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Make your phone's battery last longer

27 Dec 2014
Mariah - amaysim blogger


amaysim's content guru

The biggest year of the night is only a few days away. Make sure that your phone is just as geared up as you are to welcome in the new year.

Here’s the deal – we love our smartphones because they can do a heck of a lot, but the moment you start using them for anything “smart” the battery juice quickly dries up. You don’t want to be caught with a flat battery on a night out, especially on New Year’s Eve – here are some of our tips to keep your mobile battery going for just that bit longer.

Turn off connections you’re not using: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS

You waste valuable power when you leave connections on that you don’t need, like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS. That’s because your phone’s sniffing like a dog on heat for signals and devices to connect to.

Bluetooth should only be turned on when you intend on connecting to a device, and only leave Wi-Fi on when there’s a connection that you know is reliable (like at home and work).

Apps like Air Drop (iPhone), S Beam (Samsung) and Xbox Live (Windows) should also be turned off when you don’t need them.

If you know you won’t need an internet or mobile connection (you’re just taking photos, for example), put your phone in Flight Mode – this will really help preserve the battery. Also, if you’re looking for a quick charging session, popping your phone in Flight Mode will help it charge faster (#winning).

Turn off push notifications

A push notification is a service to alert you when your apps have received new data. Messaging and email apps use push notifications a lot because they’re always on alert for new data – unsurprisingly, this also means that they use up a lot of the battery.

The best thing to do is to turn push notifications off for certain applications and set them for time-based intervals. The bigger the intervals, the more battery life you save. I recommend sticking to 30 minutes or 1 hour intervals; there’s not too much of a delay but you are giving your phone some well-earned R&R.

Close running apps

If you don’t turn off your apps properly, they’ll keep running in the background – this means they’ll use up your battery and even your mobile data (if they’re data-dependent apps). When you’ve completely finished using an app, get in the habit of completely closing it. See the steps below for your handset.

For iPhones:

Double-tap the home button to bring up a list of all your running apps. Swipe upwards on the app thumbnail to close it.

(Got lots of apps running? It’s faster to use two fingers to close two apps at the same time).

For Android:

Depending on your handset, double-tap or press down on the home button to pull up the recent applications menu. Swipe the apps your want to close to the right.

Alternatively, head to the Application Manager under Settings and manually select the apps you want to “Force Stop.”

For Windows 8:

To close an app, drag it from the top of the screen to the very bottom. Hold it there until the app flips over so it completely stops.

Following these simple sets will help ensure that you’ve got plenty of juice left in your mobile to get you through a cracking party and even the cab ride home. If all else fails, make sure to take a portable charge with you wherever you go – you can get some small ones these days, and they won’t break the bank either.

Do you have any tips of your own for making your phone’s battery last longer? Been caught with a flat mobile at the worst time possible? Comment below and let us know.

Happy New Year!

Mariah - amaysim's communications coordinator.