We rely increasingly on our smartphones,so it’s more of a problem when the battery finally gives out. So what can you do to eek that little bit more life out of your phone? You might be surprised by some of the tricks you can pull off!
Let’s start with the more obvious tricks first:
1. See what apps are eating power first
Although iOS8 does have a battery usage screen to tell you which apps are using more power, it doesn’t have a way to quickly close all apps. However, you may not know that you can actually close more than one app at a time. Double-tap the home button and then use up to three fingers to close three apps at a time. As Android is a more open OS than iOS there are various task manager apps available that will kill all open apps with one tap.
2. Enable any power-saver modes
Many mobile phones have power-saving modes that shut down all but the most essential functions. This should be your first port of call before anything else, as it will take care of pretty much everything you need to control with one quick flick of a switch.
3. Lower Screen Brightness
The screen is the single-most battery hungry component on your phone, so turn the brightness down to the lowest level you can work with.
4. Set a shorter screen-off period
You might have the screen-off timer set too long on your phone, so take a quick tip into the settings to check that it’s on the lowest. Better stil, whenever you put the phone down, press the off switch rather than waiting for it to time out. can someone tap my phone
5. Turn off 3G/4G or cellular data altogether
If you can bear to be disconnected from email, social media etc then turning off 3G or, better still, cellular data altogether. This will probably reduce your battery consumption by at least 20%. Of course, if you’re going to be somewhere where you have WiFi and you need to be online you can turn off cellular data altogether.
6. Turn off WiFi
Conversely, if you are out and about and therefore away from WiFi why not switch it off altogether? You can then rely on cellular data.
7. Turn off Bluetooth
Bluetooth does not use the same amount of battery as 3G/4G but it’ll probably add 10% to your day. If you don’t need to use any devices such as headphones or car kits then hit the Bluetooth kill-switch.
8. Turn off GPS/Location services
Many apps will use location services e.g. the GPS functionality of your phone, regardless of whether the app’s functionality demands it. Games are a good example, as they collect information such as this for ‘marketing’ purposes, often to deliver more targeted ads. Turning of GPS will not stop apps that don’t rely on that functionality from working, but don’t expect to use Google maps as a satnav with this disabled!
9. Close all open apps
Apple’s iOS does a relatively good job of throttling background app usage. Android apps have a bit more leeway, though. Either way it’s good practice to close all apps if you are watching the battery meter.
10. Put the phone in flight mode (if you’re in a zero coverage area)
When you have no signal your phone goes into overdrive trying to latch onto the nearest cell tower, so can drain your battery extraordinarily quickly. Flicking the flight-mode switch will not only switch off the ability of making receiving calls/texts but will also switch off Bluetooth and WiFi at the same time, which will most probably double your battery life altogether.