We’ve all been there… sitting at the doctors office or commuting home from work playing your favorite game, or uploading that awesome selfie you just took and you realize your battery is dying! Smartphones have evolved into these powerful little computers that fit into our pockets, but the batteries that power these amazingly awesome devices unfortunately have not. I know to for me personally, I have to carry an extra charge bank with me whenever I leave the house. So what can you do to help you get the longest possible time from your device?
First and foremost you will want to go to your devices settings and click on battery and you should see something like the photo above. This will give you a closer look at what is juicing your battery the most and you can take the appropriate steps in extending your batteries life.
Set your backlight to auto or even minimum
One thing that helps IMMENSELY with my devices is switching the backlight for the display to auto. The screen uses the most amount of battery consumption so this will actually save your phone a considerable amount of life. Wirecutter actually put this to the test using the Geekbench utility’s battery – intensive routines for an hour, an iPhone 6s used 54 percent less battery—12 percent of a full charge versus 26 percent—with the screen brightness at minimum compared with maximum brightness. A Moto X Pure Edition Android phone used 30 percent less (21 percent of a full charge versus 30 percent).
I use an app by LIONMOBI called Power Battery, which definitely helps me get the best life possible from my cell phones battery. My current phone is the ZTE Zmax Pro with a battery life of 3,100mAh that sometimes lasts me up to 16 hours with moderate use depending on the apps I have running and my phones current settings.
Trimming apps that are currently running in the background can also help. It can extend your battery’s life by up to a day depending on the applications that are running.
Dump unnecessary home screen widgets and live wallpaper
Just because they’re sitting on the home screen, seemingly inactive, doesn’t mean they’re not consuming power. This goes for widgets that poll status updates in the background, as well as ones that just sit there but look pretty and animated—not to mention animated live wallpaper.
Turn off some wireless features you’re not using
Unless you need them, turn off some wireless features on your device, as they drain your battery. This includes GPS, Bluetooth, NFC, and also Wi-Fi. Or, in a pinch, turn off ALL radios, including cellular connectivity, by selecting Airplane mode and remember your device will charge up much faster in this mode too. Turning off your devices vibration will also help conserve battery life.
Reducing push notifications
On smartphones, reduce or disable push services that notify you of new information or updates such as incoming email, video game updates, or real-time sports scores — as it needs to “ping” a remote server to send you updated info every time. In plain English, this can eat up battery (and data as well!). You probably want push mail, so you’re notified when messages arrive in your inbox, but at least disable push notifications for little-used apps. You can find this in your devices settings.
Other things to keep in mind
Something to keep in mind in the winter months is to try to keep your tech at a reasonable temperature or else it can prematurely drain your battery. If you can help it, don’t keep your gadgets exposed to extreme cold or heat – like leaving it in your car. On an unrelated note, be sure you download the latest software updates for your phone, tablet, watch or laptop, as engineers always try out new ways to improve power management.