How to Extend Your Phone’s Battery Life

It’s your phone’s fastest degrading component. No, we’re not talking about its processor or memory, but about its battery. In this article, we’re going to share some tips that will teach you how to extend your phone’s battery life and make it last for an entire day (yes, it’s possible.) 

How about the Battery?

Our phones have evolved tremendously in just a few short years. From a device that we only used for making phone calls and maybe playing a game of Tetris, we use our phones today for almost anything: watching videos, browsing the internet, working, answering emails, and so on. They are our entertainment, advisor, and GPS. But, although the functions we can perform on our phones have multiplied and improved, we can’t say the same about the battery. 

Charging is becoming faster and more and more convenient, but the batteries aren’t exactly keeping up. That’s the bad news. The good news is that we’ve gathered a few lifesaver tips that will teach you how to make your phone’s battery last longer (perhaps even the entire day.)

Understanding What Is Draining Your Battery

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Before we proceed, it’s important to take a look at how your battery is degrading. Understanding this process will set your expectations correctly and help you slow down the cycle. 

This video here explains how and why your battery will get worse with time. The thing is that your phone’s battery is slowly dying with every charge cycle. So, every time you charge your phone from 0% to 100%, it’s lifespan is shortening a bit. 

According to battery manufacturers, your phone’s battery life will degrade by 20% after approximately 400 charge cycles. That means that you will start experiencing some problems in roughly 2-3 years after purchasing your phone, no matter its type or brand. It all has to do with the chemical reactions that take place inside the battery. We’re not going to get into that, but we recommend reading this awesome article here

So, the question is: can you do something to maximize your battery’s capacity and make it last as much as an entire day or should you just give up? Here are some great life hacks that you can start implementing right now. 

See What Is Draining Your Battery in the First Place

If you find that your battery is dying before you can even make it to work, then you should probably have a look at your phone’s settings. 

If you are using an Android phone, then go to Settings and tap on the Battery menu. There you will get a report on which apps are consuming more than they should. Select Battery Saver or low power mode, whatever the relevant option in your phone is, if you want to squeeze even more juice out of it. Keep in mind, though, that this option will restrict some app usage. Read more about this trick here

If you are an Apple user, then go to Settings and tap on Battery. Press on Show Detailed Usage and then on Last 7 Days to get a full breakdown of power consumption and get a good idea of the apps that are draining your battery’s life. Check this article here for more details. 

Turn Down the Screen Brightness

The screen is your phone’s largest component and the one that is using the most energy. One way of keeping it in control is opting for the Auto-Brightness feature. But, if you really want to take it to the next level, then you should adjust the brightness manually based on ambient changes. It’s tedious, but it’s one of those life hacks that just work. 

Reduce the Screen Auto-Lock

Most phones have the Auto-Lock time (or Screen Timeout for Android) set at around two minutes. If you leave it like that, your phone’s screen will be on for two minutes even when you are not using it. If you change it to a lower period, such as 30 seconds, then your phone may auto-lock too soon, perhaps while you are reading an article. Use an app like Tasker to control for how long your screen is on depending on the apps that you are using. 

Opt for a Dark Theme

A dark theme will require less power to light up those pixels on your screen. You should also opt for the Dark mode in Android. 

Disable Widgets

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Placing a few widgets on your home screen is a great way of accessing the apps you use the most with just one tap. However, most of us tend to overdo it and crowd the screen with more than we need. 

Take a close look at the widgets on your home screen and decide what you use regularly and what is there by default. Remove the ones that you don’t need by tapping and holding on them, and then dragging them to the remove icon. 

Reduce Screen Resolution

As mentioned already, your phone’s screen is consuming the most battery out of all components. Another way of keeping it in check is by reducing the resolution. Go to Settings, Display, and then Screen Resolution on your Android phone. Follow the tips listed in this article if you are an iPhone user. 

Turn off Vibrations and Reduce the Volume

It takes power to shake your phone or to blast sound through its tiny speakers. Reduce the volume and turn off vibrations to help save your battery life. 

Turn off the GPS, Bluetooth, and Mobile Data If You Are Not Using Them

What’s the point in having your GPS turned on when you are home watching Netflix? Why have the mobile data on when you are connected to the office’s WiFi? Turn these features off to prolong your battery life. 

Don’t Skip on Any Updates

We know, nobody likes updates. They take forever to install and it feels like almost nothing changes. Phone manufacturers are always working on improving their system’s efficiency, so make sure that your device is up to date with the latest changes and improvements. 

Over to You

Do you know any other lifesaver hacks that could make your phone’s battery last longer? We would love to hear them, so don’t hesitate to share them in the comments below.