The Agony of Depletion: How to Get the Most Out of Your Battery Life

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Here’s Just a Few Things You Can Do to Stretch That Pesky Battery Life

Kārlis Dambrāns – cc

There is nothing more frustrating than charging up your phone only to see its battery waste away before your eyes. More infuriating still is watching its life whittle down while seemingly doing nothing at all. The truth is, it’s likely doing plenty even when it’s just sitting in your pocket. Controlling your smartphone battery life can be a challenge, but there are some things you can do to ensure that you get the most out of it.

1. Make your screen darker

It seems like common sense, but you’d be amazed at how many people keep their brightness maxed at all times. “Auto-brightness” can be useful but it can also be a bit frustrating at times. If you’re trying to extend your battery life on an iPhone, turn the brightness of your screen down by accessing Settings, then Brightness and Wallpaper. Take the slider and set the screen to as dark as you can stand (while still being able to navigate).

It may seem counter-intuitive, but usually the brighter your environment, the brighter your screen needs to be (it has to do with the way your eyes let light in). At night you should be just fine on the darkest setting.

2. Determine what’s using the most battery

You probably have a bunch of apps and programs on your phone. Each one of them drains battery when running, even when on standby. iPhone users can find out which ones are using the most battery by going to the Settings menu, tapping General, then hitting Usage and then Battery Usage. This will show you a list of what percentage of the battery each app is using over a given timespan. Find the ones with the highest percentage, then close or remove them from your phone completely if you don’t need them.

3. Turn off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth when not in use

Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are huge energy leeches. Ever wonder how your phone knows when a wireless network is within range? When Wi-fi is enabled, it’s constantly searching for something to connect with (aren’t we all) and this requires power. The same goes for bluetooth connections.

Your phone is smart. Eventually it learns to ignore a network when you’re well within range and not connecting to it. What might be the worst of all for your battery life, however, is being just barely within range of a network. Your phone is continuously trying to connect unsuccessfully and is expending a lot of energy to do it. When you don’t plan on actually using wi-fi, turn it off. Likewise, your phone wastes a lot of energy when trying to connect to a weak carrier network. Go into airplane mode when reception just isn’t happening.

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4. Turn Background App Refresh off

When running apps in the background, your phone may be set so that it’s updating the content in those apps regularly. There are very few reasons to have this on. By turning off this feature and refreshing apps manually, you’ll save tons of battery. To turn it off, go to Settings, then go into General, then Background App Refresh. You can either turn it off completely or disable it for certain apps.

5. Turn off location tracking

Many apps on your iPhone can track your location via GPS to give you updated and relevant info. Having this on, however, also drains quite a bit from your battery. Luckily, you have the option to turn off location tracking on any program it’s not crucial for. Apps such as Find my iPhone or your preferred map app might be worth letting through, but be sure to close the map app completely once you’re no longer using it.

To turn location services off for some or all of your apps on an iphone, go to the Settings menu, then tap Privacy, then go into Location Services. Once there, you can choose to disallow your location information to be tied to photos and video you’ve taken as well as apps that request it.

 

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If your battery seems like it’s constantly dying too quickly, even after trying these fixes, there’s a good chance it might just be the battery itself. Give us a shout and we’ll meet with you anywhere to swap out that wonky battery in no time.

 

 

 

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