If you’re finding it hard to make it through the day on a single smartphone charge, you might need some advice on how to extend smartphone battery life.
While our smartphones are valuable tools – necessities? – for most of us each day, they don’t do us much good when they die.
Here are 7 tips to extend smartphone battery life.
1. Disable Vibration Notifications
Many of us prefer to have our phones vibrate rather than ring, but did you know that vibrations consumes more battery power?
Turn your phone to silent or keep the ringer on low, but do not set it to vibrate for all incoming notifications.
Better yet, disable all vibrations in your notifications settings.
2. Decrease Screen Brightness
Dim your screen as much as possible.
Many smartphones have an automatic setting to adjust screen brightness — and while this is a better option than leaving the brightness set to full, you can probably get away with manually dimming it further.
3. Decrease Screen Timeout Setting
The timeout setting refers to how long your smartphone screen will stay illuminated before it powers off.
In most cases, you can decrease this setting such that your screen will power off in fewer seconds following your last interaction with the smartphone.
This is one of the simplest ways to extend smartphone battery life.
4. Turn It Off
As you may know, powering up your smartphone consumes plenty of battery life — but so does leaving it on for several hours when it isn’t going to be in use.
If you are heading into class or a meeting and know that you won’t be able to check your phone, consider totally powering it down.
5. Close Apps
If you are finished using an app, close it rather than allowing it to continue to run in the background.
Background apps drain a lot of battery power, so if you’re not likely to remember to close them — download an app that will.
So-called task killer apps will automatically close other apps that haven’t been used within a fixed period of time.
6. Disable Location Functions
Most smartphones are equipped with location / GPS services. These can be very taxing on battery life, especially if you are in a more remote location.
Disable all location functions when not in use.
7. Disable Notifications
Many apps, including social media and news apps, bombard us all day long with notifications. And while some of them we may need to receive in a timely fashion, others can be disabled.
Each time a notification comes in, our smartphones will generally illuminate and play a sound — not to mention these apps need to run continuously to generate the notifications as they happen.
What’s your best tip to extend smartphone battery life?
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