9 Tips to Improve Your Mobile Device's Battery Life

Mobile devices are part of our everyday life. There are two big problems with their batteries though. They die fast, and lithium mining isn't exactly environmentally friendly. Yet there are some ways to get the most out of every battery charge and its life cycle in general - neither we nor earth like it when our batteries are completely worn out after just one year.

Below we have 9 tips to help your mobile device's battery last longer. By applying these tips, you'll be able to avoid killing your phone halfway through the day. Let's get into it!

1. Close Unused Apps

One of the biggest drains on your battery life is having extra apps open when they don't need to be. Just because an app isn't being used doesn't mean that it isn't draining power. So long as the app is open, chances are it is running in the background. This could be pretty minimal, like leaving your messaging app open, or pretty substantial, like leaving your maps app open.

If you are leaving an app like your messaging app open, it won't be a huge deal unless you have several open at once. But if you are leaving your map app open, it will drain an awful lot of power for no reason. So if you're not using the app, close it entirely. Don't let it run in the background.

Generell gilt also, je weniger Apps auf deinem Gerät laufen, desto länger hält der Akku.

By the way, having many tabs open in your browser can add to your power consumption, since your device has to keep the open pages ready in case you switch back to them.

2. Turn On Power-Saving Mode

To go along with running fewer apps, turn on power-saving mode. The power-saving mode will turn off a lot of background processes like automatic updating and certain notifications. Power-saving mode will even turn off network data usage if you tell it to. Most devices will allow you to choose what will still run when the power-saving mode is turned on.

Anything you allow to run will still function as normal, however, power-saving mode will turn off just about everything else. That will greatly increase your device's battery life.

3. Use Wifi When Possible

Using mobile data takes up a great deal of battery power. So turn off mobile data when you can. Even better, use wifi whenever you can because it uses much less power than mobile data does.

This is because the way devices get onto the internet is a two-way street for both wifi and data. So when the data a device is communicating has to travel to the network, the network must in return give the requested data to your devices. The trick is that your device has to retrieve the data; it isn't sent to your device. The farther away you are from the device's access point to the internet, the more power it will take to do the tasks it has to in order to surf the web.

That means that the wifi router that is thirty feet away will use much less power than the device tower that is 45 miles away.

4. Turn Off Location

Another big power sucker you can turn off is the location setting on your device. Devices find your location through the use of their internal GPS, mobile data, and wifi. That's a lot of power going to something that might not even be important to you. Making sure it is off will save enormous amounts of battery charge.

5. Turn On Dark Mode

Here is something you can actually turn on: Dark mode. Your screen display is often the biggest drain on your battery. This is because your device has to create and project the colors you are seeing. That's a pretty draining task. One of the best ways to alleviate this drain is to turn on dark mode.

Here you can find the instructions for the most popular e-mail programs: Android (Samsung), iOS (Apple).

This dark mode makes your display more suitable for nighttime use to protect your eyes, but also saves power. Doubly good for you. Also during the day. This mode is especially useful if you spend a lot of time on your smartphone.

The reason for the power saving is that your device doesn't need to project the colors as brightly.

6. Adjust Screen Brightness

Speaking of bright, turn down your screen brightness! This works for basically the same reason. The brighter your screen, the harder your device has to work to project the colors. This uses more battery. There are two ways to go about adjusting your screen brightness.

The first is adjusting the brightness manually. This means that you go into your settings (most devices have a brightness slider in your quick-setting interface) and adjust it to a lower setting.

The second way to do it is by turning on the automatic brightness adjusting setting. This will use a sensor on your device to automatically adjust the brightness to fit the ambient light. This means you don't have to worry about finding the right brightness yourself.

7. Put Apps To Sleep

Some apps will still run or auto-update even if they are closed. This will use battery life. The best way to handle this is by either deleting them or putting them to sleep. When an app is asleep, it isn't allowed to do anything until you wake it up. That will prevent it from doing anything in the background. It will also prevent app stores, browsers, or other nosey apps from doing anything to the asleep app until it is "woken up".

You can find the corresponding function in the settings of your device, in the "Battery" section (or "Battery" or similarly named).

8. Charge Your Battery Properly

Proper charging will go a long way to both increasing how long your battery lasts per charge and the overall life of your battery. Microsoft recommends that any lithium-ion batteries (i.e. most batteries used in mobile devices) be charged before they reach 20%. Once they hit that point, charge them until they are at full capacity. Which was found in this study.

If you want to store your device for a longer period of time, it is also important to charge the battery properly before you turn it off. It is recommended to only half charge your smartphone.

Proper charging helps to significantly extend the life of the battery. It is recommended to discharge the lithium battery only until 20 or 30 percent is reached before you recharge it. This will significantly extend the life of the battery. However, charging the battery to 100 percent can be detrimental to the battery life, so try to keep your battery level in the middle.

So the ideal range is between 20 to 30 and 80 to 90 percent.

9. Avoid Extreme Temperatures

Lastly, avoiding extreme temperatures will help your charge last and increase your battery lifespan. As you may have noticed, phone batteries die quickly when they are either really hot or really cold. This is because they are designed for optimal functioning when they're at room temperature.

Apple recommendsto store most devices at temperatures between 0 and 35 degrees Celsius. Otherwise, the battery will either freeze and lose its charge, or it will get too hot and expand, causing damage to the battery and surrounding hardware. The same applies to all common batteries, not only those from Apple.

Have fun getting the most out of your battery.

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