How badly do you want to improve your Android phone’s battery life? If you’re willing to root it, you’ll have several options for third-party apps that will give you more control over how your smartphone consumes power than ever before. A forum member at XDA Developers has put together a thorough guide for improving your rooted Android phone’s battery life with the help of five different apps.
Before we go any further, we should warn you that some of these apps come from sources outside the Google Play Store. While they’ve gotten favorable mentions and reviews from XDA forum members, it’s always a risk to install apps from places outside Google’s official app store. That said, if you’re willing to take the risk, here are the five apps that will hopefully give your phone a big battery boost.
- Greenify is an app that lets you hibernate apps that aren’t being used, which is an extremely useful feature for anyone who typically has lots of different apps running at the same time.
- My Android Tools serves as a dashboard to let you disable services and activities that are draining your battery.
- AppOpsXposed is a permissions manager that will let you rescind certain app permissions that are particularly power hungry.
- AdAway uses the hosts file to block data-devouring advertisements that get delivered to your phone.
- Power Nap is an adaptation of Sony’s Stamina Mode feature that it uses in its flagship Xperia Z phones. XDA writes that “In order to download [Power Nap], you need to join the alpha testers community in Google+ here and opt to become a tester.Then you’ll be able to download and run the app.”
To take advantage of these apps, you’ll need to use a phone that’s running Android 4.0.3 or higher. To learn more about installing and using these apps, we recommend checking out XDA’s full guide by clicking here.