Battery Usage with an Android

May 15, 2015 in Customer Success

How to Check Your Battery Usage

Please note that all Android devices are configured differently, so your device may use slightly different titles for sections or may look slightly different than the following photos.

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Step 1: Locate Settings on your Mobile Device

Steph 2: Click on ‘Battery'

Step 2: Click on ‘Battery’

You may need to scroll down on your Settings list to a section called ‘System’. Please note that the titles and layout of all sections may vary slightly depending on your Android device.

Scroll Down to View the List of Apps that are Utilizing Battery Power

Step 3: Scroll Down to View the List of Apps that are Utilizing Battery Power

If you feel that the GoSpotCheck app is utilizing an abnormally high amount of batter power, please take a screenshot of this screen by holding the Home button and Power button on your device at the same time. Please then send this screenshot to Support@GoSpotCheck.com.

The Battery Usage list will show you the percentage of battery that each app is using in descending order.

Step 4: Look into the Details of each App’s Battery Usage

Step 4: Look into the Details of each App’s Battery Usage

You can click on each app from the Battery Usage list that appears to see more details on its battery usage.

If you notice the Battery Usage list is very long, it is recommended to close out apps that you are not actively using. You can do so on this Use Details screen by clicking on ‘Force Stop’. This will fully quit the app and ensure it is not using battery in the background.

Additional Tips for Saving your Battery Life

  1. Close Out Background Apps—Once you have identified which apps are using the most battery, you can force quit the ones that you are not actively using.You can do so from the Battery Usage list. Click into the apps you want to close and then click ‘Force Stop’. This will fully quit the app and ensure it is not using battery in the background.The apps that use the most battery life are generally the apps that stream data and use GPS services, such as Google Maps, Mail, Face Time, Spotify, Pandora, YouTube or Skype, as examples.
  2. Connect to WiFi when Possible—Keeping your WiFi turned on so your device will automatically connect to nearby available WiFi networks is also a good practice.Your device will use less battery when it is able to connect to a WiFi network rather than using cellular data (3G, 4G, or LTE networks) to connect to the internet.
  3. Adjust the Brightness of your Screen—You will notice that the screen can often be listed high on your Battery Usage list.This can be adjusted by turning on Auto-Brightness so that the screen adjusts to your surrounding lighting conditions automatically.To do this, simply pull down on the Notification Bar at the top of your screen. You will then see a sliding bar where you can adjust the brightness of your device’s screen. You can also choose to enable Automatic Brightness by checking the ‘Auto’ box next to the sliding bar.Of course, the lower the brightness of your screen, the less amount of battery it will use, and visa versa.
  4. Manage Pop-Up Notifications—Each time you receive a pop-up notification, it wakes up your display screen, which in turn uses battery. If an app is frequently sending you notifications, you can turn off push notifications for the app in Settings > Application Manager > choose the apps that you want to adjust and then uncheck the box next to ‘Show Notifications’.
  5. Avoid Extreme Temperatures—Exposing your device to temperatures above 95° F (35° C) can permanently damage battery capacity, meaning your battery will not last as long. Also, charging and storing the device in high temperatures can damage it even further.Exposing your device to very cold temperatures can drain your battery quickly as well, but only temporarily. Once the battery’s temperature warms up to its normal operating range, it will function as it did before.
  6. Keep your Operating System Updated—Keeping your device’s operating system updated will also help ensure to maximize battery life. To update your iOS, go to Settings > General > Software Update > Install. Please note that this update could take anywhere from 5 min to an hour depending on how outdated your current iOS is, so ensure you can connect your device to a power source and will not need to use the device for a while.