Wondering how-to get your phone's battery to last longer? This guide will help you out!
It's 2015, and smartphone battery life is still a common issue for many people in their day to day lives. Smartphones continue to evolve with faster processors, bigger screens, and better cameras. We also are using our phones for most tasks than ever before. While many Chinese phone makers are putting out phones with 6000+ mAh batteries, the rest of the world has seen has seen most phones continue to range between 2500-3500 mAh. If you charge your phone overnight and have trouble making it to bedtime without your phone dying on you, here are some quick tips that can help you through the day.
1. Phone Efficiency
First off, the best way to help maximize the battery already in your phone is to control the amount of power your phone draws. Most of the battery life our phone's usage comes from the screen. Keeping your brightness down or on Auto Mode will help maximize efficiency. Check your phones battery usage settings tab to get a breakdown of what's using the battery. We also recommend downloading a good battery app such as Juice Defender or Battery Doctorthatwill monitor your phone's usage and eliminate any apps that may be drawing too much juice.
Secondly, connect to Wi-Fi when possible, it will save your phone some battery power connecting to the closer signal source. If you're not within Wi-Fi range, disable it, so your phone doesn't continue to try to find a network. Lastly, if you are not in range of either Wi-Fi or cellular networks, put your phone in airplane mode to save battery life.
2. Quick Charging
If your phone supports it, get yourself some Quick Charge 2.0 wall adapters. Phones such as the Galaxy S6, LG G4, Nexus 6P and many more come with Quick Charge 2.0 technology out of the box. However, most of us have charging cables all around the house we've accumulated over the years from upgrading phones. Chances are most of the cables and wall adapters from previous phones are not Quick Charge ones. By having a few Quick Charge adapters in convenient locations through out the house ensures you can give your phone a quick 15-30-minute top-up that should help you make it through the day.
Likewise many of us spend some considerable time in our cars everyday, and having a good Quick Charge car adapter will help you top up your phone quickly on your drive. A quick 30 minute top-up on a fast charge cable can get you close to 50% on most phones and will ensure you make it through the day.
Many phones on the market today also come with QI Wireless charging technology, and most phones that do not come with wireless charging can so with add-on cases or pads that you install inside the battery door. Wireless charging is extremely convenient, and QI Charging pads can be purchased for less than $5 each. If your phone supports it, place a few QI charging pads around the house and give your phone a quick top-up simply by placing your phone down on them when not in use.
Many of us charge our phones overnight and spend the rest of the day out and about unable to find time to ever plug-in and get a quick battery top-up. Battery Banks have become relatively inexpensive and now carry larger mAh storage in sleeker and more portable cases. If you find yourself unable to connect your phone to a wall charger during the day, get a decent battery bank and top-up your battery on the run. There are smaller pen sized power banks that can top up most phones, or large 10,000 mAh banks that can give you several charges.