Battery life is one of the most important aspects to any mobile phone. No one likes being out on the go, needing to use their phone, when suddenly it dies on you. You also don’t want to be that person always sitting next to the wall outlet so that you can charge your device. Instead, it would be better if your phone lasted longer without you having to keep it tucked away and not in use. There are a few things that just about anyone can do on their phone that will increase their battery life. While we won’t promise that it will make your phone last forever, you may be able to get a few more hours out of it.
- Screen Brightness – One of the biggest drainers of your phone’s battery is how bright the screen is. If you have your phone on a lot, and the screen is at its brightest, you’re battery will drain itself rapidly. To combat this, try and turn the brightness on your screen down. Some phones have settings that will automatically adjust the brightness based on how bright it is around you. This ensures that you can see your screen at all times, but without killing the battery too much. If you don’t have this, try turning the brightness down as much as you can, when you can, in order to save battery. Only turn the brightness up if you are outside and having trouble reading the screen.
- Screen Timeout – Along with the screen brightness is how long you have the screen on for. Try to set a reasonable screen time out in the settings so that your screen isn’t on more than it needs to be. Also be sure to turn off your screen whenever you are done using it.
- Manage Connections – Another big drain on the battery comes from things like your data connection, your WiFi connection, and your Bluetooth connection. Turning on your WiFi and connecting to a local network, is a great way to save battery. Using your mobile plan usually takes up more battery, and you can save on data plans too. However, if you are not connected to a network, or if there is none around, you will drain your battery as it searches for networks to connect to. Turn your WiFi off when you can’t use it, and back on when you can in order to save battery. For Bluetooth, only use it when you have to and try to turn it off when you are done.
- Close Applications – If you have too many things running on your phone, it will kill your battery. While some phones will shut down apps for you, it is best to make sure. Some apps especially stay open at all times and continue to run, even if you are not using them. Check to make sure you have closed apps you are not using to save battery.
- Manage Syncing – Syncing is when your phone collects or sends data and matches it up with another service. This could be getting your emails, your Facebook feed, or uploading files. If this is on at all times, your phone may try to sync more than necessary. It may also sync a large amount of data without you knowing when you are not connected to WiFi, therefore draining your battery and running up data charges. Manage which apps will sync when, and only have them sync when you need them to. This will help your battery last longer throughout the day.
- Vibrate – Vibrating your phone uses a lot of energy. If you have your phone on vibrate a lot, it may be the cause of your draining battery. Try to put your phone on silent instead, or on a low ring.
- GPS – Lastly, there is the GPS setting. Unless you are getting directions for something, you can probably turn this off. Your phone doesn’t need to know where you are at all times. Turn it off when you are not using it to save battery. If you want to save even more battery, here is a trick: When you get directions on your phone, take a screenshot of them. This will give you a list to follow, and you can turn off the GPS in the mean time.