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Android Battery Life Issues

Project Fi Support suggestions to resolve Android phone and tablet battery life issues. 

Most phone and tablet batteries will drain quickly as the device is used more often or more intensively. If you feel your battery is draining too fast, we need to determine if this is due to reasonable usage or due to a faulty battery. Below are some steps and tips that may help identify and resolve the issue.

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Step 1: Restart your device.

Restarting your phone will clear temporary files and may resolve any app-related issues.

  1. Hold the Power button until a menu appears prompting you to power down the device.
  2. When the device powers off completely, press and hold the Power button until your device powers on again.

Step 2: Check for system updates for your device.

Downloading and installing system updates for your device can help prevent and resolve issues with your device.

  1. Go to Settings > System > System updates.
  2. If a system update is available, download it.

Step 3: Check for apps updates on the Play Store.

Downloading and installing available app updates will ensure that the app is working as intended, which includes fixes for bugs and issues on previous versions.

  1. Open the Google Play Store app.
  2. Touch the Play Store icon > touch My Apps to view your downloaded apps.
  3. Apps with available updates are labeled "Update." It's recommended that you select Update All, but you can individually choose which apps you want to update.

Step 4: Settings adjustments and other actions.

a) Use the Recent Apps button to close unused apps that may still be running.

  • The Recent Apps button is the third touch button at the bottom of your device that looks like a square.
  • When you touch the Recent Apps button, you can swipe left or right on an app to dismiss it.
  • Some Android users are not aware that apps on the Recent Apps list are running in the background and may be contributing to memory and battery consumption.

b) Temporarily turn off features, not in use.

  • Location services and GPS: Settings > Security & Location > Location and if the location switch is on, tap it to turn it off.
  • Bluetooth: Settings > Connected devices and if the Bluetooth switch is on, tap it to turn it off.

c) Use Airplane mode in low/no coverage areas if you cannot use or don't plan to use data over your mobile network.

  • Settings > Network & Internet and tap the Airplane mode switch to turn it on.
  • Although mobile network connections are disabled in airplane mode, Wi-Fi can be re-enabled: Settings > Network & Internet and tap the Wi-Fi switch to turn it back on.

d) Enable auto brightness.

  • Settings > Display > and tap the Adaptive brightness switch to turn it on.

e) Reduce the delay before the screen goes to sleep. The screen is often the most significant drain on the battery, and this step will reduce drain when the screen is not in use.

  • Settings > Display > Advanced > Sleep > 15 seconds.
    • Nexus devices: Settings > Display > Sleep > 15 seconds.

f) Minimize use of graphics or memory intensive apps when you need to conserve battery. This could include video streaming, gaming, or camera use.

g) If you know you are going to use intensive features more than usual, such as when traveling, plan in advance.

  • Plug in your charge cable while using GPS navigation in your car, if able.
  • Carry around your USB cable and plug into USB ports to charge, if able.
  • Bring a backup battery for your device when taking many photos and videos, if possible.

h) Disable application notifications from apps that are giving you unwanted or too many notifications.

  • Settings > Apps & notifications > App info >  tap the specific app > App notifications > and tap the topmost switch.
  • Touch the Back button (curved arrow toward the bottom left of the screen) and repeat as necessary for other apps.

i) If you're using a tablet and have multiple user profiles, switch to unused profiles and (similar to step a) use the Recent Apps button to close all the apps open on that profile.

  • Alternatively, you can delete unused tablet user profiles: Settings > Users > touch the trash can to the right of the profile you wish to remove. The primary user profile can't be deleted.

If your battery still drains unusually fast after going through all the above basic steps, try these steps below.

Step 5: Use the Battery settings.

  • Visit Manage battery life help article.
  • Check battery level & usage details of your device to determine if any unused features or third-party installed apps are draining the battery quickly.

Step 6: Enable safe mode on your device.

In safe mode, all third-party applications will be disabled. This can help pinpoint issues caused by third-party installed apps. To restart your device in safe mode:

  1. Ensure your device's screen is on, then press & hold the Power button.
  2. Touch & hold the Power off option in the dialog box.
  3. Touch OK in the following dialog to start safe mode.
  4. To exit safe mode, turn your device off and on again.

It's recommended that you try safe mode for a few hours or up to a full day, if able. If your battery continues to drain abnormally quickly, please contact me to discuss further options. 

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