When out and about, the battery life of your phone can be one of your most precious commodities. Nothing is worse than getting ready to watch that last Netflix episode and discovering you only have 4% of battery left.
In order to get the most out of your battery, here are some simple tips to keep your battery going for much longer.
Use a power bank
This one is fairly obvious. Using a power bank will allow you to charge your phone on the go, without having to be quite so worried about whether or not it’s going to last until you get back home. These devices are fairly cheap and small, so keeping one in your pocket can be a great idea!
Close background apps
This is a software solution and doesn’t require any additional tools. As your phone runs and operates it consumes battery, and the busier it is, the more battery it consumes. That means that if you keep tasks to a minimum, your phone will live longer!
Unless you are meticulous about closing background apps already, odds are you always have a few of them open. Use your left button on your home screen to get to an app tray that shows you what’s running idly in the background. Close what you don’t need – your battery will thank you.
Adjust some settings
It may not feel great to sacrifice performance for a longer battery life, but it DOES work. Adjusting settings like your screen’s brightness can have a huge impact on just how long your battery lasts.
Opening your Settings to the Display section (use the search function at the top of your Settings page to get there), will reveal some additional options. By changing the screen mode, for example, you can also reduce the strain on your battery.
Scroll down in the Display settings to find the Screen timeout option – the shorter this timespan is, the faster your screen will switch off, and the less battery it will consume.
Take care of your battery
This may seem a little odd but taking care of your phone and battery is another way of making sure it lasts longer. Avoid particularly hot and cold environments and avoid moisture as well – even though your phone may be marked IP68 waterproof, it’s better to keep it safe and dry.
Tip: Battery memory – a state that saw older batteries actively reduce their useful range if it wasn’t fully charged and emptied each time – is no longer a concern for modern devices. Even ‘overcharging’ a fully-charged device is fine – your phone won’t be damaged if you leave it plugged in after it’s reached 100%.