Why is my phone battery dying so fast and how to fix

“Why is my phone battery dying so fast?” As a phone repair service provider, we get to hear this question a lot of times. While there could be several reasons to cause this issue, the main ones are more colligated to your ‘phone carrying and charging habits’ than anything else. Yes, you read it right. If your phone battery doesn’t last long, the primary things you should watch out is how you utilize your device, how you charge it, and which/how many apps you have. 

Some of these reasons may sound a tad too clinch, but more often than not, they are the culprit – especially when your device is not too old. 

CheckWhat Apps Drain Android Battery

First, let’s find out how exactly your battery power is consumed. Android phones, thankfully, have this option “Battery Usage” to show you the details of battery consumption since your last charge.

  • Clicks on Settings
  • Find and tap on ‘About Device’
  • Choose the option “Battery” or “Battery Use”
  • Therein, you’ll be able to know how the battery is consumed ranging from Apps/systems to hardware devices. 

You can choose to uninstall the apps which you don’t use, but still sucking up the battery. If you find the useful ones consuming a lot of power, you can at least turn off the notifications and pop-ups from these apps.

Reboot the device and charge Again 

We usually undervalue the power of “Rebooting”. Least we know that it can prove an effective solution to various software and app-related issues. 

Rebooting clears open apps, refreshes the phone system, and culminates memory leaks. All this eventually helps to increase battery life on Android. So don’t forget to give this trick a try. Restart your device, and then recharge it fully. You’re likely to get positive results.

Reduce the usage of multiple apps

Let’s face it- mobile apps are ineluctable. From phone banking to online shopping and video chats to social surfing – they remain an integral part of your ‘phone use’. But having too many of them may result in the problem of an android battery draining fast. Apps consume data and power to update. Besides, they keep sending notifications and adds the whole day, causing your phone to blink and vibrate constantly. As a result, the phone battery starts draining faster than usual. So a viable option is to uninstall the apps which you don’t use frequently. Also, make sure to disable the notifications and adds from the apps which you cannot give up. 

Adjust Display Settings

If you want to fix the issue of phone battery dying so fast, here’re some display settings we suggest you opt for. 

  • Keep the screen brightness at a lower level. Don’t set the Auto-brightness ON. Instead, keep it manually at a lower level unless you need it higher. 
  • Modern phones with AMOLED displays allow a Dark Mode in certain apps and even at the system level. You should try this to save a certain amount of power. 
  • Reduce the Sleep timeout. This will ensure your screen doesn’t stay live/on unnecessarily. The shortest duration you can opt for is 15 seconds- which seems fine.

Background Running apps

Some apps, even after they are closed, keep updating in the background and make phone battery drain fast. It won’t be wrong to call them silent battery killers. So one of the primary things you must do when you observe your android battery draining fast is to close these background apps. 

To do that, you firstly need to enable the Developer option. Navigate to Settings > About Phone > Build Number. Tap on “Build Number” seven times. 

Now click the back button and find Developer Option. Then tap “Running Services” 

Here you will have all the apps running in the background. You should (force) close them to avoid unnecessary power consumption. 

GPS, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth

You must have observed that activating Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS (Google Map) could make your phone battery die so fast. So if you want your battery to run longer, you better disable these features unless they are really necessary. 

It’s also important to check if any app is using location services unnecessarily. You can check this through Settings > Apps & notifications > App permissions > Location. Have a check and disable the access to all the apps which don’t require location service. 

Enable A Power-Saving Mode

A power-saving mode disables all non-essential services and features in your device, shrugging a lot of burden off the battery. The screen may not look as bright as you’re used to, but this helps battery charging to run longer. To enable this mode, navigate to Settings > Battery > Battery Saver.

 lower power mode

Use Original Charger 

Although Android phones come with a universal charging interface, it is recommended to charge your phone with an original charger. Because a counterfeit charger (when used for a long time) not only hampers battery performance, but it also strains the capacity to hold charging. The ideal charger is the one whose output voltage and Ampere are in sync with the battery power. So always use the charger that comes with the phone. If it’s damaged, buy it from the brand’s authorized service center.

Update Apps and Software System 

Having your apps and software system updated to the latest version helps to smoothen your phone performance. Check for the system update through Settings > About Phone > System Update. If any update is available, download and install it. Similarly, see if any of the apps in your device needs to be updated. TECNO, Itel, and Infinix users can do it through the “Phone Master” App.

Replace a Battery 

All batteries have an expiry date. If the issue of ‘ phone battery dying so fast’ develops after 2-3 years of phone purchase, it may be time to replace the battery. To confirm it, check battery health status when your phone is on charging. Click Settings > About Phone > Battery Status. If the status shows “poor” or any message other than “Charging”, you should take your device to an authorized service center and get a branded, original battery. 

Check Out These Bad Charging Habits

The way you charge your device plays a crucial role to ensure a good performance and longevity of the battery. Here’re some bad charging habits you should avoid to keep such battery problems at bay.

  • Avoid charging the battery to a full 100% or drain it completely to 0%. As per battery experts, this adds to the aging process of a lithium-ion smartphone battery. 
  • Don’t put your phone charging overnight. It’s harmful to battery health in the long run. 
  • Avoid using cheap, counterfeit chargers. They prove fatal to both your device and battery. 
  • Keep your battery charging between 20-80% 
  • Refrain from using your phone (watching videos or playing games) when it’s plugged in charging. This can cause your phone to overheat. 
  • As mentioned above, use only an original charger. 
  • Avoid putting your phone in a hot environment or under direct sunlight. 

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