How To Increase Battery Life On Android 4.4 KitKat

Upgrading the OS on your phone is cool, but along with the upgrade, you also get plenty of new features that drain your phone battery. There are plenty of tips and tricks, however, here are some effective tips to help save battery on Android 4.4 KitKat.

Use the new GPS feature

A lot of apps on your Android incorporate location-tracking into their offerings. While, they offer great location info, these apps eat into your battery life as they work to pinpoint your location. KitKat attempts to solve this issue with a new Battery Saving GPS mode, which minimizes the number of reference points used to find your location. Because it’s still pretty accurate, it’s a good default choice. To enable this mode, head to Settings > Location > Mode, and enable Battery Saving. When you need to get precise tracking later, switch this setting back to High Accuracy.

OK, Google, can be a killer’

Your Android KitKat phone is a better listener than your wife. However, it kills your battery life. Thanks to the new, persistent Hotword detection, you can say “OK, Google” from any home screen (or within Google Now) to prompt Google Search and Voice Actions. That means, however, that your phone is always listening, waiting for you to say those magic words.

To turn that feature off, head to Google Now > Settings > Voice, and disable Hotword Detection.

Turn NFC off when you don’t need it

NFC is another excellent feature that can eat into your battery life. Some people keep it on, even when they aren’t using it. So, ensure you turn it on, only when you need it. For those who need to keep it enabled, double-check to see that Android Beam is disabled.

To adjust these settings, navigate to Settings > More (under Wireless and Networks) > NFC.

Don’t sync

When add an account to your phone, Google assumes you’d like to sync just about everything. That includes Google Play purchases, Google Keep, and even photos.

That last one is killer: photos. Each time you snap a picture, Google uploads it to your account to back it up. For those who use their phone as their primary camera (that’s everyone, right?), this can seriously hurt your battery life. There are two ways to change this. Head to settings and find your e-mail address under Accounts. Tap the account name again to access sync settings, where you can un-check the items you don’t want synced. Included there is that “Google Photos” option.

Alternatively, head to the Gallery app > Settings, and disable Google Photos Sync.

The battery tool can be effective

If you still can’t figure out why your battery is draining, make use of the built in power monitor, which displays the amount of power each active app is using.

To access the battery tool, call up the notification shade, and tap the Quick Settings icon, then hit the battery logo. Here, you’ll see a complete list of active apps. Take a look around to see if any are consuming an unusually high amount of power. Your phone’s display and networking processes (like Wi-Fi) are unavoidable, but you might find that an app you downloaded is a battery hog.

If you identify a battery-sucking app you’d like to shut down, tap it from the list, and hit “force stop.”

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