Use battery saver on Android

To save power when your phone's battery gets low, you can set battery saver to turn on automatically. You can also turn on battery saver at any time.

Important: Some of these steps work only on Android 10 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.

What changes when battery saver is on

Your phone:

  • Waits until you look at an app to refresh its content, like email or news.
  • Stops use of Location services when your screen is off.
  • Stops apps from doing things in the background, unless you turn off battery optimization.
  • Stops listening for "Ok Google," and instead requires you to squeeze your phone or tap the Assistant icon Assistant.
  • Turns on Dark theme.

Some notifications can be delayed.

Turn battery saver on or off

When battery saver is on, at the top of your screen, you see Battery saver on Battery saver on. On older Android versions, the top and bottom of your screen turn orange.

Tip: Battery saver turns off while your phone is charging. It turns back on when you unplug your phone. On Android 9.0 and up, it turns back on when you unplug your phone.

Turn battery saver on or off yourself

  1. Swipe down from the top of your phone's screen.
  2. Tap Battery Saver Battery saver.

Have battery saver turn on automatically

  1. Open your phone's Settings app.
  2. Tap Battery And then Battery saver And then Set a schedule.
  3. Pick when battery saver will turn on, for example:
    • No schedule: Only when you turn on battery saver manually.
    • Based on percentage: When your battery reaches a certain percentage charge, like 5%.

Let battery saver turn off when your phone is charged

On some phones, battery saver can turn off automatically when your phone's battery reaches 90%.

  1. Open your device's Settings app.
  2. Tap Battery And then Battery saver.
  3. Turn on Turn off when fully charged.

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