Smartphone Battery Life: How To Stop Everything That Is Draining It

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Smartphone battery life isn’t something you want to take lightly. Follow our tips to make sure you get the maximum out of it.

Every smartphone user in the world has an arch-nemesis.

That arch-nemesis is battery life.

The thing is, most users already know or have come to realize that they can’t just binge long sessions on Netflix.

Heck, you can’t even spend a single afternoon playing mobile Minecraft.

And that is for one simple reason:

Both of these activities are less than kind to the user’s smartphone battery.

Whenever you engage in such activities, your smartphone loses its remaining battery level very quickly.

What about other apps then?

Don’t they consume your smartphone’s battery as well?

Yes.

They do.

And we’re going to discuss those sneaky little processes that draw away energy from your smartphone’s juice without you ever knowing about it.

Here is our list of things that you should always watch out for when trying to maximize your smartphone’s battery life.

Spotty WiFi Signal

The logic here is a simple one:

If the user’s smartphone isn’t able to get a solid lock on a given Wi-Fi network or even a cell network, the smartphone has to work very hard.

And in doing so the smartphone has to eat up more battery life and much quicker just to maintain the Wi-Fi or cellular signal.

This is the only way it can ensure that the user stays connected to a given network.

Such cases are very common in congested areas as well as areas where there is a weak signal.

Think of it as a scenario where about twenty of your relatives along with friends are trying to connect to your Wi-Fi network at home or at the office.

So what can you do about it?

Well, of course, you can always move to an area of your country that offers better cellular and/or LTE signals.

And you can always boot everybody off your Wi-Fi network at home and at your office.

But you don’t want to do that or do you?

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Your smartphone device or any other device won’t die on you so often if you use our tips.

It is also true that there isn’t much you can do about these problems (apart from the solutions we mentioned just above).

Therefore, the best course of action is to just put one’s smartphone in its airplane mode.

Do it every time you feel or know that you are going to an area that has spotty WiFi or cellular signal.

Yes, we know that this isn’t the perfect solution that everyone would want to implement.

But you always have the opportunity to connect to a given Wi-Fi spot.

Of course, there too you have to make sure that other users haven’t crowded it out as well.

Connecting to a WiFi network in an area that doesn’t have good signal will at least allow you to stay connected.

And not get completely cut off from the world.

Extreme And Bad Temperatures

Lithium-ion batteries are a bit different from the older ones.

They are different in the sense that they don’t like too much heat.

Lithium-ion batteries also do not like it when it gets too cold.

So not too cold and of course not too hot.

That’s hot Lithium-ion batteries like to roll.

But why?

Well, there are many reasons.

And you don’t need to concern yourself with them too much.

Just know that if your smartphone is overheating while it is charging, then that’s a definite red flag.

It should not.

Hence users should always make sure that they don’t keep their smartphones near a cold window ledge.

They should also make sure that they keep smartphones away from the confines of a car that is sealed in the summers.

Particularly on hot summer days.

So what’s the worst case scenario if you don’t?

Well, you won’t get to see any explosions if that is what you’re wondering.

But your smartphone will automatically shut down.

And perhaps it will also stop working.

Then you wouldn’t have to think about your smartphone’s reduced battery life or would you?

Cold temperatures can have bad effects on your smartphone.

But there is the thing:

Most of the time those bad effects are of a temporary nature.

But if you regularly overheat your smartphone, then that can really cause a significant and rather permanent drop in your smartphone’s battery performance.

Why?

Because of the chemicals that are inside the battery of your smartphone.

These chemicals are especially sensitive to regular temperature changes.

As a result of temperature changes, their ability to provide energy to your smartphone also goes down.

What does that mean for the smartphone user?

Yes.

That’s right.

It means you will have to recharge your smartphone more often.

GPS And/Or Location Tracking

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GPS location is hard on your smartphone battery life. So do something about it.

Most of our online readers would know why GPS features are bad for smartphones if they have ever used something like a Strava or other products.

The simple fact here is that location tracking is heavy duty work for your smartphone.

Your smartphone has to work a lot harder when it has to track your location.

And because of that, it has to consume more of your smartphone’s battery life accordingly.

But there is good news.

What is that good news?

Manufacturers are now developing better smartphones.

These new smartphones are better and more efficient when tracking GPS.

Hence they consume less battery than older models which use older apps.

This is where we would like particularly point out iOS and Android platforms which have evolved the way that their apps can ping a user’s smartphone for a particular location update.

Most of the time this happens in the background.

So you aren’t likely to notice any difference even if Android and iOS hadn’t managed to do such a fine job.

That is if you don’t count your battery levels going down faster.

Now we also have to mention here that just because iOS and Android have introduced a lot of improvements, doesn’t mean that the problem is now non-existent.

