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7 Ways to Make Your Cell Phone Battery Last Longer ...

By Erica

Battery life is becoming an issue as phones gain the ability to do more, but there are several ways to make your cell phone battery last longer. Carrying your portable charger with you everywhere you go can be annoying, so why not make some internal changes to save battery life? There are small, but very helpful, things that you can turn on or off within your cell phone to help preserve battery life, and keep you from packing your charger every time you go out. Let’s take a look at some simple ways to make your cell phone battery last longer.

1 Turn off Bluetooth and Wi-Fi

If you are running low on power, turning your Bluetooth and Wi-Fi on is a great idea, so that you don’t go over your limit and end up spending overage fees. Bluetooth and Wi-Fi use a lot of battery life though, because they are constantly searching for the Internet to connect to. Turn them off unless you absolutely need to use them and this will save you some battery life. This is one of the easiest ways to make your cell phone battery last longer because you don’t need to use Bluetooth and Wi-Fi regularly.

2 Turn Your Phone on Silent

It’s obvious that your ringtone might be the cause of you cell battery dying quick, but putting your phone on vibrate uses about the same, if not more, battery life than a ringtone alone. Place your phone on complete silence if you’re not expecting any calls or text. This will help your cell make it through the day without dying. You could also put your phone on "do not disturb" mode to silence your phone when busy. This allows your messages and phone calls to come through without any sound.

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3 Keep Your Cell out of Heat

Heat sucks the battery life right out of your phone. Leaving it near something hot or in a hot car puts strain on your phone and it has to work harder to function under the temperature. Heat also permanently shortens your battery life if it happens to often. If you have to leave your phone in the car, place it underneath the seat, or in the glove compartment; somewhere that it won’t overheat and cause permanent damage to your battery.

4 Close out Apps

Apps are the cause for a big percentage of your battery life being drained. When you start using apps they continuously run, even when you exit out of them, so that if you do go back to them you can continue where you left off. To completely exit out of an app you have to close it out. For iPhones you simply double click the home button and all of your open apps will appear on the screen. You close them by swiping them upward. For Androids you can download an app killer that automatically closes the apps you choose.

5 Turn on Auto-Brightness

Whenever my cell phone battery is about to die I go under settings and lower my screen brightness. This will give you a little extra time to reach a charger. It would be so much easier to put my phone on auto-brightness though, so that my screen won’t soak up battery life using light I don’t need. Auto-brightness will adjust depending on your setting. If you are in a lit area your screen will dim because it recognizes that you don’t need all the light being put out. It is a real battery saver and easier than adjusting it when it’s too late.

6 Airplane Mode

If you are in an area with a bad signal then place your cell in airplane mode. Airplane mode stops your phone from searching for a signal that it will never pick up because the reception is not good. This also stops location services which drain your battery a lot. Location services adjust your phone's settings according to where you are so that you phone will update the time and date if it needs to. Location services can be turned on when you need to use it, so there is no need to leave it on at all times.

7 Turn off GPS Tracking

Just like location services, GPS tracking works continuously, updating to fit your present location. If you search for a store or restaurant on your phone it will pull up the one closest to your present location. This can also be turned on when you need to use it so leave it off. This small change in the settings will save you a large amount of battery.

If you are having trouble with your cell phone dying on you try some of the above tips. Of all the tips I have listed, I've noticed that closing out my apps saves the most battery. Adjusting the brightness on my phone also helps a lot when I am not near a charger. Which helps your cell phone battery the most?

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