It’s the one thing that one time or another, has happened to every single one of us. Running out of battery. Whether you lose power right at the start of a long and boring train journey, or just as you’re about to make a really important phone call – it’s hard to think of anything more annoying.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. There are ways that you can make your battery last longer. And we can help too. Here’s how:
Give your phone a Free Health Check
With our Free Health Check, we can quickly test your phone’s battery and performance to get it back up to speed.
So, if your phone always seems to be losing battery, let us get our hands on it, and we may be able to give it back its mojo. Bring it into store, and within minutes, you could be on your way.
Even if you didn’t buy it from us, we’re happy to take a look. And if you do need a new battery, we have a 10 day replacement service – giving your phone a new lease of life. In some stores, we offer same-day battery replacement. Find out more right here. Oh, and it’s worth mentioning as well that we match Apple’s battery replacement price of £24.99 – all other models are £39.99.
So that’s what we can do to help, but there are a few things you can do yourself, too.
Turn off Bluetooth and WiFi
You probably have your Bluetooth on all the time, even if you only rarely use it. But all the time it’s switched on, it’s draining your battery. Ditto WiFi. All the time it’s looking for a connection, it’s using your battery. So, when you’re out and about, and you know you won’t be using WiFi, turn it off to save that little bit of battery.
Reduce your screen’s brightness
A lot of smartphones have big, bright displays, which is great for watching YouTube clips and films, or looking at photos. It’s not so good for saving your battery. If you’re low on battery, turn down the brightness to extend your battery’s life. The chances are your phone has an auto-brightness setting, which will detect how bright your phone needs to be, based your surroundings.
Close down apps you’re not using
How many apps have you got open right now? I bet it’s more than you think. And the more you have open, the more battery you’re using. For example, if you’ve got Facebook, Twitter and Instagram open at the same time, all three will be looking for new notifications – and using power.
Turn off vibrate
Did you know that the vibrating function uses more battery power than an actual ringtone? Surprising, isn’t it? But when you think about it, it makes sense. A tiny speaker vibration to create the noise of your ringtone versus a vibration motor which makes your whole device shake. There’s no contest. Set your phone to ring to save battery, or set it to silent if you don’t want to make a noise (you’ll have to keep your eye on it then, though).
Power saving mode
It’s likely your phone has a power saving setting, which you’ll probably find in the main menu. You’ll be able to do most things as usual, but you may be restricted on others – but remember, it’s for the greater good.
Reduce your screen’s timeout
In your settings, you’ll be able to reduce the time it takes for your screen to time out. Unsurprisingly, the longer this is, the more battery you’ll use. So, go to your display settings, and reduce your timeout – also known as auto-lock.
Turn off location settings
Many apps use GPS, and that can run down your battery. By staying off location tracking apps, you’ll be helping to conserve the life of your battery. You should be able check out which apps have accessed your location lately, by going to settings, then location – or similar. You should also be able to see the impact these apps have had on your battery’s life. For the biggest offending apps, you can either delete them altogether or change the settings regarding how it uses your location. You may be able to stop the app tracking your location in the background, or disable location tracking access completely – which will really help your battery.
Turn off non-essential notifications
Every time your phone pings with a new notification, whether that’s through Facebook or a news alert, that’s using your battery. If it’s not essential, turn those notifications off. Same thing applies to push notifications. Instead of being told every time there’s an email, for example, check all your emails in one go, and save the battery. Head into your settings, then ‘notifications’ or similar
Do you have any other great battery saving tips? Let us know below the line – and don’t forget to pop into your local Carphone Warehouse for your Free phone Health Check.