Smartphone Battery Life Tips: 12 Ways to Increase Backup
Keep these points in mind when your phone is running out of battery.
Best ways to save your smartphone's battery. (Image: Siddharth Safaya/News18.com)
Even with a plethora of smartphones on the line these days, there is one constant battle that each smartphone user faces on a daily basis. While the phone manufacturers are stepping up their phone’s battery life with each new launch, the inevitable part will always bother the user i.e. the battery won’t last forever.
Along with the manufacturers, the tech giants providing the software base for your smartphone are also coming up with new ways to make your smartphone battery last longer. E.g. Google introduced ‘Doze’ mode with the release of its Android Marshmallow.
Doze mode is enabled by default and puts your smartphone into a hibernation mode each time the device is put to rest for a prolonged period. With Android Nougat, the Doze mode has been further updated to reduce the time taken by the smartphone to go into hibernation. Difference: Doze can now save your battery life even when it is in your pocket or on the go, as long as it is not being used. Previously, the mode only used to kick in while the device was completely still and inactive.
Apart from these updates by the companies, there are some steps that can ensure an even more prolonged battery life of your smartphone. So just keep the following points in mind whenever you feel that your phone is running out of juice fast:
This is actually the first step for any task whatsoever. In this case, you need to be aware of the current performance of your phone’s battery and what is affecting it.
To start with, open Settings>> Battery and look into the apps that are using the phone’s battery and to what extent. You might find apps which keep running in the background while they are not even being used by you. You can then Force stop such applications to save some juice for your phone.
2. Brightness Setting
Turning the brightness level of your smartphone to the max will consume the battery life equally fast. By default, most of the smartphones are set on Auto Brightness and this can take its toll on the battery life.
The problem with it is that it keeps your brightness level turned to max even when you do not require such bright display.
A more optimal solution to this is to keep the brightness setting to Manual and simply adjust it by scrolling the brightness bar as and when required.
3. Turn off Vibration Mode
Your Smartphone consumes much more battery to vibrate than to simply ring during a notification. So unless you cannot do without a vibration each and every time you receive a message or a call, you should keep your phone’s vibration off.
This also includes the Haptic Feedback which might be switched on. Haptic Feedback is the vibrational feedback that you get each time you type on the screen. It might seem to be fancy at first but is not really of much use once you learn to type without it.
4. Turn off Applications running in the background
Even when you close an application after use, it keeps running in the background. Collectively, these apps consume the phone’s battery life even when the phone is not being used.
Make sure to close such apps after use for an optimal battery life.
5. Turn off wireless connections
There are chances that your phone’s Wi-Fi or Bluetooth is on at times when you don’t really need it. Collectively, these can eat up your phone’s battery at a very fast rate.
So next time make sure to turn them off when you are done using them. This includes Mobile Data, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Hotspot and even Location (GPS).
6. Airplane Mode
This comes as an additional step to the previous suggestion. You might not be needing to stay connected or available at all times of the day. At such times, you can put your smartphone on Airplane Mode.
Disabling your phone’s cellular services adds up to its battery life. This can be helpful while watching videos, playing games or listening to music in your phone’s storage, for which you don’t need an internet connection.
Additionally, this will stop you from getting distracted while studying or working and keep your focus intact.
Most of us tend to ignore this simple and great way of saving battery. If the wallpaper on your smartphone is dark in colour, it will save much more battery than if it is light or bright. Simple, right?
The same applies for Live wallpapers and Widgets. Though these certainly make your Android smartphone look cool, they drain up its battery equally fast. So use them only after weighing your options carefully.
8. Switch off Auto Sync
Some Apps on your smartphone are set on Auto Sync. While some apps might be necessary to be put on Auto Sync, other are not. There are many Google accounts (like Google Play Movies & TV and Google Play Music) that do not need to be synced regularly. Find such apps in Settings>>Accounts and switch the Auto Sync off for them.
Then there are apps which allow you to manually refresh them (e.g. Twitter, Gmail, Facebook). It makes more sense if you switch Auto Sync off for such apps too.
9. Auto Update
Similar to the previous point, you can switch off the Auto Updates for your apps as well and save some crucial battery life at a time when your phone is low on juice.
For this, navigate to Google Play Store>> Settings>>Auto-Update and switch it off.
10. Keep your Apps updated
While this sounds like a complete contradiction to the above point, updating your apps from time to time does ensure a healthy battery optimisation by your smartphone.
Companies keep optimising their apps for better performance and this includes the way they consume the phone’s battery. So keeping up with such updates is a good option to save some more battery life.
Play smart and update all the apps while your phone is put on charging and connected to a Wi-Fi.
11. Reduced Screen Time-Out
Screen Time-Out is the time it takes for your screen to go to sleep after it is left inactive.
Very obviously, the shorter the Screen Time-Out, more battery you will be able to save. So unless you are using your smartphone for tasks like reading, it is recommended to keep the Screen Time-Out as low as possible.
12. Use Power Saving Mode
All the latest smartphones come with inbuilt battery saving options. Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, e.g., comes with a power-saving mode that puts the smartphone in a reduced performance mode and in return boosts your remaining battery life.
Then there is an Ultra Power Saving Mode in which the phone is put to a minimal battery usage condition. The display goes black and white, unnecessary wireless connections are switched off and only restricted number of apps (which you select) are allowed to operate.
I have seen the phone last for more than 2 hours with 1 percent battery remaining.
These features are of great help when the battery percentage enters single digits. Make sure to use them whenever needed.
Keeping track of these points will have a great impact on your smartphone’s battery life.
Then again, a straightforward solution is to use your phone less. Quite simply put, there are days when making your phone last longer is more important than checking your Facebook News Feed.
If you feel these steps do not provide you with enough battery power for your daily usage, the best recommendation would be to buy a power bank and enjoy your smartphone experience without any battery troubles.
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