Location tracking features still cause issues.

So the best practice here is to disable your smartphone’s location tracking features.

If you think you can’t do that then you can simply restrict the number of smartphone apps that have the permissions to use location tracking.

This is just one of the ways in which users can claw back some of that vital smartphone battery life.

So how do you go about doing that?

Well, these are the steps that you need to follow if you are using an Android smartphone device,

 

  1. First, you need to go to Settings
  2. After that, you need to click on Security & Location
  3. When you are done with that you should go to the option that says Location
  4. After that, you need to hit the option that says App-level permissions.

If you are using an iOS smartphone device then follow the given below steps,

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Then to Privacy
  3. After that go to Location Services
  4. And then make the required modifications to permissions on a case-by-case app-by-app basis.

Charging Repeatedly

You have to charge your phone.

We get it.

But did you know that smartphone devices of yesteryear didn’t really have efficient charging features?

You can thank modern smartphone devices for handling processes such as charging much better than the older models.

Older smartphones worked a bit differently.

The best practice with older smartphones was to drain you battery levels as much as possible.

And whenever you went to the lowest battery level possible, then you start the recharging process.

That isn’t a good practice anymore.

Modern smartphone devices work better with shallow discharges.

In other words, they are better.

Especially if you are concerned about the long-term health levels of your smartphone’s battery.

Hence you should give up your habit of charging your smartphone all the way to 100 % and then discharging it to around 0% all the time between charges.

Now, the ideal situation is where you must keep your smartphone battery levels from 40 to 80 percent.

This is considered the best range for longevity.

We know that most users would find it impossible to implement.

In the real world, you don’t always have access to a power socket.

Moreover, no one likes to check his/her mobile constantly for battery levels.

That would simply waste too much of your time.

Sadly, there is no way around this.

If you want to extend the amount of time that your smartphone device gives you before it needs a recharge then you must give it some thought.

In other words, to stop your battery life dropping off a cliff, you must keep its battery levels within the levels indicated earlier.

Another tip that you should follow is when you know you won’t use your smartphone device for a long period of time.

That tip is that you should turn off your smartphone at 50 percent battery level.

Big Screens And Big Displays

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When it comes to smartphone screens, bigger isn’t always better.

You already know that the miniaturized communications equipment on your smartphone device draw out the most amount of power.

Who comes in second then?

It’s your display screen.

Believe it or not but your display screen is almost the biggest threat to your battery life.

And healthy levels that come with that battery live.

That is especially true for users who like to buy those big-screened smartphone devices.

Smartphone devices with even smaller bezels along with more number of pixels also are hard on your battery life.

In other words, they always require more power to just run.

Try to switch off the display screen of your smartphone device more often.

That could mean that you would have to check the status of your smartphone device less often.

If you can do that then we can assure you that your battery life will get a much-needed boost.

And might even make a big enough difference that you might actually start to use your smartphone screen less often.

But what about the most obvious tip in this category?

Why can’t you just dim your smartphone screen a tiny bit more?

You should.

Because although this advice is fairly common, it can make a big difference.

At least a bigger difference than you may realize.

Try dimming your smartphone screen right now to see if you can make do with less brightness.

If you are wondering about the settings then know that you can manage those under either the Display or the Display & Brightness sub-menus in your smartphone’s settings application.

 

Your Smartphone’s Audio

More like, loud audio.

This tip may come across you as the most obvious tip you could have ever heard.

Or you may have never even thought that you could consider it as a tip.

The louder the audio, the larger the power pull from your smartphone’s battery life.

But we will give you that the difference usually doesn’t reach huge proportions.

Why?

Because the amount of power you can save with less loud audio will mainly depend on how much power your smartphone device speakers draw in the first place.

If you want to act on this advice right away then all you need to do is to hit the mute button on your smartphone device.

You can also invest money in a neat pair of new headphones.

That is another way you can extend the battery life of your smartphone.

Don’t think of loud audio savings in terms of your music app.

There are lots of other apps that can eat up your smartphone battery as well.

Some apps make use of audio more than your typical music app.

What are we talking about here?

We are talking about those sounds that come out of your smartphone speakers when you watch some stuff on Netflix.

Count the videos you watch on YouTube as well.

And then there are all those videos that keep auto-playing in the form of pop-ups when you visit websites such as,

  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • Snapchat

Our research shows that one of the very core battery-draining usage comes from audio playback processes.

And these can occur across many of your smartphone apps.

Multiple App Use

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Apps create and destroy. They create connections. And destroy battery life.

This is the final tip on how to stop everything that is draining your smartphone battery life.

And there is a high chance that you wouldn’t want us to tell you.

This tip is about your apps.

They are killing your smartphone’s battery life.

And they start doing so as soon as you run them.

So how do you go about finding the apps that act as the worst offenders?

