Over the centuries, humans have gone from sparking the mechanical age into life to evolving through time and space with the electronic revolution. One of the more personal achievements of mankind in the past decade has been creating smartphones for the general populous, which today keeps us connected across the entire world effortlessly. However, one problem that mobile devices have battled with over the years is battery life, and there’s been a limited advancement in that sector over the years.
Experiencing poor battery life is probably one of the most common issues users face on mobile devices, and while there are plenty of software features in the Android OS such as Doze Mode to prevent it, sometimes you need a little extra. While there are a bunch of tired and tested battery monitoring apps that work like magic, they require root access which the mainstream Android user may not have. This is why we’ve compiled a list of battery monitoring apps that do not require root access and still get the job done.
Out of all the apps that we tested, GSam Battery Monitor certainly stands out for the fact that it gives you features that you’d expect from a root-enabled battery monitoring app, but without the need to root your device. You can simply plug in your Android device, grant a permission called “BATTERY_STATS” through ADB and get access to deeper battery statistics and features in an instant.
Once you have this enabled, GSam Battery Monitor gives you unrestricted access to App Sucker (finding out what app is draining the battery and how), different battery consumption Charts for Temperature, Phone Signal, CPU, the ability to view Kernel Wakelocks (what is causing your system processes to wake up) and so much more along with it.
Possibly the most popular battery monitoring/power saving app that you’ll ever come across, Greenify has made quite a name for itself among experienced Android users. Unlike the first name on the list, Greenify is not just a way to monitor the battery life, but acts as an active participant in helping you conserve power.
Instead of rooting your Android device, you can grant multiple ADB permissions to the Greenify app for enabling the Wake-up Tracker, enabling the Aggressive Doze Mode to cut down on background processes, enable Automatic hibernation, or even create shortcuts for these actions so you can easily activate the power-saving Doze Mode manually. Additionally, you can even “Greenify” the System apps for those times when apps and services from Google itself are draining out all the juice.
Most mobile users will begin to face charging issues and poor battery performance problems over the course of a couple of years. This is when the AccuBattery app comes in handy in helping you realize that the physical life of your device’s battery depends on how many charge cycles it completes.
The app is designed to alert you every time you charge up your device up to 80% and deplete the battery all the way down to 0% (which is the optimal percentage to reduce the cycles in wear). From helping you see important metrics such as Voltage, Temperature, and Charge current, to viewing the long-term statistics such as Battery capacity, Battery wear, and Battery health, you get to take full control of your phone’s battery life.
While we do wish for a world where one Android device would last you a lifetime, the fact that the battery of your phone is a hardware element makes it vulnerable to the test of time. Whether you’re wondering if the lithium-ion battery of your mobile device has run its course or simply want to see if your charger adapter and cable are under-charging or over-charging your device, Ampere app is the one you need.
Acting is just a standalone battery monitor app that helps you find metrics such as Health, Temperature, Voltage, and Charge Rate. Most importantly, the Ampere app helps you recognize when a device is being under-charged (denoted mAh in Orange) and even over-charged (denoted in Red), helping you not only get optimal charging time on your device, but also maintain a stable environment for the battery.
We’ve done our best to not include certain apps that may seem like battery monitoring and power saving apps, but are instead just a way to riddle your device with ads. Power Battery app from LIONMOBI isn’t ad-free, but it is among the least intrusive ones we came across that offers actually battery-saving features that make it worth it.
Built to help you optimize apps in a single tap, Power Battery app gives you raw stats on the battery Voltage and Temperature, with a cool Optimize button to set battery-hungry apps straight with one click. Additionally, the app comes with a built-in Clean section to help you get more storage space, Memory Boost to clear up RAM and an App Lock as well.
Which of these battery monitoring apps is working the best for you? We’d really like to know, so reach out in the comments section down below.