Activate this one setting to boost your Android phone's battery life

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Once you know how to restrict background data on Android, not only will you save on your data allowance but also your battery life — letting you use one of the best Android phones for longer.  

By knowing how to restrict background data on Android, you can prevent apps that you aren't focusing on from refreshing when you don’t have Wi-Fi access. This constant refreshing and searching for a connection can eat away at your phone battery. Great, right?

Well, yes and no. There is a drawback: by disabling background app refresh, apps such as Instagram and WhatsApp won’t notify you of incoming messages unless you have them open. Thankfully, though, you can set individual permissions for important apps like WhatsApp to bypass these settings. That means they'll still refresh in the background, but only having a few apps doing so will save more battery life and data than if they all are.

Here’s how to restrict background data on Android. 

How to restrict background data on Android 

1. Open the Settings app

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 2. Under the settings menu tap Mobile Network.

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 3. Tap Data usage.

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 4. You can now see which apps are using the most data. Tap Data saving

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5.  Toggle Data saving on, then, if you want to make exceptions for certain apps, tap Unrestricted apps. 

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6. Toggle on any apps you would like to continue to refresh with mobile data.

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There you go, that should help your battery last longer. If you still can't get the battery life you're looking for, try lowering the brightness of the screen and turning off the likes of Bluetooth as well. You could always try one of the best portable chargers otherwise. 

iPhone owner? Don't feel left out, learn how to turn off background refresh on iPhone. If nothing seems to be helping your Android battery life it's worth knowing how to check Android battery health. You might also want to take a deeper dive into your phone's settings and knowing how to enable Android developer options will help. If you want to share your Wi-Fi password with someone, better learn how to share a Wi-Fi password on Android. Fancy a fresh alarm sound? Learn how to record custom alarm sounds on Android.

Andy Sansom
Trainee Writer

Andy is Tom’s Guide’s Trainee Writer, which means that he currently writes about pretty much everything we cover. He has previously worked in copywriting and content writing both freelance and for a leading business magazine. His interests include gaming, music and sports- particularly Formula One, football and badminton. Andy’s degree is in Creative Writing and he enjoys writing his own screenplays and submitting them to competitions in an attempt to justify three years of studying.