If you’ve purchased a smartphone you’ve accepted the need to charge it on a regular basis; gone are the days a mobile phone would go for a week. However it doesn’t always have to be done each night, with careful use the battery on a smartphone can be made to last much longer. Follow these tips to help your Android smartphone become more energy efficient.
1) Make use of automation
Apps which automate your phone can help save energy by disabling unnecessary functions when they’re not in use. A popular option is Juice Defender, a comprehensive app which includes a variety of profiles and powerful customisation options. Juice Defender will shut down Wi-Fi and other settings when the phone isn’t in use, re-enabling them at particular times for data syncing.
Another more powerful – but less user friendly app – is Tasker. This offers nigh-on unlimited automatic control of an Android smartphone. Want to have your Wi-Fi enabled at particular locations, shut down data at night, or reduce screen brightness when the battery is low? All of this and much more is possible with Tasker.
2) Disable data connectivity
This is one thing which will have a huge and immediately noticeable impact on your smartphone battery life. Use of data connectivity – whether it’s via Wi-Fi or a cellular data connection – consumes a great deal of power, and smartphones are constantly connected. If you switch off data when it’s not required it’ll give an instant boost to battery life. Data is needed for emails, social networking and background synchronisation of apps so you will miss out on up-to-the-minute info, but you can sync manually instead. Another option is to use tools like Juice Defender and Tasker to occasionally connect and run synchronisation tasks automatically.
As well as data connections you should also switch off Bluetooth and GPS when they’re not required as these too will use up additional power. GPS isn’t even needed for many location-based apps as cell tower location is often accurate enough.
3) Care for your battery
Modern Li-ion batteries do not need to be charged for eight hours before first use, nor does fully discharging them improve battery (and a full discharge is not possible, to prevent permanent damage to the battery).
However you should make sure the battery does not get too hot as this will reduce its effective lifespan and if the battery is going to be unused for a while it should be kept at around 40% charge to ensure it continues to operate efficiently. Studies have found that batteries which are fully charged before a period of inactivity end up losing a charge faster than those kept at around 40%.
About the author: Matt Powell writes on behalf of Broadband Genie, the online comparison site for the best broadband deals, tablet PCs and android smartphones
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