Before the advent of the smartphone, powering up the batteries of our mobile phones was a relatively simple affair. Every couple of days, we would plug the phone in at home, charge it and that was it for another couple of days. However, in the increasingly digital world, the capability of your phone extends well beyond that of making a phone call and sending plain text messages. Today’s smartphones are pocket sized gadgets which enable us to surf the Internet, take photographs, video chat amongst friends and navigate amongst a plethora of other features.
Alongside the wonders of this modern marvel, the smartphone is a high battery consumer. It is likely that you will be required to charge your phone, once a day, if not more so it can remain powered up to cope with your demands. As such, we have all experienced occasions when we are out, unable to recharge the phone and are resigned to watching as the battery seems to drain with increasing rapidity.
With this in mind, we thought it would be useful to give you eight tips from employees at QubeGB on how you can preserve the life of your smartphone battery, particularly while you are on the move.
Despite the benefits your smartphone’s large, colourful display brings – such as a sharp picture and a subsequently improved viewing experience – it can be your phone’s mortal enemy in rapidly draining its battery. In an attempt to combat this, it is advisable to adjust your phones brightness. Most smartphones will have the auto brightness feature turned on and will also have it turned up to the highest setting. When you want to preserve battery power, simply turn this off and reduce the brightness button to the lowest setting you can tolerate.
Another way to reduce screen-related battery wastage is to limit the screen timeout – the period in which the phone stays lit after receiving input, such as a swipe or a tap. In setting the timeout to the shortest available in your settings, it will essentially go to sleep when not in use thus conserving battery life.
Many of us have lots of apps on our phone which push notifications to our phones, such as e-mail updates, and news app, Facebook and Twitter notifications. This will drain the battery and in most cases, the instantaneous frequency of updates is unnecessary.
Though you probably do not want to turn off text message and missed call notifications, it is advisable to turn off sync and push notifications across the apps which you do not require superfluous notifications for. You can also set your apps to update less frequently; for instance, every half hour for e-mail updates. On opening the apps, they will check for new data so the information will still be available for when you actually want to engage with it.
If you do still want to receive these notifications but are conscious of preserving battery life, considering turning such notifications off when you are without a Wi-Fi connection and turn back on when Wi-Fi is in range. 3G and 4G use more power than Wi-Fi.
Many of us have a Bluetooth function which enables wireless connections and allows you, for instance, to use your phone hands free in the car and play music wirelessly via speakers. When you are out and about, Bluetooth is using battery power by searching for other Bluetooth networks. In order to prolong your battery, it is advisable to turn it off and then turn it back on only when your need it; for example, when you are in your car.
It is the same for Wi-Fi – only turn this on when you want to use Wi-Fi. Like Bluetooth, your phone will be permanently looking for Wi-Fi networks to tap into and that reduces battery power.
In turning off Bluetooth and Wi-Fi when they are not required, you can add more than an hour to your phone’s battery life.
Apps consume battery power as long as they are open. It is therefore advisable to shut apps down if they are not in use.
In a similar vein, it is also worth periodically checking and removing any apps which you may not be frequently using. This also saves you having to manage individual app settings to reduce their battery consumption.
Using GPS and location services drains your phone’s battery so when they are not required, within your phone’s settings menu, turn off location services.
Switch off your phone’s vibrate function which uses more power than a ringtone does. To save extra battery, you can also set your ringtones to a low volume.
As obvious as this seems, turning your phone off is the easiest way to save battery. Though this is not always an option, if you do not have reception, are going to sleep or if it is after business hours, powering down your phone will save the most amount of battery.