There are many ways to preserve battery life on your cell phone. The top five things you can do to prevent “low battery syndrome” are:
- Turn Off Bluetooth – Your phone’s Bluetooth antenna is the #1 contributor to dead batteries. The reason is that not only is it consistently broadcasting a signal for other devices to pick up, but it may also be searching for signals. The best thing to do is to disable Bluetooth if you are not using it. If you use it frequently, say with a headset, at least check to see if your phone has an option to disable searching for devices.
- Wi-Fi Connections – #2 on the list of battery killers is your phone’s Wi-Fi capabilities. Again, your phone is constantly searching for a hotspot if the Wi-Fi antenna is turned on. Always disable Wi-Fi when it is not in use.
- Roaming/No Signal – Believe it or not, if your phone has no signal, that can and will drain your battery. The reason is that the phone is working harder than normal trying to find a tower to connect to. Roaming can also be a power drain since your phone may be using a tower that the phone was not designed to work with. If you are going to be out of your main coverage area for a long period of time, it might be a good idea to power down your phone until you can get service again.
- Backlight Settings – Another great way to conserve battery life is to reduce the amount of time the backlight on your screen stays on. For best results, consult your owners manual for recommended settings, but anything 30 seconds or shorter is a safe bet to improve battery life.
- Data Connections – For those of you who may be smartphone users, check your email and data connections. If you are using a direct connection to a server to update when new items arrive (commonly known as a “push”), you may see shorter battery life. Try changing your sync settings to every 30 minutes or even every hour. You will see a huge difference in the longevity of your battery because the phone is no longer maintaining a constant data connection.
Remember, results will vary based on your phone and your usage patterns, but trying a few or all of these tweaks may be the difference between a good night’s sleep in a comfy hotel bed or snoozing at a rest stop, reclined in your driver’s seat!