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Tips and tricks for prolonging your smartphone battery life

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All the handiest apps and advanced functions of your high-powered smartphone are useless if the phone itself won’t turn on. The dreaded scourge of a drained battery is something every smartphone owner knows too well.

Although nothing can prevent a battery’s inevitable death, its life can be extended with a little know-how.

Check out some of these simple tips and tricks for prolonging your device’s battery life.

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Get your apps under control

Apps are probably the most attractive features of smartphones. Unfortunately, our beloved apps are infamous for data devouring, as we have discussed in an earlier blog article. What you may not have known is that they can be equally damaging to battery life.

Apps stay open in the background even when you are not actively using them. Try to get into the habit of closing apps you don’t need. This will take some of the stress off your smartphone’s power source.  This is especially true with apps involved with mapping and location tracking services, which can really clean out your battery life.

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Avoid automatic downloading

Sure, getting your newest podcasts and updates as soon as they’re available via automatic downloading will keep you up to date at all times. But it might also might be the reason you don’t have enough juice to pull up directions or make an important phone call. Save the downloading for when you know you’ll be able to charge your handset (especially if it means being able to use WiFi to conserve data).

Speaking of WiFi (and Bluetooth)…

Wi-Fi has revolutionised telecommunications around the world. However, it’s not all peaches and cream when it comes to free wireless capability. Having your WiFi turned on can kill your battery as your phone searches for connectivity options. If you know you won’t be needing to connect to WiFi while you’re out on the town, flip the option off to give your device a rest. The same goes for Bluetooth services.

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Not so bright ideas

Save your eyes and your battery by turning down the brightness of your screen. Feel free to increase it again when you’re streaming video or browsing photos, but it’s unnecessary to keep it high for normal everyday use. You’ll probably be surprised by how much you don’t notice the dimmer screen tone.

Another tip for prolonging battery life is to lessen the duration of your screen timeout. That means your screen will turn off quicker after you use it. The flash on your smartphone’s camera is another power drainer. If possible, turn that sucker off.

Shake it off

The vibration function is one that is used by many smartphone owners. Some see it as a more polite, less embarrassing option to an obnoxious ringtone. Others see it as a sneaky method of being alerted of calls and other notifications during meetings and the like. What everyone should see it as is a power drainer. If you don’t need it, turn the vibration notification function off.

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Do you have any other battery saving tips? Let us know in the comments below.

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Álvaro Ibáñez

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