Devices become more energy efficient as batteries get bigger, but battery life is still a problem for most users. Such is the nature of the modern technology animal, but that does not mean that we should be connected several times a day. If the phone's battery drops faster or dies sooner than it should, it should be worth your effort to identify the culprits and find solutions.
We are here to tell you the most common battery holders in the smartphone world. Solutions for the most common problems are also included. Let's do that before that screen turns off!
Reasons your phone is dropping so fast:
The display has been, and continues to be, the largest battery dog since modern smartphones came to be. Panels are steadily brighter and more colorful and sport higher definitions. Although they enhance the overall experience, all these factors also make the smartphone screens more power hungry. The screen may be the main reason why your phone is dropping so fast.
How to check battery usage:
- Open the app Settings .
- Press Battery .
- Click the 3-point menu button in the upper right corner.
- Touch Battery consumption .
- Press the 3-point menu button at the top-right corner.
- Press View full device usage .
Check your battery usage and you'll find most times the screen will take the top spot. At this point, my phone places the screen as the largest battery killer with 72% usage.
Smartphone display technology is evolving much faster than battery technology, making battery life an even bigger issue to address in the years to come. However, until things get better, you must save energy.
How to fix it
The display is your main battery killer, and there are several ways to slow down the drainage of the battery. Here are some of them.
- Lower screen brightness: Dimming screen brightness helps you save battery considerably.
- Use customizable brightness: This ensures you get a bright screen when you need it, but you also save battery when high brightness is not necessary.
- Decrease screen refresh rate: Some devices sport higher refresh screens, and often you can customize this in settings.
- Reduce Auto-Lock Times: By reducing the auto-lock time, you ensure that your screen is not just waiting for it to be used.
- Dike live wallpaper: They may look great, but your phone essentially plays a video all the time, and it kills the battery.
- Use a black wallpaper ?: If you have an AMOLED screen, using a black wallpaper is the most energy efficient because the screen does not need to activate these pixels.
2nd Spotty service
Areas of poor mobile phone reception are silent battery killers, which is even more annoying than not being able to see the latest cat videos. Your mobile phone constantly communicates with towers nearby and tries to stay connected every other day. When it fails, it will work extra hard to reach the network and get you back online.
If you live in a rural area, work in a massive building or are often in areas of dotted service, chances are your phone will die faster than normal. The trick is to solve the problem.
How to fix it
- Switch carrier?: Carrier reliability varies by area, city and neighborhood. Do some research and find out which carrier works best in your area of interest and look to change. We can help you find the best plans for each carrier!
- Airplane mode: Airplane mode can force your antennae to take a break. Turn off all connections and your phone will not work hard to stay connected. You can do this strategically when you are in places that you know have poor service. Alternatively, you can use smart tools like IFTTT to automate aircraft mode by location.
- Network Extenders: Carriers often offer network extensions or signal amplifiers. Consider getting one if you know you are in a place with spotty service for a long time. You can have one at home or at work to make sure the signal is strong where you spend most of your time.
3rd Apps and background services
Keep your apps in check if your phone's battery dies quickly. Some apps lose more battery than others. The obvious ones are YouTube, Netflix and all streaming services. You may also want to avoid playing games if you want to save energy, as they happen to be huge battery packs, especially if you are fond of titles with advanced graphics.
Lots of apps kill your battery without active use. Apps like Facebook, Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp are common. Communication services like these try to keep you in touch and are constantly updated. This means that the apps are constantly working in the background, using data, pulling your location, sending messages and more. Not to mention the fact that we tend to spend a lot of time using those apps, whether you endlessly check your feed or messages friends and family.
How to fix it
- Keep app downloads minimal: I often realize that I only use 20% of the apps I have on my phone. At the same time, these applications always work in the background and waste the battery. Why even have them? Go for a cleaning and remove apps you know you don't need.
- Stop apps from working in the background: If you notice that an app is taking too much of your precious juice, you can limit its background. Just go to Settings> Apps & Notifications> Select the app> Advanced> Battery> Background Restriction> Restrict . Just keep in mind that you will lose some features and functionality, as the app will sleep when not in use.
- Close apps? While it is true, Android devices are made for multiple tasks and shutting down apps can hurt more than it helps, There are times when shutting down apps is the best option. Applications can be rogue, misbehaving, or fail, in which case they often start to drain the battery unnecessarily. It is a good idea to close or kill the app when this happens, just to give it a new reset. Go to Settings> Apps & Notifications> Select app> Force stop .
- Think about your usage: Sometimes we say we want better battery life, but think we play games, watch movies and spend hours on social networks. Then we wonder why the phone dies before you get home! Think about the apps you use and how long you use them.
4th Other Battery Problems and Tips
- GPS, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth: How often do you use these antennas? I know I leave them all the time, but very rarely do I put them to work. GPS, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth use battery, although small. Turn them off when you do not need them and you will notice an increase in battery life.
- Camera: Taking photos and videos requires a great deal of energy. Avoid doing so often and the phone will live longer.
- Cold cooling?: Lower temperatures significantly affect battery life. Roger Gurney, owner of Arctic Tech Solutions, tells USA Today that lithium-ion batteries stop draining electricity in extreme cold. He continues to mention constant exposure to cold weather can permanently damage a battery. A good solution is to keep the phone close to you so that the body temperature keeps it good.
- Stay up-to-date: Software updates often come with battery life improvements, so it's a good idea to always update your phone to the latest available software version.
- Get a portable charger: A good battery pack will keep your phone alive longer without keeping you tied to a wall. Here is a list of our favorite portable battery chargers.
Remember this is not a post with battery saving tips (we already have one). Today, we focus on big smartphone killers and find solutions to why the phone's battery drops or dies so quickly. For some of us it may be enough to keep the screen in check to get through the day at a single charge! What do you do to keep your smartphone alive?