android performance

Smartphones have literally become the bread and butter of the current generation. There is a good enough reason for that though. We simply cannot exist without them (like literally). From the very first instance when we wake up in our beds, all the way to the end of a day’s routine, we have our mobile phones guiding us as well as helping us through various tasks. Our obedient servants, the mobile phones, do require juice though in the form of battery without which they are practically useless. Keeping that important factor in mind, let us consider some of the best ways through which we can optimize our android phones to help them conserve battery much more efficiently.

Turn off the unnecessary stuff

Unnecessary components are always a burden, in physical as well as the digital world. When we talk about energy, it’s quite simple actually. The more the drainage, the faster the energy will run out. When was the last time you left your car with all the lights turned on and the stereo volume cranked up? It might have happened when you were leaving people behind but that isn’t usually the case, is it?

To conserve your phone’s battery, it is of utmost importance that you aptly turn off all the side stuff. Identify various applications that are running in the background and simply turn them off. This can be managed quite easily through any android smartphone by swiping applications towards a certain ‘close’ direction (which may vary between different mobile phone companies). However, even after that, some applications silently keep on running in the background. In order to close them properly, you need to locate the ‘File Manager’ in the ‘Settings’ tab of your mobile. From there on, you can identify individual applications and shut off the background processing for each of them.

Check your connectivity features

In a day’s routine, no matter how busy we are with our mobile devices, we don’t necessarily require internet connectivity 24/7, do we? These connectivity features can soak up even the most formidable of batteries in mere hours. So whenever you feel like you don’t need to stay connected, just turn off the Wi-Fi and the cellular service. At instances, people have both the options turned on, without realizing that both of them individually are an active strain on their battery life. On top of that, you can only use one at a time, so there is no point in letting the other eat up your battery.

Making it a habit to turn connectivity options off while you do not need the internet is a very effective practice to help conserve battery. For instance, before going to sleep, turn off your connectivity options. We might also visit certain geographical vicinities where internet isn’t available be it for business or pleasure related purposes so the right approach is to control your connectivity features accordingly.

Using the right internet option

Let us notify you regarding some basic toll various types of internet connectivity have over your mobile device. Your cellular data’s battery drainage is greater than that of an internet available over a Wi-Fi source. Then there are various types of Wi-Fi environments but the individual details of each are irrelevant for general users. Now considering that mobile data soaks up more battery, it is only sensible to prefer Wi-Fi connections to cellular data (when both options are available) since we want to conserve our battery. If you have Wi-Fi available over a friends place, your office or in your own house, it is advisable to switch to that option as soon as you are in the connecting vicinity. Not only does this help save battery, but also helps you cut on costs since cellular data plans are considerably more expensive. Cellular data can offer some amazing speeds, we know that, but if you can manage a decent enough internet service provider for your home, that difference can very well be avoided.

Delete stuff once you are ‘over it’

Android phones in today’s world offer a variety of dedicated app management tools, which often come pre-installed with your purchase. Your mobile device has a memory of its own, and in order to manage whatever is stored in it, it needs energy which is drawn from your battery. When you feel like you don’t need a certain application anymore, like switching to a better alternative of a certain application, the right step is to delete the previous one from your device. Remember that for majority of apps, like games for instance, you get the option to save your progress data and settings so that if you feel like you might comeback to it sometime in the future, you can start again precisely from where you left off.

Some applications also allow you to synch app related data within a dedicated data cloud. A prominent example of this is with Supercell where the company allow you to sych all your game data with your Supercell ID. As long as the ID is maintained, all your data is secure. To delete an application, simply visit the application manager tab, choose the application you want to kill and you will find the delete feature accompanying it.

Control your notifications

With so many applications sending notifications our way, it is only natural if our mobile battery drains faster over any given interval. Notifications can easily be addressed through the ‘Settings’ tab on your device. Visit the apps and notifications tab from there and choose the ‘Don’t show notifications’ option for your lock screen. This will help limit the battery usage for your android device especially during intervals when you aren’t exactly using it, for instance while driving or taking a nap.

Ad-free applications are the way to go

When we consider using different applications, there are a number of alternatives that can cater to a certain need. The inclination towards free apps is justified, yes, but it also comes with an enforced plethora of ads, which aren’t just annoying but adversely affect your battery as well. These ads often contain video streams that individually might not be an issue, but when combined together, in a 4-5 hour app usage session, amount to a major hit on your battery usage. A good practice is to choose ad-free alternatives of applications whenever possible. You might have to pay extra for the ad-free version, but with the added features plus the minor relaxation on your battery, that might not be a bad call after all.

Display soaks up power

One of the most basic rules of battery drainage (which people often neglect) is that high-resolution settings including brightness levels are the most power hungry features of your mobile phone. Yes, we like to see things in 4k resolution whenever possible but don’t make it a routine habit, since you might run out of your battery in a jiffy with such inclinations. Dim your brightness levels whenever possible but not to the extent of straining yourself.

Another useful tweak is to enter the developer mode in your mobile device. To do that, simply visit the ‘Settings’ tab on your mobile device, locate the ‘About’ tab repeatedly till you get the notification that you have entered the developer mode. Now visit the ‘Settings’ tab again and you will find an all new Developer Options tab available. Before entering this tab, be vary that the things you change here can have a significant impact on your device so it’s important that you don’t end up playing with something that might come back to haunt you. Now since that much is clear, you can adjust the Windows animation scale and Animator duration scale from within. The stock settings are generally set to x1. You can either turn these off or decrease the timer. Doing so, will ease the burden of processing and therefore positively affect your battery timing.

Battery saver always helps

We probably don’t need to tell you this one, but to be thorough, we will do so anyways. Battery saver modes in your android phones could be lifesavers. You never know when you might need to make an important call while travelling, or you could even have a flat tire in some remote place (God forbid). Power saving options can majorly help in conserving those life-depending extra minutes of battery. New devices even offer ultra-power saving options, which take you devices back to the Stone Age with extremely limited features. Make sure you switch to such modes in a timely manner; otherwise expecting them to help you out with just 1% percent battery remaining could be troublesome. 

Concluding remarks

Following all these steps will surely help you boost you battery timing so you can spend it over things that you prioritize. Your charging cycle also plays a role in maintaining a healthy battery life. For new devices, it is important to follow complete charge/discharge cycles for a few months at least. The quality of your chargers should not be compromised as well. The best practice is to use the charger dedicated for your device in order to obtain the best results. Stay informed of your device and you will surely be able to utilize your battery in the best manner. With that final note, we wish you the best of health and battery!

What's my model number?

There are several ways to locate your model number:

Option 1
On your device, go to Settings, then "About device" and scroll down to "Model number"
Option 2
Often times you can view the model number inside the device, by removing the battery
Option 3
Using Samsung's model/serial number location tool

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