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Get the most life from your battery

Here are some tips to help your Android phone or tablet’s battery last longer throughout the life of your device.

If your battery is running low now, first turn on battery saver mode. Then learn to stretch a low battery's power.

Note: Android isn't the same on all devices. These instructions are for devices running Android 7.0 and up. Check which version of Android you have.

Take care of your battery

Use the power adapter that came with your device

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

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 more than needed.

Charge as much or little as needed

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

Choose settings that use less battery

Change screen display

Let your screen turn off sooner

To reduce battery drain when you're not using your device's 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. At the top of Quick Settings, move the slider left.

Have screen brightness change automatically

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 off your device's notification light.

Reduce background battery drain

Keep battery optimization on

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

Close apps only if something goes wrong

Swiping apps closed doesn’t save battery. You don't need to close apps unless something goes wrong.

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

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 when your screen is off.

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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