Digital Crave

10 ways to extend your smartphone’s battery

View photo

.
extend smartphone battery

It really doesn't matter what kind of smartphone you rely on for work or play -- be it an iPhone, Android, Windows Phone or BlackBerry -- the more these pocket-sized computers can do, the more pressure it can put on the battery.

If you're finding your smartphone is petering out before you're ready to, consider some of these following tips to squeeze more battery life between charges.

Dim the screen

Turn down the brightness of your smartphone screen a good deal as it will help preserve battery life. This can be found in the Options or Settings menu. You'll get used to the dimmer screen after a short while. On a related note, also set your screen to turn off after a minute or so of inactivity.

Turn off radios you don’t use

Unless you need them, turn off as many of your phone's wireless radios as you can, as it can also drain your battery. This includes GPS, Bluetooth, NFC and Wi-Fi. Or, in a pinch, turn off all radios, including cellular connectivity, by selecting the "airplane mode" – such as when you board a plane.

Turn off push notifications

If you can, turn off "push" services or reduce the frequency in which you ask your smartphone to receive new information -- such as incoming email messages -- as it needs to "ping" a server to send you the updated data each time. Instead, choose to pull down messages when you need to.

Wi-Fi better than cellular

If you'd like to access online content, use Wi-Fi instead of cellular connectivity, if possible. This will require you to join a wireless network at home or at the office, or when you're in a public hotspot, such as a café, hotel lobby or airport lounge. Wi-Fi has been proven to be less taxing on your battery than using 3G/4G service.

Remember to lock it

Always lock your smartphone when you aren't using it as you'll still be able to receive calls and texts, but you aren't accidentally turning on the phone when it's in your pocket or purse (because you hit a button or screen). After all, there's nothing more embarrassing than calling someone by accident -- especially when it's 2am.

Applications matter

The battery will drain faster if you're using the phone for tasks that are more demanding on the system's resources -- such as watching video or playing multiplayer games -- than less taxing tasks, such as typing notes or reading an electronic book. Multitasking, such as listening to music while surfing the web, can also contribute to faster battery drain.

Make sure the app is closed

Be sure to properly close apps when you're not using it as they still might be running in the background and thus, using up power (and possibly data). With iPhone, for example, double-tap the Home button and you’ll see open apps at the bottom of the screen.

Room temperature is best

If you can help it, don't keep your phone in hot or cold temperatures, such as leaving it on your car's dashboard on a sweltering summer day or frigid winter night – as both could prematurely drain your battery. Ideally, smartphones work best from, say, 32 degrees to 95 degrees Fahrenheit.

Software updates

Be sure you download the latest software updates (sometimes referred to as "firmware") as smartphone engineers are always trying out new ways to improve power management. This can be performed when the smartphone is attached to a computer via USB cable or over a Wi-Fi connection.

Extra battery

Many phones have fitted battery packs to extend battery life -- doubling it, in most cases -- and they often serve as added protection, if banged around. Or you can carry around portable those lithium-ion battery boosts that plug into your smartphone via USB cable, if needed. Also, remember lithium-based batteries work best by keeping the electrons in it moving often, therefore try to charge up your smartphone and letting it run down completely at least once a month (often called a "full charge" cycle).

Sorry you didn't like this comment. Please provide a reason below.

Are you sure?
Rating failed. Try again.
Request failed. Try again.
We will promote constructive and witty comments to the top, so everyone sees them!
Sorry, we can’t load comments right now. Try again.

    Recommended for You

    • 'Put up the picture again': Chris Wallace uses photos to confront Trump chief of staff over false crowd-size claims

      Fox News anchor Chris Wallace confronted White House chief of staff Reince Priebus on Sunday over...

      Business Insider
    • 40-year-old Florida woman accused of sex with teens at her child’s party

      A Florida woman accused of having sex with teenagers is facing additional charges in connection with the same incident. A total of five victims have now been identified, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office. Three of them are 16-year-old boys. Jaimie Ayer, 40, was charged with an additional four counts of unlawful sexual activity. The sheriff’s office announced Thursday she was originally charged with three counts of unlawful sexual activity of certain minors. At that time, officials determined there were two victims, 16- and 17-year-old males. All seven counts stem from an incident on Dec. 23 in which the Bradenton woman allegedly was giving alcohol and having sex with minors at

      Miami Herald q
    • WR Michael Floyd won't be playing in AFC title game after Patriots declare him inactive

      The New England Patriots raised some eyebrows in December when they claimed receiver Michael Floyd off waivers after Floyd was released by the Arizona Cardinals. Michael Floyd stretches during a Patriots practice this month.

