Longer battery life is something every smartphone user craves. Whether you're stuck in the middle of nowhere or your phone battery has been slowly getting too short, there is a range of ways to ensure that your phone lasts a little bit longer. Here are a few tweaks to add hours to your battery life.
Airplane mode will stop the phone connecting to the internet, which is perhaps an obvious way of keeping the battery going longer.
That’s extra important when signal is either non-existent or patchy. If the phone can’t connect, it’ll keep trying to do so, using up battery as it does.
Shut down unnecessary apps
This is a lot more important on Android than iOS, where background apps are really just frozen in time until you next use them. But either way, it’s worth shutting down everything you’re not using at any time, just to be sure.
Stop other processes
Even if apps are shut, some services will continue to keep connecting the internet to sync. So turn off syncing and updating.
Keep your apps up to date
Bugs in code can leave phones doing unnecessary work, and updates can optimise apps for working with new devices. So it’s important to ensure that your apps are up to date.
No flash photography
Sending out that quick burst of light from the flash takes up a lot of battery, so is best avoided. The same goes for using it as a torch.
Keeping sound and vibrations on use up battery every time your phone wants to tell you anything. Turning off notifications entirely might be extreme, but turning off vibration and turning the sound down will help.
Turn down the backlight
Lighting up the screen drains charge. So it’s a good idea to do it as little as you can. You can do this from the swipeable control panel on both iOS and Android.
Turn off location services
Modern phones are using the GPS all of the time — telling the internet where you are so that it can use the data later on. That might sound a little worrying at the best of times, but when you’re running low on battery it’s doubly problematic.
Turning off both GPS and the services that use it will preserve valuable battery life. But if you still need to use maps, you can actually just turn the GPS off — it will limit the accuracy of your phone a little, but the feature will continue to work.
Speed up the screen timeout
Keeping the screen on unnecessarily uses up charge, so turn it down as short as you can. But most phones don’t let you set it very short — so it’s a good idea to make sure you lock the phone whenever you can, even still.
Turn off unnecessary connections
That includes: Bluetooth, 3G and wifi, as well as anything else like infrared or NFC.
Do as little as you can with the phone
Playing games, watching videos, relying on the internet and so on all use up power. Texts don’t, so much, and phone calls are still fairly economical.