Did you know that the Netflix app can drain about 20% of your phone’s battery simply by running in the background overnight? This was identified by Mobile Enerlytics – a company that creates diagnostic tools for app makers. So, what are the steps that you can take for making sure that your phone’s battery lasts longer?
Check out the following three ways that you can get the most juice out of your smartphone’s battery.
Obtain The Data
Whether you are using iOS or Android, you can check the battery from the settings to figure out which apps are consuming the most power. This will also help you learn if the app is consuming power while running in the background. This way, you can make fine adjustments to the apps. You can also try Carat – a free app for iOS and Android that was developed in collaboration between Cal-Berkeley and the University of Helsinki.
Tinker With Your OS Settings
Your OS on the smartphone has a ton of features that can be used for saving battery. For instance, you can lower the time before your screen shuts off automatically, enable adaptive battery settings, turn on battery saving mode, and even rely on automatic brightness to save battery. A catch though is that the sensor can drain more life while adjusting the brightness. So we suggest that you pick a brightness setting that works for your light and dark settings and run with it.
You can also switch off the widgets that you are not using. This applies to the unused widgets in Android and Siri app suggestions. You can also stop the automatic uploading of pictures and do it when you are charging your smartphone. You should also switch off the features that you are not using, such as Bluetooth and NFC.
Tackle The Battery-Thirsty Applications
Ideally speaking, you should switch off the background app refresh and automatic updates. If the battery diagnostics tell you that an app is consuming a lot of the battery, it could be a bug. By updating to the latest version of the app and your OS, you will be able to fix the issue. If unused apps are popping up in the battery diagnostics, you should uninstall them.
You can also pare down the notifications from all the apps. On a serious note, do you really need a notification every minute? You should also restrict location services because frankly, not all of the apps need them. Even for the apps that require location, switch the setting to ‘While using’ instead of ‘Always’.
If you follow these tips, you will be able to get the most juice out of your battery!