How To Extend Your Phone's Battery Life
Despite all their amazing capabilities, from snapping high quality photos to keeping you connected with all your social media connections, your smartphone probably still has an abysmal battery life. We’ve come up with a few helpful tips to help you save your smartphone’s battery life so you don’t end up in that annoying situation where you’re struggling to conserve that last 5%.
1. Dim the Screen
One of the more basic tips is to dim your phone’s screen. At its brightest, the display can consume battery life at an alarming rate. Most phones come with an auto-brightness feature that will adjust your display to its optimal level for reading while saving your battery life.
2. Go Easy on the GPS
If you’re not trying to navigate through the city, it’s probably best to turn off your GPS. It’s a huge battery sucker since various apps are constantly trying to find your current location to provide services like restaurant recommendations.
3. Use Wi-Fi When Available
If you're at home or at work, connect with your Wi-Fi. It'll save your battery and the data you use won't come from your carrier plan.
4. Kill Extra Apps
Multitasking--the ability to run more than one app at a time--is a powerful smartphone feature. It also burns a lot of energy. Sometimes you move from one app to another without realizing that the other apps are still running and draining your phone. For Android phones, there is an app called Advanced Task Killer, which has an auto-kill feature that polices your apps throughout the day. For iPhones and other iOS devices, double-tap the Home button until the multitasking tray appears, hold an icon until an X appears, and tap the X to close the app.
5. Turn Off Unimportant Notifications
Whenever you get a notification about your Facebook friend commenting on a photo, or a notification from one of those game apps you have, a little bit of your phone’s energy is consumed. Turning off extraneous notifications will help your battery last longer and prevent distractions.
6. Charge Your Battery Correctly
Taking care of your battery and knowing how to charge it is the best way to maximize its battery life.
In general, there are two kinds of rechargeable batteries commonly used for smartphones: Lithium-ion (Li-Ion), and Nickel-based batteries: namely Nickel-Metal Hydride (NiMH) and Nickel-Cadmium (NiCd).
Nickel-based batteries should be charged (to the full amount) when they’re more or less out of power, and not when there’s still a good amount of energy left.
Li-Ion batteries have the longest life cycle among the three types of batteries but they also need to be charged more frequently (even when the battery is not fully used up) to maintain its original capacity. To keep your battery lasting longer, find out more about the type of battery that your smartphone uses and maintain the appropriate charging strategy for optimum usage.
7. Turn Off Wi-Fi, 3G or Bluetooth When Not in Use
Energy is consumed whenever your smartphone searches for signal, Wi-Fi, 3G or Bluetooth. When reception is poor, your phone will continue scanning to attain a good connection. If you're getting below 10%, switch to ‘Airplane Mode’ or just switch your phone off when you know you can’t get any signal.
8. Turn off Vibrate Function
Vibrations are great for notifying you about incoming calls or messages when you’re in the theater, meetings or other places where it’s necessary to keep the phone silent. In places where it doesn’t matter, it’s better to use your ringtone as notification if you want to keep your smartphones on longer because keeping your phone on vibrate uses up more power than ringtones.
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