Wednesday, April 15, 2015

How To Easily Increase The Battery Life Of Your Android Smartphone

Sometimes our Smartphones simply "die" before the end of a busy day. Let's face it, these devices are power hungry, and as the battery ages, the device loses charge much more rapidly. You probably already know many of the normal battery saving techniques - reducing screen brightness, switching vibrate off, turn off nighttime notifications, turn off auto synch for Apps that you don't need, etc. But, there is one huge "battery eater" that is often overlooked - the GPS. Do you really need the GPS on constantly. You phone does have other methods of determining your location. They may not be as precise - but how important is pinpoint accuracy during a normal, routine day? Your Smartphone also uses WIFI and Cell Towers to determine your location, and these are much more "power friendly." Give it try.



Here are the Instructions (which should be applicable to 90% of the present devices) for Android 4.4 (KitKat) - Android 5.1 (Lollipop).

  1. Go into your Settings and scroll down to Location.
  2. You can choose to toggle location on and off via the slider at the top, and you can chose how you want to share location (Mode) in the settings. The Default is "High Accuracy" which uses Wifi, GPS and cell data to set your location. Change this to "Battery saving" to only use cellular and Wifi. This should improve your battery life - considerably, and you can always reset the next time you need full GPS accuracy.