4 Ways To Monitor Your Battery With Energy Monitor 4.4 for Android and Wear OS

Energy Monitor 4 is a battery performance and temperature monitor for Android phones and tablets and Wear OS smart watches. You can monitor devices remotely, predict your battery life for the day, and always know in good time when your battery is draining faster than usual.

This guide explains the different ways you can use this app to most effectively monitor your battery life, the terminology used throughout the app, and which notifications and settings you can use to get the best results for your particular case.

 

Settings and Notifications, Energy Monitor 4.4 for Android and Wear OS
Settings and Notifications, Energy Monitor 4.4 for Android and Wear OS
 

Glossary of app terminology

The following terms are used frequently throughout the app to describe your device’s battery status and performance:

Change rate

Speed at which your battery is either charging or discharging in % per hour.

Charge rate

Speed at which your battery is charging in % per hour.

Charging

Device is charging via USB cable or wireless.

Discharging

Device is running on battery power.

Drain rate

Speed at which your battery level is depleting in % per hour.

Predicted life

The length of time that your device battery is expected to last from fully charged to completely empty, based on the current drain rate.

 

Notifications

All alerts are customisable in the device settings menu, so you can have a monitor enabled but only choose to have the notifications that are relevant to you. When you plug your device into a charger, all outstanding notifications will be cleared automatically. Each of the notifications are timestamped so you can know exactly when they were measured.

ℹ️ Notification and monitor settings must be configured individually for each device. They are not shared across all devices.

 
High-drain warning notification, Energy Monitor 4.+ for Wear OS
High-drain warning notification, Energy Monitor 4.+ for Wear OS
 

1. Daily Forecasts

This notification was introduced to alert you early on when your device is more likely to run out earlier in the day than you might expect. This is normally issued within an hour of removing your device from the charger (depending on your interval setting). Your current discharging speed in % per hour will be included in the alert, along with the predicted life for the day in hours. Bear in mind that your drain rate will likely vary throughout the day depending on how you use your device over time. 

   

2. Charging Forecasts

This notification will be issued shortly after you start charging with a measure of your charging speed in % per hour, along with the estimated time remaining until a full charge.

 

3. High-drain warnings

As you use your device throughout the day, certain activities may use more power than usual. To prevent you from being caught off guard with a low battery, a high-drain alert will be issued whenever your device’s drain rate exceeds a set threshold (normally 10% per hour by default), with an estimate how long your device is expected to last with the current rate of use.

 

4. Low-battery warnings

This will alert you whenever your battery reaches the thresholds you set while your device is discharging (running on battery power). You can set as many of these as you’d like. These are issued on intervals with the periodic monitor, and immediately with the live monitor activated. 

💡 Pro tip: To keep your Lithium-ion (Li-Ion) batteries in good condition, it is recommended that you recharge your battery when it reaches 30 – 40%. Allowing your battery to regularly run empty will reduce its total capacity over time.

   

5. Charging progress

This will alert you whenever your battery reaches a level that you choose while your device is charging. You can set as many of these as you’d like.

 

6. High temperature warnings

Alerts you when your battery exceeds a temperature level you set. These will be issued on intervals with the periodic monitor, and immediately with the live monitor activated. 

 

Ongoing Notifications

The app must run continuously in the background in order to monitor your battery and issue notifications throughout the day, as per the Android system rules for apps processing any task in the background. While the monitor remains idle most of the time, the impact it will have on your battery life will be determined by the monitors you have enabled as described below.

 
Alert settings and low-battery thresholds, Energy Monitor 4.4
Alert settings and low-battery thresholds, Energy Monitor 4.4
 

Monitoring methods

You can toggle each of the following monitors independently in top half of the device settings menu (2nd tab), and combine any of them to suit your use case. For the purpose of this guide, we’ve given each of them an ‘energy use score’ to show how much power they consume in relation to one another. 

 

1. Periodic monitor

The periodic monitor measures your battery between intervals, and issues alerts based on changes in battery level and temperature over time. This is the most energy-efficient way to monitor your battery level since the app remains idle and consumes no battery power between those intervals. The shorter the interval, the higher the accuracy of your statistics, and the more timely your alerts will be. Longer intervals (more than 30 minutes) will be more energy efficient, but may be slightly less accurate compared to more frequent monitoring with a shorter interval. 

On each interval, battery level and temperature notifications will be issued. You’ll receive your daily forecast notification within an hour of you taking your device off the charger every day. High drain notifications will be issued throughout the day if your device is consuming power at a higher-than-normal rate. You can customise all of these alerts and their thresholds in the device settings menu. 

Notifications:

  • Daily forecast
  • Low battery level
  • High temperature 
  • High-drain warnings

Energy use score: 1 (minimal impact)

 

2. Charge Monitor 

Monitors your battery continuously while it’s charging. This lets you know exactly when your battery reaches each level of charge. Shortly after you start charging, a charging forecast alert will be issued to let you know an estimate of how long it will take for your device to reach a full charge based on your usage. Your charging speed may vary over time depending on how you use your device while it’s charging. This feature will have no extra impact on your battery life, since it will only be activated while your device is plugged in. 

Notifications:

  • Charging forecast 
  • Charge level reached 

Energy use score: 0 (no impact)

 

3. Live Monitor

Measures your battery level every time your battery level changes throughout the day. This supersedes the Periodic Monitor and issues any low-battery or temperature notifications as the moment your battery level reaches that moment. 

This method monitors your battery more frequently than the Periodic Monitor, and thereby will have slightly more of an impact on your battery life.

Notifications:

  • Low battery level
  • High temperature

Energy use score: 2 (moderately intensive)

 

4. Smartwatch Energy Monitor

This allows you to see the current battery level of all of your connected watches from the notification panel on your phone without opening the app. You’ll find this at the top of the general settings menu on your handheld devices, and you can set an interval for all of your watches to send an update to your phone.

This is the most intensive of all monitoring methods, as it involves more frequent bluetooth communication between your handheld device and connected watches. However, the overall impact is likely to be small.

Notifications: 

  • Ongoing notification with current battery levels of all connected watches. 

Energy use score: 2.5 (moderately intensive)

 
Energy Monitor 4.4 for Android and Wear OS
Energy Monitor 4.4 for Android and Wear OS
 

It is crucial that an app designed to help you to get the most out of your device batteries does not consume too much power itself. With this in mind we’ve been especially careful to make each of these monitoring methods as efficient as possible. Only the features with the least impact on battery life are enabled by default, and it is up to you, the operator, to enable the more power-intensive features to suit your specific requirements.

We hope this app helps you to stay mindful of your battery use throughout the day. Be sure to keep the app up to date; we’re always working on improving these features and adding new ones, such as the remote device monitor introduced in version 4.4. As always we welcome your feedback so we can continue to provide better apps and services in future.

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