7 Tips for Extending Your Smartphone's Battery Life

Daniel Mwangi
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You've got a smartphone, and you're used to it. Whether it's for taking selfies or catching up on the latest news, you depend on that little device to get things done. But what if I told you that there were simple things you could do to extend your phone's battery life? In this article we'll discuss seven tips for extending your smartphone's battery life so that they'll last longer between charges—without having to buy a new one!

Turn off your lights.

  • Turn off your phone's screen.
  • Turn off your phone's backlight.
  • Turn off your phone's vibration.
  • Turn off your phone's sound, if it has one (you can always use the built-in speaker or headphones).
  • Disable notifications for apps that don't need to be running in the background all the time—for example, any social media apps like Facebook or Twitter that you don’t use every day but still want access to when needed—and also disable notifications for any games you play regularly but don't need constant updates from every time someone sends them a new message or posts on their wall (this will help save battery life).

Turn your screen brightness down.

This is a pretty simple tip, but it can make a big difference in how long your battery lasts. If you want to make sure you're getting the most out of your smartphone's battery life (and not draining it faster than normal), turn off auto-brightness. When this feature is enabled, your screen brightness automatically adjusts based on the amount of light around you—so if someone walks into a room with bright sunlight and they're holding their phone up close to their face, the phone will turn up its brightness so they can see what's on their screen clearly.

If this sounds like something that would work against our goal here: don't worry! There are plenty of other ways we can adjust our settings without sacrificing convenience or style—just know that these things won't always be perfect for every situation or person's needs."

Turn off Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS when you're not using them.

  • Turn off Wi-Fi.
  • Turn off Bluetooth.
  • Turn off GPS (if you have it).

Update your operating system.

Updates are a good way to keep your device current, and they can also improve battery life. The most common update is the operating system—the software that powers your phone and gives it its basic functions. Updating your operating system will fix bugs and security vulnerabilities, improve performance, add new features that make using your phone easier (like texting while driving), and even reduce battery drain by allowing more power to be used by the device.

Reduce screen timeout.

  • Turn off auto-lock. This is a common practice on most smartphones, and it's one that can have a huge impact on battery life. The idea behind auto-lock is to prevent your screen from staying idle long enough for its battery to drain down and need recharging—but in many cases, this is counterproductive. When you're not using your device (or even just reading an article or emailing someone), you don't want it turning off automatically!
  • Set the screen timeout to 1 minute instead of 15 seconds or less (depending on your manufacturer). If you've set up Bluetooth headphones or speakers near the bottom edge of your phone where they won't get bumped around too often (like under your car seat), then try setting this amount lower so they won't interfere with normal use of other functions like navigation screens or text input fields; otherwise just keep them turned off altogether until needed again later--that way no matter what happens during any given day there won't be any surprises when someone asks about why there wasn't any sound coming out over those particular speakers anymore since yesterday afternoon."

Avoid extreme temperatures.

  • Avoid extreme temperatures. While it's great to be able to keep your phone in the back of your car, that doesn't mean you should leave it there for hours on end. You can take steps to make sure that your battery lasts longer by keeping things cool—not overheating them or exposing them to heat from too much sun exposure.
  • Don’t keep your phone in direct sunlight for long periods of time either; this will cause accelerated aging and increase the risk of overheating or damage due to overheating (which could lead directly towards an early demise for many devices!). If possible, try taking photos outside during part of the day but don't forget about shade!
  • Don’t microwave anything near electronics because this causes permanent changes within components such as solder joints which may become more fragile over time due simply due how extreme temperatures change everything around us every single day."

Use power saving mode.

Power saving mode is one of the easiest ways to maximize battery life. When you're done using your phone, turn off its display and put it in a sleep state. This will help save power by limiting background data usage and turning off unnecessary features like GPS, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi radios.

To activate power saving mode on Android:

  • Go to Settings > Battery (or Battery Saver).
  • Tap on "Power Saver" at the top of the screen under System Tools & Profiles (or other relevant options).

There are simple things that you can do to increase your phone's battery life without having to buy a new one

  • Turn off your Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS when you're not using them.
  • Don't charge your phone while it's hot or cold.
  • Don't keep the battery at 100% all the time.


What we’ve covered here is just the tip of the iceberg. There are plenty more things you can do to increase your phone's battery life, but these seven tips should help you get started. If you're not sure what else to do, it's always best to consult the manufacturer or app store for additional suggestions and instructions.