Google has equipped its Pixel phones with cutting edge systems to address the need of the hour.
When the low-battery warning appears on your phone, a sense of anxiety starts to creep into your mind, right? Thinner bodies, brighter screens, faster processors, more background software, and speedier internet connections are some of the common factors that contribute to poor battery life of smart phones today. Along with more advanced batteries, manufacturers are also incorporating more aggressive strategies to manage the power drain issues.
Google has equipped its Pixel phones with cutting edge systems to address the need of the hour, which are options in the software itself. Now, let’s explore 3 battery booster option and learn to make the most of it.
Adaptive charging for your Pixel phone
This option is not meant to get immediate result, instead, will help you in the long run and make your battery last longer and perform better. This simple setting is called Adaptive Charging. During overnight charging (between 9 PM and 3 AM), the phone automatically slows down its charging and spreads out the process over the entire period of plugged-in time.
The only thing you need to do for this is to set an alarm in the Pixel Clock app for anywhere between 3 AM and 10 AM. The phone sets the alarm time as the time to complete charging. To enable this option for a Pixel 4 or a for latest version, go to the system settings, by swiping down twice from the top of the screen and then tapping the gear-shaped icon in the lower-right corner of the panel that comes up. Then tap ‘Battery’ followed by ‘Adaptive preferences’ and switch it on. With Adaptive Charging on, your Pixel will always optimize its charging pattern.
Smart power usage
Now, let’s optimize the process of actual power-usage habits. Here also, Google’s software has some smart ways that can be easily adopted. The setting called ‘Adaptive Battery’ will keep an eye on the apps you tend to use the most during the day. Then the power allocation for the rarely used apps will be minimized. In other words, after learning your usage pattern, the standard Android power management is customized for optimal battery life. To activate the option, go to your Pixel system settings again, and select ‘Battery’, tap ‘Adaptive Preference’, find ‘Adaptive Battery’ and ensure the switch next to it is active.
When we come across the low-battery warning, probably the steps we’ve already taken are of no use. But, to avoid such panic situations, we can prepare ourselves a bit. Your Pixel also will support you with another feature called ‘Battery Saver’. This option is specifically designed to prevent a shutdown. It’s usually activated by default in the newer versions of Pixel.
If not, go back to the settings, press ‘Battery’ and then ‘Battery Saver’. Subsequently tap ‘Set a schedule’ and then select the ‘Based on your routine’ option. Google intelligence learns your typical usage patterns over time, uses that as a guide to predict when your battery’s likely to run low. Then, it’ll automatically activate the Pixel Battery Saver system which limits some activities and features to save power.
If your phone is a Pixel 3 or a later model and wish to stretch your battery a bit more, there’s another option in the setting. In the ‘Battery Saver’ option on the settings menu, tap the line ‘Extreme Battery Saver’. Then tap ‘When to use’ and then select ‘Ask every time’.
In Extreme Battery Saver mode, most apps get paused and are unable to send notifications and your Pixel’s entire processing is slowed down. The phone may not be in full steam in this mode, but it can be a real lifesaver.