Smartphones are typically battery greedy monsters compared to feature phones because of all the added features they come with. However, you can extend the battery life of your smartphone if you follow these simple tips.


Protect your phone from excessive heat

Smartphones use Lithium Ion battery which is very sensitive to heat, which causes it to degrade faster thereby reducing its capacity. So avoid activities that overheat your phone for a longer battery life.  Choosing the right charger can also go a long way in preventing overheating.

Some reasons that may cause your phone to overheat include using demanding apps, multitasking, hardware malfunction, or using your Graphical Processing Unit (GPU) for too long. All these activities require more processing power that warms up your battery.  Another prominent cause of overheating in phones is charging for too long.

External factors like exposing your phone to direct sunlight, leaving it covered up or placing it on a hot surface can cause your phone to heat up too.


Switch to Airplane mode in low signal areas

You may have noticed your battery die out faster when you are in rural locations with poor network access. Your smartphones use more power when it is trying to connect in low signal areas. So it is advisable to turn on aeroplane mode and switch back to a cellular connection when you are in an area with better coverage.

It is also normal for your battery to run down faster when you are on a long road trip. While travelling your phone needs a considerable amount of power to search for signal, especially because signal strength keeps fluctuating. To save power, turn on aeroplane mode or switch to a 2G network because more power is needed to catch 3G or 4G signals

Disable unnecessary apps or power consuming apps

Start by uninstalling apps you don’t use regularly, you may also want to get rid of some power intensive apps especially if you can do without them.  You can discover the amount of battery your apps consume by checking the battery screen in the settings menu on your `phones. However android phones only show apps that have used up your battery since your last charge, so consider doing this when your battery is low.

You should also look out for apps running in the background on your screen. Uninstall any background app you consider unnecessary.


Keep your screen in check

The brighter your screen, the more power it consumes. Set your phone brightness to the minimum level you find comfortable to save power usage. Using the auto-brightness settings for your screen is not recommended, instead adjust your screen manually in different lighting conditions.

You should also reduce the length of the sleep time of your screen so that it goes blank quickly when not in use. Leaving your screen on when you are not using your phone only wastes power You should also be careful with apps that require your screen to be on regardless of your sleep settings. You don’t want to leave them running when you are not with the phone. Also, refrain from using live wallpapers.


Turn off all radios when not in use

Mobile Data, Bluetooth, WiFi, and GPS all draw substantial power from your battery. Disabling them when you can will help improve your battery life. You can use only WiFi and mobile networks while disabling GPS to determine your location.  Simply set location mode to “battery saving mode” on your android phone by hitting settings > location > mode >battery saving mode

Also look out for apps that track your location and how much power (low or high battery usage) they consume. You can find this information by hitting settings > location . For apps that demand high battery usage, you can manually adjust its permissions in Apps .

You can also adjust location settings for apps on your iPhone by clicking settings > privacy > location



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