Top 10 tips for saving battery

Friday, 10th December, 2021 - 16:08

Although smartphone technology is continually improving, battery technology isn't progressing at the same rate as processing power, so it's no wonder that "longer battery life" is one of the most coveted qualities when buying a phone. If you don't intend on buying a new battery anytime soon, it's worth remembering that a little power management can help you overcome this problem. So, let's take a look at some strategies that might help you get a lot more battery life between charges on your refurbished phone.

1. Minimize the display brightness. Ideally, you should set the brightness as low as possible without making the screen unreadable. The best practice is to set it up manually, but automatic brightness is going to be the most convenient way for most users.

2. Turn off Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS. People frequently leave Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS turned on while they are not using them. If you don't use Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or GPS, we recommend turning them off to save some extra battery percentage, as these signals use more power to locate and maintain a connection. You could even turn off your mobile data altogether, especially useful for those times you want some peace and quiet.

3. Select the low-power mode. Unfortunately, today's smartphones don't last as long as the old Nokia 3210, so turning your phone into a lower power mode is a good way to extend battery life when it gets low.

To turn Low Power Mode on or off, go to Settings > Battery. You can also turn Low Power Mode on and off from Control Centre. Go to Settings > Control Centre > Customise Controls, and then select Low Power Mode to add it to Control Centre.

4. Uninstall or restrict apps that consume a lot of battery power. Apps that are constantly active in the background will be a drain on your daily battery life. Indicators might include apps that frequently pull and send data or apps that frequently deliver notifications. Check battery usage by app (in your phone settings) to see what apps might be causing you trouble. On iPhones you can also close programmes by swiping them closed. If you wish to close an app that is running in the background on Android, tap the square icon (or "Recent Apps" on Samsung devices) then slide up on each app you want to close.

5. Turn off the vibration. The battery needs to put more effort into vibrating than just ringing. The same applies to applications that use vibration or vibrational tactile feedback, e.g. when writing text.

6. Make sure your mobile applications and software are up to date. Although many people aren't aware of it, updated apps and mobile software can help you save battery life. While this isn't always the case, the update frequently delivers greater security or aesthetics, as well as enhanced speed and optimization, which might have an impact on battery life. This can also be a good time to delete some old photos or apps to free up some space.

7. Shorter auto-lock times can help reduce your screen use, which requires less battery power. Experiment to see what works best for you. Shorter times are always going to be better in terms of battery use. However, you may want a slightly longer time if you often read the news or books on your phone. Most users will benefit from changing this setting from the default. 

8. Check for malware. Although malicious programmes don’t attack your battery directly, they may significantly reduce your battery life compared to normal. Some malicious apps (particularly on Android phones) run in the background to make your battery look like it has been damaged by a virus. One of the common signs you have a malware problem might be that your phone gets hot when you're not doing anything intensive with it.

Here's what you should do if you think your phone might be infected with malware:

  • Delete any suspicious apps you've recently installed
  • In the most extreme circumstances, conduct a factory reset on your phone if you're truly concerned.

9. Avoid extreme temperatures. The truth is that the battery of mobile phones is designed to work at a suitable temperature between 16 and 22 degrees, which is the ideal comfort zone. If it gets below 10 and above 30 degrees, your battery percentage will automatically decrease to protect the battery state and prevent permanent damage.

10. Keep an external charger (or a power bank) on hand. It is usually beneficial to have a portable power source nearby. You may use them to charge not just your phone, but also tablets, external speakers, headphones, and other gadgets.

Extra tip:

Proper battery charging. The best way to increase the battery lifespan of your smartphone is to charge it properly. Although they are linked, battery life span and battery life are not the same thing. Battery lifespan relates to how long a battery will function before it has to be replaced, whereas battery life refers to how long your battery will last between charges.

It's important to mention since extending the lifespan of your battery will eventually help you extend the battery life. Charging to 100% and then fully draining the phone till it shuts off has long been the recommended procedure. However, it is now believed that starting the charging process at 25% and ending at 90% is far better for the battery. The second piece of advice we have is to keep your phone out of the charger after it is fully charged.

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