We all love our respective Smartphones. However, we also all wish their battery can last forever, unfortunately, the more sophisticated your phone is, the faster it tends to drain the battery. That notwithstanding, am here to offer recourse on how you can prolong the juice in your battery on a single charge. In other words, how you can make a phone’s battery that hitherto lasts up to 6hours to go for like 8 to 12hours on a single charge. In this phase, I will be addressing how to boost the battery life of an Android and a Blackberry phone. In my subsequent article, I will talk about that of an iPhone and a window /Microsoft phone. As we all know that it is even so difficult to be able to use your phone moderately all through the day. Especially if you are Africa with the hot temperature.
HOW TO BOOST THE BATTERY LIFE OF ANDROID PHONES
Fortunately, there’s plenty you can do to stem the flow of juice from your Android device.
- Check the battery capacity and reviews before buying. There are battery life tests on every single Android phone being reviewed by popular tech sites like www.gsmarena.com, phonearena, pcmag.com and so on. Unsurprisingly, the results vary widely between handsets, even on the same network. When choosing a phone, make sure that real world talk time is sufficient. You can’t go by what the manufacturer says; we see variances on the order of several hours of usage in both directions on a regular basis
- Turn down the brightness and turn off Automatic Brightness(this makes the most difference). It’s probably obvious at this point, but you’ll be surprised by how much this one alone helps to improve battery life.
- Check what’s sucking the most juice from your battery. Navigate to Settings >>Battery to see an organised breakdown of what’s consuming your phone’s battery. Applications and features will display in a descending list of battery hogs. If you see an application you barely use or a feature you never use, you’ll want to uninstall the app or turn off the feature
- Use the extra power saving mode if you have it. The aforementioned Galaxy S5, s6, s7 and HTC One (M8) both have Ultra Power Saving and Extreme Power Saving modes, respectively, that limits the phone to texting, phone calls, Web browsing, and Facebook. This can squeeze extra hours or even a day of standby time out of just a few remaining percentage points of your battery. If you are in a location where you do not need data and you want your phone to last days, please make use of these features.
- Download and Use Some trusted battery boosting App: You can download trust battery optimization and phone boosting apps like; CCleaner, clean master, Du battery saver, or battery doctor.
- Buy a battery case, a powerbank or larger extended battery. obviously, every average android phone user in Africa owns a powerbank. Battery cases combine a hardware enclosure, which protects your phone, with an extended battery that can double your phone’s endurance. You can find models compatible with popular Android phones from a variety of manufacturers
- Reduce email, Twitter, and Facebook polling /Push notification. Set your various messaging apps to “manual” for the polling or refresh frequency, just as a test, and you’ll instantly extend your device’s battery life by a significant amount. In fact, this not only extends your battery’s life, it also save you huge data cost.Once you see what a difference that makes, try re-enabling just the most important ones, and possibly reducing their polling frequency in the process.
- Turn unnecessary hardware radios off. It’s great that today’s phones have LTE, NFC, GPS, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth, but do you really need all five activated 24 hours per day? Android keeps location-based apps resident in the background, and the constant drain on your battery will become noticeable, fast. If your phone has a power control widget, you can use it to quickly turn on/off GPS (the largest power drain), NFC, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and LTE. On stock Android, swipe down to bring up the Notification bar, and then tap the icon on the top right corner
- Keep an eye on signal strength I mean 3g / 4g /2g. If you’re in an area with poor cellular coverage, the phone will work harder to latch onto a strong-enough signal. This has an adverse effect on battery life. There’s not much you can do about this one, but keep in mind that this could be the culprit behind a seemingly weak battery; it’s worth popping the phone into Airplane mode if you don’t need data or voice calls.
- Close / terminate apps running in the background. From Settings > Apps, swipe to the left; you’ll see a list of apps that are currently running. Tap on each one to see what they’re for; you can stop any apps that you don’t need running in the background all of the time. You can also get all of these by installing any of the apps mentioned above.
- Update your apps. Applications often get updated to use less battery power, so you should make sure your apps are up to date. Even if you configured the phone for automatic updates, some apps still require that you manually install updates. Check for app updates in Google Play by hitting the menu key and going to My Apps.
- Avoid using unnecessary home screen widgets and live wallpaper. Just because they’re sitting on the home screen, seemingly inactive, doesn’t mean they’re not consuming power. This goes for widgets that poll status updates in the background, as well as ones that just sit there but look pretty and animated—not to mention animated live wallpaper. (But don’t dump everything, as part of what makes Android great are the home screen customizations; just remove the ones you don’t use.)
