Keeping your phone charged is unfortunately frustrating. If your smartphone usage is above average, it's unlikely that your phone will last a full day without recharging the battery in the early evening. Unfortunately, the routine of charging your smartphone twice a day is likely to be your daily routine. As the battery capacity increases, so does the power consumption of applications and an ever-evolving operating system.
However, there are a few tips, tricks, and goodies that can make charging less painful. Here are the eight smartest Android charging tricks you probably don't use.
Turn on airplane mode.
One of the biggest stresses on the battery is the mains signal. As a rule, the worse the signal, the faster the battery will discharge. Therefore, if you live in an area with a weak signal, it takes longer to charge your phone than in an area with a strong signal - the signal absorbs energy while charging.
Quick Solution? Put your phone in airplane mode before connecting it to the charger. Tests suggest that this can reduce the time it takes to fully charge by up to 25 percent.
To put your phone into airplane mode, simply swipe down the notification bar with two fingers and tap the airplane mode icon. After charging, turn it off.
Turn off the phone.
Simple, obvious, but often overlooked. If your phone is turned off while recharging it, it will charge much faster. Nothing will be charged when the battery is refilled.
Make sure charging mode is turned on.
Your Android device allows you to specify what type of connection it will make when you connect the USB cable. In recent versions of Android, this is hidden in the Developer Options menu. To access developer options, you must first enable them. Go to Settings> About Phone> Build Number. Quickly tap on the build number seven times. After the first two pushes, the device will display the countdown of the number of remaining touches required. Then go to Settings> Developer Options> Choose USB Configuration. In the list of options, make sure Loading is selected.
Use a wall socket.
Using a USB port on a computer or in a car leads to significantly less efficient charging. Typically, non-wall USB ports only offer 0.5A output power. Charging from a wall socket typically gives 1A (depending on device). There's nothing wrong with getting a lower amperage - it won't hurt your device.
Buy a powerbank.
If you need to charge your phone while you're on the go - for example, if you travel frequently all day long - a power bank could save your life. Many of them offer the same output current as a wall outlet, and in some cases even more. Warning: the phone can charge faster thanks to the dual amp output, however you need to make sure the USB cable can handle the extra power.
Avoid wireless charging.
Wireless chargers are convenient - they require fewer cables and it's easier to charge your phone. However, if loading speed is your priority, you should avoid them. They provide much slower charging than their wired counterparts. In fact, tests suggest they can be up to 50 percent slower.
Why? There are two reasons. First, transferring energy through a cable is more efficient than through simple contact. Second, wasted energy manifests itself as excess heat. More on this in point seven.
Remove the phone casing.
All smartphones are currently based on lithium-ion batteries. The chemistry behind the way they work makes the charging process much more efficient when the battery is cold.
Optimum charging occurs when the battery temperature (not air temperature) is between 5 and 45 degrees Celsius. Of course, the temperature of the battery is partially controlled by the ambient temperature, but removing the case will help keep it down. However, don't think about putting your phone in the fridge to recharge it. The drop in performance is even more severe at temperatures below the ideal range.
Use a high-quality cable.
The difference in quality between the two cables can be huge. Inside a single charging cable, there are four separate cables - red, green, white, and black. White and green cables are for data transmission, and red and black cables for charging. The number of amps that two charging cables can carry depends on their size. A standard 28 gauge cable can carry approximately 0.5 amps; a larger 24 gauge cable can carry two amps. Overall, cheap cables use a 28-gauge configuration, resulting in slower loading speeds.