7 Secrets to Boost Smartphone Battery Life
If you are a smartphone user, you will believe that it is rare to go beyond 24 hours without charging your smartphone. This can be attributed to the fact that better battery-saving technology has not been discovered. You will also believe that the big screen of most smartphones coupled with Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS and 3G cannot grant you a week’s use out of your smartphone.
By following the tips contained in this article, you should be able to improve the battery life of your smartphone. This article is aimed at opening your eyes to ways through which you can reduce the rate at which your phone consumes power without making the smartphone unusable.
• Disable vibrate
The “vibrate” feature on phones uses more power than the ringtone does. This is because it has a larger membrane in the phone’s speaker to produce sound. Vibration motor causes the rotation of a small weight to shake the phone thereby consuming more power. Disabling vibrate will go a long way in extending your battery life.
• Shorten the screen timeout
The option labelled “Screen Timeout” which can be located in the display settings menu of your smartphone (if you use an iPhone, it is “Auto-Lock” found in the General settings menu) controls the duration the phone’s screen can stay lit after an input is received. Reducing the time-out of the screen will help boost the battery life of your smartphone since less power will be consumed.
You can set the time-out of Android phones to 30 seconds while that of iPhones can be set to 1 minute.
• Ensure apps are not left running in the background
Running more than one app at a time consumes more power hereby draining the phone’s battery life. This is because each of the app being used uses a share of the phone’s processor cycle. Also, some of the apps are heavy on the battery life.
In order to correct this, apps that are not being used should be killed. Doing this will reduce the CPU’s workload, thereby reducing power consumption.
If you are an Android user, tap the multi-tasking button. Then close apps you don’t need by swiping them away. In iOS, simply double-tap the Home button to display the multitasking screen. You can then close apps by swiping them upwards.
• Turn off the Bluetooth
You need to turn off your Bluetooth radio if you’re not listening to music or you’re not in your car. Doing this will add more hours to your smartphone’s battery life.
• Dim the brightness of the screen
The large and colorful display of a smartphone consumes the battery life at an exponential rate. The auto-brightness feature on phones adjusts the brightness of the screen in order to suit the ambient lighting levels. This utilizes less power than when full brightness is used. However, turning your screen’s brightness to lowest level will save your battery more.
• Enable Power-saving mode
The power-saving mode helps in managing the features that sap the phone’s battery. For instance, it can prevent apps from updating in the background. It can also help in turning off vibration and dimming the phone’s screen amongst others. This feature switches on automatically when the battery level is at 20%. However, you can set yours higher than this as it will ensure your battery lasts longer.
• Turn off Wi-Fi
The WiFi radio drains the phone’s battery seriously. There’s no point in leaving the WiFi on when it’s not in use. As an Android user, you can add the WiFi toggle widget to your home screen. This makes this process to be one-tap. For iOS, you can swipe up from the bottom of the screen to assess the Control Centre.
In addition to the tips stated in the article, you need to reboot your phone from time to time. This is better than leaving it in sleep mode as it helps in curing problems that drain the phone’s battery. Did you find this article useful? Do you have any other tip apart from those stated in this article? Let’s know your view in the comment section. Feel free to share the article with your friends and loved ones.