How to Increase the Battery Life of Your Smartphone

Batteries don’t last forever. The more you use your phone, the more battery life your phone uses. While that may seem like a fairly simple idea, understanding how to get the most out of your battery is a little more complicated than that. Cellphones have evolved and the ways we use them have changed as well. Smaller batteries pack a bigger punch than their predecessors and they are expected to last longer. The fact of the matter is that lithium ion batteries have not been fundamentally changed, it is how the phone draws more power from hardware and changes to the software that manage that hardware which has been fundamentally changed.

There are many solid methods for maintaining battery life that are just as relevant today as they were a decade ago. The amount of time for the phone to remain in standby is expected to be around four or five hundred hours, or 2-3 weeks. In actuality, we rarely get more than 24 hours of use out of our phones. This is not only because we use our phones a lot more, but it is also because of the intensity of the phone’s operating system. Ten years ago, a phone could remain powered if left in standby for four weeks. So how is it that we can squeeze the most power from our batteries without shortening their lifespan?

By following these tips:

Only charge it when it’s low, and charge it all the way. This improves the overall longevity on how long the battery will last. Every time you charge your battery, the charge corrodes the metal inside of it. After a certain number of charges, the metal will fail to charge. Batteries also retain a type of memory. If it is always charged at 50%, then the amount of time for it to fully discharge will get shorter faster. If a battery is always connected to a charge, then it will develop a dependency to being on a charger. Batteries have come a long way in how sensitive they are to short bursts of charges, so you probably won’t notice much of a difference vs. a well maintained battery unless you use it connected to a charger for months and then take it off.

Use the charger the factory made. Phones come with chargers and we often lose them or use the cord on other plugs or in the car. Phone batteries differ from model to model and the wall adapter that comes with the device is designed to convert the electricity from your house outlet to a specific voltage for the battery to charge on. Changing the voltage even a small amount will disrupt how that battery was designed to charge. Batteries can take a little damage from time to time, but constant misuse will result in batteries that do not hold good charges for any reasonable amount of time.

Adjust settings on the device to use as little as possible. Display settings can be adjusted for brightness and also for how long the screen stays on after activity. A good rule of thumb is to disable features that you’re not using, and only let the device use them when you are. Every time the device runs a command, it is using power from the battery. Wi-Fi settings can be adjusted so that the device does not constantly look for a connection. Email settings can be adjusted so that the device looks for mail less frequently, and things like Bluetooth and GPS should only be on when they are needed. Delete old apps that are not being used.

Check the wireless signal. When there is a poor signal, the device will use more power to send and receive. A connection to a cellphone tower uses more power than a Wi-Fi connection whether you are using the Internet or talking. Talk time drains a lot of battery power when using voice, and with a poor connection it must amplify the power usage to drain much more. Paying attention to the amount of bars present when surfing the web or making a call will increase the amount of time the device can stay away from a charger.

Use it less. Yes, the more you use your phone or tablet, the more you will drain the battery. The screen uses lots of power every time it is on. Playing games, watching videos, surfing the web and taking pictures all use the screen to draw lots of power from the battery. In addition to the screen, there is the amount of processing power needed to run complex programs and play videos. Anytime a wireless signal is used or GPS location is checked, the device will consume more power.

When it is all said and done, most of us will adapt in a way that we get the most out of our batteries before moving on to a newer device. There’s no need to stress the small stuff. Charging our phones will be a common occurrence so we should always have a charging cable nearby. Having a routine and using smartphones and tablets wisely will help be prepared for when the device absolutely needs a charge.

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