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7 tips to optimize smartphone battery life

09 Jan 2020

One of the most annoying and common issues with smartphones is limited and sometimes short battery life. With our growing dependence on Smartphones, heavy battery discharge is a common issue.

Smartphones use lithium-ion batteries for energy storage. In such battery, lithium metal and lithium ions move in and out of individual electrodes, causing them to physically expand and contract. However, such processes are not completely reversible and the batteries lose their charge capacity and voltage as the number of charges and discharge cycles grows.

Our mobile battery life depends on two factors:

  • How we used it on the particular day.
  • How we used it in the past.

If you too experience certain battery life issues in smartphones, then checkout these 7 tips and tricks to extend your battery life.

1. CHECK BATTERY USAGE

You can check in your settings which apps on your phone are consuming the most power. A lot of times its just one or two apps using all the battery in the background. Once you force stop these apps, they automatically save up a lot on phone battery life. Many of these high power consuming apps are killing your phone's battery, therefore it is always better to look out for those.

2. CONTROL BATTERY DISCHARGE

Normal lithium-ion batteries for mobile phones usually keep 80% of their charge capacity after 300-500 charge/discharge cycles. Unfortunately, batteries rarely produce this level of performance, with charge storage capacity sometimes reduced to 80% levels within only 100 cycles.

However, we can extend future phone battery capacity by limiting how much we discharge our mobile phone batteries. With most battery degradation occurring during deep discharge/charge cycles, it is better to limit the battery discharge during any one cycle before charging it again.

3. CHECK THE TEMPERATURE

We need to make sure that the temperature to keep our phones is just right. The ideal range of temperature to keep our phone ranges between 0-45 degree Celsius. Any temperature higher or lower than that will negatively affect your phone's battery.

4. TURN OFF LOCATION SERVICES

Location service on your phone uses a lot of battery power, and therefore you must make sure to turn off location when you're not using apps that require location services. Some apps that usually use location are SnapChat, Uber, maps, or games such as Pokémon Go.

5. TURN OFF VIBRATION

That shaking of your phone is shaking off a lot of energy, in our case battery power. So it is better you turn off the vibration if you want to make your phone's battery last longer.

6. LOWER THE BRIGHTNESS

The simplest method to save battery life while maintaining full-function is to lower the brightness of the screen. For devices that have an organic light-emitting diode (OLED) display, you can also use the "light on dark" option for viewing. Not only it is better for the eyes in the dark, it will also help save your phone battery.

7. USE AIRPLANE MODE

If you turn off your cellular network and switch to Airplane mode, it will disable GSM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS functions on your devices. When turning off all these high power consuming functions, the device will use only up to 5% of its usual energy consumption with the screen off.

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