New features such as NFC, 2K resolutions and 20-megapixel cameras are fun and exciting, but when your smartphone or tablet dies you can't use them anymore. In Android 5.0 Lollipop, Google added a battery saver feature that can extend your device's endurance by reducing background processes, eliminating unneeded screen animations, turning off auto-updates of apps and more. While the battery saver is automatically disabled when charging, it can be turned on manually, or on its own when the battery reaches critical levels of remaining charge.
Here’s how to access the new battery saver mode for yourself.
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1. Open the Settings menu.
2. Tap the Battery tab. The main battery screen is also great for discovering which apps or components are sucking up all of your device's power.
3. Tap the three dot menu icon in the top right, and select battery saver.
4a. Turn the mode on manually by tapping the slider in the top right.
4b. Turn battery saver mode on automatically at 5 or 15 percent. You’ll know when its on when the header color changes from dark gray to orange.
To find more Android 5 news, tips and help, visit the Tom's Guide Android Forums.
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