Well, the process is again a simple one.

Just go to Settings.

And then to Battery menu.

The process is the same regardless of whether you are using an iOS device or an Android one.

Check if your smartphone device shows you a list of apps that are eating your battery life.

Look for the app that really sticks out.

Then give this app some thought.

Try to see if you can close it.

Work out other stuff like why the app is consuming so much energy as well.

Moreover, the best thing you can do in such a scenario is to download an updated version of the app if it is available.

We have mentioned it time and time again that both iOS and Android smartphone devices now come with very competent and efficient battery management features and tools.

They can restrict what your idle applications can and can’t do in the background.

Moreover, they can ratchet up those restrictions, even more, when these features detect that your smartphone battery is running low.

The thing you need to understand here is that there is always something that you can do to prolong your battery life.

You can access such settings yourself and then enable or disable battery consuming apps manually.

Your main Settings application menu should allow you to go to your battery options and check out all the options available.

Bonus Tips For Ensuring That Your Gadget Has A Long And Happy Life

Listen, smartphone devices don’t come cheap.

Nowadays, there is a good chance that you might have spent in the range of hundreds of dollars to get yourself a polished and shiny new gadget.

So what do we want you to do?

We want you to make sure that your money takes your new device as far as possible.

Okay, but what does that mean for you, the end user?

It means that you have to make sure that your smartphone device has a healthy and long existence.

After that, it can happily head towards the recycling bin after you have abused it for a multiple number of years.

Below we will mention the four golden rules you can use right now to give your smartphone device every change of reaching its potential life.

That way you will get your money’s worth and your device will obviously last longer.

  1. Never Ignore Updates

 

We will talk about the exceptions to this rule in a bit but generally speaking, you should never think twice about installing updates for your device.

The ideal case is to install them as soon as these updates become available for your device.

Your device manufacturer will probably bring them down the pipe itself but if you have a choice, always update.

You could hate change.

But for this area alone we would recommend that you change your habit just this once.

All mobile platforms along with desktop machines come with software updates.

Then there those updates which belong to individual apps.

These usually come with a ton of bug fixes.

Sometimes software updates are necessary if you want more stability improvements.

Then there are those software updates which optimize your device’s functionality.

There is also the fact that some of these software updates actually work on constantly improving the overall security of the user’s device and/or devices.

Thankfully, engineers working behind the scenes for your devices have now made it rather difficult for users to not update.

Or to avoid updating their smartphone device and/or laptop.

Now even TV sets come with their own set of updates.

So there is no reason for you to try really hard and hold out for any number of given reasons.

Of course, you may have devices that need and get less frequent updates.

These devices include your WiFi router.

If you want to update that as well then you need to make sure that you regularly check your WiFi router’s or any other device’s manufacturer’s website.

There you can find all the patches you would need for your device.

If your device has newer software version available then you can find that on the official website as well.

What about the instructions for installing those updates?

Well, you can apply those updates by following the instructions that come with the updates when you download those updates from the official website.

That shouldn’t be a problem for you.

There is one scenario where you would want to hold off updating for a while.

If you are one of those users who has a gear or a device which is actually a smartphone device and is older than three years.

This is where you may not want to update as soon as an update becomes available.

Why?


Because when your device becomes that old, the extra weight of the newest and/or latest software update can actually degrade your device in terms of quality.

And you don’t want that.

You can software updates to improve your device’s user experience.

Hence if you have a smartphone device that is fast approaching its limit, in terms of its age, and does qualify for a new software update, then it is best to wait it out.

Then see, and search, if other users have reported slowdowns or bugs with the new software update.

After you have checked that and have found no problems then you can go ahead and install the latest software version for your old device.

It is Best To Keep A Light Hand On Your Charging Habits.

We have mentioned this tip before as well but now we want to tackle it from another angle.

You see, if you happen to own a gadget or a device that has one of those internal batteries, then it is safe to assume that the battery will become the first component to die as your device gets old.

If not that, then your device’s battery will start performing erratically earlier than all the other components.

All older devices give you trouble in this department.

So what to do?

There are certain things you can do change the inevitable.

Those certain things will require you to start getting rid of your bad habits.

More like your charging habits.

If you do that then you will give yourself every chance of having a long-lasting hardware device.

Your battery life will also improve and you would have used your device for years before your batter finally starts to fall off a cliff.

But what is that cliff?

The cliff is the period where your device gets so old that you have to constantly reach out to your charger in order to charge your device.

If you run a quick and short web search, you can find a lot of tips that will specifically target your device.

With that said, there are some general guidelines that everybody can follow because they apply across all kinds of devices and gadgets.

The number one tip here is, as before, to not expose your device to extreme temperatures.

That means, stay away from hot temperatures.

And stay away from cold temperatures.

