Battery

How to make smartphone batteries last longer

We would all like our smartphone batteries to last a day or longer, but the more we use our phones the harder it is to squeeze those few extra hours out of the increasingly thin devices. However, if you treat your phone’s battery well and keep to a few of these tips, then it should be possible to get to the end of the day without needing to plug your phone in to recharge.

Turn off Bluetooth, Wifi, and location services

If you only follow one step out of this guide then it should be to always switch off Wifi, Bluetooth, and location services when they are not in use to save battery. Each of these technologies becomes more efficient with each generation of smartphone, but they are not needed most of the time and so switching them off can significantly improve your battery life.

Turn down screen brightness

Smartphone screens have got bigger and with a higher resolution every generation, and they are one of the biggest drains on battery life. In bright sunlight you may need the screen at full brightness, but in darker situations then a much reduced brightness setting should suffice. Switching on adaptive brightness means the phone will sense how light your surroundings are and increase or reduce the screen brightness accordingly – saving you battery. If you are really pushing it, see if you can get by with the screen always set at 25% brightness – you could get an hour or more extra from your phone.

Disable syncing

You may need to know exactly when you get an email, but for many occasions, such as on a night out, it doesn’t matter if you don’t know about emails or other similar messages immediately – so switch off the account sync. Also look into whether you can switch off syncing in other apps you rarely use, such as Facebook (who uses that anymore?) or games such as pokies online. You will still get phone calls, texts, and WhatsApp messages immediately, so there are plenty of way for people to get hold of you if something is urgent!

Disable background app updates

Depending on how you have your phone setup, sometimes app stores will try to download and install updates as soon as you get on a WiFi connection. If you are looking to get a few more minutes out of your smartphone, then you should only have updates set to install when you are connected to WiFi and your phone is plugged in.

Use the correct charger

Pretty much all smartphones on the market today can be charged with either a USB-C, Micro-USB, or Lightning cable, most of which have a USB-A at the other end so that you can use almost any charger. However, do be aware that some chargers are better than others. There are a variety of quick charging technologies on the market, including QuickCharge, DashCharge, and PD, but not all are compatible. Moreover, whilst these technologies will get your phone to 50% much more quickly they can make the phone a little warmer, which in some cases can reduce battery life.

Charge all the way to 100%

Everyone has been in the situation when you are about to go out and spot your phone only has 10% battery left, so you plug it in for a quick charge and grab it when it gets to around 50-60%, enough to last you the night. Whilst battery technology has greatly improved in recent years, it is still preferable to charge your device all the way up to 100% if you can. If you are someone that stays up all night playing at a Newzealand online casino, you’ll want that extra battery to go anyway!

Run your phone all the way down

Just as it is preferable to always charge your phone to 100% when you can, it is also better if you can run your phone down to under 10% before putting it back on charge. So-called “battery memory” is much less of a problem today than it used to be, but it is best to play it safe when talking about battery usage.

If you follow all of these steps you could squeeze hours more out of your battery each day. How do you keep your battery going longer?

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