Smartphones are used by pretty much everyone now, they’ve really taken off in the last few years. They all come with large brilliant displays, WiFi, impressive cameras and super quick processors. However because they have all these brilliant features, it really drains down your battery, especially with anything more than moderate usage. I’ve a HTC Desire and I’ll very rarely get more than a day from a full charge, I’ll stick it on charge every night so I can be guaranteed to make it through the next day.
I’m sure most of you have similar problems to me with your smartphones/iPhones battery life, so here’s a few quick tips on how to increase it and ensure your battery isn’t flat when you need it most.
- Turn down the brightness
This one’s probably fairly obvious. Smartphones have very large displays, which are very clear and bright. However if you’re browsing the web or watching a video on them, it’s going to drain the battery in no time. The best thing you can do is to reduce your screen brightness in your display settings.
- Turn off Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS
A lot of the time you’re out of range of a wireless hot spot, but your phone is constantly searching for one to connect to. If you turn your Wi-Fi off, your phone will stop looking for one that’s not there.Bluetooth is also a big drain on your battery, only turn it on when you actually need it, the same goes for GPS which really sucks the life out of your battery.
- Kill Unneeded Apps
Because smartphones are getting quicker all the time, it means that we can multitask. While this is great and practical, it also draws on your battery constantly having all these programs open and running in the background. A lot of the time you don’t know it, you actually have to exit an app properly for it to stop running, or sometimes you’ll need to download a task killer to kill them. The latest version of Android and iOS both come with built in task killers to manage this problem, but if you don’t have a task killer download one from your app store.
- Turn Off Sync
One of the greatest things about smartphones is that they are constantly feeding you new information. They could be pulling in your latest emails, news or Facebook notifications. However this means the phone is constantly working and draining down it’s battery. The best thing you can do is to turn off the automatic sync and then just sync manually when you want to. Failing that you could always see if your phone has settings to set the sync to only occur every few hours.
- Get A Power Saver App
Before I never believed in these power saver apps, but I’ve recently tried out one called Easy Battery Saver. This great little app has really improved my battery life. It has a few different modes, depending on how badly you need to save your battery life. It works basically by automatically doing all the steps I’ve outlined above and more. However it’s intelligent and does it’s best not to ruin your phones performance. It’s definitely worth having a look at if you want to improve your battery life. (This app’s for Android, but there could be similar apps available for iOS)
Have you any other battery saving tips?
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