Many smartphone users enjoy the powerful features packed into their phones but they will love to a longer lasting battery. In fact, with the new thin and sleek phone designs, more powerful processors, and bigger and brighter screens, most phones now consume more power. But they have less space to accommodate bigger batteries. Therefore, this article presents several tips which users of smartphones can use to make their phone battery last longer.
1. Switch the phone off when inactive
Switching your phone off for a few hours can extend the life of your battery. If you are not going to use the phone while you are sleeping or during a meeting, you can save a significant amount of power by keeping the phone off.
Repeated charging reduces the battery volume for certain kinds of batteries. So it is better to allow such batteries to rest so that their original capacity can be retained for a longer time.
2. Shorten the Screen Timeout
The screen timeout determines how long the screen light will stay on after you have finished interacting with it. You can lock the phone immediately after you finish using it or set the screen timeout to 15 seconds or less. Maintaining shorter timeout duration for the phone will reduce the drain on the phone battery when you are not using it.
3. Close all unnecessary applications
The multi-tasking ability of smartphones is one of the features that make them very powerful. But most times, users end up opening one app after another one and they forget to close them. This is one of the reasons why phone batteries get drained very fast.
Check the list of open applications on your phone as often as you can and close all the ones you are not using. You can also use an app that manages multitasking to conserve the life of the battery. A good example is Advanced Task Killer on Android.
4. Disable GPS when it is not needed
The global positioning system is used by some apps to help you determine your location and send you relevant information. For instance, Google Maps uses GPS to send relevant maps that can be used in your current location. However, when these apps are allowed to run in the background, they will keep on sending and receiving signals. This drains the power of your phone battery. Therefore, it is better to close these kinds of apps when you know you don’t really need them. In addition, you should turn off NFC and LTE to reduce the constant draw on battery power.
5. Switch off 3G/4G, Bluetooth and WiFi
Your phone consumes a lot of energy whenever it has to search for radio signals such as 3G, Bluetooth or WiFi. Frequent searches will drain your battery.
Bluetooth and WiFi, in particular, should be turned off when you don’t need to get connected. For instance, you can switch your phone to “Airplane Mode” to automatically disable those network services. Also, when you need to use these network services, make sure your phone is receiving good signals so that you can conserve battery power.
6. Reduce Facebook, Twitter and Email polling
Every notification from sites like Facebook, Twitter, or from email and other online services will cause your phone’s screen to light up, vibrate, or give a particular sound to alert you. Many of these notifications are not even necessary. So to extend the life of your battery, you should only permit the notifications that are important to you such as new text messages. You can set notifications from Facebook, or Twitter to be done manually. Then you can check for updates when you are actually prepared to look at them.
7. Reduce screen brightness
Dimming your screen can drastically reduce your phone’s power consumption. Your screen light comes on anytime you interact with your phone or when it needs to alert you about an incoming call or message. If the screen light is bright every time this happens, it will have a significant impact on the battery power. The auto-brightness feature on most smartphones maintains the brightness at an optimal level but it may be better to use the dimmest level that you can use to read without experiencing eye strain.
8. Turn off vibration
Phone vibration is very useful when you don’t want your phone to disturb others during meetings or at public gatherings. But vibrations actually consume much more power than ringtones. Hence, to save battery power, you should only use ringtones as the default method of receiving incoming alerts. Remember that vibrations shake the battery and the entire phone. But if you must use vibrations, make sure you reduce the magnitude to the lowest value allowed by your phone.
9. Watch the network signal strength
Always keep an eye on the signal strength of the network as you move around. If you come into a place that has poor network coverage, your phone will use more power to locate and use the strongest network signal. If you find out that your network service provider’s signals are weak in an area where you spend a lot of your time, you should consider changing your provider. Or you may switch your phone to “Airplane mode” if you are in a place where you don’t need voice calls or data services and the signal strength is very weak.
10. Update your apps
Updating or upgrading your apps can help you to lengthen the life of your battery. Most applications are frequently updated to consume less battery power. Although you may set up your phone to install automatic updates, some apps may still require you to install updates manually. If you are using an Android phone, you should check the Google Play app store by using the My Apps icon on the main menu.
11. Turn off live wallpaper and home screen animations
Most of the home screen widgets consume power that you can easily save by turning them off. Some of these home screen features draw live status updates that are of little value to you. Animated wallpaper should also be turned off to conserve energy.