It is something we all dread: pulling out the phone to take a picture or answer a text message only to have it die in front of our eyes. It’s no fun to be in the middle of something when your battery decides it has had enough. For most of us, having ample access to the charging capabilities is an absolute must. Yet constantly recharging is not the only way. It is possible to make a phone battery last longer on a single charge.
Modern smartphones are powered by lithium-ion batteries, according to Utah-based Pale Blue Earth. The company, which specializes in USB rechargeable batteries, says lithium-ion technology is the best thing we have for cell phones right now. Lithium-ion batteries have a high-power density, offer better performance than NiCad and NiMH, and can be recharged very quickly.
All of that notwithstanding, would it not be better if you didn’t have to charge your phone so often? Well, you might not have to. Below is a selection of tips designed to help you get more life from your battery. If you are not yet doing these things, start doing them right away.
Control Background Processes
Smartphones are designed to run lots of processes in the background. They do so for the purposes of speed. You want an app to pop up as soon as you tap on it, right? In order to make that happen, the app or one of its processes needs to continually run in the background. Yet so many processes sap precious battery power.
You can control background processes on your iPhone by navigating to the general setting. Then turn off Background App Refresh. On an Android phone, navigate to Settings> Data Usage> Mobile Data Usage. From there you can choose specific apps you do not want to run in the background.
Enable Auto Brightness
Both iOS and Android offer a feature to control screen brightness automatically. This is a great power saving function. There is no need to have your screen as bright as possible under every lighting scenario. There are times when you can dim your screen and still see it just fine. Enable this feature and the phone will adjust brightness automatically. It will save quite a bit of juice.
Turn Off Your Wi-Fi
When you are out and about and relying exclusively on data, turn off your phone’s wi-fi feature. You might not know this, but your phone’s wi-fi adapter is second only to the display in terms of the amount of power it draws. You can turn wi-fi on and off from your phone settings. You can also install an app that lets you do the same thing right from your main screen.
Consider Replacing Some Apps
By going into your phone’s battery settings, you should be able to see which apps are draining the most power. It turns out that some apps are more power-hungry than others. Google Maps is an excellent example. There are other app offering the same functionality without consuming so much power. You might want to consider one.
If you are using Google Maps or another GPS app in the car, consider charging the phone as you go. Your car may have USB charging ports on board. If not, you can purchase an adapter that converts your car’s 12V power to charge your phone.
Remember that no phone battery will last forever. Lithium-ion batteries can be charged 1,000 times or more, but they eventually wear out. When that time comes, you will either have to replace the battery or buy a new phone.