Every year a bevy of new smartphone models are launched onto the UK market, and with each new generation of handset manufacturers must wrestle with the problems of battery life. A fast charging, long lasting, battery is the holy grail of smartphone designers and engineers. But with each new development in battery storage and discharge comes an accompanying development in smartphone features that effectively undermines any potential advances in battery life. Larger batteries could solve the problem. But larger batteries mean bigger and heavier smartphones, and the phablet is already pushing the boundaries of just how big can go. While there are several exciting projects in the works, not the least of which is the StoreDot fast charging organic power cell, it’s likely to take some time before a fully successful long lasting smartphone battery hits the market.
So, while we wait for the perfect smartphone battery to arrive, we must all soldier on and make the most out of the batteries we have. That means learning how to manage battery usage so that we never run out of juice at an inopportune moment. To help extend your battery life between charges, consider these 5 simple tips.
Check Your Screen Brightness
We’ll start off with one of the biggest battery killers, screen brightness. The brighter your smartphone display, the bigger the drain on your battery. Even dimming the display a little can help extend your battery life, and during a long busy workday that can be invaluable. If you’re using an iPhone, go into the Setting menu and follow the prompts to the brightness setting. Turn off the ‘auto brightness’ function, and select as low a level of brightness as you can. Android users can do the same by going into Quick Settings and using the brightness toggle to adjust the levels. Remember, the dimmer the display the more juice you can save.
Reset the Screen Timeout
This follows on from the display tip. The time it takes your phone’s display to go dark after any type of input can have an effect on battery life. Screen timeout can be adjusted on most handsets by going into the display menu and selecting either the ‘timeout’ or ‘sleep’ settings. Here you can set your phone’s timeout duration. Many smartphones are
Many smartphones are preset at between 1 and 2 minutes. Change this to 30 seconds or less to conserve battery power. For those using an iPhone, look for ‘autolock’ under the general setting menu. Unfortunately, the shortest timeout setting for an iPhone is 60 seconds, but even that reduction can conserve energy.
Bluetooth and Wi-Fi
In the wake of the latest Lollipop update, many Android users have experienced a noticeable drop in battery life. Some of that had to do with the new OS and how it handled Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity. The Bluetooth and Wi-Fi settings on any phone can have a major impact on battery storage, as even when they are not actively in use they continue to run in the background. Whenever possible, turn off the Bluetooth and Wi-Fi features on your smartphone to conserve power. Switching them back on only when needed. Simply turning off these features when they are not needed can add as much as an extra hour of battery life. Both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are easy to toggle on and off via the General settings menu on your handset.
Whenever possible, turn off the Bluetooth and Wi-Fi features on your smartphone to conserve power. Switching them back on only when needed. Simply turning off these features when they are not needed can add as much as an extra hour of battery life. Both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are easy to toggle on and off via the General settings menu on your handset.
Your phone’s GPS is definitely convenient, but it puts a sizable drain on your smarphone’s battery. Even if you are not using the GPS to navigate, it is constantly sending and receiving network signals in order to triangulate your current position. In fact, many popular apps routinely access your smartphone’s GPS, and for more than simply updating your social networks or finding local businesses. However, you can control which apps have access to your phone’s GPS, and thereby limit the drain on your battery. If you are installing a new app, and it asks for permission to monitor or use your location, say no. This is particularly important if the app in question has no good reason to monitor your location, as it could indicate possible spyware.
However, you can control which apps have access to your phone’s GPS, and thereby limit the drain on your battery. If you are installing a new app, and it asks for permission to monitor or use your location, say no. This is particularly important if the app in question has no good reason to monitor your location, as it could indicate possible spyware.
Of course, one of the most popular features of the smartphone is the ability to run multiple apps at the same time. However, the apps we love so much can be a major battery drain. Whenever you switch on an app, it adds to your smartphone’s CPU workload and exponentially increases the handset’s power consumption. The more apps you run, the greater the drain on your battery. If you want to extend the charge on your battery, cut back on the apps and be sure to turn them off when they are not in use. This is an important point, because many apps will continue to run in the background, draining your battery, if you do not fully terminate them. To make certain your apps are turned off, go to your smartphone’s settings menu, scroll to the apps feature and manually turn off any background apps that may be putting a drain on your battery.
The search for the holy grail of smartphone batteries continues on apace, and new technological advances are bringing us ever closer to the long-lasting, fast charging battery every smartphone owner craves. Still, it may be some time yet before the perfect smartphone battery is ready for market. However, while you’re waiting for the next step up in battery performance there are some steps you can take to get the most out of the battery you have. These 5 simple tips can help you squeeze more juice from your battery, keeping you and your smartphone up and running throughout a busy day.