Top 5 Best Apps to Save Battery Life

September 10, 2013
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Chances are high that you own a smartphone. Chances are also high that you’re wondering how to get more battery life out of your device. While smartphones are wonderful devices that are capable of doing so much, there is one area they fall short: battery life. One thing basic phones often excel at over smartphones is the fantastic battery life they possess.

While it’s not likely that our Android smartphones will reach the same battery life as basic phones in the near future, we can eek out more juice thanks to the help of battery saving apps.

Android 4.3 offers improvement in battery life and renders many of the apps below ineffective. If you own a Nexus 4, 10, 7 or HTC One or Galaxy S4 Google Play edition, then just skip ahead to our best tips for saving battery life here.

These are the best battery saver Android apps in Google’s Play Store. These aren’t your average run-of-the-mill power saving options — we’re looking at apps that actually work as intended and help your device make better use of its battery.

That said, here are the top five best battery saver Android apps.

DU Battery Saver

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DU Battery Saver easily comes in as one of my favorite battery saver Android apps. It seems to work better than most built-in power saving options, and has a whole lot more features to take advantage of than some of the more average power saving apps.

There are various intelligent mode and pre-set options that you can set up to make sure you’re using as little battery as possible. Du Battery Saver even has a few of its own widgets to make things easily accessible. All in all, DU Battery Saver is one of the best battery saving Android apps you can get.

Get it on Google Play


Easy Battery Saver

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Another great battery saver Android app is Easy Battery Saver. In some ways, it works the same Du Battery Save does, but it’s unique in that it gives you a quick status of your battery levels on the main page, giving you fairly accurate analysis on how much more use you can get out of it.

One of the best advantages of Easy Battery Saver is that it lives up to its name — being user friendly is probably one of the best things about it. It’s definitely one of the best battery saver Android apps out there.

Get it on Google Play


Battery Widget Reborn

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Battery Widget Reborn is another one of my favorite battery saving Android apps, mainly because it has a lot of features, a notification icon, and some really useful widgets.

Honestly, it’s one of the more thoughtful and well designed battery saving Android apps on Google Play. Additionally, it has the Dashclock Extension that lets you activate your camera flash to use as a flashlight. It’s not like those two features are a must have, but the Dashclock Extension is certainly a nice addition for us Dashclock users. For more info on Dashclock, click here.

As for more useful features, there are a few power saving options that automatically kick in during the night while you’re sleeping, such as turning Airplane Mode on. Overall, it’s one of the more useful battery saving Android apps, so check it out.

Get it on Google Play


JuiceDefender

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JuiceDefender has tons of different preset modes. For the most part, all of them work wonderfully, and one of the more unique things about JuiceDefender is that it scales the CPU when your device is idle. In other words, the processor isn’t taking as much power when you just aren’t using it.

It has an easy to use interface, it can turn mobile data off automatically, and most of all, it can extend your battery life for long periods of time. It’s also one of the most recommended battery saver Android apps. Most of the app is free, but some features will want you to purchase the Plus or Ultimate version. Either way, though, it’s one of the many loved battery saver Android apps.

Get it on Google Play


Battery Doctor

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Battery Doctor is one of the more popular battery saving apps for Android. Battery Doctor is nice because it not only is designed to speed up your device, but also features a built-in task killer to get rid of the apps taking unneeded space and power in the background, like bloatware that many Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and other carrier branded phones come with.

This battery saver Android app actually shows information very accurately. For example, it will show you how much battery power you have left after shutting down various features on your phone, such as Bluetooth, GPS, Wi-Fi, and etc.

One of the best parts of this app is how accurately it gauges battery levels, and that’s probably one of the best features you could ever get so you actually have an idea of when your device is going to run out of battery, based on your consumption patterns. It’s nice to know how much time you have left, and can be very helpful.

Get it on Google Play


Wrap Up

There you have it – some of the better battery saving apps for Android.  There are a lot of power saving apps out there, but some of them just don’t work as we want them, too. Of course, you don’t always need an app to save battery life. There are plenty of things you can do on your own to eek out that last bit of juice.

Often, basic things like changing your wallpaper to a darker color will help lower battery consumption. Getting rid of background data and live wallpapers can be a huge help, as well. And finally, the more apps you have installed, the worse your battery performance is likely to be, so be sure to keep only the apps that you actually use.

Final Thoughts

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While these are some of the more advanced battery saving Android apps out there, it’s important to note that nothing will extend your devices battery life like you changing up your usage patterns. Any battery saving app that functions as a ‘task killer’ should be avoided at all costs. Android is a multitasking operating system, and, as such, keeps apps in the memory so that they can be accessed quickly. Android has been designed use up most of the available memory, and keeps often used apps in the background. If a manager (app) comes and closes them, they will simply reinitialize, and consume a lot of battery in the process.

Check out our best battery saving tips and tricks here, you’ll find some fantastic tips inside. 

Do you have any battery saver Android apps you’ve used in the past? Did you like them? Tell us about them in the comments!

Comments

  • Balraj

    One of the worst thing of android phone
    Provide widget, live wallpaper,hd screen & then when you buy an android phone
    Don’t use too many widgets, no live wallpaper & definitely brightness set at half or less
    Such a sucker……

    • mumusen

      Well said

    • t.klien29

      ahahaha!!)) that’s sounds like an irony

  • venorme

    Most that these apps can do is profile managment to turn off Wi-fi, bluetooth, etc. whan not used.
    Any other function of programs like this making no difference or even increase battery drain due to main app program running all the time and trying to kill apps.
    There are real ways to improve battery life but all they need root:

    1) Get kernel without memory leaks and tweaked governers
    2) Remove apps from autostart (app that claim to do this without root are just killing starting apps all the time and use more battery)
    3) Get Greenify and hibernate apps (latest version of it doesnt prevent apps from notification popup)
    All other ways are either crippling device by loosing function (offcourse I can put lowest brightness but I have bought phone to use it in any light) or are just fake

    • Balraj

      Dude..only few ppl root android devices
      So your post doesn’t give solution for rest…
      Just my thought..ppl who know rooting know most of above mentioned stuff
      Buy a new phone just to root
      No chance

      • venorme

        I am not “dude” for you.
        I just stated that none of these apps can help to save battery in other way than cripling your device functionality.

