Recently, a study revealed thatone French person out of five was unable to separate from his smartphone during a day. An addiction that is hard to recognize but which is very real.
The smartphone is everywhere. It accompanies us at work, at home, in restaurants, during our leisure time and often even in bed. With so much use, our demands on battery life are logically high.
However, manufacturers have not yet found a miracle recipe to offer several days of autonomy with a single charge. And while fast-charging technologies make our lives much easier, we still sometimes have to resort to little tricks to limit energy consumption.
So here are 10 tips to improve your smartphone’s battery life.
Stop frantically pressing the on/off button (it hasn’t done anything to you)
Do you also frantically press your on/off button to see if you’ve received a new notification? Bad reflex. It’s the most energy-intensive action.
Every time the screen comes out of standby it requires a lot of power. The back and forth movement of the screen therefore leads to unnecessary power consumption. If you’re waiting for an urgent message or call, customize your ringtones so that only certain contacts’ notifications sound.
Beware of screen brightness
As we explained earlier, the most power-hungry component is the screen. And as our uses are moving more towards multimedia (especially video), these screens are getting bigger but also brighter for more comfort in the trs light.
All these requirements have a cost: energy. We do not recommend adjusting the brightness to its minimum level, as you will lose reading comfort. On the other hand, it is strongly advised to opt for automatic brightness.
The multiple sensors on your smartphone allow you to optimize the brightness according to your environment. So if you’re watching a video in direct sunlight, your brightness will be at its maximum. But if you’re reading an article in bed, it will be set to a very low level. This is the best compromise between user comfort and energy savings.
Reduce standby time
Why keep a screen on when you’re not using your smartphone? It may seem obvious, but the standby time of our smartphones varies from a few seconds to several minutes. Some models even allow you to never put the screen to sleep.
However, a screen on is a smartphone that consumes a lot of energy, especially if you leave it in a bright environment. We therefore recommend never setting the screen saver to “never”, unless you are doing a photo shoot with the screen on.
We also don’t recommend setting the screen saver to just a few seconds, since you’ll have to wake up the smartphone regularly, which, as we explained above, doesn’t help matters.
In our opinion (and this is only our experience), a 30-second standby time is the best compromise.
Limit power-hungry applications
Over the years, our smartphones have become more than just advanced phones. They can replace an audio player, watch TV, movies, series, work or even become a real portable console.
And even if you have the most powerful smartphone of the moment, the accumulation of tasks tends to tire it. This fatigue is still energy consumption.
If we were to illustrate, we would take the example of the mule. If a shepherd loads it with too much material, it needs more water to continue climbing the mountain. A
So treat your smartphone like a mule and close most of the applications you don’t use.
Notifications are not necessary
A notification is: to request the processor, the ringtone, the vibrator, the screen (which lights up) and therefore a lot of energy. And it’s even worse if you enable notifications based on your GPS location.
To optimize the autonomy of your smartphone, we therefore advise you not to activate all the notifications of all your applications. Select the ones you use the most often to avoid being overwhelmed.
Messaging applications can also be optimized. In Facebook Messenger, for example, you can mute conversations for a given time. All of these little tricks put together will help you have a lighter mind and a more charged battery.
Be aware of network quality
You may not notice it, but when you’re on the move your smartphone regularly looks for a place to lock onto the fastest network. If you have a 5G model it will look for the nearest 5G antenna (“good luck”), if you have a 4G smartphone it will do the same.
This constant search for the optimal network consumes a lot of energy. It is therefore recommended to disable the fastest network when you know you will be in areas where network coverage will be poor.
For example, if you’re going away for the weekend to a remote countryside and find that your network bar is stuck on a 3G signal, disable the 4G connection. Your smartphone will stop “pumping” for 4G when you know there isn’t any for miles around.
WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS: only when they’re useful
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Like the network antenna, all wireless connections tend to put a strain on your smartphone’s battery. WiFi, Bluetooth, and GPS are real drainers of lithium-ion cells.
As with the network signal, we recommend disabling all of these connections to gain a few hours of use. Don’t minimize this action, it’s one of the most effective ways to save your battery.
If you’re a bit brave, you can even set up automations on Shortcuts (for the iPhone) or the IFTTT application. These apps allow you to create scenarios to save time and, in our case, energy. For example, you can ask your smartphone to turn off WiFi as soon as you leave your home or to turn off GPS as soon as you get home.
Silent mode is your friend
Do you know which of the silent, vibrate and ring modes uses the most energy? Contrary to what you might think, it’s not the ringing mode but the vibrating mode.
We therefore advise you to choose either the ringing mode (when possible) or the silent mode, which is even more discreet and energy-efficient.
To go further and never use the haptic engine (responsible for the vibrations), you can also deactivate the vibrator on your keyboard. Less fun but great for your battery.
The (dreaded) power-saving modes
Now that we’ve peeled back the little tips and tricks, let’s get out the Rambo-like sledgehammer. All smartphones today have several power saving modes.
The principle is simple: these modes allow you to save a few hours of use when your smartphone is out of breath. On the other hand, you will have to do without many features and be satisfied with the minimum, i.e. the essentials of communication.
We therefore advise you to opt for
er for these modes when your smartphone warns you that it has about 10% battery left and you still need it. Most models will even ask you directly if you want to activate the power saving mode.
Unplug for a few minutes
“I have a smartphone to use it,” you may say, and you’re right. But there are times during the day when the smartphone is not essential. At the movies, during lunch, in meetings, while reading or even if you need to concentrate on a task.
Why not turn it off to limit energy consumption? Some may find this a bit radical. We’d argue that we haven’t found a more effective way.
For those who think that turning off the smartphone is a bit too much, some applications allow you to disconnect for a given time. You launch the app, set a time for concentration/disconnection and the smartphone is unusable during this time. You can also choose to only receive apps from certain people, like with the “Do Not Disturb” mode.
That’s it for our 10 tips to improve the autonomy of your smartphone. Do you have any other tips to share?