Guide: How to Increase the Battery Life of the HTC One X

If you had read our review of the HTC One X, something you might have noticed is the battery life issues, where the One X doesn’t seem to have a strong and long lasting battery. When a device comes with a quad-core processor and the other strong specifications, the battery needs to be a good capacity one, but HTC failed to provide that. Still, you could try to get things done by yourself to make the battery last longer, and a better battery life would be helpful, especially when you are traveling.

The HTC One X being a unibody design one, you don’t have any option of removing the battery and thus anything that you would need to try is to conserve the battery life.

HTC One X Battery

Trying to limit the usage of camera, the video viewing etc. can be the most simplest options but they are not the only ways to increase the battery life of the HTC One X. There are several other basic tips that would give a few extra hours of usage / standby time.

Background Data and Apps

The background data and the running applications continuously eat the battery, and this along with the active Data network connection makes it worse. You need to check whether there are any unnecessary apps running in the background, and if the background data is pulling the network data when not needed. When the HTC One X is using the background data and you feel that there is no need of it unless you purposely want to use it, disable it through the Network settings.

HTC One X Auto Sync

Power Adapter for charging, not the USB charging

We have tested this well, and this tip is given by the company too. Try to make sure that you are using a power adapter and a direct power connection to charge the HTC One X, rather than the USB cable and connection to the computer / laptop. The charge through the USB connection is slow, and apart from that we have seen that the battery draining level is different when the phone is charged using the USB cable. The company provides you with the power adapter to explain the same.

Turning off Display when not in use

The display of the HTC One X keeps itself on for at least a minute as the default setting, but you could make that lesser because when the phone is idle, the display kept on would make no sense. There is a setting in the display settings, where you can set the time until which the display is On. Set it for 30 seconds and that would help save the battery by turning off the display 30 seconds after the phone is idle and not in use.

HTC One X Display turn off settings

Turn off Bluetooth and Wi-Fi when not in use

Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are the connectivity options which continuously drain the battery when they are being used, or at least kept On although not being used. When you are sure that you aren’t using the Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, its better to turn them off. The reason behind this, is that the One X would keep trying to search for the available networks and hotspots around, and this would use the battery. To do this toggling easily, there are widgets available which can be used directly from the home screen and you can turn the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth On / Off directly from there.

Connectivity widget HTC One X

Switch to GSM network mode when not connected to the Internet

When you aren’t using the Internet, make sure that the Data network connection is turned off. More than the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, the 2G or 3G connections would use more battery and the continuous usage of it would drain the entire battery from full charge in just a few hours. When you don’t want to use the Internet Data network connection, you need to switch to the GSM network which doesn’t consume much battery power as it would just connect to the GSM network for the calls and messaging.

To activate the GSM network mode:

  • Slide the Notifications panel open, and then tap on settings
  • Tap Mobile network > Network Mode
  • Tap on GSM only

HTC One X Wireless Network settings  HTC One X network mode

Some of the other very basic tips which would help in maintaining the battery life for a longer time, include the adjusting of the brightness of the phone, having lesser number of widgets on the home screens so that the internal function running is reduced, trying to reduce the volume or use headphones when watching a movie or listening to music.

Check battery usage and work accordingly

Apart from the ways you follow, check the Battery usage of the phone and there itself, you would find the apps and features that are using the battery, and there are buttons which would show the details and from there itself, one can turn off any feature that is consuming more battery than normal.

  • Slide the Notifications panel open, and then tap on settings
  • Tap Power > Battery use
  • To see more details, tap the graph or the features that are using the battery power.
  • Check the features and turn any of them off if they are consuming more battery power.

HTC One X Battery Status  HTC One X Battery Usage

3 Comments
  1. Reply Roger October 14, 2012 at 11:10 am

    O prefer Samsung galaxy note which has 2500 ma where as this has only 1800. If you lobe to browse on net use what’s app this is not the phone as you cannot change batteries

  2. Reply Bitsa August 26, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    THIS WORKS WONDERS. It will reset your Battery Memory to work optimum.
    Works with HTC Sensation XE and One X. I have both and have tried and tested.
    PROCEDURE:
    1) Turn your device ON and Charge the device for 8 hours or more
    2) Unplug the device and Turn the phone OFF and charge for 1 hour
    3) Unplug the device Turn ON wait 2 minutes and Turn OFF and charge for another hour Your battery life should almost double, i have tested this on my devices and other friends have seen a major difference as well.

  3. Reply random July 4, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    Switch off the phone the whole day and don’t use the phone. That definitely works.

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