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Get the most life from your battery

To get the most out of your Android phone or tablet’s battery, you can choose regular settings and uses that help your battery last.

Note: Some of this information may not apply to all devices because Android isn't exactly the same on every device. These instructions are for devices with Android 6.0 and up. See what version of Android you have.

Top battery charge tips

Use the charger that came with your device

Other power adapters and chargers can charge slowly, not at all, or damage your device or battery.

For Nexus devices, see what came in the box and learn how to charge.

Keep it cool

Avoid situations where your device can overheat.

Your battery will drain much faster when it's hot, even if you're not using it. This kind of drain can damage your battery.

Learn why a device may get warm and what to do about it.

Tip: Your device warms up when it's plugged in, so don’t keep it charging all the time.

No need to drain to zero

You don’t need to teach your device how much capacity the battery has by going from full to zero charge.

Choose displays that reduce battery drain

Change screen display

Let your screen turn off sooner

Your sleep setting controls how long until your device's screen goes black when you're not using it. To reduce battery drain when you're not using the screen, set a shorter time before your screen turns off.

  1. Open your device's Settings app Settings.
  2. Tap Display and then Sleep.
  3. Pick 15 seconds or 30 seconds.

Reduce screen brightness

To save battery, lower your screen’s brightness.

  1. Open your device's Settings app Settings.
  2. Tap Display.
  3. Tap Brightness level.
  4. Move the slider left.

Turn on adaptive brightness

To save battery, have your screen’s brightness change with the light around you.

  1. Open your device's Settings app Settings.
  2. Tap Display.
  3. Switch on Adaptive brightness.

Turn off live wallpapers

You can save battery life by turning off live wallpapers.

Turn off notification light

If your device has an LED notification light, you can save battery life by turning it off. The notification light is usually on the front. It flashes when you get a notification while your screen is turned off.

If you turn off the light, you'll still get notifications, but the light won't blink.

To turn the notification light on or off:

  1. Open your device's Settings app Settings.
  2. Tap Sound & notification.
  3. Tap Pulse notification light.

Note: If your device doesn't support this feature, you won't see this setting.

Reduce background battery drain

Keep battery optimization on

To have apps use your device’s battery only when they need to, keep battery optimization on for all apps.

No need to close apps

In general, you don't need to close apps. Android automatically manages the memory that apps use.

Swiping apps closed doesn’t save battery.

But if something goes wrong with an app, you can "force stop" that app. This completely turns off the app, including any background services that may be using battery.

Turn off high-drain features when you’re not using them

You can save battery by turning off tethering and hotspots when you’re not using them.

You can change your advanced Wi-Fi settings to let Wi-Fi turn off during sleep.

Learn more about what drains a battery most.

Delete unused accounts

Having fewer accounts on a device can save battery. For a device with multiple accounts on it, the device's owner can delete inactive users.

  1. Open your device's Settings app Settings.
  2. Tap Users.
  3. Next to the inactive user, tap Settings Settings.
  4. Tap Remove user.

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