Realizing your smartphone has run out of power is a common problem for all people in 2018. One factor that plays into how often you will need to search for a charger depends on the exact phone you own. The ZenFone 3 Zoom’s battery can last over 16 hours on one charge while Google Pixel 2’s battery lasts for just over 11 hours. Regardless of what smartphone you own, there are plenty of easy steps to take to extend the battery’s longevity.
1. Turn Off Vibrations
Naturally, there are times in life when you do not want a ringtone playing, such as when you are at the movies. However, when you are by yourself, you should turn off vibration. Any time you receive a message, your phone needs to spin a vibration motor, which can take a toll on the battery over time.
2. Choose Wi-Fi Over Cellular Service
As you browse the internet, you should ideally do it when you have a strong Wi-Fi connection. Not only will this conserve battery life, but it is also better if you are on a limited data plan. In the event you are in an area without a Wi-Fi connection, you should simply disable your feature. If you do not, then your phone is going to constantly search for a connection until it finds one. There is a chance it may not, and your phone will power down quickly.
3. Adjust Brightness
There is really no need to have your smartphone on the highest brightness setting possible. This eats up a lot of battery life when you can see just as well when your phone emits half as much. Optimizing your smartphone battery can be as simple as dimming the screen a little bit.
4. Decrease Auto-Lock Time
From your phone’s settings, you will be able to adjust how long it takes your phone to auto-lock. This is when your phone automatically goes into sleep mode without you having to do it manually. The more your phone sleeps, the less battery power it uses. Generally, 15 seconds is a good amount to opt for.
5. Use Battery Saver
Most smartphones will have a feature where you can limit battery usage without having to do anything else. Most of the time, you will need to go to Settings and then Battery. From here, you should be able to see an option that allows you to limit battery usage.
6. Limit Your Overall Usage
You may love being connected to friends and family, but it bears repeating that you should not be on your phone all the time. Find something else to pass the time, so you are not mindlessly scrolling through the internet. That way your phone will be ready when you do, in fact, need to use it.
If you try these techniques and do not see a difference, then it may be time to look into getting a new battery. Batteries naturally degrade over time, so you may notice through the years your smartphone does not last as long as it used to. However, always attempt these tips first.