Mobile computing is everywhere. As evidenced by how mobile usage has recently surpassed desktop, we are on our mobile devices now more than ever before. According to the Pew Research Center, over 64% of American adults the proud owner of a mobile device (including smartphones and tablets), running your battery out is inevitable and very frustrating. By following these simple steps, you can learn how to extend battery life and help improve your chances of making it through the day without having your device turn into a decorative brick.
Shut Off Push Notifications
Not all of the apps you have downloaded need push notifications turned on to function. How do push notifications work? Basically, when you engage push notifications on your mobile device, the app you download constantly requests information from your phone’s server. These constant requests can slowly drain your battery (and eat up your data plan to boot!).
Shutting off Push Notifications on iPhone
To shut down push notifications, follow these steps.
- Go to Settings
- Scroll down to Notifications
- Under the Include List→ Choose which Apps you would like to shut off
- Choose the App
- Under “Allow Notification”→ Hit the button to shut down
Shutting off Push Notifications on Android
- Go to Settings
- Under Device, tap the Apps section
- Uncheck the box that says, “Show Notifications”
NOTE: Keep in mind, it may take you some time to go through your apps, so choose wisely.
Change Your Display Settings
This may seem like an obvious tip, but dialing down your screen’s display brightness can go a long way to making improving your battery life. Running your screen brightness at it’s lowest comfortable level for your current lighting conditions can really save you some headache in the dead battery department.
To change the brightness on your iPhone, open up your Settings, go to Display & Brightness. From there, you can change the brightness to your liking. Our best recommendation is 15%. (This setting can also be accessed quickly if you have a more recent installation of IOS via the Status Bar. Simply swipe up from the bottom of the screen to access this convenient dashboard to make quick adjustments to a host of settings.)
If you are on an Android device, head over Settings, hit Display under the Device option, go to brightness and adjust as you wish.
Turn on Airplane Mode
We only recommend this one if you are in dire need of a charge. The airplane mode isn’t just for the airline traveler. You can use the mode to still use your device without entirely powering off. To turn on Airplane Mode with your iPhone, head over to General in your Settings and the On/Off switch can be toggled from there. This setting essentially turns off cellular and wifi systems which can be a big drain on your battery.
With an Android device, under Wireless & Networks, hit More. From the More setting, be sure to check the Airplane Mode box.
Carry Portable Power
After implementing these tips and if you are still in need of juice, consider a portable power supply for your device. Our Magicstick is small, sleek, and powerful to get you the extra juice your device needs to get you back up and running. The Magicstick also comes in variety of colors to match your style.
Keep these tips in mind to make sure that a dead battery doesn’t keep you from staying connected in today’s mobile world.