Five Simple Tips to Increase the Life of Your Phone’s Battery

It’s no secret that smartphones are notorious battery hogs, with some devices having an almost embarrassing screen-on time. Better battery technology simply hasn’t arrived yet, which means it’s down to software and settings to eke out the limited power for as long as possible.

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1.Use a dark colored background

If your phone has an Amoled screen (like most Samsungs), use a dark colored background, because AMOLED screens only illuminate the colored pixels. Black pixels are unlit, so the more black pixels you have, or the more darker pixels, the less battery you need to light them up.

2. Dim the screen brightness

You love your smartphone’s large, colourful display, but it’s the battery’s mortal enemy. More than any other component of your phone, the display consumes battery life at a devastating pace. Most phones include an auto-brightness feature that automatically adjusts the screen’s brightness to suit ambient lighting levels.

3. Don’t use your phone while charging

In general, avoid using the phone while it is charging. This is called parasitic charging and this kind of usage can apparently be quite damaging.

4. Your phone doesn’t have to be smart all the time

Turn off smart features like air gestures, smart scrolling and the like, especially if you have a Samsung. Unless you really use these features every day, they’re just using battery power for a feature you don’t use.

5. Go easy on the location services, and GPS

Another big battery sucker is apps using GPS, Wi-Fi and mobile data for monitoring your location. As a user, you can revoke apps’ access to location services, or set levels (in Android) to determine how much power they use. In Settings > Location, you can choose High accuracy when you need it, or Battery saving when you don’t.

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