If you’ve owned your smartphone for over a year, you may have noticed the battery life isn’t what it used to be, which is to be expected. Lithium batteries used to power our devices wear down over time, and as a result, decrease the number of hours our phones can be awake for.
There are numerous factors such as the screen brightness, camera, number of processes running in the background, screen refresh rate, etc., that may contribute to poor battery life. This article will guide you on things to do to make the phone battery last longer.
Turn the phone off.
This will probably be the most effective and simple way of conserving battery life between charges. If you don't plan on answering the phone while you're sleeping or after business hours, just turn it off. Only do this if it's going to be for several hours, as the process of turning the phone off or on actually uses a lot of power.
Do not use the phone when charging.
Using the phone while charging has a bad effect on the battery lifespan. When you use your phone while charging, the phone tends to draw power directly from the charger while it reduces the amount of power passed to the battery.
Keep it away from heat and cold
Temperature plays a massive part in your phone’s battery capabilities. If your phone gets too hot or too cold, it can strain the battery and shorten its lifespan. Leaving it in your car, where it can get extremely hot in the sun or exposed to below-freezing temperatures in the winter, is a prime culprit.
Always use the original charger.
The type of charger you use also has an effect on battery life. The best charger to use in charging your phone is the one boxed with the phone. However, if it has spoiled, make sure you buy the original charger that fits your phone to make phone battery last longer.
Reduce your screen brightness and overall screen time.
Your Android or iPhone uses more battery while the screen is on, especially if your brightness is pretty high. If your battery is low, avoid keeping the screen on while following navigation instructions, don't watch videos, and stay away from games and apps with lots of animations.
Avoid draining your battery
Historically, letting your phone battery drain to 0% and recharging it all the way to 100% was best-practice for prolonging your battery’s lifespan. However, newer phone batteries work in a different way. Today’s phone batteries get stressed if the battery is drained or recharged fully. In fact, phone batteries are at their happiest when kept above 20% and below 90%.
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