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The Do’s And Don’t’s Of Prolonging Battery Life On Your Phone

The Do’s and Don’t’s of Prolonging Battery Life on Your Phone

 

Does this drive fear into your heart?

We’ve all been there; you look down at your phone and you’ve only got 16% battery life left. You look back again and it’s at 11%. You scramble for the charger; you know you’ve got an email to send, a facebook status to post and a funny cat video to watch.

As our phones get more and more overloaded with apps and become more of an extension of our bodies it’s inevitable that battery life is a huge issue. So what can you do to extend and prolong the lifespan of your battery? Here’s our do’s and don’ts below:

DO:

  • Use the charger that came with your device. Don’t be tempted by the cheap knock-offs, they may be damaging your device in the long run.
  • Keep your device charged between 40 and 80% as this will ensure your battery life is healthy and reliable.
  • Dim your screen or use auto-brightness, if you don’t need your screen super bright then don’t set it brighter than you need to.
  • Turn off notifications for apps you don’t use.
  • Enable battery or power saving mode when you can.

DON’T:

  • Let your device’s battery drop below 20%. This is the danger zone so make sure you reach for your charger when you see this.
  • Charge to full capacity. Sounds counter-intuitive we know, but Lithium-ion batteries that are continuously charged to full capacity will end up having a shorter lifespan so try to avoid leaving your phone on charge all the time.
  • Leave your phone in a hot or cold environment. Ambience is key here! Try not to leave your phone in the car on a baking Australian summer day or in freezing conditions.
  • Leave Bluetooth or Wi-Fi on constantly, if you don’t need them turn them off.
  • Leave apps running in the background, those battery suckers will kill your battery life.
  • Use push emails. You can set your emails to be fetched at a specific time rather than showing on your phone when they arrive, saving you some battery life.

And one way I personally found increased my battery life; I did the 4-day Inca Trail hike this year and my phone lasted the ENTIRE trip. How? I simply put Airplane mode on. It’s not like the Inca’s were huge on Wi-Fi so if you don’t need internet access or notifications, this one could be handy even if just for a short period of time.

Give some of these a try and if you have some other great tips you’ve found for prolonging battery life, let us know, we’d love to hear them!

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