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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so basically my phones turned off pretty quickly today said it was 0% put it on charger n suddenly showed 55% been turnin it on n off took battery out too as soon as i take it of charger it completely turns off what should i do? 🙁

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Avast! states the Super Task Killer Free is Malware (Android:Helir-M[Trj]) …

Anyone got any ideas?

Christian Moore
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Since the kit Kat software installed on most android phones I have noticed a significant decrease in battery. If u go into settings > accounts and click on your Google email address there are a TON of Google services running that I never use … such as “Drive”, “Google “, “Google pictures”, “picasa”, and others. I returned off everything except contacts n calender n gmail along with suggestions above. It had a very positive impact on my battery…

Gaylene Morrow
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I am the same, it is contradictory, so what is the correct thing to do??????????

Wayne L.
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I guess I am stuck with a battery that dies quickly because I use everything that you listed except for Bluetooth which I already have turned off. I constantly use GPS, need WiFi on for the GPS, constantly use the phone to search the net and take credit cards from customers so I need 4G and Mobile data. However even if I was able to turn those off, wouldn’t that defeat the purpose of a smart phone? Lol… Here guys buy android but if you want to be able to use it then you have to turn off everything that… Read more »

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I was able to use all of those apps without worrying about my battery prior to my OS upgrade to 4.2.2. Now I can’t use my mobile data or wifi without the battery going “crazy” and draining rapidly. I can actually watch the charge percent tick down like a timer. Really weird.

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Something weird I’ve discovered about my HTC One X: when the battery is draining excessively fast, if I let it completely drain until it shuts down, then leave it off for a while and recharge, when back on it just sips the battery and lasts all day with plenty to spare. That is, if I leave off the Wi-Fi and Mobile Data. If I turn them back on, my battery drains very quickly and is quite warm…sometimes over 100 degrees. Thoughts?

sumit Sood
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im using Samsung g 7562, and battery runs very efficiently even with wifi on till 30% as soon as it gets lower than that it just takes 10min to reach to 16% even with wifi off, and next 10min it totally drains out! what can b the problem?
help

Theresa Stadler
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I am not the best with the latest devices but rather than let my 5 kids think they are so much smarter than me, I search for answers myself. My new phone died so fast I wanted to see how to help it last longer.I have since tried everything you’ve said and will let you know how it worked. My 21 yr old daughter has the same phone and she Facebook s alot and I see how it is a drain .I will share with her how I learned these battery saving tips from you soon, I just like watching… Read more »

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ETCollier

I appreciate all of the information you have taken the time to put together and share with us. I have a few questions.
My HTC One X doesn’t seem to have an option to turn off 4G and use only 3G, just Mobile Date on or off. Is there some other way?

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Another question: How do I know which apps are essential and which I can disable without disrupting the phone function? In my list of running apps are several that I am not sure of the importance of their function, such as ATT Ready2Go, Bluetooth Share, HTC Services, HTC Sence input, Google Play service, etc. Thanks for your guidance!

Mark Cruz
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Hey, I really appreciate the post and I think these tips will definitely help. I will try these tricks, I have found another blog post in which they mentioned a device for charging batteries of smart phones. I would like to share that post with you all guys, here is the post – http://bit.ly/1irwEBn

Wendy Embleton
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Thanks for the tips. I’m not sure about uninstalling the Facebook app though – I use it regularly to “check in” and upload photos and share “Map My Walk” – can m.facebook.com be installed as an app with a button for easy access?

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All of this helps a great deal, could you possibly help on another andriod problem of a samsung s2 that won’t charge, has been fixed a couple of weeks ago (fitted with a new charging port), its not the charger , and the reception is never picked up – ive had this phone since April 2012?

Rhonda Buttery
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How do you uninstall Facebook from android?:
The usual uninstall options are not available.
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[…] PS. I recently asked my friend John, a technician who is as fanatical about Androids as I am about iPhones, to write a “sister post” about how to make Android batteries last a whole lot longer. He has some great insights, so if you or someone you know has an Android tablet or phone, they’d probably enjoy checking out John’s post: Why Does My Android Battery Die So Fast? The Android Battery Fix! […]

Lee Fudge
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You’re right, fb app is woeful, posts are out of chronological order, quite random. But it’s included in my plan for free. I guess accessing m.facebook.com would not be included in my plan?

Colleen Fulton
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Thank you very much for the info….

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