How to Fix Android phone turns off at 20%, 40%, 50% Battery

There are some downsides, and the fact that industry standards changed, but the matter of fact is that batteries are the first piece of hardware that will let you down. In many ways. Users report that the Android phone turns off at 40% or 20% or 50% battery instead of 1%, as we are used to.

If you’re facing this issue, you’re not alone. Many users have reported similar problems with their Android phones. There can be multiple reasons for your phone shutting down at a high battery percentage, and we will discuss them in detail below.

Why does my phone shut down at 20, 40, or 50% battery instead of 1%?

There are three possible reasons why your phone shut down at 40% battery instead of 1%. The first possibility is a faulty battery. The second possibility concerns temperatures, and the third one is battery calibration.

1. Cold weather or Overheating environment

The thing with batteries is that they don’t do well with extreme temperatures. Whether it’s super hot or cold, the wear and tear of Lithium-ion batteries will increase. The capacity will drop over time, but if the device is exposed to extreme temperatures, the aging process will speed up, the battery’s internal resistance will drop, and random shutdowns might occur.

So, making sure that your device is not used under those circumstances for a prolonged period of time is a good way to retain the battery’s longevity and avoid issues like this.

The ways to do it are obvious but often neglected. Here are some tips for you:

  • Don’t use your device while charging. Particularly, don’t game on your Android while it’s charging.
  • Don’t keep your device exposed to the sun and don’t keep it close to artificial heating sources for long. The same goes for freezing temperatures.
  • Use the original or supported charging bricks. USB cables are also important but to a lesser extent.
  • Lower the brightness if you don’t need your display to be extremely bright. The max brightness is for when you are outdoors under direct sunlight.
  • Remove the protective casing while charging. If your device and charging brick are hot on touch, power off the device and let it be for some time. Only once it cools down a bit, continue with charging.
  • If your Android phone still turns off at 40%, make sure to re-calibrate the battery by following the instructions we provided below.

2. Perform battery Re-calibration

Batteries are often not the cause of the problem, but the actual device readings come as false. So, your device actually turns off when the battery reaches 0% instead of 40%. It’s just that you see the wrong percentage at the top of the screen.

We explained how to re-calibrate the battery and everything else related to the procedure. On the other hand, if you want to get straight to business, follow these steps to recalibrate the battery on your Android:

Here are the steps to recalibrate the battery on your Android device:

1. Discharge your phone fully until the phone turns off.

2. Turn your phone back on and wait for it to turn off again.

3. Plug your phone into a wall socket without turning it on, and charge it until the on-screen indicator says 100%.

4. Now, unplug your device, turn your device on, and If the battery percentage is not at 100%, plug in the charger again until the UI shows that the battery is 100% full.

5. Unplug your phone and restart it. If the battery is still not at 100%, plug in the charger and charge it until the battery is 100% full.

6. Repeat this cycle until it says 100 percent in the UI.

7. Now, discharge your battery until the phone turns off by itself.

8. Fully charge the battery one more time. Don’t turn on the device or disrupt charging.

This should fix the readings. If it doesn’t help and your Android phone turns off at 40% again, repeat the discharge/full-charge cycle until the readings are punctual.

3. Change the charger

It’s not only the battery that can be causing the problem. The charger may also be a contributing factor. Although there are Android devices that come with 65W or even 120W charging bricks that will fill up enormous batteries in 30 minutes, using a slower charging mode can benefit the battery life over time.

So, consider using standard chargers when charging overnight or use software to change the charging mode to a slower one if possible. This is not only a solution for your current problem but can help prolong your battery life in the long run.

4. Reset your device to the factory settings

Lastly, if none of the above solutions work, it might be time to reset your device to its factory settings. It’s important to back up all of your data before resetting the device. Once you’ve done that, follow these steps:

1. Open Settings and go to System.

2. Select Reset options.

3. Tap Erase all (factory reset) and confirm the selection on the following prompt.

It’s important to note that resetting your device to its factory settings will delete all of your data and apps. Therefore, it’s essential to back up everything beforehand.

There are a few things you can do if your Android device turns off at high battery percentages like 20%, 40%, or even 50%. Re-calibrating the battery, checking the charger, and resetting the device to its factory settings are three solutions to the problem. If all else fails, you may need to get a replacement battery.

Hopefully, this article has been helpful, and if you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments section below.

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Bhanu Pratap

Hi! I am Bhanu Pratap, co-founder of Yorker Media Group. A die-heart fan of tech and keeps track of every little happening of the same. When not writing, I usually keep myself busy on YouTube making and exploring new and awesome tech content.

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