It’s the epitome of a “first world problem”, but one we all dread. The flat phone battery.
So much of our lives these days revolve around what’s happening online. Our phones have become more important than any other everyday essential, and something we constantly find ourselves reaching for or gazing at.
With so much smartphone use, it's no wonder we are all perpetually needing to charge up, and brands are working hard to release products that offer faster charge (ahem - check out our range of power products!)
Stuck without access to a charger or simply keen to make your phone battery last longer each day? By following these five simple tips, you’ll notice a drastic change in how long your favourite device lasts. You can thank us later.
We get it. Trust us. We all want to know things they minute they happen, and most of us have at least a few app push notifications activated to get immediate alerts. Social media comments, likes on your newest Instagram snap, emails pings, fresh YouTube uploads, a new message from that Tinder match. The odds are your phone is constantly pushing through notifications to let you know the minute something happens in your online world.
In reality, your push notifications could be the very reason your phone battery is dwindling fast. Your smartphone constantly uses Wifi or data to search for new updates, and so behind the scenes it doesn’t stop - chewing through battery life like nobody's business.
Go to your phone settings and perform an audit on your activated push notifications, switching ones that aren’t absolutely necessary to ‘OFF’. It will go a long way towards preserving your battery.
It seems too simple to be true - but it is! Super bright screen resolution is a major drag on the life of your device battery. It’s generally better for the health of your eyes to have your screen brightness set higher rather than lower - to avoid squinting and eye strain - but if your phone is running dangerously low on charge, pop to your settings and drag that brightness level down!
Have you ever noticed that when your iPhone battery is starting to go into the red, your phone pops up with a little notification asking if you want to switch to a ‘smart battery’ or ‘low power mode’? Don’t disregard it - it could be your new best friend when a flat battery is threatening to ruin your plans.
Essentially, this feature dramatically reduces the power your device continues to use when it’s already low. You can also enable this yourself without the need for a nudge from Apple in your battery settings.
You may not have ever even thought about it, but vibrating alerts on your smartphone actually contribute to battery loss. Your phone’s vibrating mechanism is powered by the battery, so disabling this is one less thing putting pressure on it. You can turn your vibrations off altogether, or if you prefer to keep them on for certain apps, switch the remainder off in your phone settings.
We couldn’t live without the apps on our phone, but some will drain the life out of your battery more quickly than others. Any app that consumes large amounts of data will send you hurtling towards a dead smartphone in no time. This includes video and music streaming, photo apps, video conferencing and a long list of other apps and features. In fact, a recent list released by The Independent pointed the finger squarely at Netflix, Spotify, Snapchat, Whatsapp and Facebook for maximum battery drainage.
We don’t expect you to live without your apps, but there are lots of simple ways to ensure they impact your charge level less. These include uninstalling unused apps, turning off push notifications (see #1 above), putting on Airplane mode when you don’t have signal or aren’t using your phone, and closing apps that are running in the background.