With all of the wonders that technology has brought, the one thing we can’t get away from is a low battery. You’ll be listening to your favourite song, playing Candy Crush, and chatting on What’s App when you get that awful message, “low battery”. Our mobile devices can do so much more, but gone are the days of charging your trusty old phone once a week. Here are some tips to make your devices’ battery last longer.
- Charge your device with the charger it came with.
While it may be handy to have one charger to charge them all, some chargers have different voltages and this can affect the battery. If you must use one charger, make sure it has the same voltage as its original charger.
- There’s an app for that
Of course there are many apps to help you save battery life. One such example is Battery Doctor, available for Android and iOS. These apps will help you save your battery life by closing unnecessary apps and limiting processing.
- Close all unneeded apps running in the background
This is a big one for me. I often check to see which apps are running on my phone or iPad and usually its way more than I thought. Closing the non-essential apps, will help preserve the battery life.
- Use vibrate sparingly
While putting your phone on vibrate has many benefits (see the video below from IT Crowd), it actually uses more battery. If possible use a softer ringtone as an alert.
- Switch notifications off
With all the apps we use, make sure you switch off notifications for apps that you hardly ever use or those that are time wasters. Apps are constantly being updated, and you don’t need to waste your battery or data on unnecessary notifications.
- Turn off Wi-Fi, 3G and bluetooth when not needed
A lot of battery is wasted when your device is searching for signal. If you aren’t using it, switch these off. You’ll be amazed at how much battery this actually saves.
- Back it up ya’ll
And when you finally do get the dreaded “low battery” warning, make sure you invest in a car charger as well as a portable charging device. Both of these have saved me more than once.
What battery saving tips do you have?