In this day and age, smartphones have become more powerful just like your computer. Packed with powerful specs such as multi-core processors with speeds clocking at 2GHz and above, 6GB of RAM, OLED displays and a massive internal storage, they are not for communication purposes solely. You can do anything else with a smartphone such as; controlling your home, watching movies, playing high-end graphic games, recording 4K videos, paying for services and even collaborating with various teams.
With all the specs however, smartphones have a constraint; battery capacity. Getting a high-end phone with a battery capacity of 4000mAh and above is a ‘wonder.’ Most flagships come with a battery capacity ranging from as low as 1900mAh to 3500mAh. What matters is how you use your phone. If you’re a heavy user, it won’t last for more than 4hrs. Besides carrying your charger, here are tips to help you conserve your battery juice.
Turn off your Wi-Fi and GPS
If you’re not in the navigation industry, you should turn off your location services and WI-FI. Also, if you’re an Android user, you should uncheck/disable the ‘Scanning always available’ feature. These services use your precious battery juice without notification. They let apps scan and use your location even without your knowledge. If you’re in a weak signal zone, turn off your data connection. Android users who are lucky to have the dual sim feature can also disable one sim if not in use.
Optimize you display settings
Your smartphone’s display consumes a lot of battery power. With advanced features in the screen; always on display and infinity display, the situation has worsened. Although manufacturers have optimized them, they for sure drain a substantial amount of battery power. You can disable them or limit their time. You should also avoid using auto brightness when necessary and reduce the timeout accordingly. Another hack on display is to use dark or dull wallpapers. The display uses less or no power to illuminate them. Live wallpapers are beautiful, but they should be done away with.
Disable unnecessary notifications and features
If you don’t have something necessary to miss, disable push notifications. Notification services require apps to refresh often, and this means more power consumption. If you don’t want to disable them, you can at least change their sync time to higher values; especially emails. You can also disable haptic feedback such as vibrations.
Check for power intensive apps
These are apps that consume a bigger percentage of power even if you don’t use them regularly. Mostly, they run in the background. Others might be rogue apps packed with codes that use your bandwidth and battery juice for manufacturers purposes such as advertising. To identify the culprits, go to settings and then to battery. If you find one, you can uninstall it or change its settings. Also stay away from battery saving apps, they never help as much as they should.
Use power saver mode.
This is your last resort in case you forget your charger. Every smartphone is equipped with this feature, but Android is even more advanced with its ultra power saver mode. Power saver mode reduces your phones overall power consumption and disables other features. You can adjust its parameters according to your preference. Most manufacturers have set it to kick in when battery percentage is below 20%.