Smartphones outrank basic phones in just about every category, but there is one feature that basic phones have over their high-tech counterparts. What is it, you ask? A good battery life. The extensive technology in iPhones and Android devices makes them nearly impossible to keep alive, no matter how little or how much you use your phone. If you miss the days of once-a-week charge sessions, you might want to learn how to improve your smartphone’s batter life. Here are some tips to help you do just that.
Get a Task Killer
A task killer (also known as a task manager, application manager, or app killer) is a simple application that will allow you to stop other programs from running in your phone’s background. You can find free and cheap versions of this in the marketplace, and all you have to do to use it is hit a couple buttons. Kill tasks every time you stop using an application, and you will see a big improvement in your battery life.
Avoid Active Backgrounds
Active backgrounds are constantly running, even when your phone is in sleep mode. This means that your phone is constantly pumping out power that you cannot control. You can get an app killer to stop your games from running when they’re not in use, but you can’t do that with an active background. You have to decide which is more important – a cascading waterfall you may not ever see or several hours of charge time a day.
Turn off the Wi-Fi
If you have Wi-Fi running on your phone, it will constantly be in search of an internet connection. You can turn this off for now and just turn it back on when you need to. Your phone will tell you that it has to use Wi-Fi for one thing or another. You can approve it at that time, but not before.
Reduce the Screen Brightness
More light obviously means more battery usage. You don’t have to turn this down if you can’t see the phone, but it would be nice to if your eyes are still decent. Once you get used to looking at a screen that isn’t blaringly bright, you may wonder why you ever had the bright lights on in the first place. It’s all a matter of adapting.
Minimize Your Multitasking
If you have multiple apps running on the phone, the processor has to work harder to compensate. This will cause you to lose a lot of battery life. Try to do one thing at a time, and use your task manager to kill every app when you are finished with it. You might spend longer on the phone this way, but it won’t have to spend as long on the charger.
Most smartphone users charge their phones every night, so don’t expect to go several days without charging yours. If you’re having to charge it in the middle of the day though, the tips above should help you eliminate that problem. Use your phone in the right way, and you will never have to worry about running out of juice.
About the Author: Lizzy Clairborne is a freelance writer, college student, and active tech head who loves her iPhone. She is currently going to school on a minority scholarship for a bachelor’s degree in web development.