Seven Ways to Improve Cell phone Battery Life
- Turn the phone off. This is probably the most effective and
simplest way of conserving your battery’s power. If you don't plan on
answering the phone while you're sleeping or after business hours, just
turn it off. Do the same if you are in an area with no reception (such
as a subway or remote area) or in a roaming area, since constantly
searching for service depletes the battery fairly quickly. Some phones
have an automatic power save feature, but it takes about 30 minutes
with no service to kick in. By then, much battery power has been used.
- Stop searching for a signal. When you are in an area with poor or
no signal, your phone will constantly look for a better connection, and
will use up all your power doing so. This is easily understood if you
have ever forgotten to turn off your phone on a flight or train. The
best way to ensure longer battery life is to make sure you have a great
signal where you use your phone.
- Get the most out of your battery. Switch off the vibrate function
on your phone, and use just the ring tone instead. The vibrate function
uses up a lot of battery power. Keep the ring tone volume as low as
- Turn off your phone's back light. The back light is what makes
the phone easier to read in bright light or outside. However, the light
also uses battery power. If you can get by without it, your battery
will last longer. If you have to use the back light, many phones will
let you set the amount of time to leave the back light on. Shorten that
amount of time. Usually, one or two seconds will be sufficient. Some
phones have an ambient light sensor, which can turn off the back light
in bright conditions and enable it in darker ones.
- Avoid using unnecessary features. If you know it will be a while
before your phone’s next charge, don’t use the camera or connect to the
Internet. Flash photography can drain your battery especially quickly.
If your phone has bluetooth capability, disable it when not in use.
- Keep calls short. This is obvious, but how many times have you
heard someone on their cell phone say, "I think my battery’s dying,"
and then continue their conversation for several minutes? Sometimes,
the dying battery is just an excuse to get off the phone (and a good
one, at that), but if you really need to conserve the battery, limit
your talk time.
- Don't keep the animated background picture. That will reduce your
battery life by 25 percent.