Improving battery life on your Android

Battery life is perhaps one of the most important and most annoying thing about a smartphone. One of my fellow MVP’s, Daron Brewood, has been having some pretty big issues with battery life on his HTC Sensation. After just 5 hours he’d see the red battery light and would be desperately hunting for a power socket. Another MVP, Helio Diamant, advised him that Tweetdeck could be the culprit, so Daron tweaked the settings…

Yesterday with Tweetdeck set to refresh every 15 minutes I ended the day with 24% charge left on the device and that was with a lot of USB charging and the screen brightness set to manual and at a minimal level

Today I set Tweetdeck to refresh data every 2 hours and performed two additional manual refreshes. USB charging was carried out only minimally as I was away from my desk a great deal. Screen brightness was left on the automatic setting. I ended the day with 89% charge remaining!

I’ve not used Tweetdeck much myself but it does seem to have a fairly significant impact on battery life with a 15 minute refresh. If you’ve got an app or any tips you’re using to improve battery life, do let us know via the comments.


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  • Admiral Encode

    I have a love-hate relationship with smart phones. I like almost everything, but hate the way you need to consider if doing a particular function will have you hunting for a charge later in the day. Solution- get a second battery and a drop-in charger for daytime swapping. I have 2 spare batteries in my wallet, yes I am completely averse.

    • Admiral Encode

      …to risk. See, smart phones and operator issues again.

  • I don’t have a tip to offer but I have changed my TweetDeck update settings!!

  • joey j

    I have a Samsung Captivate. I use to get six or seven hours max before I needed a recharge.  I tweaked it a bit and now I’m getting over fourteen hours on avg.
      My method.
    No active Wallpapers.  
    Brightness level as low as you can handle ( I use the ” Brightness level” app with a widget on the home screen to quickly raise the level in certain situations)
    Run a program like Android Assistant and look at the percent of processes devoted to each active app.
    This allowed me to figure out that Beautiful Widgets was eating my battery life quite a bit ( It’s gorgeous but at this point I’d rather have the battery)
    My replacement timepiece was the power miser “Clockr”.
    I use the ” Battery Indicator” app.  I love this app because it easily reminds me how long my phone has been off charge. That way I can be certain that my tweaks are making a difference.
      
    Experiment and good luck.  

  • Younggrant3

    I refresh manually seems to help

  • Anonymous

    I posted these two articles on my Tumblelog recently.

    http://goo.gl/Biko6
    http://goo.gl/l5Oo3

  • wahblow

    If the app has the option I always set it to ‘Update on Launch’ also on the Desire HD the screen is the big user and I have found that 30% brightness is more than enough

  • Daron Brewood

    Leigh, the battery issued were actually on the Galaxy SII and not the Sensation :)

    Daron

  • Debully

    get root and ultimatejuice. watch your battery life take off.

  • Aidan Bree

    Tried some power management tools before such as UltimateJuice but none of them seem to make much difference. Take a look at PowerTutor. It will look at your applications over time and tell you which ones are consuming the most power

    • Debully

      Got root?

  • Aidan Bree

    Tried some power management tools before such as UltimateJuice but none of them seem to make much difference. Take a look at PowerTutor. It will look at your applications over time and tell you which ones are consuming the most power

  • Gangabalaji

    Android based smartphones failure, because of poor battery life. Also battery extend tips are damn waste. haa haa haa.