Android M, the latest version of mobile operating system released by Google, comes with ton of new features and improvements on the existing features in the previous versions of the operating system.
With the features packed into Android M, it requires more power and more battery life in order to utilize the device up to its full potential and make until the end of the day without plugging your device for some juice.
In order to improve and utilize battery life efficiently on Android devices Google has added two major features – Doze and App Standby.
With Doze, it can detect if your device is on idle, unplugged and has been untouched for a while, if yes; it sends your device into deep sleep mode which means you only get notified of high priority items like phone calls or SMS messages, but notifications from apps or emails are turned–off. According to Google, Doze improves device’s standby time up to thirty percent (30%).
App Standby is also another battery saving feature added to Android M, which requires your phone to be unplugged so it can put your rarely used apps to reduced activity state. While on reduced activity, the apps that you are not using are not allowed to pull fresh data from the internet in the background thus it improves your device’s battery life by preventing unnecessary data pulls. But all the suspended app activity resumes when you plug your device to power.
Though battery life problem might be a smaller issue for new devices recently launched by Google – Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X, as these are built for these functionalities in mind, but features like Doze and App Standby are not enough for older Android devices which might have difficulty in keeping up with the battery drainage pace because of the new features and might require your little help to optimize your device’s settings to improve battery life.
Here are some of the settings you can tweak to get better battery life on your Android M device.
Know which apps use up more battery life
Most of the time, larger portion of your device’s battery power is consumed by power hungry apps which you can pin point by going into Settings > Battery, check which apps use most of your device’s battery juice and turn off those apps when you are running low on power or uninstall all together any services that you do not use at all.
Turn Bluetooth, GPS and Location Off
Most of the smartphones today come with these powerful features like GPS and Location for easy navigation but these are one of the major features that can easily drain your device’s battery life, you should turn these off when not in use.
All of these features can easily be turned–off under Status Bar.
In addition to these you can also turn–off mobile data, NFC, and WiFi if not in use to save up battery life.
Avoid Auto Brightness
This is a small yet very useful feature that automatically adjusts your device’s screen brightness according to the environment you are using the device in, but sometimes the brightness doesn’t fit the situation where you are using your device, so opting to adjust brightness manually can save you several minutes of battery life.
Turn–off unnecessary Widgets
Widgets like Weather, Twitter, and Gmail continuously keep refreshing and pulling new data from the Internet which can consistently keep decreasing device’s battery life, simply turn–off widgets that you rarely use.
Turn–off Auto App Updates
Having up to date apps on your device means secure and safe apps. Developers push app updates to optimize battery usage and improve app reliability. But auto app updates can drain your device’s battery at a good pace because your device keeps refreshing to check if there are any new apps that need to be updated.
You can turn–off auto app updates, simply go to Play Store > click Menu > Settings > select Do not auto–update apps.
Try to update your apps manually when it is appropriate for you, which can really avoid extra battery drainage.
In addition to these major features on your device, avoid using live wallpapers on your home screen as this is one of the useless battery drainers, and also avoid checking your device consistently because waking–up your device every few minutes can eat up battery juice.