Is it time to replace your Android battery? Signs, symptoms and fixes

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Your Android phone is your everyday companion, so you notice when it’s not holding a charge as long as it used to. You’re starting to wonder if there’s a problem with the battery. That means it’s time to do a little sleuthing.

To become a battery detective, you’ll need to know where to look for clues and what apps can help you out as you investigate your smartphone.

It used to be easy to replace a cellphone battery, but newer phones make this difficult. If your battery is a lost cause, you’ll need to check your warranty status and look into repair or replacement options. But first, here’s how to find out if your battery has gone bad.

Notice the symptoms of a failing battery

Battery performance can deteriorate as phone ages. The initial signs of battery issues may start off as subtle hints before becoming too much to overlook. It’s time to check your battery if you experience some or all of these symptoms:

It doesn’t last: It used to be you could charge your phone overnight, use it all day long, and still have some juice left at bedtime. But now you’re looking for an outlet in the afternoon and carrying a portable battery backup to get through the day.

Battery charge drops rapidly: You unplug your phone, confident in a full charge, only to see it drop quickly even though you’re not doing anything unusual.

It doesn’t fully charge: You leave your phone plugged in for hours, but it never gets back up to a full charge. Something is definitely up.

There are physical symptoms: You notice your phone is off-the-charts hot when charging, or you may even notice a physical bulge on the phone. Unplug it right away if this happens.

By Amanda Kooser

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