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7 simple battery tips for the OnePlus 2

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Despite packing a substantial 3,300 mAh battery, the OnePlus 2 somehow doesn't manage to stay charged as long as its predecessor, the OnePlus One – and that didn't exactly set the world on fire in that area either. It does have plenty of other features that make it worthwhile though, so here are seven ways that will help you keep it alive longer.

1. Dim the screen

Brightness is the enemy of battery life. So if you find that your OnePlus 2 can't last the day, head to the Display menu in Settings and turn the screen brightness down as low as you can bear, preferably less than 40 percent. You can also try out the phone's dark mode and see if that works for you

Turning on adaptive brightness can also help as it means your device will adapt to your surroundings, saving you a bit of juice, although we generally find that manually lowering the brightness is more effective.

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Dark mode can help you save battery./ © ANDROIDPIT

2. Switch everything off

Don't actually switch everything off, obviously. But there are a lot of things you can shut down to save those precious percentage points.

One of the most obvious is location services. While these are critical for apps such as Google Maps and Uber, most of the time they aren't needed, and while they're constantly checking on your whereabouts, they are eating up battery. 

It's also worth considering your notifications and vibration settings. Switch off the things you don't need or use and you should notice a difference in battery life.

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The battery life of the OnePlus 2 is questionable. / © ANDROIDPIT

3. Disable the second SIM

The OnePlus 2 followed the recent trend of having a second SIM port. This can be useful but having two SIMs working at the same time can also be a huge battery drain. There probably aren't that many times when you need them both running, so we suggest switching the redundant one off.

To do this, go to Settings and toggle the appropriate SIM off. You can always switch it back when you need it.

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Second SIM cards can eat up battery. / © ANDROIDPIT

4. Don't over-sleep

Leaving your phone screen on when you aren't using it is a massive waste of battery. It's easily done though, particularly if you're distracted, perhaps by something shiny. 

To mitigate this, change your settings so that your phone goes into sleep mode as quickly as possible – we recommend 15 seconds or less. Again, this can be found in the Settings menu.

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Check your sleep settings and get rid of bloatware. / © ANDROIDPIT

5. Remove bloatware

The OnePlus 2 shouldn't come with too much bloatware, but there's still a chance that it has some apps you can get rid of. For starters, if you bought the phone from Amazon, its app will be there – and if you don't use Amazon, you can get rid of it. If you bought the phone from a third party, there's likely to be even more. 

Check the apps in your settings and disable or delete the ones you don't need. It's also worth checking which apps are working in the background and making a decision about which to keep.

6. Disconnect

While there are times when Wi-Fi and/or data are essential (most of the time that your phone is in your hand and unlocked), there are also large portions of the day when you don't need it.

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Be aware of your app settings and your Wi-Fi and data usage. / © ANDROIDPIT

As long as you have Wi-Fi and data switched on, your phone will keep pulling data, so if you don't need it – if you are in a meeting or a place with no signal anyway – switch it off in Settings and your phone's battery will last longer.

7. Conserve power

Most Android phones have boasted Power Saving modes for some time now, but the OnePlus 2 offers a more customizable experience. Head to Settings and have a play with the power options to find the one that works for you. 

Have you had problems with the OnePlus 2's battery? Have we missed any useful tips? Comment below. 

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Matt Pearson's love for all things tech was sparked in late-80s England by the humble Commodore 64 and has yet to fade. Although his career has mostly seen him work as a news journalist, he's always been a keen observer of the mobile world and has the evangelical certainty of the late-life convert to Android.

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    Shaniya1234 Nov 21, 2015 Link to comment

    Now buy the latest OnePlus 2 at a discounted price at

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    Aravind Muvva Nov 20, 2015 Link to comment

    All these tips are just useless.To get a good SOT the only trick that worked for me is- power off the device and get into recovery mode(you can do this by pressing volume down+power button for about 5 seconds) then go to clear data & cache. From the menu click "clear cache".make sure you clear only cache but not data as it will delete all your worked for me,hope it works for you too.let me know your result after trying in the comment section :)

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    Zee Avery Nov 20, 2015 Link to comment

    Hi Kris, thanks for the tips to reduce data waste. But I would like to reduce the foreground usage of you tube. I use it for songs that are not recorded but are spontaneous. Is there a way to turn it off while not in use other than force stop. It is using foreground data all day long when I'm not using it, dont understand that

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      Timo Fricke Jul 27, 2016 Link to comment

      @ Zee Avery : There is one method to do that. You have to unlock the Bootloader, Install TWRP, install SuperSU(Rooting it) and intall XPOSED. There you find the module :" Youtube Background Playback". It works nice together with "Youtube Adaway" :). But its lot of work ^^

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