Droid Phone Battery Tips: 8 Tricks to Reduce Battery Drain

 
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Below are eight Droid Phone battery tips and tricks to reduce battery drain. Today we’ll answer the question:

“What tips do you have up your sleeve that will help me save battery life?”

(Watch this tutorial as a video at Droid Phone Battery Tips Video.)

The following 8 tips will help you better understand how your Droid phone is draining your battery and what settings you can change to reduce battery drain. Ultimately, the more you ask your Droid to do, the more battery life it will eat up. That said, you can optimize certain Droid phone settings to meet your requirements.

Droid Phone Battery Tips: 8 Tricks to Reduce Battery Drain
Trick #1 – Adjust Brightness Setting

Adjust Brightness Slider

Adjust Brightness Slider

The first of the Droid phone battery tips is to adjust the brightness setting on your phone’s display by moving the brightness slider.

  1. Press Menu
  2. Press Settings
  3. Press Sound and Display
  4. Scroll to and Press Brightness
  5. You have two options for brightness:
    1. Move the slider to the right or left for more or less brightness. The farther right you move the slider, the brighter your diplay (screen) will be and the more battery the phone will use.
    2. Press on Automatic Brightness and allow your Droid to control the brightness of your display based upon the amount of ambient light.

Droid Phone Battery Tips: 8 Tricks to Reduce Battery Drain
Trick #2 – Adjust Time Out Feature

This second of the Droid phone battery tips is another modification you can make on the disply. This is the “Time Out” adjustment. With this feature, you set how long you want your phone display to stay light before it automatically shuts itself off.

Press Screen Timeout Option

Press the Screen Timeout Option You Want

For instance, you finish a phone call and set your Droid down to make yourself a note. Then you decide to make another call. If you took your sweet time writing the note…your phone most likely turned itself off. This is the function of the “Time Out” feature. You can change this setting to be short or long. With the understanding, of course, that the longer your phone is on, the quicker your battery will drain.

  1. Press Settings
  2. Press Sound and Display
  3. Scroll to and Press Screen Timeout
  4. Press the time duration you would like. Options range from 15 seconds to 30 minutes.

You will want to experiment with this feature to see what time delay works best for you – it truely is a balancing act between ease of use and and battery drain.

Droid Phone Battery Tips: 8 Tricks to Reduce Battery Drain
Trick #3 - Update Settings on the Power Control Widget

The Power Control Widget is the third of our Droid phone battery tips. This widget allows you to contol 5  functions of your phone and they each effect your Droid’s battery life.

Special Note: Some of these settings will override other settings you may have made…such as the display brightness from tip #1 above.

GPS Symbol on HTC

GPS Symbol on HTC Incredible

gps symbol on Motorola

GPS Symbol on Motorola

The 5 features of the Power Control Widget (from left to right) are: Wifi, Bluetooth, GPS, Sync and Brightness. You can turn these items off to save battery life simply with the press of their buttom.

Special Note 2: The GPS symbol on the Motorola Droid and the HTC cell phones look different. See photos.

We have a couple of tutorials on the Power Control Widget. You can read or watch the videos:

Droid Phone Battery Tips: 8 Tricks to Reduce Battery Drain
Trick #4 – Kill Running Apps

Our fourth of the Droid phone battery tips deals with apps (Phone Applications). Your phone runs apps even when you aren’t using them. You simply leave and go to a different screen when

Kill Apps with Advanced Task Killer

Kill Apps with Advanced Task Killer

you’re finished with an app, which means it’s still running, waiting for your return. Apps may close eventually (but certain ones never do), but you can force them to close with an app made just for that purpose. We recommend the Advanced Task Killer App. It’s FREE from the Android Market.

To install the Advanced Task Killer App

  1. Press Market
  2. Press Apps
  3. Press All applications
  4. Press Top Free
  5. Scroll and Press Advanced Task Killer
  6. Press Install

To Access the Advanced Task Killer App (you may want to create a shortcut on your home screen for easy access, since you’ll use this one a lot!)

