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7 Cell Phone Battery Lifesavers To Keep You Powered Up

As mentioned in a previous post "Top Five Most Common Smartphone Problems (And How To Avoid Them)", battery life can be one of the biggest complaints about our cell phones. It’s extremely frustrating when your battery dies long before you want it to. We’ve become so dependent on our phones to get us where we need to go and to stay connected with friends, colleagues and loved ones, a dead phone can leave you feeling very vulnerable.

Manufacturers have worked hard in recent years to improve battery life in new devices. But, with the added entertainment features we all love, such as playing games, listening to music, snapping pictures, surfing the Web, streaming movies and watching live TV, it’s hard to keep battery life relative to device usage.

Here are some tips to keep your battery working all day: 

  • First, assess your battery usage. There are a lot of different things that can kill your phone's battery, and oftentimes they're items you aren’t aware of. Go to your phone’s battery button under Settings to see what has been draining the battery most recently. You may be surprised at what applications are going behind your back to draw data down from the cellular network when you don’t need or want it to.
  • Some days are very long and very busy, so putting your phone down for a rest can be difficult. To keep your phone’s battery lasting all day long, purchase a portable and/or car charger that can give you a boost on the go, when needed. Additionally, if your phone offers a removable battery, consider investing in an extra battery for your phone that can be swapped out for the dying one.
  • Utilize the low power mode on your phone. It turns off processes and otherwise conserves as much power as it can.
  • Turn off vibrations and tactile feedback. Vibrations are great for notifying you about incoming calls or messages when you’re in the theatre, meetings or other places where it’s necessary to keep the phone silent. But, vibrations use up more power than ringtones. The sounds produced by ringtones are just very tiny vibrations in your smartphone’s speaker. Compare that to the shaking of the entire phone. 
  • Dim your screen. Set your screen to auto-brightness. This allows your screen to adjust itself to the light in the room, while doing what it can to conserve battery life.
  • Turn it all the way off. Switching your phone off for a couple of hours can save more battery than leaving it on sleep or inactive mode. If you know you’re not going to touch your phone for an extended period of time, such as when you’re sleeping, you can actually cut down a significant amount of energy consumption if you simply turn it off.
  • Keep it cool. Batteries function optimally in cooler temperatures, so be careful about leaving your phone in the direct sunlight, on your car dashboard or in a hot yoga studio.
Disable notifications and GPS settings. Many apps on our phones notify us of breaking news, update notifications, high scores, new emails or posts and more. Each one of those notifications sucks battery life, as it lights up your screen, vibrates your phone or makes a sound (some of them do all three). Turn off those apps’ notifications that aren’t essential to your hourly knowledge base.

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