The Moto X's battery is on the smaller side, but it can still get the job done.
The Moto X will get you through the day if you handle it well, but after one too many close calls rushing for your charger when that warning tone plays its grating notes, you may be wondering how you can keep your phone alive just a little longer to get you through the day. Maybe after months of hard usage, your Moto X just isn't quite keeping a charge as long as it used to. While quick-charging can help get your Moto X energized enough to play for a few hours quickly, here's what you can do to keep that battery going.
Screen your battery hogs
Your screen is one of the biggest battery hogs on the Moto X, but there are a few things you can do to help limit that damage. The first is a new feature in Lollipop called Adaptive Brightness, which allows you to set the screen's relative brightness to your liking but still keep the convenience of auto-brightness. This means you can crank down the brightness but it'll still get bright enough to see outside. Setting a shorter time-out for your screen can also help your phone conserve battery, and Attentive display can help keep it on when you're looking at it.
Swipe left (or right) on Moto Display
And if you get a Moto Display notification and you're not going to respond to it, swipe it away. Leaving the notification pulsing on your screen long after you see the notification can chip away at your battery. Swiping away the notification will not clear it from the notification shade, only Moto Display, so you can always get to it at a later time.
If you're not using things like Bluetooth or Wifi, turning them off can help your Moto X keep going for hours, as these radios will periodically scan for connections even if you haven't set anything up with them. If you only use these radios during certain portions of the day or in certain places, putting a widget on your homescreen or in your notification drawer can help remind you to turn them off. You can also restrict background data syncing when you're on mobile data to help limit your cell phone bill and battery-sucking mobile radio use.
...these phones were made to be used
The trade-off is that the more radios and services you turn off, the less you're using your phone. You can stretch your battery life well past a day if you turn off everything, but it'd be spending that time as a paperweight. Now, personally, I'm hard on my phone: I'm connected to two Bluetooth devices most of the time, and I listen to music for hours a day. I try to limit my screen-on time, but I'm not afraid to use my phone since that's what it's here for. I don't mind charging my phone around dinnertime if I've been using it.
So, how are you using your Moto X? Do you shut down all non-essential radios and apps, or do you let things run their course and when you have to charge, you have to charge?