Manage Battery Performance on Android Oreo
Edited by Jay
The latest Android-powered phones are feature rich mini-computers with more processing power than some desktops and laptops from a couple of decades ago. All this power packed into such a small case comes at a price, however, and we're not just referring to the retail cost. Battery life is something you'll hear all smartphone users gripe about at some point or another. If you're someone that uses their phone to watch a lot of videos/music or to take photographs and record video, you've no doubt quietly (or loudly) cursed your battery. Likewise, if you use a wide variety of applications and have a tendency to leave them open, you'll most likely notice that the battery drains quicker than if you only used the device to call and text.
The Good news is, Android Oreo (and some older versions such as Nougat and Marshmallow) have a variety of options to help maximize battery life. When Oreo first launched several users complained about poor battery performance. However, it seems to have improved substantially with the 8.1 update (at least on certain devices).
In the following VisiHow tutorial we'll cover battery management (and a few battery saving tips) on a Google Pixel running Android Oreo 8.1.0.
Please keep in mind that not all devices use power at the same rate due to hardware and other environmental differences (exposure to colder temperatures for example).
Advanced Battery Usage
Some features can help extend the life of your device's battery.
- 2Toggle the switch to turn Battery Saver mode (the status and navigation bars will turn orange). By default, this will; dim your display, stop vibrations and animation, minimize GPS ability, and minimize or pause a few other features.our customization tutorial.
App and Device Usage Since Full Charge
- 1Below the Power management section is where you can see what percentage of the battery is being used by individual apps, since the last full charge. Tap an application to view additional usage information.
- 2By default, all the functions that cannot be optimized are listed. To view all the optimized applications, tap the drop-down triangle, followed by "All apps".
- 3If you want to disable optimization for a particular app, tap it, then select "Don't optimize". Please note that doing this may drain your battery quicker.
Tips, Tricks, and Warnings
- Make use of Adaptive brightness whenever possible as the display is one of the biggest power drainers.
- Set Sleep Mode to kick in sooner (15-30 seconds).
- Try not to let your battery drop too low before charging. Sometimes this is difficult but whenever possible, top up your battery as it will ultimately extend its life and performance.
- Try not to expose your device to frigid temperatures for extended periods of time.
- Keep your device and all its apps updated regularly. Running an outdated version of an app can have adverse effects on battery performance.