Posted On 13 Feb 2021
As we become ever more reliant on our mobile devices, particularly in this pandemic remote working era, it’s vital to get the most out of your phone’s battery life. Charging points aren’t always easy to come by, so optimising battery life can save you a lot of headaches. Below you’ll find a number of tips to make sure you never have to suffer the frustration of a dead battery.
Keep it topped up: in order to preserve the lifespan of your battery, it is best to try and maintain a charge of 50% or above whenever possible. Additionally, don’t overcharge your battery; unplug it when it reaches 100% and don’t leave it charging overnight. Small regular charges are much better for your battery than letting it run flat and then recharging to 100%. The best way to charge your battery is always to use the charger it came with rather than a generic USB socket.
Use Airplane Mode: if you can stand not being continuously connected (and you might enjoy it!), switching onto airplane mode can save considerable battery time as you won’t be using Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS etc. If you just need one of these features, e.g., you’re going out for a run and you want to keep GPS tracking on but won’t be answering calls, just disable the features you don’t need.
Update regularly: app developers are continually releasing updates for their products, and frequently a new update will be designed to optimise battery life. Always update when possible, and also strip out any apps that you have installed but don’t use; just because they are there in the background doesn’t mean that they won’t be continually draining your battery power.
Dim down: by using a darker wallpaper and dimming your screen settings a little, you can save a considerable amount of power: dark wallpaper means your phone only needs to use power for the colour parts, and a dimmer screen setting not only saves power but can be better for your eyes.
Switch off location settings: many apps will automatically track your location, and most of them don’t really need to. Look at all your apps and turn off location settings for all but those that really need it (e.g., running or walking apps). Not only will this save battery life, but it will enhance your privacy as well.
Trash the widgets: most of us have widgets on our phone that seemed like a good idea at the time but that we never actually use. Search through your widgets and get rid of anything that you don’t use.
Use the power settings: in iOS and Android, power settings are available that offer automatic adjustments to your settings to optimise battery use. These may interfere with certain features of your phone, so you probably don’t want to use them all the time, but they are a good fallback option if you find you’re running out of power and you know you won’t be able to get to a charger any time soon.