Android P is the upcoming ninth major version of the Android OS. Its P (9.0) Beta 2 version has recently been released on June 6, and the owners of compatible Android devices must have downloaded this Beta 2 version on their smartphones. This operating system is introduced with three features that suppose to improve battery life of your device: adaptive battery, adaptive brightness, and a change in how battery saver works. If you think the above three features will make any major difference, you need to think again. Battery life of your Android phone largely depends on how the device is being used, and therefore, the Android user should always be worried about how to improve Android P battery life.
No matter how strong a battery your phone has, it is bound to drain at some time. The latest Android devices like Galaxy S9 and OnePlus 6 have a battery capacity of more than 3000mAh, but then people use their devices like anything. They run videos, audios, watch movies, browse the Internet and whatnot. There are many other factors contribute to the battery drain issue in Android P. Let’s get into the detail and fix the battery life issue in Android P.
Tips to Improve Android P Battery Life
Your phone care begins with you, and only you can take strong actions for the good health of your Android P device. The solutions given below can be followed by an individual with a little help from a tool or a third-party app. You don’t need an expert to perform all the solutions on your smartphone.
Tip #1: Give your device some rest
Once in 24 hours, you should give your device some rest. This means complete rest. If you are not expecting any emergency calls during the night, you should better shut down your phone. Think of your device as a human body, which needs sound sleep. Next morning, you are as fresh as a daisy, and so does your Android phone. If this is not possible, I would advise you to restart your device when you go to bed. Before you sleep, you should turn off all the things that are not necessary. This includes many things: connectivity features like Bluetooth, GPS, and Wi-fi; turn off vibration mode on apps that receive notifications; disable vibration on phone ring and messages; shut down background running apps and more.
Tip #2. Use Automation
You are living in a digital world, where your smartness is appreciated. And you are dealing with smart devices, so you have to exhibit a level of smartness. Using automation is your step in the direction of improving Android P battery life. But how to automate your Android phone?
Tip #3: Use IFTTT
This is a nifty little tool that works on set conditions – If This Then That (IFTTT). For this, you are not supposed to have a programmer’s brain. The tool has many ready-to-use recipes to make your life easier and comfortable. The app doesn’t work without Internet; you have to allow a few permissions to the app, and you can save your phone battery and your time. For example, a social media geek would like to use a recipe to set a ‘Good Morning’ message every day on Twitter and Facebook.
Tip #4: Use Tasker
Tasker needs some technical expertise from users, but you can follow some tutorials available online to make your tasks simpler. Like recipes in IFTTT, Tasker has a variety of contexts you can create on your phone. The best example is the use of vibration mode at the office and normal mode when you get home. You can create a context that turns vibrate mode on when you reach the office, and turns off vibration and starts Wi-fi when you go home.
Tip #5: Greenify
Make the most of Greenify by rooting your Android device. Once your phone is rooted, you can get the best out of this app. For example, the app force stops battery-hogging background running apps on your device. In case you are not willing to root your device, you should stick to IFTTT as mentioned above.
Tip #6. Use Internet Wisely
You have won half the battle by using IFTTT, but there are a lot more things you can do to save battery on your Android P device. When you shut down your phone at bedtime, you automatically cut down your Internet use, but during the day, you keep your phone connected to a Wi-fi network or your mobile data. Even while you are in a meeting, you receive notifications, which you are not going to read.
Tip #7: Curtail notifications
You need to put a check on your app notifications. When you limit your use of the Internet, this should be your first step. Find the apps you don’t use regularly and still receiving notifications ON.
Tip #8: Turn off auto sync
When you auto syncs your Google accounts and other app accounts, they use background process only to consume your device battery and mobile data. To stop this: Settings ⟶ Accounts and then tap on vertical dots from top right corner to disable auto sync.
Tip #9: Use ad-free apps
Apps are irritating; but more dangerously, they consume a lot of battery on your device. If you are willing to spend a few more bucks, go for the paid versions of the apps and get rid of those irksome ads. You can also find a better alternative of the app you are using.
Tip #10: Use Adaptive Brightness
Your phone display is the biggest battery eater. When you fail to adjust the brightness of your phone screen or change the sleep time, your phone will quickly consume battery.
When you are in the office or at home, you are using your phone in a well-lit area, where you don’t need more brightness on phone screen. It is only required when you are out of home or office. However, adaptive brightness is a smart feature that optimizes brightness level for available light. This feature is also known as auto brightness in older Android versions.
Tip #11: Reduce animation and background process
To reduce animation scale on your Android device, you need to enable Developer Options on your phone. You can check this guide to enable/disable USB debugging option on Android device.
Once you have enabled Developer Options on your phone, open Settings ⟶ Developer Options ⟶ Window animation scale under Drawing section. There are a few radio buttons with different animation scale like 1x, 2x, 5x, 10x and others. You can select Animation off, which is the first option.
This will save your phone’s battery life and improve its performance.
On the Developer Options screen, you will find Apps section, under which there is Background process limit. Tap on Background process limit, and you will find a few radio buttons. The default option is the Standard limit; you can select three or four processes to improve battery life and phone’s performance.
Tip #12: Turn off Always-On
The latest Android devices like Galaxy S9 Pixel and OnePlus 6 have this feature called Always-On screen. While this helps users keep an eye on time and important notifications, the feature is a brutal battery killer.
If you are using Pixel phone, check this tutorial to disable Ambient display. OnePlus 6 users can read this guide to turn off Always-On feature. And Galaxy S9 owners can follow this tutorial to disable Always-On screen.
Tip #13: Decrease auto-lock time
Users tend to leave their phones’ screen on once they finish using the phone. This habit costs them bad battery life of their Android devices. A better idea is to reduce auto-lock or sleep time of your phone screen. Open Settings ⟶ Display ⟶ Sleep. From the options, choose the minimum time. It will be 15 seconds, and it will be the best option for you to save battery.
Tip #14: Stop using live wallpapers
Live wallpapers add to the aesthetic elements of your high-end mobile, but at the same time, they kill your phone’s battery. A better way is to use black wallpaper on your phone display. If your phone has an AMOLED display, you should use black wallpaper as AMOLED doesn’t activate each pixel to create an image.
Tip #15: Reduce location services
Limiting location services is good for your privacy and phone’s battery life. Apps like Facebook Messenger use your Location Services and thus, eat a lot of battery. Go to Settings and you will find Location under Personal section (this options may vary according to your device).
Tip #16: Control Background data usage
Apps like Google Play Store and Gmail continuously use background data, and this burns your mobile battery. You need to restrict background data usage on your Android phone running Android P.
Launch Settings ⟶ Data usage. Tap on three vertical buttons to tap on Restrict Background Data.
In some Android devices, you will find ‘Data usage control’ option.
Tip #17: Use Battery Saver
When you don’t have any traditional or modern phone charging options, you need to use Battery saver option on your Android device. Go to Settings ⟶ Battery and then turn on Battery Saver option.
With Android P, this option has been improved. In previous Android versions, Battery saver would turn on automatically when the battery status shows 20% or less. In the latest Android version, the battery saver automatically gets enabled when there is 75% battery on your device. This sounds a bit crazy as you cannot use certain features even as your phone has much battery power left. Here, you need to manage battery saver manually.
Tip #18: Uninstall unnecessary apps
I bet there are at least three apps on your device you have hardly used in the last three months. Since they are there, you need to update them regularly; such apps occupy space on your device memory and burn battery. Simply remove these apps from your phone.
Tip #19: Root your phone
Root users enjoy some privileges that help them improve battery life, while non-root users cannot help but watch their mobile batteries drain. You need to root your Android device to save battery. Every phone follows a different method to root; you can check our guides to root Galaxy S9, Pixel and OnePlus 6 below:
That’s all friends!
Battery life of your Android device primarily depends on your usage. It is universally accepted that controlled use of smartphones will always help you save the battery of your device.
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