The recently released Android v5.0 Lollipop is not specific to the Google Nexus lineup.
The latest operating system has been rolled out to last year’s flagship variants such as Samsung Galaxy S5 and the HTC One M8. Regrettably, most people owning these devices have come out with poor battery related issues. Below are a few steps that can be taken to fix the issue.
It should be clear that not everyone having updated the latest Android v5.0 Lollipop has been facing poor battery life issues. Most people are satisfied with the performance of the latest operating system from Google. There might be people dealing with Wi-Fi related issues, but the number of happy people surpasses those with issues. Furthermore, you should be aware of that every fresh OS might come with few bugs, which are competently dealt with, as and when they become noticeable. The Android Lollipop operating system does not inherently have any issues.
Installing updated Android Lollipop to your device is entirely your prerogative. Let us concentrate on how to improve the battery life after updating to the recent Android v5.0 Lollipop version.
What Consumes the Battery?
The foremost to check is what is consuming your battery life. Go to the Settings menu and search for Power or Battery option. You may come across Battery usage under this tab. This would provide you a complete analysis of battery being consumed by various applications currently running on your Android device. The usage is broken down for convenience of the user.
In case, a specific application is consuming power more than required, you are required to uninstall it. Mostly, older third-party applications, which have not been optimized for latest operating systems are the culprits. However, if things do not show progress, you can reinstall the application again.
In case you have called up technical support, you would be given an option to factory reset to solve the issue. However, factory resetting should be the last resort as the process may delete your personal settings along with the customization options. You should create a back up on your device before you actually go with the factory resetting option.
What to do if all else fails?
In case, all else fails, you have to wait for a bug fix to rollout on your device. If that also fails, it will render your phone unusable.
Find below some tips to enhance battery life of your phone.
- Restart your phone often. It could act as a fix you look for.
- Switch off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth when not required.
- Under Settings menu, find option for turning down the brightness and adjusting screen timeout.
- Make use of power-saving modes or Ultra Power Saving modes (if your phone has one). It turns off unnecessary features.
- Switch off the haptics. The feature makes your phone vibrate to warn you of incoming calls and notifications, but consumes more battery.
- Background applications should be switched off. Tap on display for ‘Overview’ or ‘recent app list’. It shows running applications that could be swiped to close.
- Carry additional battery pack or a power bank. A power bank would cost less and offer more charges for your phone.
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