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Why Does Your Phone Use So Much Battery When It’s Idle? 

 September 19, 2021

By  Phil Borges

Did you ever notice that your phone battery drains when it is idle, even though the screen isn't on? It is true, it is frustrating when your phone just dies before the day is over.

We are constantly on our phones, and sometimes it seems like they never give us a break! But why does this happen? It might seem strange, but it is actually a normal occurrence.

It turns out that there are many reasons for this behavior, and we will explore them here! Read on to learn what could be going wrong.

Active Use vs. Phone Idle

Active use of the phone is when you are scrolling through social media sites, making a call, emailing a friend, or playing your favorite online game. The phone uses all of its resources to perform the tasks you want your phone to do. With the active use of the phone, that means the phone is using more battery power or will the battery at a much faster rate.

The very moment you stop using the phone, it enters an idle mode. Phone Idle can be when you are off the grid and don't want your notifications coming through. It could be when the phone screen isn't on, and it's just sitting in your pocket or your handbag and still using battery power to perform background tasks such as syncing email accounts, updating apps, etc.

The status of the battery in idle mode will continue to drain slowly. From syncing email accounts to playing music, a lot can happen with the screen off and background tasks happening while you're not even looking at it. 

Reasons Why Your Phone Use So Much Battery When It's Idle

Your phone might be using more battery than it should when it's idle, and this can cause your phone to have shorter battery life. The reason for this is because of the way that apps are designed to use more power than necessary while in the background.

It's time to take charge of your battery life. You may not realize it, but you're using up precious battery power just by leaving your phone idle.

Here are a few things that can drain the life out of your device when idle:  

1) Background apps like Facebook or Instagram use power in the background even when they aren't open.

2) Location Services - if you don't need them on, turn them off and save some juice for later.

3) Phone calls and text messages - this is an obvious one, but too many texts will quickly eat up your minutes.

4) Navigation apps like Waze or Google Maps- these map services use location information in the background, which quickly drains the battery.

5) The battery on your phone is getting old - this might be a sign that it's time to upgrade your device.

6) System live wallpapers - they consume power on your phone, including the type of platform you're using. Android consumes more battery than Windows phones or iPhones.

7) Several features installed in the phone - your Bluetooth devices can be draining down your cell's battery life if left on - don't forget to turn them off. Moreover, Wi-Fi and GPS are always active even when not being used by any apps or programs; this means that they will continue eating away the battery as well.

8) Your phone will continue to drain its battery as apps automatically update. A smartphone is a device that allows people to access the internet on the on-the-go with ease and convenience, but these devices are not without their drawbacks, one of which being power consumption. 

9) Your phone will lose battery life if it can't find a stable radio signal. This is because radios constantly transmit signals through the air, and these transmissions are power-hungry, so your device needs to make sure all of its devices work together in harmony. Otherwise, you'll be left with an empty battery after only thirty minutes or less.

10) Charging habits could lead to a draining battery. If you've been using your phone and then charge it, the subsequent discharge will weaken the cells in your battery over time. It is recommended that phones be charged at regular intervals to keep them running longer and better.

How to conserve your phone's battery in different situations?

Conserving your phone's battery in different situations is not difficult. Ways to conserve your phone's battery can include:

  • Turn your phone off when you plan not to use it for more than an hour.
  • When using your phone for apps, make sure you turn on low power mode.
  • When playing games, turn off background data to save battery.
  • Avoid charging when the battery is at 100% or, if possible, charge it after use.
  • Turn off all unnecessary features like Bluetooth and GPS to conserve battery life.
  • Avoid using heating and cooling systems that steal up 15-30% of your phone's energy.
  • Plan out travel routes in advance with Apple Maps.
  • Use airplane mode when you know you'll be unable to pocket your device. This will help avoid unintentional calls or texts, as well as other services running in the background. 
  • Turn off screen animations to save some battery life.

Tips for prolonging the life of your phone's battery 

It's a bit of an inconvenience when your phone battery starts to die, but it can be prevented. Many people don't know what the main reasons for draining the life out of their battery are. You might think that listening to music all day and playing games are just wasting time, but you're actually draining up precious energy.

Here are helpful tips on how to prolong the life of your phone's battery so that you'll never have to worry again.

-To maximize your phone's battery life and performance, it is necessary for you to learn how to turn on its energy-saving modes. 

-Delete apps that you don't use regularly. Your phone may even do this automatically as you use them less and less, but it's never bad to give an app or two the boot if they're draining your battery life without any benefit.

-Find out what apps are running in the background when you have shut down all of your programs - these will continue eating away at your battery.

-Keep the brightness of your screen as low as possible to help extend its life - and make it easier on your eyes too!

-If you're going to be away from a power outlet for an extended period, turn off all unnecessary functions like Bluetooth or GPS so that they don't continue draining any more juice out.

-Avoid draining your phone battery all the way down to 0% - this can cause your phone not to work at all, so keep it charged in between use.

-If you're going to be sitting at your desk for a while, turn off the screen so that there is no need for it to stay on. This also saves battery life and energy during phone calls or text messages - just remember not to forget about them.

-It's important to acknowledge the extremes of heat and cold as they may take a toll on your phone. If you leave it in your car, for example, during hot or freezing temperatures, then it will probably suffer irreversible damage.

Some Frequently Asked Questions About The Topic

If I reset my phone, will that fix the battery drain?

Many people ask this question, and the answer is yes - but it won't be an instant fix. A reset will return your phone to its original settings, which means that all the apps draining your battery will be gone. The disadvantage would be of course, that you'll have to reinstall them and wait for them to sync with accounts again before they work correctly.

How to tell if I have a healthy phone battery?

You'll know that you have a healthy phone battery when it can last through the day without charging. If your battery is constantly at 20% or less, then there's probably something wrong with it, and you should get a new one right away.

Which app drains my battery the most?

Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are notorious for draining your phone's battery life. If you can't live without them, then make sure to turn off those functions when they're not in use so that you've got more power leftover later on.

Snapchat, Netflix, Youtube, and Facebook are some other apps that you might want to think about removing from your phone - or at least limiting their usage.

If I set my phone to a darker mode or turn down the brightness, will that help?

Yes! Keeping your phone's screen dimmer is a great way to save battery life and make it easier on your eyes. There are apps out there that can automatically adjust your display's color, so you don't have to change settings yourself.

To conclude:

The battery life of your phone is a reflection of how well you care for it. If you can't let go, then be sure to take good care and learn all the tricks mentioned here so that one day when you're sitting at home in front of your computer with a fully charged cell phone - chances are it will have lasted long enough to get you through your day.

The next time your phone's battery is dying, take a look at what apps you've been using. If the app tells you how much power it has used in the last few hours when not actively used, then that might be why your device has been draining its battery quickly. 

Feel free to revisit this article if you are experiencing a sudden and unexplained loss of battery life on your phone. This can help provide some insight into why it might be happening. 

About the author

Hi, I'm Phil Borges.. thanks for reading.. My wife says I can't shut up about batteries so to save my marriage I've started this blog .. where I'd be ranting about batteries! Please leave a comment if you have any questions, I'm happy to help!

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