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How to get the most out of your mobile phone battery

Running out of battery is one of the worst things that can happen to mobile phone users, am I right? Sitting on Facebook, checking emails or even playing our favourite game, we all dread that 25% or 14% battery warning whilst out and away from our chargers. So, with this in mind, here are some top tips on how to boost your mobile phone battery life and how to help your battery stay healthy for longer.

How to boost battery life

We all like to think we are getting the most out of our mobile phone batteries, but what if you could get that little bit more? Finally complete that level on Candy Crush? Check that all important email from work or have those few extra minutes on the phone with your friends and family. You might be surprised at just how simple boosting your battery performance can be. Here’s how you can do it.

  1. Auto Brightness – This is found in the Settings menu under DisplayBrightness. Having this turned on means you do not need to have your brightness turned up to 100% as the device will adjust the display brightness so you can see it in whatever lighting conditions.
  1. Wi-Fi
    Killing Wi-Fi can improve standby time
    Wi-Fi – Wi-Fi is what we call a ‘background running’ service. This means it quietly runs in the background of the device not affecting your day-to- day use, but what it’s actually doing is constantly searching for Wi-Fi networks to connect to. Found in the Settings menu under Wi-Fi Settings, by turning this off whilst you’re out and turning it on when you’re at home when it’s being used, you will see over time your device standby time will increase.
  1. Bluetooth – Like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth is a background running service. We use Bluetooth for all our hands-free kits and speakers, whether we're transferring files from our smartphone to another, or sending things such as music and photos. However, many of us will forget to turn Bluetooth off when we aren’t using it, which can be a big drain on smartphone battery and leave us running low pretty quickly. Found in the Settings menu second option Bluetooth, turn it off when it's not in use and you'll quickly see a big difference in battery life.
  1. Multitasking – All smartphone and tablet devices have a multitasking feature: a list of all applications that are still running in the background, which helps the app load quicker when you go on it again. If you’re not going to use a running app for a long period of time, then you can give your battery life a boost by stopping it. To do this, go into the Settings menu and select Application Manager (Android 4.0 onwards) or Applications (Android 3.0). This will display a list of running apps; just select the apps you’re not using and hit Force Stop. This will also help your device become more responsive when using it in day-to-day tasks.

How to keep your battery healthy for longer

Now, following some of the above will help you take care of the power side of the battery, but what about the physical side? Making sure your battery is healthy is also very important, and as the saying goes: if you look after it, it will look after you. Follow these guidelines and you’ll have a mobile phone battery that keeps going long enough to put the Duracell bunny to shame!

  1. Over-charging – We have all done it at least once: leaving our devices on charge overnight. However, by doing this we are supplying the phone with extra electricity it doesn’t need, which can cause overheating and make the battery become swollen. Take your smartphone off charge once it hits 100% and you’ll see the benefits.
  1. Water damage
    Moisture can do serious damage.
    Liquid contact – Being without our mobile phones can often feel like losing a limb, and the the temptation is to take them everywhere. Challenging though it can be to put your device down, taking it into the bathroom is a seriously risky move. By doing this you are exposing your device to a damp environment which can cause long-term damage to not just the battery but the phone. You also run the risk of dropping your phone in the sink/bath, which definitely isn’t a good idea either!
  1. Direct heat – Keeping your device out of direct sunlight or away from radiators is another crucial way of keeping your smartphone running smoothly and free from any hardware or software hiccups.

Well, there you have it: some top tips on how to get the most out of your battery – and more importantly, keeping your battery as healthy and long-lasting as possible. If you have any other tips and tricks for boosting your smartphone’s life, we’d love to hear from you in the comments section below.

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