Improve your Cell Phone Battery Life

Are you sick of charging your phone every night only to have the battery die a few short hours later? You’re not alone. The good news is that there are many ways you can fight back and improve your phone’s battery life.

Here are some energy-extending tips:

  • Turn off “Vibrate” mode! A phone set to vibrate uses more power than one that’s only set to ring. If you need to turn off the ringtone because you’re in a setting such as a business meeting, put your phone in silent mode and keep it within sight so you can see if you’re getting an incoming call, text, or alert.
  • If you’re worried that your cell phone battery will die while you’re out and about, consider using a portable USB power bank to recharge on-the-go. There are also phone cases with built-in batteries than can keep your phone from having to be charged as frequently.
  • Keep tabs on your phone’s signal strength. When you’re in an area with poor cellular coverage, your phone has to work harder to pull in a signal which puts a strain on the battery. If you’re having trouble getting a signal and aren’t able to make calls or access the Internet, switch the phone to Airplane mode to conserve battery power until you get to a better coverage area.
  • Find out which apps are sucking up your battery life. By going to Settings > Battery, you can see a list of the top battery-draining apps. Once you know the culprits, you can decide whether they’re worth the constant re-charging, or you can delete them to help improve your phone’s daily battery life.
  • Reduce your screen’s brightness. Keeping the phone on a less-bright setting can help to significantly extend battery life. Most phones also have an auto-brightness feature that automatically adjusts the screen’s brightness based on how dark or light out it is. Using this setting will help to ensure you’re not wasting power with an unnecessarily bright screen.
  • Don’t allow apps to use location services unless you absolutely need them to. Any time an app uses GPS to determine your location, your phone’s battery takes a huge hit. If you have an Android phone, an alternative to revoking access to location services is to visit Settings > Location > Mode, and select the “Battery Saving” feature instead of “High Accuracy”. This will force your phone to use Wi-Fi and mobile networks to determine your location instead of GPS, which drains your battery faster.
  • If you’re looking to boost your battery’s standby time, switch to Power Saving Mode if your phone has it. But beware that this mode could limit the phone’s capabilities.
  • Keep your apps up-to-date, as the latest versions often use less cell phone battery power than their older counterparts.
  • Adjust your phone’s display settings so the screen times out faster when it’s not in use. The longer it takes for the screen to automatically go dark, the more battery power is being wasted.
  • Lastly, it can’t hurt to reboot your phone every few days. Some battery drainage problems can be fixed by simply powering down and restarting your phone periodically.

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