      Shutdown Corner
    • Hungry? McDonald’s has two new types of Big Macs that will make your mouth water

      If you know your McDonald’s history, you know the Big Mac was invented by franchisee owner Jim Delligatti back in 1967. Up…

      Hello Giggles
    • Stephen Hawking warned us about contacting aliens, but this astronomer says it's 'too late'

      In 2010, physicist Stephen Hawking voiced concern about the possibility that we might contact...

      Business Insider
    • Criminals can’t wait to be arrested by this sexy cop

      Talk about New York’s Finest. Samantha Sepulveda is a local police officer who doubles as a lingerie and swimsuit model — and her sexy poses have garnered more than 110,000 followers on her @sammysep Instagram page. Sepulveda, 32, is only 5-foot-2 but deceptively tough. She’s a fitness fanatic who wields her femininity more effectively than a firearm. “I talk men into handcuffs all the time because they don’t want to fight me,” she told The Post. She joined the force in 2010. About three years later, a friend who worked for a lingerie and swimsuit company invited her to model in a runway fashion show — and launched her new career. Sepulveda refused to name her police department to avoid any notoriety,

      New York Post q
    • More Amazing Photos You Missed From the Women's March in Washington, D.C. (70 photos)

      On Saturday, women, men, children, and even pets , from all walks of life, on all seven continents ( yes, including Antartica ) joined together in solidarity for the Women’s March. While the marches took place in cities worldwide, Washington, D.C. was the epicenter for the movement, where hundreds of thousands descended upon the city in attempts to stand up not only for women’s rights, but for human rights, and to send a message that climate change is real, and it is up to us to stop it. High estimates for D.C.’s march state up to 680,000 people rallied on the streets of the nation’s capital. The crowds were reportedly so large , that folks couldn’t use the original protest route, and instead they clustered in the streets, marching to the White House, dispersing through the capital, a sea of pink cat-eared hats and picket signs. No arrests were made . It signifies that, even though many say the country is divided, there is still clearly a lot of unity still in the land. Click through the slideshow above to see some of the sights from the demonstration. Related: Princess Leia and Wonder Woman Emerge as Icons in Women's Anti-Trump Marches Pink Pussy Hats Unite Millions at Women's Marches Around the World Follow us on Instagram , Facebook , and Pinterest for nonstop inspiration delivered fresh to your feed, every day.  

      Yahoo Style
    • Carly Fiorina reacts to the Women's March on Washington

      Former presidential candidate suggests on 'Sunday Morning Futures' that demonstrators give the new president time

      Fox Business Videos
    • 10 Facts About Charles Manson's Imprisonment That Will Disgust You

      Infamous convicted murderer Charles Manson has spent nearly five decades imprisoned since his death sentence in 1971 was commuted to life. Suffice it to say that his peculiar behavior behind bars is far from that of a model prisoner. The following 10 facts take a glimpse into the life of a caged madman as well as the bizarre fan base his lunacy attracts. 10 A Disturbing Fan Base Despite the fact that Manson undoubtedly has had a lot of “alone” time—over four decades locked away in protective custody in a California state prison—he receives plenty of fan mail to keep him occupied as well as continuous meet-and-greet requests. In fact, Manson has received more mail than any other prisoner in the

      Listverse q
    • White House goes to war with the press over dubious claims about crowd sizes

      President Donald Trump's top officials stood defiant for a second day in the face of...

      Business Insider
    • 10 Cars That Can Take You to 300,000 Miles

      Some of the most durable cars are also ones owners keep longer than a decade. Here are 10 vehicles with the chops to hit 300,000 miles and keep going.

      The Cheat Sheet q
    • Meghan Markle and Prince Harry wedding 'on the cards' says her gun-toting half-brother

      The tearaway half-brother of Meghan Markle has begged for forgiveness ahead of her potential royal marriage to Prince Harry, and says he would "love" to attend the wedding. Tom Markle Jr, 50, grew up with Meghan in California, but the two have since taken very different life paths. While Meghan, 35, enjoys considerable success as Rachel Zane in US legal drama Suits, Tom has found himself on the wrong side of the law.

      International Business Times UK q
    • With 5 Simple Words, Mark Zuckerberg Says Everything That Needs to Be Said About Vaccines

      Mark Zuckerberg stirred up a parenting debate, and it has nothing to do with Facebook privacy settings nor photos of breastfeeding moms. No, it has to do with a simple photo he posted about his then 1-month-old daughter, Max. Like so many new dads before him, Mark's been sharing his daughter's milestones on his Facebook page — her first quantum physics book, her first New Year's Eve, her first Star Wars pose — and her first round of vaccinations. A year ago, he posted a photo of Max bundled up and sitting on his lap at what is likely to be her pediatrician's office and wrote, "Doctor's visit — time for vaccines!" With those five words, one of the world's richest and "most influential people"

      PopSugar q
    • Chen lands 5 quads to win US figure skating title with ease

      KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Nathan Chen stood on the top step of the podium and stifled a smile as U.S. Figure Skating president Samuel Auxier, as he prepared to drape a gold medal around his neck, bowed down before him.

