Ways to Extend Your Phone Battery Life

We understand that over time, you will notice that your phone’s battery isn’t as long lasting as it was when you first got your phone. Batteries just become less effective as they age. However, there are many things that you can to extend your phone battery life.

Below you will find tips and general instructions on the things that you can do to your phone to extend the battery life on both Androids and iPhones. Please note that the instructions vary from phone to phone and the steps to do so may be unique to your specific device. The steps we provide may not be specific to your device but will help give you an idea.

Optimize and Adjust Your Screen’s Display

How to disable auto brightness

One of the things you can do to adjust your screen’s display to save battery life is disable auto brightness.

On Android:

  • Go to Settings
  • Tap Display
  • Tap Adaptive Brightness
  • Tap the slider to turn the feature off

On iPhone:

  • Go to Settings
  • Tap General
  • Choose Accessibility
  • Tap Display Accommodations
  • Tap the slider to turn auto-brightness off

How to adjust screen timeout, sleep, or auto-lock setting

Another tip is to adjust your screen’s timeout, sleep, or auto-lock setting. Screen timeout, sleep, and auto-lock is a feature that automatically locks or turns the screen off based on a chosen amount of time that elapses. If you are using an Android, the feature may be referred to as screen timeout or sleep. For iPhone users, this feature is called auto-lock.

On Android:

  • Go to Settings
  • Tap Display
  • Tap Screen timeout or Sleep
  • Choose the amount of time you want your screen to automatically turn off

On iPhone:

  • Go to Settings
  • Tap Display & Brightness
  • Tap Auto-Lock
  • Choose the amount of time you want your screen to automatically turn off

Managing Your Apps

How to see which apps are using up most of your battery life

Understanding which apps are using up most of your phone battery life is important to extending the battery life. See how you can find this information below.

On Android:

  • Go to Settings
  • Tap Battery
  • Tap Battery Usage
  • Scroll down to Battery Use Details

On iPhone:

  • Go to Settings
  • Tap Battery
  • Scroll down to Battery Usage by App

How to turn off your apps from refreshing their content in the background

Some of your apps may be turned on to refresh their content in the background even if the apps are not currently being used. Turning off the apps from refreshing in the background can help preserve phone battery life.

On Android:

  • Go to Settings
  • Tap Apps
  • Select an app from your list
  • Tap the slider to turn off background activity

On iPhone:

  • Go to Settings
  • Tap General
  • Choose Background App Refresh
  • Tap the slider to turn off background activity for each app

How to update your apps

An app that is poorly optimized and behind on its updates can be a burden on battery life which would cause it to drain quicker. Therefore, keeping your apps updated is important. Checking for available app updates to install is easy to do.

On Android:

  • Go to the Google Play Store
  • In the top left corner, tap Menu (3 lines icon)
  • Tap My apps & games
  • Apps with an update available are labeled “Update”
  • Tap Update All to update all your apps at one time. For individual apps, find the specific app you want to update and tap Update

On iPhone:

  • Go to the App Store
  • At the bottom, tap Updates
  • Tap Update All to update all your apps at one time. For individual apps, find the specific app you want to update and tap Update

Turn Off Things You Aren’t Using

The more things you have turned on, the more your phone has to work in order to keep those things on. The more things you have turned on, the more the battery life goes down. So why have things on if you’re not using them? The top two things that people keep turned on is Bluetooth and location tracking.

How to turn off Bluetooth

On Android:

  • Go to Settings
  • Tap Bluetooth
  • Tap the slider to turn Bluetooth off

On iPhone:

  • Go to Settings
  • Tap Bluetooth
  • Tap the slider to turn Bluetooth off

How to turn off location tracking

On Android:

  • Go to Settings
  • Tap Security & location
  • Tap Location
  • Turn Use location off

On iPhone:

  • Go to Settings
  • Tap Privacy
  • Tap Location Services
  • You can choose to turn Location Services completely off or turn it off for individual apps
    • For apps, you can also choose to allow your location to be accessed Never, While Using the App, or Always

Use Battery Saver or Low Power Mode

How to turn on battery saver or low power mode

When your battery is getting low and you don’t have access to a charger, turn on battery saver or low power mode. Turning this feature on helps conserve battery power by changing certain settings until you can fully charge your phone. Please note that Android refers to this feature as Battery Saver. On iPhone, this feature is referred to as Low Power Mode.

On Android:

  • Go to Settings
  • Tap Battery
  • Tap Battery Saver
  • Tap to turn Battery Saver on

On iPhone:

  • Go to Settings
  • Tap Battery
  • Tap the slider to turn Low Power Mode on

Stay on Wi-Fi Whenever Possible

How to connect to a wi-fi network

Not only does staying on wi-fi help you save on your Twigby bill because you are not using up cellular data but staying on wi-fi helps extend your phone battery life. This is because data over wi-fi uses less battery power than data over cellular. When on wi-fi, your phone isn’t trying to look for the next cell tower or has to worry about roaming.

On Android:

  • Go to Settings
  • Tap Wi-Fi and make sure it is turned on
  • Choose a wi-fi network to connect to

On iPhone:

  • Go to Settings
  • Tap Wi-Fi and make sure it is turned on
  • Choose a wi-fi network to connect to

Keep Your Battery Charged

This one is obvious, but keep your battery charged. Charge your phone each night to ensure that you will always start the day with a full battery. It’s also a good idea to keep a car charger or battery pack handy in case your phone needs to be charged while you’re on the go.

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