Some of the best Android phones also have the best battery life. What good is your phone if the battery dies too soon? If you use your phone hard and don't have the option to charge throughout the day, battery life is your number one priority when shopping for your next phone. Thankfully, several great options focus on battery life and won't give up halfway through the day — including the Galaxy S22 Ultra as our top overall pick.
These are the best phones for long battery life
The Galaxy S22 Ultra has a large AMOLED screen, powerful hardware, phenomenal cameras, and highly customizable software. And thanks to a 5000mAh battery, the phone manages to last over a day with ease. And when you need it, there's 45W fast charging along with 15W wireless charging. This is the default choice if you want a flagship with stellar battery life.
The Galaxy S21 FE is one of the best value-focused phones you'll find today. It nails the basics: you get a 120Hz AMOLED screen, hardware on par with flagships, cameras that take great photos, and long-term software updates. Add in a 4500mAh battery that lasts a day and a half, and you can see why the S21 FE is such an enticing option. Oh, and you get wireless charging.
The Pixel 6 is similar to the S21 FE in that it offers a great overall value. It has a 90Hz AMOLED screen backed by Google's custom internal hardware, and you get one of the strongest camera packages of any phone today. The 4614mAh battery manages to last a day without any issues, even with heavy use.
Skip overnight charging
The Galaxy A53 is proof that you don't need to shell out a lot of money to get a great phone. It has a vibrant 120Hz AMOLED screen, reliable hardware that's more than adequate for daily use, the same number of updates as the S22 series, and cameras that take excellent photos. Best of all, it lasts a day and a half thanks to its 5000mAh battery.
ASUS pulled out all the stops with its ROG Phone 5, and a year after launching, the device continues to excel. This phone has a lot to offer, including a massive 6,000mAh battery, Snapdragon 888, 8GB of RAM, and more. If you want a phone with aggressive styling and battery that easily lasts two days, this is the one to get.
The Google Pixel 5a offers the best of Google at a more accessible price point. You get a very clean Android experience, fast updates, and the latest version of Android. In addition, the Pixel 5a is now water-resistant, and best of all, it has one of the largest batteries ever in a Pixel phone at 4,680mAh, allowing it to last a day and a half with regular use.
On the plus side
The OnePlus 9 is a fantastic all-around smartphone. It's got incredible hardware, a gorgeous design, Hasselblad-tuned cameras that take great photos, and the 4500mAh battery lasts a day without breaking a sweat. Best of all, it has 65W charging that takes just 35 minutes to fully charge the battery, and there's wireless charging as well.
Power is in the name
You don't have to spend a ton to get great battery life, and the Moto G Power (2021) shows us why. Simple software and limited hardware features pair well with a 5,000 mAh battery, and the result is a phone that can last up to three days on a single charge. Yes, you read that right — three days.
Have your phone last all day
Phones with amazing battery life are now the norm as Qualcomm and Samsung deliver efficient chipsets that don't consume too much battery. This is clearly evident with the Galaxy S22 Ultra; the phone has all the features you could ask for in a flagship, and the 5000mAh battery lasts well over a day even with heavy use. In short, it is one of the best Android phones available today.
If you're not looking for a flagship, the Galaxy S21 FE or the Galaxy A53 are standout alternatives to consider. The S21 FE gives you a bit more in terms of hardware, and the cameras are better here. That said, the A53 nails the essentials, has 5G connectivity, and outmatches the S21 FE when it comes to battery life.
If you prefer a cleaner experience, the Google Pixel 5a is a great choice. Right off the bat, you get one of the largest-capacity batteries in a Pixel phone at 4,680 mAh. The large battery combined with optimized hardware allows the phone to last for two days with normal use — that's a relief considering Google's past performance in this category.
If you're more budget-conscious, we have the Moto G Power. It doesn't have all the bells and whistles found on the other phones showcased here, but you do get three-day battery life in a very affordable package.
Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor overseeing Asia at Android Central. He leads the site's coverage of Chinese phone brands, contributing to reviews, features, and buying guides. He also writes about storage servers, audio products, and the semiconductor industry. Contact him on Twitter at @chunkynerd.
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