Many smartphone batteries get a bad rap for losing power quickly – and usually at the most inopportune times. However, with a few simple tips, you can learn how to make your phone battery last longer, and get more from your device while you're out and about. Let's take a look.
Disable location reporting and history. As your GPS system surveys your location – pinging cell phone towers and Wi-Fi hotspots to determine your whereabouts – it can really take a bite out of your battery life. So, shut down your GPS-based services if, or when, you're not using them, including your location reporting and location history, which may be used in a number of apps to "improve your experience."
Use Low Power Mode. If you have an iPhone, you can turn on Low Power Mode and automatically reduce your phone's overall power needs, which will make your battery last longer. Of course, it will also stop Mail fetch, Hey Siri functionality, background app refreshes, automatic downloads and some visual effects, so be aware before switching to Low Power Mode. Note: Android devices also offer similar settings.
Update Your Operating System. If you're looking for a quick (possible) fix for your battery woes, try updating your operating system. Your issue could be caused by a glitch or a bug in the software, and updating your device might give you the solution you need to extend your phone's battery life.
Turn Down the Brightness and Turn Off Automatic Brightness. By manually adjusting your phone's brightness, you can reduce the amount of power it expends every time you use your device.
Reconsider Push Notifications: Although it's questionable how much battery life is drained from your phone by push notifications, they do cause your phone to light up and may, depending on your settings, cause it to vibrate, make a noise, or both. If you receive a lot of push notifications, it could cause your phone's battery to drain faster than expected. Because each phone, and user, is different, try limiting or eliminating your push notifications for a few days to see how it impacts your device.
Fully understanding how to save your phone battery while it's in use – and while it's not – is often simply a case of trial and error. Because how you use your phone can affect your device's battery life, it may take some time to achieve the perfect balance. If you can't determine how to increase your phone's battery life by making adjustments to your device, you might consider a case with a built-in battery charger, or even a newer phone, so you can stay connected when, where, and how it suits you best.