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How to adjust Android power settings

Keep your Android smartphone powered up regardless of what you throw at it

It’s easy to take for granted just how powerful your Android smartphone is. In your pocket is a miniature computer with the ability to take photos, surf the Web, navigate with GPS and much more. These amazing features (together with a large touchscreen) can cause a huge drain on your battery. This can come as a shock to many first-time smartphone users who bemoan the fact they have to charge their phone daily but conveniently forget about all the features their old phone didn’t have.

Your battery usage will also be affected by how often you make calls, use a data connection and send texts. Gamers will also deplete their battery quickly as the screen is on for such a long time. Just a few simple adjustments to settings, however, can dramatically reduce your power consumption and, in some cases, even double your battery life.

  1. Turn off Bluetooth & wifi

    Your phone will automatically scan for Bluetooth devices and wireless networks (and connect to any you have set up) within range, whether you use them or not. Go to Settings – Wireless & Network Settings to turn off both WiFi and Bluetooth when not needed.

  2. Stop bad vibes

    Tap Settings – Sound & Display Settings. There are many unnecessary features that can be turned off here, starting with Phone Vibrate which uses power every time it is activated by an incoming call or message. Deselect it – the audible alert is usually adequate.

  3. No feedback necessary

    Next, scroll further down the screen and turn off Haptic Feedback which also uses the battery-draining vibrating mechanism. When you have done this, tap the Brightness option. Most phone screens are set up to be far too bright out of the box.

  4. The future’s bright

    One of the biggest battery drains comes from the screen. Use the slider to turn brightness down to 50% or below – whatever feels comfortable. It may seem dull at first, but this is because it was too bright to begin with!

  5. Needing time out

    Next, reduce the time it takes for the phone to automatically switch the screen off when not in use. Pick a setting that isn’t intrusive – you want the screen to remain on when reading a long email or web page, for example.

  6. Banish big brother

    Finally, go to Location & Security Settings and turn off Use GPS Satellites. Apps call on the GPS chip for location information – not just when using Navigation or Maps. Turning this off forces location reporting via the mobile network instead.