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How to Make Your Smartphone Battery Last Longer

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Want to know how to make your smartphone battery last longer? Read on, because I’ve got all the tips for you!

Smartphones drink power like nothing else: my iPhone is lucky if it lasts a whole day without needing recharging. Chances are that yours does too if you’ve landed here. The good news is that I’ve put together all of my best handy hints on how to extend battery life on your smartphone.

My first ever mobile phone (this one, in 1999!) would last for days upon days without so much as having to blink at a charger.  Of course, my smartphone has considerably more features than that early Nokia. And I’m certainly not for a second suggesting switching off all of the features that make a smartphone smart, rather than just a phone. However, I’ve got eleven clever ways for you on how to extend battery life.  They might not get you up to the early Nokia level of battery life, but help you carve out a little bit of extra battery!

How To Make Your Smartphone Battery Last Longer

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1.  Turn the brightness down

Just as turning down the brightness on your TV can save energy, turning down the brightness on your smartphone can extend its battery life quite dramatically.  Set it to the minimum level your eyes can cope with, without straining, and you soon get used to the dimmer screen, promise!

2.  Use wifi when you can

If you’re in range of a wifi network then connect to it rather than using cellular data.  Apparently, it uses less energy! This is because when your phone uses cellular data, it is always searching for a cellular connection.

3.  Switch off wifi and Bluetooth when you’re not using them

If you’re not connected to a wifi or Bluetooth network your smartphone will continue to search for one. Simply switching off wifi or bluetooth when you’re not using them will help conserve precious battery life.

4.  Switch of location services/GPS

Some apps work well with GPS, such as mapping apps, and location services on things like Facebook, etc. However, it’s best to only switch on location services when you need to use them.  Otherwise it will run and run in the background, constantly calibrating where you are, and constantly sucking battery.

5.  Switch off vibration alerts

For years and years, I’ve much preferred the vibration alert of my phone, over a ringtone.  Imagine my despair when I learned that ringtones use less power than vibration alerts.  Vibration alerts are useful – when you’re in a meeting, or at the cinema for example. However, at other times when your ringing phone won’t disturb anyone, switch the vibration alert off. You’ll make your smartphone battery last longer.

6.  Don’t quit applications when you’ve finished using them.  

I used to think that closing apps once you finished using them was key to extending battery life. However, a couple of years ago Apple and Google confirmed that closing your phone’s apps once you’re done does absolutely nothing to improve your battery life. In fact, Hiroshi Lockheimer, the VP of Engineering for Android, said closing them actually drains the battery life.

7.  Switch off your smartphone when you don’t need to be reached

If you’re going into a meeting and don’t want to be disturbed, or you’re in the cinema enjoying a particularly gripping movie then switch it off rather than switching it to silent mode.  Contrary to popular belief, switching a phone off and then on again later doesn’t use more battery.

In fact, an Apple Genius said that in order to maximise your iPhone’s battery life, you should turn your phone off at least once a week, to help preserve battery life.

8.  Switch off push notifications

I hate push notifications with a passion.  Unless you’re waiting on a really important email then you probably don’t need email push notifications. Let alone all the other apps that want to send you push notifications.  Every time you receive a push notification your phone lights up consuming battery power – switch that setting right off to make your smartphone battery last longer.

9.  Don’t leave your phone charging overnight.  

According to Apartment Therapy leaving your phone charging overnight apparently fries the battery faster than you can say “smartphone battery charger”. This is because leaving your phone plugged in after reaching 100% damages your phone’s battery in the long-term.

10.  Consider your wallpaper

As strange as it sounds, a light coloured wallpaper on your phone uses more battery power than a dark coloured one.  Animated wallpapers may look fun but are big battery killers too.

11.  Keep Your Smartphone Cool

You really want to avoid leaving your phone on the dashboard of your car, or on a window ledge on the two hot summer days that we get a year. Smartphones don’t like the heat, and their battery runs out quicker in hot weather. Similarly, don’t leave your smartphone on a radiator.

Smartphones don’t like heat because their lithium-ion batteries contain fluids that work through chemical reactions to power the phone’s components. When external heat gets applied to the battery, the fluid inside it starts to evaporate and that can damage the internal structure of the battery.

So there you are, eleven really easy ways on how to extend battery life on your smartphone!  Try them out and see if you can charge your phone much less frequently!  If I’ve missed some add your own in the comments below!

Energy Saving, Home and Garden

Turn Down The Brightness On Your TV To Save Big Time

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Here’s why you should turn the brightness down on your to TV to save both energy and money. Quite a bit of money.

I’m passionate about saving energy. It can be one of the easiest and most impactful things we can do as individuals to tackle climate change. This is because a quarter of the carbon emissions from our homes comes from electricity and gas usage. Cut down our usage, and we cut down our emissions, helping to combat climate change.

And what’s more, cutting our energy usage doesn’t just help the environment. Saving energy means more money in our pockets and less money in the pockets of energy companies. With energy bills expected to rise in 2021, and household finances remaining precarious for many, it’s also more important than ever to save money where we can.

Thankfully, it’s not hard to save energy. I’ve been sharing some easy energy-saving tips for some time now, so thought I’d share a good one today.  It’s so easy and has potentially big savings, just from pressing a button to turn the brightness down on your TV, so I think you’ll like it.

Why You Should Turn The Brightness Down On Your TV

why you should turn the brightness down on your tv to save money and energy

Apparently, the average household can save as much as £8 a month – £96 a year –  just by turning the brightness down on their TV.

This is because when TV sets are packaged for sale or display, they are set at much higher levels of brightness and contrast than really necessary. Manufacturers do this bit of trickery so the screens look all bright and jazzy in illuminated shop displays. However, the default brightness settings are too bright for most living rooms.

Increased brightness and contrast on your TV means increased power consumption. Just by turning the brightness and contrast on your TV set downwards, you’ll probably get a better picture in your home. This benefits your eyes, and it also saves you a nice little sum of money, as well as saving a great deal of energy.

Find your remote, and get adjusting those brightness settings for a better TV watching experience all around!