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Pro tip: One of the best ways to manage your Android battery

Jack Wallen offers up a quick tip to help you keep your battery from draining dry when you need it the most.

Android battery

An issue that has plagued the Android platform, since inception, is battery life. Over time, that has gotten exponentially better... but it still could use a boost. If you're a power user, or a business user on the go, you need to get the most out of your battery. There are plenty of tricks, add-ons, and even more powerful batteries you can buy for your device. However, nothing beats good management to keep your battery in check. With Android, you have all the tools you need to keep a watchful eye on your battery (and even keep it from pre-maturely draining). One tool, in particular, is the Power Management app (sometimes called Battery).

If you look in your device settings, you should find something listed as either Battery (as in the LG G Pad 3) or Power (as in the HTC M8). From within either of those tools, you can monitor what's soaking up your battery and even force stop some of the main offenders.

For example: On the LG G Pad 3, open up the Battery tool, tap on percentage discharging, and look through the list how much of your battery each service or app is using (Figure A).

Figure A

Figure A

The Verizon-branded LG G Pad 3 Battery information in action.

Search through the listing of apps and services, find out if anything is using an exorbitant amount of battery, and (if possible) stop the service/app.

For the HTC M8, the process is similar:

  1. Open up the device settings
  2. Tap Power
  3. Tap Usage
  4. Locate the service/app that's using too much battery (Figure B)
  5. Tap that service/app and select Force stop

Figure B

Figure B

The Verizon-branded HTC M8's take on battery usage.

This little trick is especially helpful when you don't have a charger handy and you're starting to run low. Stop the offending apps from the battery usage tool, and you should be able to eek a bit more life from that battery.

Don't assume everything is hunky dory and that poor battery usage is normal. With just the slightest bit of investigation, you can find out what is soaking up your power and take action to save that precious battery when you need it the most.

How to you preserve battery life on your Android device? Share your tips and tricks in the discussion thread below.

About

Jack Wallen is an award-winning writer for TechRepublic and Linux.com. He’s an avid promoter of open source and the voice of The Android Expert. For more news about Jack Wallen, visit his website getjackd.net.

4 comments
jeb.hoge
jeb.hoge

Maybe a LITTLE more explanation is in order, Jack. Knowing what the different items in the list are and what you should expect from them in terms of usage is a decent practice. Force-stopping Google Services, for instance, is just going to get you more battery wear because the OS will restart it; it's core functionality for Android.

If you really want to save your battery life, go through your apps and remove ones that you really can't remember ever using. Deselect push services and/or notifications, and set apps to manually sync. You'll get more battery life but your overall processes will take longer to do or you'll have to remember to manually check for messages or updates.

RobertMoore12
RobertMoore12

My battery drains with something called "system idle". There is no such app.

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