Make Your Phone Charge Last Longer
How long does a charge last on your smartphone? A few days or a few hours? If you’re only getting a few hours out of it then these tips are for you. They all apply to newer iPhones and Androids.
Change your wallpaper to straight black. New phones have what’s called an AMOLED screen. Each pixel on an AMOLED screen is its own little light bulb, so to speak. So instead of blending colours to make black, the screen just turns off the bulb wherever black should appear. Using a black background can turn off over 50 percent of your screen. So it’s like turning off half the lights in your home – you use a lot less power. You can download a black wallpaper from http://guymcdowell.com/?p=149.
Turn off services. Your smartphone is capable of using WiFi, Bluetooth, and GPS as well as connecting to the cellular network. Each of these services uses a surprising amount of power – even more if they aren’t connected to anything. They keep calling out trying to connect to a WiFi router, Bluetooth device, or GPS signal. It’s like a dog constantly barking, hoping someone will bark back. So if you’re not using these services, turn them off. If you’re going to be in an area where there is no cell signal, you might as well turn the phone off completely. Just like the other services, the cell phone part of your device will constantly call out to try to find a signal, even though there just isn’t one. It uses a tremendous amount of power to do this. It can kill a battery in just an hour or two.
Change your screen timeout. If the screen stays lit for a few minutes when you’re not using it, that’s too long. Go into your phone settings and choose a shorter period of time. If you go from 2 minutes to 1 minute, you can easily add another 15 minutes a day of battery time back into your phone.
There are several other things that can be done to squeeze out some more battery time, but these three things will make the biggest difference. Give them a try! You might be surprised what a difference it makes.
First Published: The Guysborough Journal, Vol . 21, No. 16, April 22, 2015
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