Tricks For Getting Way Better Smartphone Battery Life
Hundreds of hours, that is, until you actually start using the things. In practice, today’s top phones will squeeze out about 20 hours at best. This guide is current as of Android Lollipop and iOS 8. If you’re using a previous version of either OS, the menus and options may be a bit different.
Closing apps on iOS and Android
As we’ll see later on this list, pesky apps that run in the background, track your location or send you push notifications can end up being a big drain on your battery. Each of those problems can be addressed individually, but why not just delete those dozen apps you used once in 2013 and haven’t touched since? It’ll save you a lot of trouble as we move along this list.
On Android, go to Settings —>Apps. Select the app you want to disable, and tap Uninstall.
On iOS, tap and hold any app, then tap the X in the top left corner.
Disabling notifications on iOS and Android
Many apps will automatically send you “push notifications,” so-called because the app will notify you of things throughout the day, unsolicited.
It’s time to stop the madness. On iOS, visit Settings—>Notifications, and turn off notifications for all but your most important apps. Sure, you want your text messages to come through on your lock screen, but do you really need every MLB score from across the league? You can even customize your notifications down to where they appear, from banners to sound alerts to the lock screen. The fewer, the better.
On Android, go to Settings—>Sound & notification—>App notifications. From here you can block notifications for individual apps entirely, or set priority filters for receiving fewer notifications overall. Add it all up, and you’ll get more battery life with fewer disturbances.
Turn off auto brightness
Try dimming your display just a bit and living with the change for an hour. You’ll be surprised how quickly your eyes adjust.
On iOS, go to Settings—>Display & Brightness. Turn off Auto-Brightness, and then dim the display using the slider.
On Android, go to Setting—>Display, and turn off Adaptive Brightness. Then tap on Brightness level and adjust to your preference.
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by techtalks @TechTalks January 25, 2016 6:07 AM UTC