How to Extend Battery Life on Your Motorola Droid


The Motorola Droid uses a tremendous amount of battery life; all Android phones do. If you are sitting next to an electrical outlet, this is not a problem. If you're on a long road trip without your car charger, well ... . There are few steps that you can take to extend the battery life of your Motorola Droid as much as possible.

  • Fully charge the battery when you first purchase your Droid. Leave the phone plugged in to the charger overnight. New batteries are not always fully charged, so when you first get your phone take the time to charge the battery properly.

  • Add the Power Control Widget to your Droid. The Power Control Widget allows you to easily turn off accessories that are draining your battery. Applications such as GPS, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth may all be contributing to your battery loss. Tap "Menu" followed by "Add" from your Home screen. Click "Widgets," and then "Power Control" to properly add the widget to your Home screen.

  • Turn off Bluetooth, GPS and Wi-Fi when you are not using them. These programs still use the battery when they are on yet not being used. The Power Control Widget gives you the ability to turn all off with a tap of a button.

  • Access the "Battery Use Feature" under "Settings" on your phone. This feature shows you exactly what applications are using your battery at that moment. It is similar to the Power Control Widget on your Motorola Droid, and gives you a "live look" at your battery situation and the applications draining it.

  • Take a "live look" at the applications draining your battery and "Force Stop" any applications that you or your Droid are not currently using. Types of applications that run constantly in the background (even when not being used) are games, music players, your calendar, social networking applications and so on. Unless you are actually using these apps, there is no point in allowing them to run in the background and drain your battery.

  • Lower the brightness of your display. This is a common issue that can easily be changed. By dimming your background, you save essential battery life.

Tips & Warnings

  • Analyze your battery situation first
  • Change to a shorter backlight duration
  • Do not "Force Stop" any application that your Droid might be using to run its operating system. If you don't know what the app is, chances are your Droid is using it and you should leave it alone. Only "Force Stop" apps that you know you aren't using, such as a game that you aren't currently playing.

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