HOW TO MAXIMIZE BATTERY LIFE OF BLACKBERRY-ANDROID & BB10 PHONES
Always use an official BlackBerry charger. BlackBerry 10 smartphones require a charger having an output of at least a 750mA to consistently charge the device. Chargers supplying less than 750mA Output may not provide enough power to sustain a charge on the smartphone during heavy use. All BlackBerry branded chargers will print the Output amperage somewhere on the charger. Ensure the Output shown on the charger is at least 750mA. When using a charger, charge for an extended period of time when possible, avoid charging in small increments (for example, less than 15 minutes), and do not leave the smartphone in direct sunlight (for example, your vehicle’s dashboard) or in extremely cold temperatures. We all now that a blackberyy phone by nature, is a battery hog. This even becomes worse with the advent of bb1p phones. Am happy to let you know that there are ways in which you can extend the life of you blackberry 10 or blackberry priv(android) batteries.
- Using Navigation or GPS for long periods of time – Using GPS can drain your battery because your device is constantly working to keep your location updated and Navigation keeps your screen on continuously.
- Intensive camera use – Using the flash, taking many photos at once, capturing long videos, or capturing videos at a high-resolution rate with the camera can use up battery life as your device processes the information. The Flash feature of the camera will consume battery power when used. To minimise the use of battery power, consider turning off the flash feature of the camera when it is not needed.
- Watching a lot of videos – Being constantly connected to the Internet or watching a bunch of videos so that your screen is on for a long time can drain your battery.
- Playing games – Using a lot of processing power and having your screen on continuously can drain your battery faster.
- Using apps for long periods of time – Being constantly connected to the Internet, having your screen on continuously, or intense gameplay or graphics can drain your battery.
- Phone calls on the move – Talking on the phone when you’re in a moving car can drain your battery because your phone needs to transfer between cell towers.
- Spending long periods of time in low cellular coverage – In order for your device to communicate with cell towers which may be a long distance away, your device needs to apply more power to the radio antenna as it ‘yells louder’ so that the far away cell tower can hear your device. The more your device needs to communicate with distant cell towers, the more power your device will need to use to broadcast over those long distances.
- Continuously playing or streaming Music – Continuously playing music or being constantly connected to the Internet can drain your battery.
- Keeping the screen on for long periods of time – Continuously keeping the display on will contribute to drain your battery.
- Set a shorter time before your screen turns off:
Your sleep setting controls how long it takes for your device’s screen to go black when you’re not using it. To reduce battery drain when you’re not actively using the screen, set a shorter time before your screen turns off.
- Open your device’s Settings app.
- Tap Display > Screen Timeout.
- Select 30 seconds or lower to save the most battery life.
- Turn on auto brightness or adaptive brightness:
- Open your device’s Settings app.
- Tap Display.
- Move the Brightness slider to the left to make sure the screen brightness is set lower than 50%.
- Configure other screen waking and power saving features:
- Touch Settings > Advanced interactions and consider disabling the Lift to wake and Hold to stay feature
- Touch Settings > Advanced interactions and consider enabling the Flip to save power feature
- Use a Case or Holster. Depending on which of type case or holster is used, putting the BlackBerry 10 smartphone in it may or may not turn off the display. To ensure maximum battery life, use a case that turns off the smartphone’s display when holstered. Read more about this here
AND HOW TO EXTEND THE BATTERY LIFE OF OLDER BLACKBERRY PHONES
The more functionality we pack into our smartphones, the more power they need to run. Don’t forget that poor battery life has the biggest impact on consumer satisfaction. Running out of juice is still the number one annoyance for smartphone owners. We’re not much closer to long lasting smartphone batteries because we’re still reliant on the same old technology.
How do you make that battery last? What are the essential tips for saving smartphone battery life that will see you through the day? With full reference to blackberry 8 OS and older, read the full tips and tricks from foxnews.com
Owing to my wide arrays of experiences in smartphone operation and usage, I will advise my readers to prioritise the followings: First, make sure you buy a phone that has a track record fro huge battery capacity and extended endurance. Secondly, do away with auto brightness and terminate apps that run in the background unnecessarily. Then read other tips and apply. Happy weekend and stay tuned for the part 2 of this article.