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Android Battery Life Tips

We've gathered our favorite ways to help you save battery life so you can continue using GoSpotCheck through the end of your workday. Please note that all Android devices are configured differently, so your device may use slightly different titles for sections or may look slightly different than the following photos. 

Close out Background Apps

Once you have identified which apps are using the most battery, you can force quit the ones that you are not actively using.You can do so from the Battery Usage list. Click into the apps you want to close and then click ‘Force Stop’. This will fully quit the app and ensure it is not using battery in the background.The apps that use the most battery life are generally the apps that stream data and use GPS services, such as Google Maps, Mail, Face Time, Spotify, Pandora, YouTube or Skype, as examples.

How-to: Tap Apps > Settings > Scroll to Applications > Application Manager > Tap desired App > Tap Force Stop > Confirm Force Stop

Connect to WiFi when Possible

Keeping your WiFi turned so your device will automatically connect to nearby available WiFi networks is also a good practice. Your device will use less battery when it is able to connect to a WiFi network rather than using cellular data (3G, 4G, or LTE networks) to connect to the internet.

How-to: Settings > WiFi > Tap the WiFi switch to enable it > Tap MORE > Tap Add Network > Enter network requirements > Tap Connect

Adjust the Brightness of your Screen

You will notice that the screen can often be listed high on your Battery Usage list. This can be adjusted by turning on Auto-Brightness so that the screen adjusts to your surrounding lighting conditions automatically.To do this, simply pull down on the Notification Bar at the top of your screen. You will then see a sliding bar where you can adjust the brightness of your device’s screen. You can also choose to enable Automatic Brightness by checking the ‘Auto’ box next to the sliding bar. Of course, the lower the brightness of your screen, the less amount of battery it will use, and visa versa.

How-to: Settings > Display > Tap 'Auto' to enable Auto Brightness

Manage Pop-Up Notifications

Each time you receive a pop-up notification, it wakes up your display screen, which in turn uses battery. If an app is frequently sending you notifications, you can turn off push notifications for the app in Settings.  

How-to: Settings > Application Manager > Choose an App > Uncheck the box next to ‘Show Notifications’

Avoid Extreme Temperatures

Exposing your device to temperatures above 95° F (35° C) can permanently damage battery capacity, meaning your battery will not last as long. Also, charging and storing the device in high temperatures can damage it even further.Exposing your device to very cold temperatures can drain your battery quickly as well, but only temporarily. Once the battery’s temperature warms up to its normal operating range, it will function as it did before.


Learn more about Maximizing Android Battery Life from Mashable.
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