We are living in an era, where even budget smartphones are getting better, faster and sleek. Manufacturers are putting in a lot of effort and research to come up with thinner and premium looking devices, without compromising on the performance. While this is all good and fine, there is one aspect of the device that is directly impacted by this change. To fit in all the technology in a slimmer profile, it is the battery that took the hit and converted to smaller. The only reason why flagship devices like Galaxy S6 and Apple iPhones have a battery well under 3000 mAh. While brands are compensating for smaller battery by integrating features like battery saver mode and quick charging which at times prove to be quite useless. We have been there, suffered that and it is the reason why we bring you this elaborate article. Here are 5 tips for you to keep going for a considerable period of time even when you are low on battery.
Disable the Auto-brightness feature
Turn off the auto-brightness setting of the display and set it to lower brightness. This way the ambient sensor will not be active all the time and display will stay constant at a fixed brightness, which in turn will draw much less power from the battery.
Go to Settings>Device>Display and toggle off Adaptative brightness.
Turn off the Wi-Fi Network Notification
If you use Wi-Fi, you must have noticed that even when you are not connected to a trusted Wi-Fi network and on the move; your smartphone keeps scanning and displaying available Wi-Fi networks. This keeps the phone awake at all time and constantly scanning for the Wi-Fi networks, which utilize a lot of power from the battery. It is advisable to:
Go to Settings>Wi-Fi>Three dots on top right>Advanced and toggle the network notification to off.
Do not use live widgets
One of the benefits of using Android is the huge collection of customization options and being able to place live widgets and stuff on the Homescreen. While these widgets offer real time information and are pretty useful, they keep running in the background and hog precious battery life. It is advisable not to use widgets that display live weather, news and real time information pulled from the Internet.
Turn off vibrate on touch
The vibrator motor in a smartphone is the biggest culprit when it comes to hogging the battery life and it is suggested to not use it at all. Try to use the ringer mode for most of the time and turn off haptic feedback by going to Settings>Device>Sound & Notification>Other Sounds and toggle off Vibrate on touch. Also, turn off keyboard press vibrate by going into settings of the keyboard in Language and input section.
Use Location services only when using navigation
After vibrator motor, location services and built-in GPS is the massive guzzler of battery life and also turns up in the battery stats everytime, if kept on. If you are not really using the location services, it is better advised to turn it off by pulling down notification center and tapping on the location tile in Quick Settings. While it is pretty cool to have the location tagged in your Facebook and Instagram posts however, not worth the 15% battery it consumes in the process.
Above 5 are the most notorious causes of smartphone battery to run out quickly and should be taken care of as soon as possible. There are several other tips including not charging your smartphone overnight with a third party charger, not letting the battery drop below 20%, set email retrieval to manual and turning off notifications from unwanted apps.
Cashify Tip: Last but not the least, whenever you feel your handset heating up, stop excessive usage and put it down, preferably switch it off to cool since heat is the worst enemy of the battery life. In case you are following all these tips and still battery runs out pretty quick, it is time to sell phone for cash and get a better device.