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How to improve Android battery life — 8 essential tips to know

There is no denying that Android smartphones have come a long way in terms of performance. While most modern devices come with advanced processors and huge amount of RAM coupled and powerful cameras, sadly, there are drawbacks. Chief among them is limiting the capacity of battery without compromising on weight, thickness, or portability factor.

Fortunately, you don’t have to just rely on the hardware to improve the battery life of your Android device. With the freedom the OS offers and the wide range of apps available, you can perform a few simple yet efficient tricks on your device to significantly improve its battery life.

Here is how you can improve the battery life of your Android smartphone with these 8 useful tips.

Disable Auto Sync for less frequently used accounts

Auto Sync on your Android device is a great feature if you need to be kept constantly updated by the apps on your devices. However, this feature might quickly end up being a battery drainer if you have a lot of apps installed on your device which pushes out notifications at regular intervals throughout the day and runs as background processes at all times.

So, if you want to save your battery life and are willing to compromise on getting regular updates, you can either disable the auto sync option on your device altogether, or just disable it for specific apps installed on your device.

You can do this by going to Settings->Accounts on your device. This page will have all the apps that uses the auto sync feature on your device and you can select the apps you want to disable the auto sync feature for and then click on sync account and disable the sync option.

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This will just disable the auto sync option for this particular app, if you want to do it for all the apps and accounts installed on your device, you can just disable the auto sync data option at the bottom of the Accounts page.

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Note: If you choose to disable the Auto sync option on your device, you will only get updates whenever you open the app and refresh it. You will no longer receive automatic notifications and updates from these apps.

Use Lite versions or web apps whenever possible

Some of the most popular apps like Facebook, Messenger and Google Maps have made lite versions of their apps available for download on the Google Play Store.

While these apps are aimed at devices with less ram and processing power, you can also use these to replace their full fledged and power hungry counterparts.

These apps offer almost all of the core features while leaving out the bloated features that are unnecessary and unused by most people in the full fledged app.

Since they don’t have as many features cramped into them, they do not use much processing power, ultimately resulting in a better battery life on your Android device.

battery lifeIf your favorite app does not have a lite version, you can use the web app of it – if available. These can be run on the browser on your device and do not need any additional app to work. Many web apps also come with a lot of features that are present in their standalone apps and even sends you notifications and updates.

Uninstall Battery Consuming and unused apps

While this might seem obvious, many people fail to take into account that just by uninstalling or removing the power hungry apps on their device, they can save a ton of battery life. To identify which apps are consuming the most battery life on your device, go to Settings->Battery->Menu->Battery Usage and examine the apps in the list.

battery lifeIf there is an app in that list that you don’t use that frequently or something which you can replace with a web app or a lite version, uninstall it immediately. You can also consider uninstalling some of the less used or unused apps on your device as some of these apps tend to run in the background constantly even if you are not using them, thus impacting your battery life.

If it is a system app and you are not able to uninstall it, you can just disable it by going to Settings->Apps and then selecting the particular app and clicking on disable.

Disable background data usage for less frequently used apps

This is a trick which I personally found out to have the most impact on saving the battery life on my Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus. Most apps do not completely stop running whenever you leave the app or clear it from your recents menu. Instead, they constantly run in the background waiting to send you any notifications or trying to use location or other services on your device.

You can disable this background operation of these apps by restricting their background data usage which means they will no longer run in the background after you exit them and thus significantly improving your battery life.

To do this, go to Settings->Apps and then select the app/apps for which you want to disable the background data usage. Now, select mobile data and disable the Allow background data usage option. You can do this for as many apps you want.


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Disable location and WiFi scanning option

Location and GPS function on your device need not be enabled at all times and unless you are actually using the GPS service for navigation or other purposes, it only makes sense to disable them. You can switch to the Device only option in the location settings to improve the battery life on your device.

battery lifeThis option will restrict the service to only use the GPS information to determine your location instead of making use of the WiFi, bluetooth and other services on your device. Additionally, you can also disable the WiFi and Bluetooth scanning options under the location accuracy settings on your device to further improve your device’s battery life.

Enable dark mode wherever possible

As more and more phones come out with an OLED or an AMOLED displays, app developers are also coming up with ways to utilize these screens. One of the best ways to take advantage of these displays is to use dark mode on your device whenever and wherever possible. Using dark mode allows your device to disable individual pixels on your screen where black is present, allowing your device to reduce the battery consumption.

So, if you want to improve the battery life on your device, it is recommended to use dark mode on apps when it is available and also to use a dark wallpaper and even a dark theme on OEMs like Samsung and Xiaomi that has made custom themes available on their devices out of the box.

