With a clever new feature, Android 13 could help you save your phone’s battery life

With a clever new feature, Android 13 could help you save your phone's battery life

If this sounds familiar, it’s because Android is already able to warn users if an app is using too much battery in the foreground. It’s also available on some non-Google made Android phones, like those from OnePlus, running their own skinned versions of the software. In the case of Android 13, phones will display the notification if an app has been draining too much power within a 24 hour period. However, according to Google, the notification will not appear if foreground services are using a lot of battery. Instead if Android detects foreground services running for at least 20 hours in a 24 hour period, you’ll get a notification for that instead.

One of the most critical elements of any phone is its battery life, yet all it takes is one rogue app to cause major issues. Thankfully, it appears like Android 13 will have a feature that will alert you if an app uses too much power in the background. The Android 13 Developer Preview has unveiled a number of new features aimed at extending the battery life of your phone. A system notification, for example, shows when an app is eating your battery while not in use.

Highlights

  • However, some apps will be exempt from the rules including system apps, companion device apps, VPNs, apps with a Dialler role, device and profile owner apps, as well as apps the user has specifically set to offer “unrestricted” functionality in the settings. Android 13’s first two developer previews are already available, while Google’s roadmap suggests beta versions of the software will launch just after April. The stable final version of the app is set to arrive later this year, likely in the fall.

  • Notifications won’t appear more than once every 24 hours. In other words, you better get in the habit of not absentmindedly dismissing notifications. It’s something I’ve been guilty of in the past, and I’m probably not the only one who does it. While Google has used the rather vague “excessive” to describe the notification’s trigger, Android 13 will come with a new set of rules and restrictions for background battery usage. According to Google this will take into account foreground services, work tasks, broadcast receivers, background services and the app’s cache.

Tom is the Tom’s Guide’s Automotive Editor, which means he can usually be found knee deep in stats the latest and best electric cars, or checking out some sort of driving gadget. It’s long way from his days as editor of Gizmodo UK, when pretty much everything was on the table. He’s usually found trying to squeeze another giant Lego set onto the shelf, draining very large cups of coffee, or complaining that Ikea won’t let him buy the stuff he really needs online.