Smart phones have been improving in technical specification at a phenomenal speed. Today we can do almost everything with our phone that we used to do with a computer. We can call, text, video chat, play games, surf internet, watch movies, listen to music, shop, take pictures and shoot videos and even use our phones for navigation. Truly, the smart phone has become the king of multitasking. But all this multitasking comes at a cost. With ever increasing processors and larger memories, the battery life of phones have taken a serious hit. Android phones are especially notorious for their short battery life. Our tendency to rely more and more on our phones means that it is hard to get by one full day on one charge. Portable batteries and phone cases with additional battery have come out as options to increase battery life on the go. If you don’t want to invest in such a device or don’t want to carry too much bulk there are a few tips you can keep in mind to increase your battery life. Here are the top 5 tips to increase battery life of your cell phone.
5. Change the Display Settings:
This is the most popular way of prolonging battery life by decreasing the screen brightness. You should always keep this setting at the minimum value as most phones automatically increase brightness when you need it. You should also set the screen timeout setting to minimum. This is the time it takes for the screen to turn off once you’ve stopped using it and it should be kept to a minimum. Using screensavers that keep running all the time is no longer a good idea.
4. Turn off Radios:
There are many radios in your cell phone. Apart from the traditional radio, which you don’t always use, there are radios that search for Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GPS. If your Bluetooth is turned on it will keep searching for signals through out the day. The same goes for wifi and GPS. To save battery you should turn off Bluetooth whenever you are not actively using it. You might use wifi at home or work to use that internet network but when you are mobile there is no point in keeping wifi on. Also make sure that apps that use GPS do so only after taking permission. You should only use GPS for navigation and if an app or a game asks for permission to use your GPS you should deny it as they just use it to target location specific marketing according to your location.
3. Kill Background Apps:
Multitasking is fun but it also is the biggest culprit that eats up your battery life. When you are done using an app you should turn it off. But there are many apps that don’t turn off completely and their processes keep running in the background. These processes add up and drain your battery unnecessarily. You can kill these apps in the task manager of most phones. There are also good apps available that give you more control over the background apps that are running on your phone.
2. Do not Use Vibration Mode:
A lot of people keep their phones on vibration mode especially while working. Some people have both ringtone and vibration modes active at the same time. While playing a ringtone doesn’t use much battery, running a motor with a small weight that has to vibrate your whole phone, uses a lot of battery. When you are working and don’t want to disturb others and yourself, keep your phone on silent but turnoff vibration mode and just keep the phone in sight so that you know when someone calls. There is really no need to ever use the vibration mode.
1. Disable Notifications and Automatic Updates:
Disabling notifications is a great way of saving the battery. You need notification for calls and texts but other than that you don’t need any notification. Many apps and games keep sending advertisements in the form of notifications. This not only is an unwanted distraction but also reduces your battery life considerably. Also make sure to turn off automatic updates for all apps. Otherwise the apps that are active will keep searching for updates on a regular basis. You should also get email manually instead of keeping the automatic refresh option on.