OK I have a confession to make. I am one of these people that can spend a little too much time on my phone. Texts from family, friends and clients, Feedly and email are 3 things that can make me feel that it is my appendage. Like others, I find myself charging my phone’s battery more than I would like. It’s why I carry a portable battery charger with me when I go out and have a car charger for my phone. That said, here are 8 things I do to extend my battery’s life:
- Use airplane mode – If I am in an area with poor or no phone service, I will put my phone in airplane mode. This is because in this type of area, the phone will use battery power to establish a connection. Stay there long enough, and this by itself can drain a battery. So take note of where you are for an extended time and if the connection is poor or non-existent then put your phone in airplane mode.
- Disabling Wi-Fi when you are not on a wireless network – If you are not on or looking for a wireless network, enabling your Wi-Fi is another way to needlessly use your battery life. If you are using your phone’s providers cellular network and not looking for a wireless network, then don’t enable Wi-Fi.
- Use your phone’s battery saver mode – whether your phone is an iOS or Android phone, there is a battery saving setting that shuts down most background activities as well as enabling other battery-saving features. Turn this on if your battery is getting low.
- Find the battery hog – Both Android and iOS phones under settings have a way to see if an app is using a disproportion amount of your phone’s battery. It is in the battery section. If you see an app using a lot of your phone’s battery, then close the app in question.
- Enabling your phone’s location when you are not using it – Having your location enabled by your phone when you are not using it is another way to drain your battery prematurely. Only use this phone’s feature if you truly need it for directions or another use. Otherwise turn it off.
- Just as you should have your Wi-Fi and location disabled when not in use, you should do the same for bluetooth. If you are not using it, turn it off.
- Shorten screen timeout – Your screen timeout setting determines how long your phone’s screen remains lit after it has been used. Shortening your screen timeout will help to preserve battery life.
- Keep your phone cool – simply put, heat uses more of your battery power. Think leaving your phone on your desk that is in direct sunlight, near a heating unit, in your car during the summer, etc. Avoid these when you are able to helps to preserve battery life.
If you want to know more about making better use of your phone or other technology tips, I can be reached at (917) 572-3468 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org .
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