We’ve all had that dreaded feeling when you look at your phone and you see a little pop-up telling you that you only have 10% battery remaining. You don’t have a charger in sight and still have another 4 hours to push through before you can get your hands on a charger.
Here are some tips, tricks and strategies that will help you improve the battery life on your device.
1. See what is draining your battery
Go to Settings > Battery on your device to see an organized list of what apps/services are using the most battery life.
2. Turn OFF unnecessary settings and signals.
LTE, WiFi and GPS are great things, but you probably do not need all of them to be on ALL THE TIME. Location based apps are constantly refreshing in the background and will drain your battery quickly, even when you are not using your phone. You can use the settings panel to turn off these signals when you don’t need them
3. Turn OFF automatic brightness
It’s great that your phone senses ambient light and adjusts the screen brightness according to it, but most of the time, this is just draining your battery. Turn it off and manually adjust the brightness to about 65%, this setting would suit most people in most situations for the majority of the time. Most new phones do not need their screen to be on full brightness unless you are outdoors or in direct sunlight.
4. Remove Apps running in the background
Go to Settings > Apps and swipe to the left to see a list of apps that are currently running. You can click on apps that you do not need and stop them (NOTE: some are essential apps and might freeze your phone if you try to stop them from running).
5. Remove live wallpaper and unnecessary home screen widget.
Some phones might come preloaded with widgets on the home screen, they are just sitting there drawing power and removing the ones that you don’t use can help manage your battery better. Same can be said for live wallpapers – they look great but also draw a lot more power than an background that is static.
6. Signal Strength
Weak signal strengths will make the phone work harder to stay connected, which means using more power. If you are in an area where know signal is an issue (hiking etc), turning your phone to airplane mode will definitely help preserve battery life
7. Battery Cases or Portable battery packs.
If you don’t mind the extra bulk, battery cases can go a long way to increasing your devices’ battery life – in some case even doubling the battery life. If the extra thickness is not for you, potable battery packs usually pack even more power than battery cases and are small enough to carry around in your jacket pockets.