Get the most life from your battery

Here are some tips to help your Pixel'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: Some of these steps work only on Android 8.0 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.

Take care of your battery

Use the charger that came with your device

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

See what came in the box with your Pixel phone and learn how to charge your phone.

Keep it cool

Avoid situations where your phone 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 can get warm and what to do about it.

Tip: Your phone 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 phone 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 screen, set a shorter time before your screen turns off.

  1. Open your phone's Settings app Settings app.
  2. Tap Display and then Advanced and then Sleep.
  3. Pick an option. We recommend 30 seconds.

Reduce screen brightness

To save battery, lower your screen’s brightness. 

  1. Swipe down with two fingers from the top of your screen. This opens your Quick Settings panel.
  2. At the top of the screen, 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 app.
  2. Tap Display.
  3. Turn on Adaptive brightness.

Turn off your screen when you're not using it (Pixel 2 only)

To save battery, your phone's screen can go completely dark.

  1. Open your device's Settings app Settings app.
  2. Tap Display and then Advanced and then Ambient display.
  3. Turn off Always on.

Turn off live wallpapers

You can save battery life by turning off live wallpapers. Learn how to change wallpapers.

Turn off notification light

If your phone has an LED notification light, you can save battery life by turning off that light. Learn how.

Turn off keyboard sound & vibration

You can save battery life by turning off your phone's keyboard sound and vibration. Learn how.

Reduce background battery drain

Keep battery optimization on

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

Close apps only if something goes wrong

Closing apps 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. Learn how to force stop apps.

Turn off high-drain features

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

You can let Wi-Fi turn off when your screen is off. Learn about advanced Wi-Fi settings.

Learn more about what drains a battery most.

Delete unused accounts

Having fewer accounts on a phone can save battery. The phone's owner can delete accounts and user profiles.

Learn how to remove accounts or delete users.

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