7 Ways to get the Most out of your Cell Phone BatteryUE
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Along the years, changes in the mobile architecture and software on both Android and iOS Mobiles have contributed to poor battery life. Slimmer Mobile Bodies, Brighter LEDs & OLEDS, faster processors, background processes, location usage by apps, stats and reporting software and every growing data speed from 3G to 4G and now 5G have been taking toll on mobile batteries.
We cannot do without these anymore and that is one of the reasons portable batteries and power banks have become popular over time.
These are a few hacks that can help you enhance your Battery Run Time on any device be it Apple or Android:
Low Battery Mode / Power Saving Mode
This one is the most obvious one, but yes also effective when you know you are not going to be able to recharge for a few hours, its best to turn on this feature on your cell phone. It is guaranteed to give you extra run time. Although the power saving mode can be configured to preform and get the most out of your battery by limiting display brightness, CPU Speed & Network Usage among other things like stripping down to the basic apps and limited styling. Using just the standard configuration will be effective as well.
Wi-Fi Zones are welcome
Have you ever noticed your batteries last longer when you’re spending most of your day at home or office? Yes, mobile phones’ battery performs better when using wi-fi when compared to data. 4G and data suck up more power, always switch to wi-fi even when you’re outside by connecting to public wi-fi zones in coffee shops, malls, business centers etc. You will notice a significant run time difference. In an emergency situation also consider turning on the Airplane Mode and then turning on wi-fi since the essential messaging and phone apps run on internet connectivity anyway. This will of course disrupt your cellular calls and texts but it’s worth it since you will still be connected in emergency situations where you do not have access to a charger.
Background Services – do we really need them?
Our smartphones are getting smarter by the day. Bluetooth, NFC, Real Time Text (RTT), Location Services sure make our phones smarter but also are the biggest culprits when it comes to battery life. If you’re keen on maintaining juice, turn them off until you really need them. Voice Assistants – be it Apple’s Siri or Google Assistant actively listen and keep your microphone active. Most of us do not need these a slightest bit and can turn them off to save up.
Our phones have wonderful displays with the high definition specs and bountiful pixels, unfortunately these are battery hogs. You likely do not need your device to glow and be at its most superb setting. By getting into your display setting and turning down the brightness of the display, both your eyes and the battery will thank you. You could also turn the screen to go black just in a few seconds instead of the 30 or so seconds from its default setting. Turning off notifications from specific apps will also reduce the number of times the phone lights up, in turn saving battery.
Notifications – how critical are they?
We recommend you turn off all non-critical notifications. Not only will it give you a little peace from the ever increasing and irritating unnecessary notifications but will also reduce the number of times your phone vibrates and lights up while it idles. To turn off notifications just go on to notifications from the settings menu and select the apps you want to mute. As easy as can be.
Rethink your wallpaper and widgets
Animated, Automatically Changing & Live wallpapers seem wonderful but consumes a lot of energy. It’s also ideal to restrict yourself from using bright wallpapers which would use up extra power when it lights up the phone. Widgets on the other hand are sometime pretty useful but if you are a user who cares about getting the most out of the battery, we recommend to choose your widgets with caution as they are essentially apps that keep running on your phone eating away your battery power.
Airplane Mode in Emergency Situations
Airplane Mode is what will come to your rescue when in need. Let’s say you are less than 10% and have to get through half a day without a recharge, turn on the Airplane mode and save. It will of course cut you out from all connectivity but at least allow you to make a phone call or send a message when you absolutely need to. Another good use of the Airplane mode can be made if you are a multimedia user. Turn on the Airplane mode when listening to music on your daily jog or when watching a tv show on a road trip. The battery will last much longer in such cases.