Ah, battery life! The one thing your friends with a feature phone can still ridicule your brand new iPhone, Galaxy S III, or whatever shiny smartphone you have there. Don’t get too involved - there’s little you can do about it - your phone is better, bigger, but it just eats more battery.
We know you might be tempted, you’ll hear your geeky friends give you plenty of advice about how your battery can last much, much longer. Keep this off, install that, monitor this... truth is, in most cases, you shouldn’t bother.
Let’s face the facts - there are a couple of things that drain your battery the most. First, it’s that huge screen that shines like the sun on maximum brightness (keep it down). Second, it’s your LTE/3G data running in the background, downloading stuff from the Internet. If none of that applies to you, then you really should just remain calm and let your friends know that you love your smartphone despite the daily charging attention it requires. Then, show them your latest pictures or your favorite game, and let their envy do its thing.
5 myths about battery life
5 myths about battery life
1. Turning Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth off would prolong your battery life
Hint: That’s just plain crazy. Those things make your smartphone smart, if you are that precautious, you’d be better off with a feature phone. Plus, forgetting to turn on your Wi-Fi network and downloading a huge file might have you pay more for yoursmartphone bill than you paid for your phone.
Let’s make it clear - Wi-Fi, GPS and Bluetooth when they are turned on by themselves don’t drain any battery. What drains the battery is apps running in the background using whatever connectivity you have turned on. So instead of shutting down every window your phone has to the outside world, you’d better check your apps. It’s best if you only have installed what you really need and use. App developers have the habit of including push notifications for who-knows-what in virtually every app, so just installing proven apps that you really need is the best advice.
2. Using task managers and killers will boost your battery life
Hint: Smartphones are smart enough to handle this themselves.
Are you a computer science major specializing on mobile platforms, or an app developer? If the answer is no, you don’t need a task manager, unless you’re trying to impress someone. And if you’re trying to impress a girl with that, you’re doing it wrong. So just don’t bother, Android, iOS and Windows Phone are all smart enough to handle task management on their own. And if there is the rare app that acts suspiciously, there is always the built in task managers like the one on Android. The stress is on rare, got it?
3. Using live wallpapers on your Android phone significantly decreases battery life
Hint: It doesn’t.
So you’ve got that gorgeous live wallpaper that no iPhone or Windows Phone (let alone feature phones) have. You’re extremely proud of your Android device. And then you hear that advice that it really isn’t any good because it drains battery life. Truth is, it isn’t. Or to be perfectly exact, it accounts for around 2% of your battery usage. Forget about it and enjoy the view.
4. You need to let the battery discharge completely before recharging your phone
Hint: You don’t, battery memory is a thing of the past.
BUT battery makers still advise you to let your phone discharge once in a month. It probably dies anyway, and chances are that it does it more often, so when that happens just plug it in until it juices up completely. No need to worry and schedule the way you charge your phone.
5. Using automatic brightness would save you a ton of battery life
Hint: It will save you some, but you’d be better off setting your phone to the minimum comfortable brightness for most cases, and manually set it up to brighter when you need it.
Exception: Only if you spend a lot of time outdoors, automatic brightness would actually be a good advice. It uses the phone’s light sensor information to determine whether it’s sunny (brightness needs to go up so you see more) or dark (you don’t need the extra illumination).