How to make your smart phone battery last longer?

The world of tech has come a long way. Now-a-days, smart phones are becoming a bigger part of our lives. This of course, is because of the hours spent on a smart phone each day. The more you use the more power it consumes. This can be a fairly big problem, as handsets no longer have one of the most unique quantities its ancestors used to have the astonishingly long battery life.

When you take your device to a long trip, you are going to have a power bank or a spare battery. Anyway, enough emphasis cannot be put on how important it is to know how to maximize your battery life. You never know when you’re going to need it. So here is a list of my top four tips on how to get the longest time out of your battery.

1. Use as less wireless radio signals as possible: By radio, I do not refer to the FM radio set into your device, rather the radio signals like WIFI, Bluetooth, and cellular data, NFC or GPS. WIFI and Cellular data connection are the most used radio signals in many smart phones. These connections keep transmitting loads of data both to and from their source. Not surprisingly, they need a lot of power to do so. That is where the battery drain begins. That is when they are connected to a source, but what happens when they are not? If the signal strength is low, your Smartphone will automatically amplify the signals, drastically draining battery. If there is no connection, it will keep searching for available signals. Therefore, always remember to turn them off when they are not in use. And also bear in mind, the fact that cellular data takes up more power than WIFI. Now you have another reason to keep cellular data off, even if you are so rich. There are also many applications dedicated to keep your data usage under control, but I would not place my bet on them.

2. Darkness is your ally: Remember this when it comes to smart phone screen and battery, whether you’re DC comics fan or not. The simple equation you need to know is- More brightness equals more battery use, less brightness equals less battery use. The pixels in your smart phone screen do an unbelievable amount of work, something quite impossible to explain without getting too technical. Let us keep it simple. You probably did not know this, but most Android handsets’ biggest power drain is the screen itself, even before the apps get their share. You can’t put many limitations in to the colorful screen you are working with, but you certainly can prolong your battery charge with reducing screen brightness. Keep your screen brightness low as possible, but definitely not below the point it becomes unusable. Moreover, I would advise you to control your brightness manually, since auto mode uses light sensor, it will also hamper with your will to keep using less battery power. As for the stunning colors in your display, they are the second largest battery drain in your screen. The solution is rather debatable, and depends on your willingness to live with lesser colors in your handset. It is recommended to use black wallpapers, black lock screens and themes. Another major factor is managing your screen time-out. It is advisable to set it to the lowest, if you are not willing to turn off your device every time via the power button. Last but definitely not the least- use static (still) wallpapers rather than live (moving) ones, and turn off standby display for maximum battery life.

3. Apps: both friend and foe? Now, we turn to the more controversial topic. Keep in mind that the apps and battery usage depend highly on the CPU of your smart phone, and may act upon their purposeful designs. Some use powerful processors which suck massive battery juice, while some are quite low on power and consume less. Do not be that person who never properly closes apps after use. Remember, that the screen may be off, but the app may keep running in the background. You may turn your screen off and be done with it, but some apps will still be active, slowly eating up your battery. Furthermore, there are some pesky apps that would keep munching on your battery even when switched off! You can manage them in your stock battery saver App. You are possibly familiar with the term ‘synchronization’. If not, just remember it as a process by which your notifications are kept updated. Your email and social networking apps are constantly refreshing, by searching the internet for any updates. Each time your apps are synchronizing, battery is used up. You can, as mentioned before, stop auto synch from the settings or keep your network connection off.

4. Do not forget all the little things. If you need maximum battery life before all your device’s functions, consider making some small sacrifices.   Unless necessary, turn off vibration for both notification and calls. The vibration in a handset or tablet is caused by a spinning motor inside the phone, located amongst the other electric parts of the device. You can possibly imagine how much power goes to a moving component inside your phone. Another hardware accessory that eats up a lot of your battery is the camera flash. The flash provided on a handset often tends to be quite powerful, resulting in massive battery consumption. Most phones take better photos without flash, and you are lucky of your one can. Standby display is what enables devices to show time, date, etc. when the screen is turned off. It takes up a very little portion of your battery, but if you are really nitpicking, turns that off as well. And a little bonus tip: when downloading battery saver apps from the store (like any other apps), be absolutely sure to check out the user reviews. This can prevent you from downloading any useless app you later regret installing.     

By: Usama Nafis

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