My Phone’s Dead Again: 5 Tips to Improve Your Battery Life

On my mini vacation, I saw a woman whose phone battery died as she was making a call. It was a completely unremarkable event, except for the fact that it took place at 9:00am. The time of day where the night owls aren’t out. The time of day that only people who slept reasonably the night before – and presumably charged their phone – would be out. And it hit me: people don’t really know how their phones use power, do they? So, here’s my little attempt to help fix that. Here are Visceral Concepts’ five tips to improve your battery life.

  1. Use the Airplane Mode
    If you’re in an area with poor or no signal quality, switch your phone into airplane mode. The more your phone tries to find a signal when their isn’t one, the faster the battery will drain. Here are the how-to’s: Windows | Android (Uses Nexus phone as example) | iPhone
  2. Connect to WiFi Whenever Possible
    Using your cellular data is a large drain on your battery. Use a local WiFi signal instead, which uses far less battery to transfer the same amount of data. Tons of places have free WiFi when you’re out, including most major restaurants and retailers. Plug into their signal when you’re not at home. Here are the how-to’s: Windows | Android | iPhone
  3. Turn Off Passive Animations
    If you have an animated wallpaper (I’m looking at you, Android users) or Live Tiles (on those Windows devices), you’re wasting your battery for little benefit. Switch those unnecessary animations off to conserve a ton of battery.
  4. Close Your Apps When You’re Done
    Leaving apps running in the background puts a heavy load on your battery, as those apps continue to use processing power. Make sure to close them when you aren’t using them any more. Here are the how-to’s: Windows | Android | iPhone
  5. Turn Off App Notifications and Text-Based Notifications
    When your apps notify you of new events in them, it uses up your battery even in passive mode. Those extra alerts are causing the processor to work harder than it would in rest/sleep mode. The same goes for web-based applications (like Facebook) that notify you of activity via text message. All of these alerts are wasting extra battery power. Unless you need them to know someone’s life-or-death situation, you can afford to disable them.

If you have other tips you think our readers need to see, or you have any thoughts about the tips we posted, leave them in the comments. We’ll see you next week! Have an awesome weekend!

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Michael McNew
Web developer, marketing innovator, technology enthusiast, and founder of Visceral Concepts, Michael McNew has developed a passion for delivering value to small business, turning his creativity towards image and reputation building for small business owners.