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

8. Close Out Your Apps – The Real Way

One thing’s for sure: Not all apps are created equal. In a perfect world, whenever you hit Home, your apps have a few seconds to enter a dormant mode in which they innocently sleep in memory until you open them again. Some apps have special access to the internet, are allowed to send notifications, or keep sound playing in the background, and this is absolutely OK unless an app stops playing nicely and begins to abuse its special privileges.

All your apps are like kids in a classroom.

The Android operating system is the teacher, and everything goes smoothly until one kid starts to misbehave. It’s harder to control a classroom of 30 than a classroom of 10, and the more kids you have in a class, the more likely one is going to misbehave. When it comes to your phone or tablet, you’re responsible for the teacher (the Android operating system), and I’m going to show you how to send those misbehaving kids (apps) out of your classroom to the principal’s office (by closing out your apps).

I’m going to show you two ways to close out your apps, but before I do, I’d like to warn you about a pitfall most people don’t know about: When you swipe apps out of the recent apps menu, this doesn’t close out your apps at all, so it doesn’t solve any problems – it just removes them from that list of recent apps.

The Easy Way To Close Out Your Apps

super-task-killer-150x150There’s a great app that gives you a quick, simple way to close out all of your apps at once, and it’s one that I recommended at the beginning of this article. If you haven’t already, click here to download Super Task Killer Free from the Google Play Store.

After you’ve downloaded the app, open it up, select the apps that you’d like to close (by default they’re all selected), and tap “Kill selected apps.” That’s it. This doesn’t delete your apps – it just clears them from the application memory. The next time you open an app, it gets a fresh start, and (hopefully) it will behave the next time you use it. If you continue to have a problem with a specific app, it might be time to look for an alternative in the Google Play store, or read on…

Fortunately, there’s a much simpler way to do this – just use Super Task Killer Free, the program that you installed in the beginning of this tutorial.

The “Official” Way To Close Out Your Apps

If you read your Android phone’s manual, you’ll find the officially way to close out your apps is built into Settings on your device. It’s a long, drawn-out process – especially if you’re closing more than one app. I did want to cover this method, however, because it’s the one way to do it that’s built into every device. Head to Settings -> Apps, select the app that you want to close, and tap Force stop. When it warns you about the possibility of causing the app to misbehave, tap OK anyway, because in most cases, closing out your apps actually fixes issues, and it definitely doesn’t make anything worse. Repeat this process for as many apps as you’d like to close.

Wrapping It Up

There’s no way to make your battery last forever, but I guarantee that if you make even some of these changes I’ve suggested, you will notice a significant improvement in battery life on your Android tablet or phone.

Have questions, comments, or tips of your own? Leave a comment below and I’ll get back to you! Thanks to David P. (payetteforward) for asking me to write this article and giving me the chance to help people outside of my circle.

– John “Wiggums” Miller

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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?
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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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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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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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