Experiencing faster-than-normal battery drain on your Samsung Galaxy A14 can be frustrating. There are a few common culprits that tend to cause rapid battery drain, including apps running in the background, display brightness being too high, location services, and software issues.
Identifying and troubleshooting these battery-draining factors can help restore normal battery life.
Use Battery Usage Settings
The battery usage screen in your settings menu shows which apps and services are consuming the most battery life. Check this screen to see if any particular app stands out as using a very high percentage of battery. Social media apps, gaming apps, and video streaming apps tend to use more battery in the background. You can restrict background data usage and activity for these types of apps, which can help improve battery life.
To find the battery usage screen, go to Settings > Battery and device care > Battery. Review the battery usage by app and look for any abnormal power drain. Tap into each app for options to adjust its settings, restrict background usage, or force stop the app if needed. Checking this screen can pinpoint problem apps.
Lower Screen Brightness Level
Having your screen brightness set very high will drain your battery more quickly. Take steps to lower your screen brightness to a more moderate level to extend your Galaxy A14’s battery life.
Go to Settings > Display and drag the brightness slider to the left to reduce your screen brightness. It’s best to keep it at around 30-50% brightness rather than 100%. Enabling Adaptive Brightness will also let your phone optimize the screen brightness based on your environment.
With lower screen brightness, your battery will have to work less hard to power the display, resulting in longer battery life.
Turn Off Unneeded Connectivity
Being connected to mobile data, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi networks constantly can drain the battery in the background if you’re not actively using those connections. Disable connectivity options when not needed to conserve battery life.
Quickly toggle Bluetooth and Wi-Fi off when not in use via the Notification shade shortcuts. Tap the Bluetooth and Wi-Fi icons to turn them off until needed again. Go to Settings > Connections> Mobile networks and disable mobile data when you only need Wi-Fi.
Limiting connectivity to only what you need at the moment helps minimize battery drain from these radios.
Restrict Location Access
Location services tapping into GPS and mobile networks to pinpoint your device’s location can also be a big battery drain. Limit location access to applications that truly require it for functionality.
Go to Settings > Location and review the list of apps with permission to access your location. Turn off access for apps that don’t need your location constantly, like social media or news apps. You can also enable the Low power mode, which reduces location checks.
Being selective with location access prevents battery drain from location monitoring in the background by various apps.
Uninstall or Disable Unused Apps
Having many unused apps installed on your Galaxy A14 results in more background processes running and consuming battery unnecessarily. Uninstall or disable apps you don’t actually use to improve battery efficiency.
Long press on any app icon, then tap Uninstall or Disable. Disable simply turns off the app and prevents it from running while also keeping it installed if you want to use it again later. Uninstallation completely removes the app and any background services related to it.
Getting rid of unnecessary apps eliminates wasted battery drain from background processes you don’t actually need.
Check for Software Updates
Outdated software can sometimes be the cause of rapid battery drain. Ensure your Galaxy A14 is running the latest software for potential battery optimizations.
Go to Settings > System updates to check for any available system software updates. Tap Download and install to update your phone’s software to the newest version. Updates often include bug fixes and improvements that enhance battery performance.
Having the latest software ensures your phone can run as efficiently as possible, preventing abnormal battery drain.
Use Power Saving Mode
If all else fails, try using Samsung’s Power saving mode. This puts your phone in an ultra battery-efficient state to get the most life possible out of your remaining charge.
Go to Settings > Battery > Power mode and choose Medium power saving or Maximum power saving. This will turn down your screen brightness, limit app performance, turn off connectivity features, and take other steps to restrict battery drain. Use this when your battery is running low, and you need to keep it alive.
Power saving mode is an effective last resort to prolong your battery life if your Galaxy A14 is experiencing rapid battery drain. Follow the other tips first to identify and fix the drain issue, then rely on power saving mode as needed. With some troubleshooting, your A14 battery woes should disappear.
Q: Why is my phone battery draining so fast all of a sudden?
A: There are a few potential causes of sudden fast battery drain on your phone:
A rogue app could be running in the background and excessively consuming battery. Check your battery usage settings to see if any app is using a lot of power.
Your phone may be searching for a weak cellular signal, which consumes more battery as it keeps ramping up the radio power output. Try turning on Airplane mode for a while to see if it makes a difference.
Extreme weather, either hot or cold, can cause battery chemistry issues that shorten battery life. Avoid exposing your phone to temperature extremes.
Over time, your battery capacity naturally degrades. If your phone is older, the battery may simply not hold as much of a charge as when it was new.
Q: How can I stop my phone’s battery from draining so fast?
A: Here are some tips to improve battery life and stop fast draining:
Lower screen brightness, turn off Bluetooth/Wi-Fi when not in use, and disable location services for apps that don’t need it.
Put unused apps into Sleep or Deep Sleep modes so they’re not running in the background.
Enable power saving or ultra power saving mode to limit performance and connectivity.
If an app is draining the battery, uninstall or disable it.
Update your phone’s software, as updates sometimes include battery optimizations.
Consider replacing the battery if your phone is several years old and you notice significantly decreased battery life.
Q: What should I do if my phone battery drains from 100% to 0% very quickly?
A: Sudden complete battery drain often points to a problem with the battery itself. Try the following steps:
Perform a power cycle by turning your phone off completely, then turning it back on.
Check if the battery is swollen or damaged. If so, stop using the phone and replace the battery.
Make sure the battery connectors are clean and not obstructed. Use compressed air to blow out any dust.
Let the phone discharge fully until it turns off, then do a full recharge to calibrate the battery.
Consider taking the phone to a repair shop to have the battery tested and potentially replaced if it’s faulty.
As a last resort, try factory resetting your phone to eliminate any software issues.