Extending Smartphone Battery Life – Tips and Myths

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Extending Smartphone Battery Life – What are Some Tips and What Myths Must I Ignore?

Extending smartphone battery life
    How is your battery life going?

We all get frustrated by the constant drain of the battery life of our smartphones. What can we do to ease the hassle, minimise the stress and resist the urge to toss that phone into the trash? Here is an informative article from The New York Times. The author gives us some specific things we can do and things to avoid so that extending smartphone battery life no longer consumes our day.

Extending smartphone battery life
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So there we have it. There are ways to extend the battery life of your smartphone. I hope those tips help out. Here are the ones that I am going to try:

  1. Use auto-brightness for the screen – That is easy to find on my Samsung Galaxy Note 3. As with all Galaxy models, swipe the screen down from the top and the screen brightness is just under the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth button. Select the Auto box and it is done.
  2. Play downloaded music instead of streaming – I used to have Spotify and Jango on my phone. Nowadays, I just play what is on the phone. The Note 3 has a microSD card slot so that you can load a stack more music onto the phone. Unfortunately, the Note 5 and Galaxy S6 had this feature removed, but all is good in the world again, since the recently released Galaxy S7 has the microSD slot restored.

These are just two of the tips that help me. No doubt you will find ones to fit your situation. Extending smartphone battery life is an ongoing drama. Having some helpful tips will make our technology experience so much more enjoyable.

 

 

11 thoughts on “Extending Smartphone Battery Life – Tips and Myths

  1. Thanks for this battery tips. The information provided by the link has raised another question: Does all those “Battery saving” software that we can download from Playstore specifically for Samsung phones actually work? After installing this software, my phone ended up with a lot more notifications or alerts which will not help to conserve battery power. The fact is such notifications from the software are always laced with advertisements.

  2. Thanks for this battery tips. The information provided by the link has raised another question: Does all those “Battery saving” software that we can download from Playstore specifically for Samsung phones actually work? After installing this software, my phone ended up with a lot more notifications or alerts which will not help to conserve battery power. The fact is such notifications from the software are always laced with advertisements.

    1. Yes, Fred, the battery saving apps can be useful but some of them come with a price – the ads and the time it takes to respond to the notifications. Then again, many apps, whether from Play Store or Apple store have that issue. I guess that is why many of us try apps, delete apps, try another one, delete it, etc.

      All smartphones rely on apps, so adjusting to them all can be a challenge. Good points you raise, though, Fred. Thank you.

  3. Hi there! These are some great tips on how to extend and save battery life of my smart phone. I usually have this problem since I am always using my wifi connection. By the way, I also notice that even if I don’t use my phone it still loses its battery. How is this possible? WHat makes this happen?

    1. Hi John,

      One of the problems with battery life are all the stand-by apps that we have running in the background. These all drain the battery life as we wait for emails, instant messages, tweets, etc. The new Samsung Galaxy S7 has a new feature that saves battery life. It puts most of the phone on sleep mode but allows notifications to be visible. You can read about it here

      Thanks for calling by the website.

      Duncan

  4. That was very educational for me. Turns out I was victim to several of the myths, but no longer now!

    One thing I have done is using Airplane mode when in areas of bad reception and this does make a huge difference. At our camp in the mountains we get coverage, but it is spotty and if you’re inside it gets even worse. Batteries die very quickly unless we put them on Airplane mode.

    1. Hi James,

      That is a great idea about using airplane mode or some models call it flight mode, when you are in a spotty area for a while. That would be very useful for campers who may need to use the phone in an emergency situation. Having preserved the battery life with that little adjustment, may save a lot of heartache.

      Regards,

      Duncan

  5. You’ve provided some awesome tips on extending battery life on a smart phone. I’m sure many people suffer from the problem of being away from a charger, and having to somehow find a way to preserver their battery. I knew adjusting the brightness of the screen may help to preserve better, but I did not know the tip about playing downloaded music instead of streaming music. Thanks so much for sharing that!

    1. Glad you enjoyed it. Sharing tips like that can help all of us. What model smartphone do you use? Which of its features do you enjoy the most?

      Thanks for calling by to chat.

      Duncan

  6. Great article! I love my Samsung phone too 🙂 but boy, do the battery life drain fast. As you have suggested, I have now switched on the auto-brightness. I also uninstalled a few apps that auto-run each time I turn on the phone. I was just wondering if the auto power saver really works to conserve battery life? Looking forward to more tips from you on getting great use out of Samsung phones.

    1. Hi Lily,

      Glad you enjoyed the article. I have also tried some battery saver apps to help out. I recently deleted them to monitor if they helped or hindered and I think I am using more battery power than I did when using the app.

      Watch this space. More interesting stuff to come. Did you read the blogs I have written about the top Android apps for various categories? It will be very helpful.

      Duncan

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