Get the most life from your Pixel phone battery

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

If your battery is running low, turn on Battery Saver now. Then learn to stretch a low battery's power.

Note: Some of these steps work only on Android 9 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.

Choose settings that use less battery

Change screen display

Reduce screen brightness

To save battery, lower your screen’s brightness. 

  1. Swipe down with two fingers from the top of your screen.
  2. At the top of the screen, move the slider left.

Turn on Dark theme

You can save battery with a dark colour scheme on some screens, like your Settings app. 

  1. Open your phone's Settings app.
  2. Tap Display And then Dark theme.

Turn off live wallpapers

You can save some battery life by turning off live wallpapers. Find out how to change wallpapers.

Turn off your screen when you're not using it

To save battery, your phone's screen can go completely dark.
  1. Open your phone's Settings app.
  2. Tap Display And then Advanced And then Ambient display.
  3. Turn off Always on.

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.
  2. Tap Display And then Advanced And then Screen timeout.
  3. Pick a time. We recommend 30 seconds.
Tip: If you have a Pixel 4, you can choose a short screen timer, and also get your screen to stay on when you look at it. Open your phone’s Settings app and tap Display And then  Advanced And then Screen attention, then turn on Screen attention.

Turn off Smooth Display

To save battery, let your display refresh less often.

  1. Open your phone's Settings app.
  2. Tap Display And then Advanced And then Smooth Display.
  3. Turn off Smooth Display.

Have screen brightness change automatically

To save battery, get your screen’s brightness to change with the light around you.
  1. Open your phone's Settings app.
  2. Tap Display And then Adaptive brightness.
  3. Turn on Adaptive brightness.
Turn off keyboard sound and vibration

You can save battery life by turning off your device's keyboard sound and vibration. Find out how.

Reduce background battery drain

Turn off Motion Sense (Pixel 4 only)
To save battery, you can turn off your Pixel 4’s ability to sense what’s going on around it. Find out how to turn off Motion Sense.
Stop identifying songs
You can save battery by turning off Now Playing, which automatically recognises songs playing near your phone. Learn how to turn off Now Playing.
Restrict apps that use more battery

You can restrict background battery use by individual apps. In your battery settings:

  • Your phone could recommend apps to restrict.
  • You can see which apps use the most battery.

Find out how to restrict app battery use.

Keep Adaptive Battery and battery optimisation on

To help apps use your phone’s battery only when you need them to:

  • Keep Adaptive Battery on for your phone.
  • Keep battery optimisation on for all apps.

Find out how to keep Adaptive Battery and battery optimisation on.

Turn off high-drain features

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

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

Find out 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.
 

Find out how to remove accounts.

Find out how to delete users.

Take care of your battery

Use the power adaptor that came with your phone

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

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.

Find out why a phone 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 longer than needed.

Charge as much or as 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.

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