How to Extend My Phone Battery Life

How to Extend My Phone Battery Life

Fed up with charging your phone every night? We offer some simple tips and tricks you can use to make your phone’s battery last longer, plus point out the battery saving myths that won’t help you at all. How to Extend My Phone Battery Life?

How to Extend My Phone Battery Life
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Even in 2018, it’s tough to go much longer than 24 hours without charging your smartphone. Better battery technology simply hasn’t arrived yet, which means it’s down to software and settings to eke out the limited power for as long as possible.

Phone, OS and even processor makers are all working to improve things on this front. The latest Qualcomm chips are more energy-efficient than ever, and in the upcoming Android P (for which a public beta is now available), for example, there is an Adaptive Battery mode that limits how much power apps you rarely use are allowed to consume.

How Android batteries work

First, some background: most smartphones have either a lithium-ion battery or a lithium-polymer battery. Both are actually lithium-ion though, and as such, do not have a ‘memory’, which means you can charge them from any level – you don’t have to fully discharge them before charging them up – and you don’t have to charge them all the way to 100 percent.

In fact, these types of batteries suffer from low voltage problems, so it’s actually better to partially charge them (say, from 20 percent to 90 percent) than to fully charge and fully drain them. Battery care is always open for debate though, so for every accepted tip there will be someone that says it makes no difference. Just find the ones that work for you and you can increase battery on your Android device.

How to Extend My Phone Battery Life
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To our charging, most devices released nowadays don’t have removable batteries. This looks like it won’t change anytime soon. And despite most of them being close to 3,000 mAh they still need to be optimized, especially for demanding new games. Take advantage of some of the tips below and really get the most out of your smartphone.

Take Control of Your Location

The most drastic way to improve your phone’s battery life is to shut off the GPS function entirely. In reality, though, that’s not usually practical. Therefore, we instead recommend taking control of how your phone and apps use location.

For starters, unless you have an active navigation on apps like Google Maps, switch to the Device Only location mode (on Android Oreo and earlier). In that state, your phone’s coordinates are determined only through GPS information. On the Battery Saving and High Accuracy modes, the phone employs several other modules including Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. This consumes more battery life and usually is not necessary.

Avoid draining your phone battery all the way to 0% or charging it all the way to 100%

Older types of rechargeable batteries had ‘battery memory’. If you didn’t charge them to full and discharge them to zero battery they ‘remembered’ and reduced their useful range. It was better for their lifespan if you always drained and charged the battery completely.

Newer phone batteries work in a different way. It stresses the battery to drain it completely or charge it completely. Phone batteries are happiest if you keep them above 20% capacity and below 90%. To be extremely precise, they’re happiest around 50% capacity

Short charges are probably fine, by the way, so if you’re the sort of person that finds yourself frequently topping up your phone for quick charges, that’s fine for your battery.

Turn Off Bluetooth And WiFi When Not In Use

How to Extend My Phone Battery Life
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If Bluetooth and WiFi are enabled, but you’re not connected to anything, your phone will waste battery trying to find a new connection. Instead, the next time you’re out of the house, try switching off WiFi to keep your battery going a little longer. The same goes for Bluetooth.

But Use WiFi When It Is Available

On the other hand, if WiFi is available, you should be using it. Not only does WiFi save data, it uses less battery life than a cellular connection. Don’t forget to switch on WiFi at home, and don’t be ashamed to ask for the internet password if you’re at a friend’s place or a cafe.

See what’s sucking the most juice

Navigate to Settings > Battery to see an organized breakdown of what’s consuming your phone’s battery. Applications and features will display in a descending list of battery hogs. If you see an application you barely use or a feature you never use, you’ll want to uninstall the app or turn off the feature.

Reduce email, Twitter, and Facebook polling

How to Extend My Phone Battery Life
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Set your various messaging apps to “manual” for the polling or refresh frequency, just as a test, and you’ll instantly extend your device’s battery life by a significant amount. Once you see what a difference that makes, try re-enabling just the most important ones, and possibly reducing their polling frequency in the process.

Reduce display brightness level

High display brightness and long screen time-out setting will increase battery drain. One of the simplest way to prolong your device battery life is to reduce the screen brightness, and here’s how you can do it: 

  1. From the home screen > swipe down from the top to view the notification panel.
  2. Drag the brightness slider towards the left
  3. At the same time, adjust the screen time-out setting > Tap the gear icon at the top > Select My Device tab > Select Display
  4. Tap Screen timeout > Set your time-out preferences

Special Tip: Try setting your screen timeout to 30 seconds and display brightness to Auto.

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