There are few things more frustrating in today’s world than a low battery. It seems that we use our phones for so much, that when the battery is about to die, it induces a small amount of anxiety. While we can’t help you with your attachment to your phone, we can offer some advice on how to prolong your battery life. These tips won’t make your battery last for weeks, but you may be able to get a few extra hours out of it.
The first thing to do is turn down the screen brightness. The screen being on is one of the largest drainers of battery. The brighter your screen is, the more your battery will drain. Turn down the brightness as low as you can without hurting your eyes. If there is a setting on your phone (there usually is) have the brightness adjust based on your current lighting. This will make your phone brighter when it is sunny out so you can see it, and a little darker when you are inside.
Along those lines, besides just making the screen darker, you want to shut it off as much as possible. Even if you have the screen as dark as it can go, it is still draining the battery when it is on. Whenever you are not looking at the screen, shut it off. Don’t leave your screen on while your phone is just sitting next to you on a desk. Also set the screen timeout to something low, so that if you forget to turn your screen off, it won’t stay on that long.
The next step is to manage your data connections. This means knowing when to connect to WiFi, and when to shut it off. If you are in a place that has free WiFi, then you should connect to it. Generally, getting your internet connection from your mobile provider over a cell network will drain more battery. It is harder to connect to and usually slower. However, if you are not near a WiFi network, then you should have WiFi turned off on your phone. If you have your WiFi setting turned to on, it will constantly search for a network to connect to, which will drain battery. Remember to switch your WiFi setting on or off depending on where you are going to be.
In addition to this, make sure you have location settings turned off when you don’t need them. This means disabling GPS, and not allowing any applications to try and find out where you are. While this might come in handy when you are trying to get directions on your phone, it is a waste if you are just sitting in an office all day. When your phone is constantly connecting to the internet to try and determine where you are, it will drain your battery.
Lastly, turn off any features on your phone that you are not using. This include any display enhancements, NFC, Blutooth, or any other features that came with your phone. Sometimes your phone will come with a bunch of things on it that you don’t even know how to use. They are still draining your battery however, so you’ll need to turn them off. Search through your phone’s settings and see if there are any features turned on that you can disable. Doing so may save you a ton of battery.