“I got 99 problems but the battery ain’t one” —- Nokia 3310 (R.I.P.)
Smartphones, it’s just like having the world in the palm of your hands. Though, smartphones have amazing features they do not fare too well in terms of batter life. If you are a smartphone user you might be well aware of this problem as the lithium batteries cannot keep pace with the exponentially increasing power demands of the rapidly evolving smartphone technology, hence here are a few good tips to keep your smartphone up and running and not dying out on you when you need it the most :
- Screen Brightness: Almost all phones have the feature of increasing or decreasing the screen brightness. To get the most out of your battery try to keep the screen brightness as low as possible, as the higher the brightness the higher the battery drain.
- Wi-Fi: Wi-Fi is an extremely useful feature to have on your Smartphone, but it can be a big strain on your battery if you’re not using it wisely. Use it only when you have work to do and turn it off when you’re on the move.
- GPS & Bluetooth: Only use them when you need to. After your done turn these features off to conserve power.
- EDGE or GPRS: These features are the heaviest burden on the battery and they literally suck all the juice out of a battery. With these features running all the time the average battery time a smartphone user can get is 12-14 hours max. So to get the most out of your battery only use them when you really need to.
- Email: Checking your emails manually will also save a lot of battery as for push notifications you will need to keep your data connection active which consumes a lot of battery. Another way is to adjust the intervals of email synchronization on your phone; some smartphones have this feature which is very helpful in terms of conserving battery.
- Ringtones: Setting your phone to silent mode would also save quite a bit of battery and it would also reduce the general noise pollution. But if you rely on the audible cue, you might opt for a standard ringtone rather than a custom one and a lesser volume on those rings.
- Apps: Many of the apps that we use on our phones are power hogs for e.g twitter, facebook, weather, mail etc. To conserve power, either change the options on these apps to a less frequent refresh schedule, or close them down completely when you are not using them (rather than letting them run in the background).
Other Ways to Extend Your Battery: There are many apps for smartphones which help in extending the battery time of a phone, downloading any one of them might be very helpful.
PRO TIP: Currently there are a lot of malwares on app stores especially the Google Play store, therefore check user reviews on the app before downloading them.
Another way to make the most out of your battery is to buy a battery extender which costs around anywhere from 2500 Rs to 8000 RS. It is like a skin for your phone, with which you can charge your phone whenever the battery is low. It is like an extra battery which I have found to be very handy.