Android phones are by far better than the iPhone and there are many reasons why it’s good. But the fact remains that it still has a number of issues that need to be tackled. Some issues might be common and you will face it apparent or gradually over time while some are caused due to temporary software failure or hardware issues that need to be fixed. We are talking about Alcatel Battery draining problems which is one of the common sight seen across all Alcatel and to be honest, all Android devices. So, what can you do to fix these battery draining problems? What are the troubleshooting techniques that you can use to minimize its adverse effects and increase the battery life? Here’s the answer to all your question to read along to know.
- Tweak the brightness settings
- Turn on power saving mode
- Do check the signal strength
- The battery etiquettes
- Close all apps when not required
- Check for power-hungry apps
- Uninstall dormant and unused apps
- Verify if the charger is working properly or not
- Clear the cache for apps that use more power
- Wipe off cache partition
- Limit the screen-timeout
- Avoid using live wallpapers
- Reset the device
Tweak the brightness settings
Facing battery draining problems on your smartphone? Drag down the notification tray and check out the brightness settings. As your smartphone will have to work round the clock to keep up with the brightness required by the user, it tends to work more and thus, the battery draining problems are imminent. The best way to save that extra bit of battery life is to tweak the brightness of the screen. It is ideal to keep the brightness near moderate or near full during daylight when the screen may not be visible clearly, but when its night, the user must lower the brightness settings to relive the battery from the excess strain.
Turn on power saving mode
This is one of the best ways you can combat faster battery draining problems. When you turn on power saving mode which is one of the built-in features in most smartphones, it restricts excessive background apps and limits other services from using higher than usual power from the battery. Note that the device that doesn’t have power saving mode can still download a third-party app from the Google Play Store where you can choose based on the user reviews.
Do check the signal strength
Your phone draws power from the battery to keep up with the fluctuating signal strength, however, the power usage is inversely proportional to the signal strength available. This means, if there is a low signal strength or there is no network available, the phone will draw more power from the battery in order to search for available networks and thus, drain the battery faster than usual. The fix is simple, you can turn on the airplane mode if there is no network available and turn it off when the network is available.
The battery etiquettes
There is no rocket science is understanding that you must care for your phone as well as the battery. Talking about the latter, it is made up of lithium-ion cells that deplete over time and if it isn’t taken care of, it can be problematic. It could drain out easily and fastly or it might not be able to handle high-graphic games. The simple way to keep a check on the battery is to recharge it to 100% of its capacity and use it. Do not attempt to plug in the charger until it completely drains out as doing so can disrupt its capacity and thus, it will affect its performance in the long run.
Close all apps when not required
You can use an app or two on your Android phone without much hassle and in fact, you can use several apps at once using the recent button that allows the user to switch between multiple apps as per required. This happens a lot that user forget to close the apps when not required where it is still consuming power and other resources to keep it active. This drains the battery further and therefore, you must close all the apps that aren’t required. Simply press the recent button and swipe left or swipe right the app to close it or you can close all the apps at once.
Check for power-hungry apps
Go to Settings >> Battery where you can learn about the apps and services consuming the battery power in real time as well as the historical data for it. This tab also presents the inputs on apps and services that are termed as power hungry apps or those which are consuming either more than usual power due to their humongous requirements or due to bugs or any other threat that’s triggering the app to consume more power. You can go to Settings >> Apps and Force Stop the apps that are consuming the most power or reset it.
Uninstall dormant and unused apps
First of all, there are plenty of bloatware or pre-installed apps that we seldom use and then, we install numerous apps from the Play Store which could be anything from games to productivity apps to entertainment, etc. Now the problem is, Android user won’t uninstall the apps that they never use and there are many if you pay attention to the app drawer. GetDroidTips recommend its users to either force stop, disable, or uninstall these dormant and unused apps to save memory on the phone as well as relieve the excess strain these apps might put on the battery triggering it to drain faster.
Verify if the charger is working properly or not
If you are using your phone while it is charging, it is possible that the phone will show the exact same percentage of battery charged while you are using it or it could also show a depletion in the battery charged even after the phone is plugged in with a charger. This is because the apps that you are using while the phone is charging uses more power than the phone can draw from the charger and that is why, either the phone might not charger or might charge slowly. Thus, refrain from using the phone while it’s on a charge which is also dangerous citing the reports of phone exploding while on charge.
Clear the cache for apps that use more power
Go to Settings > Battery and have a look over the apps that are drawing the most power. Now, if you have gone through the previous techniques, you know that you need to disable or force stop such apps. You can also a clear cache of these apps that resets the apps as well as fix any bugs that might have introduced in your system. Bugs can trigger the app or the system as a whole to consume more battery power than usual but with this clear cache method, you can actually hit two targets at once. Go to Settings >> Apps and click on ‘Clear Cache’ on the individual apps.
Wipe off cache partition
Get rid of any additional or residual cache files by wiping off the cache partition for which, you need to reboot into the recovery mode for which, the procedure is as followed.
- Firstly, switch off the phone and press the power button and volume down button together.
- Hold these two keys until the phone displays an Android logo on the screen and then only, you can release the keys.
- Once the phone boots up, scroll using volume up or down or otherwise stated in the top of the screen and use the power key as a selection key.
- Now, you need to choose the option ‘wipe cache partition’ and confirm the same.
- Reboot the system and plug the charger and hopefully, the phone must restore to its original state.
Limit the screen-timeout
There are many tiny tweaks that you can perform to extend your battery life such as changing the brightness of the screen as aforementioned. Another hack is to limit the screen-timeout to 5 seconds or 10 seconds wherein the screen will turn black if there is no response from the user and it saves a great amount of battery life usually wasted keeping the screen alive for a longer duration when it isn’t even required.
Avoid using live wallpapers
You have an Android and unlike iOS users, Android users can do much with their phones such as they can use any widgets as there is a long list of the available widget. Also, the user can setup live wallpapers for the home screen that gives it a premium touch. But it also consumes more battery and thus, it is not recommended and thus, you must avoid using it.
Reset the device
- Check out the ‘wipe off cache partition’ where you can learn how to boot into the recovery mode which is the prerequisite for this method.
- Once you have logged in to the recovery mode, scroll and select ‘wipe data/factory reset’ and then, confirm the actions by selecting ‘Yes — delete all user data’.
- Once the process is over in around a minute, reboot the phone, configure it and check it out. It must have restored to its original state thereby the battery draining problems you were facing must have been fixed. If not, report the issue to a nearby service center.