In today’s time, it is nearly impossible to live without this one tool: a cell phone. In the past, we use it for basic functions like messaging, calling, checking emails, and setting reminders. Nowadays, there are so much more sophisticated functions like social messaging apps, google drive apps, YouTube, Instagram, high-tech games, Netflix, and the list goes on and on. I have even heard of full-length movies being recorded ALL from the phone, which is quite an amazing feat!
Since we are so reliant on our phones these days, the battery can quickly drain. The worse possible thing that can happen is when our phones die, and we are left with no means of communication. I hope that no one is ever lost in the woods or on a long road trip in need of roadside assistance while the phone has died.
What Can Cause Our Cell Phone’s Battery to Drain?
Too many applications running in the background
- Each application takes a small percentage of battery life, some more than others. It can seem insignificant at first but when many apps are doing that simultaneously, all of that can quickly add up into a considerable amount of battery drainage
Location function is “on” for too many apps
- It takes a great deal of battery power to locate your phone, so when many apps are requiring location, they will all add up. If only there was just one universal locator that links up to all the other applications (that might even drain more battery actually…)
Brightness is set too high or auto-brightness is “on”
- more brightness = more power needed
- Each time we get a notification whether from email, Yelp, Facebook, Instagram, etc., the phone lights up which takes away some battery power.
Phone software is outdated
- Our phones tend to run VERY inefficiently when NOT updated. It is almost as if our phone forgets how to “phone”.
What are Some Methods to Extend Cell Phone Battery Life?
Although sometimes not possible, try to avoid charging with your car:
- A car’s battery should mainly be used to power up the car’s parts which requires A LOT of power and that car battery is designed to deliver a LARGE amount of power in that manner. The cell phone can only receive small doses of power and when power is delivered in such a large dose? Then the phone has the potential to explode! Usually most chargers have that big chunky piece near the plug end and that acts like a scapegoat that takes some of the high energy hit before the cell phone receives some energy at a more appropriate dose. That big chunky piece does that to save the phone, but still…it can only take so many hits.
Avoid charging phone to 100% and avoid having phone from falling into the 0%
- The reason I mention NOT charging to 100% is that usually when that happens, the phone has already been fully charged for some time. It may be still receiving energy but that extra energy overload puts A LOT of strain on the phone and this further shortens the batter life. I once left an old iPhone SE plugged in for months and the battery literally grew so big, it started to pop out of its socket and push the screen out of place. It also dies even quicker than before. Also, reduce the amount of times you charge your phone (not charging it when it is ONLY at 60,70,40%). Basically the fewer amount of charges you do, the better.
Turn down screen brightness AND auto-brightness
- Another way to make your phone work less hard.
Choose a dark theme
- The brighter, the more energy required to main that theme background.
Avoid extreme heat/cold temperatures
- Avoid extremes as much as possible. I once left my phone in the car on a really hot day and when I went to obtain it, it became so hot that it was even hard to hold my phone. This also damages your phone. If you took physics (not my forte but still an interesting class), heat causes objects especially metals to expand. With that compact phone space, the expanded metals can push against other parts of phone and potentially bend or crack it (which explained why my battery grew in size and popped out of socket).
Disable “auto play” of videos on various apps (YouTube, Facebook, etc)
- Constantly using energy to play videos will definitely take away more battery.
Turn on energy saving mode
Turn off notifications for applications that you will only use momentarily
- Since each notification that pops up drains battery, it is better to avoid when possible. Do this for the applications that you will NOT need a constant update for perhaps like Google maps, iTunes store, Soundhound, etc. UNLESS you really need or prefer it of course (no judgment here)
Phone Still Dies Despite the Care Provided?
Sometimes, despite all of our efforts invested to provide care for something, it may still not be enough. But always remember to not be so hard on yourself, you did your best and that’s all that is asked for. And so, even with all the suggestions applied from above, our phones may still continue to die. Here are some additional tips:
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Invest in an external phone battery charger
- Sometimes we really do need to charge our phones especially when expecting an important phone call or using that emergency GPS but there is no outlet around. That is when an external battery charger can REALLY come in handy. I really like the Anker brands but the RAVPower and Aukey are also quite popular. A decent sized battery capacity would be 10,000 mAh (good for maybe 2-3 full charges) or you can go for the 20,000+ mAh ones if you need more charging.
Only when ABSOLUTELY necessary, charge your phone in your car
- Sometimes it just can’t be helped, a few times when necessary is okay for the phone. Just don’t do it ALL the time.
We use our cell phones every single day. We use it at crucial times as well as to pass time while waiting for an event to begin. In both cases, the battery slowly drains throughout the day until it eventually dies. To prevent our phone from completely dying or developing an increasingly shorter battery life, there are some simple adjustments to the way we use our phones, changes to the settings, and tools we can invest in to keep our phones alive just a little longer throughout the day. Cell phones are quite expensive these days with newer technology incorporated into the system so always do your best to take care of your phone’s health. (Click here if you have a greasy residue screen issue with your phone)
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