There’s no arguing that a lot of us have become addicted to our mobile devices – smart phones and tablets. If you are anything like me, the first thing you’d check when you wake up from sleep in your smartphone – how many notifications entered, and of course you email. While this is not entirely good, life without a smartphone or mobile device is simply unimaginable.
Yes technology has evolved, but even in 2015, it is difficult to have your battery last longer than 24 hours without charging it. The truth is that we don’t have that kind of technology yet. So it is left for us to manage our battery, either by using software or altering our phone settings. And that’s what this article is all about. At the end of this read, I believe the batteries of your devices will serve you for longer periods, and your orientation on how to use your phone may also change.
Let’s dive straight in…
We all love our mobile devices bright and colorful; it is obviously more appealing and easier to use. The only problem with this is that your phones brightness is an enemy of your battery. It may interest you to know that more than any feature/component on your phone; your device’s display consumes battery power at a devastating pace.
So here’s what you need to do
It is rather obvious that you need to reduce your screen’s brightness. Most mobile devices have an auto-brightness features that automatically adjusts the brightness of your screen to suit ambient levels. You may decide to turn this on or just reduce the brightness of your screen to suit you.
The first question to ask in trying to save your battery is – “why does my battery run down?” The simple answer is “activity”. You can turn a phone off and turn it back on after several months but you can never try this if the phone is left on.
Now, on the subject of activity, each time your device’s screen is on, you’ll be consuming more battery. Every second counts! Therefore as a precaution, set your “Screen Timeout” to the minimum – this is 15 seconds for most Android devices, and 1 minute for iPhones.
One of the best features of smartphones is the ability to multitask. However, this doesn’t come without a price. It burns energy. Every app that you run uses a fraction of your processor’s cycle.
Some apps like Facebook use up more energy than others. What you need to do is kill every app you are not using. By doing this, you are reducing the workload on your device’s CPU, and ultimately saving your battery.
Just as a bonus, most mobile devices/smartphones have battery monitors. There is also multiple free battery monitoring apps on Playstore and App store. These apps can help you monitor your battery usage and inform you on which apps are draining more power. If the apps are not important, there’s no need keeping them.
There’s so much that can be attached to your Bluetooth; from hands-free headsets, to wireless speakers, and activity trackers. Now what you don’t know is that while your Bluetooth is one, it searches for and listens to signals from outside sources. Once again, we have activity and ultimately depletion of your energy reserves.
So whenever you are not using your Bluetooth radio, turn it off.
Similar to your Bluetooth, your device’s Wi-Fi radio is an epic battery drainer. Although it feels healthy leaving your Wi-Fi connection constantly on (personally, I feel it is stressful and annoying each time I need to turn on my Wi-Fi connection – that about 1 billion times a day. Okay, that’s an exaggeration, however, you get the point; I turn on my Wi-Fi countless number of times daily), it isn’t always best for your battery.
So next time you are leaving your work environment, toggle off your Wi-Fi radio. Trust me, it is extremely easy. For most devices all you need to do is swipe down to your quick control panel and toggle off the Wi-Fi radio.
It may come in as tech-savvy using GPS tracking and monitoring your location. But is it really worth it? Ideally, I only use GPS tracking when I am driving to an unknown place. In case you don’t know, most of your apps are GPS enabled; meaning they track your location.
You can revoke the rights of these apps to use location services, or set their levels (in Android) in order to determine how much power they use.
You’ll understand what I am about to say if you are a gamer. I love the feel of my phone vibrating whenever I handle it or game. I like reliving my days as a PS gamer.
Now on a serious note, we leave our phone on vibration for obvious reasons (we don’t want to distract others in the meeting). While this is good and you don’t want to miss any important calls, leaving your phone on vibration uses more battery power. Here’s how:
As opposed to a ringtone, which causes tiny membranes in your phone’s speaker vibrate enough to produce a sound, vibration makes a motor rotate a small weight which makes your phone to shake. This process takes a lot more power.
So next time you are in a meeting and you don’t want to distract your colleagues or friends, consider turning off all notifications and leaving your phone in sight.
Our common mindset is to always leave our battery levels at 100 percent. Your battery doesn’t like to be full all the time. As a matter of fact, it likes to be completely down once in a while (yes, I am speaking for all batteries). Therefore, for optimum battery performance, allow your battery drain completely before recharging.
I think this is rather obvious. The best way to save your device’s battery is to leave it plugged in. The mistake we make with this is over-charging. This will destroy your battery in no distant time. Unless your device is new, do not over-charge.
Still on the subject of draining your battery, wait for it to reach 10% once in a while before boosting it up to 100%.
Yes, I know I have talked about this a bit in the previous tip. Having your battery always plugged in can damage it and make it less able to hold charges. As a recommendation, charge your battery to 95 – 100 percent before you go to bed. Leave it unplugged through the night and reconnect it while you prepare for school or work.
We all want to be at the edge, knowing what is going on around us – Facebook comments, Twitter updates, and emails. These things consume power. Therefore, you need to turn them off.
I will like to end with one of my favorite quotes, “big shots are small shots that kept on shooting”. While these tips may appear insignificant, applying them can significantly increase your battery life.