Manufacturers may not emphasize this, but keeping up with battery life is an ever-present part of using a portable device. Fortunately, there is no shortage of apps out there to make this job easier. Some track a single phone or tablet, while others sync across multiple. Here are four of the best apps available on Google Play for staying on top of your battery life.
1. Battery Genie
Battery Genie is the kind of solution that didn’t have much of a problem ten years ago. But now there are many people with the particular itch it scratches. This app can monitor the battery life of each Android device in your home. This way you don’t have to walk over to each one to see how much juice it still has left. And if opening the app is too much hassle, you can set the app to send you a notification whenever a device is close to fading off. Battery Genie can send the alert to your phone, desktop, or smartwatch. It doesn’t get much easier to monitor power levels than that.
2. Battery Widget Reborn
Battery Widget Reborn is, as the name would suggest, a battery widget that resides on your home screen. In a way, this is less accessible than the icon in your notification bar since it’s only visible on one screen. But Battery Widget Reborn is capable of relaying much more information at once. The remaining percentage sits in the middle of the widget so that you can see precisely how much life your device has left. You can also set Battery Widget Reborn to change colors when you reach certain battery levels, which is a faster way to relay roughly how much power you have to work with.
3. Potential Beta
Potential Beta is very similar to Battery Genie, but its Material-inspired design may look more at home with Android Lollipop. Though the app is still in beta, it already has a few other strengths that go deeper than just its appearance. Potential has the ability to toggle your devices’ Wi-Fi and Bluetooth remotely. This way if you leave either one running on a device that doesn’t need it, you can cut it off to save that extra bit of juice.
4. Battery Full Alarm
Battery Full Alarm is another app on this list with an immediately obvious name. It provides an alarm that goes off whenever your battery becomes fully charged. This way you don’t waste any more electricity than is necessary to get your gadget back into top shape, and you don’t have to bother with repetitively checking it to see when the process is done. Battery Full Alarm can place an alert in your notification area, but this isn’t much use if you aren’t looking at the device. To address this, the app can also play an alarm or tell your phone to start vibrating. That’s bound to get your attention.
Keeping up with battery life is just a necessary part of using portable devices, and it’s a hassle that’s not going away in the foreseeable future. Fortunately, there are ways to make doing so less of a bother. If you know of other apps that could help with this task, feel free to share them with other readers in the comments below.