How To Make Your Battery (Phone) Last Longer

Invest In a Travel Charger (Or Power Bank)

If your phone cannot hold a charge for a whole day or you are a heavy user, investing in a travel charger would be wise. With the market already flooded with plenty of good-quality travel chargers and power banks, you should be able to find one that fits your current lifestyle. These range from a portable power bank (which can fit a pocket easily) to larger and still portable beefier ones. Most of these power banks are compatible with Android and iOS phones. Be sure to bring your cable with you as well.

Turn Off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth When Not in Use

Turning Bluetooth and Wi-Fi OFF whenever not in use can save you lots of battery power in the long run. Some phones may have a feature that automatically turns these features off if/when idle for more than 10 minutes. If your phone doesn’t, consider turning the features manually to save battery.

Switch to 2G

While 4G and 5G might be a lot faster and more exciting, they too use up lots of energy, causing your battery to drain rapidly. Switching to 2G, especially when using basic apps or when you don’t need to use your phone actively, can, however, help save energy while still allowing you to send and receive texts and calls. Only consider going back to the faster technologies when browsing the web or using heavy internet applications.

Turn Your Phones Battery Saver ON

Almost every phone on the market today has a low-power or battery saver mode. This feature works by limiting background services and apps and dimming screen brightness. Turning this feature ON can more than double your battery life in most applications. This should be your go-to feature whenever your battery runs low or less than 40%.

Pro tip: Some phones allow you to automatically turn this feature on when your battery reaches a certain level. Be sure to activate this feature, or even allow your phone to switch to low-power mode automatically at night.

Deactivate GPS

GPS is a feature that allows map apps to find and use your location. While a handy feature in a number of applications, it can be an energy hog. Fortunately, you don’t need to have GPS activated all the time. That said, consider turning it off whenever you are not using maps applications such as Foursquare, City mapper, Google Maps, etc.

Adjust Your Screen Settings

The screen probably consumes more energy than anything else on your phone. This is especially true if you are always on your phone or a gamer. Turning down your phone’s brightness, and dialing down its frame rate, can help save energy in the long run. Switching to a darker theme and screen saver will also help save energy.

Turn Off Vibration

Although you already know this, the vibrate function uses more energy than ringtones. Consider turning the feature off and only use it when necessary. The idea here is to turn down your ringtones such that they aren’t too loud or irritating but audible enough. Consider deactivating unnecessary alerts that trigger vibration or turn the screen on. Put your phone on silent mode (at night or when busy at work) to save even more energy.

Kill All Background Apps

Unknown to many, most apps will continue running in the background even after closing the app. This mostly happens to help keep the apps up to date, especially social media apps. It is also worth noting that some apps will run in the background, harvesting data to sell to third-party companies. That said, you want to be careful of apps running in the background, especially third-party apps. Killing all unnecessary apps running in the background could save you a few hours’ worths of battery. You only need to find the phone’s built-in feature to deactivate these.

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