We live in a world where smartphones have dumb batteries!
My phones’ batteries just so happen to be the worst, always.
The one time I had a Samsung, the battery was ridiculous.
Since then, it’s been back to iPhone, which is somewhat less ridiculous but still shocking nonetheless.
So, how do I make the most of my phone’s battery? Truth is, I don’t really. It’s inevitable that the battery is going to die after one straight hour of using it.
Oh yeah, speaking of phones… I’ve turned off the setting for ‘Screen Time’, too.
Do I want to have visual evidence of what I already know, which is – I’m addicted to my phone, and social-media in particular? Nope.
Do I need to know that I spend 28 hours a day on social-media? Again, nope. I already know, I was there when I spent it. The thing about that was I tried to cheat. I thought that if I deleted my social-media apps and logged into my accounts using Safari, it won’t calculate it as ‘social media’… Still got caught.
Anyway, back to battery-saving life hacks!
1) Switch location settings off
This is important if you want to save battery life. Location settings being on the whole time ruin your phone’s battery life and cause your phone to overheat quicker. After using it to order your Uber or use Google Maps, get in the habit of switching it off.
2) Turn brightness way down
This is important. It helps with sleep too. If you don’t want to switch your phone to Night Mode, making your screen turn a tea-stained shade of yellow, do this.
3) Delete social-media apps from phone
I know it sounds like a really obvious thing to say, but social-media apps drain the battery.
If you delete them and use Safari, it doesn’t just improve your phone’s battery life, but saves space on your phone too! Just think of the pictures, videos and songs you won’t have to delete!
TOP TIP: Facebook and Messenger apps are the most notorious of battery stealers.
4) Turn Bluetooth off
Apple’s bright idea to remove the headphone socket – making us sacrifice charging and listening to music at the same time – sucks. It means that we have to wear wireless headphones if we want to do both.
Obviously we cannot connect wireless headphones without Bluetooth, so – my advice is charge your phone while you listen to music.
Yes, I know this isn’t something you can control, it just means your battery won’t die quicker than it would if you wasn’t listening to music.
5) Turn on Aeroplane Mode and use WiFi instead
This is so important! When you’re in a place where you can connect to the WiFi, switch to Aeroplane Mode and use WiFi instead of your data.
6) Close all your apps after you finish with them
Don’t keep your apps open if you’re not using them. This drains your battery. Even keeping multiple tabs in Safari open is enough to drain your phone’s battery, remember that.
7) Check battery usage setting to see which apps* are draining your battery the most
Do this. It’s worth it. Get rid of the one that wastes the most battery – I ain’t no Claire Voyant, but I’m pretty sure it’ll be Facebook.
8) Switch the ‘battery saver’ setting on
Easy fix. Easy to do.
9) Free up space
I believe that space on your phone affects your phone’s battery life too. So, if you can afford to, don’t download your Spotify playlists* and/or delete old photos, videos and music. Back them up first, though!
FACT: If you download the songs on your Spotify app, it takes up a considerable amount of space (depending the amount of songs you have on there).
10) Don’t charge your phone until it goes under 20%
I’m quite bad when it comes to charging my phone at the correct time. I don’t let it drain out until below 20% before charging it, and I charge it through the night.
Both of the above are bad if you want to maintain your phone’s battery life and make it last longer.
However, if you follow the hacks above, you won’t feel your phone overheating at least. Basically, your battery won’t melt.
Ultimately, your phone’s battery will die at some stage… Therefore, you should always keep a portable power bank with you (or your phone’s charging lead) at all times to avoid being cut off.
If you spotted the ‘*’ in this post, those are clues to the next posts to look out for…
I just need to charge my phone first.