An Android smartphone or tablet today can replace a small entertainment center, MP3 player, book or game console. The mass of device capabilities makes them very popular with people of all ages.
But after a couple of years of active use, you can see that the device began to quickly consume energy and require much more time to charge.
What is the reason?
The energy conservation and charge rate are affected by a lot of conditions:
- Battery condition. Improper use of the battery causes loss of power. Over time, the battery's ability to store and store energy deteriorates. The characteristics declared by the manufacturer may not correspond to reality.
- The number of running background processes. Gradually, the device is 'overgrown' with new programs that perform a certain function (additionally save the cache and “extra” data). So, for example, instant messengers periodically connect to the network, the navigator tracks the current location. Any action affects energy consumption.
- The screen size of the device and its manufacturing technology. The larger the display area, the more energy is needed to illuminate it. In terms of energy consumption, different types of screens (amoled, tft, ips) differ from each other.
- The intensity of use. Graphics-intensive applications, gaming, multitasking, keeping tabs active, and other features can be a significant drain on energy. Calls consume more battery during active communication.
- Mobile network and Wi-Fi coverage. If programs with Internet access are installed on the device, or the gadget is in a zone of poor reception, then in standby mode there is a constant search and connection.
- Processor and software. The “brain” of the device is equipped with a large number of cores, which differ in clock frequency and power consumption. When performing simple tasks, battery consumption is reduced to a minimum. Periodic system updates can improve the autonomy of the device.
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How to prevent fast discharge and long charging?
There are many tips for caring for your phone and battery. Let's dwell on the most effective ones.
Correct charging mode:
- When connecting the device to a network, do not use its full capabilities. This reduces the amount of stored and received energy. Better to leave your smartphone alone for a while. Especially if you need to replenish the charge of a dead battery in a short time.
- It is worth removing the charging cable before reaching 100% or immediately after that. It is especially important to remember this rule when using non-branded power adapters. Electricity can flow in irregular parts and destroy the battery structure.
- Put your phone in airplane mode or turn it off. Reducing the load on background tasks will recharge faster.
- Use a device that delivers sufficient energy. The standard set for the smartphone / tablet comes with a power supply unit, whose power is optimally calculated for the battery charge.
- It is important to know that recharging the battery every chance you get is not good. If you charge your smartphone or tablet 2-3 times a day, the battery charge per year can be reduced to 75-80%.
It is best to fully charge the device with a suitable charge at the end of the day or as needed.
Compliance with simple rules will significantly extend the life of the device and its battery.
- Disable all unused applications. Programs that are not needed in everyday life, regardless of the owner's desire, can be updated, look for news, offer their services. This is very easy to do. You need to go to the settings menu, select the 'applications' item, find the required program and press the disable button.
- Decrease the screen brightness level. Display backlighting is the main source of energy consumption. For most smartphones there is a convenient option 'automatic screen brightness'. You can enable the adjustment through the menu “settings – screen – automatic brightness”. The smartphone itself will determine the light intensity in the surrounding space and adjust to it (in a dark room – darker, in the sun – brighter).
- Reduce the frequency of using resource-intensive applications and messengers. Games, programs, watching videos require a lot of energy to convey all the subtleties of the image and render special effects. In one minute, you can lose about 5-10% of the charge.
- Calibrate the battery periodically. Most batteries have special protective mechanisms that prevent full discharge and overvoltage. If the owner did not follow the necessary rules, then large limits are set in memory (for example, turning off the device at 5%) that do not allow the use of autonomy to the fullest. To calibrate, completely discharge and charge the battery several times.
You can download the dedicated 'battery manager' app to check your device's battery status and power consumption.
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Such programs notify about the state of the battery, applications running in the background, connections and other features of the device.