Smartphones are basically mini computers in your palm that can make tasks way beyond than only calls and send texts. Such extensive functionality, however, comes with a price that many new users are not aware of. If you have been using a feature phone for a while, you probably accustomed to charge your handset every few days. Once you switch to a smartphone you may be surprised to see that your device is almost dead at the end of the day. You may think at first that is a battery malfunction, but most likely it is not. All the coolest options and fancy features on smartphone require extra power but there is only one battery in each handset. There are, however, a few tricks you can implement to reduce battery consumption and extend battery life. Here are the 10 tips how to make your phone battery last longer.
How to make your phone battery last longer
Most smartphones have an option to automatically adjust screen brightness based on the conditions which greatly helps to reduce battery consumption. However, if you don’t have such option, we recommend to go ahead and change brightness manually. Set it to as low as possible to achieve longer usage time.
Decrease screen time-out.
There is really no need for the screen to be on when you don’t use the phone. In order to save power, you can set the screen to automatically switch off after a very short period of time.
Keep GPS location based services turned off.
Well, do you need turn by turn GPS navigation service when you are in the office or home? The fact is that location based services suck a lot of battery juice and we need them only sometimes. Disabling them for most of the day will definitely extend battery life.
Connectivity features such as Bluetooth, NFC, and Wi-Fi are the prime culprits when it comes to draining the battery. Turn them on only when you have going to use them. Also, when you don’t need the fastest connection possible, turn off 4G speed and use slower networks as they require less power.
Stop scanning for new Wi-Fi networks.
If you have already set up your Wi-Fi connections at home and office, it will be more battery efficient to stop the phone from constantly scanning for new networks in the background. Use it only when you are about to add a new Wi-Fi network.
Disable automatic syncing of e-mail account.
Unless you are waiting for a very important email, you really don’t need your phone to check for new emails every few minutes. Instead you can use push notification or set to check for new mail less frequently.
Switch the vibrate function off on your phone.
The vibration engine uses much more power than an ordinary ringtone to create buzz in your pocket. Using ringtone only notification will save battery juice each time you got call, text and email.
Home screen widgets and live wallpapers are cool, but they use additional battery power to keep them up-to-date. Instead, you can use static background. It may not be as interesting to look as, but will improve battery life.
Close apps you are not using.
Some apps may still be running in the background when the phone is put on sleep mode. That slowly but constantly drains the battery. Make sure you close the apps once you finish using them, rather than just pushing them into background.
Do not follow the method of full charge and full discharge.
Nickel-based batteries used in cell phones some time ago could be fully discharged and charged in order to preserve battery condition over the time. However, the technology has changed and we should adjust our methods. The lithium-based batteries used in phones today don’t do very well with this method. Such batteries will serve you longer if you don’t let them run too low before charging. It will extend battery efficiency to charge the phone more often than let the battery go all the way down to empty.