How to make more of your battery life
MWC, the world's biggest mobile tech show, kicks off in Barcelona on 26 February. We're expecting some fantastic new phones to be announced, with some great new cameras and better displays than ever. These are the kind of features that hit the headlines, but what about the unsung hero of your phone - the battery? It might not get too much attention, but it runs the show. You'd be stuck without it.
The good news is that phone makers agree, and are making some big improvements to their batteries. They're lasting longer, despite the fact our phones are able to do more stuff. And you can help too. Because with a few small changes, you can get even more battery life before you head to the charger. Here are a few top tips…
Turn off Bluetooth, NFC and Wi-Fi
The likes of Bluetooth and NFC, optional settings used for connecting to nearby devices, will be a drain on your battery if they’re left turned on all the time. Even your Wi-Fi radio signal, which is perfect for saving data when you’re at home or at the office, will zap your battery if it’s constantly searching for a connection.
Android users can add a Wi-Fi on/off toggle to the homescreen, and if you’re an iPhone user, it’s as simple as swiping to the control centre.
Turn down screen brightness
If you love your smartphone’s big bright display, you might be better off saving it for special occasions if you’re concerned about battery life. Most modern phones have an auto-brightness setting, which will detect which level of brightness is most suitable to your surroundings. And it’ll seriously extend the longevity of your battery.
Close down apps you’re not using
When you’re finished using an app, shut it down instead of leaving it running. Social media apps, like Facebook or Snapchat, will always be searching for new notifications and will draw more power when they’re still open in the background.
Turn off vibrate
It may come as a surprise to some, but using the vibrate function takes up more power than an audible ringtone. A tiny speaker vibration to create the noise of your ringtone or message alert is nothing compared to the vibration motor in charge of making your whole device shake. If, however, your vibrate setting is out of politeness, you can just as easily switch the phone to silent, and keep it in view so you don’t miss anything important.
Power saving mode
If all else fails, it’s time to employ power saving mode. Most smartphones have this setting in the main menu, and although it limits some functions, you’ll still be able to largely use your phone as normal.
For Android users, head into the main menu by swiping down from the top of the screen and tapping the cog. Then look for the Battery option. iOS users are to navigate to Settings, Battery, and then Low Power Mode.
Portable battery packs
Ultimately, the best way to make sure you've always got the power you need to get you through the day is a portable battery pack, where you can see the whole range - available both online and in store.
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