Download instead of streaming

If you are someone who listens to a lot of songs or podcasts or watches a lot of videos, then it is recommended that you download these and save them locally on your device instead of streaming them online. This method will not only save your mobile data, it also drains your battery at a significantly lesser rate when compared to online streaming.

Almost all the popular music streaming and Podcast apps allows their users to download its content and save them locally. Even the official YouTube app has an option to download selected videos and watch them from within the app without having to stream it using your mobile data connection.

Use Offline Google Maps whenever possible

Google allows you to download a specific area from the Google Maps app and save it locally on your device so that you can access its navigation services even when offline. While it might occupy some amount of your device’s local storage space, it is worth compromising considering that this method could also help you to save your precious battery life.

To do this, just open the Google Maps app on your device, and then select the offline maps option from the left navigation bar. Now you can select your own map by selecting your location by zooming in or out by using the navigation box provided.

Once you have selected the location you want to download, just click on the download button and the map of the selected location will now be downloaded and locally stored on your device.

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You can now access this map from the Google Maps app on your device without connecting to the internet thus significantly improving your device’s battery life.

The best Android phones to buy at T-Mobile right now (January 2019)

It’s the start of a new year, and for a lot of us that means out with the old, and possibly in with the new. Some people like to get things rolling by getting rid of their current phone and ready themselves for the coming months with something new.

Are you starting out 2019 with a new device? If you are a T-Mobile subscriber and considering a new handset, you’ve got a number of models to consider. We’re here to help!

What follows are the best Android phones you can purchase from T-Mobile. These are not strictly chosen based on having the best hardware; they speak to different demographics and user types.

Best of the Best

Let’s start at the top. When it comes to smartphones, there’s never a shortage of high-end hardware. As much as the landscape seems to evolve, user demand can’t keep up with the specifications.

If you buy a flagship experience, you’re going to be hard-pressed to put the phone through its paces. These are some of the most powerful phones you can get from T-Mobile today.

LG V40 ThinQ


The LG V40 ThinQ features a 6.4-inch QHD POLED display. 6GB of RAM and a Qualcomm 845 round out the main specs of this flagship. Storage is your choice of 64GB or 128GB of internal with microSD expansion.

The V-series continues its lineage of content creation with an additional third rear camera. This brings the combination to a 12MP f/1.5 lens plus a 16MP f/1.9 wide-angle lens and a 12MP f/2.4 2X optical zoom lens. There are even a double 8MP and 5MP front-facing camera layout.

LG also keeps the 3.5mm headphone jack in an age where companies are consistently abandoning it and adds a QuadDAC for superior audio playback. Lastly, the phone offers all-day battery life with a 3,300mAh power cell. $850

Samsung Galaxy Note 9


The 6.4-inch Super AMOLED panel is the largest ever on a Note device and, if you’re a power user, all of that real estate makes tasks so much easier. Combined with the ability to have multiple apps open at the same time, this thing is productivity powerhouse.

The pen has programmable actions depending on the app you have open. That means if you’re conducting a presentation with slides, it can advance your slide show. Want to take a great selfie with a group of friends? Set your phone down, take a step back and use the S Pen to capture the perfect picture.

The Note 9 features a 4,000 mAh battery that promises all all-day battery life. If you’re running dry, you can either use a fast charger to top off and get through the day or throw it on a wireless charging dock to charge while you’re doing something else. $1,000

OnePlus 6T


OnePlus is back at it with another solid flagship phone that runs a fraction of the price of the competition. A first for the handset maker, it’s available in the US with a wireless carrier — thanks to a partnership with T-Mobile.

Running the latest version of Android available, and featuring some of the most hardware you’ll find in a phone, it’s an enthusiast’s dream device.

It might not have a traditional headphone jack or wireless charging, but both of those technologies are still in flux anyhow Still, it beats nearly all in specs and the price tag mops the floor with anything that comes near.

Big, beautiful, and ready for any task you want to throw its way, this is a bargain device with killer brains. $580

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Worth a close look

Not everybody needs, or even wants, a tier-one smartphone. In fact, it appears that users are growing increasingly content with picking up a previous generation device and saving a few bucks. Here are three other models definitely worth a look.

Samsung Galaxy S9

Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+

It’s approaching its first anniversary but that doesn’t mean this phone’s a slouch. Samsung offers consumers a pair of very attractive options in the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus.

The most notable new addition to the devices is the dual mechanical aperture lens. Depending on your lighting, the lens will change between a f/1.5 aperture and a f/2.4 aperture, letting in more light when it needs it. Pictures look absolutely fantastic.

The Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus are largely the same experience for most users. Both feature a powerful Snapdragon 845 processor with great performance and increased battery life. Opt for the larger version and you’ll get more memory and a souped-up camera configuration. $720 (S9), $840 (S9 Plus)

Motorola Moto E5 Play


One of the best all-around mid-range experiences you’ll get out of a handset, the Moto E5 Plus is built for those of us who can’t get our face out of our phone. It runs a very current version of Android at 8.0 Oreo and there’s no bloatware or extra junk wasting space. Moreover, it will likely pick up a software update as quickly as others.

The hardware is no slouch with the octa-core processor, 3GB RAM, and 32GB of storage space. Need more for your photos, games, and music? Throw in a microSD card up to 128GB and you’re good to go.

You know what else is cool about this phone? It’s got a 3.5mm headphone jack and water repellent coating, two features we’re only too happy to find in a device. $150

KeySmart Pro with Tile: A better way to manage your keys, just $39.99

There are often times when we feel like an old prison guard with a huge loop of keys at the hip weighing us down from one side.

If you’re anything like us, you’ve got more keys than you’d care for but can’t quite leave the house without all of them. This means carrying around a hunk of jingling metal everywhere you go.

It can be quite embarrassing trying to go for a jog when you alarm every fellow runner you approach with the sound of Santa’s sleigh at their heels. How about the awkwardness of wearing a pair of slim-fit pants with this unsightly amorphous protrusion jutting from the pocket? Good news! The KeySmart Pro with Tile will solve all of these problems!

Features

  • Holds up to 10 keys in an easily carried sleeve
  • Locates your keys on a map or rings your keys so you can hear them in their hiding place
  • Works in reverse to ring your phone when you can’t find it, even if it’s on silent
  • Includes a powerful LED light, bottle opener, & a loop piece to attach a car key fob
  • Recharges via standard micro USB cable

The KeySmart Pro is designed to organize your keys in a compact form factor yet still provides fast and reliable access. With a lightweight body, KeySmart Pro can hold double your amount of keys in just half the space. This eliminates the bulk, noise and inconvenience of unkempt gobs of metal.

Best of all, and unlike your regular key chain, the KeySmart Pro works with the Tile app. This means that you can find them on your phone. Couch cushions, car floors, and pants pockets are no match; you can ring the keys from your handset!

Sleek, practical and minimal, it is available to AndroidGuys readers for just $39.99. Definitely a great buy!

Save even more!

In addition to the savings above, when you buy through AndroidGuys Deals, for every $25 spent, you get $1 credit added to your account. What’s more, should you refer the deal via social media or an email that results in a purchase, you’ll earn $10 credit in your account.

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If this is your first time buying, then you are also eligible for a further 10% discount when you subscribe for email updates.

How about a freebie?

Not looking to spend any money today? That’s alright, we understand. Why not visit the AndroidGuys section for freebies and take something anyhow? Go ahead, grab two!

Google Maps adds custom departure and arrival times to its Android app

By this point you’d think that every possible Google Maps feature would be integrated into the mobile app, but unfortunately there are still a few holdovers from the slightly more advanced desktop version of Google Maps. Google’s been working hard to close that gap, though, and another new feature is making its way to mobile, […]

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YouTube TV now covers nearly all of US

Nearly two years after making its initial debut, YouTube TV has expanded to reach nearly 100 percent of the US market. Just in time for that big football game.

As one of our favorite ways to avoid cable and satellite operators, YouTube TV is Google’s way of delivering content from more than five dozen networks. For just $40 per month, customers can sign up with zero long-term obligation.

Since YouTube TV’s early days, it’s been important for us to create an experience that brings you the best of your favorite TV content. As part of that effort, we’ve offered local feeds from broadcasters, allowing you to catch up with the content that matters to you.

READ: How YouTube TV could revolutionize television

If you’re a Google loyalist, you owe it to yourself to give YouTube TV a shot. We’ve been hooked on it since day one and it pairs perfectly with an Android TV device like the NVIDIA SHIELD.

While YouTube TV has been slowly and steadily increasing its overall footprint, it has also been expanding its content, too. As of today the only key networks missing from the service are Viacom and Discovery.

Customers can add on extra networks such as AMC Premiere, Showtime, and NBA League Pass. Each comes with its own monthly fee which gets added to the overall bill.

YouTube TV Features

  • Over 60 networks, such as ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC. Plus, popular cable networks like TNT, TBS, CNN, ESPN, FX and on-demand programming.
  • A cloud DVR with no storage space limits. This enables subscribers to record live TV and never run out of storage space. Also, you can record shows simultaneously without using data or space on your device.
  • The ability to watch YouTube TV on any screen – mobile devices, tablets, computers and TVs.
  • Six accounts per household. Every YouTube TV membership comes with six accounts, each with its own unique recommendations and a personal DVR with no storage space limits.
  • Half the cost of cable with zero commitments. A YouTube TV membership is only $40 a month and there are no commitments – you can cancel anytime.

