Battery drains fast

See what’s drinking your juice! Just because you haven’t used that app in a while doesn’t mean it isn’t still depleting your battery. Learn what you can do to save battery life. For starters, follow these quick tips:

 

  • Charge your battery regularly and completely.
  • Reduce screen and data use.
  • Close apps and features when you're not using them.

 

If you need help with doing any step, visit the Devices page, select your device, and find the steps.

 

 

Adjust device settings

 

  • Display
    • Turn down the screen brightness on your device, which is typically the number-one battery drain.
    • Tap the power key to turn off the display when you're done using it.
  • Apps and widgets
    • Remove any apps you aren't using. Apps and widgets can run in the background and use a considerable amount of battery, even when you don't have them open.
    • Change the app settings on your device to reduce the frequency of app and widget updates.
  • Connectivity
    • Turn off Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS (location services), and Mobile Hotspot when not using them. When they are active, they typically look for connections and impact the battery.
    • Use Wi-Fi when available, because Wi-Fi uses less battery then an LTE connection.
  • Notifications
    • Notifications and alerts are useful, but can also be a large battery drain. Every time your device vibrates, lights up, or makes a sound, it uses the battery.
    • Turn off unnecessary notifications (and enjoy the peace and quiet).
  • Power saver mode
    • Turn on power saver mode if your device has this feature.

 

 

Charge your device properly

  • For best results, only use the charging cable provided by the manufacturer.
  • Connect the charger to a wall outlet as the power source.
  • Make sure there's not any lint, dust, or debris in the charging port.
  • Remove your device case to ensure a better charger connection.

 

Leave it plugged in at home or work

  • Devices have lithium-based batteries which means leaving them on chargers (even when fully charged) does not damage the battery.

  • Take advantage of wall outlets when they are available at home or at work for extended periods of time.

 

 

Check battery usage

Check your battery usage in your phone settings to see what features, services, or apps you can adjust to increase battery life.

 

 

Update the device software

Check for updates to your phone software. Manufacturers are constantly improving the way a device operates via software updates.

 

 

Remove or replace the SD card

Some SD cards, especially those of lower speed classes, may affect battery life. Try removing your SD card and testing the battery life. If it improves at all, replace it with a newer card of a higher speed class.

 

 

Check the device and battery for damage

  1. Remove the battery and look for swelling, missing contacts, or other damage. If the battery is damaged, replace it.
  2. Check the liquid damage indicator (LDI). If the LDI is red or pink, the device has suffered liquid damage. Liquid damage voids your device warranty, so please contact the device manufacturer for out-of-warranty repair.