As cellphones become more powerful and capable of doing more, a notable tradeoff has been a decline in battery life. We all want high-performing phones that we can use to make tons of phone calls as well as run lots of apps, stream music, and surf the web which sucks the battery which further leads you to charge your phone again and again. But there are things you can do to increase the battery life of your phone.
- Turn off all off all unnecessary sounds : One of my biggest pet peeves is how most phones these days come with keytones on. Do people really like hearing their phone beep, strum a musical note, or chime every time they press a button? You might like it, but ask your neighbor. Plus, turning these off will save you a good amount of battery juice.
- Use either a ringer or vibrate : but not both. We understand if you’re in a concert or loud party you want to increase your chance of actually realizing your phone is ringing, but other than that, pick one or the other. There’s no need to have your ringer all the way to the point where it has both the sound and vibrate alerts active, so we would recommend against it. If you’re worried about not hearing your phone when it’s on vibrate, put it on a table and we promise you’ll hear it.
- Adjust your phone’s brightness: While it’s nice to have a super-bright screen, you’ll pay for it with battery life. If your phone doesn’t default to auto brightness, choose it as your setting and the screen will adjust itself depending on the lighting conditions.
- Lock your phone : While this may seem like common sense, make sure your auto-lock setting is as low as possible given your needs (iPhone users : Settings, General, Auto-Lock and set to 1 minute).
- Clean the battery contacts on the battery and on the phone : Over time, contacts may accumulate dirt which reduce the efficiency of energy transfer. Clean them with a cotton swab and rubbing isopropyl alcohol. If the contacts are two different metals, such as gold and tin, accelerated corrosion known as “galvanic or bi-metallic” occurs. Cutting the corrosion from the contacts often requires solvents, such as acetone or nail polish remover. Be careful: these solvents dissolve plastic, so use a Q-Tip to avoid damaging the battery housing or the phone.