Smartphones are amazing tools. But there’s one weakness that virtually every smartphone shares: short battery life. This is a frustrating problem. As you’re logging onto the Web, checking your e-mail messages, and making phone calls, you’re draining your phone’s battery. With many of the top smartphones on the market, you’re lucky to make it home after the workday with enough battery life left to squeeze in one quick call for take-out food.
The problem boils down to this: Smartphones do too much. And by doing so, they consume more than their fair share of power. There are steps, though, that you can take to enhance the life of your smartphone’s battery. By shutting off some of your phone’s extra features, you might be able to pull enough juice out of your battery to keep your smartphone humming all day long.
Dimming that smartphone screen
A bright, chaotic screen display sucks the life out of batteries. By switching your screen’s brightness level to the lowest you can stand, you’ll already be doing a lot to increase the lifespan of your smartphone’s battery.
You can save battery power, too, by changing how long your screen stays lit after receiving an input such as a screen tap. The longer your screen stays lit, the harder it is on your battery life.
One more thing you might not know is that Bluetooth devices are a constant drain on your battery. They actively search for signals coming in and this uses up your smartphone‚Äôs power. If you realize you are not going to get calls for an extended period, like in a theatre or a meeting, turn your Bluetooth off. This will extend your smartphone‚Äôs battery, at least until you get home.