5 Easy but Effective Steps to Make Your Smartphone Battery Last Longer

Everyone has a phone – it’s an indispensable tool that allows you to communicate with other people, surf the internet for information on need-to-know information, and so much more. You could even say that your phone is an important part of you, and seeing that part suddenly run out of power could leave you with a lot of emotions.

However, even though the cellphone you just bought has a longer battery life, it still only has a limited amount of power before the next charge. To extend your phone’s battery life for as long as possible, here are a few steps you can take:

1. Reduce your screen brightness.

Your screen brightness is one of the biggest culprits that take up your battery life. While it does help you to see things in your screen more clearly, it unfortunately drains your phone faster and puts more strain on your eyes, especially when you use it before going to bed at night.

Reducing your screen timeout to the shortest amount of time possible can also help.

2. Switch on Wi-Fi instead of 4G.

While getting stuck at a particular location to use the Wi-Fi isn’t as convenient as using 4G for your purposes, the latter actually forces your phone to send out signals more instead of just receiving them.  

The same goes for your cellular data on your phone, and other features that you’re currently using, whether it’s Bluetooth, screen rotation, or location services and GPS. Setting your phone to vibrate can also use up additional battery power – use a ringtone set on the lowest volume instead.

Certain apps are also particularly heavy on a phone’s battery life. While multitasking is an extremely useful feature for your phone, switching off background apps you’re not using will make your phone last longer.

3. Power down.

This may not always be an option for people who are constantly on the go and need their phone for a good part of their working life. However, if you’re not expecting to do anything with your phone, switching it off can preserve its battery life.

Switching your phone off also helps to keep you from using it needlessly, and will keep you from being distracted when you do need to focus on a task.

4. Avoid phone drain.

Unlike other types of rechargeable batteries (i.e. nickel-based AA batteries), Lithium-based batteries are supposed to be charged frequently. While letting the batteries cool down when you’re not using them helps to prolong them, letting the battery drain to zero percent can actually damage the battery.

When it comes to lithium-ion batteries, shallow, regular, and frequent charges can actually prolong them instead of the opposite.