How to save your smartphone battery

How to save your smartphone battery

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Despite their many technological advances, our smartphones often tend to run out of battery. Here are some tips to improve their autonomy.

The battery of our smartphone, and its level of charge, a subject that can turn into anxiety, especially during holidays, on long journeys when you cannot easily plug in your device. A few easy tweaks, however, can help you shave off valuable hours of battery life, whether it’s an Android smartphone or an iPhone. Here are the 5 good gestures to know.

Adjust screen power consumption

The energy consumption of the screen depends in particular on its brightness, which is generally adjusted automatically. It is possible to lower it manually in order to preserve the battery of your smartphone. Go to the “Settings” of your smartphone. Click “Display,” then “Brightness Level.”

Screenshot "Brightness" Menu
Screenshot “Brightness” Menu © BFMTV
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It is therefore advisable to check the option “Automatically adjust the brightness” to obtain a pleasant adjustment according to the outside light, without consuming too much energy, or to adjust it manually.

Screenshot "Manual brightness"
Screenshot “Manual brightness” © BFMTV

Another tip: activate the “dark mode”. This option is also located in the “Display” menu of your “Settings”. You can activate it full time by selecting “Dark Mode”.

Screenshot “Dark Mode”
Screenshot “Dark Mode” © BFMTV

It is also possible to determine time slots where this mode is operational by activating “Schedule dark mode”. For example, you can turn it on at 7 p.m. and turn it off at 7 a.m.

Screenshot “Dark Mode” schedule schedules
Screenshot “Dark Mode” plan schedules © BFMTV

Dark mode can also be activated on a case-by-case basis for applications that offer it, such as Twitter for example. Generally, this option is in the “Settings” of each application.

Finally, you can play with the sleep and automatic lock settings to make your smartphone screen turn off faster and therefore consume less. Go to the “Settings” of your smartphone. Click on “Lock screen”. Select “Sleep” and choose the time – between 15 seconds to “never” – from which your smartphone goes to sleep.

Screenshot “Lock"
Screenshot “Lock” © BFMTV

Better manage your applications

Some applications, especially those for instant messaging or social networks, often run in the background without our noticing. Consequence: it drains your battery. The procedure varies between smartphones, but the general mechanism remains the same. You need to look for the settings concerning the running of applications in the background.

On a Xiaomi Note 7 for example, the procedure is as follows: go to the “Settings” of your phone, then to “Battery & performance”.

Screenshot "settings"
Screenshot “settings” © BFMTV

Click on the tab at the top right “Battery” then “Battery saver”.

Screenshot "battery saver"
Screenshot “battery saver” © BFMTV

A list of all your apps is displayed. You can then select apps one by one to “Restrict Background Apps” or “Restrict Background Activity”.

Screenshot "restrict background activity"
Screenshot “restrict background activity” © BFMTV

If you open a lot of apps, remember to close them after you finish using them. Because apps generally remain active by default and therefore quickly consume the energy of your smartphone.

Another good move: refine your notifications. It is not uncommon to be inundated with notifications from more or less used applications. Sort to receive only the notifications that are really relevant to you. Consult the “Settings” of your smartphone and click on “Notifications”. The list of all the applications sending you notifications is displayed: you can then manually uncheck those from which you no longer wish to receive notifications.

Notification list screenshot
Notification list screenshot © BFMTV

To go further on managing your notifications, go back to your “Settings” then to “Lock screen”. Uncheck the option “Turn on the Lock screen for notifications” or activate “Do not wake up the screen for notifications”, depending on smartphone models. Incoming notifications will no longer automatically turn on the screen, they will only appear when you unlock your smartphone yourself.

Limit unnecessary connections

Your smartphone’s sharing and connection options are usually the most power-hungry. The right reflex to have: put the smartphone in “Airplane” mode when not in use. You will not be able to receive any calls or text messages. To do this, swipe up from the top of your screen to quickly reveal your smartphone options and select “Airplane Mode”.

Notification list screenshot
Notification list screenshot © BFMTV

If you want to stay reachable, act on other parameters instead: disconnect from Wi-Fi, but also from Bluetooth or even geolocation. All of these options are accessible from the same menu as “Airplane Mode”.

Activate power saving mode

This function is also called battery saver, depending on the models and brands of smartphones. It helps extend charging time by stopping app data updates – except when you open them on your own. To activate it, go to the “Settings” of your smartphone then to “Battery & performance”.

Depending on the models and brands, it is sometimes possible to define in a personalized way the load threshold from which the energy saving mode is automatically activated. For example, you can decide that when your battery drops below the 20% threshold, economy mode is automatically triggered.

Learn how to properly charge your smartphone

To preserve the battery of your smartphone, you must also have good charging hygiene! The ideal: favor mains sockets, rather than refills by UBS port. It is generally advisable to use the manufacturer’s charger for your smartphone to avoid malfunctions that could attack the battery. Finally, it is not recommended to leave your laptop to charge for too long, such as plugging it in all night for example, to avoid any problem of overheating of the battery.

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