Its no secret that cell phone batteries typically suck, sometimes not even
lasting us until we get home in the evening. Whats the secret to good
battery life? The general rule of thumb is that if your phone is doing anything,
your battery power is being drained. And if youre doing something fun on
your phone, you can bet your battery meter will be running low shortly.
This means photos, games, and web surfing will all impair your batterys
performance significantly more than regular use. So what are some steps
you can take to maximize your battery life without sacrificing the fun?
Read on for 5 things you can do to increase your phones battery life:
Turn off all off all
unnecessary sounds (keytones, alerts). One of my
biggest pet peeves is how most phones these days come with keytones on. Do
people really like hearing their phone beep, strum a musical note, or chime
every time they press a button? You might like it, but ask your neighbor.
Plus, turning these off will save you a good amount of battery juice. Think
of all of the processing it must take to load up those midis (or whatever
they are) when you touch a key - plus, theyre annoying.
Use either a ringer or vibrate,
but not both. I understand if youre in a concert
or loud party you want to increase your chance of actually realizing your
phone is ringing, but other than that, pick one or the other. Theres no
need to have your ringer all the way to the point where it has both the
sound and vibrate alerts active, so I would recommend against it. I
personally have my phone on vibrate at all times, regardless of where I am.
If youre worried about not hearing your phone when its on vibrate, put it
on a table and I promise youll hear it. Or better yet, put it in a dish
full of coins!
Decrease your screens brightness to 50%.
Go to the settings menu of your phone and change the LCD brightness. At
first, the screen will look dark, but once your eyes have adjusted to it,
youll forget about it. The LCD screen on your phone is one of the biggest
(if not THE biggest) power hogs on your phone. So turn it down, and youre
on your way to a lengthier battery life.
Turn your backlight setting down. Most
phones these days will allow you to adjust the amount of time your backlight
stays on once youve stopped touching buttons. The default length on most
phones is probably around 15-30 seconds, but there are settings that are
much lower. I would suggest turning this down to 3-5 seconds to increase
your battery life. If it starts annoying you, then just crank it back up.
Note: Mine backlight is set to go off after 5 seconds and it doesnt bother
me at all.
Turn off Bluetooth when youre not using it.
This can be an easy one to forget about if youre often switching between
using a Bluetooth headset, and the phones ear piece. Turning the Bluetooth
off when youre not using it will save your phone from having to go out and
check if the headset is there every few seconds. Any type of transmission
will weigh-down your battery life, so if you use infrared, turn that off
when youre not using it as well.