone, do the following:
Reboot Your Phone
Restart your phone from time to time, so that any extra processes are shut down and everything gets a fresh launch upon rebooting. Not only will it help increase your Android phone battery life, but it also improves phone memory and prevents software crashes.
Check For System Updates
Remember to download and install all available system updates for your device. Developers push out new patches and bug fixes that help your phone run more smoothly and improve battery life. Your phone may notify you to download and install the newest system updates. To do this manually, go to the Settings app > System > Advanced and select “System update”. The system update option may vary depending on your handset. System updates help your phone run more efficiently, which can help maintain maximum battery life.
Update Your Apps
It’s just as important to update your phone’s apps! App developers regularly deliver updates that are helpful for a better phone experience. To update, launch the Google Play Store > Menu > My apps & games. Here, either update all apps, or a selected one if you’re concerned about storage space.
4. When All Else Fails…
… reset your phone. This may seem drastic, but short of replacing your Android phone battery, resetting the phone to its factory settings can help clear out any battery-eating processes. Restoring the factory settings erases all your data – So backup and make copies of your data before applying this solution.
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