One of the biggest complaints I hear about cell phones is the battery life. You know that feeling you get when you are only halfway through your day, but your battery is more worn down than you are? That horrible knot in your stomach when you see it turn RED? You scramble to find a charger or keep your fingers crossed that it will at least stay alive until you get home. Turning your phone completely off is the easiest way to save your battery, but let’s face it, your phone isn’t doing you much good if it’s off! Instead, and more realistically, try these simple power-saving tips to help you extend your phone’s battery life:
- Close your applications. Leaving apps open when you are not using them draws memory (and therefore energy) from your phone. If you have an iPhone, double-click the Home button which reveals the apps you have used. Then, press and hold the first one until you see them wiggle. Close each one in succession by pressing the red circle in the top left corner (this can be done on your iPad as well). If you have an Android phone, install Advanced Task Manager or Advanced Task Killer to end tasks, free memory and extend your battery life. If you have a Blackberry, install Battery Saver Pro. The Blackberry 7.1 phones come with a Battery Saving mode to use when your battery life is waning.
- Adjust your screen brightness. If you are at the beach or outside anywhere, you have to turn it way up to see anything, but remember when you get home to tone it down. To adjust brightness, check under your phone Settings. You can also set it to Auto Adjust.
- Clear out your text messages. Sure, it’s fun to go back and re-read them or use them for reference, but how often do you really do that? Take the leap, select all and DELETE.
- Disable your Wifi (wireless local area network) or your 3G/4G, you probably don’t need both. If your Wifi is on, then everywhere you go, your phone is searching for a connection. If you are nearing the red zone status, you can disable both if you are only using your phone for calls or SMS (text messaging). While you’re at it, turn off your Bluetooth.
- Turn off your GPS or location service when you don’t need them. Save your mapping tools for the car.
Take a few minutes and try some of these out. Your battery will thank you for it. If you are still having difficulty, you may need to invest in an additional battery, a booster or leave an extra charger at the office. If you are really savvy, you could add a Smart Actions app which takes more time to set up but helps your phone run most efficiently by automating tasks. For Smartphone questions, time-saving marketing tips or if you have questions about Social Media Marketing, contact Media Solutions.