5 Battery Saving Secrets for Your Smartphone
For many of us the smartphone has become an indispensable part of everyday life. We use the phone for business, for pleasure, and for a multitude of applications, such as monitoring our home security systems and checking for the nearest restaurant with Thai food.
Because of this 24/7 reliance on the phone, newer models have focused on providing the best possible battery performance and ensuring they provide as many hours of usage as possible. This can be seen on many devices like the Samsung Galaxy 7 from T-Mobile which offers up to 28 hours talk time, obviously depending on how much you’re using the device for other tasks. Despite the strong battery of devices, there are a number of things you can do as a savvy user to improve the life of your smartphone. Checkout the tips below and you’ll be one step closer to never seeing that dreaded red light saying “Battery at 1%.”
Tip 1 Airplane Mode When Charging
There’s nothing worse than when you’re just about ready to go out and you see that your phone hardly has any battery left. Whether you’ve got 10 minutes or 60 minutes before you go out, make sure you put your phone on airplane mode whilst charging to ensure it charges faster. This is because it disables connectivity so your phone stops performing as much in the background, ultimately meaning it can re-charge itself faster.
Tip 2 Set Screen Brightness and Backlight Time to Lowest You Can Live With
Your display is often the biggest consumer of your battery’s power. This is especially the case if you need extended time without actively using apps and other capabilities. By reducing the screen brightness and the time delay before your display goes to sleep, you’ll see big reductions in battery drain. Just go to your settings options, select display, and choose the lowest settings that meet your needs.
Tip 3 Choose a Power-Saving Mode
Virtually all smartphones have a mode selection that allows you to save power by shutting down various functions and applications. For example, the Samsung Galaxy 7 has updated the concept with an Ultra mode. When you select this option your phone essentially stops being “smart” until you change the mode. You won’t get automatic updates, texts, or access to wireless unless you choose these as options to continue in the Ultra mode. Apple have introduced a similar feature on iPhones whereby you can turn on ‘Low Power Mode’ which reduces power consumption and helps prevent your battery from draining as fast.
Tip 4 Turn Off the LED Indicator and Other Alerts
While the little flashing LED light and beeps don’t consume noticeable power themselves, they do play a key role in battery consumption. Unless you are waiting for an urgent email or text, you probably don’t need to respond instantly to all your message and incoming information. However, we are conditioned to respond immediately when we get that alert or notification, and that is where the real consumption comes in to play. When you repeatedly wake up your phone, you use all that power that you would be saving as displays light up and data is downloaded. If you can delay your check to once or twice and hour, you’ll save a great deal of battery power by the end of the day.
Tip 5 Get Your App Location Finders Set to Appropriate Options
While precise location settings are helpful for certain apps, they are not necessary for all of them. However, many apps simply expect to use your GPS, mobile network, and Wi-Fi to calibrate locations. You can go into each application and determine what you want to give it access to, and in many cases simple GPS is enough. If you have a lot of apps, this step alone can give you a 5 percent to 15 percent power savings.
By following these tips you’ll significantly be able to save your battery from running out at those crucial moments and hopefully you’ll also be able to understand your phone that little bit more, the features are all the for a reason – so make sure you utilize them!
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