The list of items you never leave your house without probably includes your wallet, keys and cell phone. Today’s bestselling smartphones are all advertised to have a longer battery life than the next, but how can you make sure you don’t run out of juice mid-day while you’re out running errands or in the middle of a long day of work?
Another way to prolong your cell phone’s battery life is to turn off all GPS tracking when you are not using a GPS related app. Think about it. When your phone is constantly trying to figure out where you are, it’s using its battery constantly too. Also, be sure to turn off all apps running in the background when you’re not using them. Facebook and email apps are typically set to be automatically updated when you receive a new a message or notification so your phone is continuously sending data back and forth to checking new updates. Change your settings so the app only updates when you physically open it to save tremendous battery time.
Last but definitely not least, turn your cell phone’s screen brightness down. We all know you have the most up-to-date crystal clear LCD screen. Unfortunately, that pretty bright screen is eating up more battery life than your little phone can handle. Go into your phone’s general settings and turn down the screen brightness to as low as you can for it to still be functional. Save even more battery life by making sure your screen goes dim faster when you’re not using it.
Once you’ve made these changes to your cell phone, you should try using some battery management apps to make sure you’re optimizing your phone’s capabilities. Android and iPhone users have hundreds of apps to choose from for monitoring. Download a few and see which works best for you. All of RIM’s BlackBerry phones also offer an auto on/off setting in their options menu, which turns off your cell phone when it’s not in use for an extended period of time. This is useful for when you’re sleeping or at work, for example.
Cell phones today come with all sorts of futuristic, mind-blowing features that you’ll want to constantly show off. If you don’t pay attention to your phone’s battery life, your prized device will quickly become a paperweight on your desk.