Charging can wait 10 ways to extend the autonomy of

Charging can wait: 10 ways to extend the autonomy of your Android smartphone

There are many guides on the Internet to extend the battery life of an Android smartphone. Some recommend turning off vibration and using automatic screen brightness adjustment based on ambient light. Others advise setting a dark theme and turning off UI animations. Still others offer very drastic measures to save energy, such as not using LTE/4G, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS/GLONASS and exclusively using 2G standard network infrastructure for communication. The options for action are endless. We have selected among them the simplest and at the same time the most effective. So let’s get started!

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Remove/replace resource intensive applications

The first and most important step in saving a mobile device battery is to eliminate programs that consume the most system resources, and therefore energy. You can bring such software to clean water in the “Battery” menu in the “Charge consumption” window. If applications of no practical use appear on the list, it would be logical to eliminate such products. Otherwise, you can either force greedy programs to run (remember, they will start again after you restart your smartphone!) or replace them with less resource-intensive alternative solutions. For example, instead of the native WhatsApp and Telegram clients installed on almost every gadget, you can use web versions of instant messengers, which take up less disk space and are more economical. Some developers have lightweight lite assemblies of software solutions – such products are also worth a closer look.

purpose of use functions Adaptive Battery

Starting with Android 9, the mobile platform has an adaptive battery usage mode that allows you to limit battery consumption for rarely used programs. A feature of the Adaptive Battery function is a machine learning algorithm that analyzes the user’s habits when working with the software installed on the smartphone and, based on the information collected, prioritizes access to system resources by applications and background processes. Simply put, Android understands which programs the user launches more often and tries to spend the battery on them first. We recommend that you do not leave the Adaptive Battery feature unattended – it really works and you can enable it in the operating system settings.

Power management for background processes

In addition to the intelligent Adaptive Battery feature, modern Android versions allow you to manually adjust battery consumption for applications running in the background. To access this setting, you need to long tap (hold for a few seconds) on the selected program’s shortcut, then follow the “About application → Battery → Charge management” menu. There are three options to choose from: Unlimited, With Optimization, and Limited. The latter allows you to get maximum energy savings, but you need to use it wisely, since independent interventions in system processes can disrupt the stable operation of programs.

Disable app notifications

A favorite pastime of many mobile applications is the demonstration of notifications. Customer programs from retail chains, online markets, delivery services, various infotainment and gaming services are particularly active here. In most cases, they send banal spam, the regular viewing and deletion of which affects not only the autonomy of the device, but also the nerves. You can turn the situation in your favor with Android settings, which allow you to flexibly configure the notification settings for each of the applications installed on the system. In particular, you can filter certain categories of messages or block them all without exception. It is also possible to control the light display of incoming notifications.

Disable print service

Another effective way to save computing resources and smartphone fees is to disable inactive system services, which include printing service. Few people use Android gadgets in connection with printers, and therefore the mentioned service can be safely disabled in the operating system settings in the “Connected devices → Connection settings → Printing → Default print service” menu.

Disable sending diagnostic data to Google

Along with the print service, it would be right to put another system service under the knife that is responsible for collecting various diagnostic data and then sending them to Google. Although this will free up insignificant, but still useful resources of the smartphone, it will also stop the excessive curiosity of the tech giant’s analysts. The popular slider for disabling the sending of diagnostic data is located in the operating system settings in the “Privacy → Advanced → Usage and diagnostics” menu.

Restrict access to geolocation for selected applications

In their work, mobile applications often access Android location services and use information about the user’s location. In most cases this behavior is justified (a typical example is navigation software), but there are exceptions. Among them: Office software, programs for reading books and notes, mail clients, photo viewers and editors, translators, players – these and other applications may do without geodata, which can be blocked in the system settings under “Location”. Menu → Application access to geospatial data. For the listed software, select “Access Denied”, for everything else – “Allowed only when in use”. The logic is simple: the less application software initiates requests to location services, the less Android consumes energy to activate the corresponding hardware modules.

Disable location history recording

Location services actively use not only third-party applications, but also Google services built into Android. According to the company, this is done in order to personalize the user experience and show recommendations to the smartphone owner, taking into account the places visited. It sounds nice, but when it comes to saving battery power, it makes sense to sacrifice that feature and turn off the system’s built-in tracker. To do this, open the device settings and then follow the “Location → Advanced → Location History → Activity Tracking” menu.

Disable background scanning for networks Wi-Fi and devices Bluetooth

To improve the accuracy of ground positioning, Android uses not only GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo modules and information about the location of cell towers, but also data from Wi-Fi access points and Bluetooth devices nearby. In addition, in the latter case, the search for Wi-Fi networks and Bluetooth beacons (these are often used to track the movements of customers in large shopping centers and market research) are carried out automatically, even if the relevant modules are disabled by the user. If saving battery power is more important than quality of location services, then it is better to disable this feature. You can do this in the system settings in the “Location → Search for WLAN networks and Bluetooth devices” menu.

Deactivation of the “Share with the environment” function.

Finally, the last method that we propose to optimize the power consumption of a mobile device is to disable the Nearby Share function, which allows you to transfer data between Android devices using wireless interfaces, be it Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Cellular and even NFC. If the smartphone is only used for phone calls, Internet communication or web browsing, then there is no point in activating the Nearby Share function and constantly scanning the air for incoming connections. To disable it, make the appropriate settings in the “Connected devices → Connection settings → Exchange with the environment” menu.

That’s all. We are sure that you, dear readers, have something to add on the subject. Leave your messages, share wise advice and unexpected ideas in the rating comments.


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Robbie Elmers

Robbie Elmers is a staff writer for Tech News Space, covering software, applications and services.

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