Over the course of Android's lifetime, there have been many apps to come out that promise to extend your battery life. Just to name a few, there's Juice Defender, Qualcomm's Battery Guru, and many others. The only problem with those is that they provide a placebo effect. You're basically leaving an app running to save your battery, which doesn't make a whole lot of sense right? I've tried many of them on all different kinds of devices I've owned over the years. Then I came across Greenify. A lot of my friends/followers on Google+, Facebook and Twitter have said that it greatly increases their battery life. So I thought I'd give it a try. Wow does it do a great job.
The difference between Greenify and other apps, is that it's not always running. What it does is hibernate a list of apps that you've chosen when the device is asleep. And that's about it. So today, we are going to walk through how to set it up.
- You're going to need Root. So if you're not already rooted, you'll want to do that first.
- Download Greenify from the Google Play Store
- Once it's downloaded and installed, fire it up on your phone or tablet
- Next tap on the "+" sign in the lower left-hand corner
- Now you're going to select every app that you want Greenify to hibernate. I choose everything except for Messages, Gmail, Twitter, Hangouts, and Google+.
- Next tap the check mark in the upper right-hand corner. Now Greenify will be hibernating all your apps you selected.
- That's it. Now just let your phone's battery life increase!
It may not seem like a lot, but trust me it's definitely worth it. Before when I would unplug my Nexus 4, Battery Widget Reborn would tell me I have about 12-14 hours of battery life left. With Greenify, it's about 22 hours or longer. Now remember, this is all on HSPA+ and LTE for me. So if you're on Wi-Fi all the time, you're battery will have much different numbers. So if you're rooted, you'll want to give Greenify a try. What do you have to lose? What do you use to increase the battery life on your Android devices?