While smartphone technology has grown leaps and bounds over time, their ability to make our lives better is still largely limited to the power they derive from their batteries. We bring you seven tips and tricks to ensure that your smartphone never runs out of power.
Download some apps… and uninstall others
Turn off connectivity services and auto-sync
Don’t use auto-brightness and change your wallpapers
Turn off vibration and haptic feedback
Update your apps and OS
Use battery saving modes
Get some extra juice
Perhaps the most convenient way to conserve battery life is to install a popular battery saving app. Such apps are tailored to your usage patterns and adjust features on your phone to optimise battery life, saving you the trouble of manually tinkering through the settings. These apps should also list out the applications that eat most of your battery and if you do not use them frequently, it is advisable that you uninstall them. Apps like Greenifyon the other hand help you to hibernate apps that run in the background when they are not actively in use, thereby saving both processing resources and battery life.
The ability of our phones to connect with everyone and everything seamlessly is what makes them smart. However, features such as connecting to the internet and surfing it, using location services for navigation, or simply geo-tagging your images take a huge toll on the battery life, as the device constantly polls the network for a connection. It is therefore recommended to turn off your mobile data, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and other such features in case they are not being used actively to utilise your battery more efficiently. Auto-sync is another feature that impact battery, working in the background to keep you updated with your emails and other notifications but also consumes a lot of data and battery life in the process.
Most smartphones offer an adaptive brightness control which automatically adjusts the brightness of its display based on the amount of light it senses in a given environment. It sure is useful but usually sets the brightness a bit higher than what is needed. Since the screen is usually the biggest battery guzzler, it is advisable to set the brightness to a comfortable level and increase it manually when required. If you have a device with an AMOLED display, you can further save battery by choosing a dark wallpaper, since the screen illuminates only the coloured pixels while the black pixels are left unlit, therefore requiring less power to run the display.
It’s takes a lot of energy to vibrate your smartphone for notifications or even the minute touch-feedback you feel on keypress. While you might want to retain the vibration alert for incoming calls, other features such as haptic feedback for keyboard input and key-presses should be turned off. It makes a significant impact in making your phone last longer, with minimal impact on your usage experience.
Updating your smartphone to the latest software update release and keeping the installed apps fresh should certainly help your device run longer on a single charge. Updates tend to bring new features as well as bug and performance fixes that might greatly improve or even further optimise your phone’s battery backup. The Android 6.0 Marshmallow update for example, provides the “Doze” feature that limits the processing of the smartphone when it is not in active use. Perform such updates over Wi-Fi instead of a mobile network connection and you will notice a lesser drop in your battery life during the process too.
Most manufacturers are now bundling in additional power saving modes in their smartphones. These features offer longer battery life than the inbuilt stock-android power saving modes by switching the device into a state of basic functionality and sacrificing a tiny bit of processing power for hours of prolonged usage. These can be set to automatically activate at a certain level of battery life as well.
There is a limit to the extent of battery conservation that software optimisations can provide, but you can always resort to hardware options such as easy-to-carry powerbanks or accessories to keep your phone fuelled. Powerbanks have become portable, inexpensive and are being packed with more efficient and high capacity batteries in fashionable profiles, making them the perfect solution for replenishing battery life on the go.