4 Ways to Get Better Battery Life on Your Phone

One of the biggest gripes that people often have about whatever cell phones they have is that their battery simply doesn’t last very long. This article will go over four great things that you can do to make that phone battery last you a little bit longer.

1. Turn Off Background App Refresh

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One of the biggest guilty parties in why your battery drains so quickly is the enabling of Background App Refresh. This is a function that was added in iOS 7 that allowed apps to refresh themselves in the background, without any need for the user to do it. Now, while this is a cool and somewhat useful feature for some, the fact that the phone is almost constantly refreshing one app or another means that it is using a lot of extra battery.

2. Keep Screen Brightness Dim

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Having a bright and vibrant screen can be great for videos, games and being on the phone in the sun. However, having your screen brightness cranked up all the way, can be a real killer on your battery. Personally, I opt for the dimmer screen brightness to save the battery, but a nice compromise is to use the auto screen brightness feature on most phones which will brighten the screen when it makes sense and dim it when you are in darker settings.

3. Slow Down on the Location Services

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Using location services for things like GPS and other things is absolutely fantastic and is something I do almost every day. However, you may not know that a huge majority of apps actually utilize location services when it really doesn’t serve much of a purpose. Most social networking sites do (among many others) even though that doesn’t provide you much of a benefit. The good thing is that you can actually revoke any apps ability to use location services, which will greatly save on battery.

4. Turn Off Vibration

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While having vibration alerts for texts and calls may be your preferred method, it is also likely one of the reasons why your battery life is not great. While I understand the appeal of using vibration, and know that it is the best method when your phone is in your pocket, consider limiting how much you use it. If you are just at home or somewhere where your phone can be in sight or a bit louder, continuing putting the phone totally on silent or utilizing a ringtone instead of the vibrate.






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