Techie Tip of the Week: Increase Battery Life on Mobile Devices

OK, you’ve finally joined everyone else and got yourself a modern mobile device. But it seems like you’re always having to recharge the battery! What to do?

Here are some tips to help increase your phone or tablet’s battery life:

  • Turn off Bluetooth when you’re not using it (e.g., when using your hands-free microphone). Your phone will constantly be searching and sending a signal out for a Bluetooth device — and if you’re not using it, you’re unnecessarily daring your battery!
  • Turn off wi-fi when you’re not using it. Although using wifi generally drains the battery less than cellular does, it still drains the battery. So, if you’re not actively searching the Web, checking email, or otherwise accessing the Internet, turning off wifi will help stop battery drain.
  • Turn off push notifications. You can set up your phone to constantly check for new email, calendar, sports, news, and other messages. It’s great to be constantly informed, but it also drains your battery. Turn off these notifications and you’ll notice your battery life increases!
  • Turn off location services. You can set your phone to constantly broadcast your location. This makes it easy to tell people where you had the great dinner or wonderful experience in Facebook, Twitter, FourSquare, and other online tools, but it also eats up your battery. Turning off location services will help increase battery life.
  • Place your device on Airplane mode if you don’t need to make calls or send SMS messages (you can still use Wi-Fi in Airplane mode). This will force your device to not use Bluetooth, cellular, and text messaging.
  • Turn in your device’s auto-brightness tool. Or at least manually reduce the brightness of your screen. This will also help reduce the drain on your battery.

For more tips, check out Apple’s iPhone tips page and Google’s Android tips page.

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