|5 ways to extend Android battery life|
Android tablets are starting to sprout up in increasing numbers. These powerful, yet mobile, devices enable many users to take the office with them. While they are useful, the most common complaint revolves around the battery and the fact that some just don’t last a full day. Did you know that there are steps you can take to actually increase the time between charges?
Below are five tips on how you can extend the length of time you can use your Android tablet without having to recharge.
Before you start you need a benchmark
Below the percentage is a list of actions and power draining processes, along with how much of the battery drain each process is contributing. Once you have noted how much power is being used, try these power saving tips:
1. Reduce the brightness of your screen
After each change, use the tablet for the same amount of time as you did in the benchmark and see how much of a difference there is. You may be able to get an extra hour, or more, out of your device by simply decreasing the brightness.
2. Manage your data connections
Unless you are streaming content, you don’t really need to be connected to 4G. You can turn it off by going to your device’s Settings, tapping on More… under Wireless & Networks, followed by Mobile Networks, and then Network Operators. You should then be able to pick between CDMA or LTE. Select CDMA and 4G will be turned off. Note: This will only work if your tablet supports 4G/LTE.
Also, some users leave their tablet’s Wi-Fi radio on even while they are connected to a mobile data network. This has been known to drain your battery as well because your tablet will always be searching for a Wi-Fi network. If you are using mobile data, say on the way into the office, turn off Wi-Fi on your device. This can easily be done by opening Settings and looking for Wi-Fi under Wireless & Networks. Slide the button beside Wi-Fi from On to Off.
3. Turn off unimportant notifications
The easiest way to do this is to go into your device’s Settings and look for Apps under Device. Tap on it and you will see a list of all apps installed on your device. Tap on one and look for a box that says Show notifications. If there is a check, this means that it is telling your device to look for updates, etc. Uncheck it to turn off these notifications.
4. Turn off the GPS
If you don’t need your tablet to provide accurate location based information, you can turn off the GPS connection by going to Settings and looking for Location access or Location in the Personal section. Ensure that GPS Satellites isn’t ticked.
5. Watch out for widgets
It is therefore a good idea to get rid of widgets you don’t really use. This can be done by pressing on the widget for a second or two until it lifts off the screen a bit and you see Remove appear at the top of your screen. Drag the app over Remove and let it go. This will take it off of your screen.
In order to get longer battery life out of your device, try playing around with different settings. Compare this to the benchmark you established earlier and see if battery life increases. If you optimize correctly there’s no reason why your tablet shouldn’t last for up to 10 hours with normal use.
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