Six Tips To Make Your Smartphone Battery Last Longer

by Esra Bilgin

We are far too in love with our phones. We wake up with them, eat with them, and sleep with them. They are our alarm clocks, our step counters, our bank accounts, our shopping lists, our guidance, our best friends.

But what if your battery runs out in the middle of a conversation, or makes you late for a job interview because you needed to check the address – or, worse still, when your car breaks down on a rainy night?

Although today’s phones offer many ways of making our life easier, manufacturers have never produced smartphones that could survive for a week on a single charge. But fear not! Here are some simple tricks to make your phone battery last longer.

Don’t leave your phone plugged in overnight

Today’s smartphones are so smart that they know to stop charging when they are fully charged. However, that does not mean you should be charging your phone every night.

“Charging your phone overnight is like going out, partying and drinking too much alcohol,” says Faisal Sheikh, Head Surgeon at Fone Doctors. “You can get away with it once in a while but doing it every night will harm your liver.”

Charging your phone overnight, every night, weakens the battery and ages your device. Keeping your phone charged between 40 per cent and 80 per cent helps your battery last longer.

Charge your devices correctly

To extend your battery for as long as possible you need to take care of it properly.

Sheikh advises charging your device with a proper plug directly from the mains.

Charging your battery with a power pack, battery booster, or USB charger is occasionally okay but doing it regularly can harm your phone.

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Choose the best battery and charger for your phone

Using the original charger and battery is best for your device’s health, but you can use a different, manufacturer-approved one. Take iPhones as an example: you can use a charger that was not made by Apple but by a manufacturer with a licence from the company.

“It should be good enough quality that it controls voltage through to your device,” Sheikh advises, as cheap batteries or chargers may harm your device.

Disable the functions you’re not using

Turn off Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, location and GPS when you’re not using them. These features eat battery power because they’re constantly searching for possible networks and connections.

Adjust your brightness and screen timeout

Bright, clear displays appeal to many people but phone screens use a lot of battery life. You can turn auto-brightness on to conserve more power. Go as low as you are comfortable with: the lower the better. Don’t forget to set the screen timeout so that your phone’s screen automatically goes to sleep within 15 seconds.

Stay away from power-hungry apps

Think twice before downloading apps! Many apps contain a lot of advertising that drains your battery, so ask yourself if you really need it. Don’t forget to download the latest version of your apps, as updates are usually optimised to make your phone’s battery last longer.  There are also certain aspects 

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