Extending the Battery Life of Your Smartphone

Phones today can hold days worth of battery life on standby time, so why does it seem like your phone can hardly make it through one day? Simply put, as your phone ages, the battery becomes less efficient. Luckily there are several ways that you can extend the battery life of your smartphone if you’re not ready for an upgrade.

Turn Off Wireless Settings

Your phone takes up a lot of energy to send and search for wireless signals. When it can’t find those signals, such as when you’re not in a Wi-Fi zone, it can deplete your battery even faster since it’s constantly searching for signals. When you’re not using your 4G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or GPS, turn off those settings to conserve battery life.

Turn Off Background Programs

A collection of apps may be running without you realizing it, and this could easily be responsible for your poor battery life. It takes a lot of energy to run applications, so it can improve your battery life if you end the ones that you aren’t using. Go to your task manager or your application settings, and turn off any running apps that you don’t need at the time.

Reduce Your Screen Brightness

A bright screen takes more energy to display than a dim screen does, and when you’re activating your phone’s home screen every few minutes to check for new notifications, it can really suck up battery life. Consider turning down your screen brightness completely, or set it to auto brightness so that it’s at its best setting in any lighting while still saving battery life.

Shorten Your Screen Timeout

If you check your phone every few minutes, then along with reducing the brightness, you’ll also want to shorten the time that it takes for your screen to go back to sleep. Think about it: If you reduce you screen timeout length from one minute to 30 seconds, you’re already cutting your screen usage in half. There’s no reason that you should have it set at 5 to 10 minutes wait time on a daily basis, so check your display settings to see how much screen time that you’re wasting.

Be Smart About Your Charging Habits

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Did you know that how often that you charge your phone can affect its battery life? If you have a nickel-based battery, it’s best to charge your phone when it’s just barely out of power (when your phone starts warning you to charge) instead of when you’re still good with 50 percent or more power left. This is because these types of batteries lose capacity every time that they’re charged.

Lithium ion batteries need to be charged more frequently, but it’s best to check your specific battery and do a search on the best charging practices. In addition, be sure that you’re using a quality wireless charger for optimal results.

Turn Off Vibrations

Sure, vibrations are handy when you’re in a crowded place and don’t want to disturb anyone with your ringtone. However, vibration settings take up more energy than solely using your ringtone as notification. Don’t just turn it off for notifications, either. To extend your battery life, turn off or reduce the amount that your phone vibrates when you swipe at the screen.

Turn Your Phone Off

Kind of defeats the purpose of having a phone, right? But if you don’t have a charger on hand and know that you’ll be needing your phone later, it’s best to turn it off to save battery. This is also a good strategy if you’re in a dead zone because you can’t use most of your functions anyway.

Download Battery-Saving Apps

If you’ve tried everything but are still having trouble with your battery, try downloading a battery-saving app that will do the work for you to help you conserve energy. Start with JuiceDefender for Android, and choose between various profiles and setting choices to customize which types of functions that you’ll use to conserve battery. For iOS, grab the free Battery Doctor app to get reminders on things that you can do to save battery life.

Which techniques will you start using to conserve your battery?

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