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How to Extend Your Smartphone’s Battery Life

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Gone were the days when a single charge of your mobile phone can last you a couple of days. Today’s mobile phones are now more than just a device for calling or texting. They are now smartphones – powerful devices that are more computer than phone in a lot of ways.

And as handheld computing devices, these new generation phones eat up your battery life faster than ever. And with its continuous evolution like the development of quad-core chips for smartphones, these devices now need more juice to power it up.

To help you save more power on your smartphone battery, you can follow these tips:

Turn-off Wi-Fi

Even if there is no Wi-FI network available in the area, your phone will continue to search for connections. This is a continuous action that can drain your battery. So turn off your Wi-Fi if there is no Wi-Fi network available. Even better: turn it off even when there is a network available, or if you do not plan to browse or make a VoIP service call at the moment.

Turn off GPS and Bluetooth

Both features are great but are not always necessary. If you are not driving, do you really need to answer your phone through your Bluetooth earpiece? If you are not looking for a nearby establishment, do you really need to use your GPS? Turn off these connections to make your battery last longer.

Kill the apps when not in use

Android phones are notorious for having apps that are still running on the background even after you thought you exited the program. Most Android phones have task managers where you can kill the apps that are still running. If not, there are task manager apps that can be downloaded from the Play Store that can do the job.

Say no to notifications

You notice all those notifications you get from some of your apps? Not only are they usually useless, they also help drain your battery because it leads to your screen turning on and off again during the day. If you do not really need the notifications, just turn it off.

Say no to location requests

There are apps that will ask you if they can detect your location so that they can provide you with more geo-targeted information. But do you really need these geo-based tags? If the answer is no, then it would be better to decline these requests so that the app will not be pinging your GPS whenever they want to send you notifications.

Dial down brightness

The biggest battery drainer in your phone is the screen itself. Since most phones automatically adjust based on the lighting in the surroundings, check your phone in places indoors or in the shade as much as possible.

Set screen to go to sleep

Set your screen to go to sleep after a certain period of inactivity. The ideal timeframe before your screen goes to sleep is about 15-30 seconds so that it will not be active for too long without activity, but not short enough that you are rushing your actions so that the screen will not sleep on you.

About the author: Henry Conrad is a 29-year-old game developer from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Aside from gaming and being a tech junky, he also dabbles in creative writing, which allows him to create great storylines and backgrounds for his characters. Follow him on Twitter and join him on Google +

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