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If it seems like the battery in your Android phone lasts about as long as a bowl of ice cream on a hot summer day, you aren’t alone.
Short battery life is one of the most common issues that we’re likely to encounter with our smart phones.
As phones have gotten thinner, faster, brighter and more powerful, their ability to drain a battery dry has increased right along with their technological advances.
If you know you’re going to be in a situation where your phone’s battery charge is likely to run low and shut off your phone before you’ll have a chance to plug it into a charger, here are a few tips for keeping your phone up and running as long as possible:
1 – Unless you have a compelling reason for leaving it on, turn your phone’s GPS/Location services off since they are one of any phone’s most hungry power hogs!
2 – Disable Wi-Fi and/or Bluetooth when you aren’t using them. These are also major power sinkholes even when there’s no Wi-Fi connection in your immediate area or Bluetooth device in use.
3 – Decrease the brightness of the screen as much as possible while still being able to comfortably read it.
At night (or when you’re in a dark room) you should be able to reduce the brightness by a huge margin and still read the info on the screen just fine.
4 – Switch your screen to a black background. Yep, I’ve personally tested this and I can confirm that a phone’s battery will last a bit longer when its screen is displaying a black background.
5 – Find out which remaining apps are using the most “juice” and completely disable them if you don’t use them on a regular basis.
Just tap Settings>About Phone>Battery>Battery Usage for a list of running apps that are consuming power. They will be listed top to bottom in order of their power usage.
6 – Either put your phone into Airplane Mode or turn it off completely when you know you’ll be in an area with an extremely weak cellular signal (especially if there’s no signal at all).
The constant search for a signal will run your battery dry faster than you can say your ABC’s (well, faster than you can recite the Gettysburg Address from memory anyway).
7 – Keep a fully-charged portable battery pack on hand for recharging your phone’s battery when you can’t use a wall charger or car charger to charge it back up.
These amazing devices work extremely well, and some models will charge your phone several times before you’ll need to recharge the battery pack itself!
That’s all there is to it. These tips should help you wring every bit of battery life out of your Android phone!
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