Make Your Cell Phone Batteries Last Longer With These Tricks

Published On December 5, 2012 | Mobile

Are you feeling frustrated at how frequently you have to charge your phone? You’re not alone, especially as phones become larger and more powerful. It just makes sense that they have to use more power. While manufacturers are trying their best to make batteries more powerful, it seems like they can’t keep up. However, there are a few steps you can take to prolong the life of your battery.

Dim the screen-

As screens get larger, batteries will also have to increase in size. It’s likely that the giant screen on your smartphone uses more battery life than any app or other activity. Of course, you can also use the screen dim button on your power control widget to change this. Turn your screen down to the lowest setting or consider a night mode setting to help you reduce battery drain. There are certain apps that even have a native night mode.

Turn the screen off altogether-

When you’re listening to music or making a call, you don’t need to look at the screen, so lock your device to turn it off. Edit your settings so that your screen locks out as quickly as possible. If you need to, you can unlock your phone or touch the screen to light it back up.

Disable push notifications-

You love Twitter, we get it. Twitter might love you too, but it also likes to drain your battery. Turn off all those push notifications or at the very least, set them up so that they happen less frequently. You can still manually check social networks, email and app stores, and you’ll have to charge your phone less frequently.

Turn off unused radio

We don’t mean FM radio but Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and even the cell network. If you’re not using it, turn it off. If you don’t need to make any calls, then just using your phone on Wi-Fi will greatly extend the life of your battery.

Apps can help-

Android phones have a widget that you can place on any screen to manage settings like screen brightness. Android 4.0 and newer versions also have settings quickly available when you pull down the notification bar. Third-party apps detect battery level and adjust settings as needed.

Install an extended battery-

When all else fails, you might consider installing an extended battery. This only works if yours is removable, and not every phone model has one. The bulky battery might not work with your favorite case, but it will let you go longer between charges.

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