Nowadays, we all carry our mini-computers in our pocket. With all the internet browsing, e-mail, music, camera use, when you need your phone for its real use, making a call, you realize that you have run out of battery.
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Here are some tips to maximize your phone battery life and prevent it from reaching that 'critical' level. This is for an Android device, but the basics remain the same and should work for other devices too.
Time: As long as you are ready to survive away from your phone
Materials Android cell phone
Loads of patience
Some distraction (or just meditate!)
Method 1. Mellow down the screen Knocking down the screen brightness can save your phone battery, regardless of the kind of screen it is. Works equally well for the trendy OLED or traditional LCD screens. Auto-brightness mode is your solution. However, if you are not out in the sun, best to keep the brightness on minimum.
Also keep the screen time-out time to 15 seconds.
2. Switch off the vibration The vibration notification feature is another culprit draining your phone's battery. Try setting your audible ringtone to the lowest volume.
3. Stick to 2G or 3G networks Though the slower networks might seem like a bore to the smart phone junkie, the high-speed data connection (4G), is devouring your battery. Unless you keep a charger always handy, try sticking to 3G network. And if you are the one who has the phone plastered to your ear, then better be happy with the 2G connection.
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4. Turn on the power saving mode Easy as a click, this is your safest bet when you are running low on battery. It will automatically reduce the screen brightness, switch off the vibration and control the memory performance.
5. Turn on flight mode This is the 'Master switch' which turns off all the signals. In ascending order, its the Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, phone network and GPS which chew your battery. So its your choice, either block them all out or just keep one to maintain some thread of connectivity.
Next time your battery goes low, try these tips and have your phone functioning for longer periods.