With a Snapdragon 820 processor, 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB UFS 2.0 storage, no matter how much you claim your device is battery-efficient, a 3000 mAh battery is not enough to last a full day. The first few days that I spent with the OnePlus 3, I had to charge my battery twice, mostly late in the evenings the second time, to be able to make it the entire day before I hit the sack. I strongly believe that there should have been a bigger battery to make it a near perfect flagship killer.
In all this, the only bright side was the Dash Charging technology that can charge the OnePlus 3 from 0 to 100% in less than an hour. But I am not a fan of plugging in my phone and living with the idea of prevention is better than cure. Here are some points that I feel can help you save the juice on the OnePlus 3 battery and make it last through the day.
Note: These points are not tested in a laboratory under various conditions and are a work of experience. Therefore, the end results might vary.
1. Use the Dark Mode to Save Battery
OnePlus 3 sports an HD Optical AMOLED display, which in itself is a great battery saver when compared to regular LCD screens. However, you can tweak a few things in the Android settings menu to optimize battery life. The Oxygen OS hosts a built-in feature using which you can get a system-wide black theme.
The settings can be found under Customization in settings menu and to match the elegant dark mode, you can also change the accent colors. Due to the science behind an AMOLED display, only the non-black portion of the screen will light up and will extend battery life throughout the day. Most 3rd party apps these days have a dark mode/theme, which you can activate to save additional battery.
The Oxygen OS gives the option to draw a gesture on the screen to wake up the device and even launch the camera app really quick. However, for this, the device has to have a service running in the background causing a wakelock which drains the battery. So if you are not using gestures frequently or think that you can live without them, I would suggest you to turn them off.
The option can be found in the Gestures option in OnePlus 3 settings. Just tap on the Off switch in the top-right and all the options will be turned off. You can also turn off Proximity Wake feature in the Display settings that wakes up the device when a hand is waved over the proximity sensor to have a glance at the notifications. This feature also keeps your proximity awake all the time and therefore disabling it will indeed save battery life.
3. Use Invert Color Mode Wherever Necessary
In the first point, I have highlighted the option to use dark mode in the app wherever necessary. However not all the apps support the feature and you can still find many reading apps and browsers which have a white backdrop. In situations like these, you can pull down the notification drawer and tap on the Invert color option from the settings tiles.
This will invert the colors and, make white back and vice versa and the rest of the work will be done by the Optical AMOLED Display. Once you are done, you can disable the option and get the display back to normal.
Well, these tips were specifically for the OnePlus 3 powered by Oxygen OS most of which uses the Optical AMOLED Display. But apart from that, you can also check out the 9 useful ways to save battery on any Android. All these tips will help you get the most out of the 3000 mAh battery of the OnePlus 3.
So that’s all folks. I got increased battery life by following these tips and I am sure they will help you too. However, if you have any additional tips specific to OnePlus 3 that we have missed out on, please do share them with us in the comments section.