Why does it seem like cell phone batteries always die at the worst times? Like when you need to make an urgent phone call and you’re nowhere near a power source? We’ve all been there – and chances are, you’ll be in that situation again and again.
No matter how well you plan, a dead cell phone battery can catch you completely off guard. You can’t always control your battery’s life, but there are ways to slow down the drainage. Here are a few tips that could help you without even realizing it.
- Turn Off Services
The more services you have turned on, the faster your cell phone battery dies. Make a conscious effort to turn off any services you’re not currently using.
If you’re not using Wi-Fi, there’s no need to have it on. With your Wi-Fi on, your phone automatically connects to saved networks and constantly searches for an open network, which slowly drains your battery.
Also turn off your GPS and Bluetooth. The less power your cell uses, the longer your battery will last. You’ll also use less battery power by turning off notifications.
- Reduce Your Screen’s Brightness
It might come as a shock, but the brightness of your screen has a tremendous impact on your battery’s life. It takes a lot of power to illuminate your screen. Keeping your brightness on full strength makes your battery work overtime, which eventually drains all its juice.
Not only should you reduce your screen’s brightness, you should turn off auto brightness, as well.
- Disable Background Auto-Refresh
Auto-refresh is an excellent feature if you frequently check social media accounts on your phone. With this feature, the most recent updates are waiting for you once you open the app. Although convenient, this feature can drain your battery fast. To save on battery power, go into your phone’s settings and turn off this auto-refresh feature.
- Stop Automatic Downloads
Automatic downloads are another battery killer. With this feature enabled, apps, books and music purchased from your computer may automatically download to your cell phone. This feature also allows for automatic software updates. Depending on the amount of content on your cell phone, you could have several automatic downloads throughout the day, which unknowingly drains your battery. Disabling this feature can help extend your battery’s life.
- Turn On Low Power Mode
If your cell phone is on the verge of dying and you’re trying to extend your battery’s life, immediately switch to low power mode. I’ve tried this trick several times and it works like a charm. Although you’re still able to make calls and text, switching to this mode automatically disables features that put too much strain on the battery, like automatically checking for new emails, refreshing social media feeds and automatic downloads.
- Switch to Airplane Mode
Switching to airplane mode can preserve your battery’s life while you’re in an area with poor reception. Because your phone will constantly search for a stronger signal, your cell phone battery may drain quicker. Turning on airplane mode stops the search and saves your battery. Keep in mind, however, this mode also disables a bunch of other features, like the ability to send/receive calls and text, as well as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
In a perfect world, everyone would have access to a power source when their cell phone battery runs empty. Of course, this doesn’t always happen, and sometimes, we find ourselves with 10 percent battery life and zero power cord. All you can do is watch as the power drains. But, by utilizing these tips, you can improve your battery’s life and delay the inevitable – if even just for a while!