[Redmi] [MIUI 10] Reduce Battery Drainage & Improve Performance

If you own a Xiaomi Redmi device, you will sooner or later realize that it is not performing upto your expectations. Your device will start utilizing more and more battery even in the ideal state. You need to follow our instructions to reduce your device battery drainage, improve its performance and extend its battery life.

Reduce Battery Drainage

Possible Reasons For Battery Drain Problems

Following are some of the possible reasons for battery drainage problems on Xiaomi Redmi devices.

Updates

While using Xiaomi Redmi device, you are bound to receive official OTA updates almost every month from the official MIUI team. These updates may include security patches, new features, performance fixes, application fixes or even Android version upgrades (depends on the developers and beta testers).

Your Xiaomi Redmi device might face certain issues when you update it. It is possible. Because, these issues might have come along with the update. This maybe due to the fact that those issues might have got past the beta tests and only emerge on the end-user side.

The most common issue that arises from such updates is the battery drainage problem. Battery drainage problem may be due to the bugs in the Android system, system application or un-organized background processes.

High Battery Consuming Application(s)

Lets face it. Many of us have at-least one such application on our Xiaomi Redmi devices that consumes large amount of battery. Usually such applications comes under Games category. These applications can be anywhere between 100 MB to 3 GB in size and always require an Internet connection to work. Do you think such applications consumes less battery?

Background Processes

Most of the applications are allowed by default to run in the background (if they require). When you install such applications, you are literally asking them to sit in the background and eat up your precious device battery.

New Generation of Smart Mobiles

New generation smart mobiles has a common fast battery drainage problems these days. For better user experience and services, smart mobiles are being shipped without considering the impact of high RAM usage background process on Android devices.

The above are the few reasons for fast battery drainage problems specific to Xiaomi Redmi devices. There are some more common Android mobile related battery drainage problems that are discussed below along with the instructions to reduce them.

My Experience With Xiaomi Redmi Device

I bought Xiaomi Redmi 6 around three months ago i.e, on March 2019. It has 3 GB RAM, Mediatek MT6762 Helio P22 chipset, Octa-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53 CPU, PowerVR GE8320 GPU, 32 GB internal memory etc.

Despite outstanding specifications, on May 2019 my mobile started utilizing more battery than usual. I visited the Indian MIUI Community and found out that many people were complaining about the same issue on their devices. After going through several threads, I got to know that it was the latest official OTA update that was causing the issue.

This battery drainage problem was reduced to some extent on my Redmi 6 device after modifying some of the device settings. I hope the developers fix this issue soon and push the update to all Xiaomi Redmi 6 devices.

Continue reading the guide for the instructions to reduce battery drainage, improve performance and extend battery life of your Xiaomi Redmi devices.

[Redmi] [MIUI 10] Reduce Battery Drainage & Improve Performance

Following are some of the methods using which anyone having a Xiaomi Redmi device can reduce battery drainage and improve their device battery life.

Note: My Xiaomi Redmi 6 device currently has MIUI Global 10.3 version. The following instructions are from my Redmi 6 device. If your Xiaomi Redmi device also has MIUI 10 then you can also follow these instructions to improve your device performance and reduce battery drainage.

Brightness

Many people argue that setting brightness to ‘automatic’ will save the battery. In my tests, ‘automatic’ brightness used more battery than ‘manual’ settings. This is a common battery drainage problem. Hence I recommend everyone to set their device brightness to ‘manual’.

Follow these instructions to set your Xiaomi Redmi device brightness to some manual value.

  • Go to Settings > Display > Brightness level and disable ‘Automatic brightness’.
  • To set manual brightness, you need to slide your finger on the brightness bar present below. Adjust the bar according to your needs.

Reading Mode

While in normal mode, Xiaomi Redmi device emmits blue light on its screen. This blue light has some adverse effects on human eyes on continuous usage. The saturation of blue light can be adjusted in ‘Reading Mode’. Thus, reducing its effects on your eyes. This action will also reduce battery drainage.

The most common time for this feature to be active is at night. You can also set the options according to your needs. To do this,

  • Go to Settings > Display > Reading mode.
  • Always
    • To activate reading mode always, you need to enable the Reading mode option.
  • Schedule
    • To schedule reading mode on or off automatically, you need to enable the Schedule option.
    • Good night’s read: This option will enable the reading mode at sunset and disable it in the morning automatically. To enable this option, click on it.
    • Custom period: This option will enable and disable the reading mode at custom input times automatically. To enable this option, click on it and set the custom timings.
  • Then adjust the saturation of the blue light by sliding your finger on the Adjust bar according to your needs. Setting it to ‘half’ will save a good amount of battery.

Double Tap Screen To Wake, Auto Rotate & Raise To Wake

Automatic rotation, double tap screen to wake and raise to wake features also consumes your precious battery. You can always click on the ‘full screen’ button on the apps like YouTube to automatically rotate your screen in full screen mode, press the ‘power’ button to wake your device screen manually.

Disabling these features will save a lot of battery power. Thus reducing battery drainage to some extent. To do this,

  • Go to Settings > Display and disable Double tap screen to wake, Auto-rotate screen & Raise to wake options.

Lock Screen & Password

Your mobile screen will wake up from sleep automatically when you receive notifications while your device is locked. This can also happen when you press volume buttons on your device. This should not be the case when you are concerned about the battery drainage problem. You need to disable this behavior. To do this,

  • Go to Settings > Lock screen & password and then disable Wake lock screen for notifications and Wake with volume buttons options.

Location

Your device battery will drain very fast when the location access mode is set to ‘High accuracy’. High accuracy mode uses GPS, Wi-Fi and mobile networks to determine the device location. To reduce battery drainage, you should change location access mode to battery saving.

To do this,

  • Go to Settings > Additional settings > Privacy > Location.
  • Then click on the Battery saving option.

Sync

Enabling automatic sync feature on your device will have negative impact on your device battery. Applications or their processes that are running on the background will try to access the Internet quite often for possible updates from their servers. Thus utilizing more and more battery.

You need to disable ‘Auto sync’ feature on your device to save battery power and increase battery life. To do this,

  • Go to Settings > Sync and then disable Auto-sync data option.

Autostart

Some applications can automatically start depending on certain conditions without any input from the end-user. Conditions like enabling network connection, connecting device to the battery charger etc.

This behavior will definitely drain your mobile battery. To address this issue, follow the steps below.

  • Go to Settings > Permissions > Autostart.
  • Disable autostart ability of your choice of individual applications one after the other.

Start In Background

Some applications or their processes are allowed to run in the background even after they are closed. Thus sitting ideal in the background and consuming your device precious battery. This behavior is probably the worst battery draining feature that has been introduced in Android devices.

To overcome this behavior and reduce battery drainage, follow the instructions below.

  • Go to Settings > Permissions > Other permissions.
  • Click on the Permissions tab.
  • Now click on the Start in background option.
  • Individual applications
    • To restrict ‘start in background’ permission for individual applications, click on the desired application and then click on the Deny option.
    • Repeat the above step for other applications of your choice.
  • All applications
    • To restrict ‘start in background’ permission for all applications at once, click on the 3-dots icon present on the top right corner of the screen and then click on the Restrict all option.

Data Usage

By default, all applications are allowed to connect to the Internet in the background. That means, the background processes (that are still alive even after closing the applications) will be able to access the Internet. This behavior will have an extra burden on the battery power. Thus, draining the device battery.

This can be prevented by following the below steps.

  • Launch the Security app.
  • Scroll down and then click on the Data usage option.
  • Now click on the Restrict data usage option.
  • Select Mobile data or Wi-Fi tab depending on your network type.
  • Individual applications
    • To restrict data usage for individual applications, click on the 3-dots icon present on the top right corner of the screen and then click on the Background connection option.
    • Disable data usage for your choice of individual applications one after the other.
  • All applications
    • To restrict data usage for all applications at once, click on the Check icon present beside Apps section.
    • Now click on the Restrict option.

Battery Optimization

You need to find out the additional battery drainage and performance issues for a smoother user experience along with prolonged battery life. This can be done using the following steps.

  • Launch the Security app.
  • Click on the battery icon and let the app complete the scanning process.
  • After the scan is complete, you can see the issues related to your device battery and its performance. Click on the floating Add XX min (where xx = some number) button. This action will fix the issues that were found during the scan.
  • Battery Saver
    • On the battery optimization screen, scroll down and then click on the Go to Settings option of Battery saver.
    • Enable Battery saver option.
    • Disable Turn off when charged option.
    • If you want to schedule the ‘on’ and ‘off’ timings of battery saver then you need to enable the Schedule time to switch between modes option and then input the Start and End time.
    • Click on the back button.
  • App Battery Saver
    • Still on the battery optimization screen, scroll down and then click on the Go to Settings option of App battery saver.
    • Click on each and every app one after the other and select Battery saver (recommended) option.

Additional Battery Saving Tip

Before going to sleep, launch the Security app and then let it scan the performance of your device. After the scan is complete, click on the Optimize button. Additionally, boost your device performance using ‘Speed Boost’ feature.

That’s it for today! Hope this guide has helped someone to reduce battery drainage, improve performance and extend battery life of their Xiaomi Redmi devices.

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