The OnePlus 7 Pro’s display is bigger and better than any OnePlus phone before and the difference is dramatic. Unfortunately, the downside is a bit of a hit to battery life. Despite the rather hefty 4000mAh battery, you may find yourself looking for a charger on heavy days — but we have a bunch of tips and tricks that can help you extend your battery and stay away from the batteries and chargers for as long as possible. To address this, here is a guide on enhancing OnePlus 7 Pro Battery life.
This year’s OnePlus phone has a few surprises behind its stunning all-screen front, unblemished by a notch cutout or punch-hole camera. It hides a novel pop-up selfie camera and offers a 90Hz screen refresh rate that makes games and movie-watching look extremely fluid. Even if it doesn’t have the best camera phone, it has features that Apple and Samsung aren’t giving you in 2019, and performance to match. One more surprise, though: this new OnePlus phone now costs almost as much as the iPhone XR and Galaxy S10e.
Tips to Improve OnePlus 7 Pro Battery Life
Here are some of the tips and tricks to enhance your OnePlus 7 Pro’s battery endurance.
Check your Ambient display and screen timeout settings
The display is one of the biggest battery drains on a phone, so the best way to cut down on battery usage is to keep it off whenever you’re not actively using it. Simple. Jump into Settings and Display and tap on Sleep to adjust how long the display stays on when it’s not being touched. By default it’s set to one minute, which is a bit long — drop it to 30 seconds and those minutes will add up throughout the day, saving you every little bit of battery possible.Back out into the display settings, you’ll see Ambient display — tap it to configure how often the screen illuminates when it’s “off” to show you information. If you have “Pick up your phone to show,” the Ambient display is going to be turned on a lot — and it’ll drain your battery. You can turn that off and set it to “Tap the screen to show” to have complete control over when it turns on, so it comes on less.If you get a lot of notifications, you can consider turning off the “New notifications” setting as well — though this is a pretty nice feature to alert you of when new notifications come in.
Drop the screen resolution and refresh rate
In addition to being the biggest display OnePlus has ever shipped, it’s also the first QHD resolution display and the first with a 90Hz refresh rate. Both of these new features dramatically improve the viewing experience when using the OnePlus 7 Pro, but they also use more battery — not with the display itself, but with the amount of phone resources it requires to push around the pixels. You can adjust both parameters to try and save some battery.In the Display settings again, find Resolution and choose FHD+ — you probably won’t notice the difference, but if you try it out and do see a difference, consider Auto switch to at least let the phone choose FHD+ when it sees fit rather than sticking on QHD+ all of the time.Going a step further, back out and find Screen refresh rate — you can drop it to 60Hz manually, which will save you battery but isn’t particularly advisable. You bought the OnePlus 7 Pro, in part, for that glorious 90Hz refresh rate; you should keep it on if at all possible.
Isolate apps draining the battery
This is where we put on our detective hats and find out if it’s an app (or apps) that has been contributing to your battery woes rather than the phone’s hardware or software. Go into Settings, Battery and then View detailed usage to get a list of the apps that are using the most battery. Looking at these numbers is really only useful at the very end of the day when your battery has been mostly consumed, so you get the best possible data set — and checking these numbers for multiple days is even more helpful.If you have a single app using over 5% of your battery for the course of the day, it’s worth investigating at least a little bit — and if it used over 10%, you really need to question why. An app using a lot of battery isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but an app that uses lots of battery when you’re not using it is. For example if you stream lots of music with Spotify throughout the day, it’s probably going to use a lot of battery. But if one of your top battery drainers is a chat app like Signal, perhaps you should look into why it’s seemingly using more than it should. In many cases it’s just an app temporarily misbehaving — force stopping the app, restarting your phone, or clearing the app’s cache can sometimes do the trick.If after some troubleshooting and multiple days of observation you’re still finding an app(s) that is consistently draining battery without a corresponding amount of usage, it’s probably time to consider uninstalling the app. If you do, check back regularly to see if the developer has been responsive and potentially fixed the issue with an update.
You can also user the battery saver. When battery saver is turned on, the phone restricts apps in the background to cut down on their drain when not in use. It also reduces screen brightness a bit, turns off a few features, and restricts performance overall to try and get the most out of every bit of the capacity. Generally, you shouldn’t notice a dramatic difference in the experience of using the phone — battery saver strikes a solid balance between usability and conservation.