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tips and applications to forget the plug this vacation

24 mayo, 2021

The smartphone is one of the tools we use the most throughout the day, regardless of whether it is our working day or during holidays. Contacting our loved ones, looking at social networks, managing our mail, playing games or using the cameras are some of the most common uses.

In the end, the element that suffers the most is the battery, which forces us to take a walk around the plug to have our phone available again. To help you have the most carefree vacation possible, here are some tips for saving battery life during this happy time of year.

Disconnect what you don’t need


It is quite common that, regardless of the battery capacity of our mobile, we have more things activated than we are going to use. For example, there are many people who, while away from home, in addition to data, have Wi-Fi turned on. This, although it seems little, will cause the battery to drain sooner due to the continuous search for Wi-Fi networks to connect to.

It is best to spend a few seconds disconnecting what you are not going to use (data, Wi-Fi, bluetooth, NFC …) to avoid that the battery drops more than it should. Taking into account that most of the options (or all, depending on the model) are among the quick settings, you will not have to navigate through the different menus.

Avoid using automatic brightness


One of the things to keep in mind is that the higher we have the brightness set, the more battery will be used while the screen is on. Many, for convenience, have the automatic brightness activated, but if you are looking to maximize the autonomy of your phone, then it is not a very good idea.

It is much more energy efficient that, every time you need to change the screen brightness, you do it manually, which will only take a few seconds because it is usually in the quick settings bar. In some cases, in the same slider there is the possibility to activate or deactivate the automatic brightness.

For the cases where it is not there, simply We will have to go to the mobile settings, select screen and then choose the brightness level. If we have the automatic brightness option activated, then it is best to deactivate it and modify it by hand when necessary (in addition to saving some battery it will avoid the inconvenience of changes when the lighting changes slightly).

Turn off vibration and haptic feedback

Haptic Feedback

There are so many things that drain the battery of our smartphones that it is not strange that we forget that some are there until we really want to gain autonomy. Vibration and haptic response are two of those things that, although it may not seem like it, make us have to visit the plug more frequently.

As for the vibration, It is only advisable to leave it activated if you do not want the sound of the notifications to bother you or you suspect that you will be in a too noisy place like to hear your phone. If you want to deactivate it, you will only have to go to the phone’s settings, enter ‘Sounds and notifications’ and deactivate those options that put vibration.

You will have to follow the same route to deactivate the haptic response, you just have to make sure that the ‘Vibrate on touch’ option is deactivated. In this way, the phone will not vibrate every time you touch the buttons or any area of ​​the screen and, in addition, you will save a little battery.

Turn off touch sounds

Touch Sounds

As with vibration and haptic feedback, touch sounds are often active without us noticing and, even if we don’t notice it, it is a dead battery that will make you have to go through the socket sooner than you want.

Disabling the touch sounds is very simple, we will only have to go to the phone settings, enter ‘Sounds and notifications’ and uncheck the ‘Touch sounds’ box (the text may change depending on the model). In addition to this, and taking advantage of the fact that it is the same route, we recommend deactivating the touch tones on the keyboard and the screen lock.

Turn off automatic sync

Automatic Synchronization

Automatic synchronization is quite interesting if we are during business hours and we wait for email to reach us without having to turn on the phone at all times. But vacations are for chilling, lazy and passing the mail, so automatic syncing is not as necessary.

To deactivate this feature, we will simply have to go to the phone’s settings and enter ‘Accounts and synchronization’. Once inside, You just have to change the position of the switch and click on accept in the window that will appear then. Enjoy your vacation without emails by letting you know about new friends you can make on Facebook.

If your mobile has an AMOLED screen, use a black background

Black Background Cover

One of the biggest advantages of AMOLED displays is that when reproducing the black color, the pixels remain off, resulting in a slight battery saving. In Google Play there is an interesting selection of applications that allow you to put black wallpapers.

You can also choose an image that is not in the official store. To change the wallpaper, you just have to press and hold on the desktop, select ‘Wallpaper’ and choose the one you like the most.

Turn off OK Google


That the smartphone is constantly listening is fine if you need it to be available, for example, when you cannot use it properly (you are walking down the street or you only have one hand available), but on vacation you will not have to resort to the commands of voice so even for a few days, you can get rid of your friend OK Google.

To remove it, you simply have to go to the Google application and enter its settings. Click on Voice, enter ‘Detection of “OK Google”‘ and turn off the switches ‘In the Google app’ and ‘Always on’.

Reduces the time the screen is on

Pixel Xl 3

The screen is the item that spends the most on a smartphone, and the longer it is on, the less it will last. Since, obviously, you have to have it turned on every time we use the mobile, it is best to reduce the time that the screen is on without using the terminal.

To do this, it is best to go to the settings, enter ‘Screen’ and choose a reduced screen timeout. If possible, every time we stop using the smartphone, it is best to turn it off manually to further reduce battery drain.

Keep your apps up to date

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Every time an application is updated, improvements are made to both performance and optimization, resulting in slightly lower battery drain. Keeping applications updated is especially important if they resolve bugs that were draining your smartphone’s battery.

The most recommended thing is that you have activated in Google Play to notify you of the availability of application updates (The automatic update does not, this way we avoid that they update while you are outside a Wi-Fi network). To do this, in the Google Play settings, go to the ‘Notifications’ section and make sure that ‘Updates’ is activated.

Be careful with applications

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Most applications, even when we are not using them, are consuming resources in the background and therefore also battery, that is normal and beneficial in many cases. The problem comes when some of them consume excessively and, consequently, drain your smartphone’s battery.

One of the best known cases is Facebook, but it is not the only one. Currently there are several models in which the system warns you if an app consumes too much battery for you to close it, but we recommend that, if there are good alternatives, you uninstall it (as in the case of Facebook).

Help yourself with battery saving applications

The advice that we have given above, in itself, will help you save a certain percentage of battery that can be vital for you to reach the end of the day or endure the exhausting day at the beach or pool. Nevertheless, there are some applications that can help you a little more to save battery, like the ones we will say below.



There is not much to say about this application, one of the most famous in its category. In the beginning only root users could use it, but some time ago this restriction was removed for several of its functions. It can help a lot to carry out the above tips automatically.



Juice Defender

It is another of the veteran and best-known applications on Google Play. Its function is to try to save battery on your device by disabling unnecessary connections. You may have to spend a few minutes setting it up, but it turns out to be worth it., even though it has not been updated since 2012 and its visual appearance is somewhat outdated.

Juice Defender

Juice Defender

Battery Defender

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Although not as well known, the function of Battery Defender It is very similar to the previous two, saving battery by deactivating what is not needed (although scanning the networks every so often while the screen is off so that you receive notifications). In addition, it allows you to configure a sleep interval in which you will not receive notifications.

Battery Defender

Battery Defender

These are some of the best examples, always avoiding the kind of apps whose way to “save battery” is to close apps in the background that, in the long run, they end up consuming even more than they supposedly save.

None of the advice we have given in this article will double your autonomy on their own, but a set of them will make a difference between having to look for an outlet urgently and enduring until the night, especially if the day is spent outside (beach, swimming pool, amusement park …). Are you having a hard time getting to the end of the day with your terminal’s battery on vacation?

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