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5 Things That Are Draining Your Android Battery

Android mobile phones and devices are full of useful features and productivity tools to make life easier. However, these features can put a considerable strain on the battery, which means that some Android devices need to be charged several times a day. Fortunately, there are ways to reduce battery drain and increase the amount of time between charges.

Here are five things that are draining your Android battery.

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Background Data

Background data can hog resources and eat into your mobile data allowance, as your Android system and apps are continually passing data back and forth through the cloud.

Android has a data-saving option, which reduces the amount and frequency of data use, but you can also disable background data for individual apps through the app’s settings.

To save even more data, you can turn off auto sync.

Background Processes

Background processes are continually using system resources and battery power to perform tasks that are often unnecessary. You can limit the number of background processes running at any given time by using the hidden developer options. To access these options, navigate to your device settings, click on the About section and locate the build number. Next, tap quickly and repeatedly on the build number until a message appears on the screen to confirm your promotion to developer status. You will now be able to access the developer options, which gives you the ability to limit the number of background processes.

Poor Signal

Weak signal and unreliable connections are among the most prominent causes of battery drain, as your Android device has to scan for connections continually. If you are in an area with poor reception, consider turning your data connection off or using airplane mode to conserve battery power. Wireless connections often use less battery power than data connections, so try to use Wi-Fi wherever possible.

Screen Options

The main source of battery drain on almost every Android phone is the screen. Reducing the screen brightness will go a long way towards extending battery life. You can also reduce the amount of time the screen stays on before your phone goes into sleep mode. Live wallpapers are often responsible for draining battery and system resources, so it’s best to opt for static wall papers.

Inactive Apps

Inactive apps often run automatically in the background, slowing down your device and putting extra strain on the battery. Remember to close apps when you’ve finished using them. Check the settings for problematic apps, as you may be able to prevent some from automatically running or starting up when you reboot your device. You can also check the settings on your phone to see which apps are hogging the battery. App killers and task killers have long been used to close programs and processes that are not in use. However, app killers may cause more problems than they solve, as they can use a great deal of battery power and system resources, and many apps will automatically start up again.

Battery drain is a significant problem for Android devices, but there are ways to prolong battery life and increase the amount of time between charges. Background data, background processes, weak signal, screen options and inactive apps can all affect battery life.

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