How to Make Your Smartphone Battery Last Longer

Do you remember the days when your cell phone battery could last for a week between charges? With today's energy-starved smartphones, your phone's battery life can certainly be an issue.

Do you remember the days when your cell phone battery could last for a week between charges? With today's energy-starved smartphones, your phone's battery life can certainly be an issue. On average, a smartphone battery will last only for a day or two before it depletes completely and you need to recharge it. Until the battery duration on smartphones catches up with their high battery consumption, you'll have to learn some tricks to extend the time span between charges.

The easiest, simplest, and most effective way to save battery life is to not use your phone at all. Don't worry: we're not recommending to never actually use your phone, just make it a habit to turn it off when you don't need it. Don't let your battery juice go to waste while you're sleeping or when there is no reception: turn the power off instead of always leaving it on sleep mode.

True, some smartphones come with an automatic "power save" feature, but it takes thirty minutes for it to kick in. If you're in an area with poor reception, constantly searching for better connection will quickly deplete your smartphone's battery! In the case that you need to use your smartphone but don't need to receive or make calls, put it on a flight mode.

Similarly, turn off Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and infrared capabilities when you're not using them. Keep them off until you actually need them! GPS tracking will eat up your battery juice like no other feature on your smartphone.

Other power-hungry features include vibrate and keytones - consider turning those off. Set your ringtone to a lower volume and the brightness of the display to adjust itself automatically. Consider shortening the screen timeout, especially if you don't have a habit of locking the phone after you're done using it. Turn the back light feature off if you can do without it.

To make your smartphone battery last longer, you may have to make your smartphone a little less "smart". Close all open applications that are not currently in use, including those running in the background. Disable all syncing - if you dare!

Your battery will last up to fifty percent longer when using GSM instead of 3G/Dual Mode. Switch off 3G and 4G - switch to 2G instead.

Forget about the full charge and full discharge method. That was a good method when the batteries were nickel-based, but lithium-based batteries need to be charged early and often. Your smartphone's battery is designed for shallow discharges and frequent charging. To avoid damaging the battery, never let it run all the way down.

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