How to Improve Phone Battery Life

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Recently I’ve been having issues with my phone. It’s been going slow, apps have been hanging up, its randomly been restarting, its been warm to the touch constantly, and the battery hasn’t been great.

I figured that I couldn’t possibly be the only person to ever experience these problems. I’ve gathered a few things that you can do to optimize your phone and get things running smoothly again. I’ll even show you how to improve your phone battery life.

Remove Unnecessary Things

Your phone is basically just a little computer. It still has a hard drive and it will start to give you problems if its full. I get the problem you might be having. I had some old games that I haven’t played in months. Every time I go deleting things I think I might want to play that game sometime.

The truth is, we probably aren’t going back to that game ever. Just clear it out. If you go back to the game in the future, you can reinstall it. Most games these days sync your progress anyway. Keeping unused apps on your phone just makes you a data hoarder and will take its toll on the battery life of your phone and the overall performance.

Restart Your Phone

It goes without saying that restarting fixes a lot of issues, but I didn’t put this first because most of the people I know need to take the trash on their phone out.

Restarting isn’t a catch all. I’ve restarted my phone before and still had issues. After an old game that I hadn’t played in ages crashed, everything worked great. Getting rid of the app prevented the issue from occurring again. This is a prime example of you need to clear out old stuff.

Saving Battery

Every signal your phone is looking for takes more battery power. While you could run your phone in airplane mode all the time, that would defeat the price of having a phone.

It’s better to turn off your WiFi and Bluetooth when you aren’t using them. You can manually turn these on and off. I know, this can be a huge pain and if you are like me you’ll end up forgetting that you turned your WiFi off when you are in an area that has WiFi again. There are third party apps that will allow you to turn your WiFi on and off based on a schedule.

A Clean Slate

Just like on a full sized computer, the last resort is always restoring the phone back to its original condition. For a phone, this is a factory reset.

You can do this by going into the settings then into system. There will be an option for testing and restore. The factory reset will erase everything.

Make sure you pull anything you want of the phone before you take drastic measures. If even consider looking at some third party apps before resetting the phone. If this fails to fix your issue, then you have a hardware issue. You’ll probably end up just needing to replace the phone.

Third party apps

There are a ton of apps out there that will optimize your phone. I’ve recently started using one a free one called Droid Optimizer. I’m pleased to say that this thing delivers. This app gives you a one place stop to clear your memory, delete apps, and remove old unnecessary files.

I tried this app mostly because my phone was flipping out. Besides that it was over heating, and my battery was running out faster than it did originally. Most days I was getting lucky for it to make it to bed time without dieing.

Now that I’m using this app my phone is running more stable. What’s more is that at the end of the day I have 30-40% more battery. I really can’t complain about those results.

I will admit that while I am at work I am unable to connect my phone to any WiFi sources. So its a waste to have the WiFi on for me. Your situation might be different, but if you have a long commute at the same time every day this app will let you schedule when your WiFi is turned off.

You do have to give it some pretty hefty permissions so it can monitor the system apps on your phone, but after a couple of weeks the phone have even transmitted more than 1 Mb total over data and WiFi. In order for it to function correctly, it needs these permissions.

Besides the benefit of an improved battery life, this app can become a one stop shop for getting rid of old apps and they’re residual data, and clearing your RAM.

Recommendations

Getting an app that helps you keep your phone clear will help tremendously. There are a lot of different options out there. I haven’t tried them all but the one I have tried has been great.

If you have experienced a drop in performance on your phone or tablet, take a look at Droid Optimizer before you wipe. You can pick it up from the Google Play store here.If you know of any other kinds of ways to improve the performance of your phone or battery, then leave a comment below.


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9 Comments

  1. I hadn’t even thought about my apps taking so much battery life, I am definitely going to remove some of my unused apps after this and restart.

    I have a Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and it works pretty well for most everything I use, but I have noticed a change in it’s battery capacity or time of use recently.

    Thanks for the advice, I am going to get on this.

    1. We get so used to having apps with notifications that sometimes we forget that these things are still running in the back ground. The issue is worse on phones with larger memories, but only because we can install more stuff without clearing out the old stuff.

      You’ll see a difference in your battery life. Thanks for commenting.

  2. These are really helpful tips to keep the battery safe, i would add as well deleating old pictures, or doing a backup in the compure and restore it from zero. Sometimes it’s best, specially for those batteries who last just a couple of hours.

    Great post, thanks for writing it.

    1. You’re right. Moving old photos and videos off your phone on a regular basis will help to improve the overall performance of your phone. Thanks for commenting.

  3. This is some helpful information you got here.

    I shall try turning off my wifi when not using it, and go from there.

    Thanks for the advice.

    1. What a lot of people don’t realize is that everytime you connect to a WiFi signal your phone connects to is and transmits some data (even if you don’t have the password). If you are in an area that doesn’t have WiFi at all, then you’ll actually use less battery, but it’s best to turn it off if your aren’t using it.

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