Long gone are the days when mobile phones could last for ages without being plugged into a charger. Sadly, even though modern mobile phones are a lot better than their predecessors, most of us have to re-charge our phones every night without fail. So what can we do to preserve valuable battery life and avoid a dead phone?
Set Application Updates to Manual
Apps are usually set to update and refresh automatically, irrespective of whether you are using them. Unfortunately this uses up valuable battery juice and if your phone is dying, pushing email into your in-box every 15 minutes could finish it off completely. Instead, change app settings to manual refresh and update.back to menu ↑
Turn off GPS and Bluetooth
GPS and Bluetooth sap battery life really quickly, although you will probably already be aware of this if you have ever used your mobile phone as a SatNav device. If your mobile phone is configured to work hands-free via Bluetooth, be careful not to leave the Bluetooth running all the time. The same applies to GPS: if you leave an app open that relies on GPS, your battery will go dead in no time at all.back to menu ↑
Shut Down Apps
The great thing about smartphones is that they can multi-task very efficiently. Having multiple applications open at once means you can switch between them with the greatest of ease. On the downside, however, it also means the same apps are consuming battery power, even if you aren’t using them. So close down apps if they are not being used.back to menu ↑
Turn Down Screen Brightness
Turning down the screen brightness is a simple way to preserve battery charge. At night this might not work so well, but during the day when ambient light is good, adjusting the screen brightness won’t make much difference to the user experience and your eyes will soon adjust.back to menu ↑
Turn on Airplane Mode
When a mobile phone is in airplane mode, the data and cellular connections are disabled. Airplane mode is very useful if battery charge has dropped down to the final 10%. Obviously switching off your phone is probably a better idea if battery power is dangerously low, but if you need the clock function or you want to continue using some of the apps, airplane mode can help the battery to last a bit longer.back to menu ↑
Limit Talk Time
Making calls on a mobile is not great for the battery. The more you chat, the faster the battery power will leech away, so where possible try and avoid talking for hours on your mobile. If you can, keep any calls you do make nice and short, and if you do anticipate a lot of calls, make sure you have some way of re-charging your phone.back to menu ↑
Stay off the Internet
Part of the fun of having a smartphone is that the internet is always accessible via a Wi-Fi, 3G or 4G connection. This means you can catch up on the news, search for new shoes online, or kill time asking Dr Google for a diagnosis of your latest weird symptoms. Unfortunately, spending a lot of time browsing the internet won’t do much for your battery life, so don’t overdo it.back to menu ↑
Uninstall Dynamic Screen Savers
Animated screen savers and backgrounds look pretty but are seriously bad for battery life. Instead, use a nice photo as your screensaver or background. You can swap it for a new one as often as you like, and it won’t suck the life out of your smartphone battery.back to menu ↑
Switch off Vibrate
Vibrate mode is useful if you want to be notified of incoming calls and messages, but don’t want to be disturbed by an irritating ring tone – sitting in a meeting is a good example of when this function is desirable. The problem is, when you set a mobile phone to vibrate instead of ring, a motor inside has to rotate a small weight, which uses a lot of extra battery power. Instead, why not turn off notifications and then leave your mobile in full view so you can see if a message or call comes in? It will be less annoying (no more buzzing sounds) and better for battery life.back to menu ↑
Utilise Power Saving Modes
Some handsets such as HTC and Samsung have ultra power saving modes. Enabling this mode will automatically do many of the things we have mentioned above. You may find that the power saving mode switches on by default once battery life drops below a certain threshold, which is very useful when you have no way of recharging your phone. In the best examples, emergency power saving mode will allow a phone to continue on “low power” mode for up to 24 hours, enabling you to send text messages or make emergency calls if necessary.
There are lots more ways to preserve battery life, but if you follow the tips above, your smartphone should last longer when you really need it to.