Many people depend on their cell phones in every aspect of our lives, from business to talkin g to family and friends, not to mention e-mailing, texting and playing games among other uses. When a person is so reliant on their cell phone for everything they do, it can be aggravating when their phone’s battery dies on them at a time when they need their phone, especially in an emergency. Here are some tips to extend your cell phone battery’s life, and preserve your charge.
The simplest and most effective way to preserve battery life is to just turn your cell phone off. If you’re going to bed, or you’re at work and do not plan on answering your phone, power it down.
Use your ringer or the vibrate function, but do not use both at the same time. The vibrate function alone can use a lot of battery power. Using both can put a tremendous drain on your battery.
Don’t bother with the wallpapers. Yes, they are cool to look at, but they also use a lot of power. I suggest finding a nice picture to use instead.
Turn your Bluetooth off when not in use. Or better yet, switch to a regular corded headset, as they use less power.
Charge your phone less often. Charging when you don’t need to (like, say, when the battery is at half power) can reduce the battery’s capacity. The average cell phone charge lasts about three days, so it really is not necessary to charge more often than every other day.
Avoid playing games, watching video or scrolling through pictures on your cell phone, as they tend to use a lot of power. This is especially important if you know you’ll have to wait awhile to charge your phone.
Turn down the brightness of your screen. The LCD screen will suck a tremendous amount of power from your battery, just like the screen on a laptop. Go to your phone’s settings menu to find the screen controls and adjust the brightness.
Check and clean your battery contacts. If your battery’s connection to the phone becomes corroded, which can lead to poor battery performance. You can use a cotton swab and some rubbing alcohol to wipe both the contacts and the battery compartment of your cell phone. After you’ve cleared away any dust, lint or debris you’ve found, the energy transfer should be back to normal.