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Stretch a low battery’s power

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

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

Note: Some of these steps work only on Android 8.0 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.

Turn on battery saver

If your battery is close to dying, turn on battery saver mode. 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 constant connection

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

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

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

  • Using navigation for long periods
  • Watching videos
  • Playing graphics-heavy games
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

Turn on Airplane mode

Use Airplane mode

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

  1. With 2 fingers, swipe down from the top of your device's screen. This opens your Quick Settings panel.
  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. This opens your Quick Settings bar.
  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 two fingers, swipe down from the top of your device's screen. This opens your Quick Settings panel.
  2. Tap Bluetooth Bluetooth.

To use a Bluetooth device, turn Bluetooth back on.

Limit location data

Turn on GPS battery saving mode

You can save battery with GPS battery saving mode. But some apps and features won’t work with GPS in battery saving mode.

  1. Open your device's Settings app Settings app.
  2. Tap Security & Location.
  3. Under "Privacy," tap Location and then Mode and then Battery saving.

To use apps that need your location, like Google Maps, set your GPS back to High accuracy or Device only.

Turn off Location services

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

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

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

Note: Battery saver mode turns off most Location services.

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 mode 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 mode turns off most automatic syncing.

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