How to Extend the Life of Your Phone’s Battery

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shutterstock_174504461A typical mobile phone battery will last around six to eight hours before recharging, which is usually enough to get most people through the day. But how long it lasts also depends on how and how much you use it, and this article looks at ways to extend your battery’s life both during the day and across its working lifetime.

How to make your battery last all day

There are several ways to get more juice out of your mobile phone battery over the course of a day. These include:

  • Turn it off – When you’re not using it, turn it off. Any incoming calls will go to voicemail and you can simply check it every now and then.
  • Turn off apps and email – Apps can use a lot of data and battery power, with their constant updates and pushing messages. Turn them off along with your email checking function, and you’ll save data usage and battery life over the course of the day.
  • Lose the ringtones – Fancy ringtones may sound great, but they use more battery power. And if your phone’s ringing constantly all day, this can really add up. Use a plain ringtone and turn off vibrate, which also sucks up battery power.
  • Limit your calls – If you’re in the office, use your desk phone to make and receive calls instead of your mobile, and if you’re out and about, limit your talk time to save battery life.
  • Turn off features – Turn off everything you don’t use regularly, such as Bluetooth, WiFi, screen backlighting and any animated backgrounds or other eye candy you might be running.

How to extend your battery’s lifetime

Batteries are sensitive to a variety of conditions, so if you want your battery to last longer before you have to replace it, try the following steps.

  • Fully charge a new battery for five or six hours before using it for the first time.
  • Don’t leave your phone in your pocket or in a hot car, as raised temperature shortens battery life. Keep your spare phone battery in the fridge for the same reason.
  • Never let your battery run out completely. Recharge it when it still has at least one bar left on the charger.
  • Treat your phone with care and avoid dropping it, as your battery is as sensitive to shocks as the phone itself.
  • Use nail polish remover and a Q-tip to regularly clean the contacts on your phone and on the battery.

Observing these simple tips is a win-win situation. It can give you several hours more phone use every day, and it can save you money and reduce your carbon footprint by extending the overall life of your mobile phone battery.

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