Battery life on our mobile devices is a constant concern to us as we move throughout our day – watching as our percentage steadily drops. Technology is a wonder and we have become dependant on our smartphones to keep us connected and organised – and provide everything from games and entertainment to navigational aids to get us where we are going. All of that is excellent, but when staring at a red bar indicating your battery is about to die, we are left wondering just how convenient all of this is.
While there is nothing we can do about our phone battery’s limited capabilities, there are little tips and tricks on how we use our phones that can help us get a longer battery life and make sure we have enough juice to get us through a busy day.
1. Stay Away From Vibrate
Many people set their phone to vibrate instead of having a notifying sound. While it is great to not be bothered with irritating noises every time you receive a text, notification or email, the vibration setting is playing a crucial role in draining your battery unnecessarily. Vibrating uses much more power than an audio notification and throughout the day all of that shaking can shave a lot of hours from your total battery life.
2. Get Rid Of The Non-Essentials
Our phones notify us about absolutely everything – from when we receive a text message, there is activity on social media, sports scores and even our games notify us when it is time to visit again. This steady stream of incoming notifications puts quite the unnecessary strain on our battery.
Obviously, some of these notifications are important and we absolutely want to be made aware of certain events and notifications, but are all of them really necessary? By taking a little time to trim down which notifications you receive you can prevent your battery from draining as quickly.
3. Make Sure Background Apps Are Closed Out
The ability to multitask is one of the most appealing features of smartphones. However, when we leave apps constantly running in the background the CPU is forced to work much harder and the battery power is consumed much faster. By taking the time to properly close out apps you are finished with you are able to stretch your battery lifespan out by hours at least.
4. Adjust Your Settings
Our phones have any adjustable settings that have a direct effect on how long the battery lasts. Make sure you adjust your settings to conserve power. These settings include things like turning the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth off when not needed, dimming the display brightness, and setting a short screen timeout period. These small adjustments can work together to make a big difference.
Of course, the biggest factor in ensuring enough battery power to get through the day is regular charging. Plug your device in every night to allow your battery to charge fully. And better yet, choose to charge with a MEEM cable so that not only are you charging your phone, but you are backing up your important personal data at the same time.