The battery of any phone is the powerhouse of the device. The battery is essentially the element that provides the power required for the device to operate. No device will be able to function at all without a battery. However, there is a disadvantage of batteries – no infinite power. And so, making the best use of the available power is necessary. But how to maximise battery life of your smartphone? This is a question asked by many people. We have received countless queries asking about battery optimisation. Here are seven tips to help you make the most out of the available power in your hands.
Latest software updates
Software updates are out regularly for a reason. Developers are constantly trying to improve their applications with better, improvised coding so that their app performs using minimum resources and does the maximum processing. Keep downloading updates regularly – both apps as well as system updates. This will keep your devices up-to-date with best performance efficiency.
Turn off WiFi, GPS, Mobile Data
Wifi, GPS, mobile data, Bluetooth, NFC, infrared, etc. all eat up a lot of phone’s resources, not only when active but even when running in the background. e.g. Wifi constantly scans for networks in the background when left on. GPS continuously syncs your location with other applications that require GPS access. This doesn’t work well with the battery backup. A lot of battery is consumed in these processes.
Choose the right charger
Using a proper charger is necessary for charging any phone. Using a charger that doesn’t have a proper power output is absolutely against our recommendation, as these chargers may not be designed for power stability. Always use the charger provided by the company. If you happen to misplace or damage the charger, purchase only certified chargers and cables; They are designed properly to counter any surge currents and instabilities in the device.
Kill apps not in use
Any applications not in use must be killed/closed. Keeping an app running in the background will cause the app to consume RAM, and will also, consume a lot of battery due to the processes that go on when an app is active in the background. RAM is one of the most resource hungry parts of any smartphone, as all programs and processes depend upon the RAM for functioning. Keeping your RAM as free as possible is highly favourable, and we’d recommend killing off all unwanted programs and apps.
Adjust Screen Brightness
The screen is by far, the most battery consuming part of any smartphone. Many people think that keeping the screen on auto-brightness mode is a good idea as it will decrease the screen brightness accordingly. While that is true, it doesn’t do anything to help you optimize battery performance. The main objective of the feature is to make sure the screen is bright enough to a minimum for the eyes of the user to be able to read comfortably. More often than not, the brightness of the screen when auto mode is kept on is higher than what is necessary. This is not a flaw of design, but a feature that doesn’t focus on battery, and instead focusses on performance.
Turn off auto-brightness and adjust your screen’s brightness manually whenever needed. This would help you achieve a better battery life.
Use Dark Wallpapers
Darker wallpapers are highly useful in saving power, especially with AMOLED screens. The black color is especially no light, so an LCD panel may simply input the relevant pixels to as a logical 0. In other words, black color means no current, and current supply means longer power output i.e. more battery life. This works even better with AMOLED screens, as a black colour effectively means an ‘off’ LED.
Never Charge your battery to 100%, Never discharge to 0%
Keeping your phone’s battery between 20-90% has been experimentally proven to help the battery last longer. Every battery has some charge cycles (one charge & discharge completes one cycle). In other words, there’s limit to the number of times you can charge your phone after which the battery will eventually start losing efficiency and will have to be replaced after some more cycles. Typically a Lithium battery has an average charge cycle limit of 800-1000 cycles of 100% efficiency and has to be replaced after 1500-2000 cycles.
To speak in technical terms, A complete discharge will imbalance the number of Li+ ions in the charging cell, so will a 100% charge, it is necessary to maintain a proper balance between the ‘current supplying’ Li+ ions and OCo2- ions.
Even if you aren’t from the technical background, you need not worry about it, just keep your device between 20%-90% and your battery will last longer by at least 200 cycles.
Follow these tips, and you’ll see your battery not only lasting longer through the day but also lasting longer in the long run. If you aren’t doing any of that, do it right from today. If you’re already doing that, great! You’re already using your battery to its optimum efficiency. Kudos! Let us know what else can you do to optimise your battery.