      Associated Press
    • AT&T is losing cellphone customers, fast

      AT&T is steaming ahead at full speed with its plan to merge with media company Time Warner. That's probably a good thing for the company's bottom line, as the wireless business is losing customers at speed. According to an analyst note from Cowen and Company Equity Research, seen by  Fierce Wireless , AT&T is leading other carriers in customers departing every quarter. "“When asking postpaid subscribers that have been with their carrier (less than) two years which carrier did they previously have, the top answer for current Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon respondents was ‘previously AT&T,’ whereas in previous surveys it’s been more mixed," the note reportedly said. That makes sense when you look at AT&T's numbers. The company lost 268,000 subscribers during Q3 2016, and a Wells Fargo analyst predicted  that the company lost another 220,000 in the fourth quarter. AT&T claims the subscriber losses are due to a new, more focused retentions system, whereby they focus more on lucrative customers, and allow those on cheaper plans to defect to other cell carriers. That's what you'd expect a company that's slowly fading to say, but it does also make a small amount of sense given AT&T's recent direction. It's focusing more on high-value customers who buy cable, TV and wireless service in a bundle, or those who at least subscribe to DirecTV Now. The strategy adopted by T-Mobile , which is probably stealing most of AT&T's customers, is nearly the complete opposite. For T-Mobile, it's all about selling the single semi-unlimited data plan it now offers and getting multiple lines onto one account. Time is going to tell which strategy ultimately makes more money, but history is more in favor of T-Mobile's direction here. The economics of wireless leans in favor of the more customers, the better. The additional cost of letting one more customer use your giant national infrastructure is low, so the more customers you have, the easier it is to grow your network -- and the data shows that the one thing people really care about is good service.

      BGR News
    • Tom Brady's kids have a diet that is almost as strict as his

      Tom Brady is a professional football player who is still in peak shape at an age (39) when most...

      Business Insider
    • Womens March on Washington Protesters Got a Mid-flight Surprise on Southwest

      A Southwest flight full of people on their way to Washington, D.C.many of which were heading to participate in Saturday's Women's March on Washingtonwere treated to a special in-flight lightshow on Thursday night.

      Travel+Leisure
    • Here's why Falcons didn't get a safety on Packers fumble

      Shouldn’t have been a safety. Shouldn’t have been a touchback, either. The Green Bay Packers were in strong position to score their first points of the 2017 NFC Championship game when Aaron Ripkowski took a 1st-and-10 carry deep into the Atlanta Falcons red zone.

      SB Nation q
    • Reince Priebus says the White House arguing about crowd size is 'really not about crowd size'

      The new White House press secretary, Sean Spicer, insisted Saturday that Friday's inauguration hosted "the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period," accusing the media of "intentionally" framing photos to make the crowd look smaller. President Trump made the same accusation during his speech at CIA headquarters Saturday, claiming the press reported 250,000 people attended rather than the "million and a half" he personally observed. On Sunday, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus argued that to focus on White House complaints about media reports on the size of the crowd is to miss the point. "President Trump said in his inaugural address that every decision he makes will

      The Week q
    • Discarded protest signs from the Women’s March in NYC (28 photos)

      Following the march in New York City, protesters left behind thousands of signs around Fifth Avenue near Trump Tower. Many signs left near a construction site were taken home by admirers as souvenirs. One group of placards was made into an art installation on East 57th Street, while many of these great signs were discarded near receptacles along Fifth Avenue waiting for sanitation. (Yahoo News) Photography by Gordon Donovan /Yahoo News _____ Related slideshows: Slideshow: Signs of the Women's March around the world >>> Slideshow: Women's March on Washington, D.C. >>> Slideshow: Women’s March around the world >>> Slideshow: How newspapers covered President's Trump inauguration >>> Slideshow: Anti-Trump inauguration protests break out in U.S. >>> Slideshow: Protests worldwide against the inauguration of Donald Trump >>> Slideshow: Obama's Washington >>> Slideshow: Donald Trump’s Inauguration Day >>> Slideshow: 66 hands on 66 Bibles >>> See more news-related photo galleries , and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Tumblr.  

      Yahoo News Photo Staff