        • Balraj

          I take back “dude” happy..
          You did have a point..just that mostly it root related

          • Bombarstic

            Balraj, you are ryt he is “dude”, how many ppl know how to root smartphones. PC sales are falling bcoz of such geek freaks confusing the general public….

          • Ollie

            Bomb, PC sales are falling because smartphones and tablets are more than enough for the general public, not because of ‘geek freaks’. Venorme is correct, these apps listen are just going to clog up your device and not help at all! Balraj, I bought the GS3 last year and the first thing I did was root it? I had no idea what a kernel was, and if it wasn’t people like venorme, i’d never know to properly increase my phones battery life.

        • DefoDude

          Defo not a “dude” more a “DICK”

        • awesomepossom

          Wow dude, calm down!

    • James

      Thanks for the advice vernorme! Will do. And to the others, just google how to root. Simple.

  • Albin

    New to Android, I learned a lot from Battery Doctor, which explains while it does its thing. The main thing I learned was to keep screen timeout to 15 or 30 seconds and install KeepScreen for the apps I don’t want dimmed when they run. Interesting point about killing background tasks in RAM, I’ve had a tendency to do that with CleanMaster, but maybe it’s a mistake.

  • APai

    I feel paranoid using these battery savers, they just get in the way of saving battery I felt! frankly, sony’s implementation of battery saving works best. stamina mode – or use a profile to switch off network interface when not using the screen. I guess that’s one half of it. the other one being reducing screen brightness when indoors. we really don’t need super bright screens all the time, especially indoors.

    and oh. all those crappy apps we wanted to try and forget to use – but they linger around nevertheless. i wish we could kill autostarting apps without rooting (because a lot of people apparently do not root). i heard that is coming soon, at least via name & shame.

  • Kim Johny

    The best and the easiest app to save battery is Long Battery Life. It does it work very effective + shows bsttery indicator with % on status bar

  • Kris

    This is BS. Llama is by far the best app out there to save battery and do even more!

  • Raghuvarya

    Hey guys, here are top battery saving app 2013 for android devices.
    http://www.zackable.com/android/top-battery-saving-apps/

  • PapaG

    Snapdragon BatteryGuru <3

    • Flip Jumpman

      That’s what I use. What’s the verdict on this app?

  • Jasmine

    This „article” is useless, and you will know this when you’ll see this: „Often, basic things like changing your wallpaper to a darker color will help lower battery consumption.” — this is so HUGE, enormous BS.
    It’s true only for minority of the devices, few models with AMOLED-type screen.
    ALL other screens use exactly the same amount of power no matter what color do you use.

    Also, thanks venorme for your comments, you are right.
    Personally I use Tasker for some battery-management related tasks, but mostly I use „Power Saver” app from my HTC Sense 5.5, which can scale CPU down and cut off data connections with screen off – what gives me ~6 hours more.

    I was thinking about SetCPU but considered I am still running on stock kernel (so no undervolting available), I didn;t decide yet.

    • ZIYAD

      hello frnds..]
      am also reccommending none of the above apps.because when we installed those apps, it is running is background with 10 mb ram and power usage. we can see the background processes and running apps in SETTINGS>APPS>RUNNING.. and we can watch that the battery saving apps were tooking more even……….
      so i reccommend that reboot your phone and charge everyday..not rebooting aftercharge…it will helps to a effective charging. and for optimizing background processes and apps install(if u want to save power and ram,)the AVG ANTIVIRUS (simple..and doesnt harm or freeze your phone. it helps to keep stop of unnecessorily running apps and you can also get mal=virus protection..

      i highly reccomend that nope installing power saving and cleaning cache apps both in dphone….]
      the best is clear ram and install useful apps and disable unusing apps in phone..
      this is the original tips to save power and keeping good performance of your handset..
      do want some 10 or 13 minutes extra battery life by harming your mobilephone..
      we all had falling down in the artificial useful apps..first think it is influencing only visibly…the usage of this apps is waste and harm to motherboard of the android handsets..
      so please avoid these apps well..
      and refresh your phone with hard reset once in year (back up all important datas before
      )
      i think someone had useful my post..thank you for site..
      ENJOY YOUR SMARTPHONE KEEPING FRESH AND FAST,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

  • shishir mainaly

    it is necessary to download all those top 5 application and install it or download any one application among them/

  • Stephen Krish

    Juice defender is the best. I use juice defender ultimate
    http://appinstall.blogspot.com

  • http://darkangelights2009.tumblr.com/ darkangelights

    Which is better?

  • Kavan Leon

    there is no actual app out there extend your battery life ..its just a battery manager(kill reduce back light ,kill wifi and date phone plus ,,etc when you don’t use it, it will turn it off in *idle mode*.)the worse part is app itself run in background drain more power

  • androido
  • Richard McRae

    So wait, why does this least feature multiple “task killers” and talk about how great that function is, but then as a final note say “Any battery saving app that functions as a ‘task killer’ should be avoided at all costs.”? Why are you recommending apps that you then say should be avoided at all costs? It makes the rest of your list suspect.