Unconventional Ways to Save Battery Life

Unconventional Ways to Save Battery Life

April 29, 2016

/ by Tin Salamunic

Thanks to smartphones and tablets, conserving battery life has become a daily part of our lives. Thankfully, there are other ways to conserve energy besides dimming your screen's brightness and turning on airplane mode. While phones simply powered by mobile processors like the Snapdragon 820 are at an advantage, thanks to their Quick Charge feature, not all of us can be so fortunate. For many of us, keeping constant vigil on our power display is a must.

If your phone is quick to die and slow to charge, follow these 10 steps for saving battery life. Do so and your phone (or tablet) is sure to make it through the day:

1. Listen to Downloaded Music
Instead of streaming music, listen to downloaded music instead. Streaming affects your battery life almost as much as it does your data. Store music locally and you'll be saving energy. Spotify and Soundcloud allow you to download your playlists and listen to them in "offline" mode (if you're a premium member, that is).

2. Utilize the Low Power Mode
On iPhones, activating the low power mode is as easy as going to your general settings, selecting "Battery" from the list of options, and turning it on. In low power mode, your iPhone will use drastically less power, which is particularly helpful if your phone's charge is dying. While on low power mode, functionality will be reduced, but most people will agree that it's better than having no phone at all!

3. Turn Off Vibrations
When it comes to conserving battery life, there is a simple concept to live by: the less your phone has to do, the less energy it will use. Ask yourself how many different types of notifications you need to make it through the day. If you can turn off your phone's vibrate feature and still be comfortable knowing you'll hear your text messages and phone calls, do so.

4. Be Wary of 'Location Services'
Your phone's location services are always running, even if you aren't using that particular application. This requires energy, of course, and though it may be only a small amount, every little bit helps when it comes to conservation. If you aren't using location-based apps, turn off these services or temporarily disable them under your general settings.

5. Use a Dark Wallpaper Background
This is one you may not have thought of. Phones with an AMOLED display (OLED stands for organic light-emitting diode) require a little bit of electrical power to light up each individual screen pixel. By choosing a dark background, you can reduce the amount of energy required for your screen display. A star field always looks nice!

6. Clear Your Cache
You may regularly clear the cache on your desktop or laptop but did you know that you can clear your smartphone's cache too? Doing so will help save battery life, as your applications will be using less memory. In simple terms, you're getting rid of a lot of unnecessary data. No two smartphones are the same, so you may want to conduct a Google search on how to clear your device's cache – each technique is different.

7. Delete Unused Apps
If you have applications that you haven't used in months, delete them. It feels good to do so (everyone likes a good house cleaning), and you'll be using less energy too!

8. Don't Push to the Cloud
The cloud certainly has its merits: it enables you to access your files from multiple devices, frees up storage on your local device, and in theory, should be much more reliable too. One can only assume Apple's iCloud is more robust than the hard drive on your phone. However, pushing data to the cloud takes energy, just like streaming. If you are concerned about battery life, limit what you sync with the cloud.

9. Disable Background App Data
Applications that are running in the background take up energy, and yet typically, you get nothing in return. On both Apple and Android devices, you can turn off or restrict background app data. For Apple users, navigate to general settings and select "Background App Refresh." From there, you can disable the apps of your choice. Android users will find a similar functionality under the data usage settings menu.

10. Disable Push Notifications
It bears repeating: to save energy, give your phone less things to do. Disable push notifications on your applications and your phone will use less energy. You may also find it freeing, as your phone won't be buzzing and chiming at you all day long. Give it a try!

Article by: Jessica Oaks

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