It’s Murphy’s Law- your smartphone battery is going die when you need it the most. I have been guilty far too many times of allowing my battery to die when people need to contact, so I thought it only fitting that in trying to better myself this year, I also help you guys too.
This isn’t a list of ways to increase your actual smartphone battery capacity, but 13 ways to extend the battery’s life span, which will save you in the long run.
1 – Adjust The Screen Brightness
I guarantee that the current setting you have on your smartphone on is way brighter than it needs to be, and the backlight display is the single largest consumer of battery power on your phone.
Turn it down to the lowest level that allows your phone to be usable without straining your eyes. If you’re using iOS7, be sure to also turn off the auto adjuster.
2 – Set It To Sleep Sooner
This is another basic setting that you likely have set too high. You can set how quickly your phone’s display will shut off and go to sleep, and a shorter time will considerably conserve battery power, by ensuring the phone turns itself off sooner rather than staying on for several minutes every time you check the time.
3 – Turn Off Notifications
Almost every app these days has a pointless notifications, and these waste battery power by causing your screen to light up briefly many times throughout the day. Disable apps’ notifications to extend battery power.
You know you’re going to check your phone 20 times per hour either way, so you don’t need the notifications.
4 – Disable Any Antennas Not In Use
Do people still use Bluetooth? Well, if you do then make sure you turn it off when you’re not using it, and the same goes for wi-fi.
If your battery is running low and you need to keep it on no matter what, your best bet is to put your phone on Airplane Mode, which turns off all antennae, including voice.
5 – Minimize The Devices Your Phone Syncs With
Syncing devices is great, but it imposes a battery tax on your phone to the tune of about 10% of life per day. This includes Bluetooth headsets, your car, tablet, computer and other high-tech conveniences that consume power.
If you want to maximize battery life, don’t sync to your devices unless absolutely necessary.
6 – Just Say No To Location Requests
Many apps ask permission to detect your location, so they can provide more targeted information, which is great, but every time an app has to ping your GPS chip, it uses power. Unless you really need that location function (which you don’t), just say no.
7 – Update Less Frequently
Most smartphones are designed to check for e-mail and apps data every 15 or 30 minutes, even if you’re not actively using them. If you can live with less frequent updates, extend those minutes to a full hour, which will have a noticeable effect on battery life.
8 – Lower The Volume
Turn down your phone’s overall volume, including the ringer. You’ll conserve battery power, and everyone on the bus will thank you as well.
9 – Turn Off Vibrate
This is often a necessary feature, especially if you keep your phone in your pocket/purse, but making a mechanical vibrator buzz takes a lot of juice, and considering you check your phone every 30 seconds anyway, you can live without it.
This will especially help conserver your battery if you’re running low.
10 – Keep It Cool
A hot battery drains faster than a cool one (this is science), so if your phone is hot to the touch, it’s running inefficiently. This can happen when you leave it in your car, in your pocket or on top of another hot device, like a laptop.
Running the phone continuously can also make it heat up, so be sure to put it to sleep, or even turn it off, whenever you’re not using it.
11 – Embrace Reality
Part of the reason your battery life is so terrible has a lot to do with the fact that you’re addicted to your smartphone. Try holding a full conversation without checking Twitter, or capturing the moment via Instagram, and you’ll find that your battery lasts longer.
The following are iPhone specific…
12 – Turn Siri Off
Do you really need to use Siri? The answer is no. Save on of battery life by turning Siri off in your general settings.
13 – Use Normal Wallpaper
The novelty of dynamic wallpaper is pretty cool at first, but all that movement is draining the hell out of your battery. Nobody cares how cool your background is.
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