How to improve battery life on the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro phones from Google

Battery life on the Google Pixel 7 series isn’t the best, but it’s not the worst either. For most people, your day will go by without any issues. But if you need more power, here are some tips you can use to get more out of your battery life.

Adaptive battery

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The first tip here would be adaptive battery. It’s a feature in Pixels that lets the phone know how to use it, and greatly extends battery life. This is done by limiting apps when you are not using your phone, as well as limiting the processor speed. We’ve reviewed how this feature works here.

But it’s good to keep in mind that the adaptive battery doesn’t do much for the first week or two. Your phone needs to learn how to use it, which takes about two weeks. After that, you will find that the adaptive battery has started to work. And in some cases, it can actually extend the battery life of your Pixel 7.

Screen resolution (Pixel 7 Pro only)

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Next is the screen resolution. This is only available on the Pixel 7 Pro, since the Pixel 7 is already FHD+ anyway.

Out of the box, Google has set the Pixel 7 Pro to an FHD+ resolution, so this tip really only applies if you change that option to QHD+. But you can change it back to FHD+ which will save some power on your battery. This is because it does not light up many pixels. Which is really good for the battery.

Smooth display

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While we’re on the topic of screen, the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro now have higher refresh rates. So the Pixel 7 is set to 90Hz and the Pixel 7 Pro to 120Hz. What Smooth Display does is it will go up and down from 60Hz to 120Hz on the Pixel 7 Pro and from 60Hz to 90Hz on the Pixel 7. Unfortunately it doesn’t go all the way to 1Hz like some other phones, but it is what that is.

So one way to save battery on the Pixel 7 series is to turn off Smooth Display. This means you’ll be at 60Hz the entire time on the Pixel 7 series. That’s not really a bad thing, because it’s still very smooth.

In my testing, on both the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro, I was able to get about 1-2 hours of screen-on time, in the 5-6 hours I was using it. So if you really need to squeeze out more juice, this is a good way to do it.

Dark appearance

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This tip is kind of common sense at this point, and a lot of people are already using the dark theme. But basically, if you turn on the dark theme, you should get longer battery life, too. why? it is easy. The Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro both use an OLED screen. Which means that each individual pixel is lit. Brighter colors use more juice, against darker ones, especially black. In fact, some studies from Google have shown that a white pixel uses 50% more battery than a black or even dark gray pixel on an OLED screen.

I do not recommend using dark mode all the time. Because it makes it hard to see outside, especially in direct sunlight. But instead, use the timeline feature. So for me, I set it to light mode during the day from sunrise to sunset, and then at sunset it switches to dark mode. This is a good schedule because it’s usually darker after sunset, even if you’re indoors. There is less light coming in from the windows and such. But you can also make your own schedule here, too.

Enable extreme battery saving mode

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This tip is only for times when you won’t be near a charger for a while but your phone is dead. That’s because Extreme Battery Saver will turn off everything on your phone. And while Google says it can last 72 hours in this mode, that just makes your smartphone a little less “smart.” Therefore it is recommended to use it only when necessary.

Restart your Pixel

Finally, it’s a good idea to restart your Pixel 7 every now and then. Think of it as a soft reset for your phone, and it can often fix a lot of things. Including battery draining apps.

Some phones have a setting that you can use, which will automatically restart your phone at a certain time. The Pixel doesn’t offer that, so it’s a good idea to keep restarting your phone once a week.

It is contained

As always, your battery life will depend on what you do with your phone. Are you on WiFi all day? Do you watch a lot of videos? Do you send a lot of texts? Etc. While I get pretty good battery life from the Pixel 7, this may not be the case for everyone else. So these tips will help you get more juice out of your phone and make sure it can last all day.

The most important tip here is definitely the adaptive battery. It is on by default, but some people tend to turn it off, don’t do it. It can only help with battery life, not harm it. In fact, in some cases, it can really help with battery life.

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