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We all use our phones for many more activities than we used to. The days when it was a simple communications device that we could use for staying in touch in an emergency are long gone. Nowadays, we call and text, of course, but we can run our lives from these pocket-sized devices.
With so many minutes-per-month and all-you-can-eat data deals, there’s no cost-restriction limiting how much time we spend on our smartphones. As well as doing all the important things in life like paying the bills and checking our emails, they’re also entertainment centres. This means we can also play and catch up with the gossip on social media.
The only thing that smartphone designers have not done a good enough job on is to design a phone that includes a long enough battery life to do all the things you want to do on a phone during a day. As a recent article on Fortune Frenzy’s blog illustrates, you often have to compromise your phone activity to ensure long enough battery life. At least with the earlier generations of mobile phones (the ones that weren’t smart), you got a decent number of hours’ charge out of them. Sometimes they’d last for days between charges!
But there are some ways that you can prolong your smartphone’s battery charge, and they’re easy enough to do. Try some of these tips and see if you can squeeze some extra time out of your phone between charges.
Change the wallpaper
If you have an Android phone, you’re likely to have an AMOLED display, where each pixel requires a bit of power to light up. So, the more black pixels you can have on your wallpaper screen, the lower the draw on the battery. Choose a wallpaper that’s dark as well as dark themes on apps to prolong the battery charge.
De-clutter your apps
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Apps will take from the battery even when you’re not using them, so take time to look through the apps that you have and identify the ones you’re not using. Apps are often multi-tasking or running behind whatever you’ve got visible on the screen on Android devices. From settings, choose Applications, then Manage Applications/ Running. Scroll down the list and tap on any you don’t use, then choose Force Stop or Stop.
On an iPhone, unused apps will slowly eat away the battery life, even though they don’t multitask in the same way that Android apps do. Push the home button to bring up the apps currently open, then hold a finger on one and they’ll all begin to jiggle. You can then tap the red ‘minus’ icon in order to completely close an app.
Switch off Wi-Fi
If you don’t need to connect to Wi-Fi, then make sure Wi-Fi settings are ‘off’. Otherwise, the phone will be using battery to locate wireless networks that you don’t need.
Keep it cool
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Most people will stow their phone in a pocket if they want to be unencumbered by bags or purses. However, by storing the phone next to your body, you’ll heat it and its Lithium-Ion battery. A hot battery will discharge energy more quickly and could affect the battery’s maximum lifespan. So, keep your phone cool when you can.
Check out the battery-saving options for your particular phone and make sure you make use of them. If all else fails, you could consider buying an external battery pack to give your phone an extra boost when it’s required.