5 tips to make your smartphone battery last longer

Every year BlackBerry, Apple, Samsung and other large brands come up with bigger and better ways to improve our smartphones. Given how powerful these software updates can be, it’s no wonder that battery life (or lack of) is a widely talked about topic globally.

While we’re all waiting for the hardware to catch up with the software, the only alternative is to be Battery savvy and here are our top 5 tips to give you a head start.

1. Shorten your screen timeout

We’ve all done it. You pick up your phone, do what you need to do and forget to lock it. Although most screens will eventually power down, some don’t. Either way, it’s wasting battery time that you could be using to make a call, send an email or google funny cat pictures. By making your screen timeout shorter you’ll get some battery time straight in your back pocket.

Iphone: Settings > General > Auto-Lock

Galaxy: Settings > Display > Screen Timeout

2.    Charging your battery – The right way

So without getting too technical, there are generally two types of rechargeable batteries in smartphones. First one is Nickel-based batteries and the second is Lithium-ion based.

Every time you plug in your charger to a Nickel-based battery, the amount of power it can hold is reduced slightly and eventually after enough charges, you’ll have a dead phone on your hands. However, out of the two this one actually takes the most charges. So If you want get the most out of your Nickel-based battery, you’re best off waiting till the bitter end before giving it some juice!

Lithium-ion Batteries are slightly different. They have the longest life expectancy which is good news, but they’re also slightly needy. You’ll need to charge this more often as they typically tend to run out quicker. Even if your still at 50% give it quick blast and you’re on your way to a long lasting device.

To conclude, find out which battery your phone has and you’re on to a winner.

3. Keep cool

Not many people know this but the cooler your phone, the better your phone will perform therefore using less battery. We’re not suggesting you go stand in the fridge whilst sending a text, keeping it out of the sun will do.

4. Switch off animations.

If your phone isn’t 4 or 5 years old, you may have notice that your background wallpaper moves when your phone is moving too? It’s an animation that uses battery and can be switched off. If you’re not emotionally attached to the feature already, we recommend turning it off and saving some battery.

Iphone: Settings > Wallpaper > tap current wallpaper > still
Galaxy: Settings > Wallpaper > Wallpaper motion effect > Off

While we’re on the topic of animation, if you have an iPhone, your device will automatically make opening an app look cool. It sort of fades/zooms in and out. Not only does it use extra battery, it can slow down your phone in general. If you fancy making things faster and staying battery savvy, here’s how to turn it off:

Settings > General > Accessibility > Increase contrast > Reduce Transparency > On.

Then also – Accessibility > reduce Motion > On

5. Stop Force closing apps

A lot of people are guilty of this, including myself. People automatically think force closing all open apps saves battery, It doesn’t. What actually drains the battery is your apps automatically updating content when you’re not using them. It’s basically so you can read a tweet or a Facebook update quicker. If you don’t mind waiting the extra second when you re-open the app. Turn it off, it will save you battery and increase the speed of your phone.

Settings > General > Background app refresh > Off

So there you have it, short and sweet but put the above into action and you’re on your way to an endless stream of cat pictures.

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