Battery Health is very important—perhaps now more than ever, with the whole iPhone slow down debacle. While that in itself does not necessarily have any bearing on Android devices, keeping the health of your phone’s battery is always a good idea.
The thing is, there isn’t really any easy or built-in method to check the battery health of your Android device. It is a clear omission on Google’s part, but fortunately, one that can be resolved with the use of a third-party app.
And whilere there are different options that can be used, we recently discovered an app known as AccuBattery that does the job better than all the other third-party apps we have tried.
Before we proceed to use this app, however, let us make one thing clear: you will have to play the long game on this one. Since by default, Android does not have a feature to monitor the battery health, any app that is used for this purpose will need to monitor your device’s battery over days, weeks or even months before it can determine the health of your battery. While AccuBattery starts to get an idea of the battery health of your device within a couple of charge cycles, the more you use it, the more accurate the app will get.
First things first: Proceed to install AccuBattery on your Device
As soon as you install the app, you will need to go through a quick walkthrough of what the app does and how it works. It is worth mentioning that the app does pretty much more than just gauging the health of your battery, though that is what we are focusing on in this guide.
During the walkthrough after you install the app, you will see a page that talks about battery health. It is important to pay attention here because it is kinda like the backbone of what we are talking about in this guide.
The page that comes up next lets you set a slider that notifies you when your battery gets to that percentage. The default setting is 80 percent, which is sort of universally accepted as the best place to keep your phone’s battery charged for health and durability. However, here, you can pick any choice that suits you best; for example, I left mine at 100 percent because I use Android Auto and got tired of alarming it constantly when I could not unplug it without killing my auto connection.
Finally, the app runs through a very quick calibration and it detects the stock battery capacity of your Android device.
And with that, you are in!
Note: AccuBattery has both free and Pro ($3.99) available, but the feature which lets you monitor your battery’s health is in the free version. If you enjoy this feature, however, I would encourage you to purchase the premium version and support the development of this wonderful app. With the premium version, you have ads removed, and you will also be able to open an overlay for viewing battery and CPU stats on top of other apps.
From here, just use your phone Android device as you would normally. Charge when you normally would and use when you normally would. And do what you always do with the device. Over time, AccuBattery will keep tracking your charge and discharge cycles, and then uses the information it gets to monitor the health of your battery.
To check the information, simply tap the “Health” option at the bottom of the screen.
When you just installed the app, that space was blank. That is because the app hasn’t gathered any data yet. Since Android does not provide historical battery information to apps, the app has to start from scratch, beginning whenever you installed it.
But there is more here too. As time goes on, the app tracks your battery wear and overall capacity. Again, these number gets more accurate over time and the more you use your device, the better the information gets.
There is also a small note that tells you what Battery Capacity is. You can dismiss the note whenever you like.
As you charge and discharge your device, keep watching the screen to learn more about the health of your device’s battery. After a few weeks of using the app on a Google Pixel 2 XL, here is what it looks like:
After charging the phone two or three times, it showed the health at around 95 percent, but as time went on and I adjusted my charging practices (I basically only charge the phone every other night now, especially if I spend a lot of time in the car connected to Android Auto), the overall capacity has improved to 97 percent.
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