When smart phones came into existence in the technology world, they solved so many problems. Smart phones seem like a technology from an alien civilization when placed next to the original cell phones. But then they came with their own problem. The problem of having a weak battery life. Having been used to the older usual dumb phones that had a battery that lasted weeks on end, smart phones came in and made this a long forgotten story.
This is mainly because the good old dumb phone did very little. It wasn’t constantly receiving notifications of new emails, social media updates, and other current information. It wasn’t checking your podcasts and downloading new episodes. It wasn’t checking for app updates, downloading new weather forecasts, automatically updating your location, or anything else like that.
Also there is more hardware in a modern than an old dumb phone. Besides the cellular radio that used to be in the phones, there’s Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS. It may not be on all the time, but it drains your battery life when it is.
Battery technology hasn’t been improving at the exponential rate that other smart phone technologies have, so a smart phone with longer battery life requires trade-offs. However pointing it out from a business perspective there is no incentive for smart phone makers to improve battery life as they have on other mobile devices. They are happier when you trade that phone in for a new one. And also the fact that they also made a new invention called Power banks proves that this may have been something that could be worked on but it makes no business sense to them.
The latest brands of Tecno have a battery so good that not only does it last for at least two days but it also acts as a power bank. So it looks like Tecno has looked into this great weakness that most smart phones possess. The cheapest of them is Tecno L5.
Nonetheless, whether you are using Tecno or not, you need these tips on how to make your phone battery last longer.
- Black wallpaper can save battery
Use a dark-colored one because AMOLED screens only illuminate the colored pixels. Black pixels are unlit, so the blacker the pixels, the less power needed to light them up.
- Restrict back ground data
Restricting back ground data not only saves your data but also helps in such a way that the apps only operate when you open them.
- Don’t use adaptive or auto brightness
Don’t use display auto-brightness. It may sound useful, but auto-brightness is usually way brighter than you really need. It’s better to manually set the brightness to a level that is low but comfortable, and bump it up when necessary. This is one of the best ways to improve your battery life, because the screen is one of the biggest battery consumers.
- A shorter screen timeout setting saves battery
Set your display’s screen timeout to as short a time as is practical for you. Just think, if your screen timeout is set to a minute, it’ll use four times more power than if it were set to 15 seconds. Studies report the average smart phone user turns their smart phone on 150 times a day, so the difference between a long screen timeout and short one soon adds up. Reducing it will help keep your battery running for longer.
- Your phone doesn’t have to be smart all the time
Turn off smart features like air gestures and smart scrolling, especially if you have a Samsung. Unless you really use these features every day, they’re just using battery power for no reason.
- Turn off vibrate and haptic feedback to save battery
Switch off vibrate. Unless you really need that added awareness, turn off vibration alerts for incoming calls. It actually takes more power to vibrate your phone than it does to ring it. Turn off haptic feedback too (that buzz you get from typing on the keyboard). Sure it feels cool, but it doesn’t really add anything to your experience, and it’s another battery drainer.
- Use lock screen notifications
Lock screen notifications can also help save you battery life, especially if your phone has an AMOLED screen. This is because you can see your notifications at a glance without having to turn your whole screen on. This is especially useful if you get lots of notifications that aren’t worth following up on immediately.
- Only use original batteries and use basic battery saving mode.
Saving a few bucks on a battery that might damage your beloved smart phone is a poor choice indeed, and may also deliver sub-standard battery performance. Also make use of the basic battery saver mode.
- Set your ‘Do Not Disturb’ or ‘sleep’ schedule
Set sleep times or blocking mode to switch off Wi-Fi and mobile data when you don’t need them. Likewise, you can set your phone to airplane mode when you’re asleep or use sleep or blocking modes to set up limits for what your phone does during certain times of the day, whether that’s while you’re asleep, at work or in a meeting.
- You don’t need to be connected 24/7
Turn off GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and mobile data whenever you don’t need them. Turning off location data, or changing your Location settings to use Wi-Fi or 3G data rather than GPS works perfectly well.
- Don’t get bogged down by widgets and don’t fall into the auto-sync trap
Ditch widgets you don’t need, especially those connected to the internet, such as weather widgets. If you have multiple widgets across several home screens, which are constantly syncing and updating (Twitter, reddit, weather, Gmail and the like), you’re not doing your battery any favors. Just hit the apps when you need them .Turn off auto-syncing for Google accounts.
- Don’t let your apps fall behind the times but manually update them.
Keep your apps updated. There’s a reason developers constantly update apps, and most of the time it’s memory or battery optimization. Likewise, delete old apps you no longer use, because these may be running background processes that chew up RAM and battery life. If you’re concerned about conserving battery life, the last thing you want to see is a whole slew of apps automatically updating.