7 tips to increase battery life in Android 4.4 smartphones
Android smartphones have bigger and bigger batteries but as the screens are also bigger and the processors faster, we have to charge them often.
Android 4.4 smartphones have some apps and settings that will help you save the battery. So apart from the classic tips to save battery, there are some more.
Tip 1. for Motorola devices with Android 4.4
You can use Motorola Connect to control your phone from your PC without using the device. The magic app is called Motorola Connect and it allows you to see text messages and calls coming into your Connect enabled phone on your computer’s Chrome browser. the magic is that you can read and respond to texts without opening your device. Not turning the screen on keeps the battery more. Of course you even know who’s calling before deciding if you should reach for your phone. Motorola Connect is available for Moto X, Droid Ultra, Droid Maxx and Droid Mini.
Tip 2. Turn off auto update
Automatic updates are bad for your battery. So turn them off and update your phone manually when you really want. There are a lot of apps pre installed on your device and they are frequently updated. This means that your phone is always looking for updates and starts downloading apps. That is bad. Open the Play Store app and select Menu (the three dots) > Settings > Auto-update apps > Do not auto update apps. Now you control the updated apps.
Tip 3. Delete the live wallpaper
Live wallpapers are great but they consume battery to run. So replace them with a still image. This is crucial for your battery. Do it.
Tip 4. Turn off vibration
If you have your phone on your desk there is no need to vibrate. So you can turn the vibration off as it consumes a lot of battery. The same is true for haptic feedback, that is vibration too so turn that off too. You can add a shortcut on your first screen to turn on and off the vibration on your device. So when you don’t need the vibration, it will be off.
Tip 5. Airplane mode when you sleep
Airplane mode is not for airplanes only. Remember that when you go to sleep. With airplane mode you turn off Wi-Fi, Mobile Data, Bluetooth and GPS at the same time so you are sure your phone is not consuming battery while you sleep. Of course you also turn off the phone so no calls will be received.
Tip 6. Don’t forget to reboot
Going to sleep? It’s time to reboot your device. When you reboot your device you clear up the RAM and this is good for your device. Every app or procedure running on the background will stop and when the phone turns on, it is clear and ready to be used. So every night or morning don’t forget to reboot your device.
Tip 7. Battery problems? The solution
The batteries don’t live for ever. So if you noticed that the battery lasts fewer days than when you bought your device, it’s time to buy a new one or do a factory reset. If you do a factory reset, don’t forget to backup every photos and sync your device to Google to save your contacts, the calendar and your emails. Then go to Settings > Backup & Reset > Factory Data Reset > Reset My Phone. If you need a new battery, then buy batteries at low cost. You can even buy more than one to change during the day.