One of the most common complaints we get about smartphones is the performance of the battery. If you look at the top threads for most smartphones on our forum, they are mentioning battery life. Some users have batteries that will just drop 10 or 20 percent in an instant. Others are just unhappy about the screen on time they are getting with their device.
We are going to troubleshoot through some major battery issues you may experience with your iPhone or Android device.
Huge Battery Life Drops
The most common issue is that your battery life has gotten a lot worse overnight. Say you normally get through the day and have 30 percent of the battery left. You are using the phone normally, but you are now experiencing it reaching 5 percent before you even get home.
If you are having such an issue, it is usually because of a software update or a rouge app. Uninstall the apps you added to your phone before the battery life started to give you problems. See if it gets better. If it does not, roll back your software update to the previous version. It should take care of the issue.
Poor Screen on Time
Another issue that a lot of people talk about, especially on Android devices, is screen on time. It refers to the hours that you get from the phone with the screen on – with a single charge.
The average screen on time for modern Android devices is three to six hours. If you are in that range on a single charge, there is nothing unusual about your battery life. Those who are getting two hours or less of screen on time with a single charge may need to replace their battery.
Such extreme loss of battery life, where you barely get two hours of screen on time in a single charge from 100 to 0, means that your battery has lost a lot of its capacity. If your phone is two or more years old, battery degradation is normal. Just take your phone to a repair shop and they will install a new battery for less than $50!