Our phones are getting smarter as they let us make video calls, download attachments, indulge in group chats for hours, watch movies, play games, download zillions of apps and more. On the other hand, the battery life has yet to catch up with the advancing smartphone technologies. It’s not just the apps running in background that stealthily suck up power, even elements like display, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS are to be blamed. Wouldn’t it be great if someone could optimise the smartphone as per your usage, without you having to bother about it? Yes, that’s how a battery saver app could come to the rescue. If you are a smartphone user who usually frets over frequent battery power loss, then we've listed three really handy battery saver apps for your smartphone that are worth considering.
Du Battery Saver&Switch Widget
The Du Battery Saver&Switch optimises your device to squeeze in some additional battery by shutting down or lowering the intensity of some components/features. We really liked the way the app shows how many more hours your battery will last. One will always find Du Battery notifications, giving a glance at how much battery life is left each time you view the phone’s display. Now, if the time left is six hours and you want it to squeeze through, say, seven hours of battery usage, then simply click on the Optimise button. It will quickly scan your device and show the best possible options such as optimise screen brightness, set the screen timeout, disable Bluetooth/ Wi-Fi and so on. By completely optimising the phone, we managed to extend the battery life by 1 hour and 16 minutes.
Optimise the smartphone to save battery life
You can choose from several battery saving modes and create new modes as per your preference. For instance, Sleep mode disables all the power consuming features and simply keeps the clock and alarm on. Long mode keeps calls and SMS active and the General mode keeps call, SMS and mobile data on. The user interface is slick and the app performed brilliantly on most of the phones we used, but we did face a glitch while using it with Galaxy nexus. Click here to check the complete review of the app. While the free version will suffice your needs, those looking for additional features such as intelligent mode-switching can opt for the premium version that costs Rs 183.
If you are an app-happy person, then Greenify is a must-have. This battery-saving app automatically hibernates battery hogging apps that linger in the background once you're finished using them. On installing the app, one has to just add the applications that they want Greenify to hibernate, and it will do the rest. Though apps hibernate, they don’t freeze and can be used as usual (you may not be able to see notifications from some social networking apps). Unfortunately, it requires root permissions on your smartphone in order to run. The app also helps a user understand which apps can possibly create issues by giving you additional details of what that app is doing in the background. Greenify saves your battery life and resources that are unnecessarily absorbed by apps running in the background. It is free to download but does have a donation page.
Hibernates battery hogging apps
Just like most of the battery-saving apps, Battery Doctor shows how much power is consumed by specific apps and suggests certain changes to save battery life. But what sets it apart is its ability to instill some good battery-usage habits in the user. The app ensures that you charge the smartphone up to a certain level and never go below a certain amount of battery power. It uses a unique three charge cycle that boosts battery life and gives you options to ensure that the battery power doesn’t drain below a specific level. Battery Doctor optimises the smartphone in such a way that the battery life lasts longer and the device performs faster. It comes with a handy widget that serves as a shortcut to disable/enable a particular function of the phone.
Teaches battery saving habits
One should note that these apps don’t bring additional battery life but optimise your smartphone in such a way that it can be used for a longer time between charges. If you've been using any of these apps, then do share your experience about the change in battery life.