There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that smartphones are, well, smarter, than regular cell phones, but there is one thing where they are clearly inferior, and that is: battery life. In fact, if you have an Android phone, you will be ecstatic if it makes it though the day without running out of juice completely.
But, this is hardly surprising, considering the amount of technology that is crammed into such a tiny device. It seems like, as each new aspect improves, such as screen size, durability, processing power, GPS and others, it does so at the expense of battery.
And it’s true: larger, brighter screens need more power, slim casings require smaller and thinner batteries to be smaller and thinner as well, GPS needs a lot of juice to run and so on. But, the good news is, there are a lot of things you can do to extend your Android phone’s battery life. Here are some of them.
Update Your Email and Messaging Apps Manually
Switching to manual update of email, messaging and social networks is one of the best things you can do to get more out of your battery. By reducing the frequency of updating, your phone will be made to do much less work, which results in a longer battery life. Besides, if you have developed that annoying habit of checking your Facebook, Twitter or email every 5 seconds, this is a good way to get rid of it.
Turn off some of the Connectivity Options
These days, you are pretty much covered when it comes to connecting to a network or other phones. GPS, LTE, NFC, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth and some others we are probably forgetting are all great, but are they necessary all the time? The answer is: no. Try turning off GPS when you don’t need it, and you will notice a significant improvement. The same goes for NFC, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and LT.
If your phone is in your pocket, or just laid out on the table while you are doing something else, you don’t need any of these. Adopt the same approach as you do with your PC. Yes, there is a ton of programs on it, but you don’t turn all of them on at once, right? You just start the ones you need at the moment.
Turn Off Automatic Screen Brightness
This one is a bit obvious, yet no one seems to take advantage of it.
Reduce the Number of Apps Running in the Background
Find the list of apps that are active and study the list. You can feel free to turn off any you might not need at the moment, which extend your phone’s battery life even more.