Do you take steps to optimize your Android battery life?

Do you take steps to optimize your Android battery life?

Summary: Google Android devices can be a bit confusing trying to figure out what is running in the background and connecting wirelessly to servers. Are you someone who manages your battery life or do you just go for it and charge regularly?

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As you know, I carry a LOT of phones around every day and thus have become accustomed to charging my devices every night, for the most part. I also carry a charged battery for my primary devices (Nokia N900, HTC EVO 4G, and Google Nexus One) just in case I have some heavy needs (like a camera session, podcast downloads, or streaming video period) and am not close to a charger or portable power pack. Google Android devices have a LOT of things running and connecting that you may not even know much about, but I just read an excellent article over on Just Another Mobile Monday that will help you wade through all of the happenings on your Android device to gain some battery life.

After reading the article, I went to my HTC EVO 4G to check on display brightness and saw that it was on auto-brightness. I went ahead and selected a level at about 25% because that is more than adequate for 90% of the time I use it. However, I break most of these guidelines because I figure I have devices with 3G (4G too), GPS, great cameras, and more so I am going to use them to their fullest and just charge up regularly or carry extra batteries.

Do you take action to manage your battery life or do you just go for it and charge up regularly?

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  • Just to be clear ..... Do you know that Android is just the OS???

    Google produces ZERO phones. All phones in the market with Android are built by multiple independent vendor. They may be using the same sub-contractor (aka: Foxconn) but in the end, they are all multiple brands with a common OS (but not a common version, or even common capabilities).<br><br>So please, stop spreading lies by calling them Google Android devices. They are independently produced and supported phones with the Android OS, not Google Android devices.
    wackoae
    • RE: Do you take steps to optimize your Android battery life?

      @wackoae,

      What is your problem with that? Software has a huge importance and Android is a strong brand. The same will happen with WP7. In the world of today a phone can't be better than the quality of the software which is powering it!
      hengels
      • The phones are neither made or supported by Google

        @hengels <br>That is my problem.<br><br>People think they have a Google phone when they really don't. Each phone is independently supported by the makers and not all phone have the same capabilities and options. In fact, the mayority of the new Android based phones in the market don't even have Android 2.0 (still in the 1.x cycle) and don't have the option to update to the current version of the OS.<br><br>You can try downloading and installing the new version, but there is ZERO guarantee that it will work unless it is an official tailored/optimized version released by the maker.<br><br>So I have a problem with ignorant people calling them GOOGLE Android devices. They are not. They are BrandX Android phones.
        wackoae
      • RE: Do you take steps to optimize your Android battery life?

        @hengels
        ... but in the real world, it CAN be much worse!
        DaveBlythe
    • RE: Do you take steps to optimize your Android battery life?

      @wackoae

      What, then, should I call my Microsoft Windows PC that I built myself?

      This is an issue with the English language not clearly denoting whether "Android" of "device" belong to "Google". It is not people "spreading lies", but end users who are understandably confused. (Especially when the phone sports the Google logo like Verizon's Motorola Droid and LG Ally.)
      R_Connelie@...
      • RE: Do you take steps to optimize your Android battery life?

        @R_Connelie@... Thats the exact comment I was going to make. People let hate make them say some really stupid stuff.
        storm14k
      • And as we all know...

        @R_Connelie

        Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering
        iTeaBoy
      • What, then, should I call my Microsoft Windows PC that I built myself?

        @R_Connelie@... Homemade box with Windows.
        FXEF
      • Listen all! This is the truth of it.

        @R_Connelie@... Fighting leads to killing, and killing gets to warring...

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        phil@...
      • RE: Do you take steps to optimize your Android battery life?

        @R_Connelie@... I don't think it's really confused end users especially not around here. I would suspect that just about everyone that has an Android based phone knows who produced that particular phone be it HTC, Motorola or so on. It's a generic description that most people use just like others have mentioned here when talking about a Windows based PC. Guessing that wackoae, if an Android fan, is just fine with lumping them all together versus phone by phone when we are talking market share though. Not sure why anybody would get upset about it but some people just let the little things in life bother them.

        As far as optimizing the settings for better battery life goes I think the manufactures should make this information more widely known. I haven't really tweaked my iPhone 3G for better battery life but everyone I know with an Android based phone gets significantly few hours out of their battery that I do with similar usage. This is by no means a shot at the OS or the individual phones, it's just that most of these people are not that tech savvy and do not realize what they can do to optimize it and those are they primary type of people that are buying all these smartphones no matter what brand or OS. We had a number of people over a couple of weekends ago and of the 4 that had Android based phones 1 had a dead battery by 5:00 and the other 2 (Evos) had their chargers and were plugged in by 4:00. All of these people said they had charged overnight so it's not that they had gone for days. Again, not a shot at Android based phones but does lead me to believe the manufacturers will create a better user experience in they educated their customers.
        non-biased
    • Except they ARE Google Android devices.

      @wackoae

      They are not HTC Android. Samsung Android. Motorola Android. Android really is Google's OS that they allow various companies to use. As a result, Google Android devices seems perfectly reasonable.

      With the exception of the Droid/Droid X, all seem to be rather battery hogs.
      Bruizer
    • RE: Do you take steps to optimize your Android battery life?

      @wackoae

      They are in fact "Google Android Devices" becuse they were specifically designed for and to run Google Android. Just Sayin... Don't be so hasty... Just LET IT GO!!! lol
      efcmediait
    • RE: Do you take steps to optimize your Android battery life?

      @wackoae Hey! We call PCs windows boxes. That's the OS not the hardware
      I am Gorby
    • RE: Do you take steps to optimize your Android battery life?

      @wackoae
      jebabcock@...
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    wackoae
  • I just go for it and charge up regularly!

    ...and maybe wackoae should do a little research before getting all twisted up. Google developed Android. I see nothing wrong with refering to the phones as Google Android devices. The devices do run Android and Google did develop Android. With 60% of phones now having 2.1, I dont see how wackoae can support saying that the majority dont even have 2.0 ( well actually I guess that is correct, since they have 2.1!)
    Apple doesnt produce any phones (done by a third-party), but we still call them Apple iphones. Does wackoae think that we should call them iOS phones?
    fgoing
    • Apple did engineer the iPhone

      @fgoing ,... AND the iOS. So what's your point? Manufacturing has nothing to do with it. Did Google engineer the actual phone?
      minardi
    • The majority of devices don't run 2.0 or newer.

      @fgoing

      There are many older units (sold in smaller numbers) that are still pre 2.1 and will never be updated. So if you are talking about units sold of device models available, you get a different count on the % upgraded to/beyond 2.0.
      Bruizer
  • i do

    I have a shortcut on the screen to quickly turn GPS on only when I need it, I've disabled auto-sync for everything, and I routinely kill apps. Overall, works pretty well & I can easily go a full day without issues.
    lkjlkjadf
    • RE: Do you take steps to optimize your Android battery life?

      @lkjlkjadf LOL, then why use a smartphone if you don't use it features.
      minardi