It is the time of year for sunshine, long lunches, and a good holiday break. But even if you plan on turning your phone off for a device-free Bank Holiday trip, you may still be interested to know there are several apps that will help to preserve your battery life. After all, you are going to need your phone for taking holiday pics, getting directions and (of course)… using the trusty weather app! Here BTA’s IT experts give you the low down on the top 4 battery saving apps for smartphones.
P.S. In case you were wondering on how your smartphone’s battery stacks up against the others, have a look at the chart here. You may be surprised. The Lenovo P2 has the longest battery life with a whopping 28.5 hours. The Sony Xperia XA has the least with 7.12 hours. And the iPhone 6s plus has almost 3.5 hours more battery capacity than the iPhone 6s.
The most popular battery saving app available is the Battery Doctor. The manufacturers claim that the
app can double your battery life. We aren’t sure that it will go that far, but we certainly noticed a difference. The big benefit to Battery Doctor is that it is available for both iOS and Android, whereas the other apps are only available for Android.
Features of Battery Doctor include battery monitoring, power management tips, a three-stage charging system that regulates electric flow and an optimiser that dims the screen and shuts down background apps and unused functions.
DU Battery Saver
DU Battery Saver is marketed as giving Android phones up to 50% more battery life and as having more than 400 million users. We can’t confirm that, but we can report that it has a 4.5 star rating in the Google App Store, from more than 13 million people. The free version reduces the device's temperature, manages apps and phone hardware, stops power-consuming notifications and automatically solves battery problems.
The PRO edition adds auto-clear for background apps, and when screenlock is activated, lower CPU frequency, automatic network disable and scheduled mode changes.
Price: Available in a Free version and £1.86 PRO edition
Available for Android only
Avast Battery Saver
Avast Battery Saver speeds up devices and claims to improve battery life between recharges by 20% by optimising settings and disabling unused apps.
It estimates how long your battery will last and notifies you of energy-driving apps and options for stopping them. You can also create customised profiles to tailor phone settings to your specific needs.
Available for Android
Go Battery Saver & Power Widget
GO Battery Saver is a customisable app with a decent range of features. Like the Avast app, it estimates the remaining battery time and explains different ways you can extend it. It doesn’t however promise to extend your phone’s battery by a certain amount.
You can track and optimise the power consumption of individual apps, change the charge settings to extend battery life, and choose from different preset battery modes or create one.
Available for Android
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