Tips to Increase Battery Life for Smartphones, iPhone and Android

Hi, this is an important article to shed light on tricks, myths, and legends concerning the batteries of modern smartphones that seem to last very little. I remember a few years ago when I had a Nokia Symbian cell phone, how the battery lasted for at least a year for at least three days, even using the cell phone often.

Today my Android smartphone, if left with the factory settings, would have autonomy of duration from morning to evening, forcing me to recharge it again. Even those who buy a new Apple iPhone complain of poor battery life, and this applies to all modern touchscreen smartphones, including iPad.

Many of the suggestions are related to common sense; someone else will concern more technical factors that can be communicated to less experienced people who would never read an article of this type.

Tips to Increase Battery Life

1) Keep your iPhone or Android smartphone away from the sun or heat sources.

A good rule of thumb not to ruin your touchscreen phone and not to forget it in the car in the sun and not to leave it under heat sources. Otherwise, the battery will wear out sooner and will quickly ruin.
So try to keep your device and battery in a cool place.

2) One thing I have seen a few owners of an iPhone or other smartphone do is reducing the brightness of the screen.

If you keep the screen at full brightness all the time, you waste a lot of energy, and the battery life decreases dramatically.
Such beautiful, large, and high-resolution screens are very bright and bright but, unless you want to browse photos or watch videos, it is better to keep the brightness to a minimum or almost.
On the iPhone, you can go to the Settings menu, and I recommend keeping it set at 30%. On Android phones, however, you can install a widget that allows you to change the brightness on the fly depending on the use that in these bright days you need and to reduce it to a minimum, especially at night.
Automatic screen brightness adjustment is not recommended.

3) Lower the screen shutdown time to 30 seconds or 1-minute maximum.

On the iPhone, you can set the screen to turn off automatically from the General – Autolock menu.
On Android, the Display Settings menu allows you to configure the screen timeout.
It makes a big difference if you put your phone in your pocket after a quick glance, and the screen turns off quickly.

4) One thing that hardly anyone does is set Airplane Mode at night or when you don’t want to receive phone calls or when playing a video game without wanting to be disturbed.

Since you don’t have to turn it off to use the alarm clock of an iPhone or an Android smartphone, you need to make sure that it consumes as little battery as possible.
With the Airplane mode, the reception of the signal and the data is effectively turned off, and therefore the phone remains in standby consuming the least energy.
Of course, this will prevent you from receiving calls and messages at night, which is a good thing.
Even when going to the cinema or in places where the phone does not take, it is better to set the Airplane mode and avoid wasting energy in the continuous search for a signal that is not there.
On iPhone, the Airplane Mode is in the settings while on Android, you can put a widget on the desktop.

5) Use wifi instead of 3G/4G/5G connection if possible.

According to Apple, an iPad has 10 hours of battery life under regular use with WiFi-enabled, but only 9 hours if using the 3G connection; in an iPhone, the battery lasts only 6 hours if connected in 3G (read from the Apple bloc)
Wifi uses less battery than 3G/4G/5G.

6) Always disable wifi if you are in an area not covered by wireless signal, disable Bluetooth and GPS if they are not needed.

7) Deactivate the fixed connection to 3G and start it manually when necessary.

The network connection and the internet connection sucks the battery enormously and, since when you buy an iPhone or an Android smartphone, the automatic connection is always set, I suggest deactivating it.

8) If, on the other hand, you always prefer to leave the connection active, at least it is better to reduce or eliminate the Email control and the synchronization of the Calendar, which consumes a lot of battery.

This depends on the use you make, but, in general, you can set the control frequency by setting once every 6 or 12 hours.
On iPhone, you have to go to the Settings menu -> Mail, Contacts, Calendars -> Download new data.
On Android, you need to configure the Account and Synchronization settings.
If you do not use receiving email on your mobile phone, it is better to disable automatic checking and do it only manually when you want.

9) Reduce or eliminate push notifications

Push notifications are what appear to be SMS messages when a Twitter notification or a Facebook message arrives.
On the iPhone, there are many applications ready to send Push notifications, and it is not a good thing.
Push notification is immediate, so the mobile phone is running an always-on receiving service.
You can save battery by turning off Push notifications for as many programs as possible, except, of course, the ones you need.

10) Reduce or eliminate system sounds

The most obvious of the tips; useless to hear the keyboard noise or the beeps of some event.
Also, disable screen animations and animated screensavers on smartphones that have this option (Android 2.2).

11) Disable location services

If you don’t really need automatic location services (and certainly no one needs them), you can turn them off to save battery power.
On the iPhone, you have to go to the Settings menu -> General.

12) Turn off vibration in games, applications, and in normal use of the phone to save battery.

For every iPhone or Android application and for games, there is always the option to turn off the vibration.
Especially for iPhones, if you play a lot, as you can easily see, the battery is consumed very quickly.

13) Disable Ping, completely useless, from Settings> General> Restrictions> Enable Restrictions> Ping> OFF.

14) On iOS, you must also disable iCloud Sync, the function that allows you to keep files synchronized online: Settings> General> icloud> Off.

15) Disable the diagnostic and usage reports from Settings> General> Info> Using diagnostics> “Do not send”.

16) Charging cycle:

– Do not let the battery drain completely too often and, above all, never leave the mobile phone with the battery completely discharged for too long.
– Remember that recharging a half-charged lithium battery has no negative consequences; much better to recharge it often than to let it drain completely.
– A good rule of thumb is to fully discharge and recharge the battery at least once a month.
These considerations are valid for iPhone, iPad, Android smartphone, for all mobile models and also for laptops.

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