BATTERY LIFE SAVING May 01 2015, 0 Comments

Android devices have plenty of apps and games to keep you entertained, but if you want to really enjoy your phone’s experience, there are two thing you need to watch out for, battery and data; the former so you can enjoy games and apps longer and the latter so you won’t have to regret buying the phone when you look at the data bill.

BATTERY SAVING

If you don’t want to be carrying around a power bank with you, here are a few tips to reduce your data usage:

  1. Turn off data services when you’re not using it, Samsung devices have the option conveniently located on the notification bar where you can easily turn it off. At the very least, you can turn off background data services and still receive important updates like email and WhatsApp.
  2. Disable location services. Google Maps occasionally send information about your location which consumes a lot of data, you can keep this off if you want to save data.
  3. Turn down your screen brightness, or let automatic brightness work for you. The biggest consumer of your battery is the screen, if you can control how much charge is allocated to it, you can have your phone lasting for longer.
  4. Close apps when you’re not using them. When you press the home button, you leave apps running in the background, which still use battery power. Pressing and holding the power button will open the task manager where you can close some apps.

DATA REDUCTION

Most data is used by apps, browsing doesn’t account for most of the data. Backup apps, for example Dropbox, have to upload your data, which sometimes may be a lot. To limit their consumption, you could restrict uploads to Wi-Fi only, while some apps such as Google Drive provide an option to upload reduced size pictures and videos. This means you may not get the high resolution pictures and videos you took, but you can still be confident your data is secure.

Another neat trick I found to limit data usage is switching to 2G networks, or 3G instead of 4G. When you’ve got a very fast connection, chances are more data will be exchanged, and the cost revolves back to you. By limiting the speed, you ensure less data is transferred over your network. Don’t worry, it is still possible to browse regular websites, even on 2G.

Going forward

Am I the only one who’s frustrated by development in battery capacity? It seems faster processors and GPUs are cropping up every year yet batteries remain relatively the same. Hopefully, in the future, we’ll have batteries that last for days; but for now let’s make do with what we’ve got.