We love our smartphones. We use them for more and more tasks every day. From talking on the phone to paying bills, smartphones help us manage our lives. One downside to a smartphone, though, is the battery. Over time, the battery will wear out, and you might not get as much screen time between charges. In today’s post, we’ll discuss some ways to make the most out of your battery life.

Disable Location Services

Having your phone always refresh its location can chip away at your battery life. Most clients we talk to don’t need to be continuously tracked. Some apps (like GPS apps) require the connection, but there might be some apps on your phone that have access but don’t need it.

If you have an iPhone, open up the Settings App > Privacy > Location services to see what apps are using your location. From here, you can toggle which ones have access. On an Android device, open Settings > Biometrics and security > scroll to the Privacy section. Or swipe down from the home screen and hit the location icon to turn off these services.

Note: If you turn off location services for the entire phone, locating your phone if stolen will not be possible.

Screen Brightness

Some of us have big phones, which means big screens. As a result, the AMOLED and LCD screens that are brightly lit will eat your battery life. Most phones will have an auto-brightness feature in which the phone will adjust the brightness in accordance with the light of your surroundings.

If you want to adjust it manually, follow these steps. For Apple devices, open Settings > Display & Brightness. Android devices are similar to Settings > Display > Brightness. Both platforms also offer an auto-lock feature that will turn the screen off after a period when not being used. This is beneficial if you put your phone down and walk away without locking it.

Wallpaper

In addition to screen brightness, while you are on your phone, you can also preserve battery life. Android devices come with cool wallpaper options like live wallpapers or always on. These will eat into your battery life. Try going for darker wallpapers as well. Black pixels do not take as much energy to display as white pixels.

Disable Widgets

Widgets are designed to make everyday life more convenient by delivering relevant information from the app right to your home screen. However, they pull from your battery life by continually maintaining an internet connection to update themselves with current information.

Notifications & App Refresh

Like widgets, apps that send you notifications must auto-refresh at regular intervals to stay current. To disable this function on Apple devices, open Settings > General > Background App Refresh. This menu will allow you to turn off this feature for all apps on allow you to turn them off individually. On Android devices, open Settings > Applications > Application Manager.

Update Your Apps

Whenever app updates become available, do them as soon as possible. Not only do developers fix issues in updates, but they also will optimize how the app uses the memory and battery. Delete any apps that you are not using regularly to free up the bandwidth for the important apps.

Charging Practices

Not allowing your battery to drain fully can also help keep it healthy. We recommend keeping your battery between 20% and 80% on a regular basis. Plugging it in and leaving charged overnight will eat into the batteries available charge cycles. Charging your device periodically throughout the day is better for the battery long term. Not all batteries are the same, based on your schedule and proximity to a plug,  this might be difficult.

The fact of the matter is the battery life will degrade over the life of the phone. Based on our client’s feedback when getting a battery replaced, when plugging it in and using the phone moderately, the phone seems to not hold a charge as long after about a year and a half.

Low Power Mode

If you’re not near a plug and your battery is starting to get low, switch on lower power mode. This will automatically adjust the phone’s power consumption. For iPhone users, open Settings > Battery > Low Power Mode. Android users can swipe from the top of the home screen and toggle Power mode on or off.

Nuclear Option

Lastly, if you are in a pinch to extend your battery life, you can turn on Airplane Mode. Airplane Mode will turn off all signals to and from your phone. This means no emails, text messages, phone calls, Bluetooth, cellular data, or WiFi. This will cut you off from the world but will help preserve your battery if you aren’t going to be near a charger for long periods. In addition, this step might even boost productivity without having the distraction or temptation to check messages.

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