These days, cell phone batteries are almost as important for daily function as our own vital organs. It’s always a pain to have to put communication on hold or shackle yourself to a cord when your power’s running low. Some of us remember the days when talking on the phone meant parking yourself in one spot and cordless phones were a bulky luxury item — it wasn’t that long ago! Aside from interrupting our need for constant connectivity, extending the life of your cell phone battery can be a lifesaver during an emergency — especially power outages or a historic mega snowstorm blanketing the East Coast.
You may be surprised to know there a number of easy ways to make your phone more mobile. Unless your cell is on silent and you need a vibrate alert, always turn vibrate off. While you’re at it, turn down the volume on your ring tone too. Both are major cell phone battery drains. All of the visuals on your screen eat up tons of power. Black wallpaper uses the least energy but if that’s too depressing for you just avoid dynamic backgrounds and adjust your settings so that the phone goes into idle mode in the shortest amount of time and turn down the screen brightness.
Turn off certain notifications for longer battery life
Lots of apps stay busy even when you aren’t using them. Turn off notifications that you don’t need popping up on your lock screen. Also turn off auto-updating, background app refresh and location services whenever possible. All of those things will still work when you’re using the specific apps but they won’t be sucking power behind the scenes 24/7.
Staying connected is a full-time job and major drain for your phone even when you aren’t using it. When you have little or no cell service or the searching for signal notice keeps showing up, turn off your device or put it in airplane mode. Unless you need it, of course. Also turn off Wi-Fi when you don’t need to use it. Most new phones have a low power setting that kicks in when the battery is low.
To keep cell phone batteries themselves in tip top shape, avoid letting them run down all the way before charging. If you plan to store the phone for an extended period of time, keep it 50% charged. According to Apple, “If you store a device when its battery is fully discharged, the battery could fall into a deep discharge state, which renders it incapable of holding a charge.
Conversely, if you store it fully charged for an extended period of time, the battery may lose some capacity, leading to shorter battery life.” Extreme temperatures will also shorten cell phone battery life and your case could actually be trapping heat in your phone while it charges so let it recharge in the buff as much as possible. Finally, consider a battery saver app to keep tabs on your phone’s usage for you. JuiceDefender and Greenify are two good ones for Android while Battery Dr. Pro or Battery HD work on iPhones.
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