As a technology based company, we have been asked how to extend the battery life of smartphones used in the many offices we support. For all of their power and versatility, smartphones are cursed with abysmal battery life. Unless you use your smartphone sparingly, you are lucky to make it home at the end of the day with enough left for one more call. With the right techniques and a little insight, you can double your smartphone’s battery life.
An obvious way to reduce your phone’s energy draw is to use it less, but that is an unlikely situation for many employees because many businesses rely on their mobile technology for operations. A more practical approach is to manage the phone’s power consumption by turning off unneeded features and turning down adjustable features. Tuning off your phone’s radios when you are not using them, reducing the brightness of the screen and properly closing apps will extend your phone’s overall workday by reducing its energy requirements.
Below are some general tips that will work for BlackBerry, iPhone and Android phones.
Dim the Screen
More than any other component on your phone, your screen consumes battery life at a devastating pace. Most phones include an auto-brightness feature that automatically adjusts the screen’s brightness to suit ambient lighting levels and system activity. This mode uses less power than constantly running your screen at full brightness. You will get better results by turning your screen’s brightness down to the lowest setting that you can tolerate and leaving it there.
Keep the Screen Timeout Short
Under your phone’s display settings menu, you should find a timeout option. This setting controls how long your phone’s screen stays lit after receiving input or being used. Every second literally counts here, so if you have the timeout set to the shortest time, you will conserve your battery for it does not have to keep the display active.
Turn Off Bluetooth
We all love Bluetooth for it enables us to connect our smartphone to our cars or our hands-free headset. The extra radio is constantly listening for signals from the outside world. When you are not in your car or using your headset, simply turn off your Bluetooth radio. By turning off Bluetooth when it is not needed can extend your battery.
Turn Off Wi-Fi When Not In Use
Like Bluetooth, your phone’s Wi-Fi radio is a serious battery drainer. While you are almost certainly should prefer the improved speed of your data connection to your carrier but when you are out of your Wi-Fi zone, there is no point in keeping the Wi-Fi on. Toggle it off when you go out of the office or out the door and back on when you return. Android users can add the Wi-Fi toggle widget to their home screen to make this a one tap process.
Go Easy on the GPS
Another big battery sucker is your phone’s GPS unit. This little radio sends and receives signals to and from satellites to triangulate your phone’s location. Various apps access your phone’s GPS to provide services ranging from locating restaurants to checking you in on social networks. As a user, you can revoke the apps’ access to your phone’s GPS. When installing the app, you will be asked for permission to use your location. When in doubt saying no will disable the GPS feature of the app and save you some battery for other things.
Kill Extraneous Apps
Multitasking is a powerful smartphone feature that also burns a lot of energy because every app you run uses a share of the phone’s processor cycles. By killing apps that you are not using can reduce the workload on your smartphone’s CPU and cut down on power consumption. For Android phones they are apps that you can install that has an auto-kill feature that polices your apps throughout the day. For iPhone users a simple double tap the ‘Home’ button until the multitasking tray appears and hold the icon for the app you want to close and tap on the x.
Do Not Use Vibrate
We understand the inclination to use vibrate rather than playing a ringtone, unfortunately enabling your phone to vibrate uses much more power than playing a sound. A ringtone is created by vibrating a tiny membrane in your phone’s speaker to produce a sound. Vibrating requires more electricity for it needs to power a motor to swing a small weight to make the phone shake. If you do not want to be disturbed audibly, consider turning off all notifications and leave the phone in view so you can see when a new call is coming in.
If you are uncertain how to do any of the above mentioned, you can always feel free to ask the professionals of Interface Technologies. If your business needs mobile management, we can assist you in the process and get the best smartphone for your operations.