How to make your Smartphone ‘smarter’ to avoid draining the charge

How to make your Smartphone ‘smarter’ to avoid draining the charge

“The telephone is a good way to talk to people without having to offer them a drink.” ~ Fran Lebowitz.
The American author is alluding to the 19th Century invention credited to Alexander Graham Bell that is by far the most important in bridging human communication after Johannes Gutenberg’s Printing Press four decades later.
21st Century communication has, however, exceeded expectations by fusing the two into a pocket device that in its most basic usage, can make calls and offer publishing capabilities to anyone who cares to – the Smartphone.

Fueled by Tim Berners-Lee’s Internet, the Smartphone is now many things to different people. From accessing bank accounts, tracking investments in the stock exchange, starting your car remotely to monitoring your heart rate, finding the right deals in the market and to more rudimentary uses like a flashlight on the go or controlling a TV… the list is endless.

A major challenge given its importance is being able to keep the Smartphone on in order to have a seamless experience.

Whether you are a heavy social media user, a moderate web surfer or your favorite apps make your tumultuous life more manageable, you must hate the ‘battery low’ beep in the middle of the day.

You could say a power bank can easily solve that problem or in a more drastic manouvre, a spare battery. But, what if you could avoid all that extra baggage and still have your smartphone all juiced up when you need it? It’s all about steering clear of simple mistakes that drain your battery faster than it’s supposed to.

Here are some tips to avoid running dry in the crescendo of a tweef.

Turning on Location 

It is undeniable that Google Maps is a priceless application on your smartphone. But, unless you are on one of those online taxi applications or some other app that requires your location to work, turning on your GPS Radio is a sure way of draining your battery’s juice faster.Worse is keeping your GPS on even when you are not using the said applications. Most Android devices will have a GPS toggle in the notification area, so you can turn it on/off conveniently.

Background activity

Closing all applications that are not currently in use is a good way of saving battery power and staying longer ‘online’.  For instance, when your email up is working in the background, it keeps refreshing after every while to bring you up-to-date ‘push’ emails. Now that’s extra pressure on your battery.

Rather than having auto sync turned on (which enables push emails), you should have manual sync so that you can periodically check for new emails unless of course your life depends on every email that comes in. On Android devices, you can change sync settings in the ‘Accounts’ section in your settings.

Push notifications

Just like push emails, smartphones allow installed apps to send you notifications; reminders, alarms, new likes on Facebook, new article published etc. These notifications appear when you are not actively using your phone and can be useful to keep you ‘organised’.

But with every notification sent, your smartphone has to temporarily wake up, turn on your screen and allow you time to respond. As such, bits of energy consumed by these notifications can add up to a significant amount and have a bearing on how long your battery lasts after charging.

Both Apple and Google recommend disabling notifications as a way to conserve battery power. We could say, only allow absolutely necessary ones.

Screen timeout/brightness

Smartphone display accounts for a significant amount of your batter usage and could actually be the main reason your battery dies faster in prolonged usage. The obvious solution is avoiding excessive brightness but also shifting to night mode, or lowest brightest mode at night will go a long way.

Always keep your screen timeout lowest possible to conserve power.

Charging mistakes

There are mistakes made during phone charging that not only make your battery drain faster but impact your overall battery life. With the increase of non-removable batteries in a majority high-end devices, maintaining a healthy battery will determine how long it will take for you to need to get a new device.

The mistakes range from, letting you battery overcharge, fully discharging (every full discharge wears your battery out), using low quality chargers etc.

You’d better have a backup phone to stay online when you run out of juice.

PS. The ultimate power saver mode can extend your battery life if you are out and about before you can recharge.

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