7 Best ways to preserve battery life
Extending the electronic device’s battery life is one of the best things you can do to prolong the lifespan of your device.Here are 7 ways you can extend battery life:
1) Reduce screen brightnessYou can increase phone battery lifespan by lowering the brightness slider of any screen. This can usually be found in the Options or Settings area of your electrical device. Alternatively, many devices have a sensor to optimize battery usage that can detect ambient light around you and adjust the screen to the dark mode or brighten the display in a dark room. Some phones already have adaptive brightness enabled and are supposed to learn your preferences as you use your phone. If you’ve been frustrated with auto brightness that you didn’t expect, you can clear those preferences and make the phone learn all over again.
2) Utilize the standby modeLaptops, phones, and tablets are able to turn off the home screen after detecting inactivity to use less power. This is also known as a screen timeout. A screen timeout can help save battery life as the power to illuminate the display is off when you’re not looking at it. While 10 to 15 minutes of awake time is a good rule of thumb for a laptop or a tablet, you might want to power down your mobile phone screen sooner. When any device enters sleep mode, the display turns off and any background app that is running will be paused.
3) Switch your battery settings to power saving modeDevices running low on battery power will sometimes switch to a power-saving mode automatically with about 20 per cent remaining power. This can also be manually adjusted on your mobile phone and laptop. While you might not want low-power mode on all the time, many new computers, tablets, and phone settings enable the screen to turn black and white, darkens the display, and turns off nonessential wireless features such as location services and unused apps to improve battery health. For maximum power saving, you can use airplane mode and give yourself a break from scrolling through your social media.
4) Be aware of apps that drain battery lifeNo matter what your device, its battery will drain faster if you’re using it for tasks that demand more of the system’s resources. This includes activities such as watching a video or playing multiplayer games. Therefore, it is a good idea to make sure phone batteries are well-charged or plugged into a power source. Other apps that require a lot of computing power and therefore battery power include programs that render images in 3D, productivity software such as Adobe Photoshop and Apple iMovie, and sophisticated games. Less taxing tasks include typing notes or browsing the web. Other activities that cause a shorter battery life include:
- Animated wallpaper also called live or dynamic wallpaper which looks nice but requires higher battery usage for the animation.
- Peripherals are devices that attach to your computers such as external microphones, monitors, and add-on webcams that cause battery drain.
- Multitasking can generate excess heat and reduce the battery’s lifespan
5) Lock screenWhen you lock your screen, you can increase the lifespan of your phone battery as it enters rest mode. You’ll still be able to receive phone calls and texts, but you won’t accidentally turn on the phone when it’s in your pocket or purse because you hit a button or the screen.
6) Update your operating systemOn all your devices, remember to download and install all updates to the operating system whenever they are available. Manufacturers are always trying out new ways to improve power management and fix software bugs that could affect battery life and battery performance. You can also check to see if your device is set to do this automatically.
7) Reduce push notificationsBe sure to remove any push notifications under the settings app to keep the battery healthy. This includes items such as:
- incoming email
- game updates
- real-time sports scores
- stock quotes