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Battery problems are among the biggest concerns for smartphone users, which is why XDA offers so many useful tips for solving battery drain issues. If you notice that your battery performance and duration has decreased, it could be time to calibrate your battery. Today i will explain what battery calibration is, how to tell if you need to do it and how to do it, with or without root access.



How do I know whether my battery is the problem?
First of all you need to identify why your battery performance has decreased: is it the Android system's calibration or the battery itself? We'll move onto calibration in the sections below, but you should check if your battery itself is damaged first.

If your phone has a removable battery cover, turn of your phone, remove the cover and inspect the battery. Look for bulges or leaks. In the image below, the battery of Galaxy S6 battery swelled up and pushed the non-removable back off the phone. If your phone also has a non-removable battery, keep an eye out for similar occurences. If your phone doesn't sit flat on the table anymore, that could also be a sign of a swollen battery.

If you're satisfied that the battery itself is not the problem, you can move on to the steps below. If you think your battery might be the problem (even after trying to recalibrate it), i would advise you to take it to a repair shop for an expert's opinion. If it turns out you need to replace the battery, go with an original or reliable third-party battery. Scrimping on a cheap knock-off battery only leads to more headaches in the long run.
Keep in mind that there are plenty of other things that can cause a battery to malfunction.
If you've just updated the firmware on your phone, battery drain is a common complaint, so you might want to clear the cache partition on your device.



What is calibrating a battery?
The Android operating system has a feature called Battery Stats, which keeps track of battery capacity, when it is full or empty. The problem is that it sometimes becomes corrupted and starts displaying data that isn’t real, which, for example, causes the phone to turn off before it reaches 0 percent. Calibrating your Android battery simply means getting the Android OS to correct this information so it is reflective of your actual battery levels once again.

It's important to understand that you can't actually calibrate the battery: it is, after all, just a cell that stores power and discharges. However, lithium-ion batteries do include a printed circuit board (PCB), which serves as a protection switch to stop them exploding or deep discharging.



Smartphone battery myths
Lithium-ion batteries don't have a memory so there's not much you need to do to keep them running as they should. The problem lies with how the Android system reads and displays the current capacity of the battery, not the battery itself.

The same goes for the myth that deleting the batterystats.bin file will magically recalibrate your battery. That file (on most devices anyway) simply stores data about what is using the battery when it is not being charged. It is also reset every time a battery is charged to over 80 percent and then disconnected.

The batterystats.bin file contains the info you see made prettier in the Battery section of your phone: it's the Android system keeping track of your battery's usage, per charge cycle. When we talk about battery calibration, it's the percentage meter that gets out of whack, and that is what we need to fix.



How to calibrate an Android device battery without root access
The old 'fully charge and discharge' approach stands as one of the simplest ways to 'recalibrate' your Android battery. But if your phone battery is causing you real problems, it's worth taking the risk.

Method 1

1. Discharge your phone fully until it turns itself off.

2. Turn it on again and let it turn itself off.

3. Plug your phone into a charger and, without turning it on, let it charge until the on-screen or LED indicator says 100 percent.

4. Unplug your charger.

5. Turn your phone on. It's likely that the battery indicator won't say 100 percent, so plug the charger back in (leave your phone on) and continue charging until it says 100 percent on-screen as well.

6. Unplug your phone and restart it. If it doesn't say 100 percent plug the charger back in until it says 100 percent on screen.

7. Repeat this cycle until it says 100 percent (or as close as you think it's going to get) when you start it up without being plugged in.

8. Now, let your battery discharge all the way down to 0 percent and let your phone turn off again.

9. Fully charge the battery one more time without interruption and you should have reset the Android system's battery percentage.

Remember that it is not recommended to perform this process all the time. Even when your battery is so dead your phone won't even turn on, your battery still has enough reserve charge to avoid system damage. But you don't want to poke the tiger with a stick. Perform this process once every three months at the most. If it is required more often than that you have bigger problems at hand.

