In the digital age, people use smartphones for every activity such as banking, social media, music streaming, photography, and dating. Unfortunately, all these activities come to a halt after seeing the ‘Battery Low’ notification. Certain flagship devices install batteries with higher capacity. However, other phones do not have such batteries and are unable to deliver decent battery life. Hence, several android users implement various battery-saving methods such as reducing the brightness, turning on airplane mode, and using greyscale mode (on supported devices) to extend battery life. Additionally, some users install battery savers to improve battery life on their device.
Android users are always looking for better ways to improve battery life. Smartphone owners must take a look at the Android mobile apps running in the background. These apps consume the device’s battery even when they are not running actively. Some of these apps may not be too aggressive on the battery but others are. These apps can be restricted to extend battery life. Google has integrated background app restriction feature in recent Android OS versions.
With Android Marshmallow, Google released a new feature called Doze. Doze puts an Android smartphone in a sleep mode when it’s not being used actively. With this approach, Google aims to ensure that Android mobile apps do not drain battery life when the phone is idle. When the Doze mode is enabled, only messages, phone calls, and high-priority notifications are allowed to wake up the device. This feature can significantly improve the standby time of an Android device. But, there’s a catch. Doze mode is activated only when the device’s screen is turned off, not connected to a charger, and stays perfectly still. If a device is in the pocket, the Doze mode will not be activated since the device is constantly moving. Therefore, Doze mode activates only when a user is sleeping or has kept their phone still on a flat surface. Hence, Doze mode is ineffective for most people. Google has improved power management across various versions. For instance, Android Pie tries to restrict apps running in the background. However, apps may also require a higher percentage of resources such as RAM and battery as they keep upgrading. Hence, android device owners may still have to try different methods to improve the battery life of their device.
Some apps in the Google Play Store implement a method called hibernation to enhance battery life. Hibernation basically stops Android mobile apps from running in the background when a device is in an idle state. Android mobile apps that implement hibernation are not like traditional task killers. Task killers just force stop running apps but they start up again in the background. Whereas, hibernation force stops running apps and prevents them from starting up again until the user opens them. Hibernating apps will remove them from the main memory and save them in the last-used state. Additionally, task killers usually kill every app running in the background. Alternatively, Android mobile apps that implement hibernation enable users to select apps that they wish to hibernate.
Hibernation apps can freeze background apps automatically after a user locks their phone. Also, smartphone owners can decide when Android mobile apps should be hibernated after they turn off their screen. For example, smartphone users can select a specific interval of 5 seconds after the screen is turned off. Then, the hibernation app will not freeze background apps until 5 seconds after the screen is locked.
After installing a hibernation app, an Android device owner must select apps that need to be hibernated. For this purpose, a device owner can check ‘Battery Usage’ in Battery settings. This section displays all the Android mobile apps that are running in the background along with their battery consumption. With this approach, smartphone owners can identify which apps are consuming the highest percentage of battery. Additionally, smartphone owners can also recognize Android mobile apps that utilize the highest percentage of RAM by accessing Developer Options in phone’s settings. All these apps that run in the background will consume a device’s battery. After installing any new app, android users should analyze the app’s battery consumption from the settings menu. With this approach, device owners will always know which apps consume the most battery life and hibernate those apps instantly.
Smartphone users need to careful while selecting apps for hibernation. Certain apps like Gmail, WhatsApp, and Twitter run in the background to send notifications. In case these apps are hibernated, then app notifications will be delayed. Also, apps such as Google Maps and Spotify run services in the background to continue working even when device owners are using other apps. Hibernating these apps will prevent them from working in the background. Therefore, smartphone owners must choose apps that do not send important notifications or need to run in the background for working smoothly.
In addition to hibernation, android users can implement other battery-saving methods such as turning on the dark mode, switching off location, and adjusting the sync settings. Additionally, businesses and developers need to evaluate their mobile development projects and build apps that won’t abuse a device’s battery. Several popular Android mobile apps aggressively consume a device’s battery and reduce the battery life. Businesses can reach out to Digital Fractal to develop battery-friendly Android mobile apps that also deliver a great user experience.