While a smartphone makes many aspects of your life far simpler, it also has a tendency to promote dependence. If your phone’s battery life is sub-par and you find yourself bereft of a calendar, email access and the Internet midway through the day, you might try several tactics to lengthen the battery’s life.
One of the biggest energy drains on your smartphone is its screen. Turning down your screen’s brightness is a simple, effective way to cut down on energy expenditure. While your smartphone likely has a feature that senses the ambient light level and adjusts the brightness accordingly, try disabling this feature and setting the brightness permanently between 30 and 40 percent.
Your phone also expends a huge amount of energy maintaining its connectivity. Connections like Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GPS all use up your battery life, so try disabling them when you do not need them. Conversely, if a Wi-Fi connection is available, use it to browse the Internet rather than your data network, as this saves battery life.
Keep track of which apps your phone is running in the background. This is especially necessary if you tend to minimize apps when you are finished with them instead of closing them. If your phone initiates apps on its own and you do not use them, try deleting them from your system.
If you try all of these tactics to extend your battery life, but your phone still dies midway through your day, the phone’s hardware or the battery itself might be the issue. In this case, get your phone evaluated. It’s possible that your smartphone just needs a simple electrical fix or a replacement battery.