  1. Open All Programs
  2. Press Advanced Task Killer
  3. Select or Verify the Apps you want to kill are selected (most are selected by default)
  4. Press “KILL selected apps” up top

Droid Phone Battery Tips: 8 Tricks to Reduce Battery Drain
Trick #5 – Turn OFF Live Wallpapers

Use Static Wallpaper

Use a Static Wallpaper to Save Battery Power

If you wait to reduce battery drain, the 5th of the Droid phone battery tips is a must. Turn OFF live wallpapers!

They sure are fun and pretty to look at, but they definitely reduce your Droid battery life faster than a static wall paper will (sorry!). We recommend that you find a static wallpaper that you can live with or use pictures of your family or pets.

  1. Press Menu
  2. Press Wallpaper
  3. Press Wallpaper Gallery (Motorala) or HTC wallpapers (HTC)
  4. Select the static wallpaper you like best
  5. Press Set wallpaper

Droid Phone Battery Tips: 8 Tricks to Reduce Battery Drain
Trick #6 Turn Off Apps That Need Constant Updating

The next of our Droid phone battery tips deals with Apps that need to be constantly updated. As you may surmise, apps that frequently update will be draining your battery life with each update.

Apps for games, investments and stocks, weather and the like frequently update so they can provide you with the latest and most current information. If you don’t need constant updates, turn them off. You can use the Advanced Task Killer from Tip #4 above to help. You may be able to adjust the settings of the app itself to limit the amount of updating it performs.

Droid Phone Battery Tips: 8 Tricks to Reduce Battery Drain
Trick #7 – Use Airplane Mode

Lucky Trick #7 in our Droid phone battery tips series deals with “Airplane Mode”. To increase battery life, you can place your phone in airplane mode. This will disable your Droid from sending or receiving calls and will disable your cell phone from sending or receiving data.

Select Airplane Mode

Use Airplane Mode When You Are Off the Grid

You may want to use airplane mode when you are in a location with poor reception. Your phone will quickly use up your cell phone battery just searching for reception. (note: this is a good setting to use when you are using your Droid on a plane)

You may also want to use airplane mode if you don’t want calls and want to conserve your battery to listen to music, play games or to use other apps. Getting “off the grid” will allow you more time to use your Droid for its non-communication features longer.

  1. Press and hold down the power button a little longer than usual.
  2. Select Airplane Mode
    The airplane icon will appear at the top of your display indicating that airplane mode is on.

Don’t forget to turn airplane mode off (disable it) when you are ready to receive calls and data again. Follow the steps above to turn airplane mode off — the on/off function is a toggle.

Droid Phone Battery Tips: 8 Tricks to Reduce Battery Drain
Trick #8 – Monitor Battey Usage

Monitor Battery Life

Monitor Your Battery Life

Droid phone battery tip #8 is about monitoring your battery usage. Did you know that you can monior your Droid battery usage to see which Droid phone functions are using your battery the most? This handy feature will help you make adjustments to the above mentioned tricks!

  1. Press Menu
  2. Press Settings
  3. Scroll and Press About Phone
  4. Press Battery Use (Motorola) or Battery (HTC)
  5. Press Battery Use (HTC)

The first summary screen will tell you in percentages what features are using up your battery life. Press on an item to see more information. When you select Display, for instance, your Droid phone will tell you details about your Display and backlight functions.

(Watch this tutorial as a video at Droid Phone Battery Tips Video.)

Use My Droid Power Tip Logo

Use My Droid "Power Tip"

Use My Droid “Power Tip”

There’s good news and bad news about cell reception. If your phone isn’t getting good reception it will search and search and search for reception. This is great if you’re talking on the phone and don’t want to have calls dropped. But this is bad for the battery life on your Droid. All this searching drains your battery life, and fast.

One thing you can do is make sure your phone and network are paired up as best as possible.

  1. Dial Star 228
  2. Press Send
  3. Press 1 and wait for programming to finish

This helps your phone lock into a better signal, thereby saving your battery life.

Droid Phone Battery Tips: 8 Tricks to Reduce Battery Drain
Conclusion

Now you have at least 8 tips and tricks to improve your Droid phone battery life. And all of them are free! Experiment with making adjustments as needed, turning things on and off or adjusting how long they are on, etc. See what settings work best for you and see how much battery life you can save.

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(Watch this tutorial as a video at Droid Phone Battery Tips Video.)

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