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3 tips on how to keep your phone battery charged longer

Your phone battery can last all day if you follow these steps

by CyberGuy Staff

The dreaded notification pops up on your phone screen: your battery is running low.

We’ve all experienced the feeling of seeing that percentage drop further and lower with no access to a phone charger.

Whether you’re hoping to extend your battery’s life, or you need to keep your phone alive for a few extra hours, follow these simple steps to keep a little extra juice in that charge.

 

Steps to keep extra charge to your battery

iPhone:

1) Turn on Low Power Mode.

You may already be familiar with Low Power Mode because the iPhone will prompt the option to turn it on when your phone dips to 20% in battery, but you can turn it on anytime in your Settings.

iphone low power mode screenshot

  • Go to “Settings”
  • Tap “Battery”
  • Activate the “Low Battery Mode” slider so it’s green

Low Power Mode will help keep your battery charged longer, but it will stop some apps like your email from refreshing in the background.

 

2) Turn off Location Services for apps you don’t need

iphone location services screenshot

While you don’t want to turn off Location Services completely, you can change the settings for individual applications that don’t need your location at all times.

  • Go to “Settings”
  • Tap “Privacy”
  • Tap “Location Services”
  • Don’t turn off Location Services completely
  • Click each app and choose between “Never”,“Ask Next Time or When I Share”, and “While Using the App”

Many apps require your location, but by opting to allow them access only while using the program will save your battery.

 

3) Turn off Background App Refresh

iphone background refresh screenshot

If your phone is in Low Power Mode, this feature will automatically be disabled.

  • Go to “Settings”
  • Tap “General”
  • Tap “Background App Refresh”
  • Click “Background App Refresh” and select “Off”

You can also keep Background App Refresh on and instead toggle off all of the applications you don’t need to check while saving battery.

 

Android:

1) Turn on Power Saving Mode

Turning on Power Saving Mode will automatically reduce battery-draining settings like your screen brightness.

android power saving screenshot

  • Go to “Settings”
  • Tap “Battery”
  • Toggle on the “Power Saver Mode” or “Battery Saver” slider

 

2) Turn off Nearby device & WiFi/Bluetooth scanning

Even if your Bluetooth is deactivated, the Nearby device scanning setting will automatically scan for other devices nearby and let you connect to them. This will drain your battery quickly if you’re in a setting with lots of other devices.

  • Go to “Settings”
  • Tap “Connections”
  • Tap “More Connection Settings”
  • Toggle off “Nearby device scanning”

If you’re not home or connected to a known WiFi network, your phone will constantly search for an open one your device could be connected to. While turning off Wifi and Bluetooth scanning will mean you have to manually select a WiFi network or Bluetooth device, turning this feature off will keep your battery charged longer.

android wifi bluetooth scanning screenshot

  • Go to “Settings”
  • Tap “Location”
  • Tap “WiFi and Bluetooth Scanning”
  • Toggle off “WiFi and Bluetooth Scanning” slider

 

3) Stop Background app refresh

android screenshot restrict battery

  • Go to “Settings”
  • Tap “Apps & notifications”
  • Tap “Apps info”
  • Click each of your individual applications one at a time
  • Tap “Advanced”
  • Tap “Battery”
  • Tap “Background restriction”
  • Click “Restrict”

While it may take a few minutes to Restrict each of your applications’ refresh settings, this will save significant battery life.

In addition to the tips above, you can double the battery life from your phone with any of these best portable battery add-ons for any mobile phone or portable device.

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