Is it true that a black wallpaper saves battery life? There is an urban legend that having your cell phone with a black background can help you reduce visits to the charger. Is it true? Let’s find out the answer.
Wallpapers are an important part of the cell phone, not only in terms of customization, as they can also affect its performance. It has always been heard that using a totally black image for the background can help save battery, but is it true or is it just a legend? In this article, we give you the answer.
Although battery capacity is key to battery life, the way you use your cell phone also has an influence. In this aspect, you can activate the automatic brightness, disable functions that you do not use such as Bluetooth and yes, also change the wallpaper for a dark one. Let’s see how the choice of background image affects your phone.
Saving battery life with dark wallpaper, truth or legend?
The mystery to the effectiveness of using a dark wallpaper to save battery has a simple answer: yes, it is useful, especially on OLED and AMOLED screens. Why? Well, basically because in this type of screen the dark pixels are switched off and do not consume energy. Thus, when using a completely black image, most pixels will not light up, which will not save the battery and be longer without going through the charger.
This is not the same with LCD screens because, as we saw in the differences with AMOLED screens, in these panels the pixels have to be constantly lit even if the image colors are black. Therefore, the power consumption of these screens is significant.
The energy savings by using dark elements in the customization we already saw with the dark mode, as it is proven to be of great utility to save battery on your mobile for the same reason. Therefore, if you want to reduce the power consumption of your mobile, do not hesitate to activate the dark mode.
It is true that it is not easy to find a dark background among the default ones offered by smartphones, which are usually the most colorful. Therefore, you must find and apply these images on your own, a simple process. As we explained in the guide to put black on your mobile, in the Black Wallpapers 4K app, which you can download for free from Google Play Store, you can find more than 2,000 black wallpapers for your smartphone.
Before we finish, we remind you that the animated wallpapers are also of great consumption for the phone. They look nice, but they mean a rapid decline in the remaining battery of the same. If this detail does not bother you, go for animated wallpapers. On the other hand, if you prefer to conserve the battery, it is best to install black wallpaper.