How to check your Android phone’s battery health and improve it

How to check your Android phone's battery health and improve it

Are you experiencing any battery issues on your smartphone or have a feeling that the device’s battery is no longer operating the way it used to? Well, you don’t have to worry; there are ways to check the phone’s battery health or status. We have mentioned ways you can try to improve your phone’s battery life and keep a track of how the battery’s health is deteriorating with time.

How to check your Android phone’s battery health

Not all the smartphones have an option to check battery health or its temperature. So, users will have to rely on a third-party service. Brands such as Samsung do give an option to get some details on your phone’s battery health. But, I would recommend people to download the AccuBattery app via Play Store. I have been using this app for a long time now and it really helps offer a lot of information.

Download AccuBattery app

The service advises users to charge their phone to only up to 80 percent if they don’t want their phone’s battery to get damaged. One should never fully charge their phone as it is not good for the longevity of the battery. The app has a notification system that allows anyone to set an alarm when the charging level reaches 80 percent, after which one can unplug the charger.

The app even shows the temperature of your smartphone. So, when you are gaming, keep the device on charging, or do anything else, the app will let you the temperature. While you don’t need to check this on a daily basis, do make sure that your phone’s temperature remains below 50 degrees Celsius.

You even get details on how much time your charger took to charge the phone when the screen was on or off. There are also details on charging speed, charge time estimate, charge status, charge current, and more. The battery usage stats are also displayed in the “Discharging” section. There is data on average battery usage when the screen was on or off, and a lot of other details. All this will help you know more about your phone’s battery health and status, which will help you improve your battery life in the longer run.

There is also a Deep Sleep feature. The app says your phone enters into a deep sleep when you don’t use it for some time and if the percentage for the same is higher, then it means that you are saving some power. The app shows you how much damage each charging session is causing to your phone’s battery. It recommends a user to keep the charging level lower than 80 per cent as it says a higher percentage charge increases the probability of the phone’s battery getting damaged.

Apple itself says, “your iPhone might get slightly warmer while it charges. To extend the lifespan of your battery, if the battery gets too warm, the software might limit charging above 80 per cent.” Similarly, Samsung also asserts that one “should limit the maximum charge to 85 per cent to protect the lifespan of your phone’s battery.”

samsung phone

Go to settings > Battery and device care > Diagnostics. You can now tap on battery status to check its health status. There are other features as well (Camera, speaker and more) of the phone that you can test to see if they are working fine or you should get them fixed.

You can also tap on the Optimize button under the Device Care section and if there is any high battery usage issue, then you will get to know. The good thing is the service even informs you if your phone has any malware apps or facing app crash issues.

OnePlus phone

There is no in-built feature on the OnePlus phone and one will have to install the OnePlus Care app. Once you download it, tap on Diagnose this device and select Custom Diagnosis > Battery > Tap Start. You will then get details on your phone’s battery health and status. Users can also choose to diagnose other features (like a fingerprint, front camera.., etc) of their phone if they are experiencing any issues.

others

Other phones like Xiaomi and Realme don’t offer a way to diagnose the health of the battery like Samsung. Xiaomi phones only show the temperature in the Settings section > Battery > Battery. This is not available on Realme. One can simply install the AccuBattery app to get all the details. This third-party app has been downloaded more than 10 million times via Play Store and has received good reviews too. We didn’t witness a single advertisement on this app, which is just great.

How to check what apps are draining your phone’s battery?

Just go to your phone’s setting section and then to Battery. Here, you will find battery usage stats that let you know about what all apps are consuming and how much data and battery. This way, you can either force stop that app to disable it from performing any function or simply uninstall it. To force stop, simply long-press on the app, tap on App info, and then tap again on Force Stop.

How to improve battery life of an Android phone?

Every Android smartphone has a “Battery” section in the Settings app, where you will find recommendations on how you can fix the battery usage issue or save more power. One just needs to click on that and tick-mark the relevant options as per their needs. Your smartphone basically knows what all apps or features are draining a lot of battery, so you can turn them off.

The feature displays the apps that are draining your battery, so you can immediately close them. The good thing is you get immediately get the options to disable those apps or features and you don’t have to separately do that for each one of them.

People can turn off GPS; keep Auto brightness on, shift screen refresh rate to 60Hz, and change auto screen time off to 30s to save some battery. Users can also turn off some unnecessary apps that are running in the background.

It is always better to lock the device after 15 seconds of inactivity, and one can also disable location services. It is better to use Dark mode as your phone then consumes less power. One should try and keep Always on Display off. If you don’t need to use the portable hotspot feature, then don’t forget to turn it off. One will notice a change in battery life after sometime. Features like Edge lighting also drain the battery, so you can consider disabling it. One can always turn off battery saver option, which is available on all Android phones. This will also help save some battery in emergency situations.

What to do if your phone’s battery is faulty or damaged?

The best solution to this is to get the battery replaced. Xiaomi recently announced a battery replacement program, allowing customers to pay just Rs 499. Do keep in mind that the offer is applicable on both Redmi and Xiaomi smartphones, but the price may vary depending on the device. The price for other smartphones is unknown, so one will have to go and check the service center of any particular brand.

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