As much as you can.

If you ever notice that your device is getting hotter, you need to leave it in peace for a certain amount of time before it enters its cooling off period.

As mentioned before as well, if your device overheats for too many hours or minutes then that will rapidly reduce the actual amount of time that your device can draw some benefit from that battery.

We have already mentioned that almost all battery experts and manufacturers tell people to exercise shallow and short charging.

Don’t keep your device plugged in overnight.

Don’t charge your device constantly.

Moreover, avoid draining your device all the way down to zero percent battery.

But there are those times when you simply have to store your device for a while.

Or even for an extended period of time.

What should you do then when you won’t be using your device?

Well, the recommended way is to let the device’s battery drain for a bit.

In fact, let it drop to around 50 percent.

Then turn off your device.

And store it wherever it is safe.

If You Can Then Opt To Save Your Space

You may never have thought of this before:

But if you have a shortage of space on your smartphone’s internal storage or even on your laptop’s hard drive, then you can run into some problems.

In fact, you can run into a host of problems.

Why?


Because, with a shortage of space, your device’s software would struggle to find appropriate places where it could store new data.

Hence, it would then have to keep swapping your files around in order to make sure that your device keeps moving ahead.

We recommend that you should start thinking about saving space as soon as you begin to use your device.

When it is new.

Think about all the ways that you can stop yourself from filling your storage space.

And hence stop it from ever running out.

The one big help in this category are all the new cloud apps.

Cloud apps such as,

  • iCloud for macOS users
  • OneDrive for Windows users
  • Google Photos
  • Dropbox
  • Google Drive

There are many other such apps as well.

Most of these online cloud services come with options that store your files only in the cloud.

Moreover, these services allow users to only download a local copy of their files when they need them.

But you must exercise extra steps.

If you want to make sure that your files are safe, you should always keep a separate set of copies of the files that you consider as most important.

And you should keep these companies someplace else.

Where exactly?

Use an external hard drive.

The other good news here is that all the big operating systems now come with space-saving tools.

These are built into them and hence work efficiently.

If you are on the Windows platform, all you really need to do is,

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Then click on System
  3. And then perform a click on Storage
  4. After that activate the option that says Storage Sense

And that is it.

If you are using a mac OS device then you have to,

  • Open up the Apple menu
  • After that select the option that says About This Mac
  • When you have done that then you should use the option that says Storage
  • After that click on Manage

What about Android users?

Android users should,

  • First, make their way to Settings
  • Go to Storage
  • And then to Free up Space

For users who are using an iOS device, they should,

  1. First, go to their Settings app
  2. Then select their Apple ID
  3. And then click on iCloud
  4. And after that tap on Manage Storage

Always Clean Your Device. And Always Apply Protection

The vast majority of modern consumer device users never consider the thought of cleaning their gadgets.

And that is bad.

And no, having a quick swipe with one of your sleeves doesn’t count as cleaning.

It is about time you learn how to really clean your devices.

By cleaning, we mean that you should try your best to keep dirt along with grime out of your electronic devices.

And this action alone can prove very effective.

More effective you might think right now.

Cleaning can ensure that your devices get to live a healthy and long life just like we said before.

This tip is especially important for larger consumer devices.

Devices such as laptops.

Laptops have these big ugly and open grills along with ports.

You need to clean them.

How do you do that?

Most of the time you can find a lint-free cloth.

And then use distilled water or alcohol with it.

Do not use tap water to clean your products.

A medium can of compressed air might also come in handy.

These are the tools that you will need to make sure that your gadget remains in tip-top shape.

Of course, you will have to use the old spit and polish method as well.

After you have done so, you will definitely find your devices suddenly appearing more pleasurable to you.

They will also give you more joy when you use them.

Most importantly, they will last longer.

However, you will have to make sure that you do this cleaning bit on a regular basis.

We would like to mention one last tip before we leave you for the day, or night.

That tip is to use a bag for your smartphone or any other kind of device.

Or a case.

For most of your devices that is.

And make sure you pick those carefully.

Believe it or not but sometimes these cases can save your gadget from certain death if you have mistakenly dropped your device.

Or have spilled some liquid on it.

As far as smartphones, tablets, and laptops go, you literally have hundreds of options.

Moreover, there is so much variety in the prices of these cases and bags.

Hence you really have no excuse to not buy one for your device or a new gadget.

Just a little bit of that extra protection can give your device a longer life.

Moreover, these cases and bags can come in real handy when you want to take your devices and/or gadgets out of your home or office.

 

Zohair

Zohair

Zohair is currently a content crafter at Security Gladiators and has been involved in the technology industry for more than a decade. He is an engineer by training and, naturally, likes to help people solve their tech related problems. When he is not writing, he can usually be found practicing his free-kicks in the ground beside his house.
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