10 tips to make the battery last longer
There battery it is one of the most important components of our smartphone. When it does not work or malfunctions, the entire experience of using a device is negatively affected. With the right care and attention, it is possible to obtain two fundamental results: a longer daily charge and an overall longer life.
In general, the lithium-ion batteries of today’s phones are more reliable, longer-lasting and safer than the old Nickel Cadmium. They no longer suffer (at least not so markedly) from the much-hated memory effect, they contain less polluting components and, above all, they allow greater capacities in smaller volumes.
The charging cycles
Before you start with the advice, you need to be clear about what it is operating principle of a battery: with each charging cycle, a phone’s battery degrades slightly. A charge cycle is represented by a complete discharge followed by a full charge of the battery: that is to say, from 0% to 100%. Partial charges count as a fraction of a cycle.
For example, charging a phone from 50% to 100% is equivalent to subjecting the battery to half a charge cycle. Two half recharges are worth a recharge cycle. However, anyone who uses a smartphone intensely submits the battery to more than one full charge cycle per day. Therefore, established that, regardless of the use made of it, each battery has its maximum life, it is also true that treating it properly can prolong its life.
Modern batteries provide an average of 500 total cycles, but having complex chemical components inside, they can be influenced (positive or negative) by numerous external factors. Every year, despite careful use, batteries leave about 15/20% of their operational capacity on the road. This means that a battery with two and a half years of life will not be able to offer autonomy as from new. That’s why our smartphone, after some time, begins to no longer ensure the performance it guaranteed just bought.
If the battery should drop you, you can still replace it with a new one. However, almost all the latest generation smartphones have a body that cannot be opened except with the intervention of a service center. This has rather high costs and not always justified by the price paid for the phone. This is why it is worth following the ten rules that we propose. They will allow you to use your smartphone freely, always maintaining good autonomy and protecting you from nasty surprises.
1- Eye on the temperature: hot and cold are bad
Too low or excessively high temperatures not only cause the battery to discharge faster, but also reduce its life. Avoid leaving your smartphone in the car in the sun in the summer or too cold in the winter. When you recharge the phone, it is better to remove it from its cover, so that there is a better heat dissipation in a phase in which the temperature is destined to increase a little.
2- Quick refills only in an emergency
It’s not that wireless charging or fast charging is inherently harmful. However, lithium-ion batteries prefer slow and constant recharging.
So also use fast recharges when, during the day, you are in emergency situations with the phone almost empty. But try to avoid them when you can and, above all, when you charge your smartphone in the evening before going to bed. In this case, a slow refill is better.
3- Never too discharged: recharge them carefully
Lithium-ion batteries don’t like to be charged up to 100% or used until the phone turns off. The ideal is to always keep them above 20% and never go beyond the 80% threshold.
4- If it remains in the drawer, charge the battery halfway
If you intend to put the phone in a drawer for an extended period without using it, charge it at 50% before turning it off and putting it away. Even if turned off and unused, the smartphone will continue to discharge, albeit at a slower pace. After a few months, check the device charge and bring it back to 50%. When you go back to using it you will find it in perfect shape.
5- The screen consumes: adjust brightness and time-out
The screen of a smartphone is the component that requires the most energy from the battery. Autonomy is extended by lowering its brightness.
It is highly recommended to use the “Automatic brightness” mode which manages the intensity of the backlight with respect to the light present in the environment. Set the screen turn-off time-out to 30 seconds (never more).
6- Dark is better: with the dark mode you save battery
The dark mode, in addition to being very fashionable, helps to improve battery performance. Most of the screens (for example Oled or Amoled) turn off the pixels to show black and, in doing so, require less energy from the battery. The gain in autonomy, in some cases, could be surprising. Unfortunately in phones that have a non-OLED screen (all iPhones up to the iPhone X model), the dark theme won’t make a difference.
7- Turn off Facebook but not only …
It is obviously a provocation because the Zuckerberg app is among the most energy-intensive in circulation. Go to the settings and limit the permissions, such as automatic video playback, access to the location and notifications. And do it with all the apps you use most often.
8- Find out the apps eat energy … and those crazy
Always check the battery settings. Here you will find consumption divided by item. Make sure there are no apps that use a disproportionate amount of energy and, if necessary, eliminate them, disable them or limit them. It is also possible that an app will go crazy and, in one day, consume a lot. In case close it in a forced way and check if an update is available. It could be a bug.
9- Activate energy-saving and work on the settings
All smartphones have one or more energy-saving modes whose task is to limit the performance of the CPU (and other features). Evaluate their use. You will get a slightly lower performance but better battery life. By working on the settings you will be able to make excellent compromises.
10- Too much connectivity: Gps, Nfc and Wi-Fi consume a lot
If you do not use GPS (especially), NFC connectivity or Bluetooth, turn them off because you would consume the battery without having any benefit in return. Also, when you have a Wi-Fi network available, use it.
Here the savings will be visible because the phone will not continue to search the network to ensure the presence of data.
And .. finally, 3 useful tips for drums
E-mail is a function often responsible for abnormal battery consumption. It does not depend on the amount of mail you receive, but on the system you use to check its inventory. In push mode, in fact, the system periodically checks for messages, and consumes energy. However, you can choose how often the phone does this check. The wider the time window, the greater the savings obtained.
When you are abroad, while roaming, your battery will tend to last less. Disable data traffic when you don’t need it and you will recover a lot of autonomy.
There are apps that monitor the health and state of battery wear. Among these, the most famous is AccuBattery. It is reliable and provides useful information.