Smart Ways For A Better Battery Life
Battery life is easily one of the mightiest challenges facing smartphone users and creators today. With an increasing number of applications and features, managing to maintain decent battery life, is only becoming more difficult.
However, with some quick tips and tricks, you can drastically enhance your phone’s battery performance, and that is what this article is all about!
- Manage Wi-Fi access appropriately: Wi-Fi connections drain away more battery than you might like. It is a good idea to turn off Wi-Fi every once in a while; or only switch it on when you really need it. It might also be a good idea to pre-set which apps run of Wi-Fi and which on a data connection, just to clear things up, a little bit more.
- Switch back to a steady screen background: Transient backgrounds take a lot of battery to run, even when the phone is idle. It is therefore a good idea, if battery saving is a priority, to stick to simpler and duller backgrounds. It might also be useful to reduce screen brightness when in the shade, or set it on ‘automatic’ to change according to available natural light.
- Sync on Wi-Fi only: This helps save battery charge for the simple reason that, the process is much faster in comparison to syncing on a data connection. Most phones also allow you an option to choose once for all, when syncing must and must-not be done.
- Prioritize App Space: Sometimes you download apps just to check them out, and leave them running in the background, even when you don’t have real utility for them. Figure out how many such apps are leaching on your phone battery, and uninstall them instantly.
- Automate sleep, silent and wake up periods: There are apps that integrate with your calendar, to move into silent modes (during scheduled meetings), or sleep mode (during chosen sleep hours). Automating these settings might be a good way to save battery, as it becomes a daily activity. And even if you forget putting your phone on silent when going to sleep, the application won’t!
- Switch off GPS: Yes, GPS takes up a major chunk from your battery. In fact, even if you turn off a data pack, sometimes the GPS makes its way through to draining not just data, but also the battery charge. Unless you constantly use a GPS driven application such as Foursquare, Uber or Maps, it is advisable to keep your location data turned off. You can always switch it back on, when you’d like.
- Keep it in a cool place: It is a less known fact that battery life degrades when constantly stored at warmer temperatures. So, in order to improve life in the long-run, it might be a useful tip to give your phone enough air, and air-conditioning whenever possible.
by techtalks @TechTalks March 5, 2015 10:19 AM UTC