To check whether YouTube TV is available in your area, head to the website and enter your zip code.

[TA Deals] Save on the totally wireless Treblab X5 headphones (17% off)

Totally wireless earbuds are all the rage right now, and if you don’t already have a set, now’s your chance to get rid of the wires for good. Talk Android Deals is offering the Treblab X5 truly wireless headphones at a discount, so you can get the totally wireless experience without breaking the bank. These […]

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LG’s gesture-controlled Premiere phone expected in February

Goodbye touch. It was fun while it lasted.

LG is expected to launch a phone that relies heavily on gesture-based controls, or so we might assume. A new, 13-second video surfacing on YouTube with the tagline of “goodbye touch” tells us something interesting is on the horizon for next month.

The video shows a hand waving left and right, bringing messages into and out of frame. Ultimately ending with “LG Premiere” and a save-the-date note for February 24, it’s fairly safe to assume that this is the name of the device and its arrival date.

We don’t have any indication as to how much LG will tap into gestures for a phone. Where it works, how it works, and whether it’s system-wide remains to be seen.

This is definitely not the first time a phone maker has integrated gestures; Samsung offered in its Galaxy S4 nearly six years back.

Mobile World Congress takes place in late February is the venue of choice for handset manufacturers to introduce flagship phones. LG and Samsung have historically used MWC to bring out their latest and greatest.

With but a month to go before the annual trade show kicks off there’s a good chance that more details will surface soon. Unless LG keeps a really tight lip on its Premiere, that is.

Sony’s recent Android TV sets begin their Android 8.0 Oreo upgrade

Sony is one of Google’s premier partners for Android TV integrated directly into high-end televisions, even if they can’t manage to keep their TVs updated as quickly as their smartphones. But they’re kicking off 2019 in a good light, bringing their latest 2018 models up to speed with the Android 8.0 Oreo update. Only Android […]

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Tomtop flash sale puts foldable electric bike at 56% off (Promoted)

New year, new you, right? According to a recent Inc. report, two of the most popular New Year’s resolutions for 2019 are exercising more and losing weight. As it turns out, they pretty much go hand in hand.

If you count yourself among the ambitious type of people and want to get more active, you may be interested in a bike. To that end, check out the deal that Tomtop has going right now on one. Not just any sort of bicycle, mind you, but an electric one that folds up.

The Ziyoujiguang T18 is constructed from aluminum alloy and is strong enough to support a maximum user weight of 120kg, or about 265 pounds.

With a powerful 250W motor, it gets up to 25km/h max speed, roughly 15mph. There’s enough juice in the battery to get somewhere around 25-30km, or 15-18 miles. If you go with power assistance and do some of the (literal) legwork, you’ll get upwards of 45-50km range which is up to 30 miles.

The waterproof bike doesn’t rely on the battery to just get you to your destination. It also provides for an LCD indicator, horn, and lights.

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Other details include adjustable seat height, foldable pedals, and collapsible design. In fact, the whole thing folds up quite nicely and is built to go where you do. Ride it to work or school and tuck it away when done.

Normally, the Ziyoujiguang T18 retails for about $985, but right now Tomtop has a massive discount on it. Order today and you’ll find it for a mere $440, a 56 percent savings.

Mobvoi TicWatch E2, TicWatch S2 now available to buy

Mobvoi announced its latest models at CES 2019 earlier in the month but stopped short of providing any details on pricing and availability. Today we learn how much the Ticwatch E2 and Ticwatch S2 will cost. Indeed, the two went up for sale today.

Starting immediately, both the Ticwatch E2 and Ticwatch S2 are available to purchase from both Mobvoi’s online store as well as through Amazon. Both are among the least expensive Wear OS models available today.

The Ticwatch E2 runs $160 while the Ticwatch S2 comes in at just $180, some $20 less than its predecessor. Neither watch should be considered premium but they are excellent options for consumers looking for a wallet-friendly Wear OS affair.

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As we learned upon their announcement, this latest generation of affordable Ticwatch wearables employ Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Wear 2100 platform and not the MediaTek chipset from before.

The pair also feature 5ATM water resistance for splashes and shallow submersion, swim tracking, and TicMotion features. Designed by Mobvoi, these include automatic workout tracking and swim monitoring; custom gestures and more options are on the horizon.

The Ticwatch S2 comes with a US Military Standard 810G certification, which means it can withstand extreme temperatures and environments.