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How to extend battery life

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

One of the most annoying issue in using smartphones these days is the short battery life for most devices, and as new technology and improved hardware are adding to them each time, the battery improvement is not catching up at the same speed, causing the new features to drain battery faster and faster.

All that we can do is to be aware of what are the major battery draining causes, and trying to avoid them by disabling the feature or alter the way we use it, so here are some tips you can keep in mind that may help you to save your battery life, you can mix and match between them depending on how you use your phone and what is the most important feature to you:

Screen brightness:

The screens in new phones are becoming larger, brighter and more power consuming, it is the number one to watch from when you are losing your battery, so how to deal with it:

  • Turn on Auto brightness so that the device can adjust the screen brightness depending on the surrounding light, and there for saving battery when it is not needed as much.
  • Adjust the screen time out to be faster.

Wifi, Bluetooth, GPS, LTE:

You can turn off these features when you don’t need them, because they are the second top reason for your dying battery and you will see a significant change when you stop using them all the time.

Turn off vibration, and haptic-feedback.

Remove live wallpaper.

Turn off accounts sync:

All those account (like Facebook, twitter, Gmail …etc.)that are trying to look for new updates all the time are power and data consuming, so in times that you are suffering from low charge it is worth turn this feature off, especially that you probably had turned off you data or wifi so it will not be able to fetch anything anyway.

Turn off screen auto rotation.

Close background apps:

After using the phone for a while open you multitasking manager, you will notice a huge number of apps that are still working in the background of the phone, those are power memory consuming, so try to make it a habit to go and close them every once and a while.

In some phone you can Power-saving modes:
Enabling this mode manages the phone's various power-sapping features for you. It might, for example, prevent your apps from updating in the background, dim your screen, reduce the screen timeout setting, disable on-screen animations, and turn off vibration.

Of course if you have a low battery it is obvious not to play games or watch videos.

If you are in a low/or no signal area you can either turn off your phone or put it on Airplane mode to prevent it from searching for the network continuously and lose charge.

And of course if your phone had been with you for long time now and your battery seems to lose charge faster than usual although you are trying these tips, then maybe it is time to buy a new battery (if you can), because all battery have a life that will end sometime and you can’t do anything to improve its performance.


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