We’re quite sure you’re reading this because you want to keep your phone battery from dying.
Just like humans, smartphones are capable of impressive accomplishments—but if they’re constantly running ahead at full speed, they’ll burn out pretty quickly. And there’s nothing worse than looking down at your phone and realizing the battery is running out of juice—or worse yet, that it’s already completely dead.
Before you get to the point where you find yourself desperately searching for an outlet or someone around you who has a charger, check out these tips for making sure your phone battery never dies.
1.Turn Down the Brightness
One of the easiest ways to prolong your battery life is to turn down the screen brightness. I know this is an obvious tip, but it’s been shown that lowering the brightness really does make a difference. So if you aren’t doing it yet—make the change now! It’s also a good idea to make sure the “Auto-brightness” is turned on so the screen will automatically dim if you’re in a dark setting.
2.Mind Your Apps
Many popular apps are notorious battery-guzzlers, especially ones that are heavy on graphics or audio. Video games—especially free versions with ads—are the biggest culprits, so save Angry Birds for a time when you’re near an outlet.
And remember to close your apps, rather than just minimizing them. Apps that are stealthily running in the background can be battery drainers. To do this, double-tap the home button to see what apps are running, and then hold down on one of the icons until they start wiggling. Tap the “-” sign in the top left corner of each app icon to close it.
3.Download a Battery Saving App
If you’ve quit the games cold turkey but are still seeing your battery drain, there could be less obvious apps at fault. Try using an app like BetterBatteryStats or Battery HD+, which will track your phone’s performance over the course of a couple of days and analyze which apps are your battery’s biggest foes.
4.Turn Off the Wi-Fi Connection
When your Wi-Fi connection is turned on, your phone is hard at work looking for a hotspot. While connecting to the nearest Wi-Fi signal can be great for saving money on your data plan, it can also be a huge battery drainer. Turn the Wi-Fi off and connect to it only when you must.
5.Lose the Location Services
Location services use GPS technology to pinpoint your precise location. Letting your smartphone find out where you are is super useful if you’re navigating in an unfamiliar area (or checking in on Foursquare), but it can also be a sneaky battery-drainer. Make sure your location service setting is disabled and turn it on only when you really need it.