Why Does My Android Battery Die So Fast? The Best Phone / Tablet Battery Life Savers!


Whether you’ve got a Samsung, HTC, LG, Motorola, Google, or any other Android phone or tablet, issues with Android battery life almost always be resolved by addressing the one thing all these devices have in common: The Android Operating System. I’m going to explain the real reasons your Samsung, HTC, LG, Motorola, or Google phone or tablet runs out of battery so fast and show you exactly what to do to make your Android-based phone or tablet’s battery last a whole lot longer.

Before We Begin: Free Apps That Are Life-Savers

We’re going to be changing some settings on your device and the Settings menu on every device is a little bit different. If you’re having trouble finding any of the settings I mention below (or if you just want to make your life easier), I highly recommend that you head to the Google Play store and download these great free apps.

Don’t worry, I’m not getting any kickbacks for recommending these apps to you. I’ve used a bunch of battery life saving apps and these are the ones that I use on my own Android phone. If you’d rather skip the downloads and head right to the first Android battery life-saving tip, you can do that too!

Quick Settings

Quick SettingsSmart Quick Settings is a free app that allows you to change your device’s settings without delving through the complicated Settings menu. I’m going to keep things simple by telling you how to change your device’s settings using the Smart Quick Settings app. If you want to use the Settings menu on your device, feel free – all of these settings can be changed without downloading Smart Quick Settings, if you’d prefer not to.

Super Task-Killer Free 

super-task-killer-150x150Super Task Killer Free is a great app that gives you a quick, simple way to close out all of your apps at once. We’ll cover exactly why you’ll want to use it later on. For now, rest assured, it’s a huge time-saver, and well worth the download.

Now that you’ve opened up Smart Quick Settings, let’s walk through the settings that could be draining your battery without your knowledge. We’ll get to the more secret tips on the next couple of pages. If you’d like to skip ahead, feel free – but these are important!

1. Mobile Data – Turn Off 4G

If you have a smartphone, you’ll see Mobile Data as an option in Smart Quick Settings. If you don’t see it, that’s fine – just skip to the next section.

Do any of these situations apply to you?

  • Your carrier doesn’t have 4G coverage in your area
  • You do a lot of traveling between 3G and 4G coverage areas
  • You simply don’t need to use 4G (because you don’t stream video on the go)

If you answered yes to any of these questions, turn off 4G on your device. When you have 4G on and you’re not in an area with 4G coverage, your phone is always asking, “Is there 4G coverage here? How about here? What about now?”, and this constant searching uses a lot of battery life.

2. Turn Off Mobile Data Entirely (When You Can)

If you’re really struggling with battery life and you travel within areas with spotty coverage, try disabling Mobile Data entirely. You’ll still be able to receive texts and make phone calls, but you’ll save a lot of battery.

A friend of mine has a camp in the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York, and whenever I travel there I make sure to turn off Mobile Data. A good rule of thumb: The worse the coverage, the faster your battery drains. This happens because your phone’s antenna has to work that much harder to try to find and maintain a signal.

Next up: One of the biggest battery Android battery life drainers, and it has to do with an app we all use: Facebook. I’ll give you the real scoop on why the Facebook app causes your battery to drain so quickly and what to do to fix it.

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  • Thnz to u….Now my battery last longer……

  • Which Quick Settings app from Android do I need to use? There are several that come up. The first one on the list is one from “Super Android”. Suggestions?

    • Hi Chris,

      It looks like the old Quick Settings app my friend John recommended is no more! I’ve updated the article with a new app, Smart Quick Settings, that should do the trick.

      All the best,
      David P.

  • Do unoriginal battery make my android battery die so fast? Tq

  • Jermaine Moreno

    My lenovo tablet was running low for 10%. I charged and after 1 and 30 minute, its already 100%! And then after 15 mimutes of use, its 94%. What is happening?

  • Debbie Stachowdki

    Since I did a reset to factory settings on my Android Moto X it changed my whole operating system and I don’t like it. I never gave it permission to change to 5.1. I’m not sure if it is lollipop or what. Battery drains in 5 to 6 hours. Could someone tell me what could have happened. I’m not too savy.

  • alyssa llanto

    bakit ang aking tablet ang bilis naman malobatt

  • Wajid Qureshi

    Miller, i downloaded the advanced task killer free and uninstalled facebook and messenger but still battery draining fast please help.

  • angela rodrigo

    i have samsung trend plus phone and i got on last december . normally used the battery for about 3-4 days but now it comes down o fast i didnt even open any app yet it losses the battery time soo fast i dont know wht to do ???

  • Ayame

    Last night my tablet’s battery was getting low(20%) and I didn’t want to look for my charger so I hit the power button and selected ‘power off’ this morning when I turned it back on it was at 7%! Wth? I have an Asus memo pad, I didn’t upgrade so I think it’s still running jellybean. I set the WiFi to turn off when not in use and activate or deactivate the Bluetooth as needed. I might get the task killer, I hate this thing running stuff I’ve never used.