When consumers purchase smartphones, long battery life is on the top of the list of the important factors. Although smartphone technology is developing rapidly, batteries have made very slow progress.
Battery technology is underwhelming so many companies have been developing smarter batteries. Most batteries are based on lithium technology. This technology is low cost and easily reproducible.
There was a research which showed that people do not really know how to extend battery life. Here are six myths about extending batteries life which we should immediately stop believing.
Turning off Wi-Fi
A common suggestion for extending battery life is to turn off Wi-Fi, but this won’t always work. Your phone uses less energy to connect to the Internet if you are in range of strong Wi-Fi signal.
Enabling Wi-Fi helps phone determine its location without relying on GPS features, so you can save some extra energy. When your phone has difficulties to get a good connection because Wi-Fi signal is weak it’s better to use cellular data connection.
Disabling all location services
Many apps on your phone use your location. These applications don’t use more than a few percent of your battery’s capacity. Problem is that phone’s screen is continually on and that’s why navigation uses a lot of power.
You don’t have to disable all of your location features, it is not so useful – you won’t save much energy. You can find out what app is consuming battery the most and then turn them off.
Closing unused apps
One of the worst methods to prolong battery life is closing apps you are not using. This may work on a computer, but smartphones have different design. If you are not using it at the moment, all processes are frozen. Actually, quitting apps has drawbacks – next time you open it phone has to reload all codes and that requires energy.
Don’t use third-part chargers
A common opinion is that you should use only your phone’s charger because others will damage your battery. In reality, things work different. The AC adapter converts the AC current into DC current that it provides via a USB port. Your phone allows charging from a variety of power sources. That’s why you can charge phone using the USB port on a computer or a charger in your car.
Budget chargers are poorly made so they can damage your smartphone and they can hurt you by exposing you to dangerous currents. You can prevent that if you buy charger from reliable sellers.
Older battery models required “calibrating” to prevent capacity problems, but today’s smartphones don’t have these problems anymore. You should fully charge your phone and then using it until it dies once every couple of months. The battery won’t last longer because of that, but battery meter will be more accurate.
Using Wi-Fi over cellular
People think that using Wi-Fi consumes less power than a cellular signal. The researches have shown that browsing over Wi-Fi used the same amount of power as browsing over cellular. As long as you have good signal there’s no difference between Wi-Fi and cellular data.
If you have tried all these things and still there are no results, you should consider buying an external battery or you can try some of these tips. (Tips for Extending Smartphone Battery Life)