There’s nothing worse than having your smartphone or tablet die when you’re relying on it for the rest of your day. A few simple tips will help you stretch the battery to its limits.
Keeping your devices wifi on at all times will drain its battery quickly if you aren’t connected to a wifi network. This is because your phone will keep searching for an available wifi network until it finds one, so turning wifi off when you leave the house can help save your battery life. However you should remember that accessing the internet over wifi uses less battery (and typically money) than your mobile networks 3G or 4G connection, so where possible, always use wifi.
On Apple devices you can turn wifi on and off by swiping up from the bottom of your screen and clicking the wifi icon, if it is grey then it is deactivated.
Your smart device will be configured to automatically turn off its display after a certain length of inactivity. By making this amount of time shorter, you can save your battery life, and also make your device more secure.
On Apple devices, you can find this option under Settings > General > Auto-Lock.
The brighter your screen is, the more battery it uses. To help combat this you can activate a feature which automatically dims your device if you’re in a dark room (it’ll also save your retinas if you check your phone whilst in bed).
To change your screen brightness on Apple devices, swipe up from the bottom of your screen to access the Control Center. Auto-Brightness can be activated by navigating to Settings > Wallpapers & Brightness.
Turn off GPS
Nothing chews up battery like location services, and many apps will even use GPS without your knowledge.
On Apple devices you can choose which apps have access to GPS or turn it off by navigating to Settings > Privacy > Location Services. You can find further options at the bottom of the list in Location Services, under the title System Services, “Frequent Locations” is a relatively new setting found here which delivers you location-based ads and drains your battery.
Still not enough?
If you’ve tried all of these tips and your device is still not lasting as long as you’d like, you can read Drew’s quick rundown on phone cases which have batteries inside them, which can more than double your battery life.