June 24, 2024


The Finance Effect

10 Quick and Easy Tips to Save Your Phone’s Battery

One of the biggest problems with smartphones today is battery life. Does your battery often run dead before you make it home; even after charging it all night?

Follow these 10 quick and easy tips to save battery power and minimize the number of times you have to charge your phone in a day.

Turn the screen brightness down as low as you can. Of course when you’re outside in the sunlight, it’s almost impossible to turn the screen brightness down and still see very well. But once inside, remember to turn it down. The brighter your screen, the more battery power it uses.

Use a black wallpaper on an AMOLED display. When a pixel is white it produces light. Therefore, using a black wallpaper produces less light and saves battery power. I recommend Zedge for wallpapers as well as ringtones and notification sounds.

Turn off Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, screen rotation, and sync whenever possible. Slide one finger down from the top of the screen where the notification bar is located to reveal quick settings. Click on each quick setting icon to toggle it on or off.

Use battery saving location or turn it completely off. Sometimes it’s necessary to have the location set to high accuracy. For instance, when you’re using Maps for driving directions. However, most of the time the battery saving option works great and high accuracy isn’t needed. You’ll find this setting under location.

Stop apps from sending notifications. Obviously there are some notifications you need, like new messages, weather, and possibly news updates. But do you really need notifications every time a new video you may like has just been uploaded to YouTube? Not only will turning off some of your apps notifications save on your battery, it’ll save data and RAM. Saving RAM will speed up your phone. And we all know how important it is to save data.

To turn unwanted notices off, go to settings and click notifications. That will take you to a list of the apps on your phone and you’ll be able to click an app to toggle on or off it’s notifications.

If your particular phone model doesn’t have the notifications option, go to apps. Click the app you wish to turn off notifications from, then scroll down to notifications. You’ll then see an option for turning off notices from that app. Repeat for each app.

Set the screen to turn off after 2 minutes or less of in-activity. Go to settings > display and click sleep to set the amount of time in which the screen will turn itself off after inactivity. This of course means you’ll have to reenter your passcode more often but your phone’s screen uses more battery power then anything.

Turn off vibrate. Personally, I’m not a fan of the keys vibrating when I type, so turning vibration off is one of the first things I do. You’ll find key vibration under settings > language and input > virtual keyboard. From there, click your keyboard then preferences. Scroll down until you see vibrate on keypress.

Turn off pulse notification light. This is the light that blinks to let you know you have a new notification. In settings, under display, you’ll find an option for toggling the pulse notification light.

Kill apps running in the background. Apps are always running in the background; several completely unnecessary at that. There’s one of two ways to see which apps are running, depending upon your phone’s make and model.

In settings go to apps. From there, scroll to the right (if possible) to running.

Otherwise, you’ll find a list of the apps currently running in your phone’s settings under memory. Click the app you wish to kill. Then click the three little dots in the upper right corner. This should reveal a force stop option.

Only turn off apps if you know what they do. For instance, Chrome, Gmail, and LetGo are safe to turn off but Android OS, system UI, and com.android.smspush should be left alone.

When setting your phone down, hit the power button to kill the screen. This is always a good idea, especially when away from home, as it not only saves quite a bit of battery power it also activates your screen lock.