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How to extend your Android’s battery life

Utsav Verma / / 0
Android devices are smart mobile devices. They're actually mini computers more portable than netbooks or laptops. But, their power requirements aren't as mini as we'd hoped them to be. Many Android users frequently bewail the battery life of many Android devices.
Yet, used in moderation — and, with energy-saving habits practiced by the user — an Android tablet's or phone's battery life can last longer than originally intended. How do you make your battery last longer so you can use your device longer?
In this article, read about tips and tricks to increase Android battery life for your phone or tablet. (You may also view our video guideincorporating these tips and tricks.)
Unused device features
Connectivity features
Whatever isn't in use or needed, turn it off. You'd do the same for your electric fan, TV, or the lights at home — I presume. Turn off phone or tablet features that you don't use, especially the following:
4G/LTE and mobile network connection
These connectivity features eat up some of your battery power even if they're idle, and they eat a significant amount of power when they're not.
Haptic feedback
A frequently vibrating device also tends to lose power faster. Haptic feedback refers to the shaking that happens on your device as a result of some interaction or activity on the device. Such feature uses a small vibration motor, which, in turn, eats up power. Do you really need your device to vibrate every time you touch the screen or every time a notification arrives even if the device is on your desk? It's wise to turn on haptic feedback only for important UI interactions (e.g., typing on the keyboard) or when your device needs to be in your pocket.
Power Control widget and task apps
You can use Android's built-in Power Control widget to quickly toggle most of the energy-draining features such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, Autosync, and Auto Brightness. Just place the widget on your homescreen and tap on the toggle buttons as needed.
But, using even a handy widget such as Power Control can become tedious if you need to do it several times a day. The good news is that there are several apps on the Google Play Store that you can use to automate, or semi-automate, the turning off of energy-draining features. Here are some that you can try (in no particular order):
AutomateIt-Automate Your Droid
This free and ads-free app lets your device perform actions according to triggers that you associate them with. For instance, you can set it to disable certain features (e.g., Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, etc.) at certain hours of the day. Get the paid version for more flexibility with the triggers, actions, and rules.
This app, although having no free or trial version, is extremely flexible. It works in a similar way to AutomateIt. You can set your device to perform tasks/actions (e.g., disable network services) according to “contexts” that you specify (e.g., time of day, day of week, etc.).
Juice Defender
This app is specifically written to help users lower battery consumption and squeeze more power out of their devices' batteries. The default profile targets the most battery-sapping components (e.g., mobile data [3G/4G], Wi-Fi, and the like), but you can customize the settings further according to your needs.
Mobile network, Wi-Fi, and network signal
If you must connect to the Internet, and you have a choice between connecting via Wi-Fi or mobile network, choose the former. Mobile data connections sap your battery power faster than Wi-Fi. The reason has something to do with the relationship between strong network signal and distance from the transmitter. Since Wi-Fi presumably is closer to you, you tend to get a stronger and more stable signal, therefore reducing the needed energy to power your phone's antenna.
So, when connecting to Wi-Fi, stay in a place with the strongest signal. This way, your phone's antenna won't need to work so hard to get a stable network signal, saving you some battery power. The same is true for your carrier's network signal. The better the reception signal is, the be

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