Some people look after their smartphone like a newborn baby. Other people chuck them around with no regard for their safety. Whichever camp you fall in, your battery is going to degrade over time. As your device gets older, you will notice that the battery does not last anywhere near as long as it used to. However, there are a few things you can do to help slow down this process. Here are 7 ways to make your battery last longer.
Keep your battery from going to 0% or 100%
Some people think that you need to charge and drain your battery fully to keep it healthy. However, new phones use lithium-ion batteries and this technique does not help at all. In fact, by stressing your battery like this, you are actually shortening the lifespan. Ideally, you should charge it between 30% and 80% for best results.
Avoid charging your battery beyond 100%
Many people keep a charger by their bed and charge their phones overnight. This will actually shorten the lifespan of your battery because you are stressing it. The additional voltage used will heat up the battery and cause it to decay. If possible, you should charge your phone to 100%, then remove the charger.
Charge slowly if you can
Many new phones have a fast-charging feature. This is excellent for those moments when you are in a rush and you need some extra juice in your phone. However, they do not do your battery any good. It is far better to charge devices slowly where possible. Charging your phone through a low-voltage charger (like a PC or laptop) is good for it.
Turn off WiFi and Bluetooth if you are not using them
The fewer times you charge your battery, the longer it will last. That means you need to make the most out of each charge. To do this, you need to keep in mind the things that drain your phone’s battery. WiFi and Bluetooth are both huge battery drainers. Try turning them off when you are not using your phone.
Manage your location services
Many apps track your location nowadays. That means they are constantly scanning GPS to keep track of where you are. To stop apps from doing this in the background, you need to select the option that allows location-tracking only when the app is in use. This will reduce battery output.
Let your assistant go
Siri and Google Assistant are great features. But not many people actually use them in everyday situations. If you find that these apps are not important to you, it is better to disable them. In fact, this goes for every optional feature on your phone.
Learn about electronics and batteries
To truly understand how to look after your phone’s battery, you need a basic understanding of electronics and batteries. The best way to gain this knowledge is through practical application. Get some basic electronic equipment – like rocker component, lightbulbs, and batteries – and build your own circuit. You can find plenty of useful guides online. This will give you a basic understanding of how your device works, which will make it far easier to care for it.