You may have noticed that your battery has started to give up on you earlier than it used to. You used to spend an entire day with one full charge and now it isn’t getting you through half of it. The frequency that you charge your phone may have increased. With amplified usage, our phone batteries tend to get strained immensely. Thus, our increased dependence on mobile phones makes it essential to have a long-lasting battery life. In this fast-paced world where mobile is the key mode of communication, we cannot afford to have a dead phone at any point of the day. With most of our work and daily tasks done on mobiles limiting your usage, carrying a charger or even finding a socket for that matter is very impractical. I doubt there is a more helpless situation than your call being hung up middle of the conversation, an important text not sent, or your inability to photograph a moment courtesy to a poor battery.
Furthermore, many times people have phones that work fine but are forced to change just because their battery has given up. In other cases, people have to pay replacement costs that not only cost you but also make your phone vulnerable and susceptible to a range of new problems.
What you need to do is find solutions that increase the life span of your battery that saves you from daily hassles and inevitable expenses.
- Don’t Use it All up
People often make the mistake of using their phones till the battery dies completely. What they don’t realize how detrimental that can be to the battery’s health. While taking the battery to 0% might give you a few extra minutes it will undoubtedly take away months from its life in the future. Not the best deal, is it?
- Efficient and effective charging
More often than not most phones have a protective cover on it. It is recommended that you remove the cover when you put your phone on charge. This is to ensure any heat generated during the process is not trapped.
It is also best to avoid using any fast charger especially if it is not manufactured by the Phone’s company. While a quick charge is appreciated, in most cases these chargers put extreme stress on the batteries.
To meet the consumer demand a lot of copy chargers have been made available in the market. You may have wondered why a pop up appears saying “This accessory is not supported by the device”. While you may have escaped the notification through a simple repeated procedure of plugging the charger in, this is only temporary. The notification is a warning of potential damage caused and it must not be ignored. In other cases where the charger supposedly charges smoothly will drain a lot faster. The money you save spending on the cheap charger will eventually be used for a bigger problem.
- Turn off Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and cellular services
Both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are constantly looking for devices to connect. While this may not take up a lot of your battery it is useful when you are on your last bar and need to save it for important usage. You can turn these off from either settings or simply by tapping the icons available when you swipe up your control center.
- Turn on Power Saving Mode
When your phone reaches 20% it automatically turns the low power mode on. What this does is disable all background features and makes your charging last longer. It is recommended that you turn this power-saving mode on even when you have sufficient charging, especially during minimal usage. You can do this by going to setting and tapping the battery option. The battery indicator on the top left of your screen will turn yellow.
- Turn off Location Services
Along with privacy concerns giving applications access to your location is highly unadvisable for your battery. iPhone allows you to adjust locations services for individual applications specifically. You have options to allow location access between ‘never’, ‘ask next time’, and ‘while using the app’.
- Manage your Applications
Check your recently opened applications and be amazed to see applications still open from days ago. You may not even remember when and why you opened them. Operating applications that are not being used but are still open take unnecessary power away from your battery. An effective way to manage your applications is by checking how much battery is used by each of them, an option easily available on your iPhone. This will help you conserve battery in situations where it is running low. You can either close or minimize the usage of applications that take up more battery.
- Manage your notifications
You must know the feeling when you see your display light up but it is just a notification. While some notifications are essential for tracking your important tasks, a lot of them are just useless information that you don’t even bother reading. You can easily turn them off for specific applications. It not only saves up your precious battery but also causes you less annoyance. Go to settings and tap on notifications to view and adjust this.
- Adjust the brightness
While the brightness bar may give you an option to make the screen light up like the sun it is both unnecessary and immensely harmful. Make it a practice to use the slider on your control center to attain brightness as per your requirement. You can turn on auto-brightness which will independently adjust the brightness according to the light of your surroundings. However, most people do not recommend auto-brightness, especially during day hours because it tends to set at maximum brightness.
- Automatic Updates
It is recommended to turn the automatic update off because of the power it uses at its own time. The phone is constantly refreshing and checking applications that need to be updated putting an unnecessary load on the battery.
- Minimize Phone features
There are a lot of features that your phone has that should not be turned on or used at all times especially if you hope to make your battery last longer. For example, some people do not know that like brightness the flashlight can also be adjusted for multiple levels of brightness. Unless necessary avoid using the maximum option.
You also need to understand that batteries are meant to degrade over time. Even with continuing all the above-mentioned practice a typical battery life is up to 3-5 years. While we cannot sustain them for a very long time, our effective and efficient usage can help prolong the usual lifespan and avoid earlier damage. You can keep a track of your battery by occasionally checking its battery health which lets you set comparative measures of its performance.
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