Although they are increasingly efficient, our smartphones suffer from a problem that has not improved over the years: lack of autonomy. Whether they run on iOS, Android, Windows Phone or BlackBerry OS, they tend to run down quickly, some even needing to be recharged several times a day. Revwr reveals some tips to improve the autonomy of your smartphone.
Reduce screen brightness
Start by decreasing the screen brightness to save battery power on your smartphone. The brighter your display is, the more power it consumes. To do this, go to the display settings, to play with the brightness level, and thus find the right balance between user comfort and autonomy management.
Regularly close active applications
Some applications run continuously, even if you are not using them. Facebook, Twitter or weather applications, for example, update automatically in the background and therefore consume energy. We therefore recommend that you regularly check which applications are running in the background to disable them.
Disconnect Unnecessary Connections
Some connections can be very useful occasionally, but do not necessarily need to be active all the time. These include 4G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or NFC for example. They are very useful for surfing the web or exchanging data with compatible devices nearby, and are known to be energy-consuming. Don’t hesitate to turn them off when you don’t need them.
Avoid activating the vibrator and haptic feedback
While it is practical and discreet, the vibrator is also a large consumer of battery power. Prefer a low-volume ringer, if possible. In the same vein, avoid haptic feedback, which makes the device vibrate when you touch the screen.
Disable unnecessary widgets
Often very practical, widgets are also to be avoided if you want to optimize the autonomy of your smartphone. Most of them also work in the background, resulting in energy consumption that is not necessarily necessary.
Activate the “power saving” mode
Some devices have a mode that disables the most energy-intensive features, which can come in handy when there isn’t much battery life left. These power-saving modes typically shut down 4G and Wi-Fi connections and disable all notifications.
Coming from social networks, news sites, games or even the various messaging systems you have installed on your smartphone, notifications can be very practical, but also energy-consuming. We therefore advise you to keep only the ones you need. To disable notifications for a particular application, simply go to the application’s settings and uncheck the notification box.
Setting your smartphone to sleep mode
Since the screen display is one of the main sources of consumption, one of the most effective ways to improve the autonomy of your smartphone is to set a short interval for automatic sleep.
Avoid animated wallpapers
An animated wallpaper can be very nice, but it requires a lot of resources from your processor, as well as from the graphic part of your smartphone’s components. Turn it off and you will gain precious minutes / hours of autonomy. Moreover, if you have an AMOLED screen, avoid white or light backgrounds. Indeed, this technology consumes more when it displays light tones.
The GPS function, used by many applications, is only really useful when you need to locate yourself or plot a route. Tip: Only activate it when you need to.
Check out the most power-consuming applications
This advice is particularly aimed at Android users. Google’s mobile operating system makes it possible to track which applications consume the most energy. It’s a good way to find out which features make you lose autonomy.
Anything that makes the smartphone heat up is bad for its autonomy. The heat will have a detrimental effect on the short term autonomy, but also on the life of your battery. So avoid leaving your smartphone lying around in the sun.
Manage the recharging frequencies according to the battery type
The charging guidelines recommended on smartphones have evolved over the years. Indeed, a few years ago, they recommended letting the battery drain completely before recharging it, but they were adapted to nickel-cadmium batteries. Most smartphones on the market today are equipped with lithium-ion batteries, which on the contrary are better able to withstand frequent recharging. With recent smartphones, it is therefore preferable to recharge as soon as you have the opportunity to do so.
Activate Airplane Mode
A simple and radical way to increase the autonomy of your smartphone. This will result in cutting your device’s cellular and Wi-Fi connections. But since your smartphone is designed to be used for communication, its application is still limited in time.
Add an external battery
Please note that there are external batteries available on the market that can be connected to your smartphone. Whether to recharge your device occasionally or to power several simultaneously, the types of external batteries are diverse and varied, so you will inevitably find the one that is adapted to your case.
Changing the battery of your smartphone
You’ve tried everything, but your smartphone battery still discharges very quickly? There’s only one solution left: change it. But while some devices have a removable battery, this is not the case for everyone. If it is impossible for you to access the battery of your smartphone, you will have to dismantle the device or have it dismantled by a specialist. But be careful, as this procedure may void the warranty of your device. So be sure to weigh the pros and cons before taking this step.