Put plainly: fully discharging a battery is bad for it. Trying to overload a battery is also bad for it. The good news is that charging batteries automatically shut off when their safe limit is reached and there's always a little in reserve even if your phone won't start. But again: do this only when really necessary, because it does have a negative impact on battery life.



How to calibrate Android device battery with root access
Even though I'm not convinced that clearing the batterystats.bin file has any meaningful effect on how the Android system reports remaining battery charge, there are those who swear by this method.

So in the interests of fairness, we've included the process for you here (it is true that different manufacturers use the batterystats.bin file for different things). It's basically the same process as above but with the added step of a root-enabled app.

Method 2

1. Discharge your phone fully until it turns itself off.

2. Turn it on and let it turn off again.

3. Plug your phone into a charger and, without turning it on, let it charge until the on-screen or LED indicator says 100 percent.

4. Unplug your charger.

5. Turn your phone on. It's likely that the battery indicator won't say 100 percent, so plug the charger back in (leave your phone on) and continue charging until it says 100 percent on the screen as well.

6. Unplug your phone and restart it. If it doesn't say 100 percent, plug the charger back in until it says 100 percent on screen.

7. You want to repeat this cycle until it says 100 percent (or as close as you think it's going to get) when you start it up without being plugged in.

8. Now, install the Battery Calibration app and, before you launch it, make sure your battery is at 100 percent again, then restart.


9. Immediately launch the app and recalibrate your battery.

10. Once you've calibrated your battery, discharge it all the way down to 0 percent and let your phone turn off again.

11. Fully charge the battery one more time without interruption while it's switched off, and the Android system's battery percentage will be reset.

That's it. Have you tried any of these methods? Do you know an alternate way to fix battery problems? Let me know in the comments.

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When you say "allow the battery to discharge", I.e. drain to zero, must leave my phone idle for a long as it takes to drain naturally, or can I run a battery-heavy app to speed the draining?

Also, what is the best charger to use for my phone, and how much would it cost to replace the battery?

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When you say "allow the battery to discharge", I.e. drain to zero, must leave my phone idle for a long as it takes to drain naturally, or can I run a battery-heavy app to speed the draining?

Also, what is the best charger to use for my phone, and how much would it cost to replace the battery?

Thank you

You can use the phone any way you want, just don't charge it in between.
Charger and cost would be different for different devices, so ask someone who has your device.
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You can use the phone any way you want, just don't charge it in between.
Charger and cost would be different for different devices, so ask someone who has your device.

Thank you, it worked well.

Now I am having difficulty rooting my device. I made a thread and am hoping I receive a solution.
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When you do the first step is with the phone turned off, then you do the plug and unplug until is 100% and you fully discharge the phone (until it's off). After that, the next charge must be with the phone on or off? (Just to be clear, I'm talking about step 9)
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When you do the first step is with the phone turned off, then you do the plug and unplug until is 100% and you fully discharge the phone (until it's off). After that, the next charge must be with the phone on or off? (Just to be clear, I'm talking about step 9)

with phone on.
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with phone on.

And how long is the charging time, until it reaches 100% or an exact number of hours (i.e. 8 hours or something like that)? Again, talking about step nine
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Thanks. Will try the same.
That second photo of S6 looks scarier for a phone with non-removable batteries. Is that the case with most of the phones with non-removable batteries?
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with phone on.

This is confusing to me... In the root steps (step 11), it specifically says to charge it with the phone *off*. So after using the device until it shuts off, should you recharge it to full while the device is on or off? Or is it different depending on whether your device is rooted or not?

The way I understand it - step 9 (which is what the poster was questioning) in the non-rooted steps is the same as step 11 in the rooted steps - and that is where I'm seeing conflicting information with the answer you gave that poster...

Can you please clarify?

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Thanks a lot for this tricks, i will try it.
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