As a smartphone user, whether you are the casual and avid type, are always looking for longer battery life. While fast charging allows us to refuel every day, the lack of replaceable batteries ultimately causes the lithium-ion cells in our phones to age and deteriorate.
If you’ve kept a phone for a year or more, you’ve probably noticed that the battery doesn’t last as long as it was new. Two years later, many phones struggle to get through the day on a single charge. Holding a phone for the past three years can even cause system stability issues.
Unfortunately, the battery capacity inevitably decreases with age, as we know customers who need a new battery for their iPhone. However, there are a few ways to extend the life of your battery and handset. If you’ve ever wondered what the best way to charge your battery, here are some scientifically proven tips for maximizing battery life. These few tips will ensure your initial investment holds up before you need a battery change.
Dim the lights.
Manually dimming the lights and implementing a screensaver or lock screen is a great way to reduce the amount of wasted energy whether or not you are using your phone. They save your battery and need to be charged whenever you dim the lights, especially at night or in well-lit indoor spaces.
The partial load is the way to go
One particularly persistent battery myth is that you occasionally need to fully discharge and recharge to clear the “battery memory”. It couldn’t be more than lithium-ion batteries. This is a residual lead-acid cell myth, and it is indeed undesirable to charge your modern smartphone this way. Partial charging is ideal for lithium-ion batteries and can have a positive effect on the life of the cells. To understand why it is important to know how a battery charges. When Li-ion batteries run low, they draw constant current and operate at a lower voltage. This voltage gradually increases as the cell charges and stabilizes at about 70% charge before the current drops until the capacity is full.
Avoid slow-motion loading
Charging at night or during the day in a cot is a very common habit, but it is not recommended for several reasons. Continuous trickle charging with a full battery can lead to a metallic lithium coating, which reduces long-term stability and leads to system-wide malfunctions and reboots. Second, when the battery is 100%, as mentioned above, the battery will stay at the highest elongation stress. It can also generate excess heat caused by energy loss.
Turn off Wi-Fi, data, location, and push notifications.
By turning off features you won’t use right away, such as Wi-Fi, location / GPS, email, and app notifications, even your data can make a big contribution to conserving your battery. For example, if your phone is having trouble getting service (e.g. roaming or in a remote area), it will be good for your phone to put the phone in airplane mode. When you are at home and have the ability to make Wi-Fi calls, you can turn off your data, and that way save battery.
Reduce screen timeout (automatic lock)
If you leave your screen without using it, it will automatically turn off after a period of time, usually a minute or two. You can save power by decreasing the screen time-out (called auto-lock on iPhones). I think iPhones default their auto-lock to 2 minutes, which is possibly more than you need. You can be fine with 1 minute or even 30 seconds. On the other hand, if you decrease the auto-lock or screen timeout, your screen may darken too soon when you read a message or a recipe. So, this is a call that you need to make.
Look for other apps that are wasting battery.
Check the battery settings for other apps that are using disproportionately large amounts of power and remove, disable, or limit permissions if possible. You can restrict unneeded permissions for the apps that you want to continue to use. There are also “light” versions of some popular apps that generally take up less storage space, consume unnecessary data, and can use less power.
In general, however, the apps with the most battery packs are used the most, so removing or reducing usage may not be as convenient for you.
Learn how to activate your phone’s power-saving / power consumption modes.
Your phone has one or more power-saving modes. These limit the performance of the processor (and other functions). Consider using them because it ensures lower performance but better battery life. You may not mind the compromise.
Avoid updating beta software updates
To keep the iPhone battery in good condition once it is released, do not download any updates. Beta software updates are full of bugs and glitches and sometimes they permanently damage the battery because the new software is not yet fully optimized for the hardware.
Ideally, you should wait a few weeks for these errors to be fixed and new corrections to be published. Always check the forums for user comments to see if the new update is optimized or causing problems.
Update your apps regularly
Apps are one of the main causes of battery drain on iPhones. Always run in the background, update data, consume and send these notifications. You can manage them in the background app update settings and suspend the settings you don’t need.
However, developers keep adding new features to these apps. So, before updating your apps and accessing these new features, be sure to read the latest reviews as these newly added features will cause several bugs that will affect the performance and health of your device’s battery. The most common example is battery overheating or draining caused by a recently updated app.
This tip applies to both types of users who update their apps daily and users who check for app updates now and then.
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