Are you always reminding yourself to pack your charger before you leave the house? Do you specifically choose coffee shops to work at based on their availability of outlets?
Let’s face it, making it through the day without your phone’s battery dying can feel like an almost impossible, yet neverending task.
Of course, you could pony up and just buy a new phone battery. But who really wants to spend the money? Plus, there are plenty of things you can do to extend the life of your battery that won’t cost you a cent.
What are they?
Read on to learn how to extend the life of a new phone battery.
1. Switch Into Battery Save Mode and Airplane Mode
A lot of people don’t know this, but smartphones actually have a little setting installed that’s specific purpose is to help you extend the life of your phone’s battery.
All you need to do is go into your settings, hit battery, and then flick on the low power mode. You will know it’s working when you see the battery icon at the top of your phone turn from white to yellow.
This simple trick can extend your phone’s life by hours.
And, if you’re connected to Wifi or if you’re in a place where you just want your phone on for pictures and don’t need to be there for messages, you should also switch your phone into airplane mode.
This combined with the low battery mode can help your phone last throughout the whole day.
And of course, if you want to check your messages, all you need to do is flick the airplane mode off and then turn it back on again when you’re ready to step away from your phone.
2. Be Smart About How You Charge
One of the biggest killers to a phone’s battery life is the phone charger. Yes, the object that gives your phone life also gives it death, how poetic.
The first problem is that many people charge their phone overnight. While this may seem like a handy way to start your day at 100 percent, it’s actually causing major problems when it comes to your phone’s battery life. This is because it really only takes a few hours to charge a phone. Anything more, and you’re just wearing away at the battery.
The second problem is that people tend to use fast chargers that charge their phone up in a very short amount of time. While fast chargers are certainly handy, you should really only use them when you’re in a rush.
Just like charging your phone overnight, fast chargers also wear down the battery life of your phone.
3. Turn It Off, Turn It Off
There are a lot of unnecessary apps, widgets, and settings that people leave on throughout the day. By turning some of these things off, you will be able to seriously extend the battery life of your phone.
Let’s take a look at some things you have turned on that don’t need to be.
While you certainly want to have your Wifi on in places that offer it, it’s a waste of battery to keep it turned on all throughout the day.
This is because if Wifi is enabled, and you’re not connected to anything, your phone will waste battery life trying to find a connection. So, try to make it a habit to switch off your Wifi when you leave the house.
If your phone could double as a beacon of light for ships lost at sea, you need to make a change.
Having your brightness turned all the way up is a huge waste of battery. Plus, you rarely need the brightness turned all the way up to see. Therefore, turn your brightness down as much as possible, and make it a habit to turn it all the way down when you’re not using your phone regularly.
This will save not only your battery life, but your eyes as well. Studies show that staring at a bright screen all day is not good for our eyes. (Big surprise, right?)
Surprise, surprise. The app that is taking up our lives is also taking up the life of our battery.
That’s right, the Facebook app is a huge battery hog. The best thing to do is to delete the app and access Facebook through your browser instead.
You’ll not only save battery but you’ll also probably spend a lot less time browsing the app, as the extra step of typing in the website is usually enough to deter people from mindless scrolling.
However, if you just can’t say goodbye to the app, you can also switch to Facebook Lite, which uses less data and less battery.
When we download new apps, the app almost always asks us if it’s okay to track our location. A lot of us answer “yes” without really even thinking (because hey, we want to get to crushing that candy).
But the truth is, most apps really don’t need to know where we are throughout the entire day. Plus, location tracking really eats up your battery.
Turning off location tracking is a cinch. All you have to do is go to your settings, click privacy, and then click location services. This will show you a list of apps that are tracking your location. Just toggle off the apps that don’t need to be tracking where you are, and voila! You’ve saved some serious battery life.
This tip is for iPhone users only.
While Apple’s Airdrop tool is extremely useful for sharing photos with friends, it also eats up your battery. To turn it off, all you have to do is swipe into your settings, click general, click Airdrop, and then toggle it off.
If all of these little tricks don’t work, there’s a chance there is something wrong with your phone or battery. You can go to a shop like this repair service to see if they can diagnose the problem.
New Phone Battery: Now You Know
As you can see, there are many simple things you can do to extend the life of your new phone battery.
If you have any questions about these tips, please let us know in the comments below.
And, be sure to check out our article about common cell phone problems if you’re having other issues with your device.