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Battery Saving Tips

How long the battery can last before it needs recharging depends on how you use your phone. The power management features of your phone helps increase battery life.

Use the Power Management Features

  • Turn Power saver mode and Extreme power saving mode on in Settings.
  • Monitoring your battery usage helps identify what's using the most power so you can choose what to do about it. See Check Battery Usage.

Manage Your Connections

  • Turn off wireless connections such as mobile data, Wi-Fi, or Bluetooth when not in use.
  • Turn GPS only when a precise location is needed, such as while using navigation or location-based apps. For details, see Location Setting.
  • Turn on Airplane mode when you don’t need any wireless connections and you don’t want to receive calls or messages. For details, see Airplane Mode.

Manage Your Display

Lowering the brightness, letting the display sleep when not in use, and keeping it simple helps save battery power.

  • Use automatic brightness (the default), or manually lower the brightness.
  • Set the screen timeout to a shorter time. For more details, see Security Settings.
  • Don’t use a live wallpaper for your Home screen. Animation effects are nice to show off to other people but they drain your battery. Changing your wallpaper to a plain, black background can also help a little. The less color is displayed, the less battery is used. For more details, see Display, Gestures & Buttons Settings.

Manage Your Apps

  • Battery optimization helps extend battery standby time. For details, see Battery Optimization for Apps.
  • Install the latest software and application updates. Updates sometimes include battery performance improvements.
  • Uninstall or disable apps that you never use.
  • Many apps run processes or sync data in the background even when you’re not using them. If there are apps that you don’t need anymore, uninstall them. See Uninstall Third-party Apps.
  • If an app came preloaded and can’t be uninstalled, disabling the app can still prevent it from continuously running or syncing data. For details, see Disable Apps.

Limit Background Data and Sync

Background data and sync can use a lot of battery power if you have many apps syncing data in the background. It’s recommended not to let apps sync data too often. Determine which apps can be set with longer sync times, or sync manually.

  • In Settings, tap Accounts & sync and check what types of data are being synced in your online accounts. When the battery is starting to run low, temporarily disable syncing some data.
  • When you’re not traveling from one place to another, sync weather updates of only your current location, rather than in all of your named cities. Open the Weather app, and then tap options icon to edit and remove unneeded cities.
  • Choose widgets wisely. Some widgets constantly sync data. Consider removing the ones that are not important from your Home screen.
  • In Play Store, tap drawer icon > Settings, and then clear Add icon to Home screen to avoid automatically adding Home screen app shortcuts whenever you've installed new apps. Also tap Auto-update apps > Do not auto-update apps if you're fine with updating apps from Play Store manually.

More Battery Saving Tips

To squeeze in a little bit more battery power, try these tips.

  • Tone down the ringtone and media volume.
  • Minimize the use of vibration or sound feedback. In Settings, tap Sound & notification and choose which ones you don’t need and can disable.
  • Check your apps’ settings as you may find more options to optimize the battery.