Stretch a low battery’s power on Pixel phone

To help a dying battery last until you can plug in your Pixel phone, first turn on battery saver. Then stretch your remaining battery power with temporary changes to your settings.

You'll want to turn your features back on after you recharge.

Note: Some of these steps work only on Android 9.0 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.

Turn on battery saver

If your battery is close to dying, turn on battery saver. Learn how.

Often, battery saver is all you’ll need for a low battery’s power to last until you can get to a charger.

Avoid high-drain activities

Avoid heavy screen use

Keeping the screen on and bright can drain your battery. When your battery is low, try to avoid:

  • Showing navigation for long periods
  • Watching videos
  • Playing graphics-heavy games
Avoid constant connection

Keeping connected to the internet can drain your battery. When your battery is low, try to avoid:

  • Tethering ("hotspots")
  • Using GPS for long periods
  • Streaming videos or music
  • Phone calls on the move (like in a car)
Avoid heavy processing

Processing much information can drain your battery. When your battery is low, try to avoid:

  • Much camera use
  • Playing highly interactive games
  • Using apps for long periods

Limit connectivity & location

Turn on Airplane mode

Use Airplane mode

If you have weak coverage or don't need your mobile network, switch to Airplane mode. Then your device won't use battery trying to stay connected.

  1. With 2 fingers, swipe down from the top of your device's screen.
  2. Tap Airplane mode Airplane mode.

Use Wi-Fi in Airplane mode

If you’re connected to a Wi-Fi network, you can turn on and use Wi-Fi while in Airplane mode.

  1. Swipe down once from the top of your device's screen.
  2. Tap Wi-Fi Wi-Fi.
Turn off Bluetooth

You can save battery by turning off Bluetooth when you’re not using it.

  1. With 2 fingers, swipe down from the top of your device's screen.
  2. Tap Bluetooth Bluetooth.

To use a Bluetooth device, turn Bluetooth back on.

Turn off Location

You can save battery by turning off Location services. But many apps and features won’t work without it.

  1. Open your device's Settings app Settings app.
  2. Tap Security & location.
  3. Under "Privacy," tap Location.
  4. Turn off Use location.

To use apps that need your location, like Google Maps, turn Use location back on.

Note: Battery saver turns off most location uses.

Limit automatic syncing

Turn off auto-sync for your Google Account

You can save battery by turning off auto-sync for your whole Google Account. But your data won’t automatically refresh while auto-sync is off, and some apps won’t work properly.

Learn how to stop syncing your Google Account.

Note: Battery saver turns off most automatic syncing.

Turn off auto-sync for certain Google apps

You can save battery by turning off auto-sync for individual Google apps. But your data won’t automatically refresh while auto-sync is off, and the apps may not work properly.

Learn how to stop syncing your Google apps.

Note: Battery saver turns off most automatic syncing.

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