Smartphone Battery Empty Quickly? A Practical Function Can Help!

When power reserves are falling rapidly, the culprits are often apps that run in the background. TECHNOLOGY BUTTON shows you how to find the battery guzzlers.

After just a few months, it occurs in Android smartphones: old age. This is particularly noticeable in the battery, the energy no longer lasts as long as it once did. The main reason for this are apps that eat up a lot of battery.

Find Battery Guzzlers in the Settings

1. First open the settings of your Android device.

2. Then tap on the menu item Battery.

Note: This option is sometimes hidden on some Android smartphones, but can easily be found using the search function in the settings.

3. Select the Total Consumption option. On some devices, this point is hidden under the three-point menu and the battery usage option.

4. In the overview you can see a curve that shows how much battery charge remains and when the smartphone needs to be plugged in again. Below that, the individual apps are listed according to their percentage of consumption. Click on one of the apps to find out more about consumption.

5. In the individual view, you can check how the battery consumption of an app is divided. It shows how long it has been running in the background or when it is actively used. This is a quick way to find out which app is eating up battery when you are not using it.

6. In the battery usage overview, you can also use the three-dot menu to call up the Show full device usage option. In addition to the consumption of the apps, this also lists the consumption of individual telephone functions such as screen, WLAN and operating system.

More Tips for Better Battery Life

If apps in the overview are using a lot of battery in the background, it can help to force a stop. Android version 8 Oreo or higher also has built-in battery optimization that automatically reduces background activity to a minimum. The option can be found in the battery settings.

TECHNOLOGY BUTTON also has an overview of the biggest battery guzzlers. Some of the apps on the list might surprise you.

You save the battery by avoiding certain things. The battery loses a lot of its capacity when it is exposed to heat over a long period of time. It is therefore advisable not to use the smartphone while charging so that no additional heat is generated.

The battery capacity also decreases permanently if the cells are always fully charged and discharged. The battery level is optimal for the “health” of the cells between 20 and 80 percent. Therefore, try not to always charge the smartphone to 100 percent, but if possible to unplug it at 80-90 percent. Some manufacturers such as Apple already have a built-in protection function that only charges the smartphone up to 80 percent at night.

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