Picture this: you’re half way through your 5 hour flight and are happily catching up on Game of Thrones on your Samsung Galaxy Tab when your low battery icon pops up. We’ve all been there… maybe for you it was a work presentation and you were reading from notes you saved on your iPhone when up pops your low battery symbol and before you know it your chances of being considered for that promotion are destroyed. Or maybe it wasn’t that dramatic. Perhaps you were in the middle of catching up with an old friend and couldn’t finish your phone conversation.
Fortunately, there are many ways to increase your device’s battery life. One solution is to purchase an external battery case for your smartphone; in most cases these can almost double your battery life. These types of cases are very popular with Apple users but are also available for many Android devices too. Or, you can follow these tips to increase battery life without spending a dime.
1. Take Care of Your Battery
One of the best ways to increase battery life is to keep your battery in good condition. Make sure you keep the area where your battery plugs into your device squeaky clean so that it always gets a good connection. Keep your device cool and don’t let it get above 95 degrees Fahrenheit, but don’t let it get too cold, and limit the amount you use it in cooler weather. If you’re often caught with a weak battery, consider carrying a spare.
2. Consider Your Connections
Of course, it’s nice to have the latest and greatest technology and to be permanently connected to everything you love. But One of the nice things about ll these smart devices is that they’re always on and ready to connect you to the world awith a swipet a moment‘s notice, but always-on connectivity takes a toll on your battery because your device syncs, tracks and updates something constantly. When it comes to juice, GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC and mobile data tend to be the most thirsty services. So, when you don’t need them, turn them off. If you must have location data turned on, set it to use cellular data or Wi-Fi instead of GPS. However, if you use Wi-Fi a lot, it’s better to set it to “Always on during sleep,” as that will use less battery power than reconnecting every time you wake the phone. You’ll save quite a bit of battery power and the only tradeoff is that you’ll need to take a few seconds to turn on these services manually when you need them. The tricky part is remembering to turn them off!
3. Turn off Push Notifications
Unless you just can’t live without reading everyone’s Facebook comments the minute they’re posted, turn off push notifications to conserve energy. Also, disable location-based services when you aren’t using them.
4. Tweak Your Settings
Another great way to increase battery life is to tweak your settings. Keep the screen as dim as is comfortable for your eyes, change the display settings so that the display times out quickly, and turn off live wallpaper. While you’re in settings, double-check to ensure you have the latest software, and update it if necessary.
5. Check Your Apps
Do you have any idea how many apps never actually turn off and just sit there running in the background, using up your device’s memory and battery life? Pretty much all of them. When you’re done using an app, make sure you close it rather than letting it run in the background. Also, keep your apps up to date. Developers update them for a reason, and quite often those reasons are battery and memory optimizations. While you’re checking your apps, delete any that you don’t use to stop them from draining your battery (or taking up space).
If you follow these tips to increase battery life, you’ll find yourself with a dead phone much less frequently. You’ll be able to survive that flight, nail that presentation, and keep in touch with your loved ones more often. Do you have any tips that work well for extending your battery life? Please share in the comments section below!