Anyone who’s made the switch from a traditional cell phone to a smartphone with all the bells and whistles will notice one thing right away: there’s a big difference in battery life. In fact, depending on use, the average smartphone’s battery might not even make it through an entire day before needing to be recharged. But just what is it about that modern phone that sucks up battery life at such an alarming rate – and more importantly, how can you make yours last longer?
Here’s a look at some of the biggest battery killing culprits, and some simple tips and tricks to keep you from having to run to the outlet three times a day.
Because of its constant Internet access, your phone sucks up battery power all day long. Accessing the web for everything from Googling the nearest Chinese restaurant and accessing your email to downloading work files and new games (and everything in between) uses up serious battery percentage. One of the simplest ways to ensure you’re getting the most from your Internet to battery ratio is to keep your antenna set to WiFi whenever possible.
Unlike 3G or even 4G, using a WiFi connection to access your Internet and download information doesn’t use up as much power. Less power, understandably, means a longer battery life.
Depending on what kind of smartphone you have, and which applications are set to run as soon as you launch your phone, you may have several apps running at all times. This constant drain on your battery may not even be one that you’re aware of. Managing which applications are on, and when, is a quick way to extend the life of your daily battery.
If you are an iPhone user, this could be as simple as double clicking the home button at the bottom of your phone and shutting down all the running apps that appear in the small screen that appears. For Android users, managing the applications that automatically start with your phone and run in the background can take a little more work. There are, however, simple tools and apps that you can download to manage what’s going on behind the scenes.
Mind Your Behavior
Hands down, the most effective way to really make an impact on your cell’s battery life is to make some simple changes in the way you handle your phone every day. For example, manually check your email or use push notifications instead of having emails automatically updated every few seconds. This will cut down on your phone’s constant need to drain your battery while it forwards you every message.
Additionally, you should try to keep your phone where the signal bars are strong whenever possible. The stronger the signal, the less strain on your battery. Finally, keep your screen as dimmed as comfortable on your eyes, and keep your Internet access to a minimum whenever possible.