The age-old issue of all cell phone use is limited battery life. If your phone doesn’t have the best battery life, there are a handful of tips and tricks you can use for your Apple or Android device that will make your phone battery last longer.
Check battery usage
In your settings, you can see a breakdown of what apps are using your battery the most. Often, it’s only one or two apps that are taking up most of your battery, and everything else consumes just a small percentage.
Some apps that you use everyday are actually killing your battery faster than you know. The big one is Facebook. This app actually uses a surprising amount of energy merely by refreshing in the background.
Turn off Location Services
Make sure you turn off your Location setting whenever you aren’t using it. Some apps to be aware of that use Location are Maps (of course), Pokemon Go (for such a fun game, it mercilessly kills your battery), Uber, and anything else that requires GPS navigation.
Ease up on the camera
If you’re taking pictures or videos all day, that’s likely where your battery is going. Using the camera on your phone kills your battery fast, and using the flash doesn’t help either. Beware of any image chatting apps like Skype and Hangouts, or social media like Instagram and Snapchat.
Low power mode
Apple has Low Power Mode on its iPhones and iPads, and Android has Battery Saving Mode. These settings reduce the performance of your phone, but will make your phone last significantly longer. Android even has Ultra Power Saving mode, which will make your phone last much, much longer. But it’s kind of a drastic measure.
Turn off vibrations
If you don’t need your phone to vibrate for messages just turn it off instead of letting notifications shake your battery to death.
Turn off push notifications
Some apps abuse push notifications and bother you multiple times a day. If you still want to keep the apps that are giving you too many notifications, go to the app’s settings (Android has a whole Notifications section), and turn off notifications from apps you don’t care to hear from.
Battery saving apps
Apps like Battery Doctor (iOS, Android) or DU Battery Saver (Android) help you pinpoint apps that are draining your battery. From within the app, you can adjust settings like Location, Bluetooth, and screen brightness in order to conserve battery.
Turn off auto downloads
On Apple, go to settings, select iTunes and App Store, scroll down to Automatic Downloads, and toggle all of the options off. On Android, go to the Play Store settings, and tap on Auto-update apps. You’ll be given the option to turn auto-updates on or off, or you can choose to only have auto-updates occur over Wi-Fi, which will also save battery.
Uninstall unnecessary apps
Routinely go through all of your apps and uninstall any that you don’t use. These apps could be using up a small amount of battery throughout the day, which can really add up over time.
Turn down brightness
Chances are your brightness is much higher than it needs to be. Try turning it way down until it’s at a dim setting that is still usable. When checking my own battery use, “Screen” is right there at the top of the list.
If you follow these tips, you can keep your phone’s battery life from perpetually living in the danger zone between low battery and a dead phone